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  1. #6
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    Jan 2014
    Oooh, I love Godiva! What a great namesake! Ignore my other post, I think fourthseason has much better suggestions. Godiva Avery flows relatively well, and I love the idea of Ivy as a nickname. Aw, you could even call her a little diva sometimes so sweet!
    I'm Claire, an Australian teenberry. I love names and kids, but I'm not going to become a mum for at least ten years. Until then, I'm just playing with possibilities.

    For girls, I love:
    Matilda - Iulia - Rosa - Annalise - Linnea - Eva

    For boys, I love: Anders - Reuben - James - Jude - Caspar - Thomas

    Guilty pleasures are: Blaise - Orion - Caspian --- Madelief - Isolde - Hero

  2. #8
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    Dec 2013

    A name that straddles an interesting divide between
    being quaint and homespun, and a dignified woman of substance.


    Dorothy is the anglicised form of Dorothea, a Greek name used in Late Antiquity. The name derives from a compound of δωρον (doron) "gift" and θεος (theos) "god".


    St Dorothea of Caesarea (or St Dorothy, as she became known to medieval Britons) was a Christian martyr in the 4th century. Her cult became widespread in Europe during the 14th century, when virgin saints were much revered, and, consequently, she is often depicted alongside St Barbara, St Catherine and St Margaret. The four of them became known as the "Virgines Capitales", the Main Virgins, and it is her association with them that often has Dorothy listed as a part of the "Fourteen Holy Helpers" who were invoked against the Black Death in 1346 to 1349.

    During the 15th century in Britain, not only was a great deal of artwork created depicting the saint but the name Dorothy came into popular use. At this time the 'th' was pronounced as a hard 't' (as with other names such as Anthony, Esther and Thomas) which can be seen in the spellings Doritie, Doritye, Dorety and Dorete*. The name was extremely popular throughout the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and it is estimated that the name stood in the Top 20 most popular female names from at least 1538 to 1700*.

    In rare circumstances we can find boys in the 16th century called Dorothie or Dorie but this is most likely a form of the masculine name Dorotheus, also borne by a saint of Late Antiquity.

    The name saw a slight decline in popularity during the 18th century, although we can still find it in consistent use. It was revived to great popularity in the 19th century and in 1904 the name was the 5th most popular name for girls. It was #4 in 1914, #5 in 1924, #11 in 1934, #31 in 1944, and finally ranked at #67 in 1954. The name has not been in the Top 100 since.

    In the 16th century the name was abbreviated to Doll and Dolly. By the 18th century it was more commonly shortened to Dora, and later, in the 19th century, Dodo, Dot, Dotty and Thea were used. Dorti has been used as a diminutive in Wales while, in Ireland, Dorothy was used to anglicise Doireann / Doirend.

    In 2010 the name ranked #695 in England and Wales with 53 births. Dolly ranked slightly higher at #664 with 56 births. The name has been steadily rising since 1996 when it ranked #1072 with only 18 births.
    Two babies were named Dorothy in Scotland in 2010, but none in 2011.

    Famous Bearers:

    * St Dorothea of Caesarea (St Dorothy) was a 4th century martyr who was killed for refusing to marry or worship Roman gods. Legend has it that a lawyer named Theophilus jeeringly asked her "Send me some of the apples and roses from that garden you speak of, where you are going to your bridegroom." It being winter, both were impossible to get. On her death she prayed for Theophilus and an angel appeared at her side with a basket of three apples and three flowers. Consequently, St Dorothy is considered the patron of brides, newlyweds, florists and gardeners. Her feast day is February 6th.
    * Dorothy Wordsworth (1771 — 1855) was a poet, sister of William Wordsworth.
    * Dorothy Garrod CBE (1892 — 1968) was a British archaeologist and first woman to hold an Oxbridge chair.
    * Dorothy Thompson (1893 — 1961) was an American journalist and radio broadcaster. She is often known as the “First Lady of American Journalism.”
    * Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 — 1957) was a British poet, playwright and novelist.
    * Dorothy Fields (1905 — 1974) was a hugely successful American songwriter for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films.
    * Dorothy Hodgkin (1910 — 1994) was a British chemist and Nobel Prize winner.
    * Dorothy Lamour (1914 — 1996) was an American Hollywood actress.
    * Dorothy Dandridge (1922 — 1965) was an American actress and was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in her role in Carmen Jones (1954).
    * Dorothy Faye Dunaway (b.1941) is the birth name of actress Faye Dunaway.

    * Dorothy Gale is the heroine in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by Frank Baum, and later the 1939 movie adaptation The Wizard of Oz.


    Dorothea (Original Greek, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian), Doroteya (Bulgarian, Russian), Doryty (Cornish), Dorota (Czech, Polish), Dorotea (Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Swedish), Dorothée (French), Dorottya (Hungarian), Doroteia (Portuguese), Doroteja (Serbian, Slovene), Dorti (Welsh)


    DO-rə-thee (modern UK) DO-rə-tee (original English) [key]


    Dee, Dodie, Dodo, Doll, Dolly, Dora, Dorit, Doro, Dorti, Dory, Dot, Dottie, Rory, Teddy, Thea, Theo

    Sibling Names:

    Millicent Lillian Agatha Mabel Claribel Agnes
    Alfred Walter Francis Chester Edwin Wilfred

    Name Lists:

    Funky-Clunky Terrifically Tudor Gorgeously Georgian Victorian Darlings Golden Age Hollywood Saintly and Stylish Names of Roses

    If you like Dorothy you may also like:
    Pearl, Margaret, Olive, Rosemary, Marigold, Theodora, Dorinda, Mildred, Davina, Elspeth

  3. #10
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    Dec 2013

    Samething as above

    Loveday- medevil- means dear day and sweetheart

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Name of the Day: Loveday
    It sounds like a hippie-chic mash-up concocted by a pair of flower children on a commune, the logical choice for Moonglow and Whiteriver’s new sibling. But in fact, it’s a valid surname and given name with a history that stretches nearly a thousand years.

    Thanks to Katharine for suggesting today’s Name of the Day: the intriguing Loveday.

    While Loveday has never charted in the US Top 1000, early census records confirm that at least a handful of women bore the name in the 19th century. We also find mentions of Lovedays in the UK, Canada and Australia during the same era.

    Today, the name is far more common as a surname. It’s even possible that some of those Lovedays from the late 1800s and early 1900s are wearing a family name in the first spot.

    Either way, Loveday’s origins are probably the old English leofdaeg or lieftag, which translates more closely to “dear day.” Other theories suggest that it is a translation of the Latin dies amoris. The first seems slightly more credible – and widespread – an explanation. A loveday was an established medieval tradition calling for certain days to be observed as times to amicably resolve disputes. Just as some children born on Easter have worn their birthday as a given name, the same appears to be true of Loveday, for both boys and girls.

    It’s difficult to pinpoint when the name entered use. The practice of holding lovedays is referenced in 13th century historical documents, but the name appears to predate the event. Some sources claim it is used as early as the 7th century, but we’re unable to confirm an earlier date. By the early 1200s, other terms based on the word leof were in use, including the archaic leman, or sweetheart, so we’re comfortable assuming that Loveday has been with us for nine centuries. We’re hesitant to believe any reports of how common the name might’ve been, but we’re certain that it was heard periodically well into the 1800s.

    In 1893, Catherine Pirkis wrote a detective serial for London’s Ludgate Monthly entitled The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective. Pirkis described her heroine’s unlikely career path as follows:

    Some five or six years previously, by a jerk of Fortune’s wheel, Loveday had been thrown upon the world penniless and all but friendless. Marketable accomplishments she had found she had none, so she had forthwith defied convention, and had chosen for herself a career that had cut her off sharply from her former associates and her position in society.

    It’s easy to love the idea of Loveday, and even some of the daffier elaborations and respellings that are either modern adaptations or unusual variants preserved from earlier times: Lovedaya, Lovedaia and Lovedie all pop up on searches. As with our lady detective, we’d expect a girl called Loveday to be a bit of an independent thinker and unusual character.

    But since personality is difficult to predict when you hold your newborn daughter, we think this is one best reserved for the middle spot. Few will recognize the name as an authentic medieval moniker, and instead your child will probably be known as Lovey – a nickname that feels insubstantial and flighty, not unlike the Gilligan’s Island character Mrs. EuniceLoveyHowell.

    What’s more, in recent years the jeweler Cartier has launched an annual Loveday celebration. The celeb-studded events include the unveiling of signature pieces of jewelry with sales to benefit charity. While we admire the public relations team who landed on the concept, all that bling has a way of tarnishing the medieval allure of the name. It’s sort of like Mercedes – no one believes you’ve chosen an elegant Spanish appellation that refers to Saint Mary; everyone is positive your daughter is named after your car fetish. So while Loveday isn’t as widely recognized as Armani or Chanel, there’s danger that your child’s name could be mistaken for a luxury brand.

    In all, we find Loveday as intriguing and mysterious and, yes, strong, as on our first impression. But it’s a tough name to pull off, and we think we’d rather meet a Cordelia Loveday or a Tallulah Loveday than a Loveday Jane.

  4. #12
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    Dec 2013
    Change up your criteria to meaning be blessed or bestowed intense Happiness or fortunate of happinessthan this would include Felicity.

    One of the most upbeat and lively word-names around.


    Felicity is an English vocabulary word which is defined as 'intense happiness'* or 'bliss'. The word dates from Middle English, which came into use via the Old French felicite "happiness", and ultimately the Latin felicitas "happiness, fruitfulness," a variant of felix "happy, fortunate, fruitful, fertile".

    In Roman mythology Felicitas was a goddess — the personification of happiness and good fortune— related closely to Eutychia, the Greek goddess of good fortune. She was often placed on Roman coins, depicted with a caduceus (a staff said to signify true virtue) and a cornucopia (which symbolised abundance and prosperity), and associated with Victoria "victory," Concordia "unity", Pietas "piety" and Fortuna "fortune."

    The name was used again for two Roman Christian martyrs:

    St Felicitas (or Felicity) of Rome is an early 2nd century martyr, said to have been a charitable and pious woman and mother of the seven martyred brothers.
    Sts Perpetua and Felicitas (Felicity) are 3rd century Christian martyrs of Carthage who were put to death in the arena for refusing to renounce their faith. Unusually, a contemporary account of their trials survives. Most scholars believe it to be authentic, but several note the symbolic meaning of their two names combined — perpetual happiness: the ultimate reward for every martyr.

    Back in the Middle Ages, Felicity was a word but not a name (except in connection with the saints) — in fact, it didn't establish itself as a first name until the 16th century. The masculine Felix was also little used in the Middle Ages, despite its being borne by several saints. Felix's feminine counterpart, Felicia, however, was fairly prevalent at the time.

    Felicia was the Latin form of the name, while the French and English vernacular forms were Felice, Felise, Felis or Phelis. The form Felice can also be found in medieval Italy where it as used as both a form of Felix and Felicia.

    Redmonds* estimates it to have been among the top 30 most popular names in England from 1377—81, but as the centuries move on to the 16th century, it becomes progressively more difficult to distinguish the forms of Felice from the increasingly popular Phyllis (sometimes recorded as Philicia).

    Felicity itself first became used in the 16th century at a time when "virtue" word names were in use. The name did not, however, see particularly high usage. Virtue names only made up a small percentage of the names used in the 16th and 17th century* and, of these, Charity, Grace, Mercy, Clemence, Faith, Fortune, Honour, Prudence and Patience were much more prevalent.

    Although Felicity is a distinct name from Felicia, it would seem that some people recognised them as variants of one another. The poet Felicia Hemans (1793—1835), for example, was most likely named after her mother, Felicity Wagner, daughter of the Austrian and Tuscan consul to Liverpool.

    Felicity was still in low usage in the early 19th century, but gradually began to pick up usage, and finally became established in the early 20th century.

    On the 1841 UK census 16 females were named Felicity; 17 named Felicite; and 7 named Felicita. Felicia was in much higher usage with a figure 199. By 1881 the figures had changed very little. 18 females are listed named Felicity on the census; 25 named Felicite; 3 named Felicita. Felicia, however, had risen to a figure of 386.

    The Birth Index for England and Wales shows that Felicity's usage was patchy throughout the 19th century. 5 were regitered in the 1840s; 6 in the 1850s; 1 in the 1860s; 1 in the 1870s; 3 in the 1880s; and 5 in the 1890s.

    The turn-of-the-20th century begins to show a change, however. From 1901 to 1910 Felicity had at least one registration every year (3 births on average). A minor leap occured in 1913 when Felicity went from 3 registrations in 1912 to 21 registrations in 1913. The name continued to increase in usage, reaching its peak in the late 1940s, as we can see by looking at Felicity's birth count for the last year in each decade:

    1929: 30 births
    1939: 88 births
    1949: 212 births
    1959: 124 births
    1969: 81 births

    Though she has never been in the Top 100 in England, Wales or Scotland, the name has remained in consistent usage and is slowly on the rise again. In 1996 in England and Wales Felicity ranked #295 with 126 births. In 2002 it ranked #243 (165 births), and was #231 (215) in 2008. It broke into the Top 200 at #195 in 2010, and as of 2011, Felicity ranked #178 with a count of 289.

    In Scotland the name ranked #401 in 2011 with a birth count of 8.

    Famous Bearers:


    * St Felicity of Rome, 1st centuy martyr.
    * St Felicity, martyred alongside St Perpetua.
    * Dame Felicitas Corrigan, OSB (1908—2003), English Benedictine nun, author and humanitarian.
    * Princess Felicitas Cecilie Alexandrine Helene Dorothea of Prussia (1934—2009), German princess and great-granddaughter of Wilhelm II.
    * Air Commodore Dame Felicity Peake, DBE (1913—2002), founding director of the UK's Women's Royal Air Force.


    * Dame Felicity Palmer, DBE (b.1944), British mezzo-soprano.
    * Felicity Kendall (b.1946), British actress.
    * Dame Felicity Lott, DBE (b.1947), British soprano.
    * Felicity Huffman (b.1962), American actress.
    * Felicity Urquhart (b.1976), Australian country singer.
    * Felicity Jones (b.1983), British actress.

    Literature, Other Media:

    * Felicity King, a character in L. M. Montgomery's novel The Golden Road (1913) which later formed the basis of the 90s TV series Road to Avonlea.
    * Felicity (1998—2002), a US television series staring Keri Russell as Felicity Porter.
    * Felicity "Flick" Scully, a long-running character on Australian television soap Neighbours, played by Holly Valance.


    Felice (Medieval), Felicia, Felicitas (Latin), Félicité (French), Felicidad (Spanish), Felicita (Italian) Felizitas (German)


    fe-LIS-it-ee [key]


    Effie, Fee, Flick, Fliss, Letty, Liccy, Lily, Liss, Lissa, Lissy , Tilly

    Sibling Names:

    Clementine Eloise Annabel Jessamine Lilia Estelle
    Tristan Nicholas Dominic Gabriel Sebastian Nathaniel

  5. #14
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    Dec 2013
    This is a little bit more of a stretch, but laurel, as in what is given as a gift or reward for those winner of Olimpics back in the day. laurels were worn on the head like a tiara. Lauren is another variant. Both are also a symbolism of the dove and an olive branch for peace and strength.
    Namebery site says:Laurel takes Laura back to its meaning in nature, resulting in a gentle, underused botanical option. And even more directly than Laura, Laurel relates back to the laurel wreath signifying success and peace in ancient Rome.

    Sweet Laurel has been the unlikely name of two DC Comics superheroes--Laurel Kent and Laurel Gand, aka Andromeda.

    Laurel received its highest ranking in 1956, when it reached Number 241. Beware though, that it has the likelihood of being mistaken for Laura.

    The Hollywood icon's name
    that took the name charts by storm.


    Lauren is 20th century coinage, belonging to a family of names all related to the Latin laurus "laurel tree."

    Though Lauren isn't explicitely derived from Laurence or Laura, it is often thought to be a short form of one or the other. Laurentius was a Roman cognomen meaning "from Laurentium"; the town itself derived its name from lauretum "laurel grove." The feminine form was Laurentia, and from either of them — it isn't clear which — came Laura.


    In the Middle Ages, Lawrence (the Anglicised form of the Latin Laurentius) was well established in Britain thanks to the great popularity of the 3rd century martyr Saint Lawrence. Both Laurencia and Laura were used as feminine names at that time alongside the diminutive Lauretta, Loretta and Laurette. Added to that were a whole host of variant names such as Lorenzo, Lorenza, Laurent, Laurence, Laurenz and Lorens in use in Europe.

    A small handful of birth records for the name Lauren exist in Britain from the 17th and 18th century. These are exclusively male and in some cases they apprear to be short forms of Laurence. In fact, there is very little evidence of Lauren in use as a given name before it was popularisied by Lauren Bacall. There are no Laurens on 1911 UK census records. Several Laurens have been transcribed onto online databases for this census, but closer inspection of the original images show that the entries are actually for a "Laura", "Laurie" or "Laurent".

    In the 19th century, Lorena, Loreena, Loreen and Laureen were developed as elaborations of Laura, paving the way for the introduction of Lauren for girls. Though the odd birth records for Lauren can be found, dated to the early 20th century, established use of the name came post-1944, just after the release of the movie To Have and Have Not (1944) starring Lauren Bacall — the film that made her name and catapulted her to stardom.

    Bacall's real name is Betty (a name she is still called by family and friends). Lauren was given to her as a stage name by director Howard Hawks. It was a suitably 'Hollywood' name for that era, though it isn't clear what inspired it. It was perhaps a variant of Laureen, or an adoption of Loren, a name that had been in the Top 300 boys' names in the US since 1913, and influenced by the spelling of Laura.

    In 1945 there was a flurry of girls registered in England and Wales named Lauren, inspired by the glamourous actress. The name grew steadily in popularity from that point, becoming especially popular in the 1980s. From not ranking at all in the Top 100 in 1974, Lauren was #33 in 1984 and #2 by 1994. It has been in the Top 100 ever since, though it is now smoothly declining:

    1996: #5 (6299 births)
    1997: #8
    1998: #8
    1999: #7
    2000: #6
    2001: #7
    2002: #11
    2003: #17
    2004: #23
    2005: #27
    2006: #38
    2007: #51
    2008: #51
    2009: #61
    2010: #70
    2011: #85 (710 births)

    In Scotland there has been a similar picture. Lauren was #8 in 1998, #3 in 1999 (573 births), #3 in 2000, #2 in 2001, #8 in 2002, #12 in 2003, #14 in 2004, #20 in 2005, #23 in 2006, #30 in 2007, #33 in 2008, #34 in 2009, #40 in 2010, #50 in 2011 and #57 in 2012 (92 births).

    Famous Bearers:

    * Lauren Bacall (b.1924), Hollywood actress.
    * Lauren Graham (b. 1967), American actress.
    * Lauryn Hill (b. 1975), American singer-songwriter.
    * Lauren Laverne (b.1978), British radio and television presenter.
    See a longer list here


    Loren, Lauryn


    LO-rən [key]


    Laurie, Laddy, Larry, Lolly, Ren
    Last edited by fourthseason; January 30th, 2014 at 06:22 AM.

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