Monday, February 29, 2016

On My Mind: 2-29-16

Princesses Irene, Victoria, Elisabeth, and Alix of Hesse - 1885
-Slight spoilers ahead for "The Witch"-

Alix - I love this short but regal form of Alice. I've seen that it can be pronounced either ay-LEEKS or ah-LEEKS, though I'm not sure which is correct, or if they are both legitimate pronunciations. Alexandra Feodorovna was originally Alix of Hesse. Her full name was Victoria Alix Helena Louise Beatrice.

Thomasin, Caleb, Mercy, Jonas, and Samuel - I'm a horror film junkie, and was so excited when I first saw the posters and trailers for "The Witch". I finally got to see it Saturday and it was really good (go see it!). The eldest daughter in the movie is named Thomasin, which I was pleasantly surprised by. The other children are Caleb, twins Mercy and Jonas, and baby Samuel. I thought they were all lovely names, especially together.

Bathsheba - The old woman who portrayed the witch (the old version) is Bathsheba Garnett. Bathsheba is a huge guilty pleasure name for me, and I love seeing it in use.

Wahab - The man who played demonic goat Black Phillip's voice is named Wahab Chaudhry. I couldn't find anything on the name, but I believe he is Indian.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Apartment Therapy (11)

Windsor's Room
Attn: I've never said this before, but I feel the need to clarify that all of these names belong to real children whose parents have probably put a lot of time and thought into their names. They may not be to everyone's taste, but that does not give anyone the right to criticize them harshly. Please be thoughtful when discussing the names of the children in the Apartment Therapy series. Thank you so much!

Girls:

Opal
Marina Valentina
Jessica
Bela
Windsor "Winnie"
Isla
Margaret (Sister to James and John)
Heidi
Clara
Farida
Margot
Bowie (Sister to Luca)
Ainsley
Lorelle
Romane
Karuna and Ora
Colette
Hera
Sloan
Evangeline "Eva"
Vera Mae
Raegan Elliette
Violet
Schuyler
Cordelia
Robin Holiday
Violette
Marlowe
Zoya and Soohia (Sisters to Zayn and Sayf)
Tilly
Ever

Boys:

Hayden
Finn
Roscoe
Caleb
Llewyn Monroe
Joe
Lennon
Zayn and Sayf (Brothers to Zoya and Soohia)
Finnegan
Mavrick
Holden
Santiago
Archer
Judah
Declan
Archie
Luca (Brother to Bowie)
Felix
James and John (Brothers to Margaret)
Haines

Hayden's Room

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Children of William III of the Netherlands

William III
William III was born Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk to William II of the Netherlands and Anna Pavlovna of Russia. He married Sophie of Württemberg, born Sophia Frederika Mathilde, and then Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who was born Adelheid Emma Wilhelmina Theresia.
With Sophie he had:

Willem Nicolaas Alexander Frederik Karel Hendrik, "William, Prince of Orange", or "Wiwill" (Dead at age 38)

Willem Frederik Maurits Alexander Hendrik Karel, "Prince Maurice of the Netherlands" (Dead at the age of 6)

Willem Alexander Karel Hendrik Frederik, "Alexander, Prince of Orange"


And with Emma he had:

Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, "Wilhelmina of the Netherlands"

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tomboy: Boys' Nicknames for Girls

Toby Wing (born Martha Virginia)
I've noticed a lot of people really like boy or at least boyish nicknames for girls here lately, and as a society this says a lot about us. It all boils down to this: masculine = good, feminine = bad, even for women. Boys aren't allowed to be feminine, and it has contributed to an ideal of hyper masculinity, which not only damages us women, but boys too. And of course it's a good thing if little girls prefer playing in the mud to painting their nails or playing with dolls, when all of these things should not only be available, but accepted and endorsed for all people and children, regardless of gender.
I'm not exempt from this trend, though. 
My favorite name right now is Josephine, and I'm certain if I had one I'd call her Jo or Joey half the time. I think it's something worth thinking about, and talking about, though naming is just a ripple in the pool of gender politics.
But I'm going to throw politics to the side for a moment, and have a little fun and see what I can come up with.
What are your thoughts? 
What boys' nicknames do you like for girls, and how do you get to them?


Theodora, Theodosia, Edwina - Teddy
Philippa, Philomena, Philomela - Pip
Charlotte, Caroline, Carolina, Charlize - Charlie, Chuck
Winifred, Alfreda - Fred, Freddie
Alberta, Albertine, Roberta, Bertille - Bertie
Josephine, Josefina, Josette, Josiane - Jo, Joey
Wilhelmina, Willow - Billie, Wilkie
Augusta, Augustine - Gus
Eleanor, Valentine, Valentina, Valencia - Lenny
Victoria, Victoire - Vic
Ramona - Mo
Davina - Davey, Dave
Valerie, Valeria, Valentine, Valentina, Valencia - Val
Juliet/Juliette, Julia, Giulia - Jules
Henrietta, Harriet - Hank, Harry, Hal
Louise/Louisa, Eloise, Luella/Louella - Lou, Louie
Frances, Francesca, Francine - Frankie
Regina - Reggie
Jessica, Jessamy, Jessamine - Jessie
Alexandra, Alexandria, Alexandrine/Alexandrina - Alex, Lex, Andy
Cordelia, Cornelia, Corinna, Corinne, Coraline, Coralie - Corey
Thomasina - Tommy
Sydney, Sidonie, Sidonia - Syd, Sid
Leonora, Leona, Leonie, Leocadia, Leontine - Leo

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Names of the Ziegfeld Girls

Hazel Forbes by Alfred Cheney Johnston
The "Ziegfeld Follies" were theatrical productions on Brodway which ran from 1907 to 1931, with two more shows in 1934 and 1936. They were the brainchild of Florenz Ziegfeld (though his wife probably thought it up), who was inspired by the Folies Bergère, a famous cabaret music hall in Paris. Almost as famous as the shows themselves were the "Ziegfeld Girls", beautiful chorus girls in elaborate dresses. Many actresses were also Ziegfeld Girls, from Marion Davies to Barbara Stanwyck (a few listed below later became actresses) and just as many were turned down, including Lucille Ball, Norma Shearer, and Joan Crawford. Here are interesting names from just as interesting women.

Cecile Arnold
Joan Blondell
Adrienne Ames
Billie Dove
Justine Johnstone
Kitty Kelly
Tamara Geva
Micki Marlo
Caja Eric
Bird Millman
Kay English
Geneva Mitchell
Mitzi Mayfair
Nita Naldi
Lucia Pamela
Alice Wilkie
Muriel Finlay
Ruby Keeler
Harriet Hoctor
Frieda Mierse
Bee Palmer
Lilyan Tashman
Olive Thomas
Hazel Forbes
Drucilla Strain
Fanny Brice
Anna Held
Lillian Lorraine
Anastasia Reilly
Vivienne Segal
Doris Eaton Travis
Odette Myrtil
Allyn King
Catherine La Rose

Monday, February 15, 2016

Names Taken from Jacques-Louis David

"The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte" by Jacques-Louis David
Jacques-Louis David lived from 1794 to 1825. He painted in the neoclassical style, and his style was vastly different from the Rococo style - which was beautiful but frivolous - and made way for more severe, serious work. David was a friend of Maximilian Robespierre, and was essentially the director of arts under the French Republic.

Female:

Zénaïde
Charlotte
Venus
Minerva
Helen
Anne-Marie-Louise
Juliette
Niobe
Suzanne
Josephine
Sappho
Émilie
Camilla
Adelaide
Lucretia
Marguerite-Charlotte
Andromache
Geneviève-Jacqueline
Stratonice
Diana
Eucharis
Laure-Émile-Félicité
Juno

Male:

Mars
Napoleon
Apollo
Hetor
Paris
Étienne Maurice
Patroclus
Leonidas
Jean-Auguste-Dominique
Roch
François
Philippe-Laurent
Belisarius
Telemachus
Ramel
Jeanbon
Gaspar
Jacobus
Alphonse
Louis
Homer
Antoine-Laurent
Socrates
Phaon
Emmanuel Joseph
Lazre
Brutus
Pierre
Stanisław
Antiochus

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February

Photoplay, February 1921
February is the second month of the year. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than thirty days in it. The Romans called the month Februarius which came from the Latin februum, which means "purification". Februa was a purification festival held by the Romans from the 13th of February to the 15th, which was sort of a "spring cleaning" type of ritual. A God, Februus, who personified the month and purification, came afterwards, and may have even gone on to become Febris, (meaning "fever") a Goddess of her namesake and malaria.

In Finland February is called Helmikku, which means "month of pearls", referring to the snow droplets on branches that freeze into something resembling pearls.
It's birth flower is the Violet and common Primrose. The birthstone is the Amethyst, a gem thought to protect one from becoming drunk, and the Zodiac signs are Aquarius, the water carrier Ganymede, and Pisces, the fish.

February is best known for Valentine's Day, a holiday to celebrate love and lovers, which came from a celebration of the Saint Valentinus. Legend states that while imprisoned he healed the daughter of the jailer, and left her a note signed "Your Valentine".

February in Other Languages: Février (French), Febrero (Spanish), Febbraio (Italian), Helmikku (Finnish)
Flowers: Primrose, Violet, Primula (Primula vulgaris is the scientific name for the common Primrose), Viola (The Violet genus).
Gems: Amethyst, Amethystos (the Greek word for it, and also a woman from mythology)
Zodiac: Aquarius, Ganymede, Pisces, Aysu (moon water), Arethusa (possibly "the waterer"; a nymph), Dalit ("to draw water"), Damla ("water drop"), Douglas ("dark river"), Mortimer ("still water"), Niloofar ("water lily"), Irving ("green water"), Mina ("fish"), Minali ("fish catcher").
Second: Secundus
Valentine's: Valentine, Valentinus, Valentina, Valent, Valentin, Valentino; Bihotz ("heart"), Angharad ("more love"), Cordula ("heart"), Amadeus ("love of God"), Hubert ("bright heart"), Dove, Kokoro ("heart, spirit"), Philomena ("friend, lover), Lev ("heart"), Kerensa ("love"), Jonah ("dove")
Other: Februarius, Februus, Febris

Monday, February 1, 2016

On My Mind: 2-1-16

Daisy Ridley
Daisy - Daisy was a name I could never get behind. I thought it was too cutesy, too, well, flowery. But Star Wars breakout Daisy Ridley has really changed my opinion. She's spunky and sweet, and portrayed the passionate Rey wonderfully. Her full name is Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley, and has five sisters, two of which are named Kika-Rose and Poppy Sophia. According to Daisy, J.J. Abrams loved saying her full name, stating it had a nice feminine first but was balanced out by the hard masculine Ridley.

Domhnall - Another actor in "The Force Awakens", an Irishman who's gotten tons of good work lately, including "The Revenant", "Ex Machina", and Oscar nominated "Brooklyn". He is still probably most famous, however, for portraying Bill Weasley, alongside his father, Brendan Gleeson, who played Mad-Eye Moody. Domhnall often describes the pronunciation of his name as "tonal with a D". It's the Gaelic form of Donald, which means "ruler of the world".

Double Names + Others - I went to a funeral last week for my mother's cousin, a woman I've never met but have heard a lot of stories about. It has never occurred to me before, but our family has an abundance of people with double names, or people who are referred to by their first and middle. They range from the very mundane Elizabeth Ann, Fred Allan, Roy Allan, to the slightly more unusual Edna Myrle (even my mother's cat had a double name - Wallace Earl). My mother commented on how she thinks it's because many people are juniors and it's easier to refer to them like that as opposed to calling everyone Little Roy and Big Roy. The funeral got us all talking about family, and more unusual names cropped up. Butch, called affectionately Butchie, Bark (full name Barkley), Mattie Dell, Gussie Odell, Jearldean etc. They were all very interesting! For more names from my family tree, you can refer to the posts I made during my Ancestry craze split into two sections - Maternal, and Paternal.

Milam - The cemetery was very old and hard to get to. Even though my feet were killing me because I decided to wear high-heeled boots, I was able to hobble over to see a few headstones. One had a man named Milam, middle name Carroll. I commented on how unusual it was, and my father said he'd seen the name, and then my grandmother's husband said it was pronounced "MY-lum". It's one I've never seen before, and now I've found out that it's a county in Texas, which makes a little sense. Milam county is named for Benjamin Rush Milam, a soldier and settler during the Texas Revolution.