MEANINGS OF THE NAMES OF THE PROPHETS
“Muhammadur Rasulullah” (Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah) [Surah Alfaten: 5]
In the above verse the name of the Prophet Muhammad and his status are revealed. The revered name of the Prophet in itself contends great merits to the extent that the name of no other Prophet manifests.
For example, the word ADAM means wheatish he is called Abdul Bashar as it reflects his complexion.
The word NOOH (Noah) means `rest’, as his father intended him to be in rest.
The word ISHAQUE (Isaac) means `one who laughs’, ever smiling.
The word YAQUEB (Jacob) means `one that follows’ or one who comes afterwards. He was twin borne and younger to Jesus.
The word MUSA (Moses) means `lifted from the water’ as when the box containing Musa was lifted from the river the boy was named Musa.
The word YAHYA (John) means `aged one’ which reflects the high wisher parents for their children.
The word ISA (Jesus) means `rosy’. He was named thus due to his rosy coloured face.
As is shown, all the above names signify the Prophets appearance only and not the merits of their Prophethood. But the very name Muhammad is quite distinguished in as much as it does not reflect the=20 appearance of his physical nature, rather it reflects his status.
Both the words `Muhammad’ and `Ahmad’ are from `Hamd’ which mean, the praise, the praised, the praising.
Muhammad is made from the word `hammuda’- it is an indication to his high status.
His nation (ummat) is called `hammadoon’. There is a slight distinction in the meanings of the two words `Muhammad’ and Ahmad’. Muhammad means `the person who is praised most by all the universe’ and Ahmad means `one who praise Allah’.
As such it is this unique feature of the Prophet Muhammad which distinguishes him from the rest of his predecessors of the order of Prophethood and Apostleship.
ONE MUST CHANGE ONE’S NAME IF IT HAS MEANING INDICATING WORSHIP OF OTHER THAN ALLAH
By Sheik Ibn Baaz
Fataawa Muhimmah lil-Muslim al-Jadeed – Page 39
One must change one’s name if it has a meaning indicating worship of other than Allaah *Please appropriately reference this fatwa to: http://www.fatwa-online.com, thankyou!* Question: Does someone who has just embraced Islaam have to change his old name to an Islaamic name? Response: I am informing you that there is no evidence from Islaamic law that requires one whom Allaah guided to Islaam to change his name, unless there is a meaning to the name which is objectionable in Islaam, such as the worship of other than Allaah. For instance, some Arab Christians are called ‘Abdul-Maseeh, which means the slave of Christ. Likewise, if the name carries a negative meaning it is better to have a name which has a more positive meaning. For instance, a name like “Huzn” which means “sorrow” or “affliction” may be changed to “Sahl” which means “ease”. However, changing a name which indicated worship of other than Allaah is obligatory, while changing any other name is only recommended. This second category includes names which are commonly associated with Christians, such that someone hearing the name would think the person having that name to be Christian. In this situation, changing the name would be very appropriate.
May Allaah help all of us to do what pleases Him, and may He bestow on us and on you a clear understanding of the religion and firm adherence to it, and may Allaah’s Mercy and Blessings be upon you.
REVEALING ONE’S IDENTITY ON INTERNET FORUMS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
By Shaykh ‘Ubayd ibn ‘Abdillaah ibn Sulaymaan Al-Jaabiree
An Invitation and a Recommendation (Regarding Revealing One’s Identity on Internet Forums and Discussion Groups)
All praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of all that exists. There is no animosity except for the oppressors. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, who is alone without partners, and He is Al-Haqq Al-Mubeen. And I further bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allaah make high mention of him and his family and companions, and grant them security.
Verily I have reflected over what has taken place in the latest fitnah and the results and outcomes that have appeared amongst our youth and amongst our brothers who are holding to the manhaj of As-Salaf As-Saalih. I believe that the great amount of al-qeel wal-qaal (gossip) coming from those who do not have much knowledge or awareness of Allaah’s Deen, His Legislation, or what the Salaf were upon is a reason for the kindling of this fitnah and for the spreading of its flames, especially since the majority of these problems can be traced back to the Internet and what is said and written on it, from those whose description I have referred to.
And from the most important causes (of fitnah) is the act of hiding behind (false) names, titles, or kunyahs that hide the identity of a person.
So in an effort to resolve this problem that grows, gains momentum, and spreads day by day, verily I call on my truthful brothers to apply the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam): “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, then let him speak good or keep silent.” 
And as Ibn Seereen (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said, “Verily knowledge is Deen, so look to whom you take your Deen from.”
And this is done by making known one’s real name, for whoever wants to take part in and write in these forums, especially the Sahab Salafee forum, let him take part with us in cutting short the growth of these problems and this gossip. 
After looking into the benefits of posting with one’s real name, the following things come to mind at first glance:
1 – One will take his time, contemplate, and think deeply before posting.
2 – We will know the level of the writer’s knowledge and manhaj.
3 – There will be no hastiness or unnecessary rush in spreading things before confirming them and referring them to the people of knowledge.
4 – Writing under one’s real name will bring about a sense of responsibility and accountability for what is being written.
5 – It will reduce excessive writing and spreading (of things devoid of benefit).
6 – It will restrict the writing and the offering of advice to the people of knowledge and their students, and not just every Tom, Dick, and Harry will post.
7 – It will put forth the people of knowledge and make clear their true position and their true right and authority with regards to guidance, education, and criticism.
8 – It will allow the Salafee manhaj to be seen in its beautiful form and complete shape, by way of knowing the narrators and their situations and personalities.
9 – We will be able to apply the Sharee’ah ruling on the opposing ones, those who stubbornly resist (the correct path), and the liars. We will be able to confirm and verify reports if we know the individuals, but this ability will vanish or dwindle so long as we do not know them, or they are anonymous.
10 – There will be an increase in beneficial posts with knowledge, clarifying the manhaj, and weak posts or those devoid of benefit will decrease.
11 – We will nobly remove ourselves from the ways of the biased partisans and people of secret movements and organizations, and we will oppose their stealth and hiding behind nicknames or kunyahs when their attributes and poisons become known.
12 – We will spread clarity and mutual truthfulness, two attributes that are from the foremost attributes of the Salafee manhaj.
There are other benefits,good results, and outcomes that we hope to gain by the open display of people’s real names. So I hope that we will be the first ones to implement this good way on the Internet, so that we will gain reward for it, and for all those who follow us it.
So I repeat once more, I call upon our concerned Salafee youth, those dedicated to spreading good and repelling evil and reducing it and shutting its doors and avenues, I call on them to respond positively to this request and this suggestion. And I call on them to look into this suggestion with their intellects based upon the pure legislation that seeks to benefit from all forms of goodness and seeks to repel all evil. They will find that it will make them and their da’wah distinct, bring to light its truthfulness and inner purity, and the security of the manhaj of their da’wah and its good intention as well.
And I hope that the brothers responsible for sahab.net will join with us in conveying this invitation and this suggestion, keeping this post at the top of the page long enough for all or most of the youth to read it. And I hope that they will open the way for people to register with their real names and to change their kunyahs and nicknames. 
And may Allaah’s Salaah and an abundance of Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions until the Day of Judgement, and all praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all that exists.
 an authentic hadeeth collected by Al-Bukhaaree (6136) and Muslim (171) on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him)
 And they have implemented the shaykh’s advice, may Allaah reward them generously. See this thread (EL – ‘Arabic) for example.