Free to a Good Home: Girls, pt. 2

Anouk Aimée
Anouk -
Origin: Dutch and French
Gender: Female
Meaning: A diminutive of Anna, "favor" or "grace"
Pronunciation: ah-NOOK
Other forms: Anna, Anke, Anneke, Ninon
Combos: Anouk Meraud, Anouk Evangeline, Penelope Anouk, Marianne Anouk, Sophie Anouk

Anouk is another one of those "if I was French/Dutch I would totally use that" sort of names. While I think Anouk would fit in swimmingly in America, it's just not for me to use. French actress Anouk Aimée was born Nicole Françoise Florence Sorya Dreyfus to actor Henri Murray (Henry Dreyfus) and actress Geneviève Sorya. She made her film debut at age fourteen, playing "Anouk" in La Maison sous la mer, and kept the name. Later, while writing Les amants de Vérone specifically for her, Jacques Prévert suggested she take the last name Aimée (which means "beloved" in French) "that would forever associate her with the affective power of her screen roles."

Meraud -
Origin: Cornish
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly having something to do with "sea"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: N/A
Combos: Meraud Daylily, Meraud Violet, Josephine Meraud, Daphne Meraud, Meraud Pearl

A recent discovery and fancy, I found Meraud in this post on British Baby Names. It's meaning is unknown, but possibly has something to do with the Cornish mor, "sea". While it may be a little too adventurous for some as a first name, I think it makes an unusual and stunning middle.

Munro -
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "From the mouth of the Roe"
Pronunciation: mun-ROE
Other forms: Monroe, Munrowe, Monrowe
Combos: Delia Munro, Kitty Munro, Sibylla Munro, Felicity Munro, Munro Delphine

My favorite spelling of the name, (it brings to mind strong-willed Cora Munro from The Last of the Mohicans) this version could even get away with being a bit of a nature name - In Scotland any mountain over 3'000 feet is called a "munro". They are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet, who was the one who first wrote a list of these hills. The most well known munro is the Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Another nature connection is in the meaning,"from the mouth of the Roe", the Roe being a river in Northern Ireland.


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