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, September 22, 2014

Names from An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names


Dido - Phoenician, meaning "a manlike woman".

Goodith - contracted from 'Good-wife'. The short form is Goody.

Ninon - a French form of Ann meaning "little Ann".


Abiezer - Hebrew, meaning "my father's attention"

Bardulph - German, form of Bertolf, meaning "fair help"

Diotrophes - Greek, meaning "nourished by Zeus". The book actually says "nourished by Jupiter" but that is used as a translation for Zeus.

Eldad - Hebrew, meaning "loved" or "favored of God".

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