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  1. #1
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    Apheline/Aphelinia?

    I came across old birth records and it had these names on it: Apheline/Aphelinia
    Does anyone know much about them and what do you think of them? How is it pronounced? Af-eh-leen?
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    This reminds me of the names of my French Canadian ancestors - almost but not quite like a more typical name (Domithilde instead of Domitille, Josephte instead of Josephe ... This one almost looks like Apolline). For all of those I wonder if it is the result of a change in spelling conventions, an older or regional form of the name, or what.

    My guesses are a variant form of Apolline, a take on the word Apfel, or a relative of the surname Aphel. The words aphelia and aphelion might be related, but they seem like odd name fodder. Hope someone knows!
    Last edited by isolieth; February 25th, 2014 at 10:52 PM.
    Girls:
    Catherine/Kathleen, Susan/Susannah, Anne/Anna/Annabeth, Jane, Margaret/Marguerite, Rose/Rosemary, Cecile/Cecily, Flora/Laura, Gwendolen, Paloma, Tabitha, Lucille, Beatrice, Harriet

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    Frederick, Hugh/Hugo, Wilfred, Basil, Augustin, Edmund, Arlo, Timothy

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    After some research I finally came across the surname Apfel. Its means Apple.
    Last name origins & meanings:

    Last name: Apfel
    Recorded in many spellings and in several countries, this is a surname which wherever it is found, is of pre 7th century Old English, Old High German or Scandanvian origins. However spelt it would seem to derive from an early Saxon word 'apfal' or the Norse 'apall' or the Olde English 'oeppel' all mean apple and may make equal claim. The known surname spellings include Apple, Appel, Appell, Appleman (English), Apfel, Aphal, Aphale, Apfler, Apfelmann, Appelman, Eppel, Epel, Epelman (Dutch, German, Scandanavian and Askenasic), and German-Swedish compounds such as Appelberg and Applebaum. The surname has at least two possible origins. The more usual explanation is occupational or residential, and a description of a grower of apples, or who lives by an orchard. The second origin is much rarer and Welsh. It is a fused form of the medieval surname 'Ap Pella', meaning the son of Pella. The latter was a rare early personal name. whose meaning is uncertain. 'Ap-' is equivalent to the Gaelic 'Mac or Mc', and means 'son of'. Occupational surnames were amongst the earliest to be created, however they did not usually become hereditary unless a son followed a father into the same line of business. Examples of the surname recording taken from early surviving rolls and registers include Albert Epple of Heilbronn, Germany, in the year 1281, Nicholas Appleman in the Close Rolls of the city of London, in 1343, whilst Berthold Apfel is recorded as being a burger of Konstanz in 1437.

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    Apfel (German for "apple") is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
    Arthur Apfel (born 1922), British figure skater
    Holger Apfel (born 1970), leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) in Saxony
    Howard Apfel, (born 1962) American Rabbi and Cardiologist
    Iris Apfel (born 1921), American businesswoman, former interior designer, and fashion icon
    Kenneth S. Apfel (born 1948), 13th Commissioner of Social Security in the United States
    Oscar Apfel (1878–1938), American film actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer read more at:

    German: from Middle High German apfel ‘apple’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit.


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    Awesome info! I could see this working for parents who aren't afraid of the uncommon. Apple would make a cute nickname, or Apha. The sounds all fit in with names that are in use today. I love Pomeline and that has the fruity meaning too, so I guess I have a fondness for those
    Girls:
    Catherine/Kathleen, Susan/Susannah, Anne/Anna/Annabeth, Jane, Margaret/Marguerite, Rose/Rosemary, Cecile/Cecily, Flora/Laura, Gwendolen, Paloma, Tabitha, Lucille, Beatrice, Harriet

    Boys:
    Frederick, Hugh/Hugo, Wilfred, Basil, Augustin, Edmund, Arlo, Timothy

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    I dont think i could use it - too close to Alpha, which is aggressive IMO.

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    I think Apheline is beautiful!

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    It was you who lead me into the right direction. I do see the close association you mention to apollo because of the Apella connection and despite the Welsh-Gaelic equivilant Ap "son of " I still can see Apheline working today. I don't think many people will break a name down into so much depth to be THAT concerned, besides here in US, many names have a unisex capability. Which would lead to its ability to be used and be revived. I'm excited about this name, it seems to get good reviews from the family so far.. So thanks for your Help, credit goes to you too. Greatly Appreciate it!
    Last edited by fourthseason; February 27th, 2014 at 08:15 PM.
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    I really hand;t thought of Alpha or Omega in that sense, but many girls are given dominant names. I personally thought of Alf Alfa which are not even close. So I guess its in the eye of the beholder but I see your point. Also, in the German and French tongue its soft sounding.
    Last edited by fourthseason; March 1st, 2014 at 07:32 AM.
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    Oh, Prunella and Clementine and the masculine Lemmon/Lemon fit into the category as Apheline. Not to mention the old Victorian floral name Cherry Blossom.
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    Because of you I like Apheline and I want to pair it with Adelrune. I think they would make great twin names! :-)

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