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Names from Agatha Christie: From Ariadne to Septimus

I have a confession to make: I am addicted to Agatha Christie shows. Now I do have plans on reading the novels, as I feel it's a requirement for anyone wanting to write mystery, and specifically historical mystery, just to see where these sort of novels originated. I call them my guilty pleasure simply because I do not particularly like Christie as a person, her racism being just the tip of a very large iceberg. But I have noticed she has some very interesting names in her works and I thought it would be great to take a look at them! Please let me know your favorites, or some I might have missed!
Adelaide Jefferson Adele Fortescue Ariadne Oliver Cherry Baker Cicely Beauclerk Cora Van Stuyvesant Dolly Bantry Elsie Holland Elvira Blake Evadne Willett Florrie Frankie Derwent Ginger Corrigan Griselda Clement Gwenda Halliday Gwenda Vaughn Hester Argyle Honoria Waynflete Jolly Bellever Kanga Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent Lavinia Pinkerton Letitia Blacklock Lettice Protheroe Marina Gregg Maud Dane C…

Praxis and Her Sisters

"Saint Praxidis" by Vermeer
Origin: Greek
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Practical", or "action"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Praxilla, Praxedes/Praxedis/Praxidis, Praxède/Praxéda, Praxed, Prassede

Thank you to Winter Flodman-Cash for suggesting Praxis (and her many other forms)!

Praxis is a Greek name meaning "practical", and is an epithet for the Goddess Aphrodite, and in that sense it is thought to mean more "action" or "active", as in the action of sexual intercourse. I'm not sure on a pronunciation, but I figured it could be something like "prah-ZEES", or the way I automatically say it, "PRACK-sus".
Praxis is also the word used for the practice of faith and worship for the Eastern Orthodox church, and "The Praxis School" is a school of Marxist philosophy. You must pass a Praxis test to become a certified teacher in the United States. Praxis is also a genus of moth in the Noctuidae family, mostly found in Australia, and brown in color. 

The more elaborate form, Praxedes, is the name of a 2nd-century Saint, and little is known about her. She is sometimes referred to as a sister of Saint Pudentiana, Saint Donatus, and Saint Timothy. Other times it is said that one of her brother is Saint Novatus, and not Donatus, and that she is a daughter of Saint Pudens. Praxedes and her siblings buried the bodies of Christians during a time of persecution and gave their goods to the poor. They died supposedly during the reign of Emperors Marcus and Antoninus II.

Praxilla, a form I wrote about on my previous blog, was the name of a Greek lyric poet, Praxilla of Sicyon, named one nine "immortal-tongued" women poets, and was highly esteemed, even having a statue made in her likeness.


  1. I read your post on Praxilla, great post by the way. You answered my question on anyone famous bearing the name. Now I think I have a new favorite spelling. Praxilla/Paxillia feel Lacey and feminine. While Praxeda is all show stopping, edgy almost like Zelda, mysteries, and foreign in feel. I still ADORE plaxy or praxy as a nickname.

    Here are a few pronunciations that I manged to find. I hope it helps, I don't know how realiable the site is, but it seems to carry many of the unsual names that most sites don't so I keep it in my back pocket. lol, if that makes sense.





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    2. Thank you for these links!

  2. I've had a long time love for the combo: Praxeda Marie-Esmeralda Lovise. Doubt we will ever use it or have kids, but I still oohhh and awww of how pretty it sounds and looks together.


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