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All of our names carry important meanings

With the much-anticipated birth of the latest royal finally arriving, second to finding out if it was a boy or a girl, was the name the child would be given.

So as I waited in suspense following the little guy’s birth, I decided to try and make a guess as to what he would be called.

I speculated the name Richard, mostly because it has been quite awhile since the monarchy has used this name.

Boy was I wrong, along with probably everyone else who had tried to predict what Harry and Meghan would name their son.

Now don’t misunderstand.

I have no objections to the name, Archie. In fact, one of my dad’s younger brothers was named Archie, and he was quite the character and was loved by all.

It’s just that I would have never expected the royal family to choose a name that had not been passed down from their lineage.

But hey, hasn’t it been just like Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s youngest son, to walk to the beat of a different drummer and carve out his own destiny?

So what better way for Prince Harry to carry on his independent nature than by giving his son a nontraditional name?

For some, deciding on a name for their child can be challenging and downright difficult, especially if there are family members whispering names in their ear.

Unfortunately, I was one of those kinds of relatives each time my daughters became pregnant.

However, when it came to picking a name for my own children, I was a tiger. I was certain I was going to use family names and I also wanted something unique, because, growing up there were lots of Terris in school with me.

One year there were even three of us in one classroom.

Our names are important.  

They are the most important means by which we are identified.

Most all names likewise have significance, like Prince Harry’s son, Archie, which means “truly brave.”

Have you ever wondered what your name means?

If so, one website suggests doing some research on your name or asking your parents about the name they gave you.

My name is of English origin and means “harvester, reaper.”

And with further research I found out the greatest number of people were given the name Terri in 1959.

Guess when I was born.

So while the name Archie may not have been a typical “royal name” or even one making this year’s top baby names list, I would wager a few bucks that next year, it will make the top ten.

Because, according to cnn.com, the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names tends to reflect pop culture’s influence.

And while it may be impossible to say with certainty, the website stated, who inspired baby name trends — movies, TV, music and sports can reveal who keeps the trend alive.

And I would guess, so can royalty.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a reporter for The Vicskburg Post. She can be reached at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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