QotD: What My Name Means

In Too lazy to assign a category on August 18, 2007 at 9:12 pm

What does your name mean and why did your parents choose it for you? 
Submitted by mommy2two.

Irma in USA
(Source: Popular baby names)

Irma in Belgium
Click thumbnail for full size (Source: Wegener DM)

Out of 5.267.437  women in Belgium, 8159 are called Irma. The peak was in 1922 with 315 births, or 4 % of the total number of births. 90 % of women in Belgium with the name Irma are born after 1914. (Source: Wegener DM)

In exactly the past 5 years there were 13 girls that got the name Irma in Flanders, 4 of them were born in the province of Antwerp, and 3 of them in the last year. (Source: Kind en Gezin)

Irma in France

At the beginning of 2001, 6.970 women in France were called Irma. The record was set in 1901, with 1.013 girl that were named Irma. (Source:

On Pré you can see what your name looks like in hieroglyphs (the first is Irma, the second Morgaine):

Irma in hieroglyphs

Morgaine in hieroglyphs

Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced "Albin") was a name given to a Swedish child by his parents in May 1996. Isaac Praise-God Barebone was a deeply religious preacher, and he named his son Hath Christ Not Died for Thee Thou Wouldst Be Damned Barebone. The son later changed his name to Nicholas Barbon. Guess Irma is a whole lot better, although … according to Kabalarian Philosophy:

Though the name Irma creates the urge to be creative and original, we call attention to the challenge of controlling temper as a result of a highly intense, dissatisfied, and restless quality. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses or accidents to the head, worry and mental tension.

Your first name of Irma has given you energy, drive, and ambition, but also an almost excessively strong-willed and independent nature. While you are creative, inventive, and ingenious in practical matters, and always ready to initiate and promote new undertakings, you often experience difficulty in bringing your undertakings to a successful conclusion because of your own changing interests or changing circumstances.

The meaning of Irma is not clear. The girl's name Irma i-rma, ir-ma is pronounced IR-ma. It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is "universal, complete". Short form of names like Ermintrude. Irma has 6 variant forms: Erma, Ermengard, Irmina, Irmine, Irmgard and Irmgarde. Irma is also said to have a Latin origin, meaning "nobel". In Sanskrit the meaning is "movement, wind". In the West it is seen as a feminine name though as a Hindu name it is exclusively male and mentioned as an alternative name for Surya. Also see Wikipedia's entry for Irma (name).

Finally, What's in a Name? is the story of some body modification enthusiasts who have changed their names.

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  1. Wow… that's like a corporate dissemination of your name… I love it. What inspired you to do that?

  2. I was named after my maternal grandmother. Apparently there was this 'rule': if the firstborn was male, it would be named after the paternal grandfather, if female, after the maternal grandmother. Would I have been a boy, I would have been called Hendrik, Henry, or Harry (from Hendrikus). Now my name happens to be Irma. I have often been told my name is oldfashioned, and kind of rare. It made me want to know how many of my namesakes were actually around.In Dutch there's a beautiful poem by Neeltje Maria Min. The translation is weak, but the first an last sentence are something like: Name me, acknowledge my being … For those I love I want to have a name. Although there's this famous saying: What's in a name … for most parents choosing a name for their child is important. Names have meaning, signification, connotation. They try to capture the child's unique personality (yes, like it even has a recognisable personality at birth). I don't know … I have to admit though, that this entry isn't entirely new. Part of it I already blogged (self-hosted blog) quite a while ago.

  3. That's really interesting. They say we begin learning at birth, and that the fundamentals of our adult personalities are formed before we turn 4… who says this? I have no idea, but I think the idea carries merit. But with that in mind I think that the names we give our child mean more than we think. If we give children names that mean strength to us and honor those names as such we treat the baby with a tad of reverence. A name that carries intellectual connotations doing likewise. And so we begin to shape them at birth…
    Or there could be mystical energies associated with words that transfer into names… and that would be fun too.,

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