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On My Mind: 2-14-2018

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Famous Lovers

"Tristan and Isolde with the Potion" by John William Waterhouse
In honor of Valentine's Day I've made this post on names of famous lovers, all the way from Tristan and Isolde to Jack and Rose.

Fictional Romance:

Tristan and Isolde/Iseult - Arthurian Legend; Opera

Lancelot and Guinevere - Arthurian Legend

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet - "Pride and Prejudice"

Majnun and Layla - "Layla and Majnun"

Pyramus and Thisbe - "Metamorphoses"

Paris and Helen of Troy - Greek Mythology; "The Illiad"

Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater - "Titanic"

Paolo and Francesca - "Dante's Inferno"

Odysseus and Penelope - "The Odyssey"

Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska - "The Age of Innocence"

Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw - "Wuthering Heights"

Westley and Buttercup - "The Princess Bride"

Edward Fairfax Rochester and Jane Eyre - "Jane Eyre"

Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet - "Romeo and Juliet"

W.P. Inman and Ada Monroe - "Cold Mountain"

Therese Belivet and Carol Aird - "The Price of Salt"

Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund - "Casablanca"

Count Alexei Vronsky and Anna Karenina - "Anna Karenina"

Real Life Romance:

Peter Abelard and Héloïse d'Argenteuil

Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Voltaire and Émilie du Châtelet

John Keats and Fanny Brawne

Pierre and Marie Curie

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria

Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Comments

  1. Newland Archer and Madame Olenska in Age of Innocence
    Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky.

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