Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Consorts of the Lombards

"The Assassination of Alboin, King of the Lombards" by Charles Landseer
Listing consorts is possibly some of my favorite posts to do, so expect more to come!
The Lombards were a Germanic tribe who ruled in Italy from 568 to 774.

Gambara
Radegund of the Thuringii
Austrigusa of the Gepids
Silinga of the Heruli
Rodelinda of the Thuringii
Chlothsind of the Franks
Rosamund of the Gepids
Chlodoswintha of Austrasia
Theodelinda of Bavaria
Gundiberga of the Lombards
Theodota of the Lombards
Guntrude of Bavaria
Tassia
Ansa
Hildegard of Vinzgouw
Fastrada of Franconia
Luitgard of Sundgau
Bertha of Gellone
Cunigunda of Laon
Ermengarde of Tours
Engelberga of Parma
Richilde of Provence
Richardis of Swabia

Monday, June 23, 2014

On My Mind: 6-23-14

Alex Kingston as River Song in "Doctor Who"
River - Kelly Clarkson just named her daughter River Rose. Although more usual for boys, it reminds me of River Song of "Doctor Who" and River Tam of "Firefly" and "Serenity".

 d'Artagnan - I really enjoyed the premiere of "The Three Musketeers" last night on BBC. I've always loved how romantic d'Artagnan sounds, and I wonder how it would work on a real person.

Gamora - I'm really excited for "Guardian of the Galaxy". Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the last of her kind and reputedly "the most dangerous woman in the galaxy."

Bran - Bran, really Brandon, is one of the Starks in "Game of Thrones", a name that I think will, or should, catch on. It's short, simple, but undeniably masculine. It means "raven", and in Irish mythology it was the name of a mariner. In Welsh mythology Bran the Blessed was the son of the God Llyr.

Constance - Also in "The Three Musketeers", there is a girl named Constance, which I love. I'd really like to see it used more often.

Ephraim - Gullerimo del Toro's "The Strain", a new take on vampirism, features a character named Ephraim Goodweather.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Famous Dads

Ingrid Bergman and her father, Justus
My father and I so similar that we often get into fights, we even look alike. He is the best father, and can always make me laugh. Here are fathers of famous men and women.

Frank Sinatra - Anthony Martin Sinatra
Hayley Atwell - Grant Atwell
Clive Owen - Jess Owen
Catherine Deneuve - Maurice Dorléac
Kevin Bacon - Edmund Norwood Bacon
Juliette Binoche - Jean-Marie Binoche
Laurence Olivier - Gerard Kerr Olivier
Sigourney Weaver - Sylvester "Pat" Weaver
Christopher Plummer - John Orme Plummer
Freema Agyeman - Osei Agyeman
Christoph Waltz - Johannes Waltz
William Howard Taft - Alphonso Taft
Ingrid Bergman - Justus Samuel Bergman
Heath Ledger - Kim Ledger
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Serge Gainsbourg
Penn Badgley -Duff Badgley
Jennifer Hudson - Samuel Simpson
Brad Pitt - William Alvin Pitt
Jeanne Moreau - Anatole-Désiré Moreau
Theodore Roosevelt - Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt, Sr.
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Arinze Ejiofor
Isabelle Adjani - Mohammed Adjani
Al Pacino - Salvatore Pacino
Martin Van Buren - Abraham Van Buren
Charlize Theron - Charles Theron
Ernest Hemingway - Clarence Edmonds Hemingway
Gabourey Sidibe - Ibnou Sidibe
Louisa May Alcott - Amos Bronson Alcott
Helen Mirren - Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Children of Agnes Christina of Austria

Agnes Christina of Austria
Archduchess Agnes Christina of Austria was born Agnes Christina Franziska Karoline Theresia Raphaela Johanna Magdalena Huberta Josepha Ignatia to Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria and Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm. She married Prince Karl Alfred of Liechtenstein.
Their children were:

Dominik Volkmar Hubert Alois Maria Joseph Thaddäus Thomas Paulus Karl Ignatius Silverius, "Prince Dominik of Liechtenstein"

Andreas Duarte Emanuel Ulrich Benedikt Joseph Maria Karl Rafael Ignatius Mathias Paulus, "Prince Andreas of Liechtenstein"

Gregor Heinrich Augustinus Judas Thaddäus Joseph Maria Pius Paulus Antonius Stephan Salvator, "Prince Gregor of Liechtenstein"

Alexandra Maria Christina Aloisia Ulrike Henriette Agnes Ignatia Pia Gabriela Anastasia, "Princess Alexandra of Liechtenstein"

Maria Pia Ludovika Ulrika Elisabeth Paschaline Katharina Ignazia Lucia Johanna Josefa, "Princess Maria-Pia of Liechtenstein", later "Maria-Pia Kothbaur"

Katharina Maria Christina Henriette Valerie Agnes, "Princess Katharina of Liechtenstein"

Birgitta Ulrike Rosa Marie Elisabeth Aloisia Hermenegilde, "Princess Birgitta of Liechtenstein"

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Children of Ludovika of Bavaria

Ludovika of Bavaria
Princess Ludovika of Bavaria was born Marie Ludovika Wilhelmine to Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and Karoline of Baden. She married Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria, or "Max".
Their children were:

Ludwig Wilhelm, "Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria", or "Louis"

Wilhelm Karl, "Wilhelm Karl, Duke in Bavaria"

Helene Caroline Therese, "Helene, Duchess in Bavaria", "Helene, Hereditary Princess of Thurn and Taxis", or "Néné"

Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, "Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria", or "Sisi", later "Empress Elisabeth of Austria"

Karl-Theodor, "Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria", or "Gackl"

Marie Sophie Amalie, "Marie Sophie, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Marie Sophie, Queen of the Two Sicilies"

Mathilde Ludovika, "Mathilde Ludovika, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Mathilde Ludovika, Countess of Trani"

Maximilian, "Maximilian, Duke in Bavaria" (Stillborn)

Sophie Charlotte Augustine, "Sophie Charlotte, Duchess in Bavaria", later "Sophie Charlotte, Duchess of Alençon"

Maximilian Emmanuel, "Maximilian Emmanuel, Duke in Bavaria", or "Mapperl"

Monday, June 9, 2014

On My Mind: 6-9-14

L-R: Alana, Danielle, Este
Este - The band "Haim" consists of sisters Este Arielle, Danielle Sari, and Alana Mychal. Frequently compared to "Fleetwood Mac", the girls grew up on 70's rock and had a family band, in which their father Mordechai "Moti" played drums and their mother Donna played the guitar. The name Este was a real surprise to me, but a pleasant one. Este could be a form of many different names, from the Basque Esti to the Hungarian Eszti, but I think it is more than likely a form of Estee, a Jewish diminutive of Esther.

Reeve - I'm totally addicted to "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, on which one of the main characters is Dorian Gray, played by actor and musician Reeve Carney. It is a surname, and is an occupational name for a steward or bailiff.

Vivendel - This name means "honeysuckle" in Norwegian, and is pronounced "VEE-ven-dell". I at first thought it was a Tolkien name, reminiscent of Rivendell, which would also make a wonderful and interesting literary name.

Booboo - I just saw "X-Men: Days of Future Past" yesterday, and I was excited to see actor Booboo Stewart once again, after first encountering him in "Eclipse". He was born Nils Allen Stewart, Jr. and has sisters named Maegan, Fivel, and Sage.

Hazel - "The Fault in Our Stars" is doing excellent at the box office, which is not shocking as the book has such a huge following. The main characters are Augustus and Hazel, two names which I expect to be hearing more frequently. Hazel was chosen by Emily Blunt earlier this year for her first child, so it also has the celebrity stamp of approval.

Ford - Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Ford Brody in "Godzilla", a name which I can see catching on, especially with those who want an uber masculine choice . In 2011 Owen Wilson had a son named Robert Ford.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Children of Marie José of Belgium

Princess Marie José of Belgium
Princess Marie José of Belgium was born Marie José Charlotte Sophie Amélie Henriette Gabrielle to Albert I of Belgium and Elisabeth of Bavaria. She married Umberto II of Italy, who was born Umberto Nicola Tommaso Giovanni Maria di Savoia, and they were nicknamed "The May Queen and King" because their reign was only 35 days long.
Their children were:

Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara di Savoia, "Prince Maria Pia of Savoy", "Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma", "Maria Pia di Savoia"

Vittorio Emanuele Alberto Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernardino Gennaro Maria di Savoia, "Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples", "Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia"

Maria Gabriella Giuseppa Aldegonda Adelaide Ludovica Felicita Gennara di Savoia, "Princess Maria of Savoy", "Maria Gabriella di Savoia"

Maria Beatrice Elena Margherita Ludovica Caterina Ramona di Savoia, "Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy", "Maria Beatrice di Savoia", or "Titti"

Friday, June 6, 2014

Oh Boy!

Whether it starts with an one or ends with one, there is no denying that "O" names are popular. I keep seeing mentions of Milo cropping up on different sites, and with Otis becoming the go-to celebrity pick, people are looking for more "O" options. Here are my suggestions, from Oliver to Cato.

Long O:

Olin
Marlowe
Cato
Otis
Oberon
Tobias
Orion
Milo
Rowan
Arlo
Winslow
Odin
Ivo/Yvo
Orlando

Short O:

Oliver
Oz
Oscar
Otto
Ovid
Osborn
Omri
Octavian

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Welcome Baby Boy

Ginnifer and Josh
Ginnifer Goodwin and husband Josh Dallas, whom she met on the set of "Once Upon a Time", have had their first child, a boy they named Oliver Finlay.

Picture Me

Imogen Poots
I'm a very visual person, and I assign different looks to different names. Clio is blonde while Cleo is brunette; I can't explain why just one letter would change it, but it does. I decided to document what different names look like to me, to see if anyone else has the same images I do.

Blonde:

Claire
Jane
Donald
Grace
Iseult/Isolde
Jasper
Fleur
Imogen
Casper
Lily
Jemima
Tabitha
Leo
Daisy
Virginia
Owen
Julian
Ida
Eleanor
Tamsin

Red:

Rowena/Rowan
Felicity
Anne
Bennett
Ada
Giselle
Patrick
Flora
Arthur
Lilith
Finn
Olive
Elizabeth
Archer
Frederick

Brunette/Black:

Xenia
Willow
Asa
Declan
Ivy
Julia
Evelyn
Samuel
Olivia
Elinor
Harriet
Wilhelmina
Aidan
Evelyn
Tobias
Emily
Alexander
Charlotte
Oliver
Daphne
Edwin
Mary
Ramona
Ursula