Caradoc

King Arthur's Knights Seeing a Vision of the Holy Grail (King Caradoc is in blue)

Origin: Welsh
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Love"
Pronunciation: ka-RA-dock
Other Forms: Caradog, Caratacos, Caratacus

This strong Welsh name has a surprisingly soft meaning - it comes from the Celtic car, meaning "love" and shares this root with the girl's name Carys. In mythology (some believe he was real, or at least a amalgamation of few a historical figures) King Caradoc Freichfras, also known as Caradoc Strongman, lived during the 5th- or 6th-century and was a knight of the Round Table. He was said to be a King of Gwent, a medieval Welsh kingdom that laid between the rivers Wye and Usk, and existed from the end of Roman rule until the Normans invaded in the 11th-century. 

In the Welsh Triads, medieval scripts that have preserved much of Welsh myth and history, he is said to be Arthur's chief elder at Celliwig in Cornwall. Cellwig is one of the earliest named locations for Arthur's court. Caradoc even had his own romance called the "Life of Caradoc", featuring in the first continuation of de Troyes' "Perceval, the Story of the Grail".

Caradoc has a few different forums and they all seem to derive from the original form, Caratacos. Caratacos is also the name of a 1st-century British chieftan famous for rebelling against Roman rule. In Shropshire there is a hill named Caradoc that is purported to have been in honor of a Celt who was taken as a slave by the Romans. He refused to bow down when beaten and was cheered by the crowd and eventually freed. 

If you are looking for a name with history, then Caradoc, rumored to be one of the oldest names from Britain, is a name I can't recommend more!

The Children of Sylvia Storey

Sylvia Storey, Lady Poulett, was born Sylvia Lillian Storey to William Frederick Clayton Storey and Lilian Margaret Thorley Holmes. Like her parents, Sylvia was an actress and also a dancer and Gaiety Girl. She married William Poulett, 7th Earl of Poulett.

She had two children with him:

George Amias Fitzwarrine Poulett, "George Poulett, 8th Earl of Poulett"

Bridget Elizabeth Felicia Henrietta Augusta Poulett, "Lady Bridget Poulett"


She also had a child with Major Percy Howard Hansen:

Phoebe Amie Sybil Poulett, "Lady Phoebe Poulett"

Bisera


Origin:
Slavic
Gender: Female
Meaning: "Pearl"
Pronunciation: BIH-ser-uh, BEE-ser-uh
Other Forms: Biserka

I've been really into Slavic names lately, and this lovely name, used most commonly in Bulgaria, Macedonia, is no exception! 

Bisera comes from the South Slavic word biser, meaning "pearl". Pearls are the lustrous object produced within the soft tissue of shelled mollusks, and like their shell is made up of calcium carbonate. While most pearls today are cultured, also known as farmed, a naturally formed pearl is still considered the best quality. Pearl hunting can be traced all the way back to 543 BC, when the only way to gather them was to use free divers who would have to swim to a depth of more than 100 ft on a single breath. Indians harvested freshwater pearls from the lakes and rivers in Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The beautiful pearls produced in the waters around the British Isles were one of the big attractions for Julius Caeser.

I found two famous namesakes, Bisera Veletanlić, a Serbian jazz singer, a star of music festivals of the 1970s, and Olga Bisera, born Bisera Vukotić, a Yugoslav-born Italian actress who featured in "The Spy Who Loved Me".

The Children of Blanchette Rockefeller

Blanchette and John

Blanchette Rockefeller was born Blanchette Ferry Hooker to Elon Huntington Hooker and Blanche Ferry. Blanchette was an American art sponsor and philanthropist. She married John D. Rockefeller III.

Their children were:

Jay Davison Rockefeller, "Jay Rockefeller IV"

Hope Aldrich Rockefeller

Sandra Ferry Rockefeller

Alida Ferry Rockefeller

Ed Sheeran Welcomes Baby Girl

Cherry and Ed

Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, just welcomed their first child, a little girl! Her name is Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. Many believe the name is inspired by Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" books, as Ed is a fan of them.

 
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