What’s in a name?

I’m not really sure why, but I decided to go and hunt down the meaning of my first name (Taiss) tonight.

The usual Google searches drew a blank, so I had to delve into genealogical, etymological and baby-name sites to try and find it’s source. Unfortunatly, this was not as fruitful as I had hoped. I then started expanding and repeating my search across the Italian and Spanish sites (being the only two other languages I can read) and even French (which I can guess every second word enough to get a gist) pages … Finally, on a Spanish page, I found:


Meaning: The Unknown
[“gran desconocido” – i.e. the ‘great unknown’ – if I interpret this correctly, I think it’s similar to the concept of the wyrd – i.e. the void of the three fates]

Etymology: Obscure. Experts do not agree on the account of the history of this name. Similar names with analogous meanings exist across many cultures. See also: Thais, Taisiya, Taissa, Tasia, Tai, Taiser.

That was it, after a mere four hours of searching, that’s all I could find. Although, I also found a page within the Kabalarian’s site which had a page on the “effect of your first name on you”:

The name Taiss creates the urge to be creative and original. Your first name of Taiss has given you energy, drive, and ambition, but also an almost excessively strong-willed and independent nature. While you are creative, inventive, and ingenious in practical matters, and always ready to initiate and promote new undertakings, you often experience difficulty in bringing your undertakings to a successful conclusion because of your own changing interests or changing circumstances.

Which is all very nice, really. Apparently, the State Library of Victoria is meant to have an extensive geneology and etymology collection – so, it just might be worth the visit when I get a chance.

Might turn out to be fruitful.

Then again, might not.

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. Hey, Just thought I would tell you that Taiss has been used in Scottish names. I think that the Mc Gowen clan have a few of people with this name. I may be wrong.

    I do know it is definitely not a common name.

  2. Thanks Ken, good to know – will look that up … seems strange that while it is not a common name, it seems to pop up in quite a few cultures … I’ve seen it used both as a first and last name in South America, in Russia, the USofA and a randomly all over the place … it’ll be an interesting journey to try and trace it’s etymological source.

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