Monday, March 24, 2014

What's in a Name?

Reuel
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  ROO-ǝl

Meaning & History
Means "friend of God" in Hebrew.  A famous bearer of this name is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien), author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and many more fantasy novels.



Nova
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  NO-vah

Meaning & History
Taken from Latin novus, meaning "new."  This was first used as a given name in the 19th century.


Erasmus 
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Late Greek (Latinized)
Pronunciation:  Eh-RASS-muhs

Meaning & History
Derived from the Greek erasmios, meaning "beloved."  This was the given name of Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, a 4th-century martyr, the patron saint of sailors.

Annika
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, German, English
Pronunciation:  AHN-nee-kah (Dutch), AH-nee-kah (German)

Meaning & History
Swedish diminutive of Anna, which is derived from Hannah, meaning "favour" or "grace."









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2 reflections:

Jameson C. Smith said...

I love those first two names!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Thanks for commenting!

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