What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Jewish, French, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  EE-than (English)

Meaning & History
Means "solid, enduring" in Hebrew.  This was the given name of a wise man in the Old Testament.  After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used as a given name in the English-speaking world, and became somewhat popular in America thanks to the fame of the revolutionary Ethan Allen (1738-1789).

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Italian
Pronunciation:  a-LESS-ee

Meaning & History
Possible diminutive of Alessandro or Alessandra, which in turn are derived from Alexander, which is the Latinized form of the Greek Alexandros, meaning "defending men."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Irish
Pronunciation:  O-ran

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of Odhrán, which means "little, pale green one."  [O_o] 

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  HAY-vǝn

Meaning & History
From the English word for a safe place, ultimately derived from the Old English word hæfen.

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  1. Ooh, these are intriguing. And you always pick the best pictures to match the names! ^_^

    Hmm, what about picking a certain nationality? Maybe you've done that already (I'm fairly new here, so I don't know)...

    By the way, will you be posting the poems people wrote for the giveaway? I'm looking forward to reading everyone's (those that gave permission, I mean). :)

  2. Why, thank you! And a nationality would be awesome! Anything in particular? I've done a bit of Irish, Scottish, and English, of course... What would you most like to see?

    And yes. I'm hoping to this week. I know I mentioned last week (or was it before that...) It's been a wee bit busy on my end. But I'm hoping to post the poems and another book review this week. Be on the lookout! And thanks for commenting!!

  3. I hadn't really thought of any in particular. Let's see... I believe I'm of Dutch descent, so that might be interesting. French names are sometimes romantic. I don't know why, but Gaelic suddenly popped into my head. Just some ideas! Anything you pick would be interesting. :)

    Oh, not a problem. Busyness I understand! (And way to go about surviving the first day on the job, BTW!) I'll be keeping an eye out, thanks.

  4. Oo, those are great suggestions! They'll be up next week for sure. Thank you! :]


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.