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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".

The Names of Fictional, Factual, and Mythological Witches

"Medea" by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
Hello all, and happy Halloween! For the holiday I've chosen to make a post featuring names of both fictional and factual witches from history and media, and myth.


Agatha Cackle (The Worst Witch)
Penelope Clearwater (Harry Potter)
Erichtho (Pharsalia)
Miss Davina Bat (The Worst Witch)
Elphaba (Wicked)
Serafina Pekkala (His Dark Materials)
Jadis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Cordelia Foxx (American Horror Story: Coven)
Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
Maharet and Mekare (The Vampire Chronicles)
Jane Smart (The Witches of Eastwick)
Mildred Hubble (The Worst Witch)
Sycorax (The Tempest)
Cho Chang (Harry Potter)
Vanessa Dahl (Engelsfors)
Susan Sto Helit (Discworld)
Fleur and Gabrielle Delacour (Harry Potter)
Enid Nightshade (The Worst Witch)
Minoo Falk Karimi (Engelsfors)
Ruta Skadi (His Dark Materials)
Padma and Parvarti Patil (Harry Potter)
Empusa (Stardust)
Sybill Trelawney (Harry Potter)
Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax (Discworld)
Maud Moonshine (The Worst Witch)
Bridget "Jet" Owens (Practical Magic)
Ida Holmström (Engelsfors)
Myrtle Snow (American Horror Story: Coven)
Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter)
Ethel Hallow (The Worst Witch)
Nessarose (Wicked)
Eglantine Price (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

Factual (and People Accused of Witchcraft):

Marigje Arriens (Accused and executed. 1520-1591, Dutch.)
Sybil Leek (1917-1982)
Agnes Bernauer (Accused and executed. 1410-1435, German.)
Bridget Bishop (Accused and executed. 1632-1692, English immigrant to Salem.)
Rosaleen "Roie" Norton (1917-1979)
Giovanna Bonanno (Accused and executed. Died 1789, Italian.)
Sidonia von Borcke (Confessed under torture, was executed. 1548-1620, Pomeranian.)
Michée Chauderon (Confessed under torture, was executed. Died 1652, Swiss.)

Eleanor "Ray" Bone (1910-2001)
Nyzette Cheveron (Confessed and was executed. Died 1605, Belgian.)
Peronne Goguillon (Accused and executed. Died 1679, French.)

Zsuzsanna Budapest (1940-)
Mechteld ten Ham (Confessed under torture, was executed. Died 1605, Dutch.)
Walpurga Hausmannin (Confessed and was executed. Died 1587, German.)

Margot Adler (1946-)
Ursulina de Jesus (Accused and executed. Died 1754, Brazilian.)


Medea (Greek)
Morgan le Fay (Arthurian)
Hecate (Greek)
Ceridwen (Welsh)
Circe (Greek)


  1. Don't forget Endora (probably taken from the Witch of Endor in the Bible) and Samantha from "Bewitched"! Some of their witchy relatives and friends were Aunt Clara, Maurice (Samantha's father), Uncle Arthur, Aunt Hagatha, Dr [Hubert] Bombay, Esmerelda, and of course, Samantha's naughty lookalike cousin, Serena.


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