Don't you love etymology? No, not the study of bugs. Etymology--the study of word origins.
My first name, Nathan, is a biblical name and comes from the Hebrew "he has given" or "gift." Kind of nice, eh? He was a prophet, too. Can't beat that.
But wait...what about Nate, my nickname? Turns out that that's a whole other story.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term nates is a Latin plural noun meaning..."buttocks." I kid you not. So, while the singular is actually natis and not Nate, we are in America speaking English, and I simply have to face the fact that my nickname is "buttock."
Well, no wonder I feel like one on such a regular basis!
What does your name or nickname mean?