About Hummingbirds and the Naming

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In Search of Joy

I have an affinity to the Hummingbird after being named after this joyful bird many years ago by a Native American friend of mine who has since passed. We had a closeness that defied the miles of earth between us. He knew me well, even having only met me a couple of times. He called me Hummingbird and told me that one day I would understand exactly what that meant.

Now I know. Aside from being a person whose life has followed the flight of the hummingbird;  seemingly all over the place, it’s because I have been in search of joy in my life. This bird’s symbolism is about joy. My journey through life over the many years since this name was given to me has shown me what it really means to carry the name Hummingbird. The meaning behind this little bird is akin to the journey I have taken in my life and where I am headed. I have lived the life of the Hummingbird and learned from her. My hope is to be able to share this journey of mine that brought me from the depths of depression and despair, to the joy that I am now learning to create in my life.

The hummingbird spirit animal symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Those who have the hummingbird as a totem are invited to enjoy the sweetness of life, lift up negativity wherever it creeps in and express love more fully in their daily endeavors. This fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats despite its small size, such as traveling great distances or being able to fly backwards. By affinity with the hummingbird, those who have this bird as totem may be encouraged to develop their adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook.

Hummingbird Meaning

The hummingbird generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability. Additional symbolic meanings are:

  • Lightness of being, enjoyment of life
  • Being more present
  • Independence
  • Bringing playfulness and joy in your life
  • Lifting up negativity
  • Swiftness, ability to respond quickly
  • Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly


The point of bringing this up front into my story is so I can give you an idea of not only where my life has taken me, but a little bit of my personality. My hope is to be able to bring some of that joy to your life.

To go through something like this you (and I am speaking directly to you) must be a wise and courageous person. It takes a lot of courage to go through this, and still live your life. I am proud of you for taking the time to read this and to look for better ways to take care of yourself, your mind, your spirit, your soul.

I am grateful and honored to share this path with you, realizing what a maddening struggle it can be; it has some light in it as well that you will find.