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Olympic Names 2018: Part One

I love watching the Olypmics, and one of the major reasons is to see all the wonderful names. I've done quite a few posts on them before (click here to view them!), so I knew I had to do some more this year!
Here are a few of the names I found most interesting.

Akuoma Omeoga (Nigerian)
Blayre Turnbull (Canadian) Breanna "Breezy" Johnson (American) Brita Sigourney (American)
Cendrine Browne (Canadian) Cornelia Hütter (Austrian)
Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgarian) Dorothea Wierer (Italian) Dunja Zdouc (Austrian)
Ebba Andersson (Swedish) Emőke Szőcs (Hungarian) Esmee Visser (Dutch) Estelle Alphand (Swedish) Ewa Kuls-Kusyk (Polish)
Fanuza Kadirova (Russian) Federica Brignone (Italian) Freydís-Halla Einarsdóttir (Icelandic) Frida Hansdotter (Swedish)
Gaia Vuerich (Italian) Galina Arsenkina (Russian) Gigi Marvin (American)
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (Norwegian)
Keaton McCargo (American) Kerttu Niskanen (Finnish) Kikkan Randall (American - her name was a compromise between her paren…


Origin: Latin
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Salt"
Pronunciation: sah-LAY-see-uh, sah-LAY-shuh
Other Forms: Salachia

Salacia is a little known Roman deity; a Goddess of salt water. Neptune wished to marry Salacia, who, overwhelmed by him and wishing to preserve her virginity, hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune, saddened by her fleeing, sent a dolphin to find her. The dolphin was able to persuade Salacia to return to Neptune and to marry him. Neptune was so grateful to this dolphin that he was given a place in the heavens, and is now the constellation Delphinus.

She is portrayed as beautiful, with a crown of seaweed and nets in her hair, usually beside Neptune on his throne. She was the personification of the calm and sunlit ocean. There is a plant called Salacia oblonga which grows in Sri Lanka and India, and is used to treat diabetes. It is in the family Celastraceae, with almost all of the genera being tropical.
The name Salacia comes from the Latin sal which simply means "salt".


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