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Christmas Name Advent - Day 21

Christmas Name Advent - Day 21 | Name News | Scoop.it
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Today's theme is another key feature of the Nativity. The Magi, Three Kings, or the Three Wise Men as they are sometimes called, were said to have visited Jesus shortly after his birth. The term Magi comes from the Greek μάγος (magos) used to refer to a pries
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Name Help: A Middle Name for Madelynn

Name Help: A Middle Name for Madelynn | Name News | Scoop.it
They have the perfect name for their second daughter: Madelynn. But finding a middle name has them stuck. Time for #namehelp!
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Name Quotes 85: Karen, Blane, Friedemann –

Name Quotes 85: Karen, Blane, Friedemann – | Name News | Scoop.it
From the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, Duckie’s reaction to learning that Andie is dating a guy named Blane: Blane? His name is Blane? That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name! Fr…
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Mullissu –

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Mullissu is the name of an Assyrian goddess, the wife of Ashur, the head of the Assyrian pantheon. Mullissu is the Assyrian counterpart of the Sumerian goddess Ninlil, has also been identified with the goddess Ishtar. The name seems to mean "lady", something to do with a dialectal form of Ninlil.  Origin: Sumerian Variants: Mulliltu (Akkadian) Mulitta (Greek) Mylitta (Greek)  …
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Jericho: Baby Name of the Day

Jericho: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
An ancient place name with a modern sound, Jericho has recently arrived in the US Top 1000. Could this replace Jeremy and Jerome?
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Nanaya –

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Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…
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Anahita –

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Anahita is the name of a Persian goddess of fertility, healing, wisdom, and water. Her name means "immaculate, pure, undefiled" derived from Avestan. She has been conflated with the goddesses Ishtar and Artemis. Origin: Avestan Variants: Nahid (Persian) Naheed (Persian) Anahit (Armenian) Anahid (Armenian) Anaitis (Hellenized Persian) Anaxita (Russian)  
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Name Help: A Middle Name for Neve

Name Help: A Middle Name for Neve | Name News | Scoop.it
They think they'll name this baby Neve. But does it work with their surname? And what do they put in the middle spot? Time for #namehelp!
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Enkidu –

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Enkidu is the name of an important character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. Enkidu is a wild man, created by the goddess Aruru from clay and water at the behest of the other gods to be a rival for Gilgamesh. He grows up…
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Syrian Kurd renames son 'Trump,' plans 'Nikki Haley' for girl

Syrian Kurd renames son 'Trump,' plans 'Nikki Haley' for girl | Name News | Scoop.it
“The day Mr. Trump won the elections, I went to the pharmacy and people there had found a photo of him from when he was a little boy, and kept saying how similar his looks were to my son,” Ramadan recalled. “So I went home and discussed with wife about renaming, and she was fully supportive.”
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Couple names their triplets 'Jerusalem', 'Capital' and 'Palestine' - Islam21c

Couple names their triplets 'Jerusalem', 'Capital' and 'Palestine' - Islam21c | Name News | Scoop.it
A young Gazan family has protested in its own unique way against US President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital o
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Welcome to al-Quds, Filastīn and ʿAsimah!

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Cheering independence vote, Kurd names newborn baby “Referendum”

Cheering independence vote, Kurd names newborn baby “Referendum” | Name News | Scoop.it
A Kurdish citizen gave his newborn baby boy “Referendum”, apparently voicing support for the poll slated for later this month on Kurdistan Region’s
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Abilena

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Abilena is a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria (also known as Abila). Although the origin of the name is unknown, it might be from Hebrew possibly meaning "meadow" or "grassy plain". Origin: Hebrew Variants: Abilene Abila  
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Baby Names at

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Very active in the comments section, Mindy shared that her daughter Katherine, who also goes by Kit, has the middle name Swati in honor of Mindy’s late mother. “It’s my mom’s name. It’s gorgeous and meaningful.” Spencer’s middle name, Avu, means “Gift of God” and is also the name of Mindy’s father.

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A baby named Rescue: the miracle birth in beleaguered Yemen

A baby named Rescue: the miracle birth in beleaguered Yemen | Name News | Scoop.it
An IRC mobile health team caring for uprooted families in a camp in Yemen was there at the right time to help a young mother through a difficult delivery.
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Birth announcement: Jeffery Sherwood!

Birth announcement: Jeffery Sherwood! | Name News | Scoop.it
I had the privilege of doing a consultation and birth announcement for Lily's first baby, and a consultation for her second as well. She's let me know that her baby boy was born over the winter and was given the perfect name ... Jeffery Sherwood! Lily writes, "Your consultation was great, and helped us come…
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Welcome, Sherwood (or Woody)!

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Lebanese baby named Avivim after Israeli community targeted by Hezbollah | The Times of Israel

Lebanese baby named Avivim after Israeli community targeted by Hezbollah | The Times of Israel | Name News | Scoop.it
Lebanese television network Al Jadeed reported Tuesday that the baby was called “Avivim,” adding that “Avivim’s father did not hesitate before giving his daughter a Hebrew name since it reminds him every day of the resistance’s promise.”

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My name is Rachel, and Israel thinks I'm a security threat

My name is Rachel, and Israel thinks I'm a security threat | Name News | Scoop.it
My name is Rachel. But if my name was Ruhee, would you be reading this story? If my name were Ruhee, would I even be able to tell it? 

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Playing linguistic detective: Where is Accon?

Yesterday one of our editors went on an interesting little sleuthing trip concerning the place name Accon. We tweeted it while it happened, but thought it would be fun to also write it up here! Historical onomastic research is filled with little sleuthing problems. Mostly, they are "what are the etymological roots of this name?"…
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The Twitter thread that goes with this is fun too.

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Inara –

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Inara is the name of a goddess of the hunt and wild animals in Hittite and Hurian mythology, daughter of the storm god Teshub/Tarhunt. She can easily be equated with the Greek goddess Artemis. Inara helps her father kill the dragon Illuyanka by using her mortal lover Hupasiyas to show a feast for him and when he is drunk, a rope is…
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'My wife can never call my name in public'

'My wife can never call my name in public' | Name News | Scoop.it
"I don't want to have problems because of my name when my mind is totally different - and my heart."

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Inanna –

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Inanna is the name of the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and war who was also worshipped as Ishtar by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Astarte by the ancient Phoenicians, and who may have been influential in the development of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Inanna has long been associated with the planet Venus; her symbols are the eight-pointed star and the…
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Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney 'gave baby Cass the middle name Mac as a tribute to her family's support over the years

Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney 'gave baby Cass the middle name Mac as a tribute to her family's support over the years | Name News | Scoop.it
She wanted to pay tribute to her family, the McLoughlins, after all the support they've given her over the years.
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Jericho

Jericho | Name News | Scoop.it
From the name of a city mentioned in the Bible which is now located in Palestine. The meaning of the name is debated, some sources claim the name is from a Caananite word reah meaning "fragant" or the Canaanite word for moon (yareah), as the city was once the centre of worship for the Caananite…
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Erragal

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Erragal is a Mespotamian (Sumerian and Akkadian) god of the underworld. The origin of the name is uncertain though there are several theories: it could be a combination of Erra and Sumerian gal (great) meaning "Erra the great"; Erra being the Mesopotamian god of war, plagues, and the bringer of pestilence who was later assimilated with Nergal. Although the…
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