Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Siblings of C.C. van Asch van Wijck

"Cox in the Atelier of Toon Dupuis"
C.C. van Asch van Wijck was a Dutch artists' model and sculptor, and had many siblings who had amazing names. C.C. herself was Lady Cornélie Caroline, and was called "Cox". She was named for her aunt, Countess Cornelia van Limburg Stirum. She was the fourth of the five children of Lord Hubert Willem van Asch van Wijck and Countess Wilhelmina Philippina "Wim" van Limburg Stirum.
The others were as follows:

Constance "Conny"
Maurits "Maus"
Cecilius "Cecil"
Wilhelmina Adolphina "Dolph"

C.C. died after giving birth to her son, Johan Adolph "Dolph" Volcker, at the age of thirty-one.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (2)

Agnès Sorel as "Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim" by Jean Fouquet
Continuing on...

Agnès Sorel - Charles VII - Sorel was the first officially recognized royal mistress in France. She was called "Dame de beauté", and had three daughters by Charles, Charlotte de Valois, Marie de Valois, and Jeanne de Valois. She died at the age of twenty-eight after giving birth to her fourth child. She was believed to have been poisoned using mercury, and theories state it was Charles' own son who did it.
Antoinette de Maignelais - Charles VII - Antoinette was Agnès' cousin and replaced her as mistress after her death. She had two daughters believed to have been sired by him. One was named Jane.

Phélisé Regnard - Louis XI
Marguerite de Sassenage - Louis XI

Françoise de Foix, Comtesse de Châteaubriant - Francis I
Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, Duchess of Étampes - Francis I
Mary Boleyn - Francis I (Disputed)

Diane de Poitiers - Henry II
Janet Stewart - Henry II - Had a son by him named Henri d'Angoulême.
Filippa Duci - Henry II - Had a daughter by him named Diane de France.
Nicole de Savigny, Baroness of Fontette - Henry II

Marie Touchet - Charles IX - Had a son by him named Charles de Valois.

Louise de La Béraudière du Rouhet - Henry III
Renée de Rieux de Châteauneuf - Henry III
Veronica Franco - Henry III
Marie van Kleef, Countess of Beaufort - Henry III

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (1)

Odette and Charles VI by François Guizot
I have a fascination with royal mistresses, with the power they gained and held, rivaling only the Queen's, who very often aware of them. They often had quite interesting names, and their children did as well, having the freedom to go a bit more adventurous with them than the royals did. Without further ado, starting all the way back in Clovis' reign from 509-511, here is the first batch of names.

Evochilde - Clovis I

Waldrada, Princess of the Lombards - Chlothar I
Valtrude of the Lombards - Chlothar I
Arnegundis - Chlothar I

Merofleda - Charibert I - Had a daughter by him named Berteflede.
Clothilde - Charibert I
Marcovefa - Charibert I - Had a daughter by him named Clothilde.
Theogilda - Charibert I

Fredegund d'Ardennes - Chilperic I - Later became Queen. Persuaded Chilperic to divorce his first wife and send her to a convent; however he then married Galswintha, who Fredegund strangled. Her daughter with Chilperic was called Rigunth, and she also tried to kill her.

Ragnetrude of Austrasia - Dagobert I - Had a son by him named Sigebert III.
Berthilde - Dagobert I

Gersuinda of the Saxons - Charlemagne - Had a daughter by him named Adaltrude.
Amaltrud of Vienne - Charlemagne
Ethelind - Charlemagne - Had sons by him named Richbod and Theodoric.
Sigrade - Charlemagne
Madelgard - Charlemagne - Had a daughter by him named Ruodhaid.
Regina - Charlemagne - Had sons by him named Drogo and Hugh.
Landrade des Herbages - Charlemagne
Adelindus - Charlemagne

Theodelinde of Sens - Louis the Pious - Had two children by him named Arnulf and Alpais.

Luitgrade of Saxony - Louis the Stammerer
Adelheid of Paris - Louis the Stammerer

Edgiva of Kent - Charles the Simple
Frederuna von Ringleheim - Charles the Simple

Biette de Casinel - Charles V

Odette de Champdivers - Charles VI - She was sometimes referred to as Oudine or Odinette, and was affectionately nicknamed "le petite reine", or "the little queen". She had a daughter by him named Marguerite de Valois.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Silent Star Names

I've been entranced by silent films ever since I saw the 1926 "The Scarlet Letter" starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson early one morning. I loved the heavy makeup and the over the top performances, the glamor and the fashion. The names are also really great, especially the women's, which were really spunky. I tried to feature a lot of the more prominent stars of the time so we could get an idea of what was popular. If you comment, please let me know what your favorite silent film is!


Anita Page
Lila Lee
Jobyna Ralston
Madge Bellamy
Betty Bronson
Renée Adorée
Nita Naldi
Billie Dove
Marguerite De La Motte
Leatrice Joy
Lillian and Dorothy Gish
Bessie Love
Anna May Wong
Theda Bara
Mae Marsh
Louise Brooks
ZaSu Pitts
Clara Bow
Marion Davies
Thelma Todd
Norma Shearer
Bebe Daniels


Nils Asther
John Barrymore
Rod La Rocque
Charlie Chaplin
Gary Cooper
Antonio Moreno
Rudolph Valentino
Lon Chaney
Monte Blue
Ronald Colman
Adolphe Menjou
Wallace Reid
Douglas Fairbanks
John Gilbert
Ramon Navarro

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Children of Joachim of Denmark

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark
Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian to Margrethe II of Denmark and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. He first married Princess Alexandra of Denmark, later Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg who was born Alexandra Christina Manley.
Their children are:

Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, "Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat"

Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian, "Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Then he married Princess Marie of Denmark, who was born Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier.
Their children are:

Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, "Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat"

Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie, "Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Names Worn by Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both of whom were involved in the underground theatre and are also actors. Julie got her first role at fourteen in "Détective". She became known internationally after her role in "Europa Europa", for which she had to speak German. When I think of Delpy, I think of her teeth and lips, which are equally large and charming. Most probably know her for "Before Sunrise" with Ethan Hawke, and the follow-ups, "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight". Julie has been nominated for three César Awards, and two Academy Awards, one for best Writing Adapted Screenplay for "Before Sunset", which she co-authored.
Also, this post is a bit shorter as there weren't too many unusual names, and she's played a lot of characters with the same names over the years, so I chose three I liked best.

Mélie - "L'amour ou Presque" - I couldn't find too much info on this one, but it appears to be a regional French name, perhaps relating to Amélie.

Leni - "Europa Europa" - Leni is a German nickname for Helene or Magdalena, though I think it would do just fine on its own. Supermodel Heidi Klum's Leni is a Helene.

Sabeth - "Voyager" - I have never heard of this name before, so I was thrilled to see it! It is said to be a diminutive, probably German, of Elisabeth/Elizabeth. It can be said "suh-BETH" or "za-BET".

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.


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)


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")


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