What's in a Name?

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Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  MAY-son

Meaning & History
Taken from an English surname meaning "stoneworker," which is derived from an Old French word of Germanic origin (similar to Old English macian "to make").

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian
Pronunciation:  (possibly) vee-NAH, or vay-NAH

Meaning & History
Derived from Sanskrit, meaning "yearning."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical, Hebrew
Pronunciation:  (English) ba-ROOK, BER-ook, BAR-ook, BAHR-ook

Meaning & History
Means "blessed" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament, this was the name of a companion of the prophet Jeremiah.  A famous bearer was Baruch Spinoza, a Dutch-Jewish rationalist philosopher.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Welsh
Pronunciation:  GWINN

Meaning & History
Means "white, fair, blessed" in Welsh.

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To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.