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Cities in "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino

  1. EUTROPIAHeart
    • FedoraHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek variation of Theodora
      • Description:

        Fedora is occasionally heard among the British Mayfair and Belgravia set, but we're afraid that in this country there would be too strong an association with the man's felt hat.
    • HypatiaHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "highest, supreme"
      • Description:

        Hypatia, an ancient Greek name, has a distinguished namesake: Hypatia of Alexandria was an early philosopher and scholar of mathematics and astronomy--as well as inventor of several scientific instruments.
    • IreneHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "peace"
      • Description:

        Serene Irene, the name of the Greek goddess of peace and one of the most familiar Greek goddess names, was hugely popular in ancient Rome and again in the United States a hundred years ago.
    • IsauraHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek place-name
      • Description:

        The name of an ancient country located in South Asia Minor, perfect for someone looking for a rare and feminine name with history.
    • IsidoraHeart
      • Origin:

        Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian variation of Isadora, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "gift of Isis"
      • Description:

        The Isidora spelling, though equally legitimate, is about 90 percent less common than Isadora.
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      • LeandraHeart
        • Origin:

          Feminine variation of Leander, Greek
        • Meaning:

          "lion-man"
        • Description:

          With the rise of many once-dated leonine names, from Leona to Lionel to Leonora, Leandra is an unusual choice that might be looking at a comeback..
      • LeoniaHeart
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "lioness"
        • Description:

          Leonia is one of the rarest of the feminizations of Leo and brothers that have lion-related meanings and are growing in popularity throughout the Western World. Leona is the most popular of the group in the US, followed by Leonora, Leonor, Leonie, and even Leo and Leon for a handful of baby girls last year. But Leonia was given to fewer than five baby girls in 2022.
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          • MelaniaHeart
            • Origin:

              Spanish and Greek variation of Melanie
            • Meaning:

              "black"
            • Description:

              The current wife of Donald Trump, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, brought this pretty version to the fore. Saint Melania was an heiress who freed thousands of enslaved people.
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            • OctaviaHeart
              • Origin:

                Latin
              • Meaning:

                "eighth"
              • Description:

                Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the overused Olivia; recommended for its combination of classical and musical overtones. It was chosen for his daughter by Kevin Sorbo.
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              • OliviaHeart
                • Origin:

                  Latin
                • Meaning:

                  "olive tree"
                • Description:

                  Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is one of the top girls' names in the world. Like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, Olivia is a mega-popular name not only in the US but throughout the English-speaking countries, Europe, and Latin America.
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                  • PhyllisHeart
                    • Origin:

                      Greek
                    • Meaning:

                      "green bough"
                    • Description:

                      Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden. A Greek mythological name of a woman who was turned into an almond tree, Phyllis was in the Top 100 from 1916 to 1958, reaching #24 in 1929, and has the (remote) possibility of joining other revived s-ending names like Iris. In the 'St Clare' book series by Enid Blyton Phyllis is nicknamed Fizz. Just a thought. Phyllida is a variation that sounds at once more old-fashioned and more stylish.
                  • PROCOPIAHeart