In case you didn't come in on these posts from the beginning, I am introducing you to 2,014 names in the year 2014 over the course of this year. For the most part they are names that are brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some fine names for a rainy day

GIRLS

Adrasteia

Berthenia

Charneshia



BOYS

Davius

Elithorn

Xahir

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1030

That's how many names I've introduced you to so far this year. We are more than halfway done! But, unfortunately, we only have 3 more months to finish the next 886 names. Just under 300 names per month.

Here are some names to move us along towards our goal of 2014 new names this year.

GIRLS

Sheira - I met a young Hispanic girl named this the other day, pronounced 'shear uh'. Then I came across Shira as one of the top names given in Israel.

Tiona - a name featured on another website. Fascinating story about an adopted girl whose name, Tiona, was her only clue as to her parentage.

Walpurga - from the Anglo-Saxon 'weald' meaning "power" or "authority" or "ruler" and "burg" meaning "fortress" or "castle" or "town" or "city". St. Walpurga was an English missionary from the 8th century.

Casilda - Spanish, possibly originally Visigothic (the Visigoths conquered Spain in the early Middle Ages). Hard to determine a meaning, one website suggests "of the home" and "battle" for a possible meaning, but confesses that the meaning and origin is uncertain. Casilda was Moorish, which doesn't mean she couldn't have had a Visigothic name, but it seems more probable that it was not.


BOYS

Itai - another name I came across as one of the top names given in Israel.

Jamier -

Deval -

Six Unusual Names

GIRLS

Nicia- Greek, meaning "victorious".

Pernel - from Petronilla, meaning "a pretty stone".

Grishild - meaning "gray lady".


BOYS

Fulke - from the German "Vollg" meaning "noble and gallant" or from the English-Saxon "Folc" meaning "people" or "folk" which would be used similar to the Roman name Publius, indicating loved by the common people or folk. Fulke was a more common name in the early middle ages than it is now.

Gallio - meaning "milky"

Hengist - Anglo-Saxon, meaning "horseman".

Monday, September 22, 2014

Names from An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names

GIRLS

Dido - Phoenician, meaning "a manlike woman".

Goodith - contracted from 'Good-wife'. The short form is Goody.

Ninon - a French form of Ann meaning "little Ann".


BOYS

Abiezer - Hebrew, meaning "my father's attention"

Bardulph - German, form of Bertolf, meaning "fair help"

Diotrophes - Greek, meaning "nourished by Zeus". The book actually says "nourished by Jupiter" but that is used as a translation for Zeus.

Eldad - Hebrew, meaning "loved" or "favored of God".

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Falling Behind

Oops! I seem to be falling behind on this series of posts. I will do my best to keep them up, though presently I have things keeping me VERY busy.


GIRLS

Biene - Irish, possibly connected to the Indo-European root word for 'bee'. Another possibility is that it means "melodious" or "sweetness" and is pronounced 'ben yeh'

Yarleni - I've also seen Jarleni. They have both been Spanish-speaking, but my guess is that this is the Spanish version of Jarlene, a feminine form of Jarl, which means 'earl', coming from Norse.

Vina - Not sure if this is a nickname for Lavinia (or Lavina)



BOYS

Aeldwine

Ennion

Fayette - probably given in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette since the boy I came across this for had been born during the American Revolution, and was later a 'fifer' in the army.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New to me, new to you too?

Here are some names I've come across just in the last week that I had not heard before, or so little they seemed new.

Girls

Fergusia

Robina


Boys

Melanchthon

Salmon

Wrixham

Grashinham