Friday, March 27, 2015

Cynthia


"Cynthia", 1947
Origin: Greek
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Woman from Kynthos"
Pronunciation: SIN-thee-uh
Other forms: Kynthia, Cinzia, Cintia

While most would say Cynthia is hopelessly dated, I think it's just about time for her to be brought back. It also has a great pedigree and long history, has a nickname practically built in, and for me, is the name of my grandmother. Cynthia is the Latinized form of Kynthia, a Greek name meaning "woman from Kynthos". Kynthos, or Cynthus as its known today, is a mountain on the island of Delos. According to mythology, Leto gave birth to the twins Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and virginity, and Apollo, God of the sun, prophecy, and music, on the island. Because of this, Artemis is sometimes called Cynthia.

It started being used as a name sometime around the Renaissance, but didn't really become popular until the 19th century. It's been in the top 1000 since 1880, and peaked at #7 in 1957, and ever since then has been on the decline. As far as namesakes, there is no shortage of them. There is designer Cynthia Rowley, actress Cynthia Nixon, Brazilian model Cintia Dicker, a movie where Elizabeth Taylor plays the eponymous "Cynthia" made in 1947, and even a volume of poetry called "Cynthia, with Certaine Sonnets" written in 1595 by Richard Barnfield. So, I'm stumped as to why it isn't used more often; it could almost be considered a classic with such frequent usage for so long. I hope in the future, we can expect to see more little Cynthia's.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ice Kings



Evgeni Plushenko


Rolf Österreich - Germany
Fedor Klimov - Russia
Gillis Grafström - Sweden
Toller Cranston - Canada
Emmerich Danzer - Austria
Petri Kokko - Finnish
Gösta Sandahl - Sweden
Olivier Schoenfelder - France
Mariusz Siudek - Poland
Elvis Stojko - Canada
Povilas Vanagas - Lithuania
Tassilo Thierbach - Germany
Fabian Bourzat - France
Courtney Jones - United Kingdom
Daisuke Takahashi - Japan
Jeffrey Buttle - Canada
Artur Gachinski - Russia
Javier Fernandez - Spain
Mervin Tran - Japan
Charlie White - USA
Ilia Kulik - Russia
Stéphane Lambiel - Switzerland
Florent Amodio - France
Patrick Chan - Canada
Evan Lysacek - USA
László Nagy - Hungary
Maurizio Margaglio - Italy
Yuzuru Hanyū - Japan
Evgeni Plushenko - Russia
Robin Szolkowy - Germany

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ice Queens

Mao Asada
I am so fascinated by ice skaters, it is probably my favorite part of the Winter Olympics and I always look forward to it. One of the reasons I also have a slight obsession with the Olympics (aside from the fact I have no skill in any sport, ever) is all the great names. I thought it was a perfect time for me to channel my obsession into a post, starting with female ice skaters.

Mao Asada - Japan
Galit Chait - Israel
Herma Szabo - Austria
Manuela Groß - Germany
Albena Denkova - Bulgaria
Sonja Henie - Norway
Micheline Lannoy - Belgium
Surya Bonaly - France
Tenley Albright - USA
Sjoukje Dijkstra - Netherlands
Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva - Russia
Narumi Takahashi - Japan
Tanith Belbin - USA
Melitta Brunner - Austria
Ksenia Stolbova - Russia
Romy Kermer - Germany
Svea Norén - Sweden
Liselotte Landbeck - Austria
Fumie Suguri - Japan
Tessa Virture - Canada
Federica Faiella - Italy
Dagmar Lurz - Germany
Cecil Smith - Canada
Heidemarie Steiner - Germany
Dorota Siudek - Poland
Marika Kilius - Germany
Radka Kovaříková - Czech Republic
Meryl Davis - USA
Elizaveta "Liza" Tuktamysheva - Russia
Sabine Baeß - Germany
Ludmila Belousova - Russia
Andrée Brunet - France
Shizuka Arakawa - Japan
Evgenia Medvedeva - Russia
Oksana Baiul - Ukraine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Children of Olav V

Princess Märtha and Olav V
Olav V of Norway was born Alexander Edward Christian Frederik to Haakon VII and Maud of Wales. He married Princess Märtha of Sweden, who was born Märtha Sofia Lovisa Dagmar Thyra.
Their children were:

Ragnhild Alexandra, "Princess Ragnhild of Sweden", later Mrs. Lorentzen

Astrid Maud Ingeborg, "Princess Astrid of Sweden", later Mrs. Ferner

Harald, "Prince Harald of Sweden", later "Harald V of Norway"

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cate Blanchett Adopts a Girl

Cate and Andrew
I was so excited to see what she would choose; she already has three boys, Dashiell John, Roman Robert, and Ignatius Martin, with husband Andrew Upton. For a girl she chose Edith Vivian Patricia.

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Six)


Sorry it took me forever to post this. I had been out of town with my family and haven't been on the internet much. Lastly we have "The Best Intentions" or "Den goda viljan".
Note: this film was written by Bergman, but directed by Bille August.

Women:

Anna Akerblom Bergman
Svea Akerblom
Beda Bergman
Karin Akerblom
Alma Bergman
Blenda Bergman
Martha Akerblom
Ebba Bergman
Frida Standberg

Men:

Henrik Bergman
Johan Akerblom
Ernst Akerblom
Gustav Akerblom
Oscar Akerblom
Carl Akerblom
Fredrik Bergman
Svante

Friday, February 27, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Five)


Today's film is "The Virgin Spring" or "Jungfrukällan".

Women:

Märeta
Ingeri
Karin
Frida

Men:

Simon
Töre