Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Lithuanian Consorts

Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
I had tons of fun looking these up. My personal favorite is probably Jadwiga.

Ludmila of Masovia (?)
Olga Vsevolodovna of Smolensk
Ievna Ivanovna of Polotsk
Maria Yaroslavna of Vitebsk
Uliana Alexandrovna of Tver
Jadwiga of Poland
Uliana Olshansky
Anna of Tver
Elisabeth of Austria
Helena of Moscow
Barbara Zápolya
Bona Sforza
Elisabeth of Austria
Barbara Radziwiłł
Catherine of Austria
Anna of Austria
Constance of Austria
Cecilia Renata of Austria
Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria
Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Catherine Opalińska
Maria Josepha of Austria

Monday, August 25, 2014

Masculin au Féminin

Some of my favorite names are those that are feminizations of male names. They have a clunky charm that no others have, and I just can't get enough of them! This list was made to show how diverse and how many there are.

Sebastian >>> Sebastienne/Sebastiana
Zephyr >>> Zéphyrine
Anthony >>> Antonia/Antonina/Antonella
Gerald >>> Geraldine
Theodore >>> Theodora/Teodora/Feodora
Arthur >>> Arthurine
George >>> Georgia/Georgina/Georgiana/Georgette
Joseph >>> Josephine/Josée/Josiane/Giosetta/Giuseppa
David >>> Davina
Francis >>> Frances/Francesca/Franziska/Francine/Françoise
Horatio >>> Horatia
Thomas >>> Thomasina/Tamsin
Peter >>> Petra
Laurence >>> Laurencia/Laurentia/Lorenza
Frederick >>> Frederica/Federica/Frieda/Frédérique
William >>> Wilhelmina/Willa
Cosimo >>> Cosima
Benedict >>> Bénédicte/Benoite/Benedetta/Bettina/Benedita
Nigel >>> Nigella
Cornelius >>> Cornelia/Kornelia/Kornelija/Cornélie
Marcel >>> Marcelle/Marcela/Marcella/Marceline/Marcellina/Marcellette/Marsaili
Edwin >>> Edwina
Jacob >>> Jacobine/Jacobina

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pete Wentz Has a Boy

Meagan and Pete
Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper just had a baby boy named Saint Lazslo. Wentz also has a son, Bronx Mowgli, with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Children of Catherine of Mecklenburg

Catherine of Mecklenburg
Catherine of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Saxony was born to Magnus II of Mecklenburg and Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin. She married Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony. Their children were:

Sibylle, "Sibylle of Saxony"

Aemilia, "Emilie of Saxony"

Sidonie or Sidonia, "Sidonie of Saxony"

Maurice, "Maurice, Elector of Saxony"

Severinus, "Severinus of Saxony" (Died at 11)

Augustus, "Augustus, Elector of Saxony"

Saturday, August 16, 2014


 Origin: Yoruba
Gender: Female
Meaning: "She tore"
Pronunciation: OY-uh?
Other forms: Oiá

The Goddess Oya represents the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fire, magic, and fertility. She guards the Underworld, and creates hurricanes and tornadoes, which are said to be her twirling skirts as she dances. She is also the spirit of change, and the changes that come from destruction. Oya wears every color but black, and she sleeps at the gates of cemeteries. She is not only a Goddess, but an Orisha, which is an elemental spirit, her element being lightning. She holds the power to call forth the spirit of death, or even send him back. Oya is the protector of women, and her knowledge of magic makes her associated with witches.

When she dances, she is said to have a horse tail, and she can transform into a water buffalo. Some of her favorite offerings are shea butter, eggplants, rum, pennies, masks, and wind instruments. She is called "the one who uses air as her cutlass", and "the one who puts on pants to go to war", among many other things. Shango is either her husband or brother, and in battle she leads him, as he is the Orisha of thunder, which follows lightning.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Children of Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born Sibylle Calma Maria Alice Bathildis Feodora to Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein. She married Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, who was born Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund, called "Edmund".
Their children were:

Margaretha Désirée Victoria, "Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler"

Birgitta Ingeborg Alice, "Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern"

Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla, "Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld"

Christina Louise Helena, "Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson"

Garl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, "Carl XVI Gustaf"


Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Poetic term for a valley
Pronunciation: VAYL
Other forms: N/A

Savannah Guthrie of "The Today Show" just had a little girl she named Vale Guthrie Feldman. I've liked the name Vale for a really long time, though I actually prefer it for a boy. A vale is a poetic word for a valley, which comes from the Old French val, which was derived from the Latin vallis or vallem which meant "valley". I'm sure a few of you have even heard of the "vale of years" from "Othello", and the "vale of tears" saying. I think Vale is a really lovely and obscure nature name, that doesn't seem overly hippie.