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On My Mind: 7-16-17

Gus, Theo, and Ruby - At work I recently heard of a sibset consisting of eldest brother Gus, and then Theo, and a little sister named Ruby. It's so unusual (especially in my small southern town) to hear such stylish names that I was pretty floored when I heard it.

Augustine - Another name sighting from work - a little boy was calling for his friend all across the arcade - his name was Augustine.

Libuše - I've really been into Czech names here lately, and this one is one of my favorites. It comes from the Czech lib - which means "love". In legend, Libuše, also sometimes calledLubuše, Libussa, or Lubossa, was the name of a Princess and the founder of Prague.


Dame Nellie Melba by Frank Haviland

Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: N/A
Pronunciation: MEL-bah
Other Forms: N/A

Melba is a name I just think is lovely. It was first used by Dame Nellie Melba, who was born Helen Porter Mitchell in 1861. Nellie was a nickname of hers and Melba was taken from where she studied singing, Melbourne, Australia. She was one of the most famous singers of the Victorian era and the 20th century. She was also the first Australian to gain international recognition as a classical musician.

At first, Nellie was not very famous, she had had a few jobs in Melbourne, but after an unsucessful marriage, in which her husband repeatedly beat her, she left for Europe in search of fame. Eventually she became the leading lyric soprano at the Covent Garden and then starred in the Metropolitan Opera. The New York Times said she had "one of the loveliest voices that ever issued from a human throat ... simply delicious in its fullness, richness and purity." She raised funds during World War I for charities and went on to teach singing at the Melbourne Conservatorium where she searched for the next big star. Nellie died in 1931, and her funerel was a national event.

I think Melba is just a beautiful name, and would be great for someone with ties to music, or Melbourne. That is, if you can get past Melba Toast and Peach Melba!

                                       Here is Nellie singing "Lo, Here the Gentle Lark".


  1. I think Melba would be a super cute middle name! Gwendolyn Melba would be my pick!! And I do have Aussie ties!

  2. I agree with you about Melba, she's surprisingly gorgeous!


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