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Names from Ogden's St. Julien Cigarette Cards - Pt. 2

Here's the second and last part to the previous post. Hope everyone who read enjoyed!
Madge Lessing Margaret Halston Marie George Marie Studholme Miss Flopp Miss Forster Miss Fortescue Miss Kerin Miss M. Morris Miss M. Sayre Miss Marie Shields Miss McNaughton Miss R. Maitland Mrs. Brown Potter Mrs. Patrick Campbell Muriel Beaumont Nina Sevening Nora Lancaster Olga Nethersole Phyllis Rankin Ruby Verdi Sarah Brooke Vera Beringer Winifred Emery

Astoria






Origin: Possibly Greek or Provençal
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "hawk", or "star"
Pronunciation: as-TOR-ee-ah
Other forms: Asteria

Thanks to jazzy badin for suggesting Astoria!

This name is one that no one seems to know the meaning of. Some claim it is a feminization of the name Astor, which comes from the Provençal surname astur, which means "hawk". Others think it comes from the aster, which means "star". I tend to think this version is meant to go along with the "hawk" meaning, while Asteria probably is meant to mean "star". Hawks are some of the most intelligent birds, they have very good vision and are excellent hunters. The females normally tend to be bigger than the males.

Hawks are featured in mythology from all over the world. Indians consider hawks to be the greatest bird, and that its feathers carry their prayers to the sun God. In Ancient Egypt hawks and falcons were royal birds, and there were many Gods and Goddesses with the heads of hawks. A slightly famous bearer of the name is Astoria Greengrass, wife to Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

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  1. Thank you so much for doing a post on this! This certainly clears up some confusion on the name's meaning :)

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