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Naming My New Banjo

Posted by iSteve on Friday, February 24, 2012


This may seem a little presumptuous, but all I can do is think about my new banjo - even though I don't have it yet.  One of the things that I am pondering is whether to name it.  It seems to me that it needs a name - one that has a story.

So today, I did some googling and came up with some Celtic names that are possible for my banjo.  Celtic because that's the type of music I would like to start playing with, and secondly, the names are so much more interesting.

Here are some of the possibilities:

Meara - Filled With Mirth

Morna - Affection, Beloved

Naveen - Beautiful, Pleasant

Niamh - Bright

Ceol - the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for music.

Crwth - after the ancient Celtic lyre

Tir Non Og - Land of the Forever Young

I really like the last one - Tir Non Og.  It's the name of the Celtic/Gaelic idea of paradise.  One of the things believed to be essential to this paradise was never-ending music.  It's one big party.  I like that.

So, what do you think?  Do you like any of these?  Suggestions? (They don't have to be Celtic.)

Also, have you named your own banjo?  What is it's name?



15 comments on “Naming My New Banjo”

joemac Says:
Friday, February 24, 2012 @12:49:04 PM

You may think of a few other names after you get it !!!!!!!!!!

iSteve Says:
Friday, February 24, 2012 @12:54:48 PM

Joe, I'm keeping a list!

Texasbanjo Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @5:23:00 AM

When I first laid eyes on my Stelling Masterpiece, I named her immediately - Beauty -- because she was so beautiful. And I decided she had to be female because she was beautiful, sometimes difficult to play and sometimes downright maddening (G). Maybe you'll take a look at your banjo and a name will come to you immediately and maybe it'll take a while before the perfect name hits you.

iSteve Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @7:16:12 AM

Good advice. Glad I'm not alone in wanting to name my banjo.

iSteve Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @7:19:33 AM

Also, as I researched further, I found that Tir Non Og is spelled at least a couple of different ways. A more accurate spelling is Tir Na N'og. The meaning is still the same. It represents a land where we are forever young, playing lots of music, having lots of sex, and generally doing what young people do. It's the Celtic version of Vahalla.

janeway Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @8:25:34 AM

I called mine " Star " because when I first set eyes on her and heard her sound I immediately said your a little star, and the name was her's. I'm sure the same will happen to you when you set eyes on your banjo for the first time, a name will pop right into your head. Enjoy

joemac Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @8:48:17 AM

Vahalla?? over here its called THE PUB!!!

iSteve Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @10:53:59 AM

Joe -- the Pub too!

chrisherrin Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @4:10:07 PM

We named one of our twin son's middle name, Anam, which means "Helper Soul". And he is. That may be suitible.

chrisherrin Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @4:13:29 PM

M ine has helped me in more ways than I can mention....

chrisherrin Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @4:18:32 PM

Of your choices I like Meara then Morna. I like the last one but I've always dug a shorter name. Something simple and nice, not a mouthful. :)

iSteve Says:
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @5:33:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Chris. Glad to hear from you.

BanjoBelle Says:
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @11:19:13 AM

Hmmm I would wait until I actually had the banjo before naming it. Brid might be a good one (pronounced "breed") for the ancient Patron Goddess of music,the arts,and blacksmithing.

iSteve Says:
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @1:00:22 PM

Belle, thanks for the suggestion. Brid has a nice ring to it.

Old Man Says:
Monday, February 27, 2012 @9:13:57 AM


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