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A Collection of Names Taken from Lithuanian Consorts

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Ludwika Maria Gonzaga I had tons of fun looking these up. My personal favorite is probably Jadwiga. Morta Ludmila of Masovia (?) Vida Olga Vsevolodovna of Smolensk Ievna Ivanovna of Polotsk Maria Yaroslavna of Vitebsk Uliana Alexandrovna of Tver Birutė Jadwiga of Poland Anna Uliana Olshansky Anna of Tver Elisabeth of Austria Helena of Moscow Barbara Zápolya Bona Sforza Elisabeth of Austria Barbara Radziwiłł Catherine of Austria Anna of Austria Constance of Austria Cecilia Renata of Austria Ludwika Maria Gonzaga Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth Catherine Opalińska Maria Josepha of Austria

Masculin au Féminin

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Some of my favorite names are those that are feminizations of male names. They have a clunky charm that no others have, and I just can't get enough of them! This list was made to show how diverse and how many there are. Sebastian >>> Sebastienne/Sebastiana Zephyr >>> Zéphyrine Anthony >>> Antonia/Antonina/Antonella Gerald >>> Geraldine Theodore >>> Theodora/Teodora/Feodora Arthur >>> Arthurine George >>> Georgia/Georgina/Georgiana/Georgette Joseph >>> Josephine/Josée/Josiane/Giosetta/Giuseppa David >>> Davina Francis >>> Frances/Francesca/Franziska/Francine/ Françoise Horatio >>> Horatia Thomas >>> Thomasina/Tamsin Peter >>> Petra Laurence >>> Laurencia/Laurentia/Lorenza Frederick >>> Frederica/Federica/Frieda/Frédérique William >>> Wilhelmina/Willa Cosimo >>> Cosima Benedict >>> Bénédicte/Benoite/Ben

Pete Wentz Has a Boy

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Meagan and Pete Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper just had a baby boy named Saint Lazslo. Wentz also has a son, Bronx Mowgli, with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson.

The Children of Catherine of Mecklenburg

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Catherine of Mecklenburg Catherine of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Saxony was born to Magnus II of Mecklenburg and Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin. She married Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony. Their children were: Sibylle, " Sibylle of Saxony " Aemilia, " Emilie of Saxony " Sidonie or Sidonia, " Sidonie of Saxony " Maurice, " Maurice, Elector of Saxony " Severinus, " Severinus of Saxony " (Died at 11) Augustus, " Augustus, Elector of Saxony "

Oya

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  Origin : Yoruba Gender : Female Meaning : "She tore" Pronunciation : OY-uh? Other forms : Oiá The Goddess Oya represents the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fire, magic, and fertility. She guards the Underworld, and creates hurricanes and tornadoes, which are said to be her twirling skirts as she dances. She is also the spirit of change, and the changes that come from destruction. Oya wears every color but black, and she sleeps at the gates of cemeteries. She is not only a Goddess, but an Orisha, which is an elemental spirit, her element being lightning. She holds the power to call forth the spirit of death, or even send him back. Oya is the protector of women, and her knowledge of magic makes her associated with witches. When she dances, she is said to have a horse tail, and she can transform into a water buffalo. Some of her favorite offerings are shea butter, eggplants, rum, pennies, masks, and wind instruments. She is called "the one who uses a

The Children of Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born Sibylle Calma Maria Alice Bathildis Feodora to Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein . She married Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten , who was born Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund, called "Edmund". Their children were: Margaretha Désirée Victoria, " Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler " Birgitta Ingeborg Alice, " Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern " Désirée Elisabeth Sibylla, " Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld " Christina Louise Helena, " Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson " Garl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, " Carl XVI Gustaf "

Vale

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Origin : English Gender : Unisex Meaning : Poetic term for a valley Pronunciation : VAYL Other forms : N/A Savannah Guthrie of "The Today Show" just had a little girl she named Vale Guthrie Feldman. I've liked the name Vale for a really long time, though I actually prefer it for a boy. A vale is a poetic word for a valley, which comes from the Old French val , which was derived from the Latin vallis or vallem which meant "valley". I'm sure a few of you have even heard of the "vale of years" from "Othello", and the "vale of tears" saying. I think Vale is a really lovely and obscure nature name, that doesn't seem overly hippie.

Wonderously Welsh

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Angharad Rees Girls: Seren Rhosyn Lleucu Heledd Angharad Olwen Enid Ceridwen Gwenllian Myfanwy Eysllt Gwyneira Tesni Mabyn Sioned Llinos Afanen Gwendolen Eluned Briallen Ffion Morwenna Rhiannon Boys: Taliesen Vaughn Gruffudd Emrys Ioan Llyr Aneirin/Aneurin Geraint Hopcyn Cai Islwyn Owain Llywelyn Rhys Siarl Uther Emlyn Idris Cadfael Eifion Dafydd

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Four)

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Maria Megale Komnene Final one! Irene Doukaina Anna Komnene Irene of Hungary Irene of Sulzbach Maria of Antioch Anna of France Maria of Hungary Euphrosyne Doukaina Kamatera Eudokia Angelina Theodora Doukaina Vatatzaina Anna of Hungary Irene of Montferrat Maria of Armenia Irene of Brunswick Anna of Savoy Irene Asanina Helena Kantakouzene Irene Palaiologina Maria of Bulgaria Helena Kantakouzene Helena Dragaš Irene Gattilusio Anna of Moscow Sophia Palaiologina of Montferrat Maria Megale Komnene

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Three)

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Zoe Porphyrogenita  We're now getting into the Byzantine Empresses as well. Aelia Anastasia Constantia Leontia Fabia Eudokia Martina Gregoria Fausta Anastasia Eudokia Theodora of Khazaria Maria Anna Irene of Khazaria Maria Eudokia Irene Serantapechaina Maria of Amnia Theodote Theophano Prokopia Theodosia Thekla Euphrosyne Theodora the Armenian Eudokia Dekapolitissa Eudokia Ingerina Theophano Zoe Zaoutzaina Eudokia Baïana Zoe Karbonopsina Helena Lekapene Theodora Theophano Theodora the Macedonian Helena Zoe Porphyrogenita Ekaterina of Bulgaria Eudokia Makrembolitissa Irene Pegonitissa Maria of Alania

Names Worn by Vanessa Redgrave

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Vanessa Redgrave Today's actress is a personal favorite of mine, the junoesque Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave was born in Greenwich in 1937, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave. Laurence Olivier famously announced her birth at a performance of "Hamlet", in which her father played Laertes, by saying that "tonight a great actress has been born". Initially the tall Vanessa planned on being a dancer, but eventually turned to acting, her family's profession of choice; her brother and sister are the late Corin and Lynn Redgrave. Her first starring role was in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment", for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Cannes award, a Golden Globe award, and BAFTA Film award. In 1962 Vanessa married Tony Richardson, and had two daughters, actresses Joely and the late Natasha Richardson. The marriage ended in 1967 when Tony left her for Jeanne Moreau. Later that same year, she starred in "Camel