|petit fours, dainty pastries, sometimes called 'dainties'|
Ulu - Finnish nickname for Ulla, which in turn can be a nickname for such names as Ulrika, Ursula, and Hulda. This information is courtesy of the FABULOUS name website Nordic Names (oops, I just read today her policy on only using a few of the name definitions on her site on your own website, so, I shall have to do more research and find a non-copyrighted source on a lot of the Scandinavian names, especially those featured at the end of the year. As I have time. I'd rather people had information and learned about her website, where everything is much more orderly and sensible and easy to search and find what you're looking to know. Not that anyone ever reads this blog but me. But I've always loved the idea of sending out a million 'messages in a bottle' in hopes of one reaching someone).
|Vasilesa the Brave|
Vasilesa- Russian, the feminine form of Vasily, which comes from the Greek name Basilios, which comes from the name Basil, which is derived from the word 'basileus' which means 'king'. Therefore Vasilesa means 'queen'. It is also the name of a character in a Russian fairytale.
|the seaside town of Whitby, England|
Whitby - English, derived from the Norse name and meaning "white settlement".
Ximén - Basque, meaning "pure" or "clean". However, Charlotte Mary Yonge in her book History of Christian Names suggests that it may be connected to the Germanic root 'amal' which means 'work'.
Ximen is also a Chinese surname meaning 'west gate'.
Yul - Russian, nickname derived from the given name Yuliy, which is a form of the Latin name Julius, which comes from the name of a Roman family, the Julii. Behindthename.com suggests that it might come from the Greek word iolus meaning "downy-bearded".
Zadock - Hebrew, meaning "fair one" or "righteous one". The names of the Sadducees are said to come from Zaddock.