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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.

The Gabors

Jolie is seated in the front and from l-r is Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva.
Known as much for their beauty and style as for their multiple marriages, the three Gabor sisters, all actresses and socialites in their own rights, were an interesting bunch. Born in Hungary to Vilmos Gábor, a soldier, and Janka "Jolie" Tillman, her nickname being the French word for "pretty", though she purported her name was Jancsi, a name for boys', saying that it was because her parents were so eager to have one. Jolie was born to a Jewish couple from Galicia, and owned a jewelry shop called "The Diamond House". She had two older sisters, Zseni "Janette", and Dora, along with a younger sister Rozalie "Rozsika", and a younger brother Sebastian. Jolie eventually divorced Vilmos and would go on to marry twice more. They narrowly escaped Hungary in WWII.

The Gabor sisters are:

Magdolna "Magda" - 

Magda, the eldest and least known of the sisters, was said to have stood at 5'6" with red hair and gray eyes. She married six times, three which ended in divorce, two left her widowed, and one was annulled, but none of them produced children. One of her husbands was actor George Sanders, who would later go on to marry her sister, Zsa Zsa. Magdolna is a the Hungarian form of Magdalene.

Sári "Zsa Zsa" -

The most famous of all three, Zsa Zsa began her career on a stage in Vienna and was even crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She was said to have been named after Sári Fedák, an actress and singer, credited with being of the two best know Hungarian female operetta stars of all time. Sári is a Hungarian diminutive of Sarah. Best known for one of her only leading roles in "Moulin Rouge" as real life dancer Jane Avril, she was married nine times, once to George Sanders and once to hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, which produced Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, who went just by Francesca, who was the great-aunt of Nicky and Paris Hilton and one time sister-in-law to Elizabeth Taylor. Gerold Frank, who helped her write her autobiography said this of Zsa Zsa:

"Zsa Zsa is unique. She's a woman from the court of Louis XV who has somehow managed to live in the 20th century, undamaged by the PTA ... She says she wants to be all the Pompadours and Du Barrys of history rolled into one, but she also says, 'I always goof. I pay all my own bills. ... I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me.'"

Eva -

Eva is best remembered for her role in the sitcom "Green Acres", and for voicing the characters of Duchess in "The Aristocats" and Bianca in "The Rescuers" franchise. She was married five times, and had no children. Strangely, she died before her mother but Jolie was never told of her death. Eva is a lovely pan-European name that is used from Spain to Russia to Iceland, and it originally the Latinate form of Biblical Eve.

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