Monday, July 6, 2015

What's in a Name?

Had a request for some Scandinavian names.  And because there are three different kingdoms that make up the region of Scandinavia, I decided to take these next few Name posts into three themes.  Today's comprises of Norwegian names!


Brynjar
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norwegian, Ancient Scandinavian
Pronunciation:  brinn-YAR, brien-YAR (possibly)

Meaning & History
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior."










Kaja
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Estonian, Slovene
Pronunciation:  KAH-yah (Estonian)

Meaning & History
Scandinavian diminutive of Katarina, which is derived from the English name Katherine, ultimately meaning "pure."


Haldor
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norwegian
Pronunciation:  hal-DOR (most likely)

Meaning & History
From the Old Norse name Hallþórr, meaning "Thor's rock."











Camilla
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology
Pronunciation:  kǝ-MIL-lǝ (English), kah-MEEL-lah (Italian, Danish), KAH-meel-lah (Finnish)

Meaning & History
Feminine form of Camillus, meaning unknown.  This was the given name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volsci, as told by Virgil in the "Aeneid."  It gained popularity in the English-speaking world thanks to Fanny Burney's novel "Camilla" (1796). 









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Have a lovely week, my faithful friends!

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Names and meanings via behindthename.com.
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5 comments:

Ally R. said...

Hmm, I like Camilla and Haldor. Good picks! Thanks for sharing!

Leah B said...

These posts are always so interesting to read, I love them!!
Thank you.

xoxo
Leah

Meghan Gorecki said...

I love finding out the meanings of names, especially European ones. :) The Welsh and Irish have some pretty ones I'm rather besotted with but these are fantastic, too. Are you using them in a story, Sarah? :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Ally: So do I! And it's my absolute pleasure. Thanks for commenting!

Leah: Haha yes! So glad to hear :]

Meghan: Yes! I love discovering the meanings and history behind the names. And yes! the Welsh and Irish are some of my favorites! Haldor is the name of a minor character in my WIP Safia... He is only mentioned briefly, however, not actually in the story. :]

It pleases me to know you all enjoy these posts as much as I. Thanks for commenting!!! <3

Nightingale said...

Great names. :) Thanks for sharing your onomastic research with us.