Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apartment Therapy (8)

Amelia and Angus' Room
I'm back with some more Apartment Therapy! Please enjoy these wonderfully named children + lovely rooms.

Girls:

Ruby
Colette
Sophie
Pearl
Vivian
Frances
Zoe Isobel
Harriet "Hattie"
Brynlee
Harper
Stella
Maeve Rosalind
Freia
Emerson
Rooney
Eliza
Amelia (Sister to Angus)
Sylvia
Mariam
Harlan Veil
Violet
Mila
Emmaline
Isla Rae
Gemma
Eden Stella

Boys:

Joseph
Mac
Locke
Jack
Archer
Grayson
Charlie
Angus (Brother to Amelia)
León
Oscar
Sebastian
Bear
Eli
Mateo
Zeb
Julian
Maxwell
Beckett and Cooper
Lucca
Roman
Casimir
Reason
Lennon

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hello, Fall!

"Autumn Leaves" by John Everett Millais
Fall is probably my favorite season, followed closely by winter, which is really sad because I live in the south where we have fall for about a week before moving into the worst, wettest winter you could imagine. In honor of fall finally arriving, I'm going to do a post on names that remind me of fall and relate to it. *I wanted to thank my sister, Abby, for helping with this list!

Autumnal Names:

Luna - Harvest Moon
Aurelia/Aurelius - "Golden, gilded"
Orabela -"Golden-beautiful"
Autumnus - Latin form of autumn
Demeter - "Earth mother", Goddess of agriculture
Oisín - "Little deer"
Todd - "Fox"
Pepita - Diminutive of Joseph and feminine variants; name for pumpkin seeds
Flavius/Flavia - "Golden" or "yellow-haired"
Zibiah - "Roe, deer"
Arista - "Ear of Corn"
Golda/Goldie
Kaede - "Maple"
Aiman - "Beauty of the moon"
Millaray - "Golden flower"
Darby - "Deer town"
Channary - "Moon-faced girl"
Maral - "Deer"
Lusine - "The moon"
Bast - Possibly "Fire, heat"
Jelena - "Deer, stag" or "fir tree"
Alondra - "Lark"
Reynard/Renard - Reynard the Fox; renard means "fox" in French
Oscar - "Deer lover"
Pomona - "Fruit", Goddess of fruitful abundance
Orla - "Golden princess"
Lumina - Type of pumpkin
Alouette - "Lark"
Aki - "Sparkle", "bright", or "autumn"

Words:

Ember
Harvest
Sage
Vermilion
Finch
Cardinal (Bird)
Apple
Tanager
Hazel
Lark
Maple
Clove
Leafy/Leaf
Warbler
Ginger
Oak

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Children of Victoria Louise of Prussia

Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia was born Viktoria Luise Adelheid Mathilde Charlotte to William II, German Emperor and Empress Augusta Victoria. She married Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick who was born Ernst August Christian Georg.
Their children were:

Ernst August Georg Wilhelm Christian Ludwig Franz Joseph Nikolaus Oskar, "Ernst August IV", "Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover"

Georg Wilhelm Ernst August Friedrich, "Prince George of Hanover"

Frederica Louisa Thyra Victoria Margareta Sophie Olga Cécilie Isabelle Christa, "Princess Frederica of Hanover", later "Frederica, Queen of the Hellenes"

Christian Oskar Ernst August Wilhelm Viktor Georg Heinrich, "Prince Christian Oscar of Hanover"

Welf Heinrich Ernst August Georg Christian Berthold Friedrich Wilhelm Louis Ferdinand, "Prince Welf Henry of Hanover"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Idris

Idris Elba
Origin: Welsh
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Ardent lord"
Pronunciation: IHD-ris
Other forms: N/A

Since Idris Elba seems to be the new "it guy", I thought now would be the perfect time to profile his name. Idris comes from the Welsh udd meaning "lord" or "prince" and ris, "ardent, impulsive, enthusiastic". Mr. Elba is really Idrissa Akuna Elba; His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and his mother, Eve, is from Ghana. Although Idris is rather rare, there are other namesakes, including poet Idris Davies, Malaysian footballer Idris Abdul Karim, Saint Idris the Prophet, and a female example, Idris the Tardis from "Doctor Who".

Idris Gawr, or "Idris the Giant", was a King of Meirionnydd who was said to have won a battle against the Irish on the mountain Cadair Idris (known locally as Cader Idris), which means "Chair of Idris". Other legends state that there actually was a giant named Idris who used the mountain as a chair in which to study the stars. It is said that any one who spent a night there would either be bestowed with poetic inspiration, or madness. I love Idris - it is unusual but easy to pronounce - and I really hope with Idris Elba bringing the name into the spotlight it will become more popular.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Watery Names

"Miranda - The Tempest" by John William Waterhouse
I am simultaneously afraid and fascinated by the ocean. It is so mysterious and so undiscovered, anything could be living out there. Here are some names that are as beautiful and strange as the place that inspired them.

Girls:

Darya - Persian, "Sea"
Maris - Latin, "Of the sea"
Naia - Basque, "Wave, sea foam"
Océane - French, "Ocean"
Mira - Sanskrit, "Sea, ocean"
Nereida - Greek, "Nymphs, sea sprites"
Rosemary - Latin, "Dew of the sea"
Muirgen - Gaelic, "Born of the sea"
Niloofar - Persian, "Water-lily"
Meri - Finnish, "Sea"
Aysu - Turkish, "Moon water"
Meltem - Turkish, "Sea wind"

Boys:

Windsor - English, "Riverbank with a windlass"
Mortimer - English or French, "Still water"
Llyr - Welsh, "The sea"
Irving - Scottish, "Green water"
Glyndwr - Welsh, "Valley water"
Nereus - Greek, "Water"

Unisex:

Lake
Afon - Welsh, "River"
Meredith - Welsh, "Great lord" or "sea lord"
Rivière - French, "River"
Marlowe - English, "Drained lake"
Kai - Hawaiian, "Sea"
Riu - Catalan, "River"

The Children of Maria Leopoldina of Austria

Maria Leopoldina at 18
 Maria Leopoldina of Austria or "Leopoldina", was born Maria Leopoldina Josefa Caroline to Holy Roman Emperor Francis II and Maria Teresa of Naples and Sicily. She married Pedro I of Brazil, who was born Pedro de Alcântara Francisco António João Carlos Xavier de Paula Miguel Rafael Joaquim José Gonzaga Pascoal Cipriano Serafim.
Their children were:

Maria da Glória Joana Carlota Leopoldina da Cruz Francisca Xavier de Paula Isidora Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga, "Maria II of Portugal"

Pedro de Alcântara João Carlos Leopoldo Salvador Bibiano Francisco Xavier de Paula Leocádio Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga, "Pedro II of Brazil"

Francisca Carolina Joana Carlota Leopoldina Romana Xavier de Paula Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga, "Princess Francisca of Brazil"

Januária Maria Joana Carlota Leopoldina Cândida Francisca Xavier de Paula Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga, "Princess Januária of Brazil"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Family Names - Paternal

Now with my father's side.

Women:

Gladys
Lovely
Rutha
Mattie Lorene
Louvenia

Men:

Jabez
Wilford
Newton
Anderson
Green Berry

Friday, September 12, 2014

Family Names - Maternal

My sister has been researching our family and has come across some really interesting names. I was really surprised by some of them, and found the whole thing really fascinating. I'll be doing this in two batches, starting with my mother's side.

Women:

Jearldean
Henry
Hilda Fae
Rhoda
Gussie Odell
Mary Lou
Jinny Jane
Wilhelmina
Evelyn
Anna Miaida
Arie
Jemima
Tabitha
Elvira
Laurrisa
O'Leavy
Mattie Dell

Men:

Macom
Wilhelm
Asa
Ezekal
Peachel
Ephrian

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scarlett Johansson Welcomes a Girl

Scarlett and Romain
This is a little late, but I loved the name so much I wanted to mention it. Scarlett Johansson has had a little girl she named Rose Dorothy, with her fiancé Romain Dauriac.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Collection of Names Taken from Prussian Consorts

"Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern" by Antoine Pesne
Prussia was a German kingdom which was in power from 1701 to 1918, and included parts of modern day Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and of course, Germany.

Dorothea of Denmark
Anna Marie of Brunswick-Calenberg-Gottingen
Marie Eleonore of Cleves
Anna of Prussia
Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate
Louise Henriette of Orange-Nassau
Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Sophia Charlotte of Hanover
Sophia Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern
Frederika Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria
Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Victoria, Princess Royal
Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Spouses of Pretenders to the Throne:

Hermine Reuss of Greiz
Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Kira Kirillovna of Russia
Sophie of Isenburg