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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…

A Collection of Names Taken from French Consorts (Part One)

Eleanor of Aquitaine

I find that Royalty often have some of the most beautiful and fabulous names. I spend hours looking through their names, each time finding something new or unexpected. Today, I'm featuring a list taken from the names of French consorts throughout history. There are some really unusual ones here, and others are downright weird.

Ermentrude of Orléans
Richilde of Provence
Adelaide of Paris
Théodrate of Troyes
Eadgifu of England
Béatrice of Vermandois
Emma of France
Gerberga of Saxony
Emma of Italy
Adelaide of Aquitaine
Rozala of Italy
Bertha of Burgundy
Constance of Arles
Matilda of Frisia
Anne of Kiev
Bertha of Holland
Bertrade de Montfort
Adélaïde de Maurienne
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Constance of Castile
Adèle of Champagne
Isabelle of Hainaut


  1. Some of these are super weird and funny (Richardis, Frederonne, Eadgifu, etc.) but there are some real gems here as well. I love Adele and Adelaide, and I really like Richilde and Ermentrude for some reason! Rozala is pretty too. I'm also totally fascinated by Theodrate. Can you find any history/origins/etc. behind it?

    1. I love Richilde (I think it has a nice sound) and Ermentrude as well. Theodrate is a hard one to find info on. I did find an Abbess named Irmina, who changed her name to Theodrate later on, but that's about it.


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