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Cottagecore Baby Names

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The Cottages of Auvers by Paul Cézanne For those that aren't in the know, Cottagecore is a type of style that has taken the world by storm. Here's what the dictionary has to say on the word: "an aesthetic or imagery inspired by an old-fashioned, rural lifestyle, characterized by rustic décor and fashion, a revival of traditional handicrafts, etc.: For many, cottagecore can seem like a respite in our overstimulated world."  Cottagecore is a style I like for myself very much, and reminds me of Little Women + Studio Ghibli , reading by the fireplace, tending to the chickens, wearing vintage clothing and baking endless loaves of bread. Now, I've been pondering what sort of names could fit that style, and these are what I've come up with! What are your thoughts on Cottagecore , and do these names fit it? For similar names to these, check out Names from Brambly Hedge ! Little Women: Alice Alma Amaryllis Aster Autumn Beatrix Billie Blythe Briar Bridget Clover Cora/C

The Children of Infanta Blanca of Spain

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Infanta Blanca and Archduke Leopold Salvator with their ten children Infanta Blanca of Spain was born to Infante Carlos, Duke of Madrid and Infanta Margherita of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Madrid . She married Archduke Leopold Salvator, Prince of Tuscany . Their children were: Maria de los Dolores Beatrix Carolina Blanca Leopoldina, "Archduchess Dolores of Austria" Maria Immaculata Karoline Margarethe Blanka Leopoldine Beatrix Anna, "Archduchess Immaculata of Austria" , called "Mac" Margarita Raineria Maria Antonia Blanka Leopoldine Beatrix Anna Josephina, "Archduchess Margaretha of Austria" , called "Meg" Rainer Karl Leopold Blanka Anton Margarete Beatrix Peter Joseph Raphael Michael Ignaz Stephan, "Archduke Rainer of Austria" . Died age 34 of blood-poisoning. Leopold Maria Alfons Blanka Karl Anton Beatrix Michael Joseph Peter Ignatz, "Archduke Leopold of Austria, Prince of Tuscany" Maria Antonia Roberta Blanka Leopo

On My Mind: 5-29-22

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Johnna and one of her daughters ( credit ) Social Media Babies - I've been obsessively scrolling through @emdoodlesandstuff's account on TikTok. She is a name lover like so many of us, and she also makes the most spot-on predictions for celebrities and influencers. It's thanks to her that I came across several interesting influencer baby names! Here are the ones that stood out the most to me: Solveig Heartsong - This is the name chosen by Johnna @foxmeetsbear on Instagram for her fourth daughter! She has a great style, a little cottagecore meets farm-chic, and I think this name is the perfect choice for her. Her other daughters are named Luella, Minoux and Juniper. Zaza Princeton - The Skinny Confidential's founder Lauryn Evarts Bosstick's daughter. She is named after Zsa Zsa Gabor, only based on a mispronunciation of her name. Broederlow Jay - This is JayCee Wall's newest baby. It is her husband's mother's maiden name and they shared they will be calli

If You Like Elsa, Then You'll Love...

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Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad as Elsa of Brabant in Lohengrin , circa 1929 Hello everyone, back again with another of my posts where I suggest alternatives to popular names! Today's choice is Elsa, a name which has always had a bit of popularity, but skyrocketed to fame after Frozen came out in 2013. One of the best qualities of Elsa, in my opinion, is its universality--it's used in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, English and many more countries, making it a great choice for a multilingual family. Elsa is soft but strong, and calls to mind snow and Northern lights. Asta - Short, sweet and full of strength, Asta is a perfect alternative to Elsa. Asta is a Swedish, Danish and Norwegian short form of Astrid, which comes from Old Norse elements  áss, meaning "God", and  fríðr, which means "beautiful" or "beloved". While popular in Denmark, where it sits comfortably at #14, Asta is practically unused in other countries, making it ripe for

From Tzeitel to Bielke: The Five Daughters of Tevye

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  (From L-R) Rosalind Harris as Tzeitel, Neva Small as Chava and Michele Marsh as Hodel from Fiddler on the Roof When I very first saw Fiddler on the Roof , a 1971 film adaption of the musical based on a series of Yiddish stories written by Sholem Aleicham from 1894 to 1914, I fell in love. History has always been my passion, one my family kept stoked through books and movies. My mother always made sure my sister and I were exposed, especially to films, that would widen our cultural horizons. Ever since then, I've had a love and admiration for the Jewish culture, and of course that love connects to my other passion--names! Combining the two has led to this (very fun for me) post, featuring information about the names of Tevye's five strong-willed daughters. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! Here they are, from oldest to youngest: Tzeitel - Origin: Yiddish Gender: Female Pronunciation: SZIGH-tull Meaning: A diminutive of Sarah; "Princess" Other F

Otso

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Art by Elsa Beskow Origin: Finnish Gender: Male Meaning: "Bear" Pronunciation: ott-SOH Other Forms: N/A Today's name is a favorite nature name of mine -- Otso! In Finnish mythology, Otso, also sometimes called Ohto, Kontio, mesikämmen (honeypalm), or metsän kuningas (the king of the forest), is a bear spirit that is never given an official name. Some traditions remembered the bear spirit as a relative that fled into the forest and was transfigured by its powers. If a bear was to be killed, a sacred ritual called Peijainen  was performed, wherein a feast was held for a slain animal. It's skull, which was believed to house its spirit, would then be kept in a sacred clearing, where it would bring tributes to it. The bear was the most revered figure in ancient Finnish culture. Throughout history bears have been both worshipped and feared. In several Native American cultures, the bear is a symbol of rebirth because of its long hibernation and eventual re-emergence. I

The Children of Princess Ileana of Romania

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Princess Ileana with two of her children ( credit ) HRH Princess Ileana of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen  was born to Ferdinand I of Romania and Marie of Edinburgh . She married Archduke Anton of Austria , and later Dr. Stefan Nikolas Issarescu . All six of her children are from her first marriage. They are: Archduke Stefan of Austria Archduchess Maria Ileana of Austria , called "Minola" Archduchess Alexandra of Austria, called "Sandi" Archduke Dominic of Austria, called "Niki" Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, called "Magi" Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria, called "Herzi"