Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yumi



Origin: Japanese
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Archery bow" or "beautiful bow"
Pronunciation: YOO-mee
Other forms: Yumiko

As with every Japanese name, depending on what kanji you use, this name could mean anything from "friend" to "freedom". It is very pretty and could be easily used in English speaking countries. Archery is a long surviving sport; The first mention of a bow and arrow being used in Europe was in 10,000-9000 BC. Gods and Goddesses like Artemis, Apollo, Diana, and Cupid are all archers and many heroes from various mythologies are as well. And who could forget Robin Hood?
Today it is mostly used as sport in competitions or for fun, not for actual hunting, though there are a few who still hunt with bows, they are called bowhunters. There doesn't appear to be many famous female archers in history, though there are a few today like Charlotte Burgess, Natalia Valeeva, Melissa-Jane Daniel, and Justyna Mospinek. There is a few female archers in literature, like Susan Pevensie, the eldest daughter from the "Narnia" books and movies, and now Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games".

Monday, September 10, 2012

Coyote



This morning the coyotes were howling extremely loud, and it was very eerie. The dogs of course took off after them, and the cat ran into the bushes. This is probably only the second time we've heard coyotes this year. Since it is fall, they are probably starting to form packs. It was after I heard them this morning that I wondered if Coyote could ever work as a name? Probably not, but I'm going to profile it anyways.

Origin: Mexican/Spanish
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Name of canine
Pronunciation: KYE-oh-tee
Other forms: N/A

The word coyote, comes from the Mexican/Spanish word, which is the same. It came from a Nahuatl word, cóyotl. Coyotes are pretty common all throughout North and Central America. They are also known as American jackals, or prairie wolves. Their scientific name, Canis latrans, means "barking dog" in Latin. In Texas and Oklahoma, it is common for coyotes to mate with domesticated dogs, and this is bad. The resulting animal is called a coydog and they are just as wild as coyotes, but more fearless. Coyotes are seen as pest, as they often kill livestock, though I can tell you, they have never killed more than two or three calves a year.

In Native American mythology, the coyote is a trickster, closely resembling the Norse God Loki, or Kistune of Japanese mythology. They sometimes appear in creation stories and are often male.

I happen to find coyotes beautiful, though I don't know if anybody else shares my sentiment. They are not very large, usually weighing between 15-45 pounds, and are grayish red.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Welcome Fourth Child

Tori and Dean

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have welcomed their fourth child together, Finn Davey. There other kids are Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen, and Hattie Margaret. Dean has one other child, Jack Montgomery, from a previous marriage.

Finn's middle name is the same as Tori's, who was given it in honor of her grandfather David Spelling.