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Names from Agatha Christie: From Ariadne to Septimus

I have a confession to make: I am addicted to Agatha Christie shows. Now I do have plans on reading the novels, as I feel it's a requirement for anyone wanting to write mystery, and specifically historical mystery, just to see where these sort of novels originated. I call them my guilty pleasure simply because I do not particularly like Christie as a person, her racism being just the tip of a very large iceberg. But I have noticed she has some very interesting names in her works and I thought it would be great to take a look at them! Please let me know your favorites, or some I might have missed!
Adelaide Jefferson Adele Fortescue Ariadne Oliver Cherry Baker Cicely Beauclerk Cora Van Stuyvesant Dolly Bantry Elsie Holland Elvira Blake Evadne Willett Florrie Frankie Derwent Ginger Corrigan Griselda Clement Gwenda Halliday Gwenda Vaughn Hester Argyle Honoria Waynflete Jolly Bellever Kanga Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent Lavinia Pinkerton Letitia Blacklock Lettice Protheroe Marina Gregg Maud Dane C…


Origin: Greek
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Manifestation of God"
Pronunciation: TIFF-eh-nee
Other forms: Tiffiny, Tiffani, Tiphanie

Depending on who you are, the name Tiffany conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn, little black dresses, and jewelry, or high school girls from the 80's. But it has a surprisingly long history of use. It is a Medieval form of Theophania, meaning "Manifestation of God", and was normally given to girls who were born around Epiphany, or Theophany, which is a festival or feast day that celebrates the Magi bringing gifts to the infant Jesus, and the manifestation of Jesus' physical body to the Gentiles.

It takes place on January 6th, and is celebrated differently by all. In Britain the before Epiphany, usually called "Epiphany Eve", is referred to as "Twelfth Night", and is a popular time for Shakespeare's play of the same name. It is also a day for pranks, similar to April's Fool. In Provence they eat gâteau des Rois, and in the Northern parts of France and Belgium, they eat galette des Rois. Occasionally a bean, or porcelain figure is hidden within the cake, and those who find it become King for a day. In the German speaking parts of Europe, there are "Sternsinger", or star singers. They are a group of kids, boys and girls, who are dressed as the Three Wise Men, and go from home to home to sing.


  1. Related to Tiphaine, there is Tifenn, the breton equivalent that gives a celtic vibe to it :).


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