On the Mysticism of Names

Jacob’s Ladder William Blake (1805)

Plato: And so today we will discuss the mysticism inherent behind names and naming. The short answer is that the name of something tells you about its essence; i.e. a good name, an appropriate name, relates proper meaning to the essence of something. Language does this for the most part; and we may say that some languages do this more than others. I want to give one example of this in Afrikaans, a language native to South Africa. This language was more artificially constructed than other languages, and more recently, hence many of its words will do exactly this relationship between meaning and essence. For example the word ‘bakstene” which translates as bricks, is literally translated as ‘baked stones’ describing the process of formation which created them. Or “driehoek”, ‘triangle’, which in both English and Afrikaans refer to the three angles which form and constitute the triangle.

Adam Krok: I see, master. And If I may add to this discussion, I would like to talk about the mysticism behind people’s names. My name Adam Saul Krok is an acronym for ‘ask’, as in to ask a question suggesting the nature of a philosopher. My middle name Saul is a repetition of this sentiment since Saul, or Shaol, means the exact same thing except in the passive tense, ‘asked for’. This is only one aspect of my name which I have found within its many spheres of meaning, since I have left out both “Adam” and “Krok”.

Now the more interesting question is what is the origin of our names? The very simple answer is our parents, and more likely than not, our mothers. But this begs the question of where our parents got our names from. Many of them would state that ‘it came to them’, or it was named after someone still alive, or someone passed away. Remember this principle of divinity — anything that sticks too long, or too strong within consciousness, barring serious mental and physical illness, is most likely a soft nudge from the divine. It is just such a nudge as this which comes from the divine to most mothers, and tells them which name to give the child. It is to the great glory of women that they are the creators of children, and therefore deserve the primary right to name them, and the prophetic ability to glean what the name should be. But ultimately children and their souls come from the Lord, and he is the namer of all things first and foremost. Names are made in heaven, and passed down to women on earth. And this is especially true of noble souls.

Plato: Very good Adam, I am in agreement.




Writer, poet, philosopher,

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

The Value of the Invisible:Boundaries

The Failed Human

A Mere Bogy of the Mind: Camus for Our Times

Naci Yavuz / Shutterstock.com

A Lesson on Distributive Justice

The Wilderness

Is Descartes the greatest liar in human history?

The rant of the Zealot in the name of New Zealand

Our Founding Fathers Missed Something that Is a Partial Cause of Today’s Political Dysfunction

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Adam Saul Krok

Adam Saul Krok

Writer, poet, philosopher,

More from Medium


Pandemic Notes — Part One: Waving Off

Mind-Blowing: Government Involvement Experiment