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What's in a Name?

Updated: May 21

A person's name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person... When someone remembers our name after meeting us, we feel respected and more important. It makes a positive and lasting impression on us.

Having an identity is one of the most important things to our human nature. "Personal identity” is tied to our self-worth, how we see ourselves represented on a broad global stage among 7 billion other people.

A name is your identity. It’s what people call you. It’s what you respond to. It’s what you understand about yourself. From the day we are born, we are assigned this identifier. Some people get nicknames or change their name entirely after they are born, but the common thread is a NAME.

Every single thing on planet Earth has a name.


  • Meaning of 444 in the Bible: 444 is a symbol of God's righteousness in the bible.

  • Meaning: The meaning of the name Patricia is: a patrician (an aristocrat or nobleman), of noble birth/descent.


  • Origin:Hebrew.

  • Meaning:God's promise.

  • In Hebrew, the name Elisabeth comes from the meaning “God's promise.”


  • Meaning: bringer of joy.

  • Trixie as a girl's name is of English origin

I have spent my life shying away from my name because I had disassociated from myself & people always struggled to pronounce it & would end up giving me nicknames Pat, Patat, Trish to name a few. I've lived by Trys for much of my life & after moving to New Zealand I reverted to Trixi, a nickname my grandmother had given me before we left Germany & was revived during my visit 34 years later after her death. I reverted to Trixi in an attempt to dissociate from my past because Patrizia & Trys reminded me of all the pain & trauma.

In May 2021 during the Elijah House "Loved, Chosen, Free" seminar prayer ministry demo to dismantle my foundational lie, "I am a mistake!", quite oddly Sandra asked me if Trixi was my real name & I said no, my name is Patrizia. She wrote it on her notes & continued ministry. During the lunch break a lady asked me if I knew what my name meant. I didn't but she had checked... Patrizia (a name I've shied away from all my life) means of noble birth & Trixi means bringer of joy. She insisted I ought to reclaim my name. God gave humanity the authority to name things & invest it with all that a name carries: Identity, destiny & calling.

A few weeks later it dawned on me that the enemy had attacked me on the area of my identity even before birth when mom wanted to call me Elisabeth meaning God's promise but Oma insisted she give me a decent name because all the women in our family before mom were Elisabeth.

During A-School group prayer ministry we prayed through the issues with accepting my name & I have since taken full ownership of it hence I now introduce myself as "My name is Patrizia but if you struggle to pronounce it, you may call me Trixi." but I really appreciate those all the more who call me Patrizia (pronunciation: Apologies to those who've known me as "Trys" for the last few decades, but that's the "old" disassociated version of me, she has been brought to death at the cross of Christ.

As someone who really struggles to remember names, I now make that extra effort to memorise people's names & however embarrasing it seams to ask repeatedly, I'm finding most are actually kind & don't mind reminding us when we struggle.

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