Have you ever thought there is a meaning to your name? I didn’t because until recently, all I knew was that my name Charica is a combination of my parents’ names, which are Richard and Rica. “Cha” from the three middle letters of my father’s name, while “Rica” from my mother’s. Rica in Spanish or Portuguese means many things depending on how it’s used, according to the first and second links of the same website. Also, this BabyNamesPedia link discusses the origins and different variants of the name Rica. So thank you very much my Mama and Papa for giving me a very unique name indeed. 🙂 Over the years, people have always complimented it’s a unique name, and this question of either “Does it mean anything?” or “Is there a meaning to your name?” always pop up.
Not until my Sri Lankan work colleague revealed to me in 2013 that my name coincidentally has a similar word in her Sinhalese language, which is spelled “charika.” I did ask her what it mean, and she said, ‘Travel, trip, adventure.”
Wow, and the most interesting part of it is that I have always wanted to travel, ever since I was young. I was always thinking of what are the interesting things to do. But because I was forbidden by my parents to do anything except their own ways, I decided when I got older to fight for what I want and went to Boracay for four months in my mid-20s. Took me a very long time to realize I do have choices and even when my parents always said no, somehow the universe finds ways for me to go after what my heart truly desires. Who would’ve thought there’s a meaning of my name in other languages? I would be interested to know from a personal name and language expert on this matter.
Anyway, I asked my colleague to write my name in the Sinhalese language. I had to ask her a few more times until finally I kept this for posterity.
|My name spelled “Charika” in Sinhalese language of Sri Lanka, meaning “travel, trip, adventure.” My own photo.|
Another discovery I made is that I did remember the short Japanese calligraphy session I participated during the Taste of Japan event in 2012. I met the lovely Akane Yamaguchi, and she taught me how to do my name through Japanese characters. Below is the evidence of it.
|My name in Japanese, with Akane Yamaguchi who taught me calligraphy|
It’s only recently I asked Akane through Facebook what my name actually means. She said, “Literally, it means tea jasmine flower.” Wow, jasmine flower, interesting.
There’s another one, in Korean this is how they write my name, 체리카. According to my friend Henry Kim, he said it literally means “cherry” and “car.” That sounds interesting because I do like the look of a red car. Coincidence? Maybe.
Now if you think there’s a similar word to my name in your own native or local language, kindly share your thoughts or comments below this post.