Friday, February 27, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Five)


Today's film is "The Virgin Spring" or "Jungfrukällan".

Women:

Märeta
Ingeri
Karin
Frida

Men:

Simon
Töre

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Four)


Today's we have "All These Women" or "For att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor".

Women:

Humlan - "Bumblebee" in Swedish
Isolde
Traviata
Adelaide
Cecilia
Beatrica

Men:

Tristan
Cornelius
Jillker

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Three)


Today's film is "Summer Interlude" or "Sommarlek".

Women:

Marie
Kaj
Maja
Elisabeth

Men:

Erland
Henrik
Karl
Nisse
David Nyström

Monday, February 23, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Two)


Today's film is "Wild Strawberries" or "Smultronstallet".

Women:

Sara
Agda
Marianne Borg
Berit Alman
Karin Borg
Kristina Borg
Birgitta Borg
Olga
Charlotta Borg
Sigbritt Borg
Eva Akerman
Angelica Borg

Men:

Professor Isak Borg
Evald Borg
Viktor
Anders
Sten Alman
Henrik Akerman
Aron
Sigfrid Borg

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part One)

Ingmar Bergman is perceived as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. His films were dark, dealing with things people were afraid to talk about; death, insanity, betrayal, and women's sexuality, just to name a few. Among his many awards are three Academy Awards, and a nomination for a Palm d'Or. He directed over sixty productions, his last movie was made when he was eighty-four.
Today's film is "Fanny and Alexander" or "Fanny och Alexander".

Women:

Fanny Ekdahl
Emilie Ekdahl
Maj
Rosa
Lydia Ekdahl
Helena Ekdahl
Alma Ekdahl
Emma
Tander
Karna
Petra
Eva Ekdahl
Jenny
Anna von Bohlen
Miss Vega
Siri
Pauline
Elsa Bergius
Blenda Vergerus
Alida
Justina
Selma
Lisen
Berta
Henrietta Vergerus
Miss Ester
Esmeralda
Hanna Schwartz
Grete Holm

Men:

Alexander Ekdahl
Carl Ekdahl
Oscar Ekdahl
Edvard Vergerus
Isak Jacobi
Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Putte
Ismael Retzinsky
Filip Landahl
Tomas Graal
Aron Retzinsky
Mikael Bergman

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Children of Maria Josepha of Saxony

"Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France" by Jean-Marc Nattier
Maria Josepha, of Saxony, Dauphine of France, also known as Marie Josèphe, was born Maria Josepha Karolina Eleonore Franziska Xaveria to Augustus III of Poland and Maria Josepha of Austria. She married Louis, Dauphin of France, who was born Louis Ferdinand.
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

Names Worn By Marie Cabel

Marie Cabel
We're changing it up a bit by doing a post on a opera singer, Marie Cabel. Born Marie-Josèphe Dreulette in Liège, Belgium, to an officer father who eventually came to work as an accountant for a few differnet theatres. After the death of her father, she started giving music lessons to help support her family. She married the brother of one of her voice teachers, but it was an unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. Her operatic debut came in 1848 at Théâtre Chateau des Fleurs, where she was hardly noticed. In Lyon, she was discovered by Jules Seveste who then hired her to work at Théâtre Lyrique, where she debuted in "Le bijou perdu", originating the role of Toinon. François-Joseph Fétis, a composer, musicologist, and critic described her as such: "young, fresh, winsome, cheerful, having the devil of a body, lacking at the time taste and musical style, but blessed with an adorable voice, of a marvelous purity, whose brilliant and silvery timbre produced an amazing effect on the public, with which she launched the most difficult lines with amazing confidence and assurance…"
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

The Children of Louise, Princess Royal

Princess Louise with Alexandra
Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife was born Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar to Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark. She married Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, Viscount Macduff who was born Alexander William George Duff.
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

Agilulf


Origin: Germanic
Gender: Male
Meaning: ah-geh-LULF
Pronunciation: N/A
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

Famous Lovers

"Tristan and Isolde with the Potion" by John William Waterhouse
In honor of Valentine's Day I've made this post on names of famous lovers, all the way from Tristan and Isolde to Jack and Rose.

Fictional Romance:

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

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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Names from Jupiter Ascending

I just saw "Jupiter Ascending" and while it was not a cinematic masterpiece it was exactly what I wanted it to be: fun. It was great to just go and see something and not have to worry about taking it too seriously. It also had an abundance of weird and wonderful names, though I think my favorite is undoubtedly that of the heroine, Jupiter Jones.

Women:

Kalique Abrasax
Diomika Tsing
Gemma Chatterjee
Razo
Aleksa
Nino
Famulus
Katharine Dunlevy
Jupiter Jones
Kiza
Irina
Lyudmila

Men:

Titus Abrasax
Vladie
Maximilian Jones
Caine Wise
Nesh
Phylo Percadium
Greeghan
Stinger Apini
Balem Abrasax
Ibis
Chicanery Night
Malidictes
Vassily Bolotnikov
Zeno
Falque
Moltka
Dante Rothemere

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ready For the Boys


Aubrey Beardsley
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?

Aubrey
Emerson/Emery
Mackenzie
Ashley
Robin
Teagan
Sawyer
Rory
Hadley
Shannon
Amory
Eden
Cassidy
Rowan
Sidney
Madison
Hollis
Marlowe
Arden
Monroe
Kelly
Wren
Sage
Phoenix
Nikita
Greer/Grier
Loren
Sascha
Quinn
Francis
Kennedy
Page
Leigh/Lee
Cary

Monday, February 9, 2015

On My Mind: 2-9-15

Mimi Thorisson
Marie-France - I've recently discovered the blog of Mimi Thorisson, mother to seven kids, cookbook author, and caretaker of fourteen dogs. The blog is full of beautiful photos of food and her life, taken by her husband photographer Oddur Thorisson, who is Icelandic. Mimi is really Marie-France Valentine, possibly one of the prettiest names I have heard. And her kids? Mia, Hudson, Louise, Audrey (middle name May), Gaïa (middle name Johanna), and step-kids Gunnhildur and Thorir (or Þórir).

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

Rosamund Pike Reveals Name of Baby

Robie and Rosamund
With already one child with her boyfriend Robie Uniacke, a boy named Solo, I was highly anticipating the name she would choose for her next. Well, she's finally revealed that his name is Atom. (I kind of like them!)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Apartment Therapy (9)

Lucy's Room
I'm back with one of my favorite series, names from Apartment Therapy!

Girls:

Ninka
Elizabeth Juniper
Essley
Cora
Eva (Sister to Owen)
Nina James
Finley and Juniper
Alessandra (Sister to Adriano)
Colette
Ruby
Blythe
Elise
Pearl
Vivian
Rooney
Frances
Lucy James
Julip

Boys:

Jasper
Noah
Owen (Brother to Eva)
Jack
Felix
Mika Dylan Jagger
Waits
Conrad
Adriano (Brother to Alessandra)
George
León
Archer
Mac
Kingston Rock
Holden
Milo and August
Xavier
Max and Lincoln
Boris
Hudson

Noah's Room

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Names Taken from John Singer Sargent

"Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel" by John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent was a leading painter of portraits during his time, and painted the famous "Madame X", showing the pale, red haired Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau in a black dress, the strap having fallen down her shoulders. It caused a great scandal, leaving the model humiliated as well as Sargent, though it may have helped further his career in America and Britain. He lived from 1856 to 1925.

Female:

Elsie
Rosina
Beatrice
Mabel Veronica
Nancy
Ruth
Dorothy
Caroline
Ena
Leonora
Emily
Gladys
Suzanne
Flora
Betty
Rachel
Mary
Catherine
Ana
Sylvia
Elizabeth
Helen
Olivia
Gigia
Edith
Louise
Ida
Alice
Frances Winifred
Margaretta
Essie
Florence Adele
Claire Annabel Caroline
Rose Marie-Louise
Gretchen
Ruby
Cicely
Mathilde
Sybil
Cara
Alexandra
Teresa
Rose-Marie
Henrietta
Maud
Etta
Marie-Louise
Sally
Theo
Ada
Millicent
Judith
Charlotte
Gitana
Cora
Polly
Blanche
Isabella
Therese
Grace
Almina
Daisy
Eva
Carmela
Reine
Hylda
Winifred

Male:

Jacques
Isaac
Manuel
Albert
Henry
Ferdinand
Calvin
Woodrow
George
Charles
Waldo
Edouard
Antonio
Conrad
Theodore
Hercules
Ernst-Ange
Francisco
Peter
Randall
Gordon
Alberto
Claude
Osbert
Auguste
Sacherverell
Eugene
Conway
Homer
Pater
Caspar
Frank
Ambrogio
Lawrence
Philip
Alfred
Winston
Carolus
Robert

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Atlas

"Atlas and the Hesperides" by John Singer Sargent
Origin: Greek
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Not enduring"
Pronunciation: AT-les
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

On My Mind: 2-2-15

Keomi Gray as "Vivien" by Frederick Sandys
I've only got two boys names today.

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

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (5)

Virginia Oldoini photographed by Pierre-Louise Pierson
The last part; please enjoy!

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.