|St. Clotilde holding a model of a cathedral|
If being Catholic was mainly about saints, or naming your child after one, I think I could be Catholic. It seems to have a few more details, so it's a no-go for me. But I love the stories of the saints.
|Dacian warrior on horseback from a blog dedicated to Romania (Dacia)|
several more of her novels, which I liked a lot.)
Ermengarde -German, meaning from the German words "ermen," meaning "whole, universal" and "gard" meaning "enclosure, protection". In searching about for information on this name I found that, though Ermengarde is definitely a medieval name, there was an actual Princess Ermengarde that lived in the 20th century, and only just recently died. (3 cheers! Not that she died, but that she lived so long.) And also a novel, called "The Suspicions of Ermengarde" available on google books. I read a few pages and I'm intrigued. Though I'd prefer a hardcover version. I hate reading online.
Fortuna - Latin "fortune, luck". She was the Roman goddess of fortune. Her name comes from Vortumna "she who revolves the year".
Gad - Hebrew, meaning "fortune". Now, is that a coincidence? I did not know the meaning of Gad when I decided to include it in today's grouping. Some things are uncanny and can make you start to notice or expect all sorts of things! Maybe we are just naturally superstitious creatures.
Hiram - Phoenician or Hebrew, meaning "exalted brother"
Iben -Frisian variant of Ivo or a short form of Ibenhard. Ibenhard is a Norwegian surname (who knows what it means?!) And Ivo is German coming from 'iwa' meaning 'yew tree'. The yew tree was sacred to ancient Europeans.