For my second blog post I have chosen the writing assignment, what’s in a name? Wherein I talk about my name and what it means to me, why I have it, etc.
My full name, Cyrus Rafael Mirsajedin, is unique. So unique in fact, no one else in history has ever had such a name. The origins of my name come from opposite sides of the world, Iran and El Salvador. Cyrus is a very common name in Iran, obviously after the great king, known for abolishing slavery of all kinds and creating the Cyrus Cylinder, the first known recording of an empire-wide declaration of human rights in 539 B.C. The pronunciation as most of the western world knows it to be is not the way it is actually pronounced in Iran. The original, ancient Persian name is actually کوروش, Kourosh. Through various translations and transliterations, the name became the Latin name, Cyrus. Cyrus, in Latin and all over the Middle East is pronounced as “seeroos” but has become anglicized over the years as the Cyrus your probably more familiar with (syris).
Rafael is a more commonly heard name especially thanks to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which I became obsessed with as a child. Rafael is name that has been running on my mother’s side of the family for as long as we have known and many other men in my family are also named Rafael including 3 cousins, an uncle, and my deceased grandfather, which makes for a lot of fun at weddings and other family gatherings.
Mirsajedin is a decidedly uncommon name here in the United States, but it’s not heard all over Iran either. The only people name Mirsajedin currently living on earth can be directly linked to me, no third cousin twice removed or any of that. My father, as the first of my family to move to the western world had the privilege of transliterating the name Mirsajedin into English. I think he did as good of a job as he could, simply sounding out the name into English, but the length of the name alone is apparently enough to intimidate most Americans. To counter this, some of my cousins in other parts of the country have changed their last name to simply “Sajedin” which somehow makes the difference for most people when it comes to pronunciation. For many Persians, changing your name isn’t such a big deal and you can see it in many Persians, as Farrokh Bulsara becomes Freddie Mercury and Maziar Manesh becomes Marshall Manesh
Okay so I have always been told that there are not many people named Olivia, which is true until around 1999 when every other person was naming their child, no matter the sex(just kidding) Olivia. However my name is not inspired by Olivia Newton John, Grease the movie, but from my great-great- grandmother on my fathers side. I love this fact because my twin sister Eulaliah is the great great grandmother on my moms side and we both take after those families. Which probably explains why we are complete opposites. But if you look up my name on urban dictionary you can see that everyone says Olivia’s are “A beautiful wonderful hearted girl.
Wonderful to talk to . Always there for someone, great person. Absolutely FUN.” so I guess that means I’m a fun-great-listener. Which surprisingly I am. If you go to baby names.com though my name means Elf Army, which I find hilarious because it reminded me of Lord of the Rings. Since Liv Tyler is an elf, I guess another random connection is made! So in the end I have decided that my name means I’m caring, strong as an army, and very fun, but I’ll stick with the fact that I have a very distant relative, Olivia, who was know for being a beautiful southern socialite and a great mother.
I choose this assignment because it reminds me of a sixth grade project I had to do. We had to research the meaning of our name and present it in a creative way. Since I’m over the top, I created a rap and a diorama of a countryside with a lamb standing by a fence. So I thought I’d share the rap.
My name is Rachel, that’s who I am
Last name means arrow maker, first means lamb
My name’s traditional
It’s also biblical
My father named me, even though it isn’t clear
He named me after a female engineer
I want to be a writer and set a positive mark
Being an award winning writer and a top selling designer
And a great influence for ALL minors
My name is Rachel
My name means lamb
And this is my jam so you know who I am
As I look online I search my name Mariah. In the urban dictionary Mariah means the prettiest girl in school, but on ask.com Mariah means a sea of bitterness. My mother told me the reasoning behind the name Mariah is simply the wind. I guess some old folk song lyrics were ” they called the wind Mariah”! I find that very interesting. I am pretty and very bitter, so they hit the nail right on the head with that explanation. On babynamewizard.com, the website clearly states Mariah is the name of a girl who is strong and who is a great friend! They also say Mariah is the historical content of being the star of the sea. So I guess Mariah is a pretty bitter girl, who moves like wind like and who is strong with great intentions in being a great friend! yup, that sums me up pretty much !