Meena / mee / ysanne spevack
Given the name Ysanne Claire Justine Spevack at birth (yes, this is still her legal name), Meena was gifted an additional name, Tova, when she was 10 years old. It means 'good' in Hebrew, and was a gift from a rabbi. She added it to the other names, in the middle.
Five names, basically a sentence. It was a lot for a little girl.
When she was 17, Genesis P-Orridge named her Mee.
One word, no surname.
Finally, simplicity. Or was it complexity?
Mee is like a mirror, a reflection - it's the concept of I-and-I - we are all one. A beautiful and loving gift from Genesis heralding a new chapter in her creative life as a young artist, and turbo-charging her process of individuation.
This name stayed for many a moon until she moved to Los Angeles in 2004.
Now Mee was in a very different time and place, and when she started to make music with William (Billy) Corgan, he let her know something that many people had expressed before - namely, that the name Mee was pretty challenging.
Knowing she needed to do something, and not having a new name up her sleeve, she fell back to using her legal name, Ysanne Spevack - it wasn't a comfortable fit any more, but it was ready-made, and quick to revert to.
Fast forward to 2018. William and Ysanne revisited their conversation about a new name while she was healing from breast cancer.
Never had a more timely conversation been had, at the junction of the crossroads from one side to the next, from here to there. Healing and readying herself for a new chapter.
A new name for a new life.
And so Meena Ysanne was created, a name that encompasses the gifts from her parents, and from Genesis, and readies her for her ongoing peaceful journey towards the heavens, with love, and God's grace.
Meena (also Mina or Minnie)
In Hebrew it means ‘Peaceful’, ‘Quiet,’ ‘Restful’ or 'Serene'
In the Quran, it means ‘Heaven’ or ‘Starling’
In German it means ‘Love'
In Persian it means ‘Azure', ‘Glass Bead', or ‘Enamel'
In Arabic it means ‘Port’
In Sanskrit it means ‘Fish’
In Dutch it means ‘Protector’
In Cornish it means 'Hill'
In Japanese, it means ‘Everyone’.
In Biblical Aramaic, a mina was the unit of currency and / or weight (like the word ‘pound’ can be either)
It's a shortened form of Wilhelmina, meaning ‘helm of will’ or 'protection of the will.’
Meenakshi is an avatar of the Hindu goddess Parvati, Shiva's consort and Vishnu's sister. Meenakshi means 'beautiful fish-shaped eyes' from 'meena' for fish, and 'akshi' for eyes. She is the goddess of all who are born different - a fierce warrior with three breasts who dressed like a boy, and then married a god.
In medieval Celtic French / Cornish / Welsh it means 'Grace'
Hence... Meena Ysanne.
Because what's in a name?
The essence of a person.
their intentions and inspirations + their gods and gifts + their villages and visions