I love coming across personal names that refer to names in their definitions. Some examples:
- Behnam, meaning “good name” in Persian.
- Hieronymus, meaning “sacred name,” based on the Greek words hieros, “sacred,” and onoma, “name.”
- Jerome, the English form of Hieronymus.
- Jerónimo, the Spanish form of Jerome.
- Kainoa, meaning “the namesake,” based on the Hawaiian words ka, “the” (singular), and inoa, “name.”
- Kainoakupuna, “the namesake of one’s ancestor,” with kupuna meaning “ancestor.”
- Nainoa, which means “the namesakes,” based on the Hawaiian words na, “the” (plural), and inoa, “name.”
- Nergüi, meaning “no name” in Mongolian.
- Shem, meaning “name” in Hebrew. (Sem, a variant, is popular in The Netherlands right now.)
Do you know of any others?