Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Children of Ingrid of Sweden

Ingrid and Frederick


Ingrid of Sweden was born Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louise Margareta to Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught. She married Frederick IX of Denmark, who was born Christian Frederick Franz Michael Carl Valdemar Georg.
Their children were:

Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid, "Margrethe II of Denmark"

Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid, "Princess Benedikte of Denmark", "Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg"

Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid, "Queen Anne-Marie of Greece"

Bottom of the Barrel: 1880's, Girls



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 for the 1880's.

Avie
Katy
Margaretha
Signe
Dellie
Maida
Orah
Sarrah
Thekla
Tracy
Zita
Doshia
Katharina
Lavenia
Loma
Mercy
Adelina
Atha
Cherry
Hertha
Lota
Melva
Reta
Sofia
Biddie
Eura
Johannah
Leana
Libby
Mannie
Media
Missie

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Names in Turkey

Turkish stamp from 1958

These are the most popular names for Turkey in 2011.

Girls:

1. Zeynep
2. Elif
3. Ecrin
4. Yağmur
5. Nisanur
6. Azra
7. Nehir

8. Zehra
9. Irem
10. 
Eylül

Boys:


1. Yusuf
2. Mustafa
3. Berat
4. Emir
5. Mehmet
6. Ahmet
7. Muhammed
8. Enes
9. Ömer
10. Emirhan

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Apartment Therapy (3)

Ella's Room

Girls:

Olive Jane
Aurora “Rory”
Juniper
Maelle
Lisa
Rose “Rosey Posey”
Agathe (Mom is Annick)
Elliot Isobel
Livvy Lara
Sienna
Gigi
Emerson Kate
Aylin
Beatrix
Alice Mae
Matilda
Emmeth
Jane
Basil Louise
Alainn
Sophie
Olivia Ellen
Lyra
Aashi Bea
Eloise (2)
Coralie June
Tessa Jean
Elsa
Harriet
Nola Rowan
Hannah
Althea
Evie
Piper
Magnolia
Beatrix “Bea”
Evangeline Joy
Noelle

Boys:

Stefan
Jeremiah
Emiliano
Whitman Graham
Bowie
Henry
Felix
Rigoberto
Emerson
Tom
Pryor
Ezra
Romeo
Clark
Phillip
Alexander
Davis
Neil
Copeland
Holden
Fox and Dakota
Graham Lewis
Wesley
Fletcher
Sheldon Gray
Caleb
Eli
Bo
Tommaso (Mom is Rosandra)
Laef Owen
Casimir
Dexter
Xavier Dean
Sky
Arlo Beckett
Ike


Joaquin's Nursery

Friday, December 27, 2013

Intriguingly Indian

Sharmila Tagore

Girls:

Amala
Lalita
Sitara
Karishma
Pritha
Asha
Indu
Reshmi
Shanti
Parveen
Nalini
Kashi
Mira
Sarika
Pushpa
Arya
Dipika
Sharmila
Rishika
Madhuri
Nila
Shri
Zeenat
Padmini
Shakti
Rupinder
Shobha
Odathi
Uma
Manjula
Lilavati
Yamuna
Trishna
Ananya
Basabi

Boys:

Shiva
Rohan
Amar
Partha
Kamala
Ravi
Zahir
Arjuna
Tejas
Dev
Indra
Navin
Pallav
Surya
Vivek
Om
Sharma
Akash
Jaya
Krishna
Sai
Tahir
Hrithik
Gopal
Mitra
Varindra
Samar

Top Names in Hungary

Hungarian stamp from 1959

These are the top names for Hungary in 2012.

Girls:

1. Hanna
2. Anna
3. Jázmin
4. Nóra
5. Boglárka
6. Zsófia
7. Lili
8. Réka
9. Dóra
10. Luca

Boys:

1. Bence
2. Máté
3. Levente
4. Ádám
5. Dávid
6. Balázs
7. Dominic
8. Péter
9. Gergő
10. Milán

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Children of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco

Princess Caroline

Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Hereditary Princess of Monaco, was born Caroline Louise Marguerite, and is the daughter of Grace Kelly and Rainier III of Monaco. She was married to Philipe Junot, Stefano Casiraghi, and Prince Ernst August of Hanover.
Her children Stefano Casiraghi are:

Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi

Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi

Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi


Her child with Prince Ernst August of Hanover is:

Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia, "Princess Alexandra of Hanover"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Belén



Origin: Spanish
Gender: Female
Meaning: "House of Bread" or "house of meat"
Pronunciation: beh-LEN
Other forms: N/A

Merry Christmas every one!

This lovely name is a Spanish form of Bethlehem, and quite common as a girl's name among Spanish speaking countries. Bethlehem comes from either the Hebrew beit lachem, meaning "house of bread", or bayt lahm, "house of meat". Bethlehem is the birth place of Jesus and David. In the Gospel of Luke it is said that Mary and Joseph live in Nazareth, and travel to Bethlehem. However the Gospel of Mark suggests that they already resided in Bethlehem, and then fled to Nazareth.

In Bethlehem, Christmas is celebrated on three different occasions, December 25th, January 6th, and January 19th. January 6th is when Christmas is observed by Coptic, Greek, and Syrian Orthodox Christians, and January 19th is the traditional day for Armenian Orthodox Christians. We of course can't finish this post without giving a small mention to the Star of Bethlehem, which guided the Magi to the birthplace of Jesus. It is usually associated with the Star Prophecy in the Book of Numbers:

"I see Him, but not now;

I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Apartment Therapy (2)

Lily Rose's Room

Continuing on with great names and style from Apartment Therapy.

Girls:

Matilda
Ruby (sister to Jude)
Layla Kate
Amelia and Eve
Eleanor (sister to Oliver)
Paloma and Olivet
Harper
Arden
Scarlet
Greta (2)
Mirela
Lena and Eve
Stella and Hazel
Amina
Ellie
Jane
Lucy
Norrie
Mila
Sophia and Charlotte
Violet
Edie
Marlowe
Norah
Avery
Lupe
Vivien
Molly
Ngozi (sister to Chima)
Amelie
Polly

Boys:

Logan
Asher
Jude (brother to Ruby)
Braylen Boots
Chico
Wilfie
Reid
Louis
Tamu
John
Otto
Smith
Colton
Luke
Jett
Oliver (brother to Eleanor)
Raymond
Henry (2)
Ari
Judah Kaliko
Levi
Cian
Benicio
Everett
Wolf
Parker, Monty, and Elliot
Rowan
Jack
Chima (brother Ngozi)
Kai
Giovanni and Matteo
Silas
George
Nemo
Eli
Simon and Callum
Fox
Calvin
Dominic
Leo
Keane
Nolan
Gabriel and Henri
Ralphie


Finn's Nursery

Balthazar



Origin: Akkadian
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Ba'al protect the King"
Pronunciation: BAHL-tha-zar
Other forms: Baltazar, Baltasar, Baldassare

The Three Wise Men have been given many different names. Syrian Christians name them as Larvandad, Gushnapash, and Hormisdas, while those from Ethiopia call them Hor, Karsudan, and Basanater. Armenians have Kagpha, Badadakharida, and Badadlilma. Most of the time us Westerners cite them as Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior.

They are either scholars or Kings. Caspar is from India, Melchior from Persia, and Balthazar is Arabic. I've decided we will talk more in-depth about Balthazar, a favorite of mine. The name Balthazar comes from the Akkadian Bel-Sarra-Usur by way of the Hebrew Belshazzar, and means "Ba'al protect the King". For those of you unaware, Ba'al was a God from the Ancient Near East, and is usually referred to as a demon in Christian mythology. Beelzebub was originally called "Ba'al Zəbûb", and as Ba'al means "master", or "lord", the meaning of this name is "Lord of the Flies".

There is not just one Ba'al, however. There were many different cults devoted to deities called Ba'al, and they are referred to as "false gods" in the Bible. Ba'al was even used as the name for the Lord of Israel by early Hebrews.

The Three Wise Men, or Magi, knelled before Jesus out of respect. We kneel when entering a church, or pew, the same way you would kneel before a King. The three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, were all common gifts to be given to Kings. Gold represents a kingship on Earth, frankincense represents a deity, and myrrh represents death, or mortality.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Names in Québec, Canada

Canadian stamp from 1864

These are the most popular names in Québec from 2012.

Girls:

1. Emma
2. Léa
3. Olivia
4. Florence
5. Alice
6. Zoé
7. Rosalie
8. Juliette
9. Camille
10. Mia


Boys:

1. William
2. Nathan
3. Olivier
4. Alexis
5. Samuel
6. Gabriel
7. Thomas
8. Jacob
9. F
élix
10. Raphaël

Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll Welcome Baby Boy

Ned and Kate

Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll, have had their first child together, a boy they named Bear. Kate Winslet has two other children, Mia Honey and Joe Alfie. They have also said that their son will take her surname.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Names Inspired by Trees

Marcel Rieder

A few names inspired by trees associated with Christmas. This was harder than I expected, and I hope you all enjoy it!

Spruce
Pine
Cedar
Alba (A. Alba is the scientific name for the silver fir)
Fraser (Fraser fir)
Fir
Balsam
Evergreen
Silver (The silver fir was the first Christmas tree)
Douglas (Douglas fir)
Sylvia, Silvia, Silvus, Sylvester, Sylvie (All come from the Latin silva, meaning "wood, forest")
Oren (Means "pine tree" in Hebrew)

Mélanie Laurent Welcomes Baby Boy

Mélanie

French actresses Mélanie Laurent, best known in the US for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in "Inglourious Basterds", has given birth to a baby boy whom she named Léo.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Apartment Therapy

Ruby Marlowe's Nursery 

I love looking at Apartment Therapy, especially the kid's rooms. They are so beautiful and creative, I can only hope my own future children are as fashionable, and well-named.

Girls:

Sylvia
Poppy Claya
Olivia andEmma
Harlow Valentine
Blair Elizabeth
Audrey
Emerson
Maja
Paloma
Aurora
Vivi and Brigette
Ella Grace
Holly
Natalie
Chloe
Birdie
Violette (sister to Arthur)
Elodie
Lorelai
Norah (sister to Mason)
Violet
Martina and Lola
Geneva
Elowyn
Anabella
Felicity and Hattie
Quinn
Wila Gray
Gemma
Sienna
Milly
Alexis
Zara Poppy
Channing
Luísa
Elke and Pippi
Jacinta
Margot (2)
Greta

Boys:

Truman
Lennox
Nathan
Arthur (brother to Violette)
Joakeen
James (2)
Nash
Pedro
Everett and Bryce
Cullen
London Cooper
Jasper and Wylie
Adrian
Henry
Finn
Bertie
Efe
Caleb
Oliver
Gunnar and Sawyer
Luke
Owen (2)
Ryder
Weeks
Xavier
Axel
Henri
Ellis
Mason (brother to Norah)
Reed
Oscar
Westin
Julian and Leo
Emmett
Perseus
Benjamin Andrew


Wyatt's Nursery

Agapanthus



Origin: Greek
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "Love flower"
Pronunciation: ag-ah-PAN-thus
Other forms: N/A

A new favorite of mine, although it may be a little far fetched. The Agapanthus is a beautiful flower in the family Amaryilidaceae, and the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae. They are sometimes referred to as the "lily of the nile", and in the UK they are African lilies, although they are not related to them. They are native to South Africa, and thrive in warm climates; most commonly bloom in the summer.

The color can range from blue to purple to white, but most of the ones I've seen have been rather periwinkle in color. Agapanthus isn't affected by most pests, though the Noctuid Moth will be bothersome.
The word Agapanthus comes from the Greek agape "love", and anthos, "flower".  And where I first heard it? In "The Land Girls", a movie from 1998, Rachel Weisz plays a girl called Ag, full name Agapanthus. And she isn't the only one with a lovely name, the other two girls are Pru or Prudence, and Stella.

The Children of Christian IX of Denmark

Christian IX with Family by Laurits Tuxen

Christian IX of Denmark was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Cassel, and is known as "The Father-in-Law of Europe", because each of his six children married into other royal houses. He married Louise of Hesse-Kassel, who was born Luise Wilhelmine Friederike Caroline Auguste Julie.
Their six children were:

Christian Frederick Vilhelm Carl, "Frederick VIII of Denmark"

Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia, "Princess Alexandra of Denmark", or "Alix"

Christian Wilhelm Ferdinand Adolf Georg, "Prince William (or Vilhelm) of Denmark", later "George I of Greece"

Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar, "Princess Dagmar of Denmark" or "Minnie", later "Maria Feodorovna"

Thyra Amalie Caroline Charlotte Anna, "Princess Thyra of Denmark"

Valdemar, "Prince Valdemar of Denmark"

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top Names in Estonia

Estonian stamp from 1996

These are the top names for Estonia in 2012.

Girls:

1. Sofia
2. Maria
3. Laura
4. Mia
5. Sandra
6. Anna
7. Darja
8. Mirtel
9. Polina
10. Viktoria

Boys:

1. Rasmus
2. Robin
3. Nikita
4. Marten
5. Artjom
6. Markus
7. Oliver
8. Martin
9. Maksim
10. Sander

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Children of Ferdinand I of Romania

Ferdinand I and Marie of Edinburgh with some of their children

Ferdinand I was born Ferdinand Viktor Albert Meinrad, and was called "Nando". He was the son of Leopold, Prince Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Infanta Antónia of Portugal. He married Marie Alexandra Victoria, "Princess Marie of Edinburgh".
Their children were:

Carol Caraiman, "Prince Carol", later "Carol II"

Elisabetha Charlotte Josephine Alexandra Victoria, "Princess Elisabeth of Romania", "Lisabetha", or "Lizzy"

Maria, "Princess Maria of Yugoslavia", or "Mignon"

Nicolae, "Prince Nicholas of Romania"

Ileana, "Princess Ileana of Romania"

Mircea, "Prince Mircea of Romania" (Died at age three)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sweetly Swedish


Britt Ekland 

I had such fun writing "Fetchingly Finnish", I thought I would continue it, and maybe make it a series. Here is the next installment.

Girls:

Sibylla
Petronella
Nanna
Sigrid
Ida
Siv
Tuva
Viveka
Svea
Lovisa
Solveig
Astrid
Meta
Cilla
Dagmar
Embla
Felicia
Gunilla
Hedda
Tessan
Britt
Malin
Helmi
Inger
Linnea
Saga
Elsa
Tekla

Boys:

Ulrik
Tyko
Lars
Stellan
Rune
Pehr
Sixten
Orvar
Sander
Lorens
Albin
Kim
Melker
Andreas
Emil
Ingvar
Kai
Johan
Valentin
Ivar
Gustav
Arvid
Krister
Magnus
Sigmund
Torkel
Urban
Viggo

La Belle et La Bête

Jean Marais and Josette Day as the original "La Belle et La Bête"

Coming out on Valentine's Day (at least in France) is a remake of Jean Cocteau's classic "La Belle et La Bête", made in 1946. In this version, the beauty if simply referred to as "Belle", which I find to a disappointment. There is so much naming potential there. Her sisters are called Adélaïde and Félicie, both lovely French names. What would you name the beauty? Something rosy perhaps? Or just extravagantly French?

My choice is Rosemonde, which is both rosy and French.


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Children of Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia


The Grand Duke and Duchess with their children
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia was the daughter of Alexander III and Dagmar of Denmark. She married her first cousin, once removed Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia, know as "Sandro".
Their children were:

Irina Alexandrovna Romanova, "Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia", "Irene", "Irène", or "Baby Rina"

Andrei Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia"

Feodor Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Feodor Alexandrovich of Russia"

Nikita Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Nikita Alexandrovich of Russia"

Dmitri Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Dmitri Alexandrovich of Russia"

Rotislav Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Rotislav Alexandrovich of Russia"

Vasili Alexandrovich Romanov, "Prince Vasili Alexandrovich of Russia"

Top Names in Armenia

Armenian stamp from 1992

These are the top names for Armenia from 2012.

Girls:

1. Nareh
2. Milena
3. Mariya
4. Maneh
5. Ani
6. Elen
7. Anahit
8. Mariam
9. Anna
10. Mari

Boys:

1. Davit
2. Narek
3. Gor
4. Hayk
5. Alex
6. Eric
7. Arman
8. Samvel
9. Tigran
10. Aram

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Children of Maria II of Portugal

Dona Maria II of Portugal by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Maria da Glória Joana Carlota Leopoldina da Cruz Francisca Xavier de Paula Isidora Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga, better known as Maria II of Portugal, married Auguste, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg, who died shortly after arriving in Portugal, and then Ferdinand August Franz Anton, who became Fernando II of Portugal.
Their children were:

Pedro de Alcântara Maria Fernando Miguel Rafael Gonzaga Xavier João António Leopoldo Vítor Francisco de Assis Júlio Amélio, "Pedro, Prince Royal", later "Pedro V of Portugal"

Luís Filipe Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcântara António Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis João Augusto Júlio Valfando de Saxe-Coburgo-Gotha e Bragança, "Infante Luís of Portugal", later "Luís I of Portugal"

João Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcântara Miguel Rafael Gabriel Leopoldo Carlos António Gregório Francisco de Assis Borja Gonzaga Félix, "Infante João of Portugal", later "Infante João, Duke of Beja" (Died at nineteen)

Maria Ana Fernanda Leopoldina Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Carlota Antónia Júlia Vitória Praxedes Francisca de Assis Gonzaga, "Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal"

Antónia Maria Fernanda Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Francisca de Assis Ana Gonzaga Silvéria Júlia Augusta de Saxe-Coburgo e Bragança, "Infanta Antónia of Portugal"

Fernando Maria Luís de Saxe-Coburgo-Gotha e Bragança, "Infante Fernando of Portugal" (Died at fifteen)

Augusto Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael Agrícola Francisco de Assis Gonzaga Pedro de Alcântara Loiola, "Infante Augusto", later "Infante Augusto, Duke of Coimbra"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bottom of the Barrel: 1920's, Boys



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 of the 1920's.

Refugio
Rollie
Melville
Archibald
Abram
Marcos
Laurel
Yoshio
Marcellus
Mitchel
Foy
Arley
Leopoldo
Kiyoshi
Reese
Marlyn
Arlin
Verner
Joy
Verle
Winton
Enrico
Worth
Manley
Federico
Oneal
Dorman
Elgin
Wilfrid
Lynwood
Harrell

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bottom of the Barrel: 1920's, Girls



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 for the 1920's.

Imelda
Inell
Concha
Neta
Leonore
Jacquelin
Laurette
Letitia
Hildegarde
Carla
Nada
Marlyn
Sidney
Sherry
Mammie
Pearle
Berenice
Natalia
Estela
Dorene
Nanette
Cherry
Adaline
Laurine
Kathlyn
Edyth
Ludie
Myrl
Eris
Queenie
Enola