Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gilead


Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "Monument of testimony"
Pronunciation: GIL-ee-add
Other forms: Gilad

Gilead is really great for those who want a religious name but one that is a little more unusual than John or Paul. Gilead is a mountainous area east of Jordan, split between the Gad and Manasseh tribes. In the Bible there are a few characters named Gilead, including the grandson of Manasseh, and the father of Jephthah, but I don't see why it couldn't be used for a girl. In the Bible in Jeremiah chapter 46 v. 22 there is a line that says: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my people?" An African American folk song is based on these words:

 
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.
Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.
If you cannot sing like angels,
If you can’t preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
           And say He died for all.
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Names Worn by Moira Shearer

Moira Shearer

Stunning redhead Moira Shearer was born in 1926 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, as Moira Shearer King. In 1931 her family moved to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, where her father, Harold Charles King, worked as a civil engineer. It was here where she first started to take dance lessons under the tutelage of a former pupil of Enrico Cecchetti. In 1936 they went to Britain, where she trained under Flora Fairbairn before being accepted as a pupil by Nihcolas Legat.Three years later Moira would join Sadler's Wells Ballet School. With the outbreak of WWII her parents took them back to Scotland.

Her first big break came when she posed as Posy Fossil in the ads for "Ballet Shoes" by Noel Streatfeild, who was friends with Flora Fairbairn. Then, she was cast as the lead in "The Red Shoes", the film she is most well known for. By 1953 she had retired from dancing, but continued to appear in films. She teamed up again with Michael Powell, who had directed "The Red Shoes", in "Peeping Tom", which ruined his career. Gillian Lynne, a choreographer, persuaded her to return to ballet in 1987 for "A Simple Man". She also wrote for the Telegraph occasionally. Moira eventually married Ludovic Kennedy, and had three daughters, Ailsa, Fiona, and Rachel, and a son, Alastair. She died in 2006 at the age of eighty.

Victoria - "The Red Shoes" - A regal and classic name, Victoria, quite appropriately, means "victory". Victoria was also the Roman Goddess of victory, and is often depicted in a chariot. It is currently #28 in the US, but still just as lovely.

Stella and Olympia - "The Tales of Hoffman" - Moira played the dual role of the prima donna, Stella, and the automaton, Olympia, in this film version of the opera. Stella was a fast riser after Tori Spelling brought it back into fashion; it is currently #62. Stella is Latin and means "star", and was created by Sir Philip Sydney for his sonnets titled "Astrophel and Stella". Olympia is a beautiful and weighty name that is still waiting in limbo. It comes from the name of the mountain on which the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology lived.

Sylvia, Daphne, Olga, and Colette - "The Man Who Loved Redheads" - Once again Moira played multiple roles in this film. Sylvia is a feminine form of Silvius, which comes from the Latin silva meaning "woods, forest". Sylvia is currently #525, making it unusual, but not unknown. The lovely, soft Daphne means "laurel", and is Greek. In mythology, Daphne was a nymph who unfortunately attracted the attention of Apollo, and was turned into a laurel tree in order to escape his advances. Olga is a name I secretly love, even though every one else pretty much despises it. It is the Russian form of Helga, and means "holy" or "blessed". The last time it ranked in the US was in 1996; it was #967. Finally, we come to Colette; it is a diminutive of Nicolette, and surprisingly was the name of a nun who became a Saint, and gave money to the poor. The most famous bearer is author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, better known simply as "Colette".

Friday, April 11, 2014

Apartment Therapy (7)

Wren's Room


Girls:

Elizabeth
Nemo
Annie
Ivy and Marlow
Maddie (sister to Harry)
Norah
Wren
Arden (sister to Conrad)
Eleanor
Isabella and Aurelia (sisters to Felix)
Olive Sydney
Lilah and Tess
Elia
Betsy Belle
Helaina

Boys:

Ky
Grayson
Bo
Rafael
Carter and Wesley
Finn
Wilfryd (nickname "Wilf")
James
Conrad (brother to Arden)
Sanjan
Gregory and Anthony
Cruz Stanton
Emmett
Aidan
Harry (brother to Maddie)
Carter
Felix (brother to Isabella and Aurelia)
Lucas Gray
August Elliot
Darwin
Henrik
Zachary

Sanjan's Room

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Six)



Today's final film is "Kiki's Delivery Service".

Women:

Kiki
Ursula
Osono
Kokiri
Lily
Barsa

Men:

Jiji
Okino
Jeff
Fukuo
Tombo

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Five)



Today's film is "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind".

Women:

Nausicaä
Kushana
Obaba
Lastelle

Men:

Asbel
Master Yupa
Kurotowa
Gol
Mito
King Jihl
Gikuri

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Children of George III of the United Kingdom

George III

George III was born George William Frederick to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. He married Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was born Sophia Charlotte.
Their children were:

George Augustus Frederick, "George IV"

Frederick Augustus, "Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany"

William Henry, "William IV"

Charlotte Augusta Matilda, "Charlotte, Princess Royal", later "Queen Charlotte of Württemberg"

Edward Augustus, "Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn"

Augusta Sophia, "Princess Augusta Sophia"

Elizabeth, "Princess Elizabeth", later "Langravine of Hesse-Homburg"

Ernest Augustus, "Ernest Augustus I of Hanover"

Augustus Frederick, "Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex"

Adolphus Frederick, "Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge"

Mary, "Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh"

Sophia Matilda, "Princess Sophia"

Octavius, "Prince Octavius" (Died at age four)

Alfred, "Prince Alfred" (Died at age one)

Amelia, "Princess Amelia"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Four)



Today's film is "Ponyo".

Women:

Ponyo/Brunhilde
Lisa
Toki
Akiko Takeguchi
Karen
Granmamare
Kumiko
Yoshie
Kayo

Men:

Sōsuke
Fujimoto
Kōichi