We feel one of the greatly neglected areas of Onomastics (the formal study of proper names and their origin) is the niche topic of Telephory – the practice of embedding the name of a god or deity in a proper name. In particular, those with a faith-based orientation to naming children may be very interested in the area.
It’s a topic we shall return to in greater detail in our forthcoming e-book on Theory of Names (and plan to run a series of short blog posts on Telephory in the New Year) but for the moment, here are some of the better known examples of Theophoric names in the Christian-Hebrew domain-
Amadeus – lover of God
Christopher – Christ-bearer
Dorothea – gift to God
Elizabeth – my God is abundance
Emmanuel/Immanuel – God is with us
Grace – gift from God
Samuel – name of God
Raphael – Divine healer or God heals
Suriel – Moon of God
Tamiel – Perfection of God
Tarfiel – God Nourishes
Theodora – Gift from God
Uriel – Sun of God or Fire of God.
What examples of Theophoric names do you like?