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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".

Miss World Winners -- 1980-2014

Priyanka Chopa - India - 2000
Starting in 1980, here are the rest of the winners.

Gabriella Brum - Germany - 1980 (Resigned)
Kimberley Santos - Guam - 1980 (Took the place of Gabriella Brum)
Pilín León - Venezuela - 1981 (Carmen Josefina León Crespo)
Mariasela Álvarez - Dominican Republic - 1982
Sarah-Jane Hutt - United Kingdom - 1983
Astrid Carolina Herrera - Venezuela - 1984
Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir - Iceland - 1985
Giselle Laronde - Trinidad and Tobago - 1986
Ulla Weigerstorfer - Austria - 1987 (Ulrike Weigerstorfer)
Linda Pétursdóttir - Iceland - 1988
Aneta Kręglicka - Poland - 1989 (First Eastern European woman to win)

Gina Tolleson - America - 1990
Ninibeth Leal - Venezuela - 1991
Julia Kourotchkina - Russia - 1992
Lisa Hanna - Jamaica - 1993
Aishwarya Rai - India - 1994 (Now an accomplished actress)
Jacqueline Aguilera - Venezuela - 1995
Irene Skliva - Greece - 1996
Diana Hayden - India - 1997
Linor Abargil - Israel - 1998
Yukta Mookhey - India - 1999

Priyanka Chopra - India - 2000 (Another actress)
Agbani Darego - Nigeria - 2001 (The first black African woman to win)
Azra Akın - Turkey (Dutch-Turkish) - 2002
Rosanna Davison - Ireland - 2003
María Julia Mantilla - Peru - 2004
Unnur Vilhjálmsdóttir - Iceland - 2005
Taťána Kuchařová - Czech Republic - 2006
Zhang Zilin - China - 2007
Ksenia Sukhinova - Russia - 2008
Kaiane Aldorino - Gibraltar - 2009
Alexandria Mills - America - 2010
Ivian Sarcos - Venezuela - 2011
Yu Wenxia - China - 2012
Megan Young - Philippines (Filipino-American) - 2013 (First Southeast Asian woman to win)
Rolene Strauss - South Africa - 2014

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