Monday, March 31, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Three)


Today's film is "Castle in the Sky".

Women:

Sheeta/Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa
Captain Dola
Okami
Madge

Men:

Pazu
Colonel Muska/Romuska Palo Ul Laputa
Henri
Pom
Louis
General Muoro
Charles


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Two)



Today's film is "Princess Mononoke".

Women:

Princess Mononoke/San
Toki
Lady Eboshi
Moro
Hii-sama

Men:

Ashitaka
Gonza
Kohroku
Okkoto
Jigo

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part One)



Ever since I first saw "Kiki's Delivery Service" as a child, I've loved Miyazaki's work. I haven't seen a movie of his that I don't like, and that is indeed a feat. Here is the start of some posts in which I will feature some of the lovely names from his films. Today we are doing "Spirited Away".

Women:

Chihiro Ogino/Sen
Lin
Boh
Zeniba
Yubaba ("Bathhouse Witch")

Men:

Haku
Aogaeru
Kamajii ("Boiler Geezer")
Chichiyaku

Friday, March 28, 2014

Boyish


For me, I love the thought of a frilly name with a edgy boyish nickname to fall back on. It seems to balance out the overwhelming fluff of some of these, making them much more usable for real life.

Evangeline - Evan
Augusta - Gus
Catherine/Katherine - Kit
Harriet - Harry
Josephine - Jo
Alexandra/Alexandria/Alexandrine/Alexandrina - Alex, Alec
Charlotte - Charlie
Wilhelmina - Will, Billie
Petra - Pete, Petey
Maximilienne, Maxine - Max
Jessamy, Jessamine - Jessie
Thomasina, Thomasine - Tom, Tommy
Roberta - Robbie, Bobbie
Theodora, Theodosia - Teddy, Theo
Aurora, Aurore - Rory
Jacqueline - Jackie, Jack
Johanna - Johnnie/Johnny, Jo
Veronica - Ronny/Ronnie
Francesca, Francisca, Francine - Frankie
Bernadette - Bernie, Bern
Phillipa/Philippa - Phil, Philly, Pip
Artemis, Artemisia - Art, Artie
Louise, Louisa, Luella/Louella - Lou, Louie
Martina - Marty
Edwina - Eddie
Callista, Callisto, Calixta, Calypso - Cal
Georgia, Georgina, Georgiana - Georgie
Henrietta - Hal
Antonia, Antonella, Antonina - Toni
Winifred - Fred, Freddie

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky Have Twin Boys

Elsa and Chris

This is a bit on the late side, but here they are. Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky have just had twin boys, whom they named Tristan and Sasha. They already have a daughter, India Rose.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Children of Ludwig III of Bavaria

Ludwig III with wife and eldest son

Ludwig III of Bavaria was born Ludwig Luitpold Josef Maria Aloys Alfried to Luitpold of Bavaria and Archduchess Augusta of Austria. He married Maria Theresia of Austria-Este, who was born Maria Theresia Henriette Dorothee.
Their children were:

Rupprecht Maria Luitpold Ferdinand, "Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria"

Adelgunde Marie Auguste Therese, "Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria"

Maria Ludwiga Theresia, "Princess Maria Ludwiga of Bavaria"

Karl Maria Luitpold, "Prince Karl of Bavaria"

Franz Maria Luitpold, "Prince Franz of Bavaria"

Mathilde Marie Theresia Henriette Christine Luitpolda, "Prince Mathilde of Bavaria"

Wolfgang, "Prince Wolfgang of Bavaria"

Hildegarde, "Princess Hildegarde of Bavaria"

Notburga, "Princess Notburga of Bavaria" (Lived only a few days)

Wiltrud, "Princess Wiltrud of Bavaria"

Helmtrud, "Princess Helmtrud of Bavaria"

Dietlinde, "Princess Dietlinde of Bavaria"

Gundeline, "Princess Gundelinde of Bavaria"

Monday, March 17, 2014

More Than Just Patrick and Bridget


Patrick and Bridget are some of the names every one thinks of when they hear "Irish", however these are just the tip of the iceberg. From the strange to the beautiful, here are some of the best.

Girls:

Aisling
Bláthnat or Blanid
Siobhan
Medb or Maeve
Gormlaith
Catriona
Dearbháil or Dervla
Eithne or Enya
Máirín
Sorcha
Órfhlaith or Orla
Sadb or Sive
Clodagh
Gráinne or Grania
Fionnuala or Finola
Deirdre
Sinéad
Emer
Feidelm or Fedelma
Bébinn or Bébhinn
Gobnait
Úna or Oonagh
Róisín
Niamh
Caoimhe
Damhnait or Dymphna
Mavourneen
Saoirse

Boys:

Cillian
Eoghan
Fearghas or Fergus
Ultan
Ailill
Ciarán or Kieran
Malachy
Finnian
Lir
Éamonn
Tadhg or Teague
Seamus
Rónán
Lorcán
Conor
Fiachra
Somhairle
Ruaidhrí or Rory
Domhnall
Fionn or Finn
Cian
Niall
Oisín
Fionnlagh or Finlay/Finley
Colum or Colm
Aonghus or Angus
Fionntan or Fintan

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Aoife


Origin: Gaelic
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Beautiful"
Pronunciation: EE-fa
Other forms: Eva, Eve, Aífe

This lovely Irish name comes from the Gaelic aoibh which means "beautiful", and is currently #11 in Ireland. In the Ulster Cycle she is the sister (or sometimes just the enemy) of Scáthach, and the daughter of Ardgeimme. Cú Chulainn, heroic son of the God Lugh and Deichtine, has come to train under Scáthach in Alba. While he is there, Aoife comes to battle her sister, who fears for Cú Chulainn's safety. So Scáthach, well aware of just how powerful Aoife is, gives him a sleeping potion which is supposed to last twenty-four hours, but because he is so strong, only lasts one. When he awakes, he fights Aoife in single combat, and, knowing that her most cherished items in the world are her horses and chariot, calls out that they are falling off of the cliff. When she turns to look, he grabs her. Aoife begs for her life, and Cú Chulainn agrees, but only if she no longer fights with Scáthach, and bears him a son.

Cú Chulainn leaves behind a pregnant Aoife when he returns to Ireland. She gives birth to Connla, and Cú Chulainn requests that at the age of seven he be sent to Ireland. He gives Aoife a golden ring to give to Connla, and says that he must not identify himself to anyone. When he finally does go to meet his father, his power in battle scares them, and since he will not say his name, Cú Chulainn kills him, his only son, whom he recognizes by the ring he wears.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Children of Leopold III of Belgium

Leopold III

Leopold III of Belgium was born Léopold Philippe Charles Albert Meinrad Hubertus Marie Miguel to Albert I of Belgium and Elisabeth of Bavaria. He married Astrid of Sweden, who was born Astrid Sofia Lovisa Thyra, and after Astrid's death he married Princess Lilian of Belgium, also known as the Princess of Réthy, who was born Mary Lilian Baels.

His children with Astrid were:

Joséphine Charlotte Ingeborg Elisabeth Maria Josepha Marguerite Astrid, "Prince Josephine Charlotte of Belgium", or "Little Jo"

Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave, "Baudouin of Belgium"

Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie, "Albert II of Belgium"


And with Lilian:

Alexander Emmanuel Henri Albert Marie Léopold, "Prince Alexander of Belgium"

Marie-Christine Daphné Astrid Elisabeth Léopoldine, "Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium"

Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine, "Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium", "Esméralda de Réthy", "Lady Moncada"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Apartment Therapy (6)

Wren's Nursery

Girls:

Matilda (2)
Audrey (3)
California
Araiya and Tallis
Elizabeth
Phoebe
Adelle Riley
Bronwyn
Polly
Zula Belle Joyful
Estela
Athena
Remy
Colette
Norah
Emilia
Zoey Kumiko
Paige
Ophelia
Hanna
Chloe Elizabeth
Noa
Arden
Rosie
Tallula
Nina Lou
Georgia
Willa
Isabella
Penny Lou
Cate Cordelia
Beatrix
Daisy
Cora
Alice Vivian
Zadie
Tilda
Celeste Elizabeth
Veronika
Lucinda

Boys:

Ford
August
Joshua and Finn
Knox
Oren
Tommaso and Lorenzo
Graham
Silas
Walton
Beck and Mylo
Kipp
Gus
Joshua
Peter
Linus, Oliver, and Miles
Simon (3)
Bowie
Evan and Dallas
Ari
Judah
Fisher
Quentin
Roman and Callum
Easton
Leo
Declan
Rhys
Felix and Theodore
Bruno
Emmett
Warner
Julian Maziar
Ozzy
Milo
Rheon
Brewer
Casimir and Casper
Desmond Gray
Stanley
Micah
Fenix
Arlo and Auden
Guthrie

Brigsby's Nursery

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Children of Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy

Henriette Adelaide of Savoy

Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy was born Enrichetta Adelaide Maria to Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy and Christine of France. She married Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria.
Their children were:

Maria Anna Christine Victoria, "Duchess Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria", later "Dauphine Marie Anne Victoire"

Maximilian Emanuel, "Maximilian II, Elector of Bavaria", "Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria", or "Max Emanuel"

Joseph Clemens, "Joseph Clemens, Elector-Archbishop of Bavaria"

Violante Beatrice or Beatrix, "Duchess Violante Beatrice of Bavaria"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Names Taken from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Part Three)

Audrey Tautou as Mathilde and Albert Dupontel as Célestin

I have saved the best for last. Today's movie is "A Very Long Engagement" or "Un long dimanche de fiançailles", based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot.

Women:

Mathilde Donnay
Véronique Passavant
Bénédicte
Tina Lombardi
Élodie Gordes

Men:

Manech Langonnet
Angel Bassignano
Célestin Poux
Gaston Thouvenel
Kléber "Bastoche" Bouquet
Francis "Six-Sous" Gaignard
Julien Phillipot
Benjamin "Biscotte" Gordes
Etienne Favourier
Benoît Notre-Dame
Urbain Chardolot
Pierre-Marie Rouvières
Sylvain
Daniel Esperanza
Germain Pire
François Lavrouye
Benoît Etrangin

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Joyfully Japanese

Aoi 

Girls:

Mariko
Sayuri
Keiko
Yuina
Aoi
Tomoko
Haruna
Kiku
Miu
Sachiko
Megumi
Suzu
Nanami
Umeko
Izumi
Akiko
Tsubame
Kohaku
Madoka

Boys:

Osamu
Kenta
Ren
Yamato
Itsuki
Naoko
Kaede
Fumio
Yuuta
Daisuke
Kaito
Sora
Hiroto
Akira
Kenji
Toshio
Akio
Noboru
Shouta
Kyou
Katsuo

Friday, March 7, 2014

Salacia


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".

Names Taken from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Part Two)

Judith Vittet as Miette and Ron Perlman as One

Today's film is "The City of Lost Children" or "La Cité des enfants perdus".

Women:

Miette
Martha

Men:

One
Denree
Krank
Marcello
Irvin
Ange-Joseph

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Names Worn by Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1908 as Jane Alice Peters, she was the third child of Frederic and Bessie Peters. Both of her parents were wealthy, and after her mother left their father, and moved to Los Angeles, he supported them and allowed them to live with some comfort. Carole was a tomboy and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, swimming, and movies. At only twelve Carole got her first role playing the little sister to Monte Blue in "The Perfect Crime." She loved being in the film, so she continued to audition and look for work. She changed her name to Carol, inspired by a girl she played tennis with, and even had plastic surgery at seventeen to lessen the appearance of a scar on her cheek which she got in a automobile accident. Carole took a few bit parts, but was unhappy with them, citing "All I had to do was simper prettily at the hero and scream with horror when he battled the villain."

She was known for her comedies, and one critic said "Lombard proves [to be] an ace comedienne." When she was twenty-two she married William Powell, who was thirty-eight at the time, but the marriage only lasted twenty-six months. In 1939 Carole eloped with Clark Gable and bought a 20-acre ranch together. She attempted to do more serious films, but eventually came to the conclusion that she was just more suited to comedies. With the rise of WWII, Carole started selling war bonds, flying to Indiana with her mother and Gable's press agent, Otto Winkler. She raised over $2 million dollars in just a single evening.

Anxious to return home, Carole suggested flying back, though they originally planned to go by train. Carole's mother and Otto had a fear of flying and urged her to stick with the original plan; they decided to flip a coin to decide, and Carole won. The plane took off at 7:07 pm and twenty-three minutes later, crashed into Potosi Mountain in Nevada, killing all twenty-two passengers. She was thirty-three. Clark Gable married two more times, but chose to be interred next to Carole when he died in 1960.

Colly - "From Hell to Heaven" - This cute little appellation adds spice as a nickname to Colette, Colleen, or Nicola.

Roma - "Supernatural" - This name is beautiful, and is supposedly derived from Rome. Actress Roma Downey, known for playing Monica in "Touched by an Angel", is a modern bearer. Though everyone should be aware that this name is also a term for the Romani people, a fact that should be taken into serious consideration.

Abby - "Brief Moment" - This name holds a special place in my heart; it is the name of my best friend and sister. Abby is a diminutive of Abigail, which means "My Father is a Joy", and is currently holding its own at #308 in the US. Abby is lively, jovial, and an edgier choice than the original form.

Alabam - "Lady by Choice" - This unusual name seems to simply be another form of Alabama, and has a spunky sound, even if it's not the most usable.

Irene - "My Man Godfrey" - A beautiful and sadly underused name. Irene comes from the Greek Eirene and means "peace", and is the name of a Greek Goddess who is, not surprisingly, the personification of peace. She is a Horae, and is depicted as a beautiful woman carrying a cornucopia, torch, scepter, or rhyton.

Hazel - "Nothing Sacred" - This vintage nature name is finally seeing some well deserved use. The hazel is a tree and a shrub, the fruit of the tree being, of course, a hazelnut. Celtics believed hazelnuts would give one inspiration and wisdom, and in the "The Hazel Branch" by the Grimm Brothers, it is said to protect one from snakes and a few other creepy crawlies.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jerome

J.D. Salinger

Origin: Greek
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Sacred name"
Pronunciation: juh-ROME
Other forms: Jeronim, Hieronymo/us, Jeroen, Jerónimo, Ieronimus, Jérôme


This name is one that I would consider an underused classic. It has been in use since at least 1880 (And probably in England since the 12th century), and has never once been out of the top 1000. In 2012 it was at #706, the year before, #745. Jerome comes from Greek Hieronymos, which means "sacred name"; and if you switch that last "O" out for a "U", you have the name of Hieronymus Bosch, an artist from the Netherlands who painted the famous triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights".

Saint Jerome created the Vulgate, which is the Bible translated into Latin, in the 5th century, and would later become a Doctor of the Church. J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye", was Jerome David Salinger, born 1919 in New York to Marie, who changed her name to Miriam to pass as Jewish, and Sol Salinger, a kosher cheese maker. Salinger attended a private school, McBurney, where he managed the fencing team, acted in plays, and wrote for the school paper. He had problems fitting in at McBurney, and took to calling himself "Jerry". He was later enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, where he was a mediocre student, despite being in the Glee Club, French Club, Aviation Club, and the Non-Commissioned Officers Club.

Salinger married Claire Douglas, who had been a Radcliffe student, before he insisted on her dropping out only four months away from graduation, and had two children, Margaret and Matthew. Margaret believed that he wouldn't have married Claire had it not been for the teachings of Lahiri Mahasaya, who talked of enlightenment through the path of becoming a "householder", someone who married and had children.
Salinger did not like being famous, and lived as a recluse. He once said "There is a marvelous peace in not publishing...I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure." His final interview was given in 1980. One version says that the interviewer, Betty Eppes, told him that she was an aspiring novelist, and recorded audio of him and took a few photos without his knowledge. A person walking by recognized him, and attempted to shake his hand, at which he became enraged. Another says that she made it fully clear that she was a reporter. Despite the many eccentricities he had, it is without doubt he will go down in history as an incredible author, and that his novels will be treasured for many more years to come. J.D. Salinger died in New Hampshire in 2010 of natural causes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Daphne Oz Has a Baby Girl

Daphne

Daphne Oz, co-host of "The Chew" and daughter of Dr. Oz, has given birth to her first child with husband John Jovanovic, a girl they named Philomena Bijou.

Names Taken from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Part One)

Audrey Tautou as Amélie and Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino

I love foreign films, especially French ones. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a style all his own, and has directed one of the most internationally famous French films, a strange tale about a strange girl called Amélie. Today we are showcasing names from his movies, starting with the aforementioned "Amélie" or "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain".

Women:

Amélie Poulain
Amandine Poulain
Gina
Suzanne
Madeleine Wells
Philomène
Eva
Georgette

Men:

Nino Quincampoix
Raphaël Poulain
Hipolito
Lucien
Dominique Bretodeau
Joseph
Raymond Dufayel
Collignon (Surname)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bottom of the Barrel: 1940's, Boys



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 of the 1940's.

Wyatt
Tyler
Federico
Shawn
Wayland
Judy
Raymundo
Newell
Waldo
Rosevelt
Zachary
Elmore
Esteban
Johnson
Sergio
Kris
General
Joan
Oran
Ora
Arvid
Romeo
Eliseo
Barrie
Stevan
Harrell
Brendan
Donna
Elisha
Darell
Edison
Chad

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Welcome Baby Boy

Gavin, Gwen, and Kids

Gwen Stefani has had another boy with husband Gavin Rossdale, whom they named Apollo Bowie Flynn. Their other boys are named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.

Bottom of the Barrel: 1940's, Girls



Bottom 32 of the top 1000 for the 1940's.

Maribeth
Jocelyn
Shelly
Janey
Nicki
Oma
Sherilyn
Vickey
Carmelita
Dortha
Juliann
Allison
Iola
Georgetta
Linnie
Marty
Starr
Albertha
Mimi
Trina
Elissa
Shelba
Verda
Louann
Annamarie
Katy
Estela
Evonne
Marybeth
Amber
Elda
Herlinda