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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

7 Outstanding names for Today


Lérida - name of a city in northeastern Spain, anciently called Iltirta (the Romans called it Ilerda and later, the Muslim conquerors called it Larida).

The book  Pueblos y apellidos de España: Diccionario Etimológico by Julián Aydillo San Martín,

suggests that Ilerda (which is referred to as the Iberian name of the city) is derived from Ilezda. As if  Lérida itself were not a pretty enough name (and it is absolutely beautiful when said ... "LEHR ee thah"), Ilezda is just that much more beautifully pronounced, with the allure of the initial I and the letter z. It is said "ee LACE thah" the 's' sound in LACE having a slight z vocalization in Spanish.

The city was inhabited by the Ilerguetes, the Iberian people of ancient Spain that occupied this place before the Romans, Celts, and Carthaginians. This is the region of Spain near the Pyrenees mountains. The ancient name, according to the above etymological dictionary, meant or referred to its position in an elongated depression or valley.

Modern History Or the Present State of All Nations, Volume 2 By Thomas Salmon is an English resource which also gives the Iberian name of the town as Ilezda. 

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Malgorzata - Polish, from the Greek word "margarites" meaning 'pearl'. Pronounced "mahw-gaw-ZHAH-tah", according to 

Nallomy -

Odgiva - Anglo-Saxon, its original form is Eadgifu, from 'ead' meaning "rich" or "blessed" and 'giefu' meaning 'gift'. Variants of this name include Otgive and Edgiva.


Peleg - Hebrew, meaning "a brook", according to Wikipedia.

The Brook of Sorek 
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Reccared - Gothic, from 'rec', which comes from 'wrikan' meaning 'to persecute' or 'to chase' while the second part of the name comes from a name element meaning 'advice' or 'counsel' (according to Vrbes Extinctae: Archaeologies of Abandoned Classical Towns edited by Neil Christie, Andrea Augenti, p 147).

Stanislav - Slavic, from 'stani' meaning 'stand' or 'become' and 'slava' meaning 'glory'.

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Stanislav Petrov received the Dresden Prize
(he's holding it up in this picture). He is the man
 who decided that the warning system was
 mistaken when it said that the U.S. had launched
 6 nuclear missiles against the Russians. Thanks
to him, you only have 10 fingers or 10 toes, rather
 than 13 or 2.

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