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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.

Ice Queens

Mao Asada
I am so fascinated by ice skaters, it is probably my favorite part of the Winter Olympics and I always look forward to it. One of the reasons I also have a slight obsession with the Olympics (aside from the fact I have no skill in any sport, ever) is all the great names. I thought it was a perfect time for me to channel my obsession into a post, starting with female ice skaters.

Mao Asada - Japan
Galit Chait - Israel
Herma Szabo - Austria
Manuela Groß - Germany
Albena Denkova - Bulgaria
Sonja Henie - Norway
Micheline Lannoy - Belgium
Surya Bonaly - France
Tenley Albright - USA
Sjoukje Dijkstra - Netherlands
Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva - Russia
Narumi Takahashi - Japan
Tanith Belbin - USA
Melitta Brunner - Austria
Ksenia Stolbova - Russia
Romy Kermer - Germany
Svea Norén - Sweden
Liselotte Landbeck - Austria
Fumie Suguri - Japan
Tessa Virture - Canada
Federica Faiella - Italy
Dagmar Lurz - Germany
Cecil Smith - Canada
Heidemarie Steiner - Germany
Dorota Siudek - Poland
Marika Kilius - Germany
Radka Kovaříková - Czech Republic
Meryl Davis - USA
Elizaveta "Liza" Tuktamysheva - Russia
Sabine Baeß - Germany
Ludmila Belousova - Russia
Andrée Brunet - France
Shizuka Arakawa - Japan
Evgenia Medvedeva - Russia
Oksana Baiul - Ukraine

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