Free to a Good Home: Girls, pt. 2
Origin: Dutch and French
Meaning: A diminutive of Anna, "favor" or "grace"
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."
Meaning: Possibly having something to do with "sea"
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.
Meaning: "From the mouth of the 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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