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The Children of Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe

Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe was born Bathildis Marie Leopoldine Anna Auguste to Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau. She married Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont. 
Their children were:

Josias Georg Wilhelm Adolf, "Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont" - He later became a General in the SS.

Maximilian William Gustav Herman, "Prince Maximilian of Waldeck and Pyrmont"

Helene Bathildis Charlotte Maria Friederike, "Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont"

Georg Wilhelm Karl Viktor, "Prince Georg of Waldeck and Pyrmont"

Austėja


Origin: Lithuanian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "To weave"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Austė

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been such another long break, but I'm back today with a beautiful name from Lithuanian Mythology. Austėja is the Goddess of bees, primarily, but also blossoms, honey, and fellowship. She is also said to protect families, brides, and pregnant women.

A Lithuanian tradition called "biciulyste", which is about making friends through bees. People had to share hives, and because of this became good friends, and sometimes families ended up related through marriage. Bees were thought to be able to tell a person's personality, whether they were good or bad, and were said to sting angry or jealous people. Bees and beekeeping are extremely important in Lithuanian culture - there is even a museum dedicated to it - "The Lithuanian Museum of Ancient Beekeeping". During the "Bičkopis", a honey gathering feast, people would invite their friends over and share honey with them, and also make sacrifices of honey to Austėja.

I'm unsure of the pronunciation of this name (I have almost no knowledge of Lithuania or the Lithuanian language), but if anyone does, please let me know!

Comments

  1. This is such a cool and unusual name and I especially love the association with bees :). As for pronounciation, I went to Forvo and looked it up. It seems to be pronounced aws-tay-uh. I posted the link below.


    https://forvo.com/search/austeja/

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and the link!

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