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, November 15, 2014

Names for the middle of November

Gerd is the wife of a Norse god

Gerd - from the Old Norse 'gerdr' meaning "protection". There is a giantess in Norse mythology named this.

Goedele - Flemish

crown jewels of Greece

Basiel- a short form of the Greek name Basileus which means "kingly".

Christoffel - a form of the Greek name Khristoforos, which means "Christ-bearing".

Egmont - Germanic, meaning "edge of a sword" or meaning "awe" or "terror" or "fear" or meaning "protection" or "protector". It comes from the Germanic name Agimund, derived from 'ek' or 'agi' meaning "awe" or "terror" or "fear" and 'munt' meaning "protection" or "protector".

Elio - Italian

Florent - from the Latin "Florens" which means "flourishing".

Jaak - medieval short form of Jaakob or Jaakobus, which comes from the Latin name Iakobos which is derived from the Hebrew name Yaakov which comes from ya'aqobh which originates from aqev, which means "heel of the foot" and so means "heel-grabber".

Kees - Dutch, a short form of Cornelis which comes from the Latin name Cornelius, which is an old Roman surname, possibly related to the word 'cornu' meaning 'horn'.

Laurys - Manx form of Laurence which derives from the Latin name Laurentius which means "a person from Laurentum" and may come from the word "laurus" meaning "laurel". A wreath of laurel leaves was placed on someone's head to indicate that they were being honored and had earned this honor through some accomplishment. Traditionally they were used to crown the winner of a poetry competition in ancient Greece, perhaps because they are associated with the god of poetry, Apollo, who, in attempting to seize the nymph Daphnae for his own pleasure  caused her father to turn her into a laurel tree in order to protect her. This is the explanation for why the laurel tree is sacred to Apollo.

Lieven- Flemish

Manu - a fascinating name that exists with distinct etymologies in different cultures. One is that it comes from ancient Sanskrit and means "man" or "mankind" and was the name of the first man and who was the first king and who saves all mankind from the Flood. Another is that it is the name of the person from whom Aryans are descended and who are supposed to be descendants of ancient Atlantis. Still a third origin is that it is used as a nickname, for instance, as a Finnish form of names such as Immanuel, which comes from the Hebrew 'imanu el' which means 'God is with us', or as a form of Mauno or Maunu, Scandinavian names which come from the Latin name Magnus, which means "great". A fourth (or fifth, if you count Immanuel and Magnus as two separate origins) origin would be as a Hawaiian name for boys or girls meaning "bird".

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