Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What's in a Name?

Creed
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  KREED

Meaning & History
From the English word of the same name meaning "that which is believed; a set of beliefs, particularly religious, or any set of principles adhered to; a manifesto of religious or spiritual beliefs; or the fact of believing, as in belief, faith."  From the Old English credo, creda, from the Latin word credo meaning "I believe," from credere "to believe."
Melanie
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Dutch
Pronunciation:  MEL-ǝ-nee (English), ME-lah-nee (German)

Meaning & History
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, which is derived from the Greek melaina meaning "black, dark."  This was the given name of a Roman saint in the 5th century who gave all of her wealth to charity.  Her grandmother was also a saint and bore the same name.
     This name was common in France during the Middle Ages and was introduced from there to England, though it eventually became a rarity.  Interest in it was revived due to the character Melanie Wilkes from the novel 'Gone With the Wind' (1936) and the following film (1939).

Titus
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Ancient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  TI-tuws (Ancient Roman), TIE-tǝs (English)

Meaning & History
Roman praenomen, or given name, of unknown meaning.  Possibly related to the Latin titulus "title of honour."  But it is more likely of Oscan origin since it was borne by the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatius. 
     In the New Testament, this was the given name of a companion of Paul.  He became the first bishop of Crete and was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles.  This was also the praenomen of all three Roman emperors of the 1st-century Flavian dynasty, and it is the name by which the second one is commonly known to history.  Shakespeare later used it for the main character in his tragedy 'Titus Andronicus' (1593).  As an English name, Titus has been used occasionally since the Protestant Reformation.
Tara
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  TAHR-ǝ, TER-ǝ, TAR-ǝ

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic.  This was the name of the sacred hill in Dublin where the Irish high kings resided.  It was popularized as a given name by the novel 'Gone With the Wind' (1936) and the film adaptation (1939) where it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.







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Hahaha! I just realized two of these names are related to the book and movie 'Gone With the Wind'. . . Don't know how that happened.  Ah well.  

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Thanks for reading!  Happy Tuesday.  :]


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