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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.

Maleficent

Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "evil-doer"
Pronunciation: muh-LEHF-ih-sent
Other forms: N/A

The name of the evil fairy (yes, she is a fairy!) in "Sleeping Beauty". I'm not sure on the meaning of the name; one source says it means "evil-doer", and it is close to the word "malevolent" as well. Maleficent is capable of shape-shifting as well as just plain ol' black magic, she can transform into a huge dragon or a floating light that resembles a will-o'-the-wisp.
I've gotten tons of hits on this post, which really surprises me. I'm pretty sure it even started before the 2014 movie with Angelina Jolie came out.
In it, she is portrayed as more of an anti-hero than villain, and it is her who breaks the curse, instead of the prince, after she grows to love her over the years. It does have a surprisingly soft, feminine sound, and maybe the movie will redeem it, but I think it would probably still be best suited for a cat, or maybe a rat?

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