The Children of Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg

Archduke Georg of Austria and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg
Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg was born Eilika Helene Jutta Clementine to Duke Johann of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka of Ortenburg. She married Archduke Georg of Austria or Georg von Habsburg-Lothringen, who was born Paul Georg Maria Joseph Dominikus.
Their children are:

Zsófia Mária Tatjána Mónika Erzsébet Katalin, "Archduchess Zsófia of Austria"

Ildikó Mária Walburga, "Archduchess Ildikó of Austria"

Károly-Konstantin Mihály István Mária, "Archduke Károly-Konstantin of Austria"


Rudolf Nureyev
And on to the men.

Michael Somes
Asaf Messerer
Pyotr Gusev
Ángel Corella
Theodore Kosloff
Laurent Hilaire
Askold Makarov
Tory Dobrin
Jacques d'Amboise
Kip Gamblin
Roberto Bolle
Rudolf Nureyev
Devin Alberda
Tama Barry
Palle Jacobsen
Spartak Hoxha
Igor Kolb
Lew Christiansen
Ethan Stiefel
Attila Bongar
Yat-Sen Chang
Jeronimo Forteza Ramos
Federico Bonelli
Nikolaj Hübbe
Rudi van Dantzig
Mats Ek
Nicolas Le Riche
Taras Domitro
Jeffrey Golladay
Mikhail "Misha" Baryshnikov
Flemming Flindt
Stéphane Bullion
Erik Bruhn
Chengwu Gao
Farukh Ruzimatov
Rupert Pennefather
Henning Kronstam
Jean-Lucien Massot
Leslie Edwards
Boris Fenster
Vakhtang Chabukiani
Maris Liepa
Jaap Flier
Thiago Soares
Arch Higgins
Léonide Massine
Aleksey Yermolayev
Pierre Beauchamp
Altin Kaftira
George Balanchine
Nacho Duato
Darius Barnes


Margot Fonteyn
I've always had a fascination with ballerinas. They are graceful, almost ethereal, but still incredibly strong and determined. They are also great inspiration for names, as they come from so many different places and have so many names that I've never even heard of. Here are some of my favorites.

Eleanora Abbaganto
Ninette de Valois
Sorella Englund
Jurgita Dronina
Marie-Pierre Greve
Altynai Asylmuratova
Margot Fonteyn
Nadezhda Pavlova
Aurélie Dupont
Rowena Jackson
Mette Bødtcher
Gelsey Kirkland
Sylvie Guillem
Asta Bazeviciúte
Merrill Ashley
Dorothée Gilbert
Sue Jin Kang
Evgenia Obraztsova
Sofiane Sylve

Maria Tallchief
Rosella Hightower
Femke Mølbach Slot
Beryl Grey
Ninel Kurgapkina
Lis Jeppesen
Allegra Kent
Myriam Ould-Braham
Viengsay Valdés
Paloma Herrera
Georgina Parkinson
Letizia Giuliani
Mette-Ida Kirk
Tanaquil Le Clercq
Anneli Alhanko
Galina Stepanenko
Svetlana Lunkina
Pearl Argyle
Noëlla Pontois
Uliana Lopatkina
Ambra Vallo
Bridget Breiner
Tamara Rojo
Zenaida Yanowsky
Gitte Lindstrøm
Roberta Marquez
Martine van Hamel
Alla Mikhalchenko
Delphine Moussin
Irma Nioradze
Kaie Körb
Merle Park
Olesia Novikova
Egle Spokaite
Kaleria Fedicheva
Heidi Ryom
Silja Schandorff
Agnes Oaks
Marie-Claude Pietragalla
Clairemarie Osta
Ghislaine Thesmar
Ekaterina Osmolkina
Agrippina Vaganova
Violette Verdy
Yao Wei
Gillian Murphy
Veronika Ivanova
Elsa-Marianne von Rosen
Nathalie Nordquist
Elaine Fifield
Mathilde Kschessinska
Lycette Darsonval
Antonella Albano
Lorna Feijóo
Darcey Bussell
Raisa Struchkova
Zhanna Ayupova

On My Mind: 5-12-14

Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley in "Salem"
Janet - I've been watching the WGN's first scripted series, "Salem", which is ridiculous as it is addicting. I was surprised to learn that one of the female leads, who is 28, is named Janet Montgomery. It's not a name I would expect to see on someone in their twenties, but I rather like it. It is an Medieval form of Jane, which means it's definitely got some weight. I also like Jeanette, Zhannochka, and Sinéad.

Tobias - Biblical Tobias is being seen more and more, from "Divergent" hero Tobias "Four" Eaton to actor Tobias Menzies. With the nickname Toby, it is instantly more usable.

Betsy - Often cited as one of the frumpiest forms of Elizabeth, Betsy has found its way into my heart. It is a perfect mix of spunky and sweet, and with more and more parents looking for unusual vintage names, I see it making a comeback.

Rollo - I first came across this name when I looked up actor Rollo Weeks, who has sisters who are actresses named Perdita and Honeysuckle, and was reminded of it while watching "Vikings". Ragnar Lothbrok has a brother named Rollo, with whom he has a rather strained relationship. Though in the show they pronounce it "RO-low" it is usually said "RAHL-oh".

Ida - The Danish have already discovered how beautiful Ida truly is (where it is pronounced "EE-dah"); it ranks #2. It is also given a dose of star power by actress Ida Lupino.

Lionel - Leo is having its heyday right now, and I wonder if Lionel will ever follow suit. Lionel is currently #805 in the US, making it a great alternative.

Famous Moms

The Kennedy Family in 1931
Happy Mother's Day! Where would we be without mothers? I don't know what I would do without mine. Here is a list of famous men and women and their mothers.

Queen Elizabeth II - Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, or "Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother"
Winston Churchill - Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome
Sophia Loren - Romilda Villani
Ingrid Bergman - Frieda Henrietta "Friedel" Adler
John F. Kennedy - Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Lupita Nyong'o - Dorothy Nyong'o
Vita Sackville-West - Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West
Florence Welch - Evelyn Welch
Leonardo DiCaprio - Irmelin Indenbirken
Sienna Miller - Josephine "Jo" Miller
Clark Gable - Adeline Hershelman
Voltaire -  Marie Marguerite d'Aumart
Geoffrey Rush - Merle Rush
Yves Saint Laurent - Lucienne Andrée Mathieu Saint Laurent
Zooey and Emily Deschanel - Mary Jo Weir
Frank Sinatra - Natalina Garaventa
Theodore Roosevelt - Martha Stewart "Mittie" Bulloch
Mads Mikkelsen - Bente Christiansen
Bradley Cooper - Gloria Campano
Rihanna - Monica Braithwaite
Emma Watson - Jacqueline Luesby
Vera Wang - Florence Wu
Idris Elba - Eve Elba
Leonardo da Vinci - Caterina
Ian McKellen - Margery Lois Sutcliffe
Pope Francis - Regina Maria Sivori
Mila Kunis - Elvira Kunis
Helen Mirren - Katherine Alexandrina Eva Matilda "Kitty" Rogers
Charlize Theron - Gerda Maritz
Daphe du Maurier - Muriel Beaumont
Jamie Foxx - Louise Annette Talley Dixon
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Mollie McQuillan
Adrien Brody - Sylvia Plachy

Top 20 Names for 2013

They've been released! Noah is the new number one, while Sophia remains.

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. Jayden
10. Daniel
11. Elijah
12. Aiden
13. James
14. Benjamin
15. Matthew
16. Jackson
17. Logan
18. David
19. Anthony
20. Joseph

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth
11. Charlotte
12. Avery
13. Sofia
15. Ella
16. Harper
17. Amelia
18. Aubrey
19. Addison
20. Evelyn

The Children of Alex Ulster

Claire, and Alex with Xan
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, or Alex Ulster was born Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor to Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. He married Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster who was born Claire Booth.
Their children are:

Xan Richard Anders Windsor, "Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden"

Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor, "Lady Cosima Windsor"

That Which We Call a Rose

"Rose Valley" by Elenore Abbott
Rose is one of the simplest, and loveliest, names out there. Timeless and sweet, it could fit any girl and any woman. But roses have many other names, too. These names are taken from different breeds of roses, which yielded some surprising finds.


Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault Welcome Baby Boy

Natalia with Neva
Model Natalia Vodianova has welcomed her fourth child, her first with her husband Antoine Arnault, a baby boy whom they named Maxim. Her other children are Lucas Alexander, Neva, and Viktor. Neva was named after the Neva River in St. Petersburg, and Viktor after her grandfather.

The Children of Lady Davina Lewis

Gary Lewis and Lady Davina Lewis
The Lady Davina Lewis was born Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Windsor to Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She married Gary Lewis, who was born Gary Christie Lewis. He has son named Ari from a previous relationship.
Their children are:

Senna Kowhai Lewis

Tāne Mahuta Lewis

On My Mind: 5-5-14

Carolina Guerra as Ima in "Da Vinci's Demons"
Ima - We're in the second season of "Da Vinci's Demons" now, and they have travelled to the new world and encountered the Incas. A new character is a beautiful high priestess named Ima, pronounced "EE-ma". One source claims Ima is Japanese, and means "present", and another says it's a Dutch form of Emma.

Eros - Eros Vlahos plays Nico (a name I've come to really admire) on "Da Vinci's Demons", as in the Greek equivalent of Cupid. Fittingly so, Vlahos has a cherubic face complete with blonde curls. Eros has a brother named Tron.

Soredamor - In Arthurian mythology Soredamor is a sister of Gauvain, better known as Gawain. She has one other sister, Clairssant, and four other brothers, Agravain, Gareth, Gaheris, and Mordred. It is claimed that her name means "gilt by love". Here is a passage from "King Arthur and the Table Round" in which she explains it:
'T is not for naught that I am called Soredamor; by my name I can prove that I ought to love, and be loved.  The first portion meaneth the color of gold; 't is significant, for the blondest are the best.  The second part remindeth me of Love; so he who addresseth me, refresheth me with Love's hue.  Otherwise rendered, it signifieth Love's sister; honor hath Love done me, to entitle me thus; gilding of gold is not so fine as that which illumineth me.  Gilt by Love I will be, and will not refuse; I love, and will love forever..."

Drustan - An older form of Tristan, Drustan is believed to be a Pictish diminutive of Drust. It is also the name of a 7th century Saint, also known as Drostan.

Sitara - This Indian name means "star", and is as rare as it is beautiful. The Persian Setareh, is also as captivating.

Roux - I've finally read Joanne Harris' "Chocolat" after seeing the film quite some time ago. Most remember Johnny Depp as free-spirited Roux, who in the novel has flaming red hair. Roux is French, pronounced "ROO", and means "red". It is also an integral part of making a sauce.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha Have a Girl

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington and her husband, a former NFL player, Nnamdi Asomugha, have welcomed a daughter who they named Isabelle Amarachi.

The Children of Lady Helen Taylor

A Young Lady Helen Taylor
Lady Helen Taylor was born Helen Marina Lucy Taylor to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine, Duchess of Kent. She married Timothy Verner Taylor.
Their children are:

Columbus George Donald Taylor

Cassius Edward Taylor

Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor

Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor