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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.

Lively Names

"Allegory of Life" by Pierre Puvis de Chevannes
There are more names with meanings relating to "life" than just Vita; from the Albanian Luljeta to the Thai Suchart, here are lively names from all over the world.

Girls:

Asha (Swahili name meaning "life")
Liv (Means "life" in Swedish)
Enid (Welsh name meaning "soul" or "life)
Zoe (Greek name meaning "life")
Luljeta (Albanian name meaning "flower of life")
Hiwot (Amharic name meaning "life")
Bizitza (Means "life" in Basque)

Boys:

Bion (Greek name meaning "life")
Chayyim (Hebrew name meaning "life")
Vitale (Italian name meaning "of life, vital")
Suchart (Thai name meaning "born into a good life")
Zoticus (Greek name meaning "full of life")
Beathan (Scottish name meaning "life")

Unisex:

Vivo (Esperanto name meaning "life")
Chinwendu (Igbo name meaning "God owns life")

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