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Cities in "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino

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    • RaissaHeart
      • SophroniaHeart
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "sensible, prudent"
        • Description:

          A name some people first encountered in the old children's book series The Five Little Peppers, in which Sophronia, the youngest of the Peppers is nicknamed Phronsie.`It was also used by Dickens in two of his novels: The Old Curiosity Shop and Our Mutual Friend.
      • TamaraHeart
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "date palm tree"
        • Description:

          Adding a final a to Tamar lends it a more sensual Slavic tone, making it a more popular choice than the original.
      • TheklaHeart
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "fame of God"
        • Description:

          New Testament name -- Thekla was the first virgin martyr -- with an unappealing sound.
      • TheodoraHeart
        • Origin:

          Feminine variation of Theodore
        • Meaning:

          "gift of God"
        • Description:

          Theodora is one of the most revival-worthy of the charmingly old-fashioned Victorian valentine names, softly evocative but still substantial, as is the reversed-syllable Dorothea. It was borne by several saints and by the beautiful ninth wife of the Emperor Justinian, who became the power behind his throne. A later royal was Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the older sister of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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        • VALDRADAHeart
          • ZairaHeart
            • Origin:

              Irish literary creation
            • Description:

              Would make a truly original alternative to the overused Sarah.
          • ZEMRUDEHeart
            • ZenobiaHeart
              • Origin:

                Greek
              • Meaning:

                "force of Zeus"
              • Description:

                With historical roots as a beautiful and intelligent ancient queen and literary ties to Hawthorne and Edith Wharton novels, this rarity could appeal to adventurous parents seeking the romantically unusual. Tina Fey used it as her daughter Alice's middle name.
            • ZIRMAHeart
              • ZOBEIDEHeart
                • ZoeHeart
                  • Origin:

                    Greek
                  • Meaning:

                    "life"
                  • Description:

                    The history of Zoe begins in the third century when the Alexandrian Jews translated Eve, which means 'life,' to the Greek equivalent Zoe. Zoe was in use as far back as the Roman classical period, and was popular with the early Christians, who bestowed it with hopes of eternal life, but it didn't migrate to the English-speaking world until the mid-nineteenth century. Alternate spellings include Zoey, Zoie, and Zooey.
                • ZoraHeart
                  • Origin:

                    Serbo-Croatian
                  • Meaning:

                    "dawn"
                  • Description:

                    Zora is a meaningful literary heroine name honoring Zora Neale Hurston, an important black writer and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.