Thursday, June 30, 2016

June

Women's Home Companion, June 1916
June is the sixth month of the year. Junius or Iunius is what the Romans called it, and there are a few differing tales as to how it's name came to be. Ovid gives two different ideas: one, that it came from the name of the Goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, the supreme deity, and two, that it was inspired by the word iuniores which meant "younger ones", as it followed May, which might have been inspired by maiores, "elders". Ovid also claims that mid-May through mid-June is not an ideal time for marriages, as instructed by the high Priestess of Jupiter, but Plutarch thinks that the entirety of June is better than any of May for a wedding. There were multiple festivals held during June, one being the festival of the Goddess Bellona. Similar to Athena, Bellona, originally called Duellona, was the Goddess of the destructive and belligerent parts of war and consort to the God Mars. Often depicted holding a sword or spear, along with a torch or whip, she was said to ride into battle on a chariot pulled by four horses.

The birthstones of June are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. The birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle, and the Zodiac signs are the twins Gemini, and the crab Cancer, inspired by the giant crab the karkinos which harassed Heracles during his battle with the hydra.

June in other languages: Juni (Swedish), Junio (Spanish), Joon (Hindi)
June as a name: Ekain ("June"), June
Flowers: Rose/Rosa/Rosalba/Rosalie/etc, Gallica (a type of rose), Noisette (another type of rose), Polyantha (a type of rose; means "many flowers"), Cécile (a type of rose, also known as "Mignon"), Honeysuckle, Albiflora (a type of honeysuckle, means "white flower"), Chrysantha (a type of honeysuckle).
Gems: Pearl/Perla, Helmi ("pearl"), Margaret/Margarita/Margalit ("pearl"), Sadaf ("sea-shell" or "mother-of-pearl"), Momi ("pearl"), Jumana ("pearl"), Morvarid ("pearl"), Alexandrite, Moonstone.
Zodiac: Gemini, Castor, Pollux, Thomas ("twin"); Llyr ("the sea"), River and Brook/e (both places that the sign Cancer is associated with)
Sixth: Sixtus/Sextus ("sixth"), Nsia ("sixth born child")
Other: Junius/Iunius, Juna/Djuna, Juno, Bellona

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hello, Summer!

"Summer Clouds" by Charles Courtney Curran
Much to my shock I forgot to even post my summer names! Summer is my least favorite season. I like it in theory and always dream it's gonna involve me sipping juice on the porch in some cute shorts and sunglasses, spending days lounging in the pool, and reading in the sun. Unfortunately it is never like that, and I've come to realize I'm never going to have a "movie" summer. In Texas summer is dry as a bone, without even a breath of air, opposed to winter where everything is wet. You burn yourself on the car and then on the seat belt, and then you melt all your makeup off trying to wait for the air conditioning to cool down. It's just no fun. But, that does not mean I will neglect my duty to post some summer names.

Summer Names:

Somerled - "Summer traveller"
Suvi - "Summer"
Natsuko - "Summer child"
Udane - "Summer"
Helios - "Sun"; Greek personification of the sun
Soleil - "Sun"
Tesni "Warmth from the sun"
Sunniva - "Sun gift"
Ravi - "Sun"
Mzia - "Sun"
Roxana - "Bright, dawn"
Savitri - "Relating to the sun"
Solfrid - "Beautiful sun"
Shizuka - "Quiet summer"
Vera - "Summer"
Ziv - "Bright, radiant"

Words:

Aster
Sunny/Sunshine
Calla
Gloriosa (A type of daisy)
Jasmine
Dahlia
Butterfly
Daisy
Buddleia
Verbena
Petunia
Freesia
Celastrina (Celastrina neglecta is the summer azure butterfly)
Gardenia
Sunshine
Yarrow
Bee/Bumblebee
Lilac
Bougainvillea
Marigold
Shasta (A type of daisy)
Ciel (French word for "sky")
Zinnia
June

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Eddie Redmayne and Wife Welcome First Baby

Hannah and Eddie
Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe have had their first baby, a girl they named Iris Mary Redmayne.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Children of Princess Alix

Princess Alix
Alix, Dowager Princess of Ligne was born Alix Marie Anna Antoinette Charlotte Gabrielle to Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. She married Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne who was born Antoine Maria Joachim Lamoral de Ligne.
Their children were:

Michel Charles Eugène Marie Lamoral de Ligne, "Prince Michel de Ligne",  later "Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne"

Wauthier de Ligne, "Prince Wauthier de Ligne"

Anne-Marie de Ligne, "Princess Anne-Marie de Ligne"

Christine Marie Elisabeth de Ligne, "Princess Christine de Ligne", later "Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza"

Sophie de Ligne, "Princess Sophie de Ligne"

Antoine de Ligne, "Prince Antoine de Ligne"

Yolande de Ligne, "Princess Yolande de Ligne"

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Names for Wild Boys

Tenzing Norgay
These are names for boys who are adventurous, love exploring the woods and making up their own games. They seek to solve the great mysteries of the world (and don't mind a lady or two giving them advice). They are dauntless, brave, amazing.
Jobs for these boys: Diver, storm chaser, sailor, zookeeper, mountaineer.

Bram
Orion
Jasper
Sayer
Cillian
Rafe
Otto
Ivan
Fletcher
Tobias
Corin
Nico
Cyrus
Anders
Fox
Hans
Benno
Soren
Evander
Cato
Archer
Titus
Malone
Judah
Xander
Wilkes
Flynn
Loki
Enzo
Wolfgang
Harris
Tiberius
Gable
Zephyr
Atticus
Horatio

Real Life Heroes:

Tenzing Norgay - One of the first men to make it to the top of Mt. Everest, Nepalese (1914-1986)
Sir Charles "Leonard" Woolley - British archaeologist (1880-1960)
Roald Amundsen - Norwegian explorer (1872-1928)
Amerigo Vespucci - Italian explorer, cartographer, and navigator; gave America it's name (1454-1512)
Thurgood Marshall - American, first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1967-1991)
Yuri Gagarin - Russian, first man in space (1934-1968)
Galileo Galilei - Italian astronomer, physicist, philosopher, mathematician, and engineer (1564-1642)
Claudius Ptolemy - Greco-Egyptian writer, mathematician, astronomer, geographer, and astrologer (90 AD-168 AD)
T.E. Lawrence - British military officer, archaeologist, and diplomat (1888-1935)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Gabors

Jolie is seated in the front and from l-r is Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva.
Known as much for their beauty and style as for their multiple marriages, the three Gabor sisters, all actresses and socialites in their own rights, were an interesting bunch. Born in Hungary to Vilmos Gábor, a soldier, and Janka "Jolie" Tillman, her nickname being the French word for "pretty", though she purported her name was Jancsi, a name for boys', saying that it was because her parents were so eager to have one. Jolie was born to a Jewish couple from Galicia, and owned a jewelry shop called "The Diamond House". She had two older sisters, Zseni "Janette", and Dora, along with a younger sister Rozalie "Rozsika", and a younger brother Sebastian. Jolie eventually divorced Vilmos and would go on to marry twice more. They narrowly escaped Hungary in WWII.

The Gabor sisters are:

Magdolna "Magda" - 

Magda, the eldest and least known of the sisters, was said to have stood at 5'6" with red hair and gray eyes. She married six times, three which ended in divorce, two left her widowed, and one was annulled, but none of them produced children. One of her husbands was actor George Sanders, who would later go on to marry her sister, Zsa Zsa. Magdolna is a the Hungarian form of Magdalene.

Sári "Zsa Zsa" -

The most famous of all three, Zsa Zsa began her career on a stage in Vienna and was even crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She was said to have been named after Sári Fedák, an actress and singer, credited with being of the two best know Hungarian female operetta stars of all time. Sári is a Hungarian diminutive of Sarah. Best known for one of her only leading roles in "Moulin Rouge" as real life dancer Jane Avril, she was married nine times, once to George Sanders and once to hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, which produced Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, who went just by Francesca, who was the great-aunt of Nicky and Paris Hilton and one time sister-in-law to Elizabeth Taylor. Gerold Frank, who helped her write her autobiography said this of Zsa Zsa:

"Zsa Zsa is unique. She's a woman from the court of Louis XV who has somehow managed to live in the 20th century, undamaged by the PTA ... She says she wants to be all the Pompadours and Du Barrys of history rolled into one, but she also says, 'I always goof. I pay all my own bills. ... I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me.'"

Eva -

Eva is best remembered for her role in the sitcom "Green Acres", and for voicing the characters of Duchess in "The Aristocats" and Bianca in "The Rescuers" franchise. She was married five times, and had no children. Strangely, she died before her mother but Jolie was never told of her death. Eva is a lovely pan-European name that is used from Spain to Russia to Iceland, and it originally the Latinate form of Biblical Eve.

Monday, June 6, 2016

May

The American, May, 1923
I'm sorry I didn't actually get to post this in May but right when I was going to I got really ill and couldn't even get on the computer.

May is the fifth month of the year. May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, a daughter of Atlas, a Pleiade, and the mother of the God Hermes, whose Roman counter part was the fertility Goddess Bona Dea, whose festivals were held during the month. The festival allowed women to make blood sacrifices and use strong wines, which was forbidden at the time. Men were not allowed to know her "mysteries" or her true name. Ovid gives us another idea - that May came from the Latin word maiores, which meant "elders", and that the following month, June, was named for the "young people".

The birthstone for May is the emerald, and the birth flower is the lily-of-the-valley and the common hawthorn. Epigaea repens, commonly referred to as the mayflower, is for us North Americans, the sign that May has arrived. The Zodiac signs are Taurus, the Cretan bull, and Gemini, the twins Castor and Pollux, brothers who achieved godhood after death.

May in other langauges: Mei (Dutch), Toukokuu (Finnish)
May as a name: May, Gwalchmei (possibly "May hawk")
Flowers: Lily, Hawthorn, Mayflower, Kielo ("lily-of-the-valley")
Gems: Emerald, Esmeraude (Old French version), Esmeralda (Spanish name meaning "emerald"), Emeraude (Possibly French or Middle English version), Beryl (emerald is a type of beryl)
Zodiac: Taurus, Fintan ("white bull" or "white fire"), Byron ("place of the cow sheds"), Enikő ("deer" or "cow"), Hathor (An ancient Egyptian Goddess associated with cattle); Gemini, Castor, Pollux, Thomas ("twin")
Fifth: Pontius ("fifth"), Quintus ("fifth")
Other: Maia