your name is… my son

In honor to my son Jonah Jari Senna, a short history on meaning of his name. My son Jonah was born on Saint Joseph’s day in the year 2012 AD.


For  more about Jonah see piece I wrote before. [click here]


Jari is a Finnish name which means helmeted warrior, and a shorter version of Jalmari/Hjalmar.

It is also a biblical name, in Hebrew spelled as  יערי , found in 2 sam 21:19 where it says : And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jari-oregin, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. In Hebrew Jari means the one who will spread the light, who will plead for you.

The name Jari is also mentioned in an ancient (ca 1000 AD) Scandinavian poem and prose called Edda, which tells us about the creation of the world, addressed to Odin by a prophetess. Jari is one of the dwarfs who is created. In Germanic mythology, a dwarf is a being that dwells in mountains and in the earth, and is variously associated with wisdom, smithing, mining and crafting.

Besides the named above Jari is a river in Brasil, affluent from the Amazone river.



Senna is an originally Arabic name which means brightness or truth, and well known from the formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna. Senna is an old name and, besides Arabic, also found in inscriptions from Roman Britain (40-400 AD) and thought to be an ancient Celtic name.

Senna is a flowering bush common in the tropics, with bright yellow flowers. This plant has gained some notice in herbal medicine as the active ingredient in so-called “dieter’s teas”.


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