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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.

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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