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On My Mind: 4-20-18

Guinevere - At work I overheard a girl - she was probably around four years old - being called Guinevere. I was so pleasantly surprised and it's probably one of the most unusual names I've heard being used in real life. I've always loved the name Guinevere, it's mystical and beautifully feminine without being too saccharine, and lends itself to the very usable Gwen.

Millicent - I recently saw "A Quiet Place" with a group of friends and loved it! The eldest child in the film is played by actress Millicent "Milly" Simmonds, who was excellent in the role. It was refreshing to see Millicent being used, and I think it could really make a comeback.

Family Names - I've written a few times about names of my ancestors here and here, but I've found a few more I find interesting.

First is my great-grandfather and his siblings - they were children of German immigrants:

Serna
Adeline/Adelina
Gracelea/Graciela
William Charles
Marvin

And then some random fin…

On My Mind: 4-20-15

Isild Le Besco
Just so people know for further posts - I can't always come up with three names for each gender, so sometimes there may be a few less, as is the case today!

Isild - I came across French actress Isild Le Besco and loved her name. She is Breton, Algerian, Vietnamese, and French. My instincts are telling me it's a form of Isolde, via it's (possible) original form Ishild, meaning "ice battle". She also has a sister who is an actress and a director named Maïwenn, a brother named Jowan, and half-siblings Kolia Litscher (m), and Léonor Graser.

Spyridon - A couple have been battling over the name of their baby, so they took the internet for help. The father wants Spyridon, the name of his father, and she wants Michael, the name of her father. So now he has a petition, hoping that he can win her over. Which would you pick?

Enya - The Irish singer, who contributed music to "The Fellowship of the Ring", was born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, but is anglicized as Enya Brennan. Eithne, the original form, means "kernel" and was a Saint, the sister of Saint Fidelma. Her siblings are: Máire "Moya", Pól, Brídín, Olive, Ciarán, Deirdre, Leon, and Bartley Brennan.

Avery - I've been watching the last few episodes of "Justified" with my parents, and Sam Elliott is playing a character named Avery Markham. I guess I've never really given any thought to the name Avery, on a boy or girl, so I was surprised by how much I liked it. It seems surprisingly cool on a guy.

Arianwen - Another actress with an unusual name is Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood. While the actress is Australian, the name is all Welsh. It's a combination of arian, "silver", and gwen, which can mean "white", "fair", or "blessed". There was also a very early Saint Arianwen.

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