Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hello, Winter!

"Christmas in America" by Alphonse Mucha
I can't believe December is already here! I'm one of those people who absolutely love Christmas and anything associated with it. I'm also so excited it is finally cold- really cold! As we start our countdown to Christmas, here are some names to keep your holiday spirits up.

Wintery Names:

Eira - Welsh, "Snow"
Nicholas
Lumi - Finnish, "Snow"
Frostine
Haukea - Hawaiian, "white snow"
Natalie - "Christmas Day"
Rudolph
Bora (b) - Albanian, "snow"
Fannar - Icelandic, "snow drift"
Decima/Decimus
Noelle/Noel
Isolde - Possibly "ice battle"
Zuzu - Nickname for Susan; daughter in "It's a Wonderful Life"
Yuki - Japanese, "snow"
Hollis - English, "holly trees"
Gwyneira - Welsh, "white snow"
Vetr - Norse personification of winter
Nieves - Spanish, "snow"

Words:

Icy
Winter/Wintry
Frost
Peppermint
Ivy
Snow
Evergreen
Tinsel
Poinsettia
Holiday
Yule
Holly
Eve
January
Mistletoe
Pine
December
Solstice
North

Monday, December 1, 2014

On My Mind: 12/1/14

Michelle Pfeiffer as Isabeau in "Ladyhawke"
Isabeau - I watched a bit of "Ladyhawke" the other day, the cheesy fantasy film with Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer. I love fantasy films, especially the ones made in the 80s and 90s. Isabeau is the name of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and one I've seen thrown around a lot on name forums. In the film it is said "EE-sah-bo", though it can also be said "IZ-uh-bo". For a historical figure, there is Isabeau of Bavaria, who was Queen of France from 1385-1422.
 
 Manu - I first came across this name on actor Manu Bennett of "Spartacus" fame, who is of Maori descent on his father's side. He says it is a Maori name meaning "bird", and that it is in honor of his uncle who was the Bishop of New Zealand.
 
Fernway - Going through Lena Horn's filmography, I came across this unusual choice. I'm really loving it, and I think it would make an especially great middle name.
 
Tennyson - I never really thought about this one until today. It has a great sound and a great namesake, and I think the nickname "Ten" holds a lot of appeal.
 
Waverly - I was recently replaying "Dishonored", and remembered just how much I liked Waverly. The character, Waverly Boyle, also has sisters named Esma and Lydia.
 
 Plutarch - The latest installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise will be the last movie we will see Philip Seymour Hoffman in. His character is named Plutarch Heavensbee, which really appeals to me.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Names Taken from Lord Frederic Leighton

"Pavonia" by Lord Frederic Leighton
Lord Frederic Leighton was an English artist who lived from 1830 to 1896. He was also the bearer of the shortest lived peerage ever; it was a hereditary title, and he had it only one day before he died.

Female:

Phoebe
May
Actaea
Clytie
Psamathe
Acme
Venus
Persephone
Nausicaa
Andromache
Ida
Pysche
Antigone
Sibyl
Electra
Clytemnestra
Andromeda
Iphigenia
Hero
Pavonia (A genus of plants)

Male:

Icarus
Daedalus
Septimus
Elijah
Richard
Frederic
Dante
Perseus
Henry
Cymon
Hercules
Agamemnon
Alcestis
Jonathan
David

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Manon

Origin: French
Gender: Female
Meaning: Diminutive of Marie
Pronunciation: muh-NOH, muh-NAWN, MAN-on
Other forms: N/A

This is one of those names where I can't decide my feelings on it. I like the way it looks, I like that it is unusual and French, but I'm not sure if I'm keen on the pronunciations. I think the first time I heard it said aloud was when Damian Lewis was talking about his daughter Manon, and he used the "MAN-on" pronunciation, which sounded nice when he said it, but I sound very stilted when I attempt it. Manon is a diminutive for Marie, and is used in France and the Netherlands.
The first Manon I think of is from "Manon of the Spring" or "Manon des Sources", the sequel to the critically acclaimed "Jean de Florette". It is about Jean de Florette's daughter who is named Manon after her mother's favorite opera role, "Manon Lescaut". The opera was adapted from the 1731 book by Abbé Prévost, which tells the tale of the Chevalier des Grieux and his lover, the eponymous Manon Lescaut. It was very controversial in its day, and was even banned, though that didn't stop people from finding ways to read it.

I also think of Manon Balletti, lover of Casanova. They started a romantic relationship when she was seventeen and he thirty-two, though they met when she was but ten. She died when she was only thirty-six. Casanova believed his many affairs caused her life to be shortened from the stress.
And let's not forget Manon Rhéaume, the French-Canadian ice hockey player who won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mayflower Names

"Landing of the Pilgrims" by Michele Felice Cornè
*I totally forgot to post this yesterday, so here it is a little late.

Happy Thanksgiving! Today the post is some of the names of passengers on the Mayflower, both those from the Holland congregation and the London one.

Isaac Allerton
- Mary Allerton (wife)
- Bartholomew Allerton (7, boy)
- Remember Allerton (5, girl)
- Mary Allerton (3, girl; She was the last passenger of the Mayflower to die)

William Brewster
- Mary Brewster (wife)
- Love/Truelove Brewster (9, boy)
- Wrestling Brewster (6, boy)

Moses Fletcher

Degory Priest

Desire Minter

Stephen Hopkins
- Elizabeth Hopkins (wife)
- Giles Hopkins (12, boy)
- Constance Hopkins (14, girl)
- Damaris Hopkins (1-2, girl)
- Oceanus Hopkins (Born during the voyage)

William White
- Susanna White (wife)
- Resolved White (5, boy)
- Peregrine White (Boy, born on board in Cape Cod)

Humility Cooper

Jasper More

Elias Storey

Roger Wilder

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Siblings of C.C. van Asch van Wijck

"Cox in the Atelier of Toon Dupuis"
C.C. van Asch van Wijck was a Dutch artists' model and sculptor, and had many siblings who had amazing names. C.C. herself was Lady Cornélie Caroline, and was called "Cox". She was named for her aunt, Countess Cornelia van Limburg Stirum. She was the fourth of the five children of Lord Hubert Willem van Asch van Wijck and Countess Wilhelmina Philippina "Wim" van Limburg Stirum.
The others were as follows:

Constance "Conny"
Maurits "Maus"
Cecilius "Cecil"
C.C.
Wilhelmina Adolphina "Dolph"

C.C. died after giving birth to her son, Johan Adolph "Dolph" Volcker, at the age of thirty-one.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (2)

Agnès Sorel as "Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim" by Jean Fouquet
Continuing on...

Agnès Sorel - Charles VII - Sorel was the first officially recognized royal mistress in France. She was called "Dame de beauté", and had three daughters by Charles, Charlotte de Valois, Marie de Valois, and Jeanne de Valois. She died at the age of twenty-eight after giving birth to her fourth child. She was believed to have been poisoned using mercury, and theories state it was Charles' own son who did it.
Antoinette de Maignelais - Charles VII - Antoinette was Agnès' cousin and replaced her as mistress after her death. She had two daughters believed to have been sired by him. One was named Jane.

Phélisé Regnard - Louis XI
Marguerite de Sassenage - Louis XI

Françoise de Foix, Comtesse de Châteaubriant - Francis I
Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, Duchess of Étampes - Francis I
Mary Boleyn - Francis I (Disputed)

Diane de Poitiers - Henry II
Janet Stewart - Henry II - Had a son by him named Henri d'Angoulême.
Filippa Duci - Henry II - Had a daughter by him named Diane de France.
Nicole de Savigny, Baroness of Fontette - Henry II

Marie Touchet - Charles IX - Had a son by him named Charles de Valois.

Louise de La Béraudière du Rouhet - Henry III
Renée de Rieux de Châteauneuf - Henry III
Veronica Franco - Henry III
Marie van Kleef, Countess of Beaufort - Henry III