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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.

Names Worn by Brigitte Helm

Brigitte Helm in "Metropolis"

Brigitte Helm is rather iconic for her double role as Maria and the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", in which she was only eighteen. Brigitte was the daughter of a Prussian Officer, and was somewhat forced into the audition for "Metropolis", after her mother sent pictures of her in to Lang's wife. She hated working under Lang, and refused to make a film with him again. Although she had a ten year contract with Universum Film AG, she angered the Nazi party after marrying Dr. Hugo von Kuenheim, who was Jewish. She eventually moved to Switzerland, and had four children with Hugo. She died in 1996 at the age of ninety.

Magda - "Am Rande der Welt" - A spunky short form of Magdalena, which takes some of the heft out of it, and makes it more accessible.

Vera - "Scandal in Baden-Baden" - Vera is perfect for the family looking for a multi-cultural name. It is used in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Macedonia, and Portugal, just to name a few. It means "faith", in Russian, and is sometimes thought to be related to the Latin verus, meaning "truth".

Alraune - "Alraune" - A name I couldn't find much information on. I know that it is German, and is a novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers, which was published in 1911.

Antinea - "Queen of Atlantis" - A few sources say this name is Portuguese, and is thought to be the name of the Queen of Atlantis, which obviously fits with the movie.

Lore - "Der Läufer von Marathon" - A name with two origins, and two meanings. In German, Lore is pronounced "LO-rah", and is a diminutive of Eleonore. In Basque it means "flower".

Marcella - "Spies at Work" - A beautiful name, and probably my favorite on this list. Marcella is the feminine form of Marcellus, which was originally a Roman family name. It can be pronounced "MAR-cell-ah", or "MAR-chell-ah".

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