My name is Shaula. If you are wondering how to pronounce it, think "Shaula like Paula." People have a lot of misconceptions about me based on my name. If someone hasn't met me but only heard my name, they are often surprised to meet a white girl. Many have assumed my name is of African origin.
Actually, the origin of my name is Arabic. When I meet someone who hails from the Middle East, I get a lot of questions about my name and my family heritage. They are usually disappointed to find out that I have no connections whatsoever to their homeland. Then I usually get questions about what Shaula means because they know it sounds Arabic.
Well, before I tell you the meaning of my name, I should tell you what Shaula is...besides me. It's the name of a star - not a celebrity star but a celestial star. It's the 21st brighest star, and it can be found in the constellation scorpio. Shaula means "the sting" or the "raised tail" referring of course to the scorpio. My husband is probably nodding in agreement that sting would be a good definition for me.
There are those rare people that know Shaula is a star, so they invariably ask me if my parents were hippies. They have this free-love commune image of my family. The honest truth is that my mom met somebody named Shaula in high school. She thought it was pretty. End of story. I didn't know the meaning of my name until one of my college suitemates took an astronomy class.
I'll post part 2 later about how this relates to church.