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On My Mind: 12-5-18

Lots of Name Sightings - I've heard so many great names lately at work. Annabelle Ruth, siblings named Viola, Coco, Savannah, and Reed, and a little boy named Thor.

Lorelei - A friend of mine became an Uncle a while back and I just finally got to meet her. Her name is Lorelei, which I think is gorgeous. Lorelei is German and means "luring rock". In German folklore a Lorelei was a sort of mermaid or siren who would lure fishermen to their deaths. Lorelei is also the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River.

Edna - I've been watching "SS-GB" which is set in an alternate history Great Britain where the Germans won WWII. One of the main characters is played by German actor Lars Eidinger, who in real life has a daughter named Edna. I just thought it was so refreshing to see. Edna in Hebrew means "pleasure", and it is also an anglicized version of Irish Eithne, which means "kernel" or "grain".

Godeliva

Origin: Germanic
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Beloved of God"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Godelieve, Godeleva, Godelina

Thanks to KW cash for requesting Godeliva! This heavy, ancient name is the feminine form of the Germanic Goteleib, which comes from god, "God", and leub, "dear, beloved". If I was going to suggest a pronunciation it would be "go-dih-LEE-vah", but I have no idea if that's correct.  Saint Godeliva, more commonly known as Godelina or Godelieve, was a Flemish woman from the 11th century. She was said to be very beautiful, and also pious, and was a sought after bride by many men, but she dreamed of becoming a nun. A man Bertolf of Gistel would not accept this, and was absolutely determined to marry her. Using the power of the suzerain Eustace II, Count of Boulogne, he forced her into marriage. She was imprisoned by her mother-in-law in a small cell and the little food she was given she gave to the poor. Godeliva was able to escape, but was taken back to Bertolf, who promised to restore her in her rightful position as his wife. Not long after she returned, Bertolf ordered two of his servants to strangle her, and then throw her into a pool. It was made to look as if there was no foul play.

Bertolf married again, and had a daughter who was born blind. Through Saint Godeliva, she was cured, and Bertolf repented, got absolution in Rome, and became a monk, while his daughter became a nun and established a Benedictine monastery in honor of Saint Godeliva. Godeliva is a Saint associated with the weather, and is prayed to in times of throat trouble. Every year on July 5th, a procession in the name of Godeliva is held in Gistel. The day after that is her feast day.

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