Posts Tagged ‘name’

What’s in a (unique) name…

December 15, 2009

u⋅nique  /yuˈnik/
–adjective 1. existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics: a unique copy of an ancient manuscript.


For my whole life I’ve been told that I have a “unique” name.  Only lately have I come to realize that that is the wrong word, as unique implies (heck, it does more than imply) that I am the *only* person with that name. More and more, I am finding out that is just not the case.

Jabin, pronounced JAY-bin (and butchered by many people, including buddies in jest), is definitely an unusual name, and for the longest time I thought I was the only one. For anyone who cares, it is a family name, and it is taken from my great, great, great Grandfather Jabin (he wasn’t using it anymore), but it has its roots in the Bible. I’m no theologian, don’t even play one on TV, but it is in the Book of Judges, (Chapter 4 if you are into that sort of thing). He was a King of Hazor, and his name translates as “discerner,” or “the wise.”  Let’s just say that I know several people who would disagree with that translation.

So anyway, ever since Al Gore invented the Internets, and more importantly ever since I’ve had the domain name (shameless plug), I get Emails every once in a while from other “Jabin’s,” and it is a lot of fun. I’ve seen it as a first name, a middle name, and a last name.  And they come in all shapes and sizes, from a whole bunch of different countries.

But I was pleased to get this story via Google Alert after this weekend’s FCS college football semifinal games. Turns out a receiver for the University of Montana, Jabin Sambrano, caught the winning pass to put the Grizzlies into the National Championship game. Ironically, in said game they will face Villanova, whose campus I can see from the window of my house.  Weird, huh?

Anyhoo, it’s a great name, and I wouldn’t change it if I could. Sure, I admire guys with names that are easier to pronounce — especially at loud parties — but I also like the “off the beaten path” quality of my name.  Different, but not unique.