The Los Angeles Lakers‘ Ron Artest has spent the majority of his basketball career stirring up controversy with his own brand of joie de vivre. The eccentric,  at times rowdy, small forward and shooting guard now graces this column for a linguistic reason. Artest plans on officially changing his name to Metta World Peace. If, as our recent post conjectures, our given names play a part in predetermining our destinies – what does the future hold for Mr. World Peace (and what does Metta World Peace mean?)

Metta is derived from the Pali language, an ancient tongue in which Buddhist scriptures were composed.  The following attributes can be attributed to “metta:”loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence. In Buddhist teachings, the practice of metta focuses on kindness and love towards all beings.

“World” is derived from the Old English weorold meaning “human existence, the affairs of life.” The Germanic translation we-ald literally means, “age of man.” The Modern English translation refers to “the earth or globe, considered as a planet.”

“Peace” is derived from the mid-12th century Anglo-Norman pes meaning, “freedom from civil disorder,” and the Latin ‘pacem’ or ‘pax’ meaning, “treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of war.” The Modern English use of the word as a personal greeting began around the early 13th century as a translation of the biblical term ‘pax’ – as in “peace be with you.”

It could be construed that Mr. Metta World Peace is on a path to global and spiritual enlightenment. Before he travels too far he may want to take a little time to shoot some hoops with the 6’9” power forward from Erie Community College who goes by the name, “God’s Gift Achiuwa” – that’s a match we’d like to see.

We’d like to know – what does your name say about you? Let us know, below.


Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) November 2, 2008 Byline: By HEATHER GREENAWAY JUNGLE beauty Gemma Atkinson has told of her terrifying dip with Great White sharks.

The actress bravely swam with the maneaters for a TV show just a year after facing deadly critters on I’m A Celebrity… The former Hollyoaks star also gets to grips with ostriches on Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie.

Gemma, 23, is terrified of birds but had to ride one of the 9ft creatures bare-back.

She said: “There were 15 ostriches in the pen and they were all going berserk.

“There were no saddles so I had to clamber on and hold on to the wings for dear life. greatwhitesharksnow.net great white sharks

“They freaked me out. They were really smelly and made a frantic coughing noise all the time.” Surprisingly, Gemma was less daunted by the Great Whites when challenged to go diving off the coast of South Africa.

The star, who is engaged to Birmingham City striker Marcus Bent, 30, said: “I was less terrified about getting in with the sharks until the water changed colour as they approached. in our site great white sharks

“Watching Jaws before I left to film the show did not help – especially when I saw their huge teeth.” Adrenaline Junkie sees Gemma and a host of stars – including Harry Potter star Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) – face a string of challenges alongside The Osbournes star Jack, son of rocker Ozzy.

Former Ultimo bra model Gemma spent 10 days filming in South Africa.

She said: “I was a big fan of The Osbournes and had the impression Jack was wild but he’s one of the most levelheaded people I’ve ever met.

“He tried to calm us the minute we showed panic.” Gemma can’t wait to see her exploits on TV and her whole family, including her Scots gran, will be tuning in.

She said: “I’m worried about all the swearing I did but I’m sure my gran will understand if I’m not overly polite when faced with a sea full of sharks.” Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie is on ITV2 on November 12 at 9pm.


Jawsome: A Great White terrorised Gemma, right; Bird-brain: Terrified Gemma on an ostrich


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  2. David -  February 28, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    Seriously!! you wont believe it!!! My Middle name Sterling means “cricket chirping on the yard” in -Greek, my Last name Hedgepeth has lation orgins meaning, bush hiding, and my first name David has the meaning, “Moon” in Gulableorian,” @DeePhreshh Tweet.. Tweet…

  3. Kyiah Shekanna Evans -  January 27, 2013 - 5:50 am

    My first name has two parts. Kyiah Shekanna – it means, according to my guardian angel who sang me my name through the breeze in a meditation upon a mountain, it means “earth angel who embraces others through Namaste and Kindness”. I legally changed my name to Kyiah Shekanna. A big name to fullfill. My hats off to Metta World Peace. If you are interested in creating metta and changing our world, and celebrating world day of metta, take this pledge and pass it on to all of your friends! http://www.causes.com/causes/811982-world-day-of-metta/actions/1727289?recruiter_id=106621948&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb

  4. Corey -  May 19, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    My 1st name Means “God like” in Anglo Saxon, middle name Kalon means “to go far”.

  5. [...] In 2004, the NBA player known at the time as Ron Artest went well beyond the nearly $10 million in forfeited paychecks and 146 games lost in suspensions after a major public and televised public relations nightmare infamously dubbed The Malice at the Palace. Fast forward to just before this season, Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace. What does Metta World Peace mean? [...]

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  7. jellybean :) -  August 17, 2011 - 3:39 am

    My name in Vietnamese is Lien Hoa, which means ‘lotus flower’. :)

  8. nour -  July 29, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    my first name is Nour , which means Light (although most people say i am depressed). my dad’s name is Muhammed, which means Chosen. My grandfather’s names is Nabil, which i think means noble. my great-grandfather’s name is Mustafa, which also means Chosen. so my full name is: Nour Muhammed Nabil Mustafa : Light Chosen Noble Chosen
    my complete name is :Nour Muhammed Nabil Mustafa Ismail Abdalbaste Ashareef.

  9. Julio -  July 21, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    Does anyone else find it odd how the picture in this articles shows two basketballs and a ‘darker’ one in the middle? Hmm…subliminal message, anyone?

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