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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

1,748 Names left to learn this year


Life in the Elysian Fields was one of perfect bliss and joy.

Elysia-  Greek, meaning "incorruptible" or "to be deeply stirred from joy" or "to come". The Elysian Fields were Paradise in Greek mythology.

Fauneil possibly French, this is a surname also. I encountered it as a woman's name, however.

In the devotional medal above, the assassins 
have a rope or ribbon to strangle Godelieve
Godelieve - Flemish, from Godeliva, the feminine form of the German name Gotelieb, which comes from 'god' and 'leub' meaning 'dear' or 'beloved'.

Saint Godelieve, a pious Christian 
woman, was murdered on her husband's command.


Heriberto - Spanish, from the Germanic name Herbert, which comes from 'hari' meaning 'army' and 'beraht' meaning 'bright' (according to

Isembart - Saxon, from "isern" meaning 'iron and steel' and 'beraht' meaning 'bright'. Beraht came from 'barta' which was the Saxon name for a broad axe.  There is a medieval poem that described the deeds of the knight Isembart with his cohort, Gormont, a Moor. Not the book pictured below, necessarily, that was just a nice picture to go with the name.

I will get around to reading the epics, when I can pull my nose out of the book I came across that FINALLY after hours of research gave me the origin of the name Isembart, which is

Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary

By Henry Harrison

Which is nice resource and available on Google Books.

Jubal  - after all the hard work to find the etymology of Isembart, I am taking the easy way out and giving you the etymology for Jubal that I found in another source, likewise available on Google Books.

The Encyclopædia britannica: a dictionary of arts, sciences ..., Volume 16

A hedge could be made of stone, as in the stone wall surrounding this village
 from long ago

Kellen - Richard Stephen Charnock in his  Patronymica Cornu-Britannica: Or, the Etymology of Cornish Surnames   (1870) supposes that this name comes from 'ke-lan' and refers to a church or place surrounded by a hedge. Well, his spelling is Kellan, until I find that there is any difference other than spelling, we'll assume it is the same name. He does offer the possibility that it comes from Kelland, which he connects with the name Helland in 'Trigg Hundred'. He also mentions that 'kil' means 'neck' or 'promontory' and 'kelin' means 'holly-tree'. As for Helland in Trigg Hundred, well, there were enough different theories of how the name came to be, that I decided to just let you read his explanation:

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