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

Sunday's Names #232-238

Roza Shanina, who died at age 21 in WWII, a Soviet hero
who is known to have killed at least 59 of the enemies, at
 least 12 during the Battle of Vilnius. She was an expert
 marksman and volunteered for service in 1941 at age 17. 
Since our goal is to learn 2,014 new names this year, todays' names leave us with just 1,776 names left to learn!!


Bronislava - Russian, a feminine form of Bronislaw, from the Slavic roots "bron" meaning "protection" and "slav" meaning "glory". Pronounced "brah nee SLAH vah".

Corliss - English, from 'caru' meaning 'grief' or 'care' and 'leas' meaning 'without' or 'free from', so that the name means 'cheerful' or 'carefree' (according to a user on Pronounced 'kar liss'. I'm a little disappointed, as I had imagined it was said 'core liss'.

by Renoir, this mother and her 2 children seem perfectly
 carefree! The daughter, Georgette-Berthe is to the left and
the son,  Paul-Emile-Charles, sits next to his mother. The
mother's name is Marguerite-Louise.

Dorta - Spanish, a shortened form of Dorota, which comes from the Greek name Dorotheos (it gives us the English version Dorothy, as well). Dorotheos is derived from 'doron' meaning 'gift' and 'theos' meaning 'god', so that it means, as a name, 'gift of God'.
Altar angel made in Artois, France
between 1275 and 1300 AD


The Temple of Bel at Palmyra, where religious offerings were
 made in ancient times.

Elkanah -Hebrew, meaning "God has purchased".

Faramond - Variant of the Germanic name Faramund, from "fara" meaning "journey" and "mund" meaning "protection".

Jonah was thrown overboard while traveling by boat to Nineveh, as the sailors
 believed doing so would please the sea god and their journey would be
protected. Jonah, of course, was swallowed by a big fish. (see Geppetto, below,
  and the story of his time inside a whale in the tale of Pinocchio).

Geppetto - Italian, nickname for Giuseppe, which comes from the Hebrew Joseph (well, Joseph is English, the Hebrew is more like Yossef). Joseph (Yossef) means 'Jehovah will add' or "Jehovah will increase".

Heulyn - Welsh, meaning 'ray of sun'. It is pronounced 'HEE lin'.

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