Monday, May 4, 2015

On My Mind: 5-4-15

A Young Lady Moorea Hastings
Moorea - I've been looking at paintings and one was of Marchesa Luisa Casati (born Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman), a popular artist's model. She had one grandchild via her daughter Cristina, a girl named Moorea. An island in French Polynesia called Mo'orea (or sometimes simply Moorea), which means "yellow lizard", is where she was conceived and was subsequently named after.

Pericles and Octavius - Moorea went on to have two sons with her two husbands, the Hon. Pericles Plantagenet James Casati Wyatt and Octavius Orlando Irvine Casati Black. To me they sound like characters out of "Harry Potter". Pericles comes from the Greek peri, "around, in excess", and kleos, which means "glory". Pericles was most famously an Athenian general.

Hecate - I'm so thrilled Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" is back on. It premiered last night, and it was as sumptuous and wild as the first season was. This season's antagonist is Madame Kali aka Evelyn Poole, played wonderfully by Helen McCrory. She is a witch, and has many lovely daughters. Only one has been given a name (so far), and it is quite appropriately Hecate. Hecate is a Greek name possibly meaning "far off", and is a form of the original Hekate. The Goddess Hecate is associated with not only witchcraft, magic, sorcery, and necromancy, but the moon, dogs (her arrival is said to be heralded by the sounds of howling dogs), the underworld, crossroads, ghosts, keys, and knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants. She is often depicted in triple form as a mother, maiden, and crone.

*Photo is not mine, and was found on Daily Mail Online

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Announce the Name!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
I've been waiting and waiting to see what the Duke and Duchess would be naming their little girl, and it has finally been announced: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
A perfect name for a little princess. I was quite surprised at the choice of Diana - I didn't think they would be able to slip that one past! But I'm happy they did.
Their first baby is HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Go Read My Post at Nameberry!

So I totally missed when this was posted, but here is my post over at Nameberry about names of models! Thank you so much to Pamela and Linda for letting me write for them.

High Fashion Baby Names

Miss World Winners -- 1980-2014

Priyanka Chopa - India - 2000
Starting in 1980, here are the rest of the winners.

Gabriella Brum - Germany - 1980 (Resigned)
Kimberley Santos - Guam - 1980 (Took the place of Gabriella Brum)
Pilín León - Venezuela - 1981 (Carmen Josefina León Crespo)
Mariasela Álvarez - Dominican Republic - 1982
Sarah-Jane Hutt - United Kingdom - 1983
Astrid Carolina Herrera - Venezuela - 1984
Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir - Iceland - 1985
Giselle Laronde - Trinidad and Tobago - 1986
Ulla Weigerstorfer - Austria - 1987 (Ulrike Weigerstorfer)
Linda Pétursdóttir - Iceland - 1988
Aneta Kręglicka - Poland - 1989 (First Eastern European woman to win)

Gina Tolleson - America - 1990
Ninibeth Leal - Venezuela - 1991
Julia Kourotchkina - Russia - 1992
Lisa Hanna - Jamaica - 1993
Aishwarya Rai - India - 1994 (Now an accomplished actress)
Jacqueline Aguilera - Venezuela - 1995
Irene Skliva - Greece - 1996
Diana Hayden - India - 1997
Linor Abargil - Israel - 1998
Yukta Mookhey - India - 1999

Priyanka Chopra - India - 2000 (Another actress)
Agbani Darego - Nigeria - 2001 (The first black African woman to win)
Azra Akın - Turkey (Dutch-Turkish) - 2002
Rosanna Davison - Ireland - 2003
María Julia Mantilla - Peru - 2004
Unnur Vilhjálmsdóttir - Iceland - 2005
Taťána Kuchařová - Czech Republic - 2006
Zhang Zilin - China - 2007
Ksenia Sukhinova - Russia - 2008
Kaiane Aldorino - Gibraltar - 2009
Alexandria Mills - America - 2010
Ivian Sarcos - Venezuela - 2011
Yu Wenxia - China - 2012
Megan Young - Philippines (Filipino-American) - 2013 (First Southeast Asian woman to win)
Rolene Strauss - South Africa - 2014

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Miss World Winners -- 1951-1979

Madeleine Hartog-Bel - Peru - Miss World 1967
I don't watch beauty pageants as closely as I did when I was little, but I do like to look at the names of the contestants. They are all so fascinating, just like the women who bear them, and I have to admit, I love the gossip and scandals as much as the next person. In our first installment I'll be covering the Miss World winners from the first pageant in 1951 all the way up to 1979.

Kiki Håkansson - Sweden - 1951 (Kerstin Håkansson)
May-Louise Flodin - Sweden - 1952
Denise Perrier - France - 1953
Antigone Costanda - Egypt (Greek-Egyptian) - 1954 (First African woman to win)
Susana Duijm - Venezuela - 1955 (Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga; First Latin-American woman to win)
Petra Schürmann - Germany - 1956 (Hildegard Petra Susanna Schürmann)
Marita Lindahl - Finland - 1957
Penelope Coelen - South Africa - 1958
Corine Rottschäfer - The Netherlands - 1959

Norma Cappagli - Argentina - 1960
Rosemarie Frankland - United Kingdom (Welsh) - 1961
Catharina Lodders - The Netherlands - 1962
Carole Crawford - Jamaica - 1963 (First woman from the Caribbean to win)
Ann Sidney - United Kingdom - 1964
Lesley Langley - United Kingdom - 1965
Reita Faria - India - 1966 (The first Asian woman to win and the only woman to be a doctor at the same time she competed)
Madeleine Hartog-Bel - Peru - 1967 (Sometimes credited as Madeline)
Penelope Plummer - Australia - 1968
Eva Rueber-Staier - Austria - 1969

Jennifer Hosten - Grenada - 1970
Lúcia Petterle - Brazil - 1971
Belinda Green - Australia - 1972
Marjorie Wallace - America - 1973 (First American woman to win; She was stripped of her crown after having an affair with Tom Jones while she was engaged)
Helen Morgan - United Kingdom (Welsh) - 1974 (Was forced to resign after it was discovered she had a baby)
Anneline Kriel - South Africa - 1974 (Made Miss World after Helen Morgan resigned)
Wilnelia Merced - Puerto Rico - 1975 (To this day the only Puerto Rican Miss World)
Cindy Breakspeare - Jamaica - 1976 (Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare)
Mary Stävin - Sweden - 1977Silvana Suárez - Argentina - 1978
Gina Swainson - Bermuda - 1979

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Children of Eugène de Beauharnais

Eugène de Beauharnais
Prince français Eugène de Beauharnais or Eugène de Beauharnais, 1st Duke of Leuchtenberg was born Eugène Rose de Beauharnais to Alexandre de Beauharnais and Joséphine de Beauharnais. He married Princess Augusta of Bavaria who was born Augusta Amalia Ludovika Georgia.
Their children were:

Joséphine Maximiliane Eugénie Napoléone, "Princess Joséphine de Beauharnais", "Louise of Leuchtenberg", later "Queen Josefina of Sweden"

Eugénie Hortense Auguste Napoléone, "Princess Eugénie de Beauharnais", "Eugénie of Leuchtenberg", later "Eugénie, Princess of Hohenzollern-Hechingen"

Auguste Charles Eugène Napoléon, "Prince Auguste de Beauharnais", later "Auguste de Beauharnais, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg"

Amélie Auguste Eugénie, "Princess Amélie de Beauharnais", "Amélie of Leuchtenberg", later "Amélie, Empress of Brazil"

Théodolinde Louise Eugénie Auguste Napoléone, "Princess Théodolinde de Beauharnais", "Théodolinde of Leuchtenberg", later "Théodolinde, Countess Wilhelm of Württemberg"

Carolina Clotilde, "Princess Carolina de Beauharnais", "Carolina of Leuchtenberg" (Died the year she was born)

Maximilian Joseph Eugène Auguste Napoléon, "Prince Maximilian de Beauharnais", "Maximilian of Leuchtenberg", later "Maxmilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg"

Monday, April 27, 2015


Janet Gaynor
Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: Diminutive of Jane
Pronunciation: JAN-it
Other forms: Jeannette, Jane, Jeanne, Zsanett

Thanks to my very own sister, Abby, for suggesting Janet!

It's always strange to me how in the future names like Janet, Barbara, and Lois will be fashionable just like Evelyn, Ruby, and Matilda are now. On a semi-related note, it's also a strange thought that there will be Grandmother Neveah's and Grandfather Jaxon's, and that this will totally normal to them. It begs the question of what names do you think will become ultra fashionable in the future? I'm betting on Pamela, Eugene, Nancy, Leonard, Deborah, and Janet. What do you think will become popular?

Moving back on to the main topic, which is Janet itself. I remember being really surprised when I started watching "Salem" how one of the main characters was played by an English actress named Janet Montgomery, who is only twenty-nine. When I think of a Janet, I definitely think of someone older, but when she was born, 1985, Janet was still sitting rather prettily at #205 (in the US). Janet is originally an Medieval nickname for Jane, probably coming from the French Jeannette. There are a plethora of namesakes, like actresses Janet Leigh and Janet McTeer, singer Janet Jackson, and author and activist Janet Mock.

Janet Gaynor, another namesake, was an actress who started with small roles in silent films, but went on to win the first Oscar in 1929. She won the Oscar for three separate film roles - "7th Heaven", "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", and "Street Angel". She is the only actress to have ever done so. One of her best known films is the 1937 "A Star is Born", for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, though in 1939 she retired from acting.
She was born Laura Augusta Gainor in Philedelphia and was known as "Lolly". She was married three times, and in one she was married to the openly gay costume designer Adrian, in what has been called a "Lavender Marriage", as she herself was reported to have been gay or bisexual. Her lover had been rumored to be actress Mary Martin. Actor Bob Cummings once said "Janet Gaynor's husband was Adrian, but her wife was Mary Martin". She died in 1984 at the age of seventy-seventy due to injures from a car accident, and is buried to Adrian in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.