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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tuesday's Thimbleful of Names, as 'twere.


Hannahlyn - a combination of the Hebrew name Hannah, which means "grace" and the English name Lyn, which derives from the Celtic word 'lenna' meaning 'lake'.

Isabinda - No luck on finding any origin other than, it was popular
in the 18th and 19th centuries, when there were also plays and books written with characters named Isabinda. It might be an invention of an author, Susan Centrlivre is one candidate. In any case, it woud  fit nicely in a book between Isabella and Linda.

Elizabeth Brunton, actress which  played the character of Isabinda in a play

Kimberline - Anglo-Saxon, a form of the name Gutheline, the name of a man who was given the land in Warwick, England in the 700s. The castle, of course, was built at a later date. Warwick is located on the River Avon, which flows through the Midlands, and is southeast of Birmingham. I chose to include this in the list of girl names rather than boy names as, well, I've never heard it used on a person I've known or met but it feels like a girl name to me. And not like a boy name.

urn from the Via Laurentina
Laurentina- Latin, from the name Laurence, meaning the laurel tree. La Via Laurentina was also the name of the road to Laurentum, so it may be that the name Laurentina could simply indicate being of that place in Italy.


Rebekah has Isaac bless Jacob with the birthright instead of Esau through deception.
Jeppa - Swedish variant of the Danish nickname Jeppe, which derives from Jep or Jeip, which comes from Jap, a Swedish nickname for Japer which is a form of the Norse name Jakaupr, which derives from the Latin name Jacobus, which is a variant of the Greek Iakobos which comes from the original Hebrew boy name Ya'aqov. The Hebrew root 'akev' means 'heel' (think of the Bible story about Jacob, the second-born twin, who grabs the heel of the first born twin) or the root 'aqav' means 'betray'. The meaning of Jacob is usually given as 'supplanter' which fits with the story of Jacob and Esau, in which Jacob, with the help of his mother, takes the birthright blessing in place of his older brother Esau, whom he had fed when he was hungry one day and had him promise to give him his birthright blessing. Since his father would not have done this, they told him (who could not see as he was very old) he was blessing Esau. (Jacob's never been one of my Bible favorites, can you tell?)

Meshach -Chaldean, from "Mi-sha-aku" meaning "who is what Aku is"? Aku was the moon god of ancient Babylon (also known as Ur, Agu, Itu, Sin and Itu, and then just Sin. The moon god Aku was the god of the ancient city of Ur (where Abraham was from) and he was  the eldest son of the chief god Elu (the Hebrew people were Semitic, coming from ancient Sumeria, and one name for their god is Elohim, though most often just El). When the city of Ur was the seat of power.

from an Assyrian artefact. The Moon God is depicted as a crescent. Interesting that a crescent moon is a symbol of Islam. Such an ancient and elegant symbol. So many ideas, mathematical, artistic, linguistic, etc. present here..

Niccolo - Italian form of Nicholas which comes from the Greek roots nikos meaning victory and laos meaning people, "victory people".

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