What's in a Name?

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Donatien
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  French
Pronunciation:  Do-NAH-tee-en

Meaning & History
French form of Donato, which comes from the Late Latin name Donatus, meaning "given."










Gwendoline
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Welsh, English (British), French
Pronunciation:  GWEN-de-lien (English), GWEN-de-leen (English)

Meaning & History
Variant of the Welsh given name Gwendolen, which means "white ring."  It is derived from the Welsh elements gwen "white, fair, blessed," and dolen "ring."


Lionel
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  French
Pronunciation:  lee-o-NEL

Meaning & History
Diminutive of Leon, which is derived from the Greek leon, meaning "lion."










Seraphine
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  French
Pronunciation:  say-ra-FEEN

Meaning & History
French form of Seraphina, the feminine form of Seraphinus, which is derived from the biblical word seraphim (Hebrew in origin), meaning "fiery ones."







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6 comments

  1. I didn't know that about Seraphine! Very cool. :)

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  2. Oh, how beautiful! This is a great idea~

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  3. Nightingale: Yes! I think it's a beautiful name, though I would probably add the "a," making it Seraphina. :]

    Vanshi: Thank you!

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  4. Thank you, Michelle! :] So glad everyone likes these. French was one of your suggestions! Such a beautiful culture and language.

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  5. Thanks! (I do remember that, yes.)
    And it definitely is beautiful. :)

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