Names Taken from Lord Frederic Leighton

"Pavonia" by Lord Frederic Leighton
Lord Frederic Leighton was an English artist who lived from 1830 to 1896. He was also the bearer of the shortest lived peerage ever; it was a hereditary title, and he had it only one day before he died.


Pavonia (A genus of plants)




Origin: French
Gender: Female
Meaning: Diminutive of Marie
Pronunciation: muh-NOH, muh-NAWN, MAN-on
Other forms: N/A

This is one of those names where I can't decide my feelings on it. I like the way it looks, I like that it is unusual and French, but I'm not sure if I'm keen on the pronunciations. I think the first time I heard it said aloud was when Damian Lewis was talking about his daughter Manon, and he used the "MAN-on" pronunciation, which sounded nice when he said it, but I sound very stilted when I attempt it. Manon is a diminutive for Marie, and is used in France and the Netherlands.
The first Manon I think of is from "Manon of the Spring" or "Manon des Sources", the sequel to the critically acclaimed "Jean de Florette". It is about Jean de Florette's daughter who is named Manon after her mother's favorite opera role, "Manon Lescaut". The opera was adapted from the 1731 book by Abbé Prévost, which tells the tale of the Chevalier des Grieux and his lover, the eponymous Manon Lescaut. It was very controversial in its day, and was even banned, though that didn't stop people from finding ways to read it.

I also think of Manon Balletti, lover of Casanova. They started a romantic relationship when she was seventeen and he thirty-two, though they met when she was but ten. She died when she was only thirty-six. Casanova believed his many affairs caused her life to be shortened from the stress.
And let's not forget Manon Rhéaume, the French-Canadian ice hockey player who won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics.

Mayflower Names

"Landing of the Pilgrims" by Michele Felice Cornè
*I totally forgot to post this yesterday, so here it is a little late.

Happy Thanksgiving! Today the post is some of the names of passengers on the Mayflower, both those from the Holland congregation and the London one.

Isaac Allerton
- Mary Allerton (wife)
- Bartholomew Allerton (7, boy)
- Remember Allerton (5, girl)
- Mary Allerton (3, girl; She was the last passenger of the Mayflower to die)

William Brewster
- Mary Brewster (wife)
- Love/Truelove Brewster (9, boy)
- Wrestling Brewster (6, boy)

Moses Fletcher

Degory Priest

Desire Minter

Stephen Hopkins
- Elizabeth Hopkins (wife)
- Giles Hopkins (12, boy)
- Constance Hopkins (14, girl)
- Damaris Hopkins (1-2, girl)
- Oceanus Hopkins (Born during the voyage)

William White
- Susanna White (wife)
- Resolved White (5, boy)
- Peregrine White (Boy, born on board in Cape Cod)

Humility Cooper

Jasper More

Elias Storey

Roger Wilder

The Siblings of C.C. van Asch van Wijck

"Cox in the Atelier of Toon Dupuis"
C.C. van Asch van Wijck was a Dutch artists' model and sculptor, and had many siblings who had amazing names. C.C. herself was Lady Cornélie Caroline, and was called "Cox". She was named for her aunt, Countess Cornelia van Limburg Stirum. She was the fourth of the five children of Lord Hubert Willem van Asch van Wijck and Countess Wilhelmina Philippina "Wim" van Limburg Stirum.
The others were as follows:

Constance "Conny"
Maurits "Maus"
Cecilius "Cecil"
Wilhelmina Adolphina "Dolph"

C.C. died after giving birth to her son, Johan Adolph "Dolph" Volcker, at the age of thirty-one.

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (2)

Agnès Sorel as "Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim" by Jean Fouquet
Continuing on...

Agnès Sorel - Charles VII - Sorel was the first officially recognized royal mistress in France. She was called "Dame de beauté", and had three daughters by Charles, Charlotte de Valois, Marie de Valois, and Jeanne de Valois. She died at the age of twenty-eight after giving birth to her fourth child. She was believed to have been poisoned using mercury, and theories state it was Charles' own son who did it.
Antoinette de Maignelais - Charles VII - Antoinette was Agnès' cousin and replaced her as mistress after her death. She had two daughters believed to have been sired by him. One was named Jane.

Phélisé Regnard - Louis XI

Marguerite de Sassenage - Louis XI

Françoise de Foix, Comtesse de Châteaubriant - Francis I

Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, Duchess of Étampes - Francis I

Mary Boleyn - Francis I (Disputed)

Diane de Poitiers - Henry II

Janet Stewart - Henry II - Had a son by him named Henri d'Angoulême.

Filippa Duci - Henry II - Had a daughter by him named Diane de France.

Nicole de Savigny, Baroness of Fontette - Henry II

Marie Touchet - Charles IX - Had a son by him named Charles de Valois.

Louise de La Béraudière du Rouhet - Henry III

Renée de Rieux de Châteauneuf - Henry III

Veronica Franco - Henry III

Marie van Kleef, Countess of Beaufort - Henry III

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (1)

Odette and Charles VI by François Guizot
I have a fascination with royal mistresses, with the power they gained and held, rivaling only the Queen's, who very often aware of them. They often had quite interesting names, and their children did as well, having the freedom to go a bit more adventurous with them than the royals did. Without further ado, starting all the way back in Clovis' reign from 509-511, here is the first batch of names.

Evochilde - Clovis I

Waldrada, Princess of the Lombards - Chlothar I

Valtrude of the Lombards - Chlothar I

Arnegundis - Chlothar I

Merofleda - Charibert I - Had a daughter by him named Berteflede.

Clothilde - Charibert I

Marcovefa - Charibert I - Had a daughter by him named Clothilde.

Theogilda - Charibert I

Fredegund d'Ardennes - Chilperic I - Later became Queen. Persuaded Chilperic to divorce his first wife and send her to a convent; however he then married Galswintha, who Fredegund strangled. Her daughter with Chilperic was called Rigunth, and she also tried to kill her.

Ragnetrude of Austrasia - Dagobert I - Had a son by him named Sigebert III.

Berthilde - Dagobert I

Gersuinda of the Saxons - Charlemagne - Had a daughter by him named Adaltrude.

Amaltrud of Vienne - Charlemagne

Ethelind - Charlemagne - Had sons by him named Richbod and Theodoric.

Sigrade - Charlemagne

Madelgard - Charlemagne - Had a daughter by him named Ruodhaid.

Regina - Charlemagne - Had sons by him named Drogo and Hugh.

Landrade des Herbages - Charlemagne

Adelindus - Charlemagne

Theodelinde of Sens - Louis the Pious - Had two children by him named Arnulf and Alpais.

Luitgrade of Saxony - Louis the Stammerer

Adelheid of Paris - Louis the Stammerer

Edgiva of Kent - Charles the Simple

Frederuna von Ringleheim - Charles the Simple

Biette de Casinel - Charles V

Odette de Champdivers - Charles VI - She was sometimes referred to as Oudine or Odinette, and was affectionately nicknamed "le petite reine", or "the little queen". She had a daughter by him named Marguerite de Valois.

Silent Star Names

I've been entranced by silent films ever since I saw the 1926 "The Scarlet Letter" starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson early one morning. I loved the heavy makeup and the over the top performances, the glamor and the fashion. The names are also really great, especially the women's, which were really spunky. I tried to feature a lot of the more prominent stars of the time so we could get an idea of what was popular, but a few of the more unusual names of lesser known stars slipped in! If you comment, please let me know what your favorite silent film is!


Anita Page
Lila Lee
Jobyna Ralston
Madge Bellamy
Betty Bronson
Renée Adorée
Madlaine Traverse
Nita Naldi
Billie Dove
Marguerite De La Motte
Leatrice Joy
Texas Guinan
Zena Keefe
Lillian and Dorothy Gish
Bessie Love
Teddy Sampson
Anna May Wong
Theda Bara
Mae Marsh
Alta Allen
Francelia Billington
Minta Durfee (real name was Araminta)
Louise Brooks
ZaSu Pitts
Clara Bow
Marion Davies
Thelma Todd
Norma Shearer
Bebe Daniels


Nils Asther
John Barrymore
Rod La Rocque
Charlie Chaplin
Gary Cooper
Antonio Moreno
Rudolph Valentino
Lon Chaney
Monte Blue
Ronald Colman
Adolphe Menjou
Wallace Reid
Douglas Fairbanks
John Gilbert
Ramon Navarro

The Children of Joachim of Denmark

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark
Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian to Margrethe II of Denmark and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. He first married Princess Alexandra of Denmark, later Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg who was born Alexandra Christina Manley.
Their children are:

Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, "Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat"

Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian, "Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Then he married Princess Marie of Denmark, who was born Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier.
Their children are:

Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, "Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat"

Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie, "Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat"