Proper Names in Dreams

The #1 symbolism behind people in dreams is hidden beneath the meaning of their name. Proper names in dreams may hold the entire key to the interpretation. People enter into our dreams posing not as themselves, but as what their name means. In fact, of the 10 types of symbolism concerning people, this one applies more than any other, and more than a literal interpretation of the person.

In one of the dreams we received, a character named Ben exited, never to return. In reality, the dreamer was in a business venture based on the abilities of a friend. The name Ben means “right-hand man”. Just as the dream had prophesied, his friend walked out on the venture. Happily, they are still good friends.

A woman expressed to me repeated concern over her daughter. Then she had a dream with a man named “Alex” in her home. Alex means “protector”.

A man, who was in the middle of a difficult legal battle, dreamed that Daniel was in the courtroom. Daniel means “God is judge”.

Here are just a few proper names to help you see how full of meaning they often are:

Aaron- messenger of light
Alan- handsome, peaceful
Albert- noble and bright
Alex or Alexander- protector/defender of mankind
Amy- beloved, one who is loved or loves
Andrew- strong, courageous
Ann- gracious
Andrea- strong, courageous
Ben- right-hand man
Bonnie- beautiful
Brian- exalted one
Carol, Carrie, Carmen- song of joy
Charles- free man
Charlotte- free woman
Daniel- judge, God is judge
David- beloved, one who is loved or loves
Dawn- new beginning
Deborah- prophetess
Douglas- dark river or stream
Dustin- valiant fighter
Ed- wealth, prosperity
Edna- Refreshment, Restorer
Edward- protector of wealth, wealthy protector
Eric, Erika- eternal ruler, most mighty
Esther- star
Frank- one who speaks freely
Fred- peaceful ruler
Gabriel- devoted to God
Gary- mighty spearman
George- farmer, tiller of soil
Gloria or Glory- glory of God
Gregory- vigilant watchman
Hannah- gracious
Henry, Harry- household ruler
Herbert- glorious soldier
Irene- peace
Jacob, James, Jim- supplanter, substitute
Jennifer- stands out in a crowd
Jesse- great gift
Joel- God is willing
John, Jack- God is gracious
Joshua- God is my salvation
Jordan- move of God descending [from Heaven]

Joseph, Joe- God will increase
Joyce- joyous
Justin- justice
Kacey or Kelly- brave
Kay- rejoice
Kim- leader, ruler
Laura, Lawrence, Larry- crowned
Lilly or Lily- name for Jesus
Lisa- consecrated to God
Louis, Lewis, Louise- famous warrior
Lucy- bringer of light
Lynn- waterfall & clear water under waterfall
Mackenzie- daughter of wise leader
Madeline- high tower
Mae- discerning, great
Michael, Michelle- “Who is like the Lord?… Nobody”
Millie- great counselor
Nadia or Hope- hope
Niki or Nicole- victorious
Odele, Odelle or Odelia- melody, song, praise
Paul- small
Peter- small rock
Ramona, Rena, Sabrina- wise protector
Raymond- mighty wise protector
Renee- reborn
Richard- rich and powerful
Robert- famous brilliance
Roger- famous, renowned
Rose- a name for Jesus
Russell- fox
Samuel- God has heard
Sheila- blind
Sonya or Sophie- wise
Stephanie- crowned
Tameka- Aramaic for twin
Taylor- stitching things together
Tobi- God is good
Thomas, Tom- twin
Tove- Thor, Norse goddess of storms and thunder
Tristen- bold
Vanessa- butterfly
Walter- ruler of an army
William, Bill, Liam- resolute protector

The number of proper name possibilities is massive, so for now, here are some links which might help you find the meaning of a character in your dream!

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April 11, 2019

19 responses on "Proper Names in Dreams"

  1. I think so! Several months ago, I’d prayed about hosting a church study group, but at that point, He told me my motives weren’t pure. I’ve been wondering for a while whether I’m ready now, and this definitely encourages me.

    To be honest, I’m not sure how the prophetic will come into this yet, but I’ll give an update when this becomes clearer. Thank you for your help!

    • Well, your motives are pure now! And when you are weak, He is strong. The prophetic is associated with Daniel, but in this instance, Daniel most likely symbolizes uncompromising in conviction! So when challenged, stick with what you know is truth! Go for this!

  2. Hi Lynmarie! Could you help with my dream? I’m thinking about hosting a Bible study:

    I see the special pet food I make and to the right is a blue bowl. Though I don’t see it move, I know the food is trying to and is loud so (so loud that it woke me up!). The image of David Wood, a Christian apologist, floats next to them, and the dream draws attention to ‘David’. Then below, I see the angel Gabriel – except the dream insists his name is Daniel. The image of Nabeel Qureshi, who is also an apologist, pops up nearby.

    • It looks to me like God is calling you to prepare for bringing people to understand more about how Jesus is the way, truth and life, and with prophetic somehow a component. Either God guiding you prophetically, or you bringing the prophetic into your project. Does this make sense?

  3. Very cool! 🙂 Thanks for the confirmation!

  4. Hi Lynmarie – just posted a dream in the food section, had this one just before it. Dreamed I was in a well-lit area on a bed (?), lying in a somewhat intimate manner on an old friend of mine from my teens named Norman (meaning northman). Was telling him about difficult life last few years, felt very comforted. Could this be my angel? Have had several dreams recently about a bright shining protector. Thanks!

  5. Aha! Alright then. I’ll take it! Thank you, Lord. And thank you, Lynmarie. I don’t know what I would do without you at this point in my life, truly. Your help has been invaluable to me in giving me the faith to stick it out in this war. I’m so, so weary…

  6. I’m sorry! Won’t happen again. This just seemed like such a key dream and I wasn’t sure which elements might be important, tried to summarize as best i could. I would have thought the opposite interpretation, that Jesus/ the Holy Spirit was moving away from him because of his continued rebellion… Can you explain more how you came to that conclusion? I can see the light being shone on the elaborate philosophies part, and boy, are his philosophies elaborate, that sure fits! And are the disaster dreams just referring to the ongoing warfare? Thanks!

    • Dream context, other dreams. Proper names- craftiness/ruler– both refer to Satan. The disaster and falling dreams… within the context, tornado speaks of the Lord uncover everything so it’s clear. Tsunami can be similar- like getting a big epiphany. Falling from the plane to safety- no need to ride this war in the air any more!

  7. Reddish wood archways & paneling, nicked up but indicate house had been fine. Wayne means craftsman or wainwright, Harris is from Harry/Henry, ruler of the home. Maybe Jesus (carpenter/craftsman)? Dream in context of several disaster dreams affecting someone nearby – I’m protected) 4-fingered tornado, tsunami, me falling from airplane height but planning landing in green spot where I can survive fall. Wondering what name might signify, rest pretty apparent. Warning dreams re G maybe? Worrisome. Thx.

    • Looks like your friend will be getting a new Lord, moving from elaborate but wrong thinking to simple truth as God uncovers the falsehoods in his philosophical beliefs. Hallelujah. Keep praying, warring in the Heavenlies. The time of prayer fulfillment is coming.

  8. Hi Lynmarie – dreamed I’m in neighbors’ house w/unseen person. Neighbors have moved out, I keep saying how surprised I am. Say it must have happened while I was at school (sense of that being college). Neighbors’ last name was Harris (did have neighbors IRL by that name thru high school). I mention neighbor boy was Wayne, “my first love” (also true IRL). House is old Victorian, all rooms are dirty & full of trash. Lots of circular motifs incldg area of floor w/sections of inlaid wood, some light shining on it from above, and a turret room. Contd below…

  9. Yes I know him. He’s a friend.

    • Hard to tell if John is literal or meaning the grace of God because I don’t know the background. Polka dots would depict child-like or childishness. If John is literal, he is saying that he already has his mind set and he doesn’t need the childishness someone is trying to sell him.
      OR God is saying to you that HIS Grace is in place and doesn’t involve childishness.

  10. I remember drifting off and having a vision of John and I had some black and white suits. Looked white with white polka dots. A kid asked did he have one. He already grabbed one off the rack. He said “I have one. Im fine thank you”. He told that to the kid annoyed as to say I know I need to put it on I know I needed one I got one.

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