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, February 2, 2014

1,769 names left to learn

Sudanese woman
With these 7 names under your belt, you only need to learn 1,769 more names this year!!


Ismeria - ? unsure of origin, but one possibility is Arabic. This name was featured on as part of their Name of the Week series. You can read more in depth about it here. BBN ( connects it to a legend and some history from Picardy, France (the town of Liesse), with a woman named Ismeria from Sudan, during the time of the Crusades. Ismenia and Ismérie, pronounced 'EEZ mer ee', according to BBNare two names that BBN finds may be connected to Ismeria's origin. To keep it interesting, she suggests Isma, an Arabic name meaning 'protection' or Asma, also Arabic and meaning 'supreme', could potentially be names which gave rise to Ismeria. Ismérie appears to be the version of the name generally used in France. It seems, according to the BBN article, that a Spanish play may have helped spread the name a bit after the Middle Ages.  There are quite a few variants on this name on, so I encourage you to visit the article for all of them, plus quite a bit more of interest on the name and its usage. My favorites were Ismary and Ismeriette.
How adorable is this little Mexican girl?
She could easily be named 'Jesusa'. 
Susie or Sue would be easy nicknames, or Hazy. 

Jesusa - Spanish feminine form of Jesus, which is the English form of the Greek Iesous, which is a form of the Aramaic name Yeshu'a, which is a short form of Yehoshu'a meaning "Yahweh is salvation". Jesusa is pronounced "hay SU sah".

Kjersten - Danish, meaning "follower of Christ".

Painting by the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi 
Queen Boudiccea, a neighbor of the Trinovantes
 clan, as imagined by the artist John Opie,
 who lived in the late 18th century. 

Landora - Uncertain the language of origin of the name. However, Landora is used as the name of the female love interest in the play Fuimos Troes written in English and published in England in 1633. In the play the character is a native Briton, a member of the Trinovantes, one of the Celtic tribes that inhabited England at the time of the Roman invasion of Britain. However, a key concept of the play is that the British were descended from ancient Troy, just as the Romans were thought to have come from that nation. It also appears nearly the same as the name Pandora, which is Greek.


This image of Melchizedek painted on the wall of a church in Romania is
well-preserved. He is worshipped as a saint in the Orthodox and Catholic churches. 
Melchizedek - Hebrew, meaning 'king of righteousness". In the Bible, Melchizedek is a high priest of God. He was also the king of Salem, and the meaning of Salem is 'peace', so he is considered a king of both righteousness and peace. There are arguments that Melchizedek is Michael the archangel and that he is Shem, the grandson of Noah. Jesus Christ, according to the Bible, became a priest forever in Melchizedek's priesthood order. The priesthood of Melchizedek is said to be greater than the priesthood which was given to Abraham and some say that his is a heavenly priesthood (i.e. only practiced in heaven, and not on earth).

In the Bible, Nimrod is known as a great hunter.

Nimrod - possibly Akkadian. It may mean "rebel" in Hebrew.

Osten - German, from 'ostan' or 'ost'  meaning 'east', which comes from the Proto-Germanic root 'austra' and is related to the 'word 'ausos' meaning 'dawn' (according to Wikipedia. I haven't searched more than that yet).

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