Leslie



Origin: Scottish
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "Garden of holly"
Pronunciation: LEZ-lee
Other forms: Lesley

Could this name ever be reclaimed for boys? Or is it 100% girl? I personally always think of Leslie Howard, though it does have a feminine sound.

It comes from a Scottish surname, which was originally a place name, and probably came from the Gaelic leas celyn which means "garden of holly". An appropriate name for a baby boy or girl born around the holidays. In folklore, the Holly King is the adversary of the Oak King, and the two battle it out all year long. At Midsummer the Oak King is at his greatest, while the Holly King is weak. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox the tables turn. During Midwinter the Holly King is at his strongest. Holly was thought to protect the house from evil fairies or to allow fairies and people to co-exist. Cutting down a whole holly tree was also seen as bad luck.

Samaire Armstrong Welcomes Baby Boy

Samaire
 
Actress Samaire Armstrong has given birth to her first child, a baby boy whom she has called Calin. She is known for her roles in the "O.C.", "Stay Alive", "It's a Boy Girl Thing", and "Dirty Sexy Money". Samaire was born in Tokyo thirty two years ago to a Scottish father and Italian mother. She is also a fashion designer, and model.

Ju



Origin: Chinese
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Chrysanthemum"
Pronunciation: JOO
Other forms: N/A

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers, native to Asia and northeastern Europe, and are of the family Asteraceae. The word "chrysanthemum" comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning "gold", and anthemon, which means "flower". They were first cultivated in China as far back as the 15th century, and are thought to have been brought to China sometime in the 8th century, when the Emperor made them his official seal. The chrysanthemum is one of the four gentlemen usually depicted in traditional Chinese ink and wash paintings. The other three are the plum, the orchid, and the bamboo. In some parts of Asia, the white or yellow species are boiled and made into a tea.

They are also often boiled or steamed and used as greens, especially in Chinese cuisine. In Europe, incurve chrysanthemums are symbolic of death, and used only for funerals. In China, Japan, and Korea, white chrysanthemums are symbols of lamentation, or grief. While the name Ju is certainly short, oftentimes it will be paired with another name, like in many parts of Asia. I think it is lovely, though it might encounter a few odd stares here. Another thing to beware of is that in China, the "Chrysanthemum Gate" often just referred to as "Chrysanthemum" is a euphemism for "anus", with sexual connotations.

Boris

Saint Boris and Saint Gleb
Origin: Bulgarian
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Short", or "wolf"
Pronunciation: BORE-iss, bah-REES, BO-ris
Other forms: Borys

The name Boris comes from the Turkic Bogoris, which meant either "short", or "wolf". It has been the name of three Bulgarian Emperors. Boris is one of those names that has been used in many places including Russia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, and, as Borys, in Poland and the Ukraine. It was popularized by Saint Boris, who was a Russian Prince, and was martyred with his brother Gleb. Boris and Gleb were alive during the 11th century, and took the Christian names Roman and David. Their father was Vladimir the Great, and their mother was thought to be Bulgarian, though some think they had different mothers. When their father was killed, Boris and Gleb were murdered, as they were heirs to throne. Boris was stabbed along with his manservant in his tent. When he was found later on, he was still breathing, but put out of his misery with a lance. Gleb, while praying to God and his murdered brother, had his throat cut by his own cook. They were canonized in 1071, and their shrine is located in Vyshhorod, Ukraine.

Boris is a little old, a little dusty, but maybe it could be resurrected? It is definitely unusual; it hasn't been in the US top 1000 since 1970. Aside from St. Boris, there are a host of other namesakes not limited to: actor Boris Karloff, actor-model Boris Kodjoe, and author Boris Pasternak.

Doris

Doris Eaton Travis



Origin: Greek
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Dorian woman"
Pronunciation: DORE-iss
Other forms: Dorris

Is Doris forever lost to another time? Or could she possible be revived? I personally think Doris is pretty cute, it is fusty, but why does fusty have to be a bad thing?

Doris last appeared in the US' popular names in 1992 at #880; The highest it has ever ranked was in 1929 at #6. It is an ancient Greek name, written as Δωρις, which meant "Dorian woman". The Dorians were a Greek tribe that lived in the Peloponnese penisula in the 12 century B.C. Doris is also the name of an Oceanid in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys and was the mother of the fifty Nereids by Nereus. One of the fifty Nereids is Thetis, the mother of Achilles. In England, Doris is an insult pretty much meaning the same thing that "pansy" means here. I don't know how well known it is as I've never heard it before, but I'm not English.

There is of course Doris Day who is a famous singer and dancer and is now known for her animal rights movements. There is also a famous Ziegfeld Girl or Ziegfeld Folly by the name of Doris Eaton Travis. She was the youngest Ziegfeld Folly ever at young age of fourteen. For those who don't know, The Ziegfeld Follies were a broadway show that ran from 1907 to 1931. It was created by Florenz Ziegfeld and his then wife Anna Held. Doris' sisters, Mary and Pearl, were also Ziegfeld girls. Pearl was said to have had the most beautiful legs in America and Florenz Ziegfeld always asked her, "How are the legs?"
Doris was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl and died in 2010 at the age of 106. She grauated from Oakland University in 2004 when she was only 100 years old. In 1997 she and four other Ziegfeld Girls reunited for the opening of the New Amsterdam Theatre, she said she was the only one that could still dance.

The Ladies of K-Pop

Brown Eyed Girls


My sister has recently turned me on to K-Pop, and, being the name nerd I am, I noticed how lovely their names are.

Brown Eyed Girls:

Ga-In
JeA
Narsha
Miryo

KARA:

Park Gyuri
Kang Jiyoung
Han Seungyeon
Nicole Jung
Goo Hara

Girls Generation:

Taeyeon
Seohyun
Sunny
Sooyoung
Tiffany
Jessica
Hyoyeon
Yuri
Yoona

2NE1:

CL
Bom
Minzy
Dara

After School:

Jungah
Jooyeon
Uee
Raina
Nana
Lizzy
E-Young
Kaeun

Wonder Girls:

Yubin
Sunye
Hyelim
Yeeun
Sohee

Heddwyn

Hedd Wyn


Origin: Welsh
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Blessed peace"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Hedd, Wyn

This name did not start out the way most do. It is used in honor of the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn, born Ellis Evans in 1887. He was not particularly bright in school, but had a gift for writing poetry, and had written his first poems by the age of eleven, which were better than more established poets of the time. Hedd left school at fourteen, and began to work as a shepherd. At nineteen he took place in Eisteddfod, a festival celebrating literature, music, and performance. There he was awarded the bard's chair, one of the most important honors. His bardic name was suggested to him by a fellow poet in 1910. He was mostly inspired by Romantic poetry, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Hedd was determined to win the bardic chair the following year.

In 1916 he was forced to enlist in, going in the place of his younger brother Robert. His sunny disposition made him well liked among his fellow men. On July, 31st, 1917, Hedd Wyn was wounded at Passchendaele. He was quickly carried to a first-post, and died at 11:00. His last words were to the doctor, "Do you think I will live?" That year at the festival, his work was entered under the pseudonym Fleur de Lys. It won, and when the author was called forth to accept his prize, someone called out saying he had died in action six weeks before. The empty chair was draped in a black sheet and given to his parents.
In 1992 the movie "Hedd Wyn" was made, and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Nicknames for Dated Names

Karen Allen
Poppy-fly suggested a post on some hip nicknames for the dated names out there, like Karen, or Linda. Here is my list of suggestions, feel free to add your own!
Note: Most of these names are favorites of mine. I would find them refreshing to meet on a little girl!

Karen: Kaz/Kazza, Ren
Linda: Lindy, Lin
Susan: Sukie, Sannie, Daisy, Susu/Suzu
Barbara: Bunny, Bitsie
Dolores: Lola, Lo
Pamela: Mel, Honey, Mella
Theresa: Tess/Tessa, Reese
Marguerite/Margarita: Daisy, Rita, Margo
Judith: Jude, Dita
Dorothy: Dot/Dottie, Doro, Dora, Dorie
Cynthia: Cyn, Cynda/Cinda, Cinder
Virginia: Virgie, Ginny, Gin
Melissa: Bee, Mel
Maxine: Max, Maxie, Xina
Shannon: Nan, Nona, Shan
Valerie: Val, Vallie/Valley
Kimberly: Kimba, Kimber
Marlene: Marley, Lena/Lina
Veronica: Vero, Vera, Ronnie

Aedon





Origin: Greek
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Nightingale"
Pronunciation: EH-duhn
Other forms: Aēdōn

In Greek mythology, Aedon is the name of the woman who turned into the first nightingale. Story goes that she was the wife to Zethus, who was brother to Amphion, king of Thebes. Amphion's wife, Niobe, had fourteen children, while Aedon only had two. Because of this, Aedon was very jealous of Niobe. So one night, while Niobe's eldest son was sleeping, Aedon decided she would kill him. Unfortunately, she accidentally murdered her own son, Itylus, instead. Zeus took pity upon the heartbroken Aedon and turned her into a nightingale. Her song was the lament for her dead son.


Nightingale got it's name because it frequently sings during the night. Nightingale means "night songstress." People once believed it was the female that sang, but it is actually the male. Nightingales are often associated with poetry and poets, and became a muse to poets during the Romantic period.

Victor

Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein (left) in the 1931 "Frankenstein"


Origin: Latin
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Victor"
Pronunciation: VIK-tur
Other forms: Viktor, Victorius, Victorinus, Victoria

I admit I like names that are subtle whenever it comes to what they are honoring, whether it be family members, places, or like this one, holidays. Victor is a name I can definitely see coming back into style, it is classic, with a just a bit of Gothic flare. It origins are Latin, and, as you may have guessed, it means "victor". It was a popular name among early Christians, and was the name of three popes.
Victor Frankenstein (or, if you're a fan of James Whale's "Frankenstein" you are familiar with Henry Frankenstein) is a name most people know, though many believe that Frankenstein is actually the name of the Doctor's creation. The monster is never given a true name, it is just known as "Frankenstein's Monster". Born in Naples, Victor is the son of Alphonse Frankenstein and Caroline Beaufort, who died of scarlet fever when he was young. He has two brothers, Ernest and William, and eventually marries his cousin Elizabeth Lavenza.

Victor wishes to discover the Elixir of Life, and is interested in the work of Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus. Though after seeing lighting strike a tree, he abandons these pursuits for chemistry, and becomes obsessed with creating life in inanimate matter through artificial means. Eventually, he succeeds, but is horrified by it's actions. He abandons it and the monster goes on a quest fueled by vengeance. This brings about the death of William, who is killed by the monster, although their servant Justine is blamed for it. The creature wishes for Victor to create a female companion, which he agrees to, but destroys it, terrified of the thought of a race of monsters. Because of this, the monster kills Elizabeth on their wedding night. Victor goes after the monster, who travels to the Arctic, but fails in killing it, as he contracts severe pneumonia. Upon finding out about Victor's death, the monster vows to commit suicide, and leaves.

A Collection of Names Taken from Evil Queens

Tilda Swinton as Jadis in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"
I have an admission to make. I love evil Queens. I've always liked the villains, both male and female, and often find them to be more interesting, especially when it comes to storylines. Some of these aren't exactly Queens, but do fit into the archetype. So here is a list of names, taken from evil Queens from literature, television, movies, and real life.

Regina - Once Upon a Time
Grimhilde - Snow White
Isabella - Isabella 1st of Spain
Claudia - Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Arpazia - White as Snow
Elspeth - Snow White: The Fairest of Them All
Jadis - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Narissa - Enchanted
Dorothea and Hekatah - The Black Jewels Trilogy
Bathsheba - The Bible
Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman
Ivi - Fairest
Anne - Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Rodmilla - Ever After
Alice - The Grimm Brother's Snow White
Clementianna - Mirror Mirror
Athaliah - The Bible
Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent
Cersei - Game of Thrones
Beryl - Sailor Moon
Levana - The Lunar Chronicles

Names for the Family Who Collect Books


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For the family that has every first edition of every book ever. For the family who has a two story library and whose parents are majors in English. For the family who have a quaint book shop on the corner called, "The Ink Spot". I am sure, as you have guessed, this family uses names from literature, or names taken from authors or poets.


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Girls:
Alabama (Save Me the Waltz)
Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
Briony (Atonement)
Sylvia (Sylvia Plath)

Fig (Man of My Dreams)
Anna (Anna Karenina)
Lorca (Federic Garcia Lorca)
Pecola (The Bluest Eye)
Beatrice (The Divine Comedy)
Esme (For Esme - with Love and Squalor)
Cosette (Les Miserables)
Sidda (The Ya-Ya Sisterhood)
Lux (The Virgin Suicides)

Abra (East of Eden)
Lorna (Lorna Doone)
Thomasin (Return of the Native)
Clemency (The Battle of Life)
Daphne (Daphne Du Maurier)
Bella (Our Mutual Friend)
Towner (The Lace Reader)
Oriane (Remembrance of Things Past)
Arwen (Lord of the Rings)

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Rosa (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Zuleika (Zuleika Dobson)
Malta (Bleak House)
Edith (Edith Wharton)
Vianne (Chocolat)
Poe (Edgar Allan Poe)



Nenna (Offshore)
Una (The Faerie Queene)
Angelou (Maya Angelou)
Lucy (A Room with a View)
Placida (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
Titania (A Midsummer's Night Dream)
Flavia (The Flavia de Luce Books)
Marin (A Book of Common Prayer)
Isadora (Fear of Flying)
Ossie (Swamplandia!)
Estella (Great Expectations)
Amy (Little Dorrit)
Vida (The Thirteenth Tale)
Ernessa (The Moth Diaries)
Flora (Cold Comfort Farm)
Beatrix (Beatrix Potter)
Annabel (Annabel Lee)



Boys:

Joss (Jamaica Inn)
Ozias (Armadale)
Reuven (The Chosen)
Hawthorne (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Sebastian (Brideshead Revisited)
Klaus (A Series of Unforunate Events)
Kafka (Kafka on the Shore)

Roderick (The Fall of the House of Usher)
Tristram (Tristram Shandy)
Ishmael (Moby Dick)
Keats (John Keats)
Corin (As You Like It)
Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Zooey (Franny and Zooey)
Utah (Under Milk Wood)
Bram (Bram Stoker)
Maurice (Maurice)
Wilde (Oscar Wilde)
Simon (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
Jupiter (The Gold Bug)
Abelard (The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao)
Misha (Absurdistan)
Cyril (A Passage to India)
Austen (Jane Austen)
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
Oliver (The Adventures of Oliver Twist)
Jolyon (The Forsyte Saga)
Eugene (Our Mutual Friend)
Forster (E.M. Forster)
Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Peter (Peter Pan)
Gilbert (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
Oscar (Oscar and Lucinda)
Caspain (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Edward (Big Fish)
Rudyard (Rudyard Kipling)
Ashley (Gone with the Wind)
Percy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)


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Maleficent

Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "evil-doer"
Pronunciation: muh-LEHF-ih-sent
Other forms: N/A

The name of the evil fairy (yes, she is a fairy!) in "Sleeping Beauty". I'm not sure on the meaning of the name; one source says it means "evil-doer", and it is close to the word "malevolent" as well. Maleficent is capable of shape-shifting as well as just plain ol' black magic, she can transform into a huge dragon or a floating light that resembles a will-o'-the-wisp.
I've gotten tons of hits on this post, which really surprises me. I'm pretty sure it even started before the 2014 movie with Angelina Jolie came out.
In it, she is portrayed as more of an anti-hero than villain, and it is her who breaks the curse, instead of the prince, after she grows to love her over the years. It does have a surprisingly soft, feminine sound, and maybe the movie will redeem it, but I think it would probably still be best suited for a cat, or maybe a rat?

Raven



Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: The name of a bird
Pronunciation: RAY-ven
Other forms: Ravenna

I'm so excited that it is finally October! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and ravens are perfect for the season. The word "Raven" comes from the Old English hræfn. Ravens are extremely intelligent, and are highly playful. Juvenile ravens are the most playful of all bird species, and even make their own toys out of twigs! They are depicted many different ways throughout many different cultures. In Sweden, ravens are thought to be the ghosts of murdered people, and in Germany, they are believed to be the souls of the damned. In the Tlingit and Haida cultures, the Raven was a trickster and creator God. In Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn, are Odin's ravens that fly all over Midgard and bring back information to him. Ravens are on the Coat of Arms for the Isle of Man, and the Baltimore Ravens are a national football league, with a raven mascot named Poe.

Raven is a much more popular name for girls, though I think it sounds fresher for boys.

Yumi



Origin: Japanese
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Archery bow" or "beautiful bow"
Pronunciation: YOO-mee
Other forms: Yumiko

As with every Japanese name, depending on what kanji you use, this name could mean anything from "friend" to "freedom". It is very pretty and could be easily used in English speaking countries. Archery is a long surviving sport; The first mention of a bow and arrow being used in Europe was in 10,000-9000 BC. Gods and Goddesses like Artemis, Apollo, Diana, and Cupid are all archers and many heroes from various mythologies are as well. And who could forget Robin Hood?
Today it is mostly used as sport in competitions or for fun, not for actual hunting, though there are a few who still hunt with bows, they are called bowhunters. There doesn't appear to be many famous female archers in history, though there are a few today like Charlotte Burgess, Natalia Valeeva, Melissa-Jane Daniel, and Justyna Mospinek. There is a few female archers in literature, like Susan Pevensie, the eldest daughter from the "Narnia" books and movies, and now Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games".

Coyote



This morning the coyotes were howling extremely loud, and it was very eerie. The dogs of course took off after them, and the cat ran into the bushes. This is probably only the second time we've heard coyotes this year. Since it is fall, they are probably starting to form packs. It was after I heard them this morning that I wondered if Coyote could ever work as a name? Probably not, but I'm going to profile it anyways.

Origin: Mexican/Spanish
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Name of canine
Pronunciation: KYE-oh-tee
Other forms: N/A

The word coyote, comes from the Mexican/Spanish word, which is the same. It came from a Nahuatl word, cóyotl. Coyotes are pretty common all throughout North and Central America. They are also known as American jackals, or prairie wolves. Their scientific name, Canis latrans, means "barking dog" in Latin. In Texas and Oklahoma, it is common for coyotes to mate with domesticated dogs, and this is bad. The resulting animal is called a coydog and they are just as wild as coyotes, but more fearless. Coyotes are seen as pest, as they often kill livestock, though I can tell you, they have never killed more than two or three calves a year.

In Native American mythology, the coyote is a trickster, closely resembling the Norse God Loki, or Kistune of Japanese mythology. They sometimes appear in creation stories and are often male.

I happen to find coyotes beautiful, though I don't know if anybody else shares my sentiment. They are not very large, usually weighing between 15-45 pounds, and are grayish red.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott Welcome Fourth Child

Tori and Dean

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have welcomed their fourth child together, Finn Davey. There other kids are Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen, and Hattie Margaret. Dean has one other child, Jack Montgomery, from a previous marriage.

Finn's middle name is the same as Tori's, who was given it in honor of her grandfather David Spelling.

Unusual Nicknames

I've gotten so I love unusual nicknames! I think they're great. Here are obscure nicknames for some classic names, or maybe a few different ways to get to your favorite nickname!
Lotta Crabtree
Girls:


Charlotte/Charlotta - Tottie/Totty, Totta, Harlo, Lotte, Lottie, Lotta
Margaret - Daisy, Pearl, Mamie, Greta, Gretel, Greet
Beatrice - Bice, Bea/Beah
Henrietta - Etta, Hettie/Hetty, Hallie
Mary - May, Polly, Malle, Moll
Patricia - Patia
Victoria - Toya
Susanna/Susannah/Suzanna - Sanne, Sukie, Zanna, Susanita, Zula
Felicity - Lissy, Flick
Harriet - Hatsy
Alexandra/Alexandria - Andy, Zandra/Xandra, Andria, Alexina
Katherine/Catherine/Katharine - Kitty, Katica, Cato, Rina
Elizabeth/Elisabeth - Lilibeth, Libbie, Lilibet, Buffy, Tetty, Elle, Bettina, Elsa, Liesel, Babette, Betta
Josephine - Jo, Fifi, Josie, Joetta, Jojo, Posy/Posie
Sarah - Sal, Saija, Sassy, Sarita
Virginia - Ginger, Gigi, Virgie
Frances - Frankie, Cissy/Sissy, Francie/Franci, Fancy
Eleanor/Elinor - Elea, Nell/Nella/Nelda, Lenore
Helen - Leni/Lenny, Heli, Lena, Nellie/Nelly, Nell
Georgina/Georgiana/Georgia - Georgie, Gina, Gigi
Miriam - Miri, Mirele, Ria
Louisa/Louise - Lula, Louisette, Louella/Luella, Ouida, Ouisa
Ruth - Rue, Ruthie
Anne/Anna - Anneke, Ninon, Anouk, Anneli, Annikki
Matilda - Tilda, Maudie, Tilly/Tillie
Theodora - Theo, Teddy, Dorinda, Doretta, Tea
Isabella/Isabel/Isabelle - Ibbie/Ibb, Sabella, Isa
Edith - Eda
Martha - Matty
Priscilla - Cilla
Florence - Flo, Flossie
Dolores - Dola

Boys:
William - Wim, Wilmot, Wilky/Wilke/Wilkie, Wilkin
Wilkie Collins
Alexander - Sandy, Lex, Alec, Sander
Nicholas/Nicolas - Nico, Col, Cole
Christopher - Kit, Topher
Edward - Ward, Ned
Jacob - Coby, Jeb
Nathaniel/Nathanael - Nat, Niel/Neal
Thomas - Tam
Charles - Charlot
Benjamin - Benji/Benjy
Robert - Bertie, Robin, Hob, Hopkin
Lawrence/Laurence - Laurie/Lawrie, Loren, Lorne, Laz, Larkin
Henry - Hal, Hank
Philip - Pip
Jonathan - Jonty
Michael - Mick, Michi, Misha, Michel
James - Jemmy, Jamie, Jem
David - Daw, Dewey, Taffy
Martin - Tin
Abraham - Bram, Avi
Bartholomew - Tolly, Bertok
Adam - Addy
Jordan - Judd
Oliver - Noll
Simon - Sim
Patrick - Pate
Eustace - Stacey, Stace
Sebastian - Seb

Violante

"Violante" by Titian

Origin: Italian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "The color violet"
Pronunciation: vyoo-LANT, bee-oh-LAHN-teh, vee-oh-LAHN-teh
Other forms: Yolanda, Iolanda, Yolande, Jólánka, Jolanda

A beautiful and regal name, Violante is an interesting take on the Violet trend. This name comes from the French-Provincial Yolant or Yolans merging with the Italian Viola. Duchess Violante Beatrice of Bavaria was the Grand Princess of Tuscany, she was married to Grand Prince Fernando of Tuscany and loved him very much, unfortunately he did not love her. He declared her too ugly and too dull. Fernando eventually died from syphilis leaving her a childless widow. Cosimo III, the reigning king of that time, made her Governor of Siena where she stayed for the rest of her life.

The painting "Violante" was once thought to be by Palma the Elder, as his daughter is normally referred to as Violante, though eventually it was attributed to Titian because of its similarity to his other works, the feature of a young woman with curly golden hair. Titian was supposedly enamored with Violante which may be why he painted her.

This name is a beautiful alternative to Violet, especially for those who have ties to Italy.

Names for That Family Who Live in the Old Decrepit Castle

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And may, or may not, be vampires, who may, or may not, have a mermaid in the lake behind their house, who may, or may not, have a ghost for each room. You know the family. They all dress in vintage clothing, they play with Victorian dolls, and have pet ravens named Faust and Hyde and serve you chocolates which might have a dose or two of cyanide, for fun, of course. Here is a new segment in which I will be naming different families from my imagination. I would assume this family would use very elaborate, Gothic, or fusty names.


Ladies:


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Godiva
Wilhelmina
Verbena
Ulrica
Desdemona
Bellatrix
Lydia
Perdita
Blanchefleur
Isolde
Raphaela
Lilias
Pandora
Ligeia
Theodosia
Pathenia
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Vespertine
Hesper
Valentine
Annabel
Roberta
Lillemor
Ursula
Lilith
Saskia
Matilda
Susannah
Joan
Odilia
Lucasta
Rosamund
Jocasta
Ione
Prudence
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Gents:

Oberon/Auberon
Felix
Desmond
Quincy
Bartholomew
Linus
Roland
Julian
Bruce
Victor
Gregory
Silas
Ulric/Ulrich
Roald
Sebastian
Marcel
Ivan
Hamish
Ashley
Marcus
Clive
Birch
Fabian
Humphrey
Valentine/Valentin
Andrea
Zephyr
Simon
Cecil


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Crane



Origin: N/A
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: Name of bird
Pronunciation: CRAYN
Other forms: N/A

After seeing this name a few times, once in a book, and once in a movie, I thought it was time to finally profile it.

This name has a lot going for it. I think of it as purely masculine, though I'm sure some would view it as unisex, since it is a nature name. For those that don't know, cranes are similar looking to herons, though unrelated, they have long necks, legs, and beaks. There are fifteen different species of cranes, in four different genera. It has been thought that cranes mate for life, however, recently scientists have found out they have different mates throughout their lifetimes, though they usually stay together for a long time.

Cranes are known for their elaborate mating dances, and lousy courting. In Korea, a crane dance has been performed since the Silla dynasty in the courtyard of the Tongdosa Temple. Also, in Hokkaido, the women of the Ainu people do crane dances. In Greek mythology, cranes were seen as an omen.

So I definitely think Crane would be a great option for those seeking something different, yet familiar, with a strong, masculine sound and ties to nature.

Names from the Men's 100m Backstroke Heats

Matt Grevers, fastest in the heats

Heat 6

1. Matthew "Matt" Grevers - U.S. - Time: 52.92. seconds
2. Cheng Feiyi - China - 53.22
3. Ryosuke Irie - Japan - 53.56
4. Nick Driebergen - Netherlands - 53.62
5. Hayden Stoeckel - Australia - 53.88
6. Gareth Kean - New Zealand - 54.26
7. Daniel Arnamnart - Australia - 54.28
8. Charl Crous - South Africa - 55.37

Heat 5

1. Camille Lacourt - France - 53.51
2. Liam Tancock - Britain - 53.86
3. Arkady Vyatchanin - Russia - 54.01
4. Jan-Philip Glania - Germany - 54.07
5. Charles Francis - Canada - 54.08
6. Aristeidis Grigoriadis - Greece - 54.52
7. Marcin Tarczynski - Poland - 55.06
8. Benjamin Stasiulis - France - 55.36

Heat 4

1. Nick Thoman - U.S. - 53.48
2. Helge Meeuw - Germany - 53.83
3. Vladimir Morozov - Russia - 54.01
4. Aschwin Wildeboer - Spain - 54.36
5. Bastiaan Lijesen - Netherlands - 54.88
6. Yakov Toumarkin - Israel - 54.91
7. Juan Miguel Rando - Spain - 54.93
8. Daniel Orzechowski - Brazil - 55.16

Heat 3

1. Pavel Sankovich - Belarus - 54.53
2. Mirco Di Tora - Italy - 54.70
3. Christopher Walker-Hebborn - Britain - 54.78
4. He Jianbin - China - 54.81
5. Richard Bohus - Hungary - 54.84
6. Lavrans Solli - Norway - 55.00
7. Mathias Gydesen - Denmark - 55.31
8. Daniel Bell - New Zealand - 55.53

Heat 2

1. George Bovell - Trinidad and Tobago - 55.22
2. Omar Pinzon - Colombia - 55.37
3. Pedro Medel - Cuba - 55.40
4. Oleksandr Isakov - Ukraine - 55.43
5. Park Seonkwan - Korea - 55.51
6. Alexandre Tarabrin - Kazakhstan - 55.55
7. I Gede Sudartawa - Indonesia - 55.99
8. Federico Grabich - Argentina - 56.56

Heat 1

1. Bradley Ally - Barbados - 56.27
2. Heshan Unamboowe - Sri Lanka - 57.94
3. Zane Jordan - Zambia - 58.77

Qualified for the Next Round:

1. Matthew "Matt" Grevers
2. Cheng Feiyi
3. Nicholas Thoman
4. Camille Lacourt
5. Ryosuke Irie
6. Nick Driebergen
7. Helge Meeuw
8. Liam Tancock
9. Hayden Stoeckel
10. Vladimir Molozov
11. Arkady Vyatchanin
12. Jan-Philip Glania
13. Charles Francis
14. Gareth Kean
15. Daniel Arnamnart
16. Aschwin Wildeboer

Names from the Women's Swimming 100m Backstroke Heats

Emily Seebohm, who had the best time out of all the heats


I have to admit, I am fascinated with the Olympics. Not only do I love to watch all of the different sports, but I love to see the names from the different countries. Here are the names of the women from the 100m backstroke heats that went on earlier today.

Heat 6

1. Melissa "Missy" Franklin - U.S. - Time: 59.37 Seconds
2. Belinda Hocking - Australia - 59.61
3. Aya Terakawa - Japan - 59.82
4. Fu Yuanhui - China - 59.96
5. Simona Baumrtova - Czech Republic - 59.99
6. Alexianne Castel - France - 1:00.16
7. Jenny Mensing - Germany - 1:00.72
8. Laure Manaudou - France - 1:01.03

Heat 5

1. Anastasia Zueva - Russia - 59.88
2. Julia Wilkinson - Canada - 59.94
3. Rachel Bootsma - U.S. - 1:00.03
4. Gemma Spofforth - Britain - 1:00.05
5. Sinead Russell - Canada - 1:00.10
6. Daryna Zevina - Ukraine - 1:00.57
7. Fabiola Molina - Brazil - 1:01.40
8. Elena Gemo - Italy - 1:01.77

Heat 4

1. Emily Seebohm - Australia - 58.23
2. Georgia Davies - Britain - 59.92
3. Zhao Jing - China - 59.97
4. Kirsty Conventry - Zimbabwe - 1:00.24
5. Arianna Babieri - Italy - 1:00.25
6. Mie Nielsen - Denmark - 1:00.38
7. Duane Da Rocha - Spain - 1:00.57
8. Sharon von Rouwendaal - Netherlands - 1:0061

Heat 3

1. Fernanda Gonzalez - Mexico - 1:01.28
2. Alicja Tchorz - Poland - 1:01.44
3. Carolina Colorado - Colombia - 1:01.81
4. Kimberly Buys - Belgium - 1:01.92
5. Melissa Ingram - New Zealand - 1:01.94
6. Ekaterina Avramova - Bulgaria - 1:02.20
7. Therese Svendsen - Sweden - 1:03.11
8. Stephanie Au Hoi Shun - Hong King, China - 1:04.31

Heat 2

1. Tao Li - Singapore - 1:01.60
2. Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir - Iceland - 1:02.40
3. Melanie Nocher - Ireland - 1:02.44
4. Anja Carmen - Slovenia - 1:02.68
5. Sanja Jovanovic - Croatia - 1:03.38
6. Eszter Povazsay - Hungary - 1:03.55
7. Yekaterina Rudenko - Kazakhstan - 1:03.64
8. Hazal Sarikaya - Turkey - 1:04.80

Heat 1

1. Karen Vilorio - Honduras - 1:06.38
2. Monica Ramirez - Andorra - 1:07.72
3. Ines Remersaro - Uruguay - 1:08.03
4. Anahit Barseghyan - Armenia - 1:08.19
5. Angelique Trinquier - Monaco - 1:10.79

Qualified for the Next Round:

1.Emily Seebohm
2. Melissa "Missy" Franklin
3. Belinda Hocking
4. Aya Terakawa
5. Anastasia Zueva
6. Georgia Davies
7. Julia Wilkinson
8. Fu Yuanhui
9. Zhao Jing
10. Simona Baumrtova
11. Rachel Bootsma
12. Gemma Spofforth
13. Sinead Russell
14. Alexianne Casel
15. Kirsty Coventry
16. Arianna Barbieri

Neglected Gems - Girls - Part One

"Sketch of Aphra Behn" by George Scharf

Today we will be discussing names that I think have yet to really be discovered, but definitely should be. I will try to keep the names out of the the top 1000 of the US.

Aphra - Does Not Rank in US - The meaning of Aphra is unknown, although there is some speculation that it could be a form of Aphrah, a place in the Bible, which means "dust", or possible a form of Afra, which was the nickname Romans gave African women. While that may keep some people from using it, the namesake Aphra Behn should surely improve the image. She was a dramatist and one of the first female writers. She was born sometime during the 1600s and is sometimes her name is given as Eaffry. Aphra married Johan Behn in 1664, but he died only a few years into the marriage. Not only did Aphra write "Oroonoko", which was the first ever novel to show black Africans in a sympathetic light, she also worked as a spy for King Charles II, and was given the code name Astrea. She was rebellious and analyzed and wrote about female sexual desires as well. Another similar and underused name is Abra, which could possibly be a feminine form of Abraham.

Bathsheba - Does Not Rank in US - What's not to love? It is dramatic, a litte frilly, but strong, and it has the readily available nickname Sheba. But then, there is her story in the Bible. Bathsheba means "daughter of the oath" in Hebrew, and is the wife of King David in the Bible. The story goes that David sees Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop, who was at the time, married to Uriah the Hittite, and seduced her and begat a child on her. So David tried to make Uriah re-consummate his marriage with Bathsheba, so he would think the child was his, but he would not agree to it, because he was serving in the army and wanted to stay with his troops (or something like that). David, who at his wits end after trying to convince Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba, he finally had Uriah sent to the front lines and he was killed. David then married Bathsheba. Needless to say, God was not happy with this. He sent Nathan the Prophet to tell scold David, and David said he was truly sorry. Bathsheba's baby came down with a horrible illness and died. David's son Abasolam then plunged the Kingdom into civil war, and to manifest his claim as the new King, had sex publicly with ten of his father's concubines. When David grew old, Bathsheba secured the position of King for her son Solomon, instead of David's eldest son Adonjiah, and the rest is history. I really don't think people should blame Bathsheba, after all, it was David's fault!

Cressida - Does Not Rank in US - Cressida is a medieval form of the name Chryseis, which means "golden". It's most famous bearer is probably from "Troilus and Cressida" by Shakespeare. This story has been around forever, long before Shakespeare though. It goes that Cressida is a Trojan woman, the daughter of Calchas, who falls in love with Troilus, the youngest child of King Priam. She pledges her everlasting to him, but is then captured by the Greeks, and starts to have an affair with a Greek warrior named Diomedes. Let's just say, things do not go well for the two lovers, and all is ended between them. Cressida is a beautiful, mythical, and literary choice.

Dido - Does Not Rank in US - I have to say, I just love this name. Dido is pronounced "DYE-doh", and possibly means "virgin" in Phoenician. This is the name of the Queen of Carthage in Virgil's "Aeneid". She falls in love with Aeneas who is a Trojan and the son of Venus. Unfortunately, after the two consummate their love, Aeneas is reminded of his duty to go to war, and Dido kills herself by stabbing herself on a pyre using Aeneas' sword. As she dies she says that her people and Aeneas' people, will always be at war.

Euphemia - Does Not Rank in US - I have loved this name since I first heard it in the show "True Women", in which Euphemia was called Phemie by friends. I think it so beautiful, and sadly underused. Euphemia comes from the Greek eu meaning "good" and phemi which means "to speak", so it is roughly translated as "to speak well". Not only does it have a vast amount of darling nicknames, like Eppie, Effie, and Phemie, it was always the name of a martyred saint from Chalcedon.

Ffion - Does Not Rank in US - Ffion is a beauty. It is the Welsh word for "foxglove", the highly poisonous plant. I believe it is pronounced FEE-on, but if anybody knows for sure, feel free to tell me. In Wales, it is said that fairies often are found lurking in foxgloves and they are sometimes called "fairy-folks-fingers".

Gardenia - Does Not Rank in US - Flower names are definitely in, so I'm surprised Gardenia hasn't become more popular. Gardenias are very beautiful (usually) white, evergreen flowers. They are said to have a very sweet scent. They get there name from the Scottish born American botanist named Dr. Alexander Garden. Billie Holliday was known for wearing gardenias in her hair, which she called her trademark. The gardenia was also Sigmund Freud's favorite flower.

Hebe - Does Not Rank in US - A favorite of mine from Greek mythology, Hebe is probably not going to get popular anytime soon, mainly because many associate it with the term "the heebie-jeebies". Hebe means "youth" and fittingly so, she is the Goddess of youth. She was the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and a cupbearer to the Gods, in which she served them ambrosia and nectar. Hebe married Heracles, or Hercules, with which she had two children, Alexiares and Anicetus. Her Roman equivalent, Juventas, is also a name possibility.

Indira - Does Not Rank in US - This lovely name means "beauty" in Sanskrit, and is another name for the Goddess Lakshmi, wife to Vishnu. This name has a great sound, meaning, history, and can lead to one of the most sought after nicknames, Indy. Indira Gandhi was India's first female prime minister and the beautiful actress, Indira Varma, known for her role as Niobe in "Rome" and Susie in "Torchwood", lends this name an extra dose of charm.

Jerusha - Does Not Rank in US - A unusual Biblical name, and as Biblical names seem to be in, this one is ripe for use. Jerusha means "possession" in Hebrew, and is the name of King Uzziah's wife. Jerusha is also the mother of Jotham. Noah Webster who wrote "Webster's Dictionary" had a sister named Jerusha. There is also Jerusha Hess, along with her husband Jared Hess, who are filmakers, known for their movies "Napoleon Dynamite", "Nacho Libre", and most recently, "Austenland", which is still a work in progress.

Keturah - Does Not Rank in US - Another beautiful obscure Bible name. Keturah means "incense" in Hebrew, and is the name of Abraham's wife after Sarah. Keturah is also the name of the heroine in the young adult novel "Keturah and Lord Death". In the book Keturah persuades Death to spare her life one day by telling him a story.

Ligeia - Does Not Rank in US - This name is literary, mythological, and mysterious. It comes from the Greek ligys, which means "clear-voiced, shrill, whistling". Ligeia is the name of a siren in Greek mythology, and more famously, the name of the eponymous character Ligeia, in Edgar Allen Poe's "Ligeia". In the story we follow an anonymous narrator and his wife, Ligeia, who falls ill and dies. After Ligeia's death, he marries Rowena, who also dies. Grief-stricken, the narrator stays with Rowena's body over night, and she comes back to life, though she now is Ligeia.

Muriel - Does Not Rank in US - Since fusty names are incredibly in, I'm surprised not more people have taken a liking to Muriel. Muriel is a medieval form of a Celtic name, which is most likely related to the Irish Muirgel, which means "bright sea". It is lovely and has that old school flavor to it.

Nerida - Does Not Rank in US - An obscure nature name for anybody with (or without!) tries to Australia. Nerida, pronounced "NEHR-uh-duh", means "blossom" in Aborigine, or "red water lily", depending on if you're in Queensland, or New South Wales. It is easy to pronounce and has a beautiful meaning too, so all around, it is a great flower name for those looking for something more unusual.


I will have part two up as soon as I can! Be sure to suggest some names for the next installment!

Vera Wang Gowns

"Joanna"


I'm a big fan of Vera Wang, I think her fashion is just superb. Her wedding dresses are stunning, and they have great names too. Here is a list of some of the names of her wedding gowns.

Fall 2012:

Joanna
Jasmine
Juliet
Jade
Joy
Jane
Joelle
Jacqueline
Josephine
June
Janice
Jessica
Jocelyn


"Holly"


Spring 2012:

Henriette
Harper
Hannah
Harlow
Hazel
Hayden
Holly
Hilary
Hayley
Helena


"Georgina"


Fall 2011:

Ghillian
Gisele
Gabriela
Gemma
Gwendolyn
Gretchen
Gloria
Gracie
Genevieve
Georgina
Glenda


"Joan"


Other:

Joan
Rita
Bouquet
Dylan
Dinah
Diedre
Diana
Delany
Daphne
Esther
Eleanor
Ethel
Evelyn
Eliza
Farrah
Fawn
Fiona
Fern


Image Credit:
"Joanna" image taken from www.verawang.com
"Holly" image taken from aminamichele.com
"Georgina" image taken from simplyeverythingwedding.com
"Joan" image taken from www.myweddingdayonly.com

*All information belongs to www.verawang.com

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge Welcome Baby Girl

Sienna and Tom


Actress Sienna Miller, known for her roles in "Factory Girl" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", has welcomed her first child, a baby girl who she has reportedly named Marlow, though it isn't confirmed yet. Sienna is currently engaged to actor Tom Sturridge, of "Waiting for Love", and "Like Minds" fame.

Update: It is confirmed that the couple have named their daughter Marlowe Ottoline Layng. What do you all think?

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Welcome Baby Girl

Kourtney and Scott


Kourtney Kardashian and her husband, Scott Disick, who both are famous for the reality show "The Kardashians", have welcomed their second child together, a girl named Penelope Scotland. Their first child is Mason Dash.

Majandra Delfino and David Walton Welcome Baby Girl

Majandra and David


Actress and musician Majandra Delfino, of "Roswell" and "Life as We Know It" fame, has welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Cecilia Delphine, with husband, actor David Walton, who can been seen in "Perfect Couples" and "Fired Up!".

Mafalda

Princess Mafalda of Savoy




Origin: Portuguese, Italian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Mighty in battle"
Pronunciation: muh-FAHL-duh (I think)
Other forms: Matilda, Matilde

The name Mafalda is the Portuguese and Italian form of Matilda. It might have come from the Medieval French name, Mahaut which means "might, strength". Matilda comes from the German Mahthildis, which comes from the elements maht, which means, you guessed it, "might, strength", and hild, which means "battle".

Mafalda might be vaguely familiar to some, it is the name of a minor character, Mafalda Hopkirk, in the Harry Potter books. She is the head of the Use of Improper Magic department. Mafalda was the name of the first Queen of Portugual, she is known more commonly as Maud, or Matilda though.

There is also Princess Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana of Savoy, who was born in Rome in 1902. She was the second oldest of five children. The children in order were Yolanda, Mafalda, Umberto, Giovanna, and Maria. Mafalda was very close to her mother, Elena, and enjoyed the arts and music. She married Prince Philipp of Hesse, who was a loyal member of the Nazi party. His brother, Christoph, was part of the hierarchy of the party, and married to Princess Sophie of Denmark and Greece, sister to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the future husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Mafalda had four children with Philipp: Prince Moritz, Prince Heinrich, Prince Otto, and Princess Elisabeth. Mafalda was not liked by Hitler, who believed she was against the Nazi movement. He once called her the "blackest carrion in the Italian royal house." In 1943, Mafalda was attending a funeral for her brother-in-law, King Boris III, in Bavaria. While she was there, she got news that Italy had surrendered to the Allied Powers   and that her husband was under house arrest in Bavaria and her children were safe in the Vatican. Mafalda received a phone call telling her that they had an important message from her husband for her. When she arrived at the German embassy she was arrested by the Gestapo for subversive activities, but it is generally believed she was going to be used as a hostage so her father would not oppose the Germans. She eventually ended up in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Their ammunition building was bombed, and Mafalda, along with others, were being housed in a building next to it. She was buried up to her neck in debris and sustained burns on her arms. Because of the conditions of the camp, they became infected, and the doctors there amputated her arm. She lost too much blood and never woke up from the surgery.

Her family were not able to confirm her death until 1945, when Germany surrendered.

Leander

"Leander's Body Washed Ashore" by Axel Anderson




Origin: Greek
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Lion of a man"
Pronunciation: lee-AN-der
Other forms: Leandros, Leandro, Léandre

The tale of Leander and his lover, Hero, is a tragic one (Surprise, surprise! This is Greek Mythology!). But before we get to that, let's talk about Leander's name. The name Leander comes from the Greek Leandros, which comes from leon, meaning "lion", and andros, which means "man". Leander surprisingly hasn't ranked in SSA's name list for the US since 1969, when it was number 971, so it is definitely an unusual and inspiring choice.

The legend goes that Hero, a priestess for the Goddess Aphrodite, lived in a tower in Sestos, on the European side of Dardanelles. Leander, a young man who fell in love with Hero, lived on the other side of the strait, Hellespont, in Abydos. So every night, Leander would swim across Hellespont to visit Hero, who would hold up a torch so he could find his way to the other side.

After convincing Hero that Aphrodite, being a Goddess of love, would not want the worship of a virgin, made love to her. So this continued all through the rest of the summer, until one night, a bad storm started to brew while Leander was swimming across the strait. The breeze from the storm blew out Hero's torch, and Leander became lost, and drowned.


Upon seeing his dead body, Hero threw herself from the edge of the tower so she could be with him in death.


Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan Welcome a Baby Girl



Jessica Capshaw, best known for playing Dr. Arizona Robbins on "Grey's Anatomy", has welcomed her third child with her husband Christopher Gavigan. They have named her Poppy James Gavigan. They have one other daughter named Eve Augusta Gavigan, and a son named Luke Hudson Gavigan.

Rob and Amber Mariano Have Another Girl

Amber and Rob


Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich Mariano are known for their appearances on reality shows, like "Survivor", "The Amazing Race", and "The Player". They have recently welcomed their third child, another girl, whom they have named Isabetta Rose. They have two other daughters named Lucia Rose, and Carina Rose.

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof Welcome Another Girl

Alyson, Alexis, and Satyana


Actress Alyson Hannigan, known for her roles as Willow in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Lily Aldrin in "How I Met Your Mother", has welcomed her second child with her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, known for his role as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in "Angel". They have named her Keeva Jane. Their first daughter is Satyana Marie.

Keeva is an anglicized form of the Gaelic Caoimhe, which means "beautiful, gentle, kind". Satyana is supposedly Sanskrit for "truth".

Siofra



Origin: Gaelic
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Changeling, elf, fairy" or possibly "Queen of the Fairies"
Pronunciation: SHEE-fra or SHEE-uh-fra
Other forms: Síofra
The name Siofra comes from the Irish word síog which means "fairy". I hear it is the equivalent to "little imp" in Ireland and that is seen as a derogatory term in Ireland but I'm not sure? Anybody from Ireland? There is also supposedly a fairy queen named Siofra; The Tuatha Dé Danannin in legend, are the fifth settlers in Ireland and conquered the island Fir Bolg. Though most consider them deities, sometimes they are told to be mortal Kings, Queens, and heroes. 
There were many High Kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann, from the first King, Nuada, to the last three Kings that were brothers and ruled together, Mac Gréine, Mac Cuill, and Mac Cecht. The Irish scholar Gearóid Ó Broin was the one to call Siofra a fairy queen; she is a love fairy who often sought out the company of mortal men. Men who gazed upon her fell madly in love with her. May and Beltane are supposed to be the time when she has the most influence.

Endymion

"Selene and Endymion" by Ubaldo Gandolfi




Origin: Greek
Gender: Male
Meaning: "To dive into, to enter"
Pronunciation: ehn-dih-MEE-uhn
Other forms: N/A

Endymion comes from the Greek "endyein" which means "to dive into" or "to enter". The story of Selene and Endymion is quite a popular Greek mythology story. The tale goes that the beautiful Endymion was loved greatly by the moon, Selene. He was a shepherd, or sometimes an astronomer or King of Olympia. Selene asked Endymion's father, Zeus, to give him eternal youth. Zeus obliged her by putting him into an eternal sleep. Every night Selene would visit him in Mount Latmos, where he slept, and eventually they had fifty daughters called the Menae.

Other tales say Zeus let him make the decision of what he wanted, and Endymion chose to remain deathless and ageless in a eternal slumber. Endymion is also a crater on the northeast side of the moon.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky Welcome Baby Girl


Elsa and Chris

Chris Hemsworth, of "Thor" and "The Avengers" fame, has welcomed his first child with his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, known for her role in "Fast Five". It is a baby girl whom they have named India Rose.

Geek Chic




It's hip to be square, not only in fashion, but in names too. Here are some names that are clunky, fusty, and so out they're in.

Boys

Vernon
Harvey
Boris
Homer
Frank
Barney
Clancy
Elmo
Digby
Floyd
Otis
Abner
Hal
Morris


Girls

Wilma
Gertrude
Norma
Doris
Ethel
Thelma
Bernice
Edna
Alma
Dora
Irma
Rhoda
Eunice
Maud/e
Gilda

Melba




Dame Nellie Melba by Frank Haviland

Origin: English
Gender: Female
Meaning: N/A
Pronunciation: MEL-bah
Other Forms: N/A

Melba is a name I just think is lovely. It was first used by Dame Nellie Melba, who was born Helen Porter Mitchell in 1861. Nellie was a nickname of hers and Melba was taken from where she studied singing, Melbourne, Australia. She was one of the most famous singers of the Victorian era and the 20th century. She was also the first Australian to gain international recognition as a classical musician.

At first, Nellie was not very famous, she had had a few jobs in Melbourne, but after an unsucessful marriage, in which her husband repeatedly beat her, she left for Europe in search of fame. Eventually she became the leading lyric soprano at the Covent Garden and then starred in the Metropolitan Opera. The New York Times said she had "one of the loveliest voices that ever issued from a human throat ... simply delicious in its fullness, richness and purity." She raised funds during World War I for charities and went on to teach singing at the Melbourne Conservatorium where she searched for the next big star. Nellie died in 1931, and her funerel was a national event.

I think Melba is just a beautiful name, and would be great for someone with ties to music, or Melbourne. That is, if you can get past Melba Toast and Peach Melba!



                                       Here is Nellie singing "Lo, Here the Gentle Lark".
 
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