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 11, 2014

1,927 names left to learn


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Pernille - Norwegian and Danish form of Petronella, which is a nickname for the Latin name Petra, which is the feminine form of the name Peter, which derives from the Greek word 'petros' meaning 'stone' or "rock". Pernille then, might be taken to mean "small stone".

QUILA - Possibly from the English 'quail', which name originated for the bird owing to the  sound it made a "piping" or "twittering" sound. However, the person I met with this name pronounced it like Twyla with a Q, "qwhy -lah". Perhaps I have remembered the spelling wrong? I remember it began with q. I did come across a tree that has a name that sounds like qhwy-lah. (think 'quiet' but ending in 'la' rather than 'et'), the kwila tree is a species of flowering tree in the pea family.

a little Gambian girl

RAMATOULIE - A girl's name in the African country of Gambia. I know, at least, that the second half of the name is pronounced 'too lie', thanks to the blog of a Peace Corps volunteer (something I wanted to do when I was that age, but didn't.)

SACAGAWEA - Shoshone, meaning 'boat launcher'. This name can also be said slightly differently and therefore not come from the Shoshone language but rather the Hidatsa and mean 'bird woman'. Another alternate spelling of the name is Sakakawea.

Native American girl paddles a birch bark canoe, via Flickr.:


Costumes of the ancient Germans, engraving from Ancient and Modern Costumes by Giulio Ferrario (1767-1847), 1824.
Ancient Germans were bold in many ways. One way is that when they came to
fight the Romans, they did so without clothing. 
Tybalt will do whatever it takes to keep his cousin Juliet away from her Forbidden Love.:
THIBAULT - French form of the German name Theobald, which comes from 'theud' meaning 'people' and 'bald' meaning 'bold'. Thibault as a French name is pronounced 'tee BO'. Tybalt is a form of the name used in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet (and there are other forms from around that time) and I've always heard it said "TIH bult".

UTE - if you are using this as a name in reference to the Ute Indians of Utah, then Ute means 'dwellers in the tops of the mountains'. 


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