Name Meaning Bookmarks

Everything you ever wanted to know about the BEST personalized bookmarks you'll ever find!

Hello from CrossTimber!

We're John & Katie, Joanie, Chloe, and Rigby Caleb Dehnart, and  and we love NAMES. There is so much treasure and encouragement hidden in a name's history and meaning.

In 1997, made my very first name meaning gifts for some fellow students who decided they were my enemy.  I remembered a principle that Abraham Lincoln knew:  "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"  I had intended the little "name cards" to be a simple, peaceful gesture, but to my surprise, the little kindness went a long way in quelling ridicule and actually changing attitudes in the classroom! Long-story-short, that started over 2 decades of researching names and giving away NameCards, and has blossomed into a family business!  Now my wife, daughters and son help me assemble orders for bookmarks, plaques*, coffee mugs* and music boxes*.   (*sold on our main website, www.Meaning.Name)

We've made over 10,000 name meaning bookmarks since then, and as you've seen on this site, we have over 200 styles and designs to choose from.  If you'd like to know what your name means, (or any other name) just click the chat box, below!

Our bookmarks are VERY customizable.  You can start with finding a design, type in the name, decide on extra features like a ribbon, corner design, matching pocket card, horizontal bookmark, greeting card, and then you can add a custom message that can be used on the back of the bookmark, or on the front!  We love researching unique spellings and unusual names, so don't hesitate to add your especially unique friends to the order!  99.97% of the time, we can find the meaning!

Want to learn more about our Bookmarks? You're in the right place.  Keep reading!

custom name meaning bookmark with lionCrossTimber's personalized Bookmarks are little treasures of encouragement!  YOU get to personalize the bookmark with any name, and a custom message on the back or front!  Bookmarks are printed edge-to-edge, full-color on heavy 10pt, glossy, photo-grade card stock, and then laminated with 3.4mil. 

In other words, they're beautiful, large, personalized bookmarks! The colors are crisp and vibrant, and the laminate ensures years of durable encouragement. On the reverse side is our website address and a Bible verse highlighting the importance of names, like Proverbs 22:1,

A good name is to be chosen above great riches.

These personalized bookmarks are made to order for $3.99 each.  Order in quantity for as low as $2.79!  These are perfect for friends, family, classmates, students, or to bless your enemies ! (Which is how our NameCards got started. Click here for that story, on our main website.)    You’ll also find a variety of additional features on the order form that you can add to your personalized bookmarks, like a matching NameCard, a ribbon accent, or a trimmed corner design.  Then you can choose between a personal message on the back or a custom text on the front in place of the inspirational quote.


All of our name meaning gifts include the name's carefully researched meaning, an applied functional meaning from a Biblical perspective, and an encouraging Quote. You can specify what type of quote you would like (Presidents, Authors, Character Qualities or Bible verses.), or you can use the $1 custom text feature to send us your own custom quote!

With a bookshelf full of Baby-Name and Linguistic books, we dig through layers of resources to uncover the most encouraging, positive, uplifting meaning of a name --even very unique names! For more on how we research names, click here to visit the Name Research Center on our main website. And if you would like to know what your name means, click the chat button on the lower right↘, or Contact Us by email anytime!

This is where the fun begins on your part!  Use the light blue menu near the top of this page to browse our 200+ styles & designs for our personalized bookmarks. Or click here to see our "Top Ten"! You can choose a unique design for each name on your list!   Our all-original bookmarks include a variety of outdoor scenery, ocean sunsets lighthouses & castles, as well as symbolic themes like Faith & Inspiration, Irish knotwork, fantastical places and other meaningful symbols. personalized bookmark with name meaningOr you can make it more personal with a relationship-based backdrop, featuring cute baby feet, a potter’s wheel, boy scouts, or holding hands. Not sure what to get? Give us a call anytime, or click the chat button on the lower right↘ to chitchat with a friendly, helpful family business! 888-763-2646

Once you choose the design and extra-features, you can choose from 5 categories for your Quote on the Front of the bookmark!  We'll feature famous, helpful and noteworthy quotes from Presidents, Authors, Definitions of Encouraging Character Qualities (example on left), Hand-picked Bible verses to fit the meaning of the name, or your own custom text for the front of the bookmark!  To send us your custom text, select the extra feature "$1 Custom Text, front or back"  Type your custom text in the green box, and then, in the blue-and-white box at the bottom of the order form, select "Your Custom Text on the Front" in the blue-and-white box.    Then add it to your cart, and you're all set!

I know it sounds complicated, so feel free to give us a call.  We can walk you through using the website, or we can take your whole order by phone! 888-763-2646

Mix-n-Match Discount Price
Up to 1 dozen 0% $3.99 each
1 Dozen or more 10% $3.59 each
2 Dozen or more 20% $3.19 each
3 Dozen or more 30% $2.79 each
Discounts apply to the extra features, too!
Standard shipping: $2 flat (1 to 3 weeks)
RUSH Production & Priority Mail: $8.90

Our bookmarks are $3.99 each, but the more you get, the lower the price drops in the shopping cart!  Teachers, Bible-study leaders, or just big families can all enjoy up to a 30% discount for large orders.  View our table on the right for the details, and remember that the discounts also apply to all the add-on features!   For Wholesale orders or quantities of 50 or more bookmarks, please contact us.

personalized bookmark with cute owlsSHIPPING: We've made this really simple.  Shipping is a flat $2 per order, and we mail it within 10 business days.  Tack on a few days for delivery, and you're looking at about 2 weeks for the continental US.
For RUSH service with tracked, insured Priority Mail, it's $8.90.  These orders usually arrive within 1 week of ordering.   If you're in a tight timeframe, please note the exact date you need them by.

International orders: Yep, we love shipping internationally.  Please contact us with your postal address so we can provide a shipping quote.  (It's usually pretty reasonable, since the bookmarks are flat items.)  

CrossTimber was started in 1994, and in 2 decades, we've gotten into all sorts of things! Our bread-and-butter is Business Printing:

But our favorite offerings are our Name Meaning Gifts:

...and of course, this website for Bookmarks!

And we create and maintain SEO business websites, like this one!  See our Web Design options here.

We also enjoy family projects through my wife's home recording studio, where she offers professional voiceover. Visit her website to listen to her funny cartoon voices argue about who gets hired next!

FAQ's: Bookmark Questions, Straightforward Answers

What does my name mean? (Or a bunch of names!)

So glad you asked this first, because it's our favorite question! Click the chat box, email us or give us a call and we'll tell you the meaning of any name! (for long lists of names, it's best to email us.) Click here for some detailed articles on our research methods.

What if you can't research my name?

We love unique names! We can find an authentic, positive meaning to even the most challenging of names, 99.98% of the time (Yep, I did the math.  after 10,000+ names, we've only not found meanings for 2 names.). Contact us if you'd like to find out what your name means!

I have a big family/classroom/church/group; can I get a discount for a bulk order?

Yep! We love big orders (and big families, too!). Click the Prices tab above for a list of discounts, up to 30% off!

How long does it take to get my order?

Bookmarks typically take 10 days to make, plus several days in shipping.  Standard shipping ($2) is a great money-saver, or if you're in a rush, get our RUSH option, which includes Priority Mail, and usually gets your order to you in just 1 week!  If you're in a hurry, please note the date of your event.

Can I place a RUSH order?

You sure can! Our RUSH Production combined with Priority Mail will get it to you in a week or less. ($8.90) If you're in a hurry, please send a note with your order with the needed-by date. And feel free to call us if you want to be sure of a timeline: 888-763-2646

Can I pick the verse or Quote? Can I change the meaning?

Yep!  Use the "Custom Text on Front" option to include your own verse, encouraging quote, team motto or school saying.  And for really specific changes, we're great with custom requests, as long as they're positive and encouraging.

Do you ship to Canada, or other countries or APO addresses?

Yep, and yep and yep! Contact us for a shipping quote.

Do I need a PayPal account?

No.  PayPal is NOT required. Our shopping cart will accept regular credit card payments through PayPal, without requiring you to sign up. OR, you can order by telephone and skip the website altogether.  You can even pay by check, if you're not in a hurry.    
If you already have the bookmarks in your shopping cart, send us those details by entering the code "PayByPhone" in the shopping cart, and you can "checkout" without payment.  (yeah, you still gotta call in with your payment info.)

What QUOTES, Character Qualities and Bible verses do you use on the front of the Bookmarks?

Depending on the category you select when you order, we choose inspirational, educational and encouraging quotes from Presidents, Authors (including Scientists & Founding Fathers), or a definition of a character quality (like courage, endurance, enthusiasm, etc.) For $1, you can use your own custom text on the front (or back) of the bookmark.

Here are a few samples of the quotes we have used:

Famous Authors:

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. --- Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Jr.

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. Mahatma Gandhi

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C.S. Lewis

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers. Steven Spielberg

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back. Charlie Brown

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.  Victor Hugo

We read to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries. Descartes

Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read. Charles Spurgeon

Visit many books, but live in the Bible.  The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that which it is your bliss to taste. Charles Spurgeon

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. Albert Einstein

You have not done anything about truth until you have acted on it. AW Tozer

A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service. Henry David Thoreau

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. Hubert H. Humphrey

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. Oscar Wilde

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone. Henry A. Kissinger

Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable. W.H. Auden The beginning of wisdom is to call all things by their right names. Chinese Proverb 

The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you. Edward Halifax

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. C.S. Lewis

Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C.S. Lewis

Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. Joyce Meyers Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Apostle Paul

It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me. Helen Keller

Character Qualities: 

Generosity: Realizing that what I have been given from Above has given me is one of reasons I have been given it.

Alertness: Being aware of what is happening around me and responding with wisdom and timing.

Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Jr.

Discernment: The ability to understand why things happen, what is happening presently, and what should happen next. Wisdom: Being aware of life's situations and responding from God's perspective, and under His guidance.

Faith: Trusting what God has said, Who you know Him to be, and obediently acting in harmony with Him.

Enthusiasm: Engaging my full energy, attitude and intensity towards the focused goal God has given me.

Forgiveness: Clearing the record of those who have wronged me, and allowing God to love them through me.


The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. Abraham Lincoln

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. Thomas Jefferson 

Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. Benjamin Franklin

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. Thomas Jefferson 

We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson 

Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it. William Howard Taft

President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'. Winston S. Churchill 

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. Thomas Jefferson 

All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. George Washington

Bible Verses:

We choose a verse based on the meaning of the name.  We typically start with the KJV translation, but will often choose more readable wording if it needs context or clarification. Feel free to eMail us (or click the chat box) to ask exactly what wording would be used. We love sharing name meanings and verses! For a more detailed answer on translations, see our main website.

More Name Meaning Gifts

Did you know we also make Name Meaning Coffee Mugs, NamePlaques, and Name Meaning Music Boxes?

All this and more at our main website:

Newsletter & Coupons

A few times a year, we send out announcements for free giveaways, shopping coupons, new products and stories about name meanings!

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Pocket-Sized NameCards

Our Bookmark designs also have matching NameCards! Just like our Bookmarks, they're full-color, laminated, and have all the same great features to personalize! Visit our NameCard site at

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