From Wonderstruck author, Margaret Feinberg:
Though we are given names before or shortly after we emerge from the womb,
our names are often reflections of who God has created us to be
or the work God wants to do in our lives. [Tweet this]
Do you know the meaning of your name? [Tweet this]
If not, take a moment to search for the meaning of your name online.
Then spend ten minutes prayerfully reflecting on how God has demonstrated his love
and goodness in the meaning of your name
as well as who he has called and created you to be.
Take time to reflect on the wonder of God’s plan and provision for you.
Share with everyone what your name means or the story behind your name!
Post, tweet, pin or blog and make sure
to include the hashtag #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK.
Throughout the years I have pursued the meaning of my name
through various books and resources and
have been pleased to know of its worth to me.
My appreciation of my parents for choosing such a name increased
once I discovered its value.
But for today’s research into wonder, I was now equipped with the internet.
And what a valuable resource it has proven to be.
I am overwhelmed with wonder at what I’ve discovered for my name,
Even though in our present culture the name Sharon is a popular name for girls,
in the Bible it only occurs as the name of two separate regions:
one is a pasture land east of the Jordan occupied by the sons of Gad (1 Chronicles 5:16),
the other is the plain that covered much of the north coast of Israel (1 Chronicles 27:29).
The famous phrase “I am the Rose of Sharon,” is exclaimed by the bride
of the Song Of Solomon (Song of Solomon 2:1 – see note below).
The only other book in the Bible in which the name Sharon occurs
is Isaiah (33:9, 35:2 and 65:10).
The name Sharon is spelled identical to the word
(shiryan), meaning ‘body armor ‘
(1 Kings 22:34, Nehemiah 4:16). The prophet Isaiah uses the body armor as metaphor for ‘ righteousness’ (Isaiah 59:17)
The word for body armor comes from the root
), but this word isn’t used in the Bible, so we don’t know what it might have meant. It’s part of a series of identical roots that are all too rare to do anything with. Root
) is unused but yields the noun
), denoting some kind of weapon
, most probably a ballastic one (Job 41:26). Root
) is also unused but yields the noun
), meaning juice (Numbers 6:3).
Finally the root
) is a verb that means to let loose or release
and is used in Job 37:3 and Jeremiah 15:11.
A completely different approach is favored by NOBS Study Bible Name List, Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and even BDB Theological Dictionary which reports that the famous theologian Gesenius “plausibly connected” the name Sharon to the verb
), meaning to be level or straight
. This verb commonly and quite frequently in Scriptures denotes compliance to a moral or ethical standard; just, law-abiding.
Most derivatives of that verb have to do with just that, except the noun
which means level place or plain (Isaiah 40:4, Jeremiah 21:13).
For a meaning of the name Sharon, NOBS reads
Plain and Jones reads A Great Plain. But to a Hebrew audience, especially a Hebrew audience that never heard of the famous theologian Gesenius, the name Sharon sounded like Body Armor.
Other names taken from the verb
Note on ‘Rose of Sharon’:
In the Song of Solomon the bride of the story calls out something that is traditionally translated with “I am the rose of Sharon,” (2:1) but ‘rose’ is not correct.
The word is
(habasselet) and denotes a crocus or meadow saffron. But the nod towards the actual plant is eclipsed by the wonderful way this word may fall apart to a creative audience:
(habab) is a rare word, used only once in the Bible (Deuteronomy 33:3).
It means love in the sense of the love that God feels for the people.
A derivation is the word (hob), a rare word meaning bosom (Job 31:33).
(salal) means to grow dark and derivation (sel) means shadow.
The word that indicates this flower seems to mean
literally ‘Overshadowed By God’s Love.’
I am overwhelmed with the wonder of God at this revelation of meaning
for my past, my present, my future. My heart and life…
It has brought untold understanding.
How can I do other than #LiveWonderstruck?
Other search results revealed further shades of meaning :
Sharon is a name of Hebrew origin meaning, “princess, the one who laughs“,
has a glowing personality, is contented with her life and
one who inspires others to succeed.
Sharon is a blessed name and a name of peace and serenity
The site I used for the above full Hebrew meaning is HERE
Definitely worth pursuing if you want to know much more than surface interpretations of names.
Looking forward to learning more about yourself?
God’s heart and call for your life?
Enjoy this avenue in the pursuit of Wonder…