Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Names Taken from Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Portrait of Charles and Georges Durand-Ruel" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Renoir was a leader in the Impressionist movement, and lived from 1841 to 1919. All the names in this post are taken from names of his paintings and his subjects which sat for them.

Female:

Lise
Jeanne
Berthe
Gabrielle
Christine
Angelina
Julie
Madeleine
Diana
Alice
Julienne
Sévérine
Henriette
Andrée
Elisabeth
Lucie
Adrienne
Marie Octavie
Romaine
Lydia
Francisca
Leontine
Marguerite
Alphonsine
Irene
Graziella
Camille
Suzanne
Marie-Therese
Aline
Lucienne
Renée
Erin
Nini
Misia
Tilla
Georgette
Amélie
Yvonne
Thérèse
Vera
Margot
Ellen
Rapha
Clementine
Marie Sophie

Male:

Alfred
Claude
Jules
Albert
Jacques
Robert
Coco
Pierre
Jean
Ambroise
Edmond
Victor
Charles
James
Lucien
Stephane
Eduoard
Alexander
Georges
Catulle
Paul
Barton
Frédéric
Joseph
Richard
Léonard
Eugene
Philippe

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Names for The Family That are Southern Royalty

Dress by SartorialMatters
For the family that has had that grand house for at least two generations; the swamps surrounding it holding their own sort of beauty. The girls wear pearls and the boys wear slacks, and they are a sort of royalty. Fresh iced tea is always on hand, and a Rolls-Royce is parked in front.
They always attend church, despite the shady ways they came into money and power, and the older generations still talk about the Civil War as if it was something to be proud of. The children, both girls and boys, proudly wear family names and surnames like badges of honor. They are vain and pretentious, but you can't help but be drawn in by that Southern charm.

Female:

Cologne by herbalalchemy
Teapot by Unihom
Hadley
Lila
Pearl
Sabrina
Irene
Zelda
Fern
Tilly
Charlotte
Sealy
Kit
Marlo/Marlowe
Susanna
Bellamy
Eulalia
Winifred
Collie/Colly
Mamie
Vivienne
Delta
Magnolia
Blue
Clea
Leigh
May
Aberdeen
Sutter
Cora
June
Adelaide
Eliza
Shiloh
Fane
Dinah
Hyacinth
Jerusha

Clementine
Violet
Male:

Envelopes by oakandorchid

Otis
Alden
Rex
Young
Beau
Asa
Henry
Thornton
Geordie
Judd
Ira
Foster
Shaw
Barclay
Cecil
Wilkie
Shelby
Ford
Amory
Cotton
Hale
Atticus
Verne
Franklin
Hailey
Gideon
Albright
Clark
Noble
Montgomery
Jesse
Houston

Reeve
Cyril
Elias
August
Nathaniel
Roan



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Envelopes available here 

Monday, April 28, 2014

On My Mind: 4-28-14

Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia in "The Borgias"
This new series of posts are going to be highlighting names I've been thinking about or names I can't fit into any other posts. I will be posting (hopefully) every Monday.


Lucrezia - While Lucretia has that unfortunate similarity to "secretion", the Italian version, pronounced "loo-KRE-tsyah", is crisp in sound and just as lovely. Many will still have problems with the association with Lucrezia Borgia though, whom I find to be a fascinating, and vilified, figure.

Josceline - A guilty pleasure of mine is Josceline (or Jocelyn) on a boy, so I was pleased to come across Josceline Percy, a member of the Royal Navy and son of Algernon Percy, 2nd Baron of Lovaine of Alnwick.

Morgaine - I'm really excited to start reading "The Mists of Avalon" which I recently received for my birthday. It is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur from the point of view of Morgaine, or Morgan le Fay.

Jin - While watching "The House of Flying Daggers" the other day I was struck by how much I like the main male character's name, Jin. It is a unisex name, both Chinese and Korean. Among the many meanings are "precious" in Sino-Korean, and "gold, metal, money", and"embroidered, bright" in Chinese.

Delta - This name is not only a letter in the Greek alphabet, but a stunning river in Alaska. I find it surprising how underused it is, having last ranked in the US in 1934 at #992. If you're like me, you probably also thought of actress Delta Burke.

Elek - Jonas Armstrong plays Elek Cohen in the new WWII film "Walking with the Enemy" which is based on the true story of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum. Elek is the Hungarian form of Alexis and also a town in south-east Hungary.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Eight)



Finally we have his newest film, "The Wind Rises".

Women:

Nahoko Satomi
Kayo Horikoshi/Kinu

Men:

Jirô Horikoshi
Hattori
Katayama
Satomi
Castorp
Honjô
Kurokawa
Sone
Caproni

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Another Girl

Will and Drew
Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman just welcomed a little girl they called Frankie Barrymore Kopelman. Frankie joins older sister Olive.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Seven)



Today's film is "My Neighbor Totoro".

Women:

Satsuki Kusakabe
Mei Kusakabe
Yasuko Kusakabe

Men:

Totoro
Kanta Okagi
Tatsuo Kusakabe

Monday, April 14, 2014

Names Worn by Moira Shearer

Moira Shearer

Stunning redhead Moira Shearer was born in 1926 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, as Moira Shearer King. In 1931 her family moved to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, where her father, Harold Charles King, worked as a civil engineer. It was here where she first started to take dance lessons under the tutelage of a former pupil of Enrico Cecchetti. In 1936 they went to Britain, where she trained under Flora Fairbairn before being accepted as a pupil by Nihcolas Legat.Three years later Moira would join Sadler's Wells Ballet School. With the outbreak of WWII her parents took them back to Scotland.

Her first big break came when she posed as Posy Fossil in the ads for "Ballet Shoes" by Noel Streatfeild, who was friends with Flora Fairbairn. Then, she was cast as the lead in "The Red Shoes", the film she is most well known for. By 1953 she had retired from dancing, but continued to appear in films. She teamed up again with Michael Powell, who had directed "The Red Shoes", in "Peeping Tom", which ruined his career. Gillian Lynne, a choreographer, persuaded her to return to ballet in 1987 for "A Simple Man". She also wrote for the Telegraph occasionally. Moira eventually married Ludovic Kennedy, and had three daughters, Ailsa, Fiona, and Rachel, and a son, Alastair. She died in 2006 at the age of eighty.

Victoria - "The Red Shoes" - A regal and classic name, Victoria, quite appropriately, means "victory". Victoria was also the Roman Goddess of victory, and is often depicted in a chariot. It is currently #28 in the US, but still just as lovely.

Stella and Olympia - "The Tales of Hoffman" - Moira played the dual role of the prima donna, Stella, and the automaton, Olympia, in this film version of the opera. Stella was a fast riser after Tori Spelling brought it back into fashion; it is currently #62. Stella is Latin and means "star", and was created by Sir Philip Sydney for his sonnets titled "Astrophel and Stella". Olympia is a beautiful and weighty name that is still waiting in limbo. It comes from the name of the mountain on which the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology lived.

Sylvia, Daphne, Olga, and Colette - "The Man Who Loved Redheads" - Once again Moira played multiple roles in this film. Sylvia is a feminine form of Silvius, which comes from the Latin silva meaning "woods, forest". Sylvia is currently #525, making it unusual, but not unknown. The lovely, soft Daphne means "laurel", and is Greek. In mythology, Daphne was a nymph who unfortunately attracted the attention of Apollo, and was turned into a laurel tree in order to escape his advances. Olga is a name I secretly love, even though every one else pretty much despises it. It is the Russian form of Helga, and means "holy" or "blessed". The last time it ranked in the US was in 1996; it was #967. Finally, we come to Colette; it is a diminutive of Nicolette, and surprisingly was the name of a nun who became a Saint, and gave money to the poor. The most famous bearer is author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, better known simply as "Colette".

Friday, April 11, 2014

Apartment Therapy (7)

Wren's Room


Girls:

Elizabeth
Nemo
Annie
Ivy and Marlow
Maddie (sister to Harry)
Norah
Wren
Arden (sister to Conrad)
Eleanor
Isabella and Aurelia (sisters to Felix)
Olive Sydney
Lilah and Tess
Elia
Betsy Belle
Helaina

Boys:

Ky
Grayson
Bo
Rafael
Carter and Wesley
Finn
Wilfryd (nickname "Wilf")
James
Conrad (brother to Arden)
Sanjan
Gregory and Anthony
Cruz Stanton
Emmett
Aidan
Harry (brother to Maddie)
Carter
Felix (brother to Isabella and Aurelia)
Lucas Gray
August Elliot
Darwin
Henrik
Zachary

Sanjan's Room

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Six)



Today's film is "Kiki's Delivery Service".

Women:

Kiki
Ursula
Osono
Kokiri
Lily
Barsa

Men:

Jiji
Okino
Jeff
Fukuo
Tombo

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Five)



Today's film is "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind".

Women:

Nausicaä
Kushana
Obaba
Lastelle

Men:

Asbel
Master Yupa
Kurotowa
Gol
Mito
King Jihl
Gikuri

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Children of George III of the United Kingdom

George III

George III was born George William Frederick to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. He married Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was born Sophia Charlotte.
Their children were:

George Augustus Frederick, "George IV"

Frederick Augustus, "Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany"

William Henry, "William IV"

Charlotte Augusta Matilda, "Charlotte, Princess Royal", later "Queen Charlotte of Württemberg"

Edward Augustus, "Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn"

Augusta Sophia, "Princess Augusta Sophia"

Elizabeth, "Princess Elizabeth", later "Langravine of Hesse-Homburg"

Ernest Augustus, "Ernest Augustus I of Hanover"

Augustus Frederick, "Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex"

Adolphus Frederick, "Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge"

Mary, "Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh"

Sophia Matilda, "Princess Sophia"

Octavius, "Prince Octavius" (Died at age four)

Alfred, "Prince Alfred" (Died at age one)

Amelia, "Princess Amelia"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Names Taken from Hayao Miyazaki (Part Four)



Today's film is "Ponyo".

Women:

Ponyo/Brunhilde
Lisa
Toki
Akiko Takeguchi
Karen
Granmamare
Kumiko
Yoshie
Kayo

Men:

Sōsuke
Fujimoto
Kōichi