On My Mind: 12-12-21

Princess Catharina-Amalia of Orange

Catharina-Amalia + Many More - On December 7th, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and heir presumptive to the Dutch throne, turned eighteen. Her full name is Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, and she has two younger sisters, Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien and Princess Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés. All of them have meaningful family names. Beatrix honors their grandmother, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, while Juliana does the same with their great-grandmother, Juliana of the Netherlands. Laurentien is for their aunt, Laurentien, who married Prince Constantijn in 2001. Wilhelmina is an often used name in the Dutch royal family, and just so happens to be the name of their great-great grandmother. And finally, Máxima is the name of their mother, Queen Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, whose own mother was named María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart, showing us just where the Carmen in Catharina-Amalia's name came from.

Icelandic Names - I'm reading a mystery set in Iceland called The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. In the beginning she has a handy guide to pronouncing most of the names in the book. Here are a few along with pronunciations!


Aðalheiður - AATH-al-HAYTH-oor
Aldís - AAL-deess
Ása - OW-ssa
Bergþóra - BERG-thoera
Dagný - DAAK-nee
Halla - HAT-la
Guðrún - GVOOTH-run
Magnea - MAG-naya
Silja - SILL-ya
Þórný - THOERD-nee


Arnar - ARD-naar
Bjarni - BJAARD-nee
Davið - DAA-veeth
Eiríkur - AY-reek-oor
Hrafn - HRAPN
Jökull - YUR-kootl
Kári - COW-rree
Sævar - SYE-vaar
Víðar - VITH-aar

Sophie Bathsheba - I'm addicted to the new series on Showtime called Yellowjackets, which is like Lord of the Flies meets Mean Girls. One of the actresses on the show is named Sophie Thatcher, middle name Bathsheba. I love the pairing of a classic name with something more daring in the middle!


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