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On My Mind: 7-16-17

Gus, Theo, and Ruby - At work I recently heard of a sibset consisting of eldest brother Gus, and then Theo, and a little sister named Ruby. It's so unusual (especially in my small southern town) to hear such stylish names that I was pretty floored when I heard it.

Augustine - Another name sighting from work - a little boy was calling for his friend all across the arcade - his name was Augustine.

Libuše - I've really been into Czech names here lately, and this one is one of my favorites. It comes from the Czech lib - which means "love". In legend, Libuše, also sometimes calledLubuše, Libussa, or Lubossa, was the name of a Princess and the founder of Prague.

May

The American, May, 1923
I'm sorry I didn't actually get to post this in May but right when I was going to I got really ill and couldn't even get on the computer.

May is the fifth month of the year. May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, a daughter of Atlas, a Pleiade, and the mother of the God Hermes, whose Roman counter part was the fertility Goddess Bona Dea, whose festivals were held during the month. The festival allowed women to make blood sacrifices and use strong wines, which was forbidden at the time. Men were not allowed to know her "mysteries" or her true name. Ovid gives us another idea - that May came from the Latin word maiores, which meant "elders", and that the following month, June, was named for the "young people".

The birthstone for May is the emerald, and the birth flower is the lily-of-the-valley and the common hawthorn. Epigaea repens, commonly referred to as the mayflower, is for us North Americans, the sign that May has arrived. The Zodiac signs are Taurus, the Cretan bull, and Gemini, the twins Castor and Pollux, brothers who achieved godhood after death.

May in other langauges: Mei (Dutch), Toukokuu (Finnish)
May as a name: May, Gwalchmei (possibly "May hawk")
Flowers: Lily, Hawthorn, Mayflower, Kielo ("lily-of-the-valley")
Gems: Emerald, Esmeraude (Old French version), Esmeralda (Spanish name meaning "emerald"), Emeraude (Possibly French or Middle English version), Beryl (emerald is a type of beryl)
Zodiac: Taurus, Fintan ("white bull" or "white fire"), Byron ("place of the cow sheds"), Enikő ("deer" or "cow"), Hathor (An ancient Egyptian Goddess associated with cattle); Gemini, Castor, Pollux, Thomas ("twin")
Fifth: Pontius ("fifth"), Quintus ("fifth")
Other: Maia

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  1. This reminded me of Kielo, a Finnish girls name meaning lily-of-the-valley. One of my favourites ^^

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    1. Kielo is beautiful! I'll add it, thanks.

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  2. Literary connection: May Welland from Age of Innocence.

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