My name is Eva Maureen Dubert Burkholder. I was named after my aunt. While Aunt E got the shortened form, I never had a nick name. Eva means "life or giver of life" in Hebrew. Maureen came because my mother chose names that started with "Ma" after her name, Marjorie. I didn't appreciate the depth of my name until I gave birth to my first son. My name also helps me appreciate my God who is a life-giver and who has given me both life here on earth but also eternal life.
We have several examples in Scripture of God renaming his children. Abram became "Abraham" (Gen 17:5), Sarai became "Sarah" (Gen 17:15), Jacob became "Israel" (Gen 32:28), Simon became "Peter" (Matt 16:18). God even named his Son "Jesus" (Matt 1:21). When we learn the meaning of these new names, we see that they were pictures of the people God intended they would become.
It is also very comforting and intimate to me to know that God not only names me but he calls me by my name. Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. (NKJV) In those times when I am struggling to know who I am or if I am worth anything, God calls me "My delight" and I stand tall and stop trying to get others to tell me how delightful I am.
Recently, my dear friend Lori stepped into the presence of Jesus. How sweet that moment must have been when she heard her Savior call her name - out loud - to actually hear it! "Lori, my sweet one, you are whole again!"
Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had. - Richard Rohr