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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!
Women: 
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…

Austėja


Origin: Lithuanian
Gender: Female
Meaning: "To weave"
Pronunciation: N/A
Other forms: Austė

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been such another long break, but I'm back today with a beautiful name from Lithuanian Mythology. Austėja is the Goddess of bees, primarily, but also blossoms, honey, and fellowship. She is also said to protect families, brides, and pregnant women.

A Lithuanian tradition called "biciulyste", which is about making friends through bees. People had to share hives, and because of this became good friends, and sometimes families ended up related through marriage. Bees were thought to be able to tell a person's personality, whether they were good or bad, and were said to sting angry or jealous people. Bees and beekeeping are extremely important in Lithuanian culture - there is even a museum dedicated to it - "The Lithuanian Museum of Ancient Beekeeping". During the "Bičkopis", a honey gathering feast, people would invite their friends over and share honey with them, and also make sacrifices of honey to Austėja.

I'm unsure of the pronunciation of this name (I have almost no knowledge of Lithuania or the Lithuanian language), but if anyone does, please let me know!

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  1. This is such a cool and unusual name and I especially love the association with bees :). As for pronounciation, I went to Forvo and looked it up. It seems to be pronounced aws-tay-uh. I posted the link below.


    https://forvo.com/search/austeja/

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and the link!

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