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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

7 New Names


Diadema - from the Greek word "diadema" meaning "band" or "fillet", which derives from the word "diadeo" meaning "I bind round" or "I fasten". Ancient Greeks wore diadems and they indicated that someone was royal or were worn by victorious athletes. These diadems could simply be ribbons or cloth or leather headbands or a garland. Eventually they were also made of metal and the half circular diadems worn by women are what many people think of today. They are a symbol of dignity and great worth. They were also worn by ancient Persians and ancient Egyptians.

Edras - a form of Esdras, which is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Ezra which means "help".

Fionnula -Celtic, meaning "white shoulder" or "fair" or "blond".


Gannon - Irish Gaelic, meaning "fair-skinned" or "fair-haired".

Heathcliff - Old English, meaning "heath-covered cliff" or "sloping wasteland". It comes from the English word heath (meaning heather) which derives from the Germanic root "heide". Though heath does refer to heather, it can just mean untilled land or wasteland. The Old Norse word heidr meant field. Old Saxon used the word hetha and this is supposed to come from a proto-Germanic root haithiz. Cliff comes from Old English (clif) meaning "rock, promontory, steep slope". The Proto-Germanic root was kliban. The Dutch word is klip, Old High German was klep.

Idris - Welsh, meaning "ardent lord", from the Welsh root "udd" meaning "lord" or "prince" and "ris" meaning "ardent" or "enthusiastic" or "impulsive".

Jarvis- a medieval form of Gervaise, which is a French form of Gervasius, a Latinized form of a Germanic name, derived from the root "ger" meaning "spear".

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