May 11, 2020 Thoughts

What’s in a name?

People always point out that I have two first names. Three including my middle (Samuel).

Here are my discoveries about their origin and meaning.


Ethan wrote Psalms 89 in the Bible. He was a symbol player in the court of King David. The name means strong and optimistic.

People named Ethan whom I admire:

  • Ethan Allen
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Ethan Nakamura


Samuel, another Old Testament name. Samuel was one of God’s judges. The name means God has heard”.

People named Samuel whom I admire:

  • Samuel Adams
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Samuel Walton
  • Samuel Clemens
  • Samuel Morse


Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob in the Bible. The name means Son of my right hand”.

People named Benjamin whom I admire:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Benjamin Graham
  • Benjamin Wallace

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