Friday, July 11, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Two)

"The Empress Theodora at the Coliseum" by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant 
Ulpia Severina
Magnia Urbica
Prisca
Eutropia
Flavia Maximiana Theodora
Galeria Valeria
Valeria Maximilla
Minervina
Fausta Flavia Maxima
Flavia Julia Constantia
Flavia Aurelia Eusebia
Faustina
Helena Constantia
Charito
Marina Severa
Justina
Albia Dominica
Flavia Maxima Constantia
Laeta
Aelia Flavia Flaccilla
Flavia Galla
Maria
Thermantia
Aelia Galla Placidia
Licinia Eudoxia
Aelia Marcia Euphemia
Galla Placidia Valentiniana Minor
Aelia Eudoxia
Aelia Licinia Eudocia
Aelia Pulcheria
Aelia Verina
Aelia Ariadne
Aelia Zeonis
Euphemia
Theodora
Aelia Sophia

Monday, July 7, 2014

On My Mind: 7-7-14

Dovima
Dovima - Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, better known simply as Dovima, was a famous model of the 50's and rumored to be the highest paid at the time. She was discovered on a sidewalk in New York, and the next day had a shoot with Irving Penn. Richard Avedon called her "the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time".

Garnet - I love seeing names deemed as "feminine" on men, as it is so often the opposite. Garnet Wolesely was named after his father, a Major.

Angharad - I'm currently reading "The Blue Sword" by Robin McKinley. The main character is Angharad "Harry" Crewe, an orphan who is sent to live in Istan, a military outpost, and eventually becomes a warrior of Damar. Angharad is of Welsh origin and means "more love".

Oberyn - Oberyn Martell was one of the most popular characters on the last season of "Game of Thrones". Oberyn is most likely a form of Oberon, which Shakespeare used for the name of his fairy king in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Ellaria - Oberyn Martell's paramour is Ellaria Sand. I think Ellaria is really stunning, and would love to see it in use.

Peregrin - I recently re-watched "The Fellowship of the Ring" and was reminded of how much I love Peregrin (Peregrine is my preferred spelling though), and how cute the nickname "Pippin" is.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Interview Over At Waltzing More Than Matilda

I had so much fun doing this interview, please go and check it out!

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part One)

Milonia Caesonia
I absolutely love Roman names, so this was a real treat to write and research. Enjoy!

Livia Drusilla
Livia Orestilla
Lollia Paulina
Milonia Caesonia
Valeria Messalina
Agrippina the Younger
Claudia Octavia
Poppaea Sabina
Statilia Messalina
Galeria Fundana
Domitia Longina
Pompeia Plotina
Vibia Sabina
Annia Galeria Faustina Major
Annia Galeria Faustina Minor
Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla
Bruttia Crispina
Flavia Titania
Manlia Scantilla
Julia Domnia
Publia Fulvia Plautilla
Nonia Celsa
Julia Cornelia Paula
Julia Aquilia Severa
Annia Aurelia Faustina
Seia Herennia Sallustia Barbia Orbiana Augusta
Caecilia Paulina
Furia Sabinia Tranquillina
Marcia Otacilia Severa
Annia Cupressenia Herennia Etruscilla
Afinia Gemina Baebiana
Gaia Cornelia Supera
Julia Cornelia Salonina

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Children of Kira Kirillovna of Russia

Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna and Prince Louis Ferdinand
Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia was born to Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna. She married Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, who was born Louis Ferdinand Viktor Eduard Albert Michael Hubertus.
Their children were:

Friedrich Wilhelm, "Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia"

Michael, "Prince Michael of Prussia"

Marie-Cécile Kira Viktoria Luise, "Princess Marie-Cécile of Prussia"

Kira Auguste Viktoria Friederike, "Princess Kira of Prussia"

Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian, "Princess Louis Ferdinand of Prussia", "Louis Ferdinand II", or "Lulu"

Christian-Sigismund, "Prince Christian-Sigismund of Prussia"

Xenia, "Princess Xenia of Prussia"

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Consorts of the Lombards

"The Assassination of Alboin, King of the Lombards" by Charles Landseer
Listing consorts is possibly some of my favorite posts to do, so expect more to come!
The Lombards were a Germanic tribe who ruled in Italy from 568 to 774.

Gambara
Radegund of the Thuringii
Austrigusa of the Gepids
Silinga of the Heruli
Rodelinda of the Thuringii
Chlothsind of the Franks
Rosamund of the Gepids
Chlodoswintha of Austrasia
Theodelinda of Bavaria
Gundiberga of the Lombards
Theodota of the Lombards
Guntrude of Bavaria
Tassia
Ansa
Hildegard of Vinzgouw
Fastrada of Franconia
Luitgard of Sundgau
Bertha of Gellone
Cunigunda of Laon
Ermengarde of Tours
Engelberga of Parma
Richilde of Provence
Richardis of Swabia

Monday, June 23, 2014

On My Mind: 6-23-14

Alex Kingston as River Song in "Doctor Who"
River - Kelly Clarkson just named her daughter River Rose. Although more usual for boys, it reminds me of River Song of "Doctor Who" and River Tam of "Firefly" and "Serenity".

 d'Artagnan - I really enjoyed the premiere of "The Three Musketeers" last night on BBC. I've always loved how romantic d'Artagnan sounds, and I wonder how it would work on a real person.

Gamora - I'm really excited for "Guardian of the Galaxy". Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the last of her kind and reputedly "the most dangerous woman in the galaxy."

Bran - Bran, really Brandon, is one of the Starks in "Game of Thrones", a name that I think will, or should, catch on. It's short, simple, but undeniably masculine. It means "raven", and in Irish mythology it was the name of a mariner. In Welsh mythology Bran the Blessed was the son of the God Llyr.

Constance - Also in "The Three Musketeers", there is a girl named Constance, which I love. I'd really like to see it used more often.

Ephraim - Gullerimo del Toro's "The Strain", a new take on vampirism, features a character named Ephraim Goodweather.