What's in a Name?

It's me!  I'm back!! And with another Name post. . . Heheheh.  I seriously meant to post more than I did this past week, but. . . ah well.  Hope y'all have had a lovely weekend!  Can you believe August is near over??

I actually have two book reviews in the works, so stay tuned later in the week.  Hopefully.  :]

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Biblical
Pronunciation:  BEN--min (English), ben-zha-MEn (French),  BEN-yah-meen (German)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Binyamin, which means "son of the south" or "son of the right hand."  In the Old Testament, this is the given name of the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  As an English name, Benjamin came into use after the Protestant Reformation.  A famous bearer was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), an American statesman, inventor, scientist, and philosopher.
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  AN-a (English), AHN-nah (Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish), AH-nah (German, Russian),  AN-nah (Danish)

Meaning & History
A form of Hebrew name Channah, which hails from Hannah, meaning "favour" or "grace."
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  MAHR-s

Meaning & History
From a surname which originally denoted a person who was a marshal.  The word itself comes from Germanic elements marah "horse" and scalc "servant."
Fun Fact! This is actually the middle name of my father and brother.
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  ROOTH (English), ROOT (German)

Meaning & History
From a Hebrew name which is derived from the Hebrew word re'ut, meaning "friend."  This was the given name of the central character in the Old Testament Book of Ruth, a Moabite woman who was the ancestor of King David.  As a Christian name, Ruth has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.  

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Names and meanings via behindthename.com.
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  1. Just saved all four pictures to my folder of character inspiration! (I think almost all the pictures in there I've gathered from your name posts... You just find the best ones.) Someday these faces will show up in a story. :)

    My my, Anna is used in a lot of languages!

    Fun fact: Marshall is also the name of a henchman in an urban/high fantasy novel of mine. XD He has the strange habit of eating salsa sauce right from the jar.

  2. Lovely batch of names! I'm actually brainstorming an idea now with a character named "Channah," so it was really interesting to see the connections to other names. :)


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A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.