Bond Girls Pt. 1

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in "Dr. No"
Although Bond Girls are unfortunately portrayed as little more than sexual objects, I have to say that I love them and their ridiculous names.
My favorite name out of all them is probably Eve Moneypenny (and yes, you can fight me about whether or not she really is a "Bond girl"), or Vesper Lynd.
In these posts I'll only be featuring the names from the films, but I might do the ones from the books at a later date. This is going to be really long, so I apologize in advance. The names in parenthesis are the names of the actresses.

Dr. No (1962): 
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress; In the book her name is Honeychile Rider)
Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson)
Miss Taro (Zena Marshall)

From Russia with Love (1963):
Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi)
Sylvia Trench
Zora (Martine Beswick)
Vida (Aliza Gur)

Goldfinger (1964):
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton)
Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet)
Dink (Margaret Nolan)
Bonita (Nadja Regin)

Thunderball (1965):
Domino Derval (Claudine Auger; Dominetta Vitali in the book)
Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi)
Patricia "Pat" Fearing (Molly Peters)

You Only Live Twice (1967):
Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama)
Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi)
Ling (Tsai Chin)
Helga Brandt (Karin Dor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969):
Teresa di Vincenzo or Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg)
Nancy (Catherine Schell)
Ruby Bartlett (Angela Scoular)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971):
Tiffany Case (Jill St. John)
Marie (Denise Perrier)
Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood)

Live and Let Die (1973):
Simone "Solitaire" Latrelle (Jane Seymour)
Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry)
Miss Caruso (Madeline Smith)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974):
Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland)
Andrea Anders (Maud Adams)
Saida (Carmen du Sautoy)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977):
Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach)
Naomi (Caroline Munro)
Felicca (Olga Bisera)

Moonraker (1979):
Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)
Corinne Dufour (Corinne Cléry)
Manuela (Emily Bolton)
Dolly (Blanche Ravalec)

For Your Eyes Only (1981):
Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet)
Lisl Von Schlaf (Cassandra Harris)

Q: 3-30-16

Art by Junichi Nakahara
So I'm test running this idea of doing (or trying to do) a question every week. Deciding to do more of these will ultimately rest on how many people actually reply to the question so we'll see!

For my very first question of the week the topic is flower names: what are some flower names that are a little too unusual for actual use, but you love anyways?

My favorite right now is Myosotis, which was one of the little girl's middle names in this beautifully named sibset on Jolis Prenoms. Myosotis means "mouse's ear" in Greek, because of the shape of the leaves, and is the genus of the forget-me-not flower. Another love of mine is Hyacinth, which I like for both boys and girls. Hyacinth in Greek mythology, was a lover of Apollo, who made the flower out of his blood. Edelweiss is one I see being thrown around a lot these days, and it immediately brings the song from "The Sound of Music" to mind. They're beautiful white flowers in the daisy and sunflower family, and is a symbol for alpinism, as it is normally found in secluded mountain areas. To give someone the gift of an edelweiss is a promise of dedication.

Which is your favorite?

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On My Mind: 3-12-16

Zoé with Ugolin and Ugoline
Ugoline & Ugolin - Zoé Talon, comtesse du Cayla, maîtresse-en-titre to King Louis XVIII, had two children by her husband, a boy and girl named Ugolin and Ugoline. Ugolin is apparently a form of Ugolino, which itself is a diminutive of Ugo, the Italian form of Hugo.

Helmi - For 2015, among the Finnish speaking population of Finland, Helmi ranked number six for girls. Helmi is not only a nickname for Vilhelmina or Vilhelmiina, it also means "pearl" in Finnish.

Emil - For the Swedish speaking minority of Finland, Emil was number one for boys. Emil comes from the Roman family name Aemilius, which comes from the Latin aemulus which means "rival".

Hilkka Talvikki - Seen in a Finnish birth announcement, Hilkka means "bonnet" or "hood", while Talvikki means "wintergreen".


The Saturday Evening Post, March 20, 1943
March is the third month of the year. The name of March comes from the Latin Martius, the first month in the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for the Mars, the Roman God of war and a guardian of agriculture, who was believed to be a common ancestor of the Romans through the founders Remus and Romulus. Martius was the beginning of both agriculture and warfare season, perfect for the God of both. In Slovene, the traditional name is sušec, which refers to the ground finally becoming dry enough to cultivate. In Ukranian Czech, and Slovene, there are other names, all referring to it as "birch month". The birth flower for March is the daffodil, also known as the narcissus. Gemstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. Zodiac signs are Pisces and Aries, the ram that provided the golden fleece.

March's most famous holiday is St. Patrick's Day, a celebration and feast day for the Irish saint. It celebrates the day St. Patrick drove the Pagans out of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity, and more universally the Irish culture. It is usually celebrated by the wearing of green, parades, and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Lenten restrictions on drinking and food are lifted for the St. Patrick's feast day.

Flowers: Daffodil, Narcissus/Narcissa, Jonquil (a type of Daffodil)
Gems: Aquamarine, Beryl (aquamarine is a type of beryl), Cyan; Jasper (a bloodstone is a type of jasper), Heliotrope (the scientific name for a bloodstone)
Zodiac: Pisces, Mina ("fish"), Minali ("fish catcher"), Fisher, Pike; Aries, Ovid ("a sheep"), Kreios/Crius (either "lord, master" or "ram")
Third: Tertius, Tercero, Tri
St. Patrick's: Patrick/Patricia, Pádraig/Pádaigín, Patrick, Patricius, Clover
Irish Names: Clodagh, Aoife, Cillian, Saoirse, Caoimhe, Finn/Fionn, Eoin, Aidan, Aisling, 
Róisín, Sadhbh, Ronan, Maeve/Meabh, Lorcan, Orla/Órfhlaith (for more go here!)
Other: Mars, Martius, Birch

Names for Daring Girls

These names are inspired by edgy, assertive girls that throw caution to the wind, strive to be the best, but aren't afraid of failure. They are daring, inspiring, and heroic.
Jobs for these ladies: Aviatrix, lion tamer, journalist, Egyptologist, and nurse.

Una or Oona
Matilda or Tilda
Kit or Kitty
Cleo or Clio

Real Life Heroines:

Freya Stark - British explorer and writer (1893-1993)
Junko Tabei - Japanese mountain climber and the first woman to climb Mount Everest (1939-)
Alexandrine "Alexine"
Tinné - Dutch explorer (1835-1869)
Merieme Chadid - Moroccan astronomer and researcher (1969-)
Aloha Wanderwell (born Idris Galcia Hall) - Canadian explorer and filmmaker (1906-1996)
Wasfia Nazreen - Bangladeshi mountaineer, writer, and activist (1982-)
Belva Ann Lockwood - American; one of the first female lawyers and the first female attorney to go before the Supreme Court (1830-1917)

Mae Jemison - The first black woman in space (1956-)
Osa Johnson - American woman who explored with her husband (1894-1953)
Amelia Earhart - American; The first woman to fly across the Atlantic (1897- disappeared 1937)
Manon Rhéaume
- Canadian; The first woman to play in a NHL game (1972-)

The Children of Princess Ayşe Gülnev Osmanoğlu

Princess Ayşe and Nicholas with their children

Princess Ayşe Gülnev Osmanoğlu was born to Osman Selaheddin Osmanoğlu and Athena Joy Hanımefendi. She is married to Nicholas Sutton.
Their children are:

Maximilian Ali Beyefendi Sutton, "Prince Maximilian Ali"

Cosmo Tarik Beyefendi Sutton, "Prince Cosmo Tarik"

Lysander Cengiz Beyefendi Sutton, "Prince Lysander Cengiz"

Ferdinand Ziya Beyefendi Sutton, "Prince Ferdinand Ziya"

Tatyana Aliye Beyefendi Sutton, "Princess Tatyana Aliye"


Saint Lucia by Sassoferrato
Origin: Latin
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Light"
Pronunciation: loo-CHEE-uh, loo-SEE-uh, LOO-sha
Other forms: Lucy, Luzia

Lucia is one of my absolute favorites, but alas I have not a speck of Italian or Spanish blood (though I do have German, so it could work out if I wanted).
Lucia is originally the feminine form of Lucius, a Roman praenomen (given name) which came from the Latin lux - "light". It is surprisingly ranked #230 in the US, and is, deservedly, reigning as the top name in Spain right now. As you can see it has all sorts of different pronunciations floating around, but to me, the most beautiful is the Italian "loo-CHEE-uh".

Saint Lucia was a martyr from 4th-century Syracuse - though she is more commonly known as Saint Lucy - and is the patron Saint of the blind, writers, martyrs, epidemics, and Syracuse, among many others. Her mother's name was Eutychia, which many take as proof she came from a Greek family, and she suffered from a bleeding disorder. Lucia had vowed her virginity to God, and wished to leave her dowry for the poor, but her mother arranged for her to marry a young and wealthy pagan. Eutychia traveled to Saint Agatha's shrine in Catania, hoping for a cure. While she was there Agatha appeared to Lucia in a dream, saying that because of her faith her mother would be cured, and that she would be the glory of Syracuse. When her mother was cured she was able to persuade her to let her give much of her riches to the poor.

However, this did not make her betrothed happy, and he reported her to the Governor of Syracuse, Paschasius, who ordered her to burn a sacrifice in his image, but of course Lucia refused. He then ordered she be defiled in a brothel, but the guards could not move her, not even with the help of oxen. Then, they tried to burn her, but the wood would not catch fire. Finally, they were able to kill her with a sword.

The most well known part of her story is that she had her eyes removed, but this does not appear until later traditions. Some say they were removed because she foretold the punishment of Paschasius, and the end of the Diocletianic Persecution, that Diocletian would reign no more and that Maximian would die. Others say she removed them herself because a suitor liked them so. Legend states that when her body was prepared to be put into the mausoleum, her eyes had been miraculously restored.

The island Saint Lucia in Caribbean was named after her by the first settlers there, the French. Other namesakes include Lucia Rijker, a Dutch professional boxer, kick-boxer, and actress, Lucia dos Santos, a seer who supposedly spoke to the Virgin Mary, Lucia Galeazzi Galvani, an Italian scientist, and operatic soprano Lucia Popp.

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Welcomes Baby Boy

Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel with Princess Estelle
Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, have just had their second child together. They already have a girl, Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland, and now they have a little boy who they have called Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne.