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The Children of Diana Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans

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The Duchess of St Albans by Godfrey Kneller Diana Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans was born Lady Diana de Vere to Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford and Diana Kirke . Diana was one of Mary II's Hampton Court Beauties, which was a series of paintings of the most glamorous women from William III's court. She married Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans . Their children were: Charles Beauclerk, 2nd Duke of St Albans Lady Diana Beauclerk Lord William Beauclerk Admiral Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere of Hanworth Colonel Lord Henry Beauclerk Lord Sidney Beauclerk Lieutenant-General Lord George Beauclerk Lord Seymour Beauclerk Rt. Revd. Lord James Beauclerk, Bishop of Hereford Lord Aubrey Beauclerk Lady Mary Beauclerk Lady Anne Beauclerk

Names Worn by Mary Astor

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Mary Astor Starting out, my posts featuring " Names Worn By " by different actors and actresses (usually vintage ones) were some of my favorite! I can't really say what caused me to stop writing them, but I would love to get back to it! So for my first new one, I've chosen the beautiful Mary Astor. Born on May 3rd, 1906 as Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke to a father who immigrated from Germany and an American mother, Mary's first foray into film was when she auditioned for Lillian Gish, who was so enamored of her recitation of Shakespeare that she shot a thousand feet of Astor. She went on to make her film debut at the tender age of fourteen in Sentimental Tommy , but her small scene ended up being cut. After being dropped by Paramount and starring in some small films, she was eventually picked back up and went on to star in Beau Brummell at the behest of John Barrymore who saw her photo and demanded she be cast. The couple would end up having a long affair (desp

On My Mind: 8-1-21

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Sunisa "Suni" Lee Sunisa - I've always loved watching the Olympics growing up and one of the main reasons was because I loved seeing all the different names! One I can really see catching on is that of Sunisa "Suni" Lee. Sunisa is Hmong, a small ethnic group, and her parents are both originally from Laos. Sunisa is a Thai name (there is a large group of native Lao speakers in northeast Thailand!) that means "good night". Horatia - Book lover that I am, I had to see which made it to the longlist for the Booker Prize. One of the judges is Horatia Harrod, an editor for the Financial Times' Life and Art section. Horatia is, of course, the feminization of Horatio, or Horatius, and possibly means "hour". Another Horatia is TV chef Nigella Lawson's sister (her other siblings include Dominic, Thomasina and Tom). Ayv and Romy - As a lover of all things baby and motherhood and, especially, names, I sometimes peruse the The Glow , which celebrat

Salma

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Salma Agha Origin: Arabic Gender: Female Meaning: "Safe" Pronunciation: SAHL-mah Other Forms: Salima, Shulammite, Shlomit, Selma, Salamatu; Salim, Saleem, Salman *This post is dedicated to my Dad's Boss who has kindly provided me some interesting family names to work with! Thanks Randa. Beautiful, short and sweet, with a surprising Biblical connection and a wealth of interesting (and inspiring!) namesakes -- today's name is the Arabic Salma. Derived from سَلِمَ (salima), which means "to be safe", Salma is best known for being the first name of the sultry Ms. Hayek, who is of mixed Lebanese, Mexican, and Spanish heritage, lending it a bit of familiarity for those worried it might be too unusual. It actually ranked in the US in 2019, though down towards the end at #909, but has seen popularity in Spain (where its cracked the top 100) and the Netherlands, which has a large Arabic diaspora. Other namesakes include Pakistan born Indian-British Bollywood star Salm

Fatoumata and Fatimah

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Fatou Samba of "Blackswan" Origin: West African and Arabic Gender: Female Meaning: "To Abstain" Pronunciation: fa-TOO-mah-tah; FA-teem-ah Other Forms: Fatou, Fatuma, Fatma, Fatima, Fatimah, Fatimata, Fatimatou My sister, K-pop lover that she is, was the first one to bring to my attention Fatou Samba, one of the first black members of a K-pop group, and her beautiful name. Fatou is a diminutive of Fatoumata, a version of the Arabic Fatimah, which is popular in French-influenced parts of West Africa. Fatou herself was born in Senegal, but raised in Belgium. Fatimah means "to abstain", and its most famous bearer is a daughter of the Prophet Muhammad and eventual wife of Ali, fourth of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and the first Shia Imam -- Fatimah bint Muhammad. According to Sunni Muslims, she was the youngest of his daughters, while Shia Muslims believe she was the only child who lived to adulthood; either way, Fatimah is regarded as an incredibly important fi

On My Mind: 7-25-21

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Names from  The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova -   I just finished an ARC of an absolutely amazing book comping out Sep. 7th (read my review here ), and not only did it become one of my favorites of 2021, it had some of the best names I've ever seen in a novel. Based around the huge Montoya family, some favorites of mine were: Marimar Tatinelly Rhiannon Rose Florecida Orquídea Lucero Aracely Dulce Parcha Pena Penelope Jefa/Jefita Ana Cruz Bolívar Lázaro Reymundo Juan-Luís Gaston Pedrito Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday night!

Angourie

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Angourie Rice Origin: Aboriginal Gender: Female Meaning: Possibly "tail-feather of a seagull or sea eagle" Pronunciation: ann-GOW-ree Other Forms: N/A I've finally gotten around to watching Kate Winslet's new show on HBO, Mare of Easttown, and I'm really enjoying it so far. It's gritty, and perfectly captures small-town life. Her daughter, Siobhan, is played by Australian actress Angourie Rice (her sister also has an unusual name -- Kalliope). Of course, being name-obsessed as I am, I immediately dove into researching the name! Angourie herself is named after a town in New South Wales where her grandmother lived. Angourie is said to be from an Aboriginal word meaning "tail-feather of a seagull or sea eagle". For many of the indigenous people of Australia, the white-bellied sea eagle is an important figure, seen as guardian of the people and land. The seagull as well is highly regarded, and for some peoples it was common to have a small ceremonial car