The Children of Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland

Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland

Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland was born Lady Sybil Mary Mary St Clair-Erskine to Robert Francis St Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn and Blanche Adeliza Fitzroy. She married Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland. Sybil was renowned for her beauty, and even used cosmetics to enhance her looks, which was uncommon at the time, especially for a lady of her standing. She attended the Duchess of Devonshire's ball, held in honor of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The members of the party were asked to dress as allegorical or historical figures, and she came dressed as Hebe, the Greek personification of youth, complete with a golden cup and a large stuffed eagle strapped to her shoulders. She was only 38 when she died.
Their children were:

Vere Anthony Francis St Clair Fane, Lord Burghesh, later "Lt.-Comm. the Hon. Vere Anthony Francis St Clair Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland"

Lady Enid Victoria Rachel Fane

Maj. the Hon. Mountjoy John Charles Wedderburn Fane

Lady Violet Gloria Sybil Fane

Free to a Good Home: Girls, pt. 3

Françoise -

Origin: French
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Frenchman"
Pronunciation: FRAHn-SWAZ
Other Forms: Francine, France, Francette, Fanny, Frances; Francis, Franciscus, François
Combos: Françoise Lily, Françoise Odette, Françoise Marianne, Françoise Vienne, Azélie Françoise

If you haven't caught on yet, I'm obsessed with French names. This one is another favorite, but I'm really unsure of how it would do in English speaking countries. To me the pronunciation is pretty intuitive, but you really never know. Françoise is the feminine version of François, the French form of Francis. Francis came from Latin Franciscus, which meant "Frenchman" and Franciscus itself came from the Germanic tribe called the Franks, who were called so for a type of spear they carried. It was because of the popularity of St. Francis of Assisi the name became so widespread in Europe.

Órlaith -

Origin: Irish
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Golden Princess"
Pronunciation: OR-la
Other Forms: Órfhlaith, Orlaithe, Orlagh, Orla
Combos: Órlaith Adeline, Órlaith June, Vivian Órlaith, Penelope Órlaith, Órlaith Daisy

This was probably one of the first names I can really imagine being absolutely fascinated by. In mythology Órlaith íngen Cennétig is the sister of King Brian Boru of Ireland. She married High King Donnchad Donn, and was later accused of having an affair with his son Óengus from his first marriage. Órlaith was executed, and Óengus was spared, going on to succeed his father as High King. The original spelling is Órfhlaith, though I believe the more modern and common version is now Órlaith (or Orla). I obviously wouldn't be able to use any other spelling other than Orla, but to me it loses some of its charm that way.

Beatrix -

Origin: Latin
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Voyager, traveler" or "Blessed, happy"
Pronunciation: BEE-eh-tricks, BEE-tricks
Other Forms: Beatrice, Viatrix, Beatriz, Betrys, Beatrycze

Combs: Beatrix Rosemary, Beatrix Juno, Beatrix Fern, Mary Beatrix, Beatrix Marigold

I think Beatrix is hands down one of the most gorgeous names ever. The feisty "X" ending adds a bit of oomph and modernity to this classic that makes it wearable for any time. It likely comes from the latin Viatrix, which is the feminine form of Viator, "voyager, traveler". The switch to Bea instead of Via came from beatus, "blessed, happy", and was extremely popular among early Christians. It then led way to Beatrice in the 19th century which became the more popular form. Beatrix Potter as a namesake lends an extra bit of sweetness to this name.


La Vie Parisienne, September 23rd 1916

September is the ninth month of the year. The name September comes from the Latin septem, which means "seventh", as it was originally the seventh out of ten months. There were many festivals celebrated during September, from Ludi Romani, which consisted of different games in honor of the God Jupiter, to the obscure Septimontium, celebrated by montani, people of the seven hill communities of ancient Rome. In Charlemagne's calendar it is called the "harvest month", which coincides with the Anglo-Saxon's name for it - Gerstmonath, "barley month".

The birthstone of September is the sapphire; the flowers are forget-me-nots, morning glory, and aster. Virgo and Libra are the Zodiac signs for this month. Virgo is based upon Astraea, the last immortal to leave Earth after the other Gods fled to Olympus. Libra is personified by the Greek Goddess Themis' scales of justice, or in Roman mythology, Iustitia's. Themis is the Goddess of divine order, natural law, fairness, and custom. Iustitia, or Justitia, also called "Lady Justice", was an allegorical personification of the moral force of justice. She wore a blindfold, to indicate that justice is blind, and held a scale and a sword.

September in other languages: Setembro (Portuguese), Medi (Welsh), Septembril (Estonian)
September as a name: Eylül (September in Turkish)
Flowers: Glory, Myosotis (Another name for forget-me-nots), Aster, Shion ("Aster", Japanese), Astra ("Star", also the Czech name for the flower)

Gems: Sapphire, Sapphira/Safira, Sapir, Nilam ("Dark blue, sapphire")
Zodiac: Virgo, Astraea/Astraia, Dido ("Virgin"), Parthenia ("Maiden, virgin"), Virginia (Historically associated with Virgo), Adhara ("Maidens"), Morwenna ("Maiden"); Libra, Themis, Iustitia/Justitia, Adalet ("To act justly"), Eurydice ("Wide justice"), Zedekiah ("Justice of Yahweh"), Justus, Justin/Justine, Venus (Ruling planet of Libra)

Ninth: Nona, Sivan (Ninth month in the Hebrew calendar), Kurō ("Ninth Son")
Other: Harvest, Barley, Season, Autumn, Gloria, Jupiter