What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Italian
Pronunciation:  or-LAHN-do

Meaning & History
The Italian form of the name Roland, which means "famous land," from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and land.  A city in Florida bears this name, as does a character in Shakespeare's play "As You Like It" (1599).

Gender:  Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Pronunciation:  [possibly] ma-LEE or mah-LIE-ee

Meaning & History
Means "calm" in Hawaiian.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Irish, English
Pronunciation:  KWIN

Meaning & History
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó'Cuinn, which means "descendant of Conn."  [Conn means "chief" in Irish Gaelic.]

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Japanese
Pronunciation:  na-NAH-mee (English)

Meaning & History
From Japanese nana "seven" and mi "sea."  Could possibly come from na "vegetables, greens" duplicated and added to mi "beautiful."

[Personally, I like the definition of "seven seas" better than "beautiful greens". . .]

Guess what?  This marks the 100th post on this blog!

Many thanks for stopping by!  Any requests?

Name definitions and history via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.


  1. Love this peek into your storyworld with these characters! Great choice, by the way, on Orlando.

  2. Why, thank you, Meghan! Actually, these are not my characters. =] I just write up posts featuring names and their meanings for the purpose of helping other young authors find the perfect name for their characters. You can find the intro post here: http://sarah-plainandaverage.blogspot.com/2012/12/whats-in-name.html.

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. I like this Sarah and you are a very talented writer! Won't be surprised when I see your name in Barnes and Noble pretty soon!


  4. Aww, Morgan! That's so sweet! *gives big virtual hug* But I'm afraid that's a long way off... Thank you! <( ^^ )>

  5. Congrats on your 100th post! :D I'm very close to 100 myself. Looking forward to getting there.


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