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Baby Name Reginald: Overlooked Traditional

Baby Name Reginald: Overlooked Traditional | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Reginald has been stuck in style limbo, but Reggie is a darling in the UK. Could this be the perfect Sebastian substitute?
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Göttliche Vornamen = Names with "God" in

Göttliche Vornamen = Names with "God" in | Name News | Scoop.it
Bei der Vorbereitung der 2020er Vornamenhitliste ist mir der Name Godgift aufgefallen. Zunächst fand ich den Namen merkwürdig. Aber warum ... WeiterlesenGöttliche Vornamen
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Osborn, Espen, Asbjørn

Osborn, Espen, Asbjørn | Name News | Scoop.it
Photo by Robert Anthony Carbone on Pexels.com Osborn and Asbjørn are both composed of the Norse elements áss (god) & bjǫrn (bear), essentially meaning "divine bear." Osborn is the modern Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Osbeorn, the latter of which was prevalent in Anglo-Saxon England and survived into the Norman period as Osbern, later developing into the…
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Birth announcement: Oskar Karl Wolfgang!

Birth announcement: Oskar Karl Wolfgang! | Name News | Scoop.it
I had the privilege of doing a consultation for the second baby of longtime reader Alyssa and her husband several years ago, and posting a subsequent birth announcement for that baby, and I'm so excited to share that they've welcomed their third baby -- a little boy given the fantastic name ... Oskar Karl Wolfgang!…
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Richilde, Richelle

Richilde, Richelle | Name News | Scoop.it
Richilde, Countess of Hainault The Germanic name, Richilde, is most often heard under the guise of the Mid-century sounding Richelle in the Anglophone world. Richilde was borne by the 2nd wife of Charles the Bald (9th-century CE) who was inturn deemed consort and Empress of the Franks, and it was also borne by the 11th-century…
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Spotlight on: Hildegard

Spotlight on: Hildegard | Name News | Scoop.it
My CatholicMom.com piece for August posted on Wednesday and I don't want you to miss it -- I know we're all in need of some peace as the new school year looms (or has already started for some of you)! Check it out: A Litany of School Saints: Protection and Help for the Academic Year.…
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How an Ancient Germanic name became a French classic

How an Ancient Germanic name became a French classic | Name News | Scoop.it
French scholar, intellectual, writer, and nun Héloïse d’Argenteuil (ca. 1090–16 May 1164) Helewidis is an Ancient Germanic name derived from roots heil (healthy, hale) and wid (wide). In Proto–Germanic, the name was Hailawidis, "holy wood." Due to cultural osmosis, it eventually was adopted into Old French as Héloïse. Probably the most famous bearer was the above-pictured Héloïse d'Argenteuil, one…
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Solution Saturday: Trauta

Today’s name is Trauta. Our suspicion that the name was Germanic in origin, despite it’s appearance in 14th C Italy, was corrected! It is a variant of the name Druda, and the examples we found will be incorporated into that entry in the next edition.

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About Names: Albert means 'bright,' and Einstein wasn't the only one to live up to his name

About Names: Albert means 'bright,' and Einstein wasn't the only one to live up to his name | Name News | Scoop.it
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his March 14th column, he looks at the history of the name Albert. Albert is an ancient Germanic name combining "adal" (
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Conrad: Baby Name of the Day

Conrad: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
Conrad feels distinctive and traditional, a name with long history. But despite all the saints and kings, it feels friendly and approachable, too.
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About Names: From saintly to 'Bye Bye Birdie,' the name Conrad has fluctuated in popularity

About Names: From saintly to 'Bye Bye Birdie,' the name Conrad has fluctuated in popularity | Name News | Scoop.it
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his January 3rd column, he looks at the history of the name Conrad. Conrad is the modern form of an ancient Germanic name
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Some 9th C Dutch families

One of the neatest experiences, trawling through documents to collect names for the DMNES, is when you get family units, and you can see how the names of parents do or do not affect the names of the children. A few years ago, we were able to give some multi-generation family trees from records from…
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30 Emma Alternatives

30 Emma Alternatives | Name News | Scoop.it
Do you love Emma but hate the popularity? Emma currently ranks in as the most popular female name in the United States. This Germanic M-heavy monikor was a hit 100 years ago and was considered too old fashioned until it became chic in the late 90s. Here are some other Germanic oldies you might want…
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Baby Name Hugo: Storied and Spirited

Baby Name Hugo: Storied and Spirited | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Hugo combines history and a great meaning with that ever-so-stylish o ending. Bonus? It's far less popular than Leo or Milo.
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Cuthbert

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Origin: Anglo-SaxonMeaning: "bright famous."Gender: masculineKUTH-bert The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon words cuþ "famous" and beohrt "bright." It is notably borne by St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, a 7th-century English saint who is revered as the patron saint of Northumbria. Even after the Protestant Reformation, he remained a popular figure in Northern England, the Cathedral…
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Christmas Name Advent - Day 19

Christmas Name Advent - Day 19 | Name News | Scoop.it
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Something a little more whimsical today, as we take a look at Santa's helpers. The concept of elves survives in modern folklore, albeit in a more Victorian idealised way, in the form of Father Christmas's elf helpers. But to the Anglo-Saxons, elves (ælf in Old English) were powerfu
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Baby Name Otto: Vintage Cool

Baby Name Otto: Vintage Cool | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Otto fell out of favor with all things German in the mid-20th century. But now it's a quirky cool name set for revival.
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A double warlike name

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Polish writer Jadwiga Łuszczewska (pseudonym Deotyma), 1834–1908, painted by Mateusz Zarzecki ca. 1848–52 Hadewig is an Ancient Germanic name derived from roots hadu (combat, battle) and wig (war). Like many other names of Germanic origin, its meaning relates to war and battle. This is such a striking contrast to how many Slavic names have meanings related to…
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The many forms of Raymond

The many forms of Raymond | Name News | Scoop.it
Saint Maximilian (né Rajmund) Kolbe, 8 January 1894–14 August 1941, a Polish Catholic priest and friar who volunteered to die in place of another Auschwitz prisoner. The man he saved, Franciszek Gajowniczek, lived to 93. Raymond is a French and English name which originates in Ancient Germanic Raginmund. Its roots are ragin (advice) and mund (protector). It…
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Strength in battle

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Polish–Russian prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinskaya (née Matylda Krzesińska), 1872–1971 Matilda, a name used in English, Romanian, the Scandinavian languages, Finnish, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Basque, and Croatian, traces its etymology back to Ancient Germanic. Its genesis, Mahthildis, derives from roots maht (strength, might) and hild (battle). During the Middle Ages, Matilda…
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Hilfe – wir suchen wieder! = Help, we're looking again

Hilfe – wir suchen wieder! = Help, we're looking again | Name News | Scoop.it
Liebe Namensexperten, seit ein paar Wochen lese ich euren Blog und finde die Beiträge sehr spannend. Deshalb würde ich mich freuen, wenn ihr mir bei der
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Bright names

Though the vast majority of such names have sharply plummeted in popularity, there's a large quantity of Germanic-origin names formed from the root beraht (bright). Robert is far and away the best-known, with other well-known (albeit not nearly as popular) names including Albert, Gilbert, Herbert, and Hubert. Let's take a look at this category of names. Albert (English,…
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Wilbert

Wilbert | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: German Meaning: "bright will." Gender: masculine The name is composed of the Old German elements will (will, desire) & beraht (bright). It was borne by a 9th-century bishop of Cologne and a 9th-century Bishop of Sherborne, England. Wilbert appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 1880 & 1990 and peaked at #160 in 1920.…
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Rudy, Rudolph, Rolf

Rudy, Rudolph, Rolf | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: German Meaning: "famous wolf." Gender: Masculine The name is derived from the Germanic Hrodulf, which is composed of the elements hrod (fame) and wulf (wolf). The name was borne by several European rulers. In England, it has been in use since Anglo-Saxon times, its Anglo-Saxon form of Hroðulf was usurped by the Norman Rudolph…
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Frida

Frida | Name News | Scoop.it
The name is either derived from the Old Norse fríðr (beautiful; loved) or the German fried (peace, joy), (which is also the same case in Yiddish). In modern Swedish, Danish & Norwegian, the name may also be associated with the word frid, which also means peace. The name has been imported into several cultures. It…
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