Good morning. 😊 It is Friday, September 10, 2021. Jeanette Stark here.
As I typed my name this morning, I thought of my mom and dad naming me.
I am the oldest of three girls and they waited 6 years for me to come along. Mom told me she named me after a famous figure skater. I need to ask her if that skater was Jeannette Altwegg. Ms. Altwegg was born in 1930. She was the 1952 Olympic champion, the 1948 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1951 World champion, and a double (1951 & 1952) European champion. (source: Wikipedia)
My Kindergarten teacher called me Jenny. Not sure why.
I knew a woman at a local pharmacy/gift shop who was French. She pronounced my name with her French accent and I loved it. It sounded like Zhnette as in Doctor Zhivago.
Many people have called me Janet, and still do. I usually do not correct them.
I always felt a bit bad when I could not find my name in gift shops on key chains, or bracelets and such.
I found a graph online that showed the popularity of the name Jeanette reached .25% in 1939 and by 2002 was only used .011%
In French my name means ‘Little Jean’ Jeanette is the feminine form of John and the Scottish version of the Old French Jehane.
My birth name is Jeanette Leah’ Bartlett. When I married Wendell I became Jeanette Stark.
When my baby sister was very small she could not pronounce Jeanette. It came out Net and so that nickname has stuck with me for over 40 years. Many family members call me Net. My cousin Terry called me Netty-Spaghetti. I have a dear friend who calls me Lady J. I in turn named my blog ladyjway.com
I like my name. I always have. I have friends who hate their name. I even have a friend that changed his first name AND his last name.
There are examples in the Bible of names being changed:
Abram to Abraham, meaning “father of a multitude of many nations” Genesis 17:5 “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.”
Genesis 41:45 “Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah…”
Jacob to Israel, meaning “God may prevail/he struggles with God/God preserves” Genesis 32:28 “He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”
Jebediah to Solomon, meaning “peaceful” 2 Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.”
Sarai to Sarah, meaning "princess” Genesis 17:15 “Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.”
Saul to Paul, meaning “small/humble” Acts 13:9 “But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him,”
Simon to Peter, meaning “the rock” John 1:42 “Andrew brought him to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated as Peter).”
Joseph to Barnabas, meaning “son of encouragement” Acts 4:36 “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”) Source: https: knowing-jesus.com
I never had a desire to change my name. But the thing I love most about my name though, is its meaning: “God is gracious”
With all that said I will not always be known as Jeanette. You will not always be known by your name either. The name your mother and father gave to you at birth, will be replaced with a different name. We are told that the saved will be given a new name in heaven. God will give you a new name! That is exciting to me!
Isaiah 62:2 “The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.” ESV
Revelation 2:17 “…To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone…” ESV
Isaiah 56:5 “I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.” ESV
Isaiah 65:15 “…but his servants he will call by another name.” ESV
Revelation 3:12 “The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.” ESV
So, enjoy your name while you can, a new name is coming!