What's in a Name?

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Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Basque
Pronunciation:  AHN (French), AN (English), AH-nə (German), AHN-nə (Dutch)

Meaning & History
French form of Anna, which in turn is a form of Hannah meaning "favour" or "grace."  In the 13th century, this name was imported to England, and was commonly spelled as Ann.  The name was borne by a 17th-century English queen and also a wife Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (the mother of Queen Elizabeth I), who was eventually beheaded in the Tower of London.  This is also the given name of the heroine in "Anne of Green Gables" (1908) by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery.  

As a Frisian name, Anne can be either masculine or feminine, and is the short form of names beginning with the Germanic element arn meaning "eagle."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
Pronunciation:  JES-i-kə (English)

Meaning & History
This name was first used by Shakespeare in his play "The Merchant of Venice" (1596), belonging to the daughter of Shylock.  Most likely, Shakespeare based it off of the biblical name Iscah, which comes from the Hebrew name Yiskah, meaning "to behold."  In his time, Iscah would have been spelled Jescha.

 Jessica was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century.

Coming next in the Name posts:  Sci-Fi/Futuristic names.

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Name definitions and history via behindthename.com.
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  1. Such interesting history behind these names. :) Iscah is a pretty one too! I don't think I've ever heard it before.

    Have a lovely day!

  2. Thank you, Jameson! I think Iscah is a beautiful name, too. =] You can find it in the Bible, Genesis 11:29. Iscah was the niece of Abram and sister of Milcah, Abram's sister-in-law (married to his brother, Nahor).

    Hope your day is full of blessings!

  3. Thanks for posting these names! It's very interesting learning about their meaning and history.


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A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
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