Monday, February 1, 2016

On My Mind: 2-1-16

Daisy Ridley
Daisy - Daisy was a name I could never get behind. I thought it was too cutesy, too, well, flowery. But Star Wars breakout Daisy Ridley has really changed my opinion. She's spunky and sweet, and portrayed the passionate Rey wonderfully. Her full name is Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley, and has five sisters, two of which are named Kika-Rose and Poppy Sophia. According to Daisy, J.J. Abrams loved saying her full name, stating it had a nice feminine first but was balanced out by the hard masculine Ridley.

Domhnall - Another actor in "The Force Awakens", an Irishman who's gotten tons of good work lately, including "The Revenant", "Ex Machina", and Oscar nominated "Brooklyn". He is still probably most famous, however, for portraying Bill Weasley, alongside his father, Brendan Gleeson, who played Mad-Eye Moody. Domhnall often describes the pronunciation of his name as "tonal with a D". It's the Gaelic form of Donald, which means "ruler of the world".

Double Names + Others - I went to a funeral last week for my mother's cousin, a woman I've never met but have heard a lot of stories about. It has never occurred to me before, but our family has an abundance of people with double names, or people who are referred to by their first and middle. They range from the very mundane Elizabeth Ann, Fred Allan, Roy Allan, to the slightly more unusual Edna Myrle (even my mother's cat had a double name - Wallace Earl). My mother commented on how she thinks it's because many people are juniors and it's easier to refer to them like that as opposed to calling everyone Little Roy and Big Roy. The funeral got us all talking about family, and more unusual names cropped up. Butch, called affectionately Butchie, Bark (full name Barkley), Mattie Dell, Gussie Odell, Jearldean etc. They were all very interesting! For more names from my family tree, you can refer to the posts I made during my Ancestry craze split into two sections - Maternal, and Paternal.

Milam - The cemetery was very old and hard to get to. Even though my feet were killing me because I decided to wear high-heeled boots, I was able to hobble over to see a few headstones. One had a man named Milam, middle name Carroll. I commented on how unusual it was, and my father said he'd seen the name, and then my grandmother's husband said it was pronounced "MY-lum". It's one I've never seen before, and now I've found out that it's a county in Texas, which makes a little sense. Milam county is named for Benjamin Rush Milam, a soldier and settler during the Texas Revolution.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Names Worn by Bibi Andersson

Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson was born Berit Elisabeth Andersson in Kungsholm, Stockholm, to Karin, a social worker, and Josef, a businessman. Her elder sister, Gerd, was a ballerina who eventually became an actress, while Bibi did bit parts and commercials to further her career. It was in a commercial for detergent that she first worked with Ingmar Bergman, who would go on to become one of the most famous directors of Sweden, and who would give her much of her work.
She started attending the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school, but quit to follow Ingmar, who she had started a relationship with. Her role as Alma in "Persona" (which she won an award for), furthered her career greatly, and she started getting work outside of Sweden, like in the Western "Duel at Diablo", opposite James Garner and Sidney Poitier.
The 90's saw her working as a theatre director, and a supervisor for Road to Sarajevo. Unfortunately, it was reported in 2010 that she had suffered from a stroke, and that it had left her hospitalized. Bibi has been married three times, her first marriage producing a daughter named Jenny Matilde Grede. She has been married to Gabriel Mora Baeza since 2008.

Eivor - "Rabies" - This name comes from the Old Norse auja, "gift, good fortune", and vor, "vigilant, cautious" and is pronounced "AY-vorr."

Alma - "Persona" - I love this name. It could come from the Latin almus, which means "nourishing", or simply alma, the Spanish word for "soul". It's still pretty unusual, and has the perfect sort of vintage glamour which I think will help propel it into the limelight sometime soon.

Siv - "Jag rodnar" - Siv, pronounced "SEEV", is an Old Norse name meaning "bride". Another form, Sif, has recently been seen in "Thor" on the character played by Jaimie Alexander. Sif was a Norse Goddess and is Thor's wife and is associated with the earth, fertility, family, and marriages.

Arkadina - "Måsen" - I think this name is gorgeous and really romantic. Arkadina is most likely a feminine form of the Russian Arkadiy. Uma Thurman's daughter is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.

Tekla - "Fordringsägare" - This is the Hungarian and Georgian form of the Greek name Thekla, which came from Theokleia, which means "glory of God". Saint Thekla was supposedly the very first female martyr.

Solveig - "Shit Happens" - This lovely Scandinavian name means "sun strength" and is pronounced "SOL-vay" in Swedish and "SOL-vi" in Norwegian.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Vogue, January 15th 1919
I'm going to be doing a series of posts on all the months, focusing on names that are associated and inspired by said month, which for today, is January. January is the first month of the year, and is thirty-one days long. January was named after Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and doorways. He is normally depicted with two faces, which is why cats with Diprosopus, a rare congenital disorder where the person or animal has essentially multiple faces, are commonly referred to as "Janus cats". The birthstone for January is the garnet, the flower is traditionally the pink carnation, but sometimes it is the galanthus or snowdrop. In China the flower is a plum blossom and in Japan, the camellia. The zodiac signs are Capricorn, the sea goat (a goat with the tail of a fish), and Aquarius, the water carrier Ganymede.

January in Other Languages: Janvier (French), Tammikuu (Finnish)
January as a Name: Januarius, Januaria, and of course, January
Flowers: Carnation, Dianthus, Galanthus, Snowdrop, Plum, Blossom, Camellia, Gillyflower (A name for the carnation)
Gems: Garnet, Almandine, Pyrope, Marjorite (The last three are all species of garnet)
Zodiac: Capricorn, Aquarius, Ganymede, Arwa ("Mountain goat"), Giles ("Young goat"), Jael ("Mountain Goat"), Mortimer ("Still water"), Tallulah ("Leaping waters"), Mayim ("Water")
First: Primo ("First"), Primrose ("First rose"), Winona ("Firstborn daughter"), Proteus ("First")
Other: Janus

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Names of Fictional, Factual, and Mythological Witches

"Medea" by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Hello all, and happy Halloween! For the holiday I've chosen to make a post featuring names of both fictional and factual witches from history and media, and myth.


Agatha Cackle (The Worst Witch)
Penelope Clearwater (Harry Potter)
Erichtho (Pharsalia)
Miss Davina Bat (The Worst Witch)
Elphaba (Wicked)
Serafina Pekkala (His Dark Materials)
Jadis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Cordelia Foxx (American Horror Story: Coven)
Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
Maharet and Mekare (The Vampire Chronicles)
Jane Smart (The Witches of Eastwick)
Mildred Hubble (The Worst Witch)
Sycorax (The Tempest)
Cho Chang (Harry Potter)
Vanessa Dahl (Engelsfors)
Susan Sto Helit (Discworld)
Fleur and Gabrielle Delacour (Harry Potter)
Enid Nightshade (The Worst Witch)
Minoo Falk Karimi (Engelsfors)
Ruta Skadi (His Dark Materials)
Padma and Parvarti Patil (Harry Potter)
Empusa (Stardust)
Sybill Trelawney (Harry Potter)
Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax (Discworld)
Maud Moonshine (The Worst Witch)
Bridget "Jet" Owens (Practical Magic)
Ida Holmström (Engelsfors)
Myrtle Snow (American Horror Story: Coven)
Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter)
Ethel Hallow (The Worst Witch)
Nessarose (Wicked)
Eglantine Price (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

Factual (and People Accused of Witchcraft):

Marigje Arriens (Accused and executed. 1520-1591, Dutch.)
Sybil Leek (1917-1982)
Agnes Bernauer (Accused and executed. 1410-1435, German.)
Bridget Bishop (Accused and executed. 1632-1692, English immigrant to Salem.)
Rosaleen "Roie" Norton (1917-1979)
Giovanna Bonanno (Accused and executed. Died 1789, Italian.)
Sidonia von Borcke (Confessed under torture, was executed. 1548-1620, Pomeranian.)
Michée Chauderon (Confessed under torture, was executed. Died 1652, Swiss.)

Eleanor "Ray" Bone (1910-2001)
Nyzette Cheveron (Confessed and was executed. Died 1605, Belgian.)
Peronne Goguillon (Accused and executed. Died 1679, French.)

Zsuzsanna Budapest (1940-)
Mechteld ten Ham (Confessed under torture, was executed. Died 1605, Dutch.)
Walpurga Hausmannin (Confessed and was executed. Died 1587, German.)

Margot Adler (1946-)
Ursulina de Jesus (Accused and executed. Died 1754, Brazilian.)


Medea (Greek)
Morgan le Fay (Arthurian)
Hecate (Greek)
Ceridwen (Welsh)
Circe (Greek)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Zooey Deschanel Welcomes a Girl

Actress Zooey Deschanel recently gave birth to a little girl who she has named Elsie Otter. She is married to producer Jacob Pechenik. On the choice she said: "Well, we just really like the name Elsie, and then we both love otters. They're really sweet, they're also smart, they use tools to keep their favorite tools, they hold hands while they sleep. There's so many amazing things about otters. They're wonderful animals."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Carey Mulligan Reveals Name of Baby Girl

Marcus and Carey
Actress Carey Mulligan and husband, Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the band Mumford and Sons, have revealed the name of their baby girl - Evelyn.