On My Mind: 2-22-18

Poster featuring Svetlana

Svetlana, Sveta, and Severija - I've been watching and enjoying Babylon Berlin on Netflix. It's a German TV show following a cop new to Berlin who uncovers much more than he signed up for.
One of the characters in the show is Countess Svetlana "Sveta" Sorokina, a white Russian who sings at a cabaret, and who is playing all the sides - she is lover to Trotskyist Alexei Kardakov, right wing industrialist Alfred Nyssen, and is even working for the Soviet secret police.
Svetlana (called Sveta by her lover) comes from the Slavic svet, meaning "light, world". Interestingly enough, it is sometimes used as a translation of Photine, most likely because they have the same meanings. The character is played by a Lithuanian actress named Severija Janušauskaitė. I couldn't find any information on the name, but I assume it's a form of Severa or Severina.

Zaida - At work the other day there was a little girl called Zaida. It was pronounced "ZAY-da" and I thought it had a wonderful, modern, slightly sci-fi sound to it. Zaida is Arabic, and the feminine form of Zayd or Zaid, and means "to increase".

Medieval Italian Names - Boys

Self portrait by artist Bartolommeo "Baccio" Bandinelli

Balsamo
Bartolommeo
Bonanno - Means "good year"
Brancaleone - Means either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion"
Franchino
Galasso
Grifo - Means "griffin"
Jacobello
Lancillotto - Italian form of Lancelot
Lenuzo
Mercuzio
Oliverotto
Saraceno
Scarletto
Torchitorio - The name of several "Giudices" of Caligari - Giudices, which translates into "judges", were rulers of their local places
Zanobi - Tuscan form of Zenobio

Medieval Italian Names - Girls

"Belcolore" by Rossetti

I have a great love for Italian names - to me they represent some of the most gorgeous, romantic names in the world, so I was head over heels for most of the names on this list! I can't verify the authenticity of these being used during the Medieval era, so take that with a grain of salt, but I couldn't not post about some of them. Please let me know your favorites and thoughts!

Agnola
Altapasqua
Amellina
Belcolore - Means "beautiful color", used by Boccaccio in "The Decameron"
Cherubina
Corelia
Ermellina
Ghisolabella - A real life Ghisolabella was the sister of Venedico Caccianemico, a 13th-century politician; both were mentioned in Dante's "Inferno"
Junipera
Pantasilea - Italian form of Penthesilea
Pomellina
Smeralda - Means "emerald" - this was the name of Botticelli's mother
Vannozza - Vannozza dei Cattanei was the mistress of Pope Alexander VI and the mother of Cesare, Lucrezia, Giovanni, and Gioffre Borgia
Vermilia
Zebaina

Olympic Names 2018: Part One

Maé-Bérénice Méité

I love watching the Olypmics, and one of the major reasons is to see all the wonderful names. I've done quite a few posts on them before (click here to view them!), so I knew I had to do some more this year!
Here are a few of the names I found most interesting.


Akuoma Omeoga (Nigerian)

Blayre Turnbull (Canadian)
Breanna "Breezy" Johnson (American)
Brita Sigourney (American)

Cendrine Browne (Canadian)
Cornelia Hütter (Austrian)

Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgarian)
Dorothea Wierer (Italian)
Dunja Zdouc (Austrian)

Ebba Andersson (Swedish)
Emőke Szőcs (Hungarian)
Esmee Visser (Dutch)
Estelle Alphand (Swedish)
Ewa Kuls-Kusyk (Polish)

Fanuza Kadirova (Russian)
Federica Brignone (Italian)
Freydís-Halla Einarsdóttir (Icelandic)
Frida Hansdotter (Swedish)

Gaia Vuerich (Italian)
Galina Arsenkina (Russian)
Gigi Marvin (American)

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (Norwegian)

Keaton McCargo (American)
Kerttu Niskanen (Finnish)
Kikkan Randall (American - her name was a compromise between her parents: her father wanted to name her Kikki after Kikki Cutter, and her mother wanted to call her Meghan)
Kailani Craine (Australian)

Laurence St. Germain (Canadian)
Laurien van der Graaff (Swiss)
Lee Yu-bin (South Korean)

Maame Biney (American)
Maé-Bérénice Méité (French)
Mialitiana Clerc (Malagasy)
Minatsu Murase (Swedish)
Mirabelle Thovex (French)
Miyabi Onitsuka (Japanese)

Pernilla Winberg (Swedish)
Perrine Laffont (French)

Queralt Castellet (Spanish)

Rosalind Groenewoud (Canadian)

Saskia Alusalu (Estonian)
Shim Suk-hee (South Korean)
Simone Wild (Swiss)
Sylwia Jaśkowiec (Polish)
Synnøve Solemdal (Norwegian)

Takako Oguchi (Japanese)

Vedrana Malec (Croatian)

The Children of Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark

Prince Knud with his wife (center) and three children

I've really missed doing these, and after a very long break I'm hoping to get back into them! If you have any suggestions of royals you'd like to see featured, please let me know!

Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark was born Knud Christian Frederik Michael to Christian X of Denmark and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He married Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, who's full name was Caroline-Mathilde Louise Dagmar Christine Maud Augusta Ingeborg Thyra Adelheid. She was named after her grandmother, and was called "Calma" by her family.
Their children were:

Elisabeth Caroline-Mathilde Alexandrine Helena Olga Thyra Feodora Estrid Margarethe Désirée, "Princess Elisabeth of Denmark"

Ingolf Christian Frederik Knud Harald Gorm Gustav Viggo Valdemar Aage, "Prince Ingolf of Denmark"; he lost his title when he married someone without his parents consent he is now "Count Ingolf of Rosenborg"

Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik, "Prince Christian of Denmark", also lost his title for marrying without consent and became "Count Christian of Rosenborg"

On My Mind: 2-14-2018

L-R: Aud Johansen, Enid Smeedon, and Audrey Hepburn

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Romantic: Boys

"Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich
For boys I imagine men in fancy suits or cravats, walking together on a misty moor, or a little boy lost in the library of a crumbling estate. Smells are leather, grass, plain white candles, and books. Sounds are a bird's call from somewhere far away, the ocean, feet crunching on gravel.

Isidore
Graeme
Victor

Dorian
Soren
Fitzgerald
Laurence
Ulysses
Penrose
Ephraim
Julius and Julian
Francis
Sterling
Dashiell
Percival
Octave
Alistair
Robin
Devereux
Rory
Ignatius
Montague
Sebastian
Noel
Adrian
Brighton
Vaughn

Augustine
Casper
Peregrine
Christian
Anthony
 
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