What's in a Name?

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

Meaning & History
From the Late Latin name Dominicus, meaning "of the Lord," which was traditionally 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 honor that the name was first used in England.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Hebrew, Biblical
Pronunciation:  E-vah (Italian, Spanish, Danish), EE- (English), E-fah (German), AY-vah (Dutch)

Meaning & History
Latinate form of Eve, meaning "to breathe" or "to live." This form in particular is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament.  It is also a variant transcription of Russian Yeva.  This is the given name of a character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852), belonging to Little Eva, whose full name is Evangeline.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Bibilical
Pronunciation:  zak-ǝ-RIE-ah

Meaning & History
Ultimately derived from the Biblical, Hebrew name Zechariah, meaning "YAHWEH remembers."  Other variants of this name are ZakZachariah, Zacharias, Zachary

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Roman Mythology, Popular Culture
Pronunciation:  VES-pur

Meaning & History
Roman equivalent of the masculine name Hesperos, meaning "evening."  In popular culture, this was the given name of James Bond's partner and lover in the film Casino Royale (2006).  A variant of this name is Vespera, meaning "of the evening" in Esperanto.


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  1. These names have lovely meanings, especially Zakary and Eva. "Yahweh remembers"-- I love names with a promise.
    If you need some suggestions, I'd be curious to read about Scandinavian names and surnames as well as names from your own family.

  2. Thank you! So do I.

    And those suggestions are PERFECT! I'll definitely work on those :] Thanks, m'dear!


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