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My given name. Funny isn't it how names can, or used to be, indicators of a period when a person was born, reflecting what was most popular around their time of birth?
When I attended high school, Mark as a name popped up in almost every class of my year. A bit disheartening, when as a kid you think you're pretty unique only to be confronted by the first kid to have the same name, then another, and another and another.
The name Mark has its origins from old Latin "Mart-kos", meaning "consecrated to the god, Mars", and possibly also mean "God of War" or "to be warlike" - who? me? Never!
|Mainvision.com - the statue of the god, Mars.|
Last factoid, the Amercian author Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose real name was Samuel Clemens, author of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn', took his pen name from a call used by riverboat workers on the Mississippi River to indicate a depth of two fathoms (one fathom equals six feet).
For my time on this earth, I have so far been called the following: Marcus, Marco, Marky, Sparky, Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch, and Markos. For some reason, the only one that bothers me is Marcus? Strange, but true.
I leave you now with one of my favourite tracks by Dire Straits (and Mark Knopfler) - the title track of the album, 'Brothers In Arms'. Enjoy.