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On My Mind: 2-14-2018

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Aidan

Aidan Turner

Origin: Irish
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Fire"
Pronunciation: AY-den
Other forms: Aiden, Ayden, Edan

At the moment, Aidan is sitting at #115 in the US. Spelled Aiden, it's number #10. It is currently suffering from a condition I like to call "overkill". Which is a shame, really.
Aidan comes from Aodhán, a diminutive of of Aodh which means "fire". Aodh is the name of of more than a few characters in Irish mythology, and even of a few High Kings. Aidan itself is the name of two Saints, countless characters on TV and in literature, and even some actors, most notably Aidan Turner who played vampire Mitchell on "Being Human" and recently Kili in "The Hobbit", Aidan Quinn, who is Irish-American, and Aidan Gillen, who is currently playing Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish on "Game of Thrones."

One of the aforementioned Saints is St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, also known as the "Apostle of Northumbria". He was born in Ireland, and that is all that is really known about him, aside from that fact that he was a monk in a monastery on the island of Iona. He eventually founded a cathedral on the island of Lindisfarne, and is credited with bringing Christianity to Northumbria, a Kingdom of the Angles. It is today Northern England, and South-East Scotland. 
It's not just us Americans that have fallen in love with it; in England and Wales, it's #101, and in its homeland it ranked #40 (#43 for Northern Ireland).

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