Free to a Good Home: Girls, pt. 1
|"The Penitent Magdalene" by Tintoretto|
Meaning: A title meaning "Of Magdala", Magdala meant "tower"
Other forms: Magda, Malene, Magdolna Malin, Magali, Madeleine, Magdalena
Combos: Cecily Magdalene, Magdalene Rose, Thea/Theodora Magdalene, Magdalene Plum.
Beautiful, wonderful, forgotten Magdalene. Saint Mary Magdalene was given the title Magdalene because she was from Magdala, a village on the sea of Galilee, whose name meant "tower". Named more than any of the other apostles in the Bible, Mary Magdalene witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It wasn't until the Middle Ages she gained the reputation as a prostitute, a claim which is not substantiated in the canonical gospels whatsoever. Still shockingly rare, Magdalene hasn't ranked in the U.S. since 1944.
Meaning: Possibly something like "shining man"
Pronunciation: kuh-SAHN-dra, kuh-SAN-dra
Other forms: Kassandra, Cassandre; Cassander
Combos: Cassandra Beatrix, Cassandra Genevieve, Cassandra Violet, Cassandra Adele, Ruby Cassandra.
Originally Kassandra, this name of a Trojan princess is magical and feminine with enough weight to not be frilly. Possibly coming from the Greek kekasmai which meant "to shine, to excel", and aner, which meant "man", Cassandra ranks at #516 only. In Greek mythology she was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, and was given her powers to see the future in a ploy by Apollo to seduce her. However Cassandra declined his advances, and Apollo spat into her mouth, cursing her to never have her prophecies believed. Another version tells how she fell asleep in a temple, and a snake licked her ear, giving her the ability to hear the future.
Meaning: Possibly an older form of Jasmine
Other forms: Jessamine, Jessamyn, Jasmine
Combos: Jessamy Fern, Jessamy Coriander, Jessamy Louella, Jessamy Thora, Jessamy Dahlia.
While the general consensus is that most people prefer Jessamine, I love Jessamy (not only for a girl, but for a boy, too). I find the sound more appealing overall, and it seems like Jessamy would be spunkier than sister Jessamine. Jessamine is a older variant spelling of Jasmine, the beautiful and fragrant flower. A truly unusual choice, Jessamy has never ranked in the U.S. top thousand.