Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lively Names

"Allegory of Life" by Pierre Puvis de Chevannes
There are more names with meanings relating to "life" than just Vita; from the Albanian Luljeta to the Thai Suchart, here are lively names from all over the world.

Girls:

Asha (Swahili name meaning "life")
Liv (Means "life" in Swedish)
Enid (Welsh name meaning "soul" or "life)
Zoe (Greek name meaning "life")
Luljeta (Albanian name meaning "flower of life")
Hiwot (Amharic name meaning "life")
Bizitza (Means "life" in Basque)

Boys:

Bion (Greek name meaning "life")
Chayyim (Hebrew name meaning "life")
Vitale (Italian name meaning "of life, vital")
Suchart (Thai name meaning "born into a good life")
Zoticus (Greek name meaning "full of life")
Beathan (Scottish name meaning "life")

Unisex:

Vivo (Esperanto name meaning "life")
Chinwendu (Igbo name meaning "God owns life")

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Children of Johann I Joseph of Liechtenstein

Johann I Joseph of Liechtenstein
Johann I Joseph, Prince of Leichtenstein was born Johann Baptist Josef Adam Johann Nepomuk Aloys Franz de Paula to Franz Joseph I and Leopoldine von Sternberg. He married Landgravine Josepha of Fürstenberg-Weitra, who was born Maria Josepha Sophie.
Their children were:

Maria Leopoldine Josepha Sophia Aemiliana, "Princess Maria Leopoldine of Liechtenstein"

Karoline, "Princess Karoline of Liechtenstein"

Aloys Maria Josef Johann Baptista Joachim Philipp Nerius, "Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein"

Maria Sophie Josepha, "Princess Maria of Liechtenstein", later "Princess Maria, Countess of Vincenz Esterházy von Galántha"

Maria Josepha, "Princess Maria Josepha of Liechtenstein"

Franz de Paula Joachim Joseph, "Prince Franz de Paula of Liechtenstein"

Karl Borromäus Johann Nepomuk Anton, "Prince Karl Johann of Liechtenstein"

Klothilda Leopoldina Josepha, "Prince Klothilda of Liechtenstein"

Henriette, "Princess Henriette of Liechtenstein", later "Princess Henriette, Countess Joseph Hunyady von Kethély"

Friedrich Adalbert, "Prince Friedrich Adalbert of Liechtenstein"

Eduard Franz Ludwig, "Prince Eduard Franz of Liechtenstein"

August Ludwig Ignaz, "Prince August of Liechtenstein"

Ida Leopoldine Sophia/e Maria/e Josepha/Josephine Franziska, "Princess Ida of Liechtenstein", later "Ida, Princess Paar"

Rudolf Maria Franz Placidus, "Princess Rudolf of Liechtenstein"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Surnames for Girls

Mia Farrow
I know, I know, surnames for girls is kind of taboo in the naming world. I do understand some of the hate, but I also think there are some exceptions. I also love it when the maiden name is used, either as a first or middle. If my own surname sounded nice enough for a name, I would use it in a heartbeat; unfortunately it doesn't. But here are some that I think wear especially nice on little girls.

Baker
Fifer/Pfeiffer
Abbott
Weaver
Foster
Shaw
Lane
Fontaine
Silva
English (Guilty pleasure!)
Joplin
Painter
Madigan
Winslet
Marlowe
Golightly
Draper
Foley
Blanchett
Munro
Paige/Page
Sayer
Hart
Fisher

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Reveal Daughter's Name

Eva and Ryan
The secretive couple have finally released the name of their new baby - Esmeralda Amada. I'm really impressed!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Children of Antonia of Luxembourg

Antonia with Five of Her Six Children
Princess Antonia of Luxembourg was born Antoinette Roberte Sophie Wihelmine to William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Marie Anne of Portugal. She married Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria, who was born Rupprecht Maria Luitpold Ferdinand. He had four children from a previous relationship.
Their children were:

Heinrich Franz Wilhelm, "Prince Heinrich of Bavaria"

Irmingard Maire Josefa, "Princess Irmingard of Bavaria"

Editha Marie Gabrielle Anna, "Princess Editha of Bavaria, Mrs. Schmert"

Hilda Hildegard Marie Gabriele, "Princess Hildegard of Bavaria, Mrs. de Loayza"

Gabriele Adelgunde Marie Theresia Antonia, "Princess Gabrielle of Bavaria, Duchess of Croÿ"

Sophie Marie Therese, "Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Duchess of Arenberg"

Monday, October 6, 2014

On My Mind: 10-6-14


I've just seen "Chicken with Plums" I thought I would dedicate a post to some of the names in it. It is about an Iranian man named Nasser-Ali Khan who is a talented musician. After a fight with his wife, who breaks his violin, he decides to die. It is based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, who co-directed the film with Vincent Paronnaud.

Parvine - I think this is a form of Parvin, which means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of stars, closest to earth and most visible. They are named for seven sisters, companions to the Goddess Artemis, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

Nasser - Naseer, a form of Nasir, means "helper" in Arabic. I especially like the female version, Nasira.

Irâne - This one was the most unusual to me. In the subtitles it is simply Iran, however she is credited as Irâne. I wonder if it is just the French version of Iran? If any one has any info, please let me know.

Cyrus - I've liked this name for quite a while, and was pleased when Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy chose it for their son. It is ascribed a few different meanings. It is believed to either come from the Persian Kūrush, which could mean "young" or "far-sighted", or the Greek kyrios, "lord".

Faringuisse - I love the look of this one. The closest I could find to this one was Farangis, who is a character in the epic "Shahnameh".

Azraël - A great sequence in the movie is when Nasser-Ali meets the Angel of Death, Azrael. Also known as Azriel, in mythology he will be the last to die, and records all the names of people, their births and deaths. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Have a Girl

Mila and Ashton
After months of waiting to find out what they would name their baby, the time is finally here. They have had a little girl who they named Wyatt Isabelle.