Quick Facts on Journey
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Trip, expedition, quest
Characteristics of Journey
Etymology & Historical Origin - Journey
Journey is the English vocabulary word for a trip or expedition. More specifically, however, journey implies a quest of some sort – the gradual passing from one state of being to another more advanced state (such as a spiritual journey). Such a process indicates some improvement in experience and awareness and calls to mind the famous adage “It’s not the destination that matters; it’s the journey.” The word ‘journey’ has been in use since the 13th century, and is derived from the old Anglo-French word “jur” (from the Latin “diurnus”) meaning ‘day’. It was coined to refer to a ‘day’s journey’ in medieval times. Today, the French equivalent to the word “journey” is “voyage” and in modern Latin it’s “itinere” (think: itinerary, which is essentially the written record detailing a journey). The usage of Journey as a given name originated in the United States and is basically considered a modern invention. The name only shows up on the female naming charts but is also occasionally used for boys.
Popularity of the Name Journey
The usage of the name Journey is very new in the United States. It first appeared on the female naming charts in 1999, so it could really be considered a 21st century modern invention. The usage of English vocabulary words for baby names is not new in America (think: Faith, Hope, Grace and Charity), but they have extended beyond old-fashioned virtue names. American parents are using words like Cadence, Lyric, Melody, Heaven and Trinity. Journey is just another “cool” way of demonstrating individuality. By giving “word-names” to their children, parents are telling the world what values, interests or meanings they hold most dear. Although Journey is not a name that shows up on the male naming charts, the porn-star Jenna Jameson and her mixed-martial artist boyfriend Tito Ortiz named their twin sons Jesse and Journey in 2009. For some people, the process of pregnancy is a ‘journey’ and certainly the raising of one’s children is one of the most profound ‘journeys’ so it’s not altogether a stretch of our imagination to consider why over 700 parents select this name for their baby girls each year. Not to mention that the name appears to be ‘journeying’ up the popularity charts in recent years.
Popularity of the Girl Name Journey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Journey
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Journey
Journey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Journey.
Popular Songs on Journey
Journey - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the first name Journey.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Journey
Journey (Patricia Maclachlan) - Journey is eleven the summer his mother leaves him and his sister, Cat, with their grandparents. He is sad and angry, and spends the summer looking for the clues that will explain why she left. Journey searches photographs for answers. He hunts family resemblances in Grandma's albums. Looking for happier times, he tries to put together the torn pieces of the pictures his mother shredded before her departure. And he also searches the photographs his grandfather takes as the older man attempts to provide Journey with a past. In the process, the boy learns to look and finds that, for him, the camera is a means of finding things his naked eye has missed--things like inevitability of his mother's departure and the love that still binds his family. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Journey
Famous People Named Journey - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Journey.
Children of Famous People Named Journey
Famous People Who Named Their Child Journey - Jenna Jameson (porn star); Tito Ortiz (mixed martial artist)
Journey - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Journey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Journey.
Personality of the Girl Name Journey
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Journey