Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kit Butler - Britain
Elvis Jankus - Germany
Lestat McCree - Britain
Golo Fischer - Switzerland
Marlon Nicolaisen - Germany
Oliver Kumbi - Sweden
Merlin Watts - Britain
Albin Ekblad - Sweden
Sven de Vries - The Netherlands
Barclay Bram - Britain
Flint Louis Hignett - The Netherlands?
Sholto Price - Britain
Loup-Divi Fayard - France
Tuur Sikkink - The Netherlands
Ossian Fjordefalk - Sweden
Corentin Renault - France
Bart Grein - The Netherlands
Luis Dzidzornu - Britain
Hamilton Seguin - Monte Carlo
Keisuke Asano - Japan
Chariffe Greaves - Britain
Keon Smith - America
Senna van Plateringen - The Netherlands
Huw Mitchell - Britain
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Origin: Dutch and French
Meaning: A diminutive of Anna, "favor" or "grace"
Other forms: Anna, Anke, Anneke, Ninon
Combos: Anouk Meraud, Anouk Evangeline, Penelope Anouk, Marianne Anouk, Sophie Anouk
Anouk is another one of those "if I was French/Dutch I would totally use that" sort of names. While I think Anouk would fit in swimmingly in America, it's just not for me to use. French actress Anouk Aimée was born Nicole Françoise Florence Sorya Dreyfus to actor Henri Murray (Henry Dreyfus) and actress Geneviève Sorya. She made her film debut at age fourteen, playing "Anouk" in La Maison sous la mer, and kept the name. Later, while writing Les amants de Vérone specifically for her, Jacques Prévert suggested she take the last name Aimée (which means "beloved" in French) "that would forever associate her with the affective power of her screen roles."
Meaning: Possibly having something to do with "sea"
Other forms: N/A
Combos: Meraud Daylily, Meraud Violet, Josephine Meraud, Daphne Meraud, Meraud Pearl
A recent discovery and fancy, I found Meraud in this post on British Baby Names. It's meaning is unknown, but possibly has something to do with the Cornish mor, "sea". While it may be a little too adventurous for some as a first name, I think it makes an unusual and stunning middle.
Meaning: "From the mouth of the Roe"
Other forms: Monroe, Munrowe, Monrowe
Combos: Delia Munro, Kitty Munro, Sibylla Munro, Felicity Munro, Munro Delphine
My favorite spelling of the name, (it brings to mind strong-willed Cora Munro from The Last of the Mohicans) this version could even get away with being a bit of a nature name - In Scotland any mountain over 3'000 feet is called a "munro". They are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet, who was the one who first wrote a list of these hills. The most well known munro is the Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Another nature connection is in the meaning,"from the mouth of the Roe", the Roe being a river in Northern Ireland.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Vittoria Ceretti - Italy
Andie Arthur - America
Sora Choi - Korea
Priscila Uchoa - Brazil
Nova Orchid - Australia
Kiki Willems - The Netherlands
Odette Pavlova - Russia
Roos Abels - The Netherlands
Charlene Högger - Germany
Malaika Firth - Britain/Kenya
Estelle Chen - France
Ruth Bell - Britain
Nejilka Arias - America
Ellen Rosa - Brazil
Tess Hellfeuer - Germany
Iris Strubegger - Austria
Ulrikke Høyer - Denmark
Adut Akech Bior - Sudan
Londone Myers - America
Zhenya Migovych - Ukraine
Gwenola Guichard - France
Monday, January 16, 2017
Ellis - I watched the WWII film "Black Book", which tells the story of Rachel Stein who, in order to survive, starts working for the Dutch resistance under the name of Ellis de Vries. I can't find any information on the name's use among the Dutch but I think it's really lovely.
Mahershalalhashbaz and Amatus - I recently watched a clip of actor Mahershala Ali on Jimmy Kimmel talking about the baby he's expecting, and how they want something unique, but maybe not as unusual as their names. They talk some about his name, and how Mahershala is actually a nickname - his full name is Mahershalalhashbaz, the longest word in the Bible and the name of the prophet Isaiah's son. It means "hurry to the spoils!". His wife's name is Amatus - which means "beloved" in Latin, and was the name of a 7th-century (male) saint.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
|The American Girl, August 1935|
August is the eighth month of the year. Originally called Sextillis, as it was the sixth month of the original Roman calendar, it wasn't until 8 BC that it became the eighth month and was renamed after Augustus. It was a month of many festivals, like Tiberinalia, which honored the god "Father Tiber" or Tiberius, and celebrated agricultural bounty, or Nemoralia, the "festival of torches", which celebrated the goddess Diana Nemorensis or Diana of Nemi, "Diana of the woods". This festival was later adapted into The Feast of Assumption. During August there are several meteor showers that are visible, like the Kappa Cygnids, and the Southern Delta Aquariids, named after the brightest star, Delta Aquarii in the constellation Aquarius.
The birthstones of August are peridot and sardonyx, a type of red onyx. Flowers are the gladiolus, also known as the "sword lily", and the poppy. Zodiac signs are Leo the lion, and the virgin Virgo, based on a maiden known as Astraea, who in Greek mythology was the last immortal to leave earth when the other gods fled to Olympus.
August in other languages: Agosto (Spanish), Augustus (Dutch), Elokuu (Finnish), Agasata (Punjabi)
August as a name: August, Augusta/Augustus, Augustine, Auguste, Avgust/Avgusta
Flowers: Poppy, Amapola (poppy in Spanish), Unikko (poppy in Finnish) Stellatus (a type of gladiolus), Priscilla (a gladiolus hybrid)
Gems: Peridot, Olivine (peridot is a type of Olivine)
Zodiac: Leo, Ari ("Lion"), Ariel ("Lion of God"), Lev ("Lion"), Leonidas, Leontina ("Lion"); Dido (Possibly "virgin"), Parthenia ("Maiden, virgin"), Virginia (Meaning unknown, but historically associated with virgo), Astraea/Astraia/Astra
Eighth: Octavius/Octavia/Octavian/Octave ("Eighth")
Other: Diana, Delta, Nemi
Friday, September 30, 2016
|The Saturday Evening Post, July 25th 1914|
July is the seventh month of the year. It was named after Julius Caesar, as it was the month he was born in, and was previously known as Quintilis, which meant "fifth" (the Romans originally had only ten months in the calendar - starting with "Martius" or March). He was born Gaius Julius Caesar of the ancient and powerful Julia family, which boasted the claim that they were derived from Iulus, a son of the Trojan Prince Aeneas, which in legend was said to be the son of Venus.
The Romans celebrated the festivals Poplifugia and Ludi Apollinares, the latter celebrating the God Apollo by playing "ludi" or games, which were held at the Circus Maximus, and included equestrian games like chariot racing, as well as theatrical performances.
The birthstone of July is the ruby, which is one of the four precious stones, including sapphire, emerald, and diamond. It's names comes from the Latin ruber, meaning simply "red". The birth flowers are larkspur also known as delphinium, and the water lily. The Zodiac signs are Cancer and Leo, inspired by the myth of the Nemean lion, a beast with hide impenetrable by human weapons. To kill the lion was the first of Heracles' twelve labors.
July in other languages: Juillet (French), July
Flowers: Lily, Lillian, Lilith, Crina ("Lily"), Nerida ("Water lily"), Niloofar ("Water lily"), Larkspur, Delphine/Delphina, Fenella (a type of larkspur), Victoria (a type of water lily), Castalia (a subgenus of night blooming water lilies)
Gems: Ruby, Rubina
Zodiac: River, Brook/e; Ari ("Lion"), Leo, Ariel ("Lion of God"), Lev ("Lion"), Leonidas ("Lion")
Seventh: Septimus ("Seventh")
Other: Julia/Julie, Julius/Julian/Jules, Gaius/Caius, Iulus, Apollo/Apollon/Apollinaire/Apollonia/Apolline
Monday, July 18, 2016
|Inès, Nine and Violette, 2008|
Oscar Holly - I'm totally in love with actress Robin Tunney and her husband Nicky Marmet named their boy, Oscar Holly, which I discovered in this Nameberry post. I love seeing nature names used on boys!
Lolita - It's always super surprising to see this name used in real life, even though I think the sound is absolutely beautiful. French actress Isabelle Huppert has a grown daughter, Lolita Chammah, who is also an actress. Her brothers are Lorezno and Angelo. Their father is Lebanese actor Ronald Chammah.