Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Lithuanian Consorts

Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
I had tons of fun looking these up. My personal favorite is probably Jadwiga.

Morta
Ludmila of Masovia (?)
Vida
Olga Vsevolodovna of Smolensk
Ievna Ivanovna of Polotsk
Maria Yaroslavna of Vitebsk
Uliana Alexandrovna of Tver
Birutė
Jadwiga of Poland
Anna
Uliana Olshansky
Anna of Tver
Elisabeth of Austria
Helena of Moscow
Barbara Zápolya
Bona Sforza
Elisabeth of Austria
Barbara Radziwiłł
Catherine of Austria
Anna of Austria
Constance of Austria
Cecilia Renata of Austria
Ludwika Maria Gonzaga
Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria
Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Catherine Opalińska
Maria Josepha of Austria

Monday, August 25, 2014

Masculin au Féminin


Some of my favorite names are those that are feminizations of male names. They have a clunky charm that no others have, and I just can't get enough of them! This list was made to show how diverse and how many there are.

Sebastian >>> Sebastienne/Sebastiana
Zephyr >>> Zéphyrine
Anthony >>> Antonia/Antonina/Antonella
Gerald >>> Geraldine
Theodore >>> Theodora/Teodora/Feodora
Arthur >>> Arthurine
George >>> Georgia/Georgina/Georgiana/Georgette
Joseph >>> Josephine/Josée/Josiane/Giosetta/Giuseppa
David >>> Davina
Francis >>> Frances/Francesca/Franziska/Francine/Françoise
Horatio >>> Horatia
Thomas >>> Thomasina/Tamsin
Peter >>> Petra
Laurence >>> Laurencia/Laurentia/Lorenza
Frederick >>> Frederica/Federica/Frieda/Frédérique
William >>> Wilhelmina/Willa
Cosimo >>> Cosima
Benedict >>> Bénédicte/Benoite/Benedetta/Bettina/Benedita
Nigel >>> Nigella
Cornelius >>> Cornelia/Kornelia/Kornelija/Cornélie
Marcel >>> Marcelle/Marcela/Marcella/Marceline/Marcellina/Marcellette/Marsaili
Edwin >>> Edwina
Jacob >>> Jacobine/Jacobina

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pete Wentz Has a Boy

Meagan and Pete
Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper just had a baby boy named Saint Lazslo. Wentz also has a son, Bronx Mowgli, with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Children of Catherine of Mecklenburg

Catherine of Mecklenburg
Catherine of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Saxony was born to Magnus II of Mecklenburg and Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin. She married Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony. Their children were:

Sibylle, "Sibylle of Saxony"

Aemilia, "Emilie of Saxony"

Sidonie or Sidonia, "Sidonie of Saxony"

Maurice, "Maurice, Elector of Saxony"

Severinus, "Severinus of Saxony" (Died at 11)

Augustus, "Augustus, Elector of Saxony"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oya


 Origin: Yoruba
Gender: Female
Meaning: "She tore"
Pronunciation: OY-uh?
Other forms: Oiá

The Goddess Oya represents the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fire, magic, and fertility. She guards the Underworld, and creates hurricanes and tornadoes, which are said to be her twirling skirts as she dances. She is also the spirit of change, and the changes that come from destruction. Oya wears every color but black, and she sleeps at the gates of cemeteries. She is not only a Goddess, but an Orisha, which is an elemental spirit, her element being lightning. She holds the power to call forth the spirit of death, or even send him back. Oya is the protector of women, and her knowledge of magic makes her associated with witches.

When she dances, she is said to have a horse tail, and she can transform into a water buffalo. Some of her favorite offerings are shea butter, eggplants, rum, pennies, masks, and wind instruments. She is called "the one who uses air as her cutlass", and "the one who puts on pants to go to war", among many other things. Shango is either her husband or brother, and in battle she leads him, as he is the Orisha of thunder, which follows lightning.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Children of Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born Sibylle Calma Maria Alice Bathildis Feodora to Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein. She married Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, who was born Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund, called "Edmund".
Their children were:

Margaretha Désirée Victoria, "Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler"

Birgitta Ingeborg Alice, "Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern"

Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla, "Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld"

Christina Louise Helena, "Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson"

Garl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, "Carl XVI Gustaf"

Vale


Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Poetic term for a valley
Pronunciation: VAYL
Other forms: N/A

Savannah Guthrie of "The Today Show" just had a little girl she named Vale Guthrie Feldman. I've liked the name Vale for a really long time, though I actually prefer it for a boy. A vale is a poetic word for a valley, which comes from the Old French val, which was derived from the Latin vallis or vallem which meant "valley". I'm sure a few of you have even heard of the "vale of years" from "Othello", and the "vale of tears" saying. I think Vale is a really lovely and obscure nature name, that doesn't seem overly hippie.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wonderously Welsh

Angharad Rees
Girls:

Seren
Rhosyn
Lleucu
Heledd
Angharad
Olwen
Enid
Ceridwen
Gwenllian
Myfanwy
Eysllt
Gwyneira
Tesni
Mabyn
Sioned
Llinos
Afanen
Gwendolen
Eluned
Briallen
Ffion
Morwenna
Rhiannon

Boys:

Taliesen
Vaughn
Gruffudd
Emrys
Ioan
Llyr
Aneirin/Aneurin
Geraint
Hopcyn
Cai
Islwyn
Owain
Llywelyn
Rhys
Siarl
Uther
Emlyn
Idris
Cadfael
Eifion
Dafydd

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Four)

Maria Megale Komnene

Final one!

Irene Doukaina
Anna Komnene
Irene of Hungary
Irene of Sulzbach
Maria of Antioch
Anna of France
Maria of Hungary
Euphrosyne Doukaina Kamatera
Eudokia Angelina
Theodora Doukaina Vatatzaina
Anna of Hungary
Irene of Montferrat
Maria of Armenia
Irene of Brunswick
Anna of Savoy
Irene Asanina
Helena Kantakouzene
Irene Palaiologina
Maria of Bulgaria
Helena Kantakouzene
Helena Dragaš
Irene Gattilusio
Anna of Moscow
Sophia Palaiologina of Montferrat
Maria Megale Komnene

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Three)

Zoe Porphyrogenita
 We're now getting into the Byzantine Empresses as well.

Aelia Anastasia
Constantia
Leontia
Fabia Eudokia
Martina
Gregoria
Fausta
Anastasia
Eudokia
Theodora of Khazaria
Maria
Anna
Irene of Khazaria
Maria
Eudokia
Irene Serantapechaina
Maria of Amnia
Theodote
Theophano
Prokopia
Theodosia
Thekla
Euphrosyne
Theodora the Armenian
Eudokia Dekapolitissa
Eudokia Ingerina
Theophano
Zoe Zaoutzaina
Eudokia Baïana
Zoe Karbonopsina
Helena Lekapene
Theodora
Theophano
Theodora the Macedonian
Helena
Zoe Porphyrogenita
Ekaterina of Bulgaria
Eudokia Makrembolitissa
Irene Pegonitissa
Maria of Alania

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Names Worn by Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave
Today's actress is a personal favorite of mine, the junoesque Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave was born in Greenwich in 1937, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave. Laurence Olivier famously announced her birth at a performance of "Hamlet", in which her father played Laertes, by saying that "tonight a great actress has been born". Initially the tall Vanessa planned on being a dancer, but eventually turned to acting, her family's profession of choice; her brother and sister are the late Corin and Lynn Redgrave. Her first starring role was in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment", for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Cannes award, a Golden Globe award, and BAFTA Film award.

In 1962 Vanessa married Tony Richardson, and had two daughters, actresses Joely and the late Natasha Richardson. The marriage ended in 1967 when Tony left her for Jeanne Moreau. Later that same year, she starred in "Camelot" and became romantically involved with Italian actor Franco Nero. They had a son together, Carlo Gabriel Nero, who is a director and screenwriter. The two separated for many years, before getting back together and wedding in 2006. Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams called her "the greatest living actress of our times", and she remains the only British actress to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild award.

Flavia - "A Quiet Place in the Country" - This beautiful name is a feminine form of the Roman family name Flavius, which came form the Latin flavus meaning "golden" or "yellow-haired". Flavia is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I would be completely bowled over if I ever met one.

Isadora - "Isadora" - This wonderful alternative to Isabella is a feminine form of Isidore, which means "gift of Isis", combining the name of the Goddess and the Greek doron meaning "gift". In this film she played Isadora Duncan, the famous American dancer.

Andromache - "The Trojan Woman" - In Greek mythology Andromache was the wife of Hector who was killed by Achilles. It is derived of the Greek andros, "of a man", and mache, "battle". This is a recent favorite of mine, and I wonder why it is not mentioned more often, as names from mythology, especially Greek mythology, are always popular.

Olive - "The Bostonians" - Sweet Olive is surprisingly #368 in the US, a feat for such a demure and fusty name. It of course comes from the name of the tree, which came from the Latin oliva.

Agata - "Sparrow" - Agatha still too dowdy for you? Try out edgy Agata. Used in Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Sweden, and more, this name certainly spices things up, while retaining the adorable Aggie.

Nivea - "The House of the Spirits" - Aside from the brand of lotion, I had never come across this name. It is comes from niveus, which means "snow-white" in Latin. The movie is based on the book by Isabel Allende, and features other interesting names like Pancha and Ferula.