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Name Meanings-Part 2


Everything-living and non living has a name. If something has no name, it is yet to be discovered, invented or created as far as I know.

So why do we call people and things a particular name? Why is a computer, a book, a pen called that and not something else? Do their meanings and their history ortheir function contribute to what they are named? What about human beings? Why did our parents ever give us thenames we are called?
What do these names mean and how do they affect us consciously and unconsciously? I have been curious for sometime now and that led me to post to the group name meanings some weeks ago.

I was thrilled to know the meaning of names of our sisters on this community:Many thanks to all those who shared the meaning and history behind their names:

Jennifer Ann- ‘Fair one of favored grace”

Katie Anna McDonald -“Pure, Grace, World Ruler”

Busayo “God has added to our joy

Khushbu is of Urdu origin and it means "beautiful fragrance"

Nusrat is “success/ victory”

Sunita: Su means shuva in Nepali which means fortune in english and early morning in Bangla.
Basnet: Bas means to Basnu in Nepali which mean to sit.
Together my name Sunita Basnet means to have fortune forever which also apply in my life. It helps to bring happiness and peace in life.

"Janice" is a variant of "Jane", an English girl's name meaning "God's gracious gift". My last name "Wong" is an ancient (and now extremely common) surname and the variation my family use represents descendants of the Yellow Emperor”

A quick survey on this community has also shown that most people never had the opportunity to choose their own names which may be normal in most cases. However, people can have the opportunity to choose their names as babies! A community member shared her story:

“My name is Reem it's spelled in different ways (Reem/Riem/Ream/Rym ) It means female deer. I actually picked my own name. My mum liked the names Reem and Rana and my dad liked Hend, they wrote them down on small pieces of papers and I touched the "Reem" paper 3 times in a row with my little hand. They figured, I just like the name Reem!”

Reem, you have generous parents! I grew up to hear the sound Gifty from the lips of my entourage. My grand parents called me “Agifiti”, (according to Linguistics, people from my village will always add an "A" to all names. so for instance if you are called Jennifer, they will call you "Ajennifer". Toddlers learning how to talk called me “Titi” but it is supposed to sound and mean the same thing. I am yet to find out if my Dad consulted my mother before naming me. With my background, men made major decisions. Howver,with education and womne's rights advocacy this tradition is changing.

“Gifty, even you need to mention the meaning of your name…” Khushbu made it clear:

Gifty means”Gift of God”. Pearl means “Precious, valuable”. Together my name Gifty Pearl Means “Precious gift from God”. I believe I am the greatest gift to Humanity so I live every day working to touch people’s lives in my own small unique way.

So here we are from different places with different names and meanings but with one goal: seeking, researching, telling and reporting global issues from the perspective of the woman.
But there is also this question lurking in my mind. Why WOLDPULSE or Pulsewire? What do these names mean? What is their history? What is the story behind the name “Voices of Our Future?” Are our voices not in the present as well? Forgive me for being too curious.

Lets keep learning and sharing.



Dear Gifty -
What a great experience to read the meanings of so many names. It reminds me of a post of our beloved community member ILA whose post, "Say My Name" - has the record number of comments on PulseWire - 46!

Why World Pulse? I think of World Pulse as the electric pulse of women's rising voices across the globe. It is the heartbeat of the planet. Alive - a new frequency that will transform the world. But it is a little known secret that World Pulse wasn't her first name - it wasn't her birth name. In fact, i was riding my bicycle one day up a very big hill when i was 28 years old .i was dreaming of a magazine i wanted to start that would connect women all over the world. I had a vision that it was to be called "World Birth" - because women were "birthing" a new world. I was so certain that was the name the universe wanted. However, in little under a year it became painfully clear that the name wasn't the right one. Everyone thought that we were only about pregnancy around the world - and we got endless submissions about breastfeeding! . Sol, I set about revisioning - and going deep inside myself. We surveyed hundreds of people - and World Pulse was the name everyone loved, including me. It has so much energy -- to this day i love it. This is the energy of women's voices, humming, buzzing, pulsing - creating life.

Then - along came PulseWire! We wanted to create a way that women everywhere in the world could have a voice and report stories from the ground - like a global women's newswire. We wanted to create a new kind of news through the voices of women. Although we wished it could have a more commmunity-feeling name...we settled on the name PulseWire because we could see the wires and the web of pulsing energy connecting women across the globe intor a powerful force. We wanted it to have a special name, that was unique from World Pulse, because we always knew that PulseWire would be a special place that would be owned and led by her community of women.

Interestingly enough when i name things sometimes out of curiosity i check numerology on the name. When i did the numerology on World Pulse and PulseWire -- each one comes up an 11 - and together become a 22. The 22 is one of the most special numbers, it is considered a master number, and it symbolizes great destiny - a global humanitarian leader that connects people in service and support using communications.

When we dreamed of Voices of Our Future -- we knew that rising up would be new voices that would shape the collective future of our world. Absolutely you are voices of the present, but that as soon as the world could hear --- each voice will grow in influence and achieve great power to shift the future for us all.

Cheers to names and your great creativity!

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

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Letter to Jensine

Dear Jensine,
I am excited hearing your beautiful voice and sharing with us the story behind World Pulse and PulseWire. It is such an amazing story-touching and encouaraging me to dream, dive and explore more.

Honestly I wanted to hear your voice and for you to hear my voice as well. For days I wondered how. I thought hard then I managed to draft a letter to you in my PulseWire notebook that I keep in handbag every day so I can note the sights, sounds and smells I may want to write about and share with you all on WorldPulse.

In my letter,
I wanted to let you know how your dream has come all the way to touch the lives of people like me-helping me to connect with unique courageous women with dreams and passions working towards a world fit for all. I wanted you to know that Pulswire is shaping my life and sharpening my writing skills daily. I learn every day Jensine and I am happy about that. That adds value to my life. I wanted to share with you the rocking experience with my mentor as well -

I also had questions about the story of Pulswire and World Pulse which you have already answered. Many thanks again.

Again, I wanted to ask you if it is possible for us to hear your voice often in the Voices of our Future classroom. We would like to feel you more with your words of encouragement.

And finally (maybe) I wanted to find out if it is possible for us to be trained together. All 31 Correspondents and their mentors to have a short training or forum in one Country. Kenya has come to mind. I actually intend to ask views from my colleagues on the VOF training. Perhaps we can seek for sponsorship for this. Forgive for this million questions.

Looking forward to reading from you again.

With love and warm greetings from Ghana,

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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The Pulses


you are doing a great job in having us discover meanings in names. When i first heard of Voices of Our Future Application in my inbox from a local women group which i am a member, i must admit that it was the words Voices of Our Future that drew me most. I knew that this was not an ordinary job application. To me, it meant 'using our present voices to shape the future.' The word 'Our' has the ownership in it. To me, it meant we own the future that we want to shape through our voices. As Jensine puts it, it is the future for us all.

Both World Pulse Wire has the word 'Pulse' in it. What came in my mind first is a vibration, a throb, a resonation or an amplification. Hence what it really means is that although our voices have been there, they were so suppressed and could not be heard. But through this web 2.0 media, our voices have been amplified.. they are more strong, uncountable, connecting hence world changing! And yes, we are changing the world!

Many Hugs,

We Can Do It!

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You got the spirit!

Hi Joana, '
you have the spirit right from the begining.
With LOve Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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Open gate to cultures

Dear Gifty,

Wow! What an interesting post! Your are indeed a talented woman "gifty"..This is an interesting issue, informative, exciting and a gate open to all cultures. Whenever i visit I find new valuable information.

My name in Arabic language means a patient person who doesn't get angry easily.



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We have been waitng to hear your voice and the meaning of your name. Thank you for sharingt his. The meaning of your name reflects who you are. So kind, Patient and tolerant and talented.I realise that everyone of us on this community is talented and creative in our unique ways.
Love, Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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Hi Gifty

You are truely talented, how on earth did you come up with this idea, the idea of name meaning is so amazing. some time back I had a discussion with my friends over name meaning. we later concluded that a name has a great impact on some one. some names can have good influence while others can be of bad influence, for instance a name like mavuto(suffering/poor) such names can create a poor and bad image on some one. another example can be mapalo (blessings) this name can create good image and hope on some one.
I am happy to note that despite different meaning of our names, we all have one goal we are all looking forward to achieve!

My dad has never told me the meaning of my name, but i tried to search the meaning and it is actually a combination of valley, river in short peace!

thanks and love You OOOO


Dando sounds like the sound of a particular drum in Ghana. You know in Africa and especially in Ghana, we have different types of drums. Each drum makes a particular sound with distinct meaning which is precious to us.

The idea of name meandings? I am most of the time curious about people, things etc. i love to question what something means, why it was created and the story behind it. i love to discover people and things daily. So my dear, it was out of curiousity that i started asking Jnaice and Jennifer about the meaning of their names and then i decided to ask all of us in the classroom.

I am happy you know the meaning of your name-Peace. You have been gifted to us to be our peace maker just as Busayo was added to our joy! i am excited. Does the meaning of your name describe you? how does it influence you?

I share the same perspective about how the meaning of one's name can have a good or a bad effect on the person.

Darling Dando, i believe we are all creative. Every single post of this group reveals our creativity, our potential and our courage.


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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Hi gifty! Just catching up

Hi gifty! Just catching up with my backlogs to all of you . It feels good for me you call me "Maya", this is a small bird here in the Philippines which is very common. It just reminded me of my childhood days where we together with my brother enjoyed playing with these birds at the farms .

My name malayapinas is the web name I choose. Malaya means free and pinas is a Filipino slang which means Pilipinas in Filipino language - Philippines in English language.

In a way, Maya and malaya are very much connected - Our country Philippines is like a bird put in a cage who have no freedom to fly and enjoy God-given nature . Maya is symbolism of my name Malaya who fights for freedom and enjoy being free.

My real name is given to me by my late beloved father. My name is his legacy in me and I'm living with this legacy everyday of my life not only because he had loved me so much and i love him so much but because both of us love freedom and life for all amid hopelessness and despair.

Just call me Maya - i love both name maya and malaya!

thanks and huds to you,

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Maya hi,
I am very happy you could share the meaning of your name to all of us here. We have all being waiting!

Maya Angelou is a writer and a peot. When i first saw your name it reminded me of her book "I know why the Cage bird sings". i have copied you the poem:

Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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