On My Mind: 4-28-14

Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia in "The Borgias"
This new series of posts are going to be highlighting names I've been thinking about or names I can't fit into any other posts. I will be posting (hopefully) every Monday.

Lucrezia - While Lucretia has that unfortunate similarity to "secretion", the Italian version, pronounced "loo-KRE-tsyah", is crisp in sound and just as lovely. Many will still have problems with the association with Lucrezia Borgia though, whom I find to be a fascinating, and vilified, figure.

Josceline - A guilty pleasure of mine is Josceline (or Jocelyn) on a boy, so I was pleased to come across Josceline Percy, a member of the Royal Navy and son of Algernon Percy, 2nd Baron of Lovaine of Alnwick.

Morgaine - I'm really excited to start reading "The Mists of Avalon" which I recently received for my birthday. It is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur from the point of view of Morgaine, or Morgan le Fay.

Jin - While watching "The House of Flying Daggers" the other day I was struck by how much I like the main male character's name, Jin. It is a unisex name, both Chinese and Korean. Among the many meanings are "precious" in Sino-Korean, and "gold, metal, money", and"embroidered, bright" in Chinese.

Delta - This name is not only a letter in the Greek alphabet, but a stunning river in Alaska. I find it surprising how underused it is, having last ranked in the US in 1934 at #992. If you're like me, you probably also thought of actress Delta Burke.

Elek - Jonas Armstrong plays Elek Cohen in the new WWII film "Walking with the Enemy" which is based on the true story of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum. Elek is the Hungarian form of Alexis and also a town in south-east Hungary.


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