In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were 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.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2, 014 Names 21 + 7 = 28

7 more names for you to meet. That will make 28 names so far, of our 2,014.

Roman woman
Valeria - the feminine form of Valerius, which was a Roman surname. It came from the Latin word 'valere' "to be strong". Pronounced 'vuh lair ee uh' in English.

Wilhelmine - The feminine form of the German name Wilhelm, which came from the name Willahelm. Wil meaning "will, desire" and helm meaning "helmet, protection". Pronounced "wil hel meen".

Ximena -Spanish or Basque, feminine form of Ximeno, which is possibly a form of Simon or may come from the Basque word 'seme' which means "son". Simon is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shim'on which means "he has heard". In Spanish this is pronounced 'hee may nuh'. It can also be spelled Jimena.

Yaroslav -the Russian form of Jaroslaw. It is pronounced 'yah roe slahf'. Jaroslaw  is Polish and comes from the Slavic roots 'jary' which means 'fierce' or 'strong' and 'slawa' which means 'glory'.

Zephaniah- this comes from the Hebrew name Tzefanyah, which means "Yahweh has hidden". In English Zephaniah is pronounced 'zef uh nye uh' where 'nye' sounds like the word 'nigh' in English (long i sound).

Abdiel - a Hebrew name which means "servant of God", coming from the roots 'ebed' 'servant' and 'el' 'god'.

Bartolo - Spanish form of the Greek name Bartholomeos, which came from an Aramaic name that meant 'son of Talmai'.

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