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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!
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…

On My Mind: 2-23-20

Azilde - I caught the 1946 adaption of Anya Seton's "Dragonwyck" on TV the other day, which starred Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, and Glenn Langan. A maid tells Miranda, the protagonist, that Nicholas' (one of the love interests / antagonist) great-grandmother, a beautiful woman from New Orleans named Azilde, was treated abominably by her husband and prayed all the time for something terrible to befall the family. The family is cursed to hear her sing and play her harpsichord in the infamous Red Room.
It's a wonderful Gothic classic which I really enjoyed!

As for the name, which is pronounced "eh-ZILD", it's a bit of a mystery. There is however a town in Ontario called Azilda which is named after Azilda Bélanger née Brisebois, who was one of the first female pioneers of the area and was known for her healing abilities.

Meraud, Tanis, and Loel - I came across an interesting group of siblings while researching royal and aristocratic names, that of the children of Benjamin Seymour Guinness and Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley:

Meraud Michelle (sometimes Michael) Wemyss Guinness

Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness - he went by Loel

Tanis Eva Bulkeley Guinness

Meraud is a charming Cornish name with a meaning possibly relating to the sea. Tanis is said to be the Greek form of Tanith, a name with Semitic roots that means "serpent lady". Tanith was a Phoenician Goddess of love, fertility, the moon and stars. It also brings to mind the fictional "tannis root" given to Rosemary by the coven of witches in "Rosemary's Baby". Loel, I believe, is a form of Lowell (my grandfather, father, and brother's name), which is a surname that is thought to be derived of a Norman French nickname meaning "young wolf" or "little wolf".

"Meruad, Tanis & Loel Guinness"


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