Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bottom of the Barrel: 1960's, Girls

Twiggy

In this new segment, I'll be listing the bottom 32 of the top 1000 for certain decades. Today we are doing 1960's, girls edition.

Babette
Velvet
Cheryle
Kevin
Marni
Ester
Alissa
Roxie
Lizette
Joanie
Yolonda
Earlene
Debbi
Cathie
Petra
Gabriela
Tamala
Delisa
Lisha
Glynis
Madelyn
Katheryn
Brandy
Dottie
Shanda
Deeann
Andra
Thomas
Lily
Marti
Fawn
Maryjane

Lakshmi



Origin: Sanskrit
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Sign, mark"
Pronunciation: LUCKSH-mee
Other Forms: Laxmi

Lakshmi is the name of the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, luck, and beauty. She is the wife of the God Vishnu, and is sometimes also called Mahalakshmi. She is believed to bring her devotees good luck, and protect them from any sort of misery and money problems. Lakshmi is often depicted with the lotus flower, and so many of her epitaphs have something to do with the lotus.

It is said that she is flanked by elephants, and gives coins of prosperity. Other times, she is accompanied by an owl. She is usually dressed in a red or gold outfit, and shows the abhaya mudra, or gyan mudra, with her right hand, holds a pot full of gold in her left arm, and a paddy sheaf in her left hand. Lakshmi is worshiped daily, but especially in October. On Diwali, the festival of lights, people put oil lamps outside of their houses, in hopes that she will bless them.

Must people will probably recognize this as the surname of model, and TV host, Padma Lakshmi. This is also the name of Bangalore born model Lakshmi Menon (seen in the picture above).

Top Names in Chile

Chilean stamp from 2000

These are the most popular names for Chile from 2012.

Girls:

1. Sofía
2. Antonella
3. Emilia
4. Florencia
5. Isidora
6. Martina
7. Maite
8. Agustina
9. Catalina
10. Valentina


Boys:

1. Agustín
2. 
Benjamín
3. Martín
4. Vicente
5. 
Matías
6. 
Cristóbal
7. Joaquín
8. Maximiliano
9. Tomás
10. Felipe

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Birth Announcements from the Telegraph

Girls:

Mathilda Elizabeth Violet
Iróna Grace
Clementine Agnes Lavinia
Lillian Poppy Saxty
Imogen Flora
Betsan Rosita River (A sister for Griff)

Cecily Bohème
Arabella Daisy (A sister for Georgina, Rose, and William)
Florence Elizabeth Swan (A sister for William, and Daisy)
Isla Eluned
Petra Alberta Juno
Verity Beatrix (A sister for Hector, and Henrietta)


Boys:

Hamish Malyn Richard
Alec Jay Sebastian

Edward James (A brother for Amalie, and Max)
Brodie Henry
Constantine
Frederick Christopher Giles
Toby Owen Leonard (A brother for Cara Mary, and Theo Peter)
Xavier Alfred Basil
Broderick Grey and Graham Sparks
Sterling Botolph

Names Worn by Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow

Before there was Marilyn Monroe, there was Jean Harlow. She eloped at the age of sixteen with a businessman and made her way to Los Angeles, where she played bit parts, until her big break in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels", in which there is an eight minute scene in color featuring her. With her platinum hair, thin brows, and deep-set eyes, she was instantly adored. Next, she was in "Platinum Blonde" which asserted her as America's new sex symbol. Sadly, at the age of twenty-six, during the filming of "Saratoga", she was hospitalized with uremic poisoning, and eventually died from it. Surely, it is partly due to her untimely death that she is the icon she is today.

Lillian - "Red-Headed Woman" - The glamorous counterpart to Lily, Lillian is one of the prettiest and simplest forms of the name. Perhaps originally a diminutive of Elizabeth, it has been used since the 16th century.

Vantine - "Red Dust" - An unusual name that I can't find anything about, although it appears to be a surname. One source states it means "son of the jockey".

Ruby - "Hold Your Man" - Ruby is getting more and more popular, and for good reason. It's vintage and sassy, a girl who won't let anyone, or anything get in her way. The word ruby comes from the Latin ruber, meaning "red".

Eadie - "The Girl from Missouri" - Eadie can be a sweet nickname for Edith, or stand on its own. Eadie is also a surname, coming from the Middle English Edwy, or Old English Eadwig.

Hattie - "Riffraff" - Brought back into the limelight by Tori Spelling, who chose it for her daughter, Hattie can also be used as a nickname for Harriet.

Gladys - "Libeled Lady" - Gladys is surely fusty, but could it possibly come back? It comes from the Old Welsh name Gwladus, and possibly means "country".

Friday, October 25, 2013

Erica

Judy Lang as Erica in "Count Yorga, Vampire"
Origin: Norse, Latin
Gender: Female
Meaning: Feminine form of Eric; "heather"
Pronunciation: AIR-ih-kah
Other forms: Erika, Ericka, Eerika

Erica is my mother's name, and the story behind it is sort of unusual. First, let's talk about the origins. Erica is the feminine form of the name Eric. Eric comes from the Norse ei, meaning "ever", and ríkr, which means "ruler". However, Erica is also the Latin word for "heather", and is the name of the genus of heather. Members of the Ericaceae family include huckleberry, cranberry, blueberry, and azalea. Although they are common in many parts of the world, Ericads do not grow in some parts of Antarctica, Greenland, Australia, and some of the tropics. Heathers are useful, sturdy plants, and in Scotland it was said that the red heather were stained with blood from wars between the clans, and that the white variety had been untouched, and were considered lucky. It was used to coughs and soothe nerves and ointments made from it were supposed to help with arthritis.  The highest Erica has ever ranked was #31, from 1986 to 1988. It first appeared in the top 1000 in 1945, though it has been in use since the 18th century.




The story of my mother's name happens to go perfectly with the Halloween season. My grandmother happened to see the movie "Count Yorga, Vampire", which came out 1970, and ended up liking Erica, the name of one of the main characters. We recently bought it to watch it, and it was great, campy fun and really interesting to see what inspired my mother's name.

Deer Names

"The Forest Pet" by William Quiller Orchardson


Girls:

Enikő - Invented by the Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty. Based off the mother of the Hungarian people in legend, whose name was Enéh, which meant "cow", or "deer".

Maral - Armenian name which means "deer".

Fawn - A name for a young deer.

Zibiah - Hebrew name meaning "roe, deer."

Bambi - Although Bambi was a boy, this name is more common among girls. Comes from the Italian bambino, "young boy", or bambina, "young girl".


Boys:

Oisín - Irish name which means "little deer". This is the name of Fionn mac Cumhail's poet son in Irish legend.

Raleigh - A surname possibly meaning "roe deer clearing". It could also mean "red clearing".

Buck - From the word for a male deer.

Tzvi - Means "deer" in Hebrew.

Oscar - Possibly comes from the Gaelic os, "deer", and cara, "lover".


Unisex:

Isi - Means "deer" in Choctaw.

Darby - Surname meaning "deer town".

Fallow - A type of deer.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Indigo



Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: From the word for the color
Pronunciation: IN-dih-go
Other forms: N/A

I've been seeing this name crop up quite a bit, usually for girls, though it is undoubtedly unisex.
Indigo comes from the Greek indikon, meaning "from India". Indigo is a bright color that falls between blue and purple, though it comes in many shades. Isaac Newton was the one who named Indigo, and the indigo plant, which the dye is made out of, exists in tropical lands.

In Hinduism, indigo represents the sixth chakra, which is the brow or third eye chakra, and is called Ajna. It governs over the brain, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary gland, pineal glands, and the neurological system. Essential oils for Ajna are mint and jasmine.

Queen Victoria and Children

Victoria and Family by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Queen Victoria, one of the greatest monarchs of England, was born Alexandrina Victoria, and her husband was Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, called Albert. She notoriously disliked children, said her own were "ugly" and "frog-like", and found the thought of breastfeeding disgusting. All of this is surprising seeing as she had nine children.

From oldest to youngest:

Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa
Albert “Bertie” Edward
Alice Maud Mary
Alfred Ernest Albert
Helena Augusta Victoria
Louise Caroline Alberta
Arthur William Patrick Albert
Leopold George Duncan Albert
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore

Names Taken from John William Godward

"Sabinella" by John William Godward

I am a great fan of John William Godward's art (as you can tell from my icon!). He has some unusual, and beautiful names for his paintings, which are mostly of Greek or Roman scenes. Godward lived from 1861 to 1922.

Cassotis
Lucilia
Ophelia
Athenais
Ismenia
Sabinella (also the genus of a sea snail)
Praxilla
Stesicrate
Lycinna
Ianthe
Nerissa
Megilla
Phyleis
Sappho
Atalanta
Drusilla
Amaryllis

Monday, October 21, 2013

Names Worn by Mae Murray

Mae Murray

Called "The Girl with the Bee Stung Lips", Mae Murray first got her start in show business in the chorus line of the "Ziegfeld Follies" in 1908, and eventually became the headliner. Her first film was "To Have and to Hold", in 1916, and Universal could see that they had something special on their hands. Critics were occasionally underwhelmed with her over-the-top acting, but she was a favorite among movie goers. Unfortunately, with the invention of "talkies", her glamour started to fade. She eventually left MGM at the urging of her husband, which ended up being a costly mistake. In the 40's she started working at a club, where her performances were not all that great. Sadly, after many tribulations, she died at the age of 79 in an retirement home. She has a star on the Walk of Fame.

Jocelyn - "To Have and to Hold" - This unisex name is thought to come from a German male name, that comes from the name of a tribe, the Gauts. This name was common in the Middle Ages.

Dora - "A Mormon Maid" - Although this name is mostly associated with the little girl in "Dora the Explorer", I would love to see it come back. It comes from the Greek doron, meaning "gift".

Rosalie - "Broadway Rose" - This pretty rose name has gotten a recent boost from the "Twilight" series, in which she is the rather catty sister of Edward Cullen. Rosalie is thought to be a French and German form of Rosalia. It is currently #404.

Ninon - "Jazzmania" - Ninon is the sweet French diminutive of the name Anne, where it ranks #93. I'd love to see it get adopted in the States.

Circe - "Circe, the Enchantress" - Circe is Greek, and possibly means "bird". In mythology, she was the sorceress who turned Odysseus' men into pigs. It is pronounced "SUR-see".

Valencia - "Valencia" - This name comes from the Latin valentia, which meant "power". If Valentina can catch on, why can't Valencia?

Top Names in Georgia

Georgian stamp from 1920

These are the most popular names for Georgia from 2012.

Girls:

1. Nino
2. Mariam
3. Barbare
4. Anastasia
5. Ana
6. Elene
7. Elizaveta
8. Nia
9. Tamar
10. Natalia

Boys:

1. Giorgi
2. Nikoloz
3. Luka
4. Andria
5. Saba
6. Davit
7. Aleksandre
8. Mate
9. Demetre
10. Gabrieli

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jessica

"Jessica" by William Quiller Orchardson
Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: "To behold"
Pronunciation: JESS-ih-kah
Other forms: Jessika, Yessica, Gessica, Jescha

I suppose you could say that Jessica is a staple in American names. She has been in the top 1000 names of the USA since 1880, though it wasn't until the 1970's that she broke into the top 100. Now, she seems dated, and is most likely to be the name of one of our mothers. In reality, she should be considered a classic; perhaps in the next twenty or so years, she'll be as fresh as Mabel, or Violet.

Something most people probably don't know, is that Jessica was invented by Shakespeare for his play "The Merchant of Venice". It is most likely that it is a form of the Hebrew Iscah, meaning "to behold". In his time, the common form of it might have been Jescha. "The Merchant of Venice" is undoubtedly racist, the portrayal of Shylock as the villainous Jewish rival to the Christian Antonio, the protagonist of the play. A great deal is made of Shylock being Jewish, and he is a stereotypical moneylender. Jessica is his daughter, who is no great fan of her father, and is seen as "morally good" for going against him. It is sad that this was the way of life so long ago, and that we ourselves are barely further than them. Still, this has not deterred people for using Jessica, and probably won't in the future.

There are so many famous Jessica's. Actresses Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, and Jessica Lange, along with characters like Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Jessica Rabbit, and Lady Jessica from "Dune". Jessica is a name that cross over to so many different genres and time periods, you could probably find one in almost every TV show, book, or movie.

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).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Best Forms of Classic Names

Anton Yelchin

Girls:

Anne - Anouk, Ninon, Anushka
Elizabeth - Sabela, Elspeth, Elsa, Lilias
Katherine - Katalin, Katka, Katja, Ekaterina, Katinka
Mary - Manon, Mitzi, Moira, Mara, Mairwen
Rebecca - Rivka, Riva
Margaret - Margery, Margot, Maisie, Griet, Marguerite
Josephine - Josefina, Giosetta
Beatrice/Beatrix - Viatrix

Boys:

John - Ivo, Ianto, Johan
Anthony - Anton, Antonello
Matthew - Mathias, Matteo
Christopher - Kit
Alexander - Sasha, Alastair
Thomas - Tavish
Michael - Miho, Misha,
Henry - Enzo, Emmerich
Andrew - Andreas, Andor, Anders
William - Vilko, Willem, Wilky

Friday, October 18, 2013

Give Your Daughters Difficult Names

Warsan Shire

Here is a favorite quote of mine relating to names, by the poet Warsan Shire.

"Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn't allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right."

Libitina


Origin: N/A
Gender: Female
Meaning: N/A
Pronunciation: lib-ih-TEE-nah
Other Forms: N/A

This beautiful name is that of the Roman Goddess of death, funerals, and burials. She is associated with Venus, and sometimes Proserpina, and some believe her origin is ultimately Etruscan, and that her name comes from lupu, meaning "to die". Other think it comes from the Latin lubere, "to be pleasing". Her male counterpart is sometimes considered to be Orcus, God of the Underworld, who also punished those who broke oaths.

The sacred grove of Libitina was on Esquiline Hill. A cemetery was located outside it's gates, and a temple dedicated to Venus is there to celebrate the day it was founded. When someone died, the temple would take a coin, a "death tax", and a guild of funeral directors were based in the grove. She was sometimes depicted as winged, and often wore robes. The Colosseum had a gate dedicated to her, for the gladiators that died there.

Libitina is also the name of Gothic band formed in 1994 by a group of Sheffield students.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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".

Top Names in Romania

Romania stamp from 1961

These are the top names for Romania from 2012.

Girls:

1. Maria
2. Andreea
3. Elena
4. Ioana
5. Alexanda
6. Ana
7. Antonia
8. Daria
9. Gabriela
10. Stefania

Boys:

1. Andrei
2. David
3. Alexandru
4. Gabriel
5. Stefan
6. Ionut
7. Mihai
8. Cristian
9. Darius
10. Daniel

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ichabod

Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane in Fox's new series "Sleepy Hollow"

Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Male
Meaning: "No glory"
Pronunciation: IK-a-bahd
Other forms: N/A

Ichabod is a tricky name. There is something endearing about its clunkiness, but it is so tied to the character of Ichabod Crane, that it becomes almost unusable. But before "Sleepy Hollow", Ichabod was the son of Phinehas, who died at the battle of Aphek, and the grandson of Eli. His mother gave him the name Ichabod on her death bed, indicating that the "glory had departed from Israel".

In Washington Irving's classic short story, Ichabod Crane is the protagonist, who is a superstitious schoolmaster that tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but is bested by local hero Brom Bones. He leaves the Van Tassel's party, where he had intended to propose to Katrina, and rides through several reportedly "haunted" spots, and his imagination starts to get the better of him. It is then he sees a mysterious cloaked rider, and is shocked to see that his head is not on his shoulders, but instead on his saddle. Ichabod rides to the bridge where the Hessian, the ghostly rider, is said to disappear.
The next morning, Ichabod is no where to be found, and Katrina eventually marries Brom, who seems to be suspiciously knowing of the whole affair.

"Sleepy Hollow" has been made into many adaptions, Tim Burton's film with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci being one of the most famous. Recently, Fox has made it into a series. Ichabod Crane is brought back to life in the modern age, and teams up with detective Abbie Mills, and solve the mysteries that plague the town.

Top Names in Serbia

Serbian stamp from 2009

These are the most popular names for Serbia from 2012.

Girls:

1. Lena
2. Dunja
3. Milica
4. Sofija
5. Nina
6. Teodora
7. Nikolina
8. Ana
9. Sara
10. Maša

Boys:

1. Luka
2. Stefan
3. Lazar
4. Nikola
5. Vuk
6. Filip
7. Aleksa
8. Petar
9. 
Uroš
10. Pavle

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Names Worn by Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich is one of the greatest actresses of all time, the American Film Institute ranking her number nine in 1999. She remained popular for many years, but first got her start in 1920's Berlin in the cabaret scene. With her role as Lola-Lola in "The Blue Angel" in 1930, she was introduced to the world, and was whisked away by the director to Hollywood. Known for her "bedroom-eyes", low voice, and affinity for wearing men's clothes, Marlene drew people in to her movies like no other. Throughout WWII she entertained troops, and took a strong stance against Nazism, for which she received a medal, and was the first ever German actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Later in life, Marlene became a recluse, rarely leaving her Paris apartment. She died in 1992, at age ninety.

Helen - "Blonde Venus" - Helen comes from the Greek helene, meaning "torch", or "corposant"; The most famous bearer being Helen of Troy, who was kidnapped by Paris, and was the cause of the Trojan war.

Domini - "The Garden of Allah" - Domini, pronounced "DOH-mee-nee", comes from the Latin word meaning "of the Lord".

Frenchy - "Destry Rides Again" - A nickname for someone of French nationality, Frenchy, or Frenchie, could be a great nickname for Francesca.

Bijou - "Seven Sinners" - Bijou means "jewel" in French, and would make a lovely middle name, if you can get past the overwhelming ties to Bijou Phillips.

Jamilla - "Kismet" - A variant of the Arabic Jamilla, or Jamillah, which is a feminization of Jamil. It means "beautiful".

Altar - "Rancho Notorious" - An unusual word name, that I actually sort of like. The word altar perhaps comes from the Latin altus, meaning "high".

Top Names in Greenland

These are the most popular names for Greenland from 2001 to 2010.

A Greenlandic stamp from 1986

Girls:

1. Ivaana
2. Pipaluk
3. Nivi
4. Paninnguaq
5. Ivalu
6. Naasunnguaq
7. Julie
8. Ane
9. Isabella
10. Kimmernaq

Boys:

1. Malik
2. Aputsiaq
3. Minik
4. Hans
5. Inunnguaq
6. Kristian
7. Nuka
8. Salik
9. Peter
10. Inuk

Friday, October 11, 2013

Vampire Names

"Maharet and Mekare" by Omri Koresh

Halloween is upon us! For my favorite time of the year, I'm going to profile names taken from my favorite kind of creatures: vampires.

Girls:

Lucy - Dracula
Gloriana - Morganville Vampires
Margolotta - Discworld
Thistle - Night World
Marceline - Adventure Time
Pandora - The Vampire Chronicles
Selene - Underworld
Claudia - The Vampire Chronicles
Lilith - Mythology
Eli - Let the Right One In
Petronia - The Vampire Chronicles
Mavis - Hotel Transylvania
Carmilla - Carmilla
Elfriede - Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
Lara - The Dresden Files
Drusilla - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
Maharet - The Vampire Chronicles
Poppy - Night World
Sophie-Anne - The Southern Vampire Mysteries
Ecatherina - Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption
Mekare - The Vampire Chronicles
Salacia - Discworld

Boys:

Armand - The Vampire Chronicles
Barnabas - Dark Shadows
Kraven - Underworld
Vlad - Mythology
Gavner - Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Marius - The Vampire Chronicles
Caelan - Skulduggery Pleasant
Simon - The Silver Kiss
Dimitri - Vampire Academy
Absalom - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Barlow - Salem's Lot
Lorcan - Vampirates
Viktor - Underworld
Deacon - Blade
Klaus - The Vampire Diaries
Lestat - The Vampire Chronicles
Morning - Suck It Up
Rudolph - The Little Vampire
Silas - The Graveyard Book
Valerian - Night World
Mick - Moonlight

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Göksu

Göksu Üçtaş

Origin: Turkish
Gender: Female
Meaning: N/A
Pronunciation: GOHK-soo
Other forms: N/A

I've had this name queued up since watching the Olympics, but never got around to actually writing it. Göksu Üçtaş is a twenty-three year old Turkish gymnast  who sadly did not advance to the finals of the 2012 Olympics, and, due to an injury she sustained during training, could compete only in the balance beam event. In the 2009 Mediterranean Games she won the silver medal, and at the World Cup for Artistic-Gymnastics in 2010, she won the gold medal in floor exercise, and silver medal in both balance beam and vault.

I assume she is named after the river Göksu in the Taşeli Peninsula of Turkey. It flows into the Mediterranean sea, and is one of the most important breeding grounds for birds in the Near East, with over 300 species of birds having been seen there. Along with the birds, the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle also lays its eggs there.

Octavius



Origin: Roman, Latin
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Eighth"
Pronunciation: ahk-TAY-vee-us
Other Forms: Octavian, Octavianus, Octavio, Ottaviano, Ottavio, Otávio, Octávio

Octavius is classic and unusual, a sure winner, and perfect for a baby born in the month of October, but why is it so unappreciated? The last time it ranked in the US was in 1991, when it sat at #944.

Octavius comes from the Latin octavus, meaning "eighth", and was the family name of Emperor Augustus, who was the founder of Rome and it's first Emperor. He was born Gaius Octavius Thurinus, a part of the old and wealthy Octavii family, and was later adopted posthumously by his uncle Julius Caesar, and was renamed Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus. He was described as fairly handsome, though his teeth were ill-kept, and he did not care for any sort of adornment. He reigned from 27 BC to his death at 75 in AD 14.
King George III had a son, his eighth, named Octavius, who sadly died at the age of four, giving it a royal seal of approval.

October is the tenth month of the year, but, unusually, it has a name which means "eighth". Why is this? Well, because in the original Roman calendar, it was the eighth, and it kept its name, even after January and February had been added in. If you are born in October, you are either a Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) or a Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 22). The flower for October is the calendula, also known as marigold, and the birthstones are the pink tourmaline, and opal.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Have Baby Boy

Halle and Olivier
Halle Berry and husband Olivier Martinez, known for movies "Unfaithful" and "Blood and Chocolate", have recently had a baby boy, but been keeping the name a secret. Well, sources are saying the name is Maceo-Robert Martinez. Halle of course has another child, Nahla Ariella, with Gabriel Aubrey.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Daniel Gillies and Rachel Leigh Cook Have a Girl

Daniel and Rachael
Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah on "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals", and his wife, Rachael Leigh Cook, who played Laney Boggs from "She's All That", have welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Charlotte Easton.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

For the Shabby Aristocrat Family

Vintage Girl's Shoes by TheAquaNest on of Etsy

For the family that has a mansion by a lake where they spend their summers, but prefers their apartment in Paris. For the family that takes their children to art galleries, and then out to eat pastries and buy flowers. For the family that prefers grandmother's pearls to a new pair of shoes. They have a party for every holiday, apple bobbing and hide-n-seek for Halloween, followed by chocolate cake and the original "The Wolfman". For Christmas, they decorate the whole house, and have a great feast, each person getting one small but lavish gift. They are the shabby aristocrats, rich but eccentric, unable to fit into the molds of the past or the present.


Girls:

Vintage Hairpins by thesparklingsparrow of Etsy

Suvi
Perpetua
Margot
Dora
Belinda
Minka
Fisher
Rowan
Endellion
Ruby
Valentine
Toril
Calista
Joan
Roxanne

Fox Toy by LittleWool of Etsy
Capucine
Artemis
Flora
Essie
Lilou
Violetta
Jessamy
Ardith
Lyra
Ginevra
Freida
Beryl
Vivienne/Vivian
Allegra
Maxine
Eloise
Paloma

Print by AnniesVintagePrints of Etsy


 Boys:

Titus
Virgil
Orson
Yeats
Bruno
Jasper
Robin
Darwin
Gustave
Enzo
Lars
Noam
Somerset
Wilder
Tobias
Bernard
Arlo
Octave
Nolan
Emile
Rafferty
Cecil
Arthur
Kit
Hugo
Blaise
Aloysius
Ivo
Desmond
Eugene

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Skarsgårds

Stellan and Alexander

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård (Did you know Paul Bettany's son is named after him?) is father to an astonishing eight children, some with quite unusual names. Many are now actors in their own right. I wasn't able to find the last few middle names.

From oldest to youngest:

Alexander Johan Hjalmar
Gustaf Caspar Orm
Samuel "Sam" Kristoffer Ymer
Bill Istvan Günther
Eija
Valter
Ossian
Kolbjörn

Ossian and Kolbjörn are with his new wife, Megan Everett, the others are with My.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans Welcome Baby Girl

Ioan and Alice with Ella

Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, known for playing Horatio Hornblower in the TV series "Hornblower", and recently as Andrew Martin in "Ringer", has welcomed his second daughter, Elsie Marigold, with wife Alice Evans, better known as Eve from "The Vampire Diaries". They have one other daughter, Ella Betsi Janet.

Fetchingly Finnish



I have a soft spot for Finnish names. They have such beautiful sounds, and meanings. I can definitely see some catching on over here.

Girls:

Ilta - "Evening"
Satu - "Fairy tale, fable"
Annikki - Diminutive of Anna
Tuuli - "Wind"
Tuulikki - "Little wind"
Suvi - "Summer"
Virva - "Will o' the wisp"
Meri - "The sea"
Taimi - "Sapling, young tree"
Sohvi - Form of Sophia
Minttu - "Mint"
Orvokki - "Pansy flower"
Sisko - "Sister"
Aamu - "Morning"
Vuokko - "Anemone flower"
Kielo - "Lily-of-the-valley"
Lumi - "Snow"
Marjo - Form of Maria
Pilvi - "Cloud"
Sini - "Blue"
Taika - "Magic, spell"
Vanamo - "Twinflower"
Esteri - Form of Esther

Boys:

Otsu - "Bear"
Vesa - "Sprout, young tree"
Aatos - "Thought"
Taavi - Form of David
Usko - "Brave"
Paavali - Form of Paul
Arvo - "Value, worth"
Pyry - "Snowstorm, blizzard"
Veli - "Brother"

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Welcomes Son

Mark-Paul and Catriona

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best known for playing Zack Morris in "Saved by the Bell", has welcomed a son, Dekker Edward, with his wife Catriona McGinn. He has two other children, Michael Charles and Ava Lorenn, with his previous wife Lisa Ann Russell.