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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

7 Names for the Last Sunday in March

rose earrings

Treandaphelia - apparently from the Greek name Triantafyllia which is the feminine form of Triantafyllos and comes from the Byzantine Greek word for a rose flower, 'trianta' meaning 'thirty' and 'phullon' meaning 'leaf'. Thanks to for this information! The name seems to have been given to a few English women in the early 1800s.

Urrues - I believe this is Spanish

Virgilia Latin, feminine form of Virgilio, meaning "rod bearer".

" in the ancient Olympic games was the leader of the police force who assisted the Hellanodikai to impose fines on athletes who did not follow the rules. The rabdouchoi, rod-bearers, andmastigophoroi, scourge-bearers, carried out the punishments. If an athlete could not pay a fine, his hometown paid it for him" (according to wikipedia). 

Whitley -English, from the Anglo Saxon 'hwit' meaning "white" and 'leag' meaning 'meadow' or 'wood'. It was used as a place name and when surnames developed, people from places named Whitley adopted this as their surname. The tradition of giving sons their mother's maiden name eventually was adopted for girls as well.


Zared - Hebrew, meaning "ambush".

soldiers waiting in ambush

Ahura Mazda- from two Avesta words  ''ahura" was the word used for any deity in the pantheon of pre-Zoroastrian religion, it is derived from "ahu" meaning "life-giving force"  or "the being " or "the essence" or "lord" and "mazda" meaning "superior intellect" or "supreme wisdom". Ahura Mazda is the name of the god Zoroaster introduced - to be worshipped as the 'only' god, changing people's worldview from one of polytheism to monotheism.


Yendi - all I've found so far is that this the name of a place in Ghana, Africa and has been used as a personal name, but I don't know much more than that.

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