Fun Facts About Names Day encourages us to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind our names, the names of our friends and families. Is there a story behind your name? Maybe you were named after a relative?
My own name is a local slavic form of Maria, so nothing terribly original or ground-breaking here. It was not all that popular until a few celebrities with the name appeared on the scene and the name picked up in popularity. I didn’t particularly like it since I was kind of sticking out from the masses in my town. I was the only girl with that name in my generation. My mother considered another name for me but grandparents weren’t enthusiastic about it. I should be named Vika, a diminutive of Victoria. I don’t know if it would fit me now when I’m used to my name, but I think it would have been just as original.
As for my nickname Swytla, it was inspired by the polish word for light ‘swiatla’. I just modified the spelling to make it slightly more unique and ultimately mine own. My inspiration were the stars which feature prominently in the Tolkien mythology. I was fascinated with Varda or Elbereth by the time I picked it, so I looked for all kinds of inspiration regarding morning and evening stars. In my search in the bowels of internet, I stumbled across the word and something clicked. One minor change and voila! Swytla it is. 😀