When people learn my name for the first time, they tell me that it is unique and that they’ve never heard it before. I like how my name is different, and I think it makes me who I am. When people tell me my name is pretty or elegant, it makes me proud. My parents gave me this name because they thought it sounded tough and strong, and that’s who they wanted me to be. They liked my name because it honored our heritage and where we came from. My name is Gaelic, Irish, and English. In Gaelic, my name means defiance. In English, it means from the elder tree grove. It also means fallen angel. I hope these meanings can connect to me in many ways. They show strength and courage, wisdom, and hope. My name can be used as a girl's or a boys name, which I don’t mind. Finding another person with my name is very exciting, whether it be a girl, a boy, or even someone's last name. Someone once told me that my name was the friendliest name they had ever heard. Hearing this made me very happy, and more confident in my name. I try to be as nice as possible to everyone I meet and have a positive outlook on life. Knowing that someone considered my name to be friendly is very comforting, and I hope that I can show that meaning in my daily life. The first thing people learn about me is my name, and if it immediately makes them think of friendship and happiness, it definitely feels good. I used to dislike my name a lot, because it was different and I didn’t know anyone else who had it. It made me feel awkward when people would pronounce it wrong or act confused when they heard it. But, as time has gone by, I have learned to love it for that exact reason. There are so many names in the world that are very common and used a lot, but mine is very unique. My name has always reminded me of the ocean. The deep blue of the water, and the warmth of the beach. It makes me think of stillness, and peace. The meanings behind my name have a lot of significance, and hopefully I apply them to my daily life. My name gives me strength and courage, but it also gives me friendship and peace. My name may not be the most common, but I do think that it fits me well and I hope I can live up to all that it means.
Al For One