Thursday, February 4, 2016

T'is still a new year and begin anew we must continue to do!

It's about the time of the Chinese New Year, so why not feature a Chinese theme?

Chinese personal names are very short. Here are some I like:


Nuan - 'warm' or 'genial'

Ning - 'peaceful' or 'tranquil'

Nuo - 'graceful

Qiu - 'autumn'

Ru - 'scholar'

Su - 'plain' or 'respectful'

Wei - 'small' or 'rose'

Xue - 'study' or 'learning


Ning - 'peaceful' or 'tranquil'

Qiang - 'strength'

Qiu- 'autumn'

Tai - 'great' or 'extreme'

Tu - 'chart' or 'map'

Wei - 'power' or 'strength' or 'towering' or 'lofty'

Xue - 'study' or 'learning'

Sunday, January 31, 2016

3 More for the Road

Boy Names




Saturday, January 30, 2016

3 For the 30th





Joseph Mary -  I had heard of doing this sort of name for a boy in Catholic countries like Spain or France, but had not actually ever encountered a man with a woman's name for a middle name (a woman's name that had not ever been a man's name first, like Ashley or Vivan)

His father's name was Joseph, his mother's name was Mary, and his older sister's name was Josephine. Paralee was his oldest sister's name and Finetta the second sister's name.

Mary was, I think, his middle name and not part of a double name like John Paul.

Friday, January 22, 2016

One New Name, Leads to Another

I was researching the name Vontess for an earlier post and coming up with dead ends everywhere. I turned to my mother who remembered the lady better than I did and I came across more unusual names to feature from Vontess' family.


Esmont - this was her daughter's name

Nelma - The daughter's name Nelma Esmont, though she went by Esmont (it's a Utah thing)


Keogh - Her husband. But Mom cannot remember how this name is said or where it comes from!

I found in one source that it means "darkness". Another source says it comes from the Irish name Eochaidh, which derives from the word for 'horseman', 'eochadha'. Eochadha comes from 'ech' meaning 'a horse'. It can be found as part of the surname MacKeogh, which means 'son of Eochaidh'. Knowing the meaning of Eochaidh, it would mean son of the horseman. It would seem that it can be spelled Kehoe and, according to another source, though it does mean horse and a man who rides one, it describes the horseman as "a bold horseman or knight". MacKeogh comes from the surname Mac Eochy and is seen to make the Irish name easier for an English speaker to pronounce. I still have not figured out how this name is said!

Friday, January 15, 2016

I Spy, With My Little Eye, Some Extraordinary Names

Or at least, they were names I had not seen or noticed before. I saw these on my walk yesterday at the graveyard.


Christia - I'm wondering how it's pronounced. Is it just said like Christa? Or is it said like Christy? Is it 'chris tee ah' or is it 'christ yah'  or 'christ jah' or maybe even 'chris TEE ah'? Chris tee yah is my personal choice.


Clagett - this is a surname around here but this was the first time I have seen it as a personal name.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Names, My Treat!


Tiziana -Italian, meaning "giant", according to The Everything Baby Names Book" by June Rifkin.


Arioch - Hebrew, meaning "royal", according to June Rifkin's book.

Zabbai-  at left the name as it is written in Hebrew, its language of origin. It is derived from , which is Hebrew, written in English as 'zub'. The name means "that runs or glides". From Calmet's bible dictionary.