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Tamara

Origin: Russian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Date palm"
Pronunciation: ta-MARR-ah, TAM-ah-ruh
Other forms: Tamar, Tammara, Tamera, Thamar, Tamari

This beautiful Russian name has almost worldwide appeal, being used in Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Italian, and Spain, just to name a few, and a rich history that lends it an almost classic appeal. Tamara comes from Biblical Tamar, a Hebrew name meaning "date palm".

The fruit of the date palm, also know as the Phoenix dactylifera, have been a staple food in the diets of the Middle East and Indus Valley for thousands of years. In Ancient Rome they used the palm fronds from this plant to symbolize victory in triumphal processions, and renderings of these plants can even be seen in frescoes from Pompeii. And for a fun little factoid dates are referenced fifty times in the Bible; twenty times in Qur'an.

The story in the Bible is as dramatic as any soap opera, but I'll try to sum it up fairly quickly - Tamar marries Judah's …

A Collection of Names Taken from Evil Queens

Tilda Swinton as Jadis in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"
I have an admission to make. I love evil Queens. I've always liked the villains, both male and female, and often find them to be more interesting, especially when it comes to storylines. Some of these aren't exactly Queens, but do fit into the archetype. So here is a list of names, taken from evil Queens from literature, television, movies, and real life.

Regina - Once Upon a Time
Grimhilde - Snow White
Isabella - Isabella 1st of Spain
Claudia - Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Arpazia - White as Snow
Elspeth - Snow White: The Fairest of Them All
Jadis - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Narissa - Enchanted
Dorothea and Hekatah - The Black Jewels Trilogy
Bathsheba - The Bible
Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman
Ivi - Fairest
Anne - Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Rodmilla - Ever After
Alice - The Grimm Brother's Snow White
Clementianna - Mirror Mirror
Athaliah - The Bible
Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent
Cersei - Game of Thrones
Beryl - Sailor Moon
Levana - The Lunar Chronicles

Comments

  1. Athaliah - a biblical queen of Israel. In order to secure her own position on the throne, she ordered the murder of all other members of the royal family, including children.

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    1. Thank you, I added Athaliah to the list.

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  2. Dorothea and Hekatah are the bad guys of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy.

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