Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Miss World Winners -- 1951-1979

Madeleine Hartog-Bel - Peru - Miss World 1967
I don't watch beauty pageants as closely as I did when I was little, but I do like to look at the names of the contestants. They are all so fascinating, just like the women who bear them, and I have to admit, I love the gossip and scandals as much as the next person. In our first installment I'll be covering the Miss World winners from the first pageant in 1951 all the way up to 1979.

Kiki Håkansson - Sweden - 1951 (Kerstin Håkansson)
May-Louise Flodin - Sweden - 1952
Denise Perrier - France - 1953
Antigone Costanda - Egypt (Greek-Egyptian) - 1954 (First African woman to win)
Susana Duijm - Venezuela - 1955 (Carmen Susana Duijm Zubillaga; First Latin-American woman to win)
Petra Schürmann - Germany - 1956 (Hildegard Petra Susanna Schürmann)
Marita Lindahl - Finland - 1957
Penelope Coelen - South Africa - 1958
Corine Rottschäfer - The Netherlands - 1959

Norma Cappagli - Argentina - 1960
Rosemarie Frankland - United Kingdom (Welsh) - 1961
Catharina Lodders - The Netherlands - 1962
Carole Crawford - Jamaica - 1963 (First woman from the Caribbean to win)
Ann Sidney - United Kingdom - 1964
Lesley Langley - United Kingdom - 1965
Reita Faria - India - 1966 (The first Asian woman to win and the only woman to be a doctor at the same time she competed)
Madeleine Hartog-Bel - Peru - 1967 (Sometimes credited as Madeline)
Penelope Plummer - Australia - 1968
Eva Rueber-Staier - Austria - 1969

Jennifer Hosten - Grenada - 1970
Lúcia Petterle - Brazil - 1971
Belinda Green - Australia - 1972
Marjorie Wallace - America - 1973 (First American woman to win; She was stripped of her crown after having an affair with Tom Jones while she was engaged)
Helen Morgan - United Kingdom (Welsh) - 1974 (Was forced to resign after it was discovered she had a baby)
Anneline Kriel - South Africa - 1974 (Made Miss World after Helen Morgan resigned)
Wilnelia Merced - Puerto Rico - 1975 (To this day the only Puerto Rican Miss World)
Cindy Breakspeare - Jamaica - 1976 (Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare)
Mary Stävin - Sweden - 1977Silvana Suárez - Argentina - 1978
Gina Swainson - Bermuda - 1979

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Children of Eugène de Beauharnais

Eugène de Beauharnais
Prince français Eugène de Beauharnais or Eugène de Beauharnais, 1st Duke of Leuchtenberg was born Eugène Rose de Beauharnais to Alexandre de Beauharnais and Joséphine de Beauharnais. He married Princess Augusta of Bavaria who was born Augusta Amalia Ludovika Georgia.
Their children were:

Joséphine Maximiliane Eugénie Napoléone, "Princess Joséphine de Beauharnais", "Louise of Leuchtenberg", later "Queen Josefina of Sweden"

Eugénie Hortense Auguste Napoléone, "Princess Eugénie de Beauharnais", "Eugénie of Leuchtenberg", later "Eugénie, Princess of Hohenzollern-Hechingen"

Auguste Charles Eugène Napoléon, "Prince Auguste de Beauharnais", later "Auguste de Beauharnais, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg"

Amélie Auguste Eugénie, "Princess Amélie de Beauharnais", "Amélie of Leuchtenberg", later "Amélie, Empress of Brazil"

Théodolinde Louise Eugénie Auguste Napoléone, "Princess Théodolinde de Beauharnais", "Théodolinde of Leuchtenberg", later "Théodolinde, Countess Wilhelm of Württemberg"

Carolina Clotilde, "Princess Carolina de Beauharnais", "Carolina of Leuchtenberg" (Died the year she was born)

Maximilian Joseph Eugène Auguste Napoléon, "Prince Maximilian de Beauharnais", "Maximilian of Leuchtenberg", later "Maxmilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg"

Monday, April 27, 2015

Janet

Janet Gaynor
Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: Diminutive of Jane
Pronunciation: JAN-it
Other forms: Jeannette, Jane, Jeanne, Zsanett

Thanks to my very own sister, Abby, for suggesting Janet!

It's always strange to me how in the future names like Janet, Barbara, and Lois will be fashionable just like Evelyn, Ruby, and Matilda are now. On a semi-related note, it's also a strange thought that there will be Grandmother Neveah's and Grandfather Jaxon's, and that this will totally normal to them. It begs the question of what names do you think will become ultra fashionable in the future? I'm betting on Pamela, Eugene, Nancy, Leonard, Deborah, and Janet. What do you think will become popular?

Moving back on to the main topic, which is Janet itself. I remember being really surprised when I started watching "Salem" how one of the main characters was played by an English actress named Janet Montgomery, who is only twenty-nine. When I think of a Janet, I definitely think of someone older, but when she was born, 1985, Janet was still sitting rather prettily at #205 (in the US). Janet is originally an Medieval nickname for Jane, probably coming from the French Jeannette. There are a plethora of namesakes, like actresses Janet Leigh and Janet McTeer, singer Janet Jackson, and author and activist Janet Mock.

Janet Gaynor, another namesake, was an actress who started with small roles in silent films, but went on to win the first Oscar in 1929. She won the Oscar for three separate film roles - "7th Heaven", "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", and "Street Angel". She is the only actress to have ever done so. One of her best known films is the 1937 "A Star is Born", for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, though in 1939 she retired from acting.
She was born Laura Augusta Gainor in Philedelphia and was known as "Lolly". She was married three times, and in one she was married to the openly gay costume designer Adrian, in what has been called a "Lavender Marriage", as she herself was reported to have been gay or bisexual. Her lover had been rumored to be actress Mary Martin. Actor Bob Cummings once said "Janet Gaynor's husband was Adrian, but her wife was Mary Martin". She died in 1984 at the age of seventy-seventy due to injures from a car accident, and is buried to Adrian in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Children of Princess Marie-Cécile of Prussia

Princess Marie-Cécile of Prussia
Princess Marie-Cécile of Prussia was born Marie-Cécile Kira Viktoria Luise to Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia and Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia. She married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg, who was born Friedrich August Wilhelm Christian Ernst.
Their children were:

Paul-Wladimir Nikolaus Louis-Ferdinand Peter Max Karl-Emich, "Prince Paul-Wladimir of Oldenburg"

Rixa Marie-Alix Kira Altburg, "Princess Rixa of Oldenburg"

Bibiane Marie Alexandra Gertrud, "Princess Bibiane of Oldenburg"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Names of the WAMPAS Baby Stars

WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1928
The WAMPAS Baby Stars was a campaign that ran from 1922 to 1934, which usually honored thirteen actresses, and was sponsored by the United States Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. The actresses that were chosen were thought to be just on the cusp of stardom, and those that got the honor of an award got extensive coverage in the media and went to the "WAMPAS Frolic" party. I find this whole thing extremely fascinating, and wanted to post the names of the girls chosen.

1922: Marion Aye, Helen Ferguson, Lila Lee, Jacqueline Logan, Louise Lorraine, Bessie Love, Kathryn McGuire, Patsy Ruth Miller, Colleen Moore, Mary Philbin, Pauline Starke, Lois Wilson, and Claire Windsor.

1923: Eleanor Boardman, Evelyn Brent, Dorothy Devore, Virginia Brown Faire, Betty Francisco, Pauline Garon, Kathleen Key, Laura La Plante, Margaret Leahy, Helen Lynch, Derelys Perdue, Jobyna Ralston, and Ethel Shannon.

1924: Clara Bow, Elinor Fair, Carmelita Geraghty, Gloria Grey, Ruth Hiatt, Julanne Johnston, Hazel Keener, Dorothy Mackaill, Blanche Mehaffey, Margaret Morris, Marian Nixon, Lucille Ricksen, Alberta Vaughn.

1925: Betty Arlen, Violet La Plante, Olive Borden, Anne Cornwall, Ena Gregory, Madeline Hurlock, Natalie Joyce, June Marlowe, Joan Meredith, Evelyn Peirce, Dorothy Revier, Duane Thompson, and Lola Todd.

1926: Mary Astor, Mary Brian, Joyce Compton, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Marceline Day, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor, Sally Long, Edna Marion, Sally O'Neil, Vera Reynolds, and Fay Wray.

1927: Patricia Avery, Rita Carewe, Helene Costello, Barbara Kent, Natalie Kingston, Frances Lee, Mary McAllister, Gladys McConnell, Sally Phipps, Sally Rand, Martha Sleeper, Iris Stuart, and Adamae Vaughn.


1928: Lina Basquette, Flora Bramley, Sue Carol, Ann Christy, June Collyer, Alice Day, Sally Eilers, Audrey Ferris, Dorothy Gulliver, Gwen Lee, Molly O'Day, Ruth Taylor, and Lupe Vélez.


1929: Jean Arthur, Sally Blane, Betty Boyd, Ethlyne Clair, Doris Dawson, Josephine Dunn, Helen Foster, Doris Hill, Caryl Lincoln, Anita Page, Mona Rico, Helen Twelvetrees, and Loretta Young.

1930: None

1931: Joan Blondell, Constance Cummings, Frances Dade, Frances Dee, Sidney Fox, Rochelle Hudson, Anita Louise, Joan Marsh, Marian Marsh, Karen Morley, Marion Shilling, Barbara Weeks, and Judith Wood.

1932: Lona Andre, Lilian Bond, Mary Carlisle, Patricia Ellis, Ruth Hall, Eleanor Holm, Evalyn Knapp, Dorothy Layton, Boots Mallory, Toshia Mori, Ginger Rogers, Marian Shockley, Gloria Stuart, Dorothy Wilson, June Clyde.

1933: None

1934: Judith Arlen, Betty Bryson, Jean Carmen, Helen Cohan, Dorothy Drake, Jean Gale, Hazel Hayes, Ann Hovey, Neoma Judge, Lucille Lund, Lu Ann Meredith, Gigi Parrish, Jacqueline Wells, and Katherine Williams.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Children of Nicholas II of Russia

Nicholas II with his wife and children
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was born Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov to Alexander III of Russia and Marie Feodorovna, or Dagmar of Denmark. He married Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, later known as Alexandra Feodorovna, who was born Victoria Alix Helena Louise Beatrice. The Romanovs are sadly best remembered for being murdered by the Bolsheviks.
Their children were:

Olga Nikolaevna Romanova, "Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia", "Olishka", "Olenka", or "Olya" (Killed at age 22)

Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova, "Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russa", "Tanya", "Tatya", "Tatianochka", or "Tanushka" (Killed at age 21)

Maria Nikolaevna Romanova, "Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia", "Marie", "Masha", or "Mashka" (Killed at age 19)

Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, "Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia", "Anastasie", "Nastya", "Nastas", "Nastenka", "Malenkaya", which means "little (one)", or "Shvibzik", which means "imp" (Killed at age 17)

Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov, "Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia", "Alyosha", "Lyosha", or "Baby" (Killed at age 13)

Monday, April 20, 2015

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.

This or That? (Boys)

Harry Potter                        Henry VIII
I had a lot of fun seeing the results for the girls "this or that". I'm curious to see which will be the popular choices for the boys. Leave a comment with your preferred picks!

Rowan or Roman
Levi or Leo
Emmett or Everett
Finn or Flynn
August or Augustus
Jude or Julian
Edmund or Edwin
Harry or Henry
Albus or Sirius
Evander or Leander
Sage or Basil
Otto or Arlo
Asher or Archer
Deacon or Bishop
Loki or Thor
Charles or William
Alistair or Angus
Thatcher or Sayer
Albert or Alfred
Avery or Hadley
Rafe or Rafferty

Friday, April 17, 2015

This or That? (Girls)

Leona Lewis                      Leonie Aviat
I thought it would be not only fun but interesting to do a "this or that" and see what names people generally preferred. Please comment your answers, and maybe I'll leave my own!

Ada or Ava
Ruby or Pearl
Leona or Leonie
Amelia or Emilia
Vivian or Vivienne
Stella or Luna
Rose or Violet
Mary or Marie
Adeline or Emmeline
Winter or Snow
Octavia or Olympia
Theodora or Dorothea
Ethel or Esther
Jane or Joan
Cecily or Cecilia
Nora or Nova
Harriet or Henrietta
Verity or Charity
Gretchen or Hilda
Delia or Dahlia
Eden or Edith

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Short But Sweet

Romy Schneider in "Ludwig"
I've always preferred shorter names, and while I love the elegance and drama of a long name like Anastasia or Theodosia, I just could never imagine myself actually using one in real life. So this list is dedicated to the sort of name I like, short but sweet, refined, and with a hint of spark.

Girls:

Ivy
Adele
Una/Oona
Faye
Eve
Rue
Selma
Freya
Zelda
Cora
Iris
Vega
Thea
Opal
Greta
Mira
Sybil/Sibyl
Ada
Vera
Juno
Vida
Nina
Fern
Clio
Esme
Edie/Eadie
Lyra
Olive
Romy
Jane
Blythe
Greer
Elle
Dora
Eliza
Alba
Neve
Pearl
Frida
Meryl
Rita
Hollis
Arya
Pia
Tilda
Mina
Nova
Margot
Rilla

Boys:

Beau
Ike
Jude
Asher
Kai
Rafe
Jack
Niles
Flint
Clive
Nash
Tate
Lev
Joss
Boaz
Cosmo
Gale
Thane
Bram
Luca
Cato
Hugo
Rex
Heath
Aldo
March
Ives
Kit
Roman
Dante
Sage
Linus
Rory
Quint
Lane
Finn and Flynn

Monday, April 13, 2015

Apartment Therapy (10)

Elsa's Room
Girls:

Vivienne and Gemma
Charlotte
Poet Vivienne Rose
Elsa Mae
Evangeline
Ivy (Sister to Reid)
Beatka
Eleni
Grace
Paige
Eloise
Henrietta
Adrienne
Tilly
Eleanor (Sister to Atticus and Ike)
Scarlett Grace
Ever
Maya Juliet
Vivienne and Gemma
Winifred and Penelope

Boys:

Shep
Emmett
Luca
Beau
Atticus and Ike (Brothers to Eleanor)
Kasjan
Parker James
Finn
Evan
Oliver and Leo
Clinton
Reid (Brother to Ivy)
Liam
Campbell
Henry
Leo


Oliver and Leo's Room

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Children of Farah Pahlavi

Shahbanu Farah Pahlavi
Shahbanu Farah Pahlavi was born Farah Diba to Sohrab Diba and Farideh Ghotbi. She married Shah Mohammad Rezâ Pahlavi.
Their children are:

Reza Pahlavi, "Reza, Crown Prince of Iran"

Yasmin Farahnaz Pahlavi, "Princess Farahnaz of Iran"

Alireza Pahlavi, "Prince Ali-Reza of Iran"

Leila Pahlavi, "Princess Leila of Iran"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hello, Spring!


"Spring" by James Jacques-Joseph Tissot
This is a little bit late! It's spring now, though it certainly doesn't feel like it here. One day it's cold and the next muggy. We just had a short rain, and it felt like a shower out there. I've always liked spring, despite my poor allergies and the unruly weather, as I'm a spring baby myself.
Please, let me know what you think of these names and which you would add!

Spring Names:

Anthea - Greek, "blossom"
Flora
Euthalia - Greek, "flower, bloom"
Idun/Idony - Norse Goddess of spring and immortality
Aviv/Aviva - Hebrew, "spring"
Oscar - Gaelic, "deer lover"
Tuulikki - Finnish, "little wind"
Chloe - Greek, "green shoot"
Fauna
Anfisa - Russian, "flower"
Calanthe - Greek, "beautiful flower", also the name of an orchid
Jarilo - Slavic God of spring, fertility, and vegetation
Nouvel - French, "new"
Madhava - Sanskrit, "vernal, of the springtime"
Zibiah - Hebrew, "roe, deer"

Words:

Forsythia
March
Anemone
Spring
April
Day
Iris
Hyacinth
Floréal - Was the eighth month in French Republic Calendar, comes from the Latin flo meaning "flower"
Trillium
Angelica
Phoebe (bird)
Green
Primavera - A romantic name for Spring
Bird/Birdie
Jonquil
Tulip
Doe
May
Fleur
Easter/Ostara
Primrose