Written by: Miriam Elizabeth
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲?
Many Pagans adopt a 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 upon their initiation into the Craft. Its often done by a coven (after a year and a day OR directly upon initiation) and it’s typically used only within one’s coven and not given freely to anyone who can use it. However, if you are solitary, you can simply adopt a name for yourself. Alternately, your deity may gift you a name.
𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦. 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦.
𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗳 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲:
• Don’t just choose something because it sounds neat. Liken it to getting something you think is cool as a tattoo, and 10 years down the road you’re getting it lasered off as a bad idea. You’d want to still resonate with you years later.
• Find something with meaning, something that is unique to who you are, or who you want to become. Do you want to be strong? Loving? What about clever, courageous, resourceful, serene, joyful? Think of things that reflect YOU. If you’re crafty, consider a name with “painter” or “weaver”. If you are strong, maybe a name with “iron”. If you’d like to be resilient yet peaceful, “willow” may a good addition to your name. It’s common for names to be seasonal or times of day, like “Summer Twilight”. You may want to choose an animal or being of folklore you connect with, but just note that there are many duplicate names out there. You may meet a lot of ravens or cats in the community, so just keep it in mind.
• You may think about changing the words to a different language or combining them and adding or taking away letters to your liking.
For example, for someone who sees themselves as intellectual and wants to improve their emotional aspect, they can choose “East” since the east is of the mind; and “cobalt” which is the color for emotional healing, and adding Iris who is their goddess. Easbalier is the long combined word of those three, then can be reduced to Bali, right out of the middle, which is much easier and still has the same special connection to the words chosen. At least to you it does, and that gives the name power.
• Avoid names with lord or lady, as those are often reserved for elders. It’s also frowned upon to give yourself a full name of a deity. Both of those situations are seen as hubris. Alternately, if you’d like to choose a name to honor your deity, perhaps use an animal or object that represents them instead.
• Another method of finding the perfect name would be to correspond it to your birth number. To do this, you add the numbers of your birthday. Say mine is July 20th, 1986. It would show as 7201986=33. Then add 3+3=6.
The number 6 would be my birth number.
Use the list below to find a name that corresponds to the number 6 by calculating the sum of the corresponding letters.
1 = A, J, S 2 = B, K, T 3 = C, L, U 4 = D, M, V 5 = E, N, W 6 = F, O, X 7 = G, P, Y 8 = H, Q, Z 9 = I, R
Let’s say you’ve decide you like the name "Willow." Using the letters in “Willow” you would take the numbers 5 + 9 + 3 + 3 + 6 + 5 = 32. From there, 3 + 2 = 5. If the name you like doesn’t match your birth numbers, try some creative or alternate spellings to see what happens.
As always, please feel free to add to this in the comments. Your thoughts on all our topics are always welcomed.