Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Today's we have "All These Women" or "For att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor".
Humlan - "Bumblebee" in Swedish
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Today's film is "Wild Strawberries" or "Smultronstallet".
Professor Isak Borg
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Today's film is "Fanny and Alexander" or "Fanny och Alexander".
Anna von Bohlen
Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Friday, February 20, 2015
|"Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France" by Jean-Marc Nattier|
Their children were:
Marie Zéphyrine, "Marie Zéphyrine of France", "Madame Royale", or "la Petite Madame" (Died at age 5)
Louis Joseph Xavier, "Louis, Duke of Burgundy" (Died at age 9)
Xavier Marie Joseph, "Xavier, Duke of Aquitaine" (Died at 6 months)
Louis-Auguste, "Louis-Auguste, Duke of Berry", later "Louis XVI of France"
Louis Stanislas Xavier, "Louis, Count of Provence", later "Louis XVIII of France"
Charles Philippe, "Charles, Count of Artois", later "Charles X"
Marie Adélaïde Clotilde Xavière, "Marie Clotilde of France", "Gros-Madame", or "Madame Clotilde"
Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène, "Princess Élisabeth of France", or "Madame Élisabeth"
Thursday, February 19, 2015
She then became quite popular, and the theatre, which was in a working class part of Paris, started to have customers from more well-bred backgrounds, including Napoleon III and his wife, Eugénie de Montijo.
After the death of Seveste, although she was now no longer under contract, the new owner Émile Perrin, was able to persuade Marie to stay, and she signed a five year contract. Marie became more and more popular, and even her less-appreciated roles drew crowds. The famous "Laughing song" or "Éclat de rire" in its original French, was said to have been created for her. One of her most famous roles was of that of Philine in "Mignon". She continued to work for many years, but sadly was taken to an asylum after her mental health decreased, and died. I was surprised by how simple and rather easy her life was compared to many of her time, even though her end was a sad one.
Athénaïs - "Les mousquetaires de la reine" - This lovely French name comes from the Greek Athenais which came from the name of the Goddess Athena. It is pronounced "a-tay-na-EES".
Toinon - "Le bijou perdu" - I have to say I've never seen this name before, though it seems to be used mainly as a surname. It has also been suggested as a form of Antonia or Antoinette.
Corbin - "Georgette ou Le moulin de Fontneoy" - I found this one especially unusual, as it is usually used for men. Corbin comes from the French corbeau meaning "raven", and was usually used for someone who had dark hair. I rather like this for a girl.
Rosine - "Peines d'amour perdues" - One of the prettiest Rose names, Rosine is a French diminutive of it. Early actress Sarah Bernhardt was born Rosine.
Dinorah - "Dinorah" or "Le pardon de Ploërmel" - This name is sometimes cited as a form of Dinah, coming from the Hebrew din, meaning "trial" or "judgement". It has also been credited as being of Arabic origin and coming from dinur, "of fire".
Philine - "Mignon" - Possibly her most famous role, Marie was the original Philine. It could be a form of the Greek philai, meaning "to love, to caress". It has a soft, romantic sound, and would make a great way to honor a Philip.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
|Princess Louise with Alexandra|
Their children were:
Alastair Duff, "Alastair Duff, Marquess of Macduff" (Stillborn)
Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwina Louise Duff, "Lady Alexandra Duff", later "Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife"
Maud Alexandra Victoria Georgina Bertha, "Lady Maud Duff", later "Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk"
Monday, February 16, 2015
Other forms: Egilulf
Thanks to KW cash for requesting Agilulf! Agilulf's meaning is somewhat complicated, but what is known is that the second half comes from the Gothic vulfs, meaning "wolf". Depending on what you believe it could fully be "sharp wolf", "sword wolf", or something like "terror wolf". Agilulf was a 7th century King of the Lombards, a Germanic people who ruled in Italy.
His wife was the widow of the former King Authari, a Christian woman named Theodelinda. He was baptized for her, and eventually adopted the Catholic faith. They built the cathedral of Monza, where his crown, dedicated to St. John, still rests with the inscripition rex totius Italiae, "king of all Italy". He ruled for more than a quarter of a century and after his death his son, Adaloald, became King. Later the husband of his daughter Gundeberga, Arioald, would also reign.
I really like the look of this name, and while I think it would be difficult to wear, I think as a middle name it could almost work.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
|"Tristan and Isolde with the Potion" by John William Waterhouse|
Tristan and Isolde/Iseult - Arthurian Legend; Opera
Lancelot and Guinevere - Arthurian Legend
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet - "Pride and Prejudice"
Majnun and Layla - "Layla and Majnun"
Pyramus and Thisbe - "Metamorphoses"
Paris and Helen of Troy - Greek Mythology; "The Illiad"
Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater - "Titanic"
Paolo and Francesca - "Dante's Inferno"
Odysseus and Penelope - "The Odyssey"
Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska - "The Age of Innocence"
Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw - "Wuthering Heights"
Westley and Buttercup - "The Princess Bride"
Edward Fairfax Rochester and Jane Eyre - "Jane Eyre"
Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet - "Romeo and Juliet"
W.P. Inman and Ada Monroe - "Cold Mountain"
Therese Belivet and Carol Aird - "The Price of Salt"
Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund - "Casablanca"
Count Alexei Vronsky and Anna Karenina - "Anna Karenina"
Real Life Romance:
Peter Abelard and Héloïse d'Argenteuil
Mark Antony and Cleopatra
Voltaire and Émilie du Châtelet
John Keats and Fanny Brawne
Pierre and Marie Curie
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria
Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meaning: "Beloved of God"
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I think, in our day and age, we should be able to reclaim some names for the boys that have been previously taken over by girls. Some of these are also pretty genderless, like Wren or Rowan, but seem to be exclusively used for girls, which I think is a shame. Which ones do you think could be used again, or should start being used? Which ones are lost forever?
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sindri - Moving on to more Icelandic names. I was doing a bit of research on Bjork, and discovered her kids have really great names; her son Sindri Eldon Þórsson and daughter Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney. Sindri means "sparkling" in Old Norse, and in mythology was the name of a dwarf who made magical objects for the Gods with his brother, and the name of the hall were the good would go after Ragnarök.
Florestine - This is one I've never seen before. Princess Florestine of Monaco was named for her father, King Florestan I. She later had two daughters, Amalie and Wiltrud.
Kubec - I was watching "The Public Enemy", the movie that propelled James Cagney into fame, and saw one of the screenwriters was named Kubec Glasmon. He was originally from Poland, and they pronounced it "KYOO-beck".
Pétronille - On Jolis Prénoms there was a lovely sibset of girls; Pétronille Marie, Guillemette Marie, and Valentine Marie. It is a tradition for the girls to all have the middle name Marie.
Léontin - Also on Jolis Prénoms, there is an adorable sibset of Léontin and Mélusine.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
|Robie and Rosamund|
Friday, February 6, 2015
Eva (Sister to Owen)
Finley and Juniper
Alessandra (Sister to Adriano)
Owen (Brother to Eva)
Mika Dylan Jagger
Adriano (Brother to Alessandra)
Milo and August
Max and Lincoln
Thursday, February 5, 2015
|"Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel" by John Singer Sargent|
Claire Annabel Caroline
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
|"Atlas and the Hesperides" by John Singer Sargent|
Meaning: "Not enduring"
Other forms: N/A
Atlas is one of my favorite mythological names for boys, and I'm not alone; Edward Norton just chose it for his son, and Anne Heche chose it for her's back in 2009. Although the story is not an especially cheery one, it is still not as morbid as a lot of Greek myths. Atlas comes from the Greek prefix α, which was negative, and tlao, meaning "to endure". Atlas was a Titan and is sometimes credited as the son of Iapetus, also a Titan, and the Oceanid Asia, or Clymene; other times he is the son of Aether and Gaia. He was punished for siding with the Titans during the war against the Olympians, and while the others were sent to Tartarus, Zeus sent him to the western edge of the Earth where he was to hold up Uranus, Father Sky, and keep him from Gaia or Mother Earth, who was his mother and wife. Sometimes it is said he held up the celestial spheres, or the sky.
Most famously, one of Heracles' Twelve Labors was to steal the golden apples from Hera's garden, which were taken care of by the hesperides, Atlas' daughters. Heracles went to Atlas and offered to hold up the spheres while he went and retrieved the apples, but when he returned Atlas tried to trick him into carrying the spheres permanently by telling him he would deliver the apples for him. Heracles pretended to agree to this, asking that he only hold it once more for a moment so he could arrange his cloak as padding. Heracles then took the apples and ran away.
Another mythological Atlas was King Atlas of Mauretania, who was supposedly skilled in astronomy, philosophy, and mathematics, and was thought to have made the first celestial globe. The term "atlas" when used for a collection of maps, was named so for this King.
Monday, February 2, 2015
|Keomi Gray as "Vivien" by Frederick Sandys|
Keomi - Keomi Gray was the lover and model of Frederick Sandys. She was Romani and lived in a Romani camp when they met. She eventually married another man, but did have four children with Sandys; Ethel Maud, Frederick Cyril, Madeline, and Henry Herbert. With her husband she had Nellie, Florence, and Rose. I thought Keomi was very unusual and surprisingly modern for the period. One source even states her full name was Ketyumas Gray.
Simeon - I went to church with my grandmother yesterday, and in one of the stories they talked about Simeon. I'm surprised it isn't mentioned at least a bit more, especially with biblical names becoming more popular. It comes from the Hebrew Shim'on meaning "he has heard". The only downside I can think of is how close it is to simian.
Calico - My sister has been telling about this book she's been reading called "Nyctophobia" by Christopher Fowler. It is about a woman named Calico "Callie" who marries and moves to Spain to a place called Hyperion House, which has a host of creepy things going on, such as darkened, uninhabited rooms, shadows, and apparitions. I couldn't help but think Calico was really sweet. It also features a character named Celestia.
Wallace - I rewatched "The Painted Veil" and wondered how Wallace would wear on a modern boy. I have to say the appeal of a little Wally is great. Wallace was originally a surname, English or Scottish in origin, which most likely meant "foreigner" or "Welsh".
Plum - I've loved this name for a long time, especially as a middle name. James Kicinski McCoy of the blog "Bleubird" has a great feature in which she takes pictures of her children every week and posts them on her blog. Her kids are Julian, Milla Plum, Birdie, and Sailor (b).
Sunday, February 1, 2015
|Virginia Oldoini photographed by Pierre-Louise Pierson|
Zoé Talon, Countess du Cayla - Louis XVIII
Rosalie Duthé - Louis Philippe I - A celebrated courtesan, she was often painted and requested for portraits by artists. She has been called "the first officially recorded dumb blonde".
Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione - Napoleon III - Born in Tuscany and known as "Nicchia", she was known for her elaborate dresses, her most famous being a "Queen of Hearts" inspired one. She was said to have beautiful pale skin and blonde hair and eyes that changed from green to a lovely blue-violet. She was divorced by her husband for becoming Napoleon's mistress. She was photographed by Mayer and Pierson, the favorite photographers of the court, and was the model for some seven-hundred photos. The photos where she posed with her legs or feet, her head was cropped out of. Over time she became mentally unstable, and lived in an apartment decorated in all black without any mirrors, reportedly unable to take her fading looks. She was also said to have been a spy.
Mathilde Bonaparte - Napoleon III - His cousin and one time fiancée.
Maria Anna Scheiss - Napoleon III - Had a son by him named Bonaventur Karrer.
Alexandrine Éléonore Vergeot - Napoleon III - A laundress at Ham, where he was imprisoned. She had sons by him named Alexandre Louis Eugène and Louis Ernest Alexandre.
Rachel Félix - Napoleon III - One of the most celebrated actresses of her time.
Harriet Howard - Napoleon III - His financial banker.
Marie-Anne Walewska - Napoleon III - The wife of his relative, Count Alexandre Joseph Colonna-Walewski.
Marguerite Bellanger - Napoleon III - An actress and courtesan.
Lucy de Mercy-Argenteau - Napoleon III - Possibly nothing more than a friendship.