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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".

On My Mind: 3-12-16

Zoé with Ugolin and Ugoline
Ugoline & Ugolin - Zoé Talon, comtesse du Cayla, maîtresse-en-titre to King Louis XVIII, had two children by her husband, a boy and girl named Ugolin and Ugoline. Ugolin is apparently a form of Ugolino, which itself is a diminutive of Ugo, the Italian form of Hugo.

Helmi - For 2015, among the Finnish speaking population of Finland, Helmi ranked number six for girls. Helmi is not only a nickname for Vilhelmina or Vilhelmiina, it also means "pearl" in Finnish.

Emil - For the Swedish speaking minority of Finland, Emil was number one for boys. Emil comes from the Roman family name Aemilius, which comes from the Latin aemulus which means "rival".

Hilkka Talvikki - Seen in a Finnish birth announcement, Hilkka means "bonnet" or "hood", while Talvikki means "wintergreen".

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