Today is Namesake Day. Do you know the meaning of your name?

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Nicole is of Greek origin meaning people of victory or victorious people and is pronounced Ni-Kohl (or Neeee-Cole if you’re traveling to Haiti on mission trip.)

Urban Dictionary says Nicole is an awesome person that is often imitated but never duplicated. A Nicole is someone who is omnipotent. Gorgeous. Intelligent. Mysterious. Witty. Hilarious. Out-going. Creative. Seductive, yet also tough. Street-smart and experienced. Brave. Enduring. A wonderful mother. Nothing and nobody can compare to a Nicole in any aspect. Mess with a Nicole, or her family, and you will regret ever being born.

I can’t verify the wonderful mother part. Perhaps I’ll get to find out one day. Or not. That’s a big decision.

Most fascinating to me is the Egyptian hieroglyphic translation of Nicole using logographic (picture) and alphabetic (letter) symbols.

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I’m no scientist or psychologist, but I agree with these symbols. I’ll give you the Egyptian translation with a few Nicole-isms:

Water — the Nile River
I’ve been known to soak up the sun while sipping fruity beverages in a lake, river, pool, ocean, or the Dead Sea. Plus, I must have water to make sweet tea.

Reed — hide
I’m an only child and as much as I love socializing and being with large groups of family and friends, I need my space and quiet time too. If I lived in Egypt, I’d probably hide in the reeds along the Nile River and read a book!

Basket — food storage
This is a no-brainer. I love food. I love to eat. I love to cook. I love to provide sustenance for others. I like to please people by making their bellies happy. I have a rule at my house: you cannot leave hungry or thirsty. It offends me and makes me very sad. If you have special dietary needs or allergy restrictions, I understand and will do my best to accommodate. And, Lord have mercy, I hope you like sweet tea!!!!

Quail — protection
The older I get, the more intuitive I become. I think I’ll always be sensitive and defend the underdog. I avoid conflict at all costs, but that doesn’t mean I won’t spit biting words before I retreat. And, if I am not comfortable with a situation, I leave immediately. No questions asked, no hesitation, no pause, just go!

Lion — leader
The lion is a symbol of strength, authority, and natural leadership. Being an only child, I matured quickly and, in turn, became very independent. There are certainly situations when I would rather lead than follow. I’d make a great NASCAR driver. =)

What is the meaning of your name? If you were to research your name using Egyptian hieroglyphics, would the symbols represent you well?

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