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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

More New Names!

Iolanthe - Greek, meaning "violet flower".

Jessamy - Persian, a form of the names Jasmine and Jessamine, which derive from the Persian Yasmin, meaning "jasmine" - a flower known for its fragrance. Jessamy seems to be the Hebrew version of Jasmine/Yasmin.

Kerensa - Cornish, meaning "love".


Lazio - Hungarian, form of Lazly. What I was able to find out about this possibility is that there was a St. Ladislaus in Hungary, a king who was later canonized as a saint. A chronicle of his life and kingship was called Gesta Ladislai (written in Latin). I also came across a reference to a church named in his honor being referred to as St. Lazle. Lazlo is the Hungarian form and Ladislaus is the Croatian form of the name. The Slovak form is Ladislav. Ladislav is a Slavic name, a variant of Vladislav, meaning "one who commands glory" or "glorious". It is possible also to connect Ladislaus with the ancient goddess Lada (or Lado) - goddess of youth and beauty and harmony and joy. I love this irony. This goddess Lada (or Lado) supposed to have been worshipped before the arrival of Christianity is considered by some not to have existed. But not in the 'atheist' concept of 'not existing', as in, there was no supernatural being like this, but rather that she never existed as a being in the social customs and beliefs of an ancient people. However, she IS celebrated in modern customs by modern pagans (I think of them as neo-pagans). Though I have no idea whether or not they believe they are worshipping an actual being or essence or if they see their rites as related to something else, but not supernatural. Who knew that the history of the name Lazio could be so interesting? And here's more:
It can also be a nickname for someone named Alazio, which is Germanic. In a book on the Augustine Order I found the Order of St. Alazio founded in 1309. I suppose that this is an Augustinian Order.  I haven't found out anything else, or even proof of this claim, except that it makes sense that you could use Lazio as a nickname for Alazio. Just a guess, but perhaps it is a form of the name Alois or Aloysius?

It could also be used to describe someone from Lazio - a province of Italy. The Italian Lazio comes from the Latin "Latium". The name of the Latin people, the Latini, came from King Latinus, or perhaps as the name of the place where the god Jupiter "lay hidden" from his father Saturn, who wished to kill him. It probably is related to the word Latin word "latus" which means "wide" or flat land, such as was found in the Roman countryside.

Manasseh - Hebrew, meaning "causing to forget".

Nero - Sabine (?), meaning "strong" or "vigorous".

Olegario -Spanish, could come from the Germanic name Aldegar, which is derived from "alda' meaning "old" and "gar" meaning "spear". I have to wonder why Olegario is NOT related to the name Oleg - that was my first instinct. Oleg is Russian and comes from the Scandinavian name Helge, which is a form of Helgi which comes from 'heilagr' meaning "holy" or "blessed". Another possibility I came across is that it is related to the names Olaguer and Oleguer which are its forms in Catalan, a language spoken in the northeastern part of Spain. The theory on this is that they come from a Germanic name and mean "he who dominates with his strength and his lance".

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