Monday, January 14, 2013

Free At Last

Picture from the March on Washington in 1963 via Wikipedia

Next week, the United States honors Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday as a national holiday. In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963, King ended with words from a spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." These words are so powerful and enduring. Freedom is a valuable concept for everyone, and one that you might wish to translate it into your child's name. After doing some research, here are some names I found that deal with freedom (I also included some variants and diminutives I liked):

Brac - "free"
Camile or Camilla - "free-born"
Carl, Carlton or Charlton - "free men's town"
Carlos - "free man"
Carla, Carlene, Carly, Carol, Caroline, Carrie, Charlene, Charlie, Charlotte, or Cheryl - "free man"
Charles, Charlie, or Chaz - "free man"
Darby - "free from envy" (has also been given to girls)
Dermot, Diarmaid or Diarmid - "free man"
Fanny, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Francine, Francisca, Sissy, or Ziska - "free"
Francis, Francisco, Frank, Franklin or Frisco - "free"
Frantz or Franz - "free"
Fremont - "protector of freedom"
Freedom - "freedom"
Freeland - "from the free land"
Freeman - "free man"
Frewin - "free friend"
Fritz - "free"
Kanoa - "the free one"
Kermit - "free"
Liberty - "free"
Lysander - "liberator"
Paco - "free"
Saoirse - "freedom"

If you don't like any of those names but still want to honor freedom, you could always use names related to the topic itself (this list is mostly from an American standpoint): any of the Founding Father's names (John, George, Thomas, Jefferson, etc.), Rosa (Parks), Martin, Luther, Abraham, Lincoln, Lucretia (Mott), Susan (B. Anthony), Elizabeth (Cady Stanton), Lucy (Stone), Julia (Ward Howe), Harriet (Beecher Stowe or Tubman), Sojourner (Truth), or even William or Wallace. Braveheart may be about a Scottish leader and set in Scotland, but it's a favorite of many Americans and has a strong message of freedom. :) This list could go on and on.

What are some other names that communicate "free" or "freedom" to you?


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