What's in a Name?

It's been too long since last I posted a set of Names. . .  So here are two for you today!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  DAHM-ǝ-nik

Meaning & History
From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord."  Traditionally, this name was given to a child born on a Sunday.  Many saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars.  It was in this saint's honour that the name was first used in England, starting around the 13th century.  It is primarily used by Catholics.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  BRIE-ǝ-nee

Meaning & History
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine.  Ultimately derived from the Greek bryo meaning "to swell."

(I'm not overly fond of this meaning *cough cough* But, I really like this name.)  :]

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Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.


  1. Yes, odd meaning for Bryony--but a gorgeous and unusual name regardless. Where do you find all these??

  2. Yes! Most of these come from BehindtheName.com. But I usually find them from cemetery headstones, movie credits, and the like. Then, I run to Behind the Name or NameBerry.com for the history and meanings. :]

  3. That's very cool! Now if only movie credits would move more slowly, or come in larger fonts... XD (Gracious, that makes me sound old or something.)

  4. Haha! I know exactly what you mean! The pause button plays a HUGE part in that... ;D

  5. Precisely! ;D Except theaters don't come equipped with one of those, not that I watch movies in the theater very often.


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.