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On My Mind: 12-5-18

Lots of Name Sightings - I've heard so many great names lately at work. Annabelle Ruth, siblings named Viola, Coco, Savannah, and Reed, and a little boy named Thor.

Lorelei - A friend of mine became an Uncle a while back and I just finally got to meet her. Her name is Lorelei, which I think is gorgeous. Lorelei is German and means "luring rock". In German folklore a Lorelei was a sort of mermaid or siren who would lure fishermen to their deaths. Lorelei is also the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River.

Edna - I've been watching "SS-GB" which is set in an alternate history Great Britain where the Germans won WWII. One of the main characters is played by German actor Lars Eidinger, who in real life has a daughter named Edna. I just thought it was so refreshing to see. Edna in Hebrew means "pleasure", and it is also an anglicized version of Irish Eithne, which means "kernel" or "grain".

On My Mind: 10-6-14


I've just seen "Chicken with Plums" I thought I would dedicate a post to some of the names in it. It is about an Iranian man named Nasser-Ali Khan who is a talented musician. After a fight with his wife, who breaks his violin, he decides to die. It is based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, who co-directed the film with Vincent Paronnaud.

Parvine - I think this is a form of Parvin, which means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of stars, closest to earth and most visible. They are named for seven sisters, companions to the Goddess Artemis, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

Nasser - Naseer, a form of Nasir, means "helper" in Arabic. I especially like the female version, Nasira.

Irâne - This one was the most unusual to me. In the subtitles it is simply Iran, however she is credited as Irâne. I wonder if it is just the French version of Iran? If any one has any info, please let me know.

Cyrus - I've liked this name for quite a while, and was pleased when Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy chose it for their son. It is ascribed a few different meanings. It is believed to either come from the Persian Kūrush, which could mean "young" or "far-sighted", or the Greek kyrios, "lord".

Faringuisse - I love the look of this one. The closest I could find to this one was Farangis, who is a character in the epic "Shahnameh".

Azraël - A great sequence in the movie is when Nasser-Ali meets the Angel of Death, Azrael. Also known as Azriel, in mythology he will be the last to die, and records all the names of people, their births and deaths. 

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