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, March 7, 2014

7 New Names to Begin the Month of March

Bithiah lifting Moses from his basket.

Aelinde -

Bithiah - Hebrew, meaning "daughter of Jah", it is the name of the Egyptian princess that adopted Moses and gave him his name (thanks to Wikipedia for this information!)

Cymbeline - Shakespearean, based on the name of an ancient Celtic king named Cunobelinus, from 'khoun' meaning 'hound' and the name of the sun god Belenus, so that the name means "hound of the Sun God."  According to the source I consulted, Cymbelline is said 'sim bah leen'. I included it under the heading for girls' names because, though it is intended to be a man's name, it just does not fit my notion of anything remotely 'manly' and sounds much more like a nymph or fairy. So I thought it fit better here.

Dido- The name of the Phoenician queen who founded the city of Carthage.  

Dido, Queen of Carthage

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Elshender- Scottish form of Alexander, which means "defender of mankind".

Finnian - Irish, from the name Finn, which means "white".

William Butler Yeats, white-haired poet laureate of Ireland, who sought to protect the literary heritage of his people

Gwylim - Welsh form of the name William, brought to the English by William the Conquerer, from the German name Wilhelm, from 'will' and 'helm' meaning 'protection'. One who has the will to give protection.

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