Monday, September 30, 2013

Caledonia



Origin: Latin or Celtic
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "a hard or rocky land" or "a land of hard men"
Pronunciation: kal-eh-DOH-nee-ah
Other forms: N/A

This is one place name I can get behind, 100%. The Romans gave the name Caledonia to what is today Scotland, and is used as a poetic name for, like Britannia for Britain. It may be related to the dominant Caledonii tribe, who were Pictish. Another theory is that it comes from caled the Proto-Celtic word for "hard". Others say the word is pre-Celtic.

Sìdh Chailleann is the Scottish Gaelic name for the mountain Schiehallion, and means "fairy hill of the Caledonians". Scotland has many interesting animals that live there, from the ptarmigan and stoat that live high in the mountains, to the seal and golden eagle. The thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland, and the national animal is the unicorn, which has been a Scottish heraldic symbol dating all the way back to the 12th century.

Caledonia has a lovely, romantic sound. I could imagine it being the name of a Princess in a Medieval fairy tale. I also think it is a pretty way of honoring one's Scottish heitage.

Björn

Björn Andrésen
Origin: Old Norse
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Bear"
Pronunciation: bee-YORN, bee-YURN
Other Forms: Bjoern, Bjarni, Bjørn

I've loved this name for quite some time, the sound, and the meaning both appeal to me greatly. I had almost totally forgotten about it until I heard it again on the TV show "Vikings", as the name of the name character, Ragnar's, son. Björn comes an Old Norse byname, and today is used in Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands. There is evidence of prehistoric bear worship, especially among fishing and hunting tribes. The bear is the national animal of Finland, and prehistoric Finns, and Siberians, believed that bears were the spirit of one's forefathers.

The Russian fairy tale, "Morozko", tells of the arrogant Ivan, who attempts to kill a mother bear and her cubs, and is punished by having his head turned into that of a bear, and is shunned by society. Björn Andrésen is a Swedish actor and musician, best known for playing Tadzio in the 1971 "Death in Venice". Björn Ulavaeus was a member of ABBA, and Björn Borg is a former World No. 1 tennis player. I think this name would be perfect for more adventurous parents, and I think its sound it fairly easy to grasp, once explained.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Name Game!

This is something I used to enjoy doing on my previous blog. Every one post one boy, and one girl name, going by the guidelines I have given. Then, later on, I will pick the winners.

Boy: First name must be the name of a bird, middle name must be a diminutive of a classic name, e.g. William, Thomas, Jonathan.

Girl: First name must be the name of a authoress, and middle name must be taken from a star, or constellation.

Mine: Harrier Wilkin and Djuna Cassiopeia

Have fun!

WINNERS: Sylvia Altair from Dellitt, and Peregrine Teddy from CaitieO.
Runners Up: Lark Geordie and Anais Vega, both from fire-throne.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Birth Announcements from the Telegraph

Girls

Laria Willow Rona, a sister to Amelie
Anna Carolyn, a sister to Zoe
Elizabeth Fiona Jane
Aurelia Autumn Ottilie Velvet, a sister to Sienna
Cecily Isla Mary, a sister to Thomas and Henry
Lily Camillia Rose, a sister to Harry
Alexandria Aprille and Katerina Patricia, sisters to Stephen
Ellie Jill
Phoebe Jo Campbell, a sister to Kitty and George
Ernestine Faye, a sister to Dylan
Poppy Mary, a sister to Violet and Bertie


Boys

George Rafferty, a brother to Willow and Jack
Wentworth Louis Canning
William Champion
Atticus Edward Peregrine, a brother to Caspar and Tilly
Rufus Redgrave Page
Matthias Edleston, a brother to Ralph
Alistair William Peter, a brother to Isobel Catriona
Charles Ptolemy Nevill, a brother to Henry
Dara James, a brother to Andrew
Ralph Atlas Varouge
Robert Duncan Thomas and Orlando William Percy


Sévérine



Origin: French
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Stern"
Pronunciation: sehv-REEN or sehv-RIN
Other forms: Severina, Seweryna

Thanks to Shelby for suggesting Sévérine. I am sorry it's taken so long to get this up!

This lovely French name comes from Severinus, which is a form of the Roman family name, Severus, meaning "stern". Sévérine is an edgy and chic name, and very unusual. In 2000, it ranked #403 in France, but has since fallen off the charts, though I wouldn't be surprised if a few daring parents decided to use it, after it got a bit of spotlight from Bérénice Marlohe's beautiful and mysterious character in the newest James Bond movie, "Skyfall".

 Sévérine is just one of the many different forms of Severinus. The original female counterpart is Severina, and is used in Croatia, Germany, Italy, and Portugal. The Polish version is Seweryna. For boys there is Severino, Séverin, Severiano, Seweryn, Severi, Severo, and Søren.
This name is almost universal, there is a form for everyone, and it would be perfect for a multilingual family.