What's in a Name?

Welcome, welcome!  Here's a new Name post for you, dearies.  

I understand NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is quickly approaching.  And so, the majority of you lovely bloggie buddies are gathering your resources and preparing your plots.  Well, you need names, right?  While I do not participate in NaNo (although I'd love to, I simply cannot commit to it this year) I am happy to help and encourage those of you who are.  If you're in need of the perfect name for a character, let me know!  I can give you plenty of options to choose from.  Or if you simply need a resource to turn to, visit BehindtheName.com, where you can search names, their histories, and meanings all on one site.  Another website I find occasionally helpful is NameBerry.com.

Luck to you!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  nee-KO-dǝ (English)

Meaning & History
Means "marked" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament, this was the name of the head of a family of temple servants.  (Ezra chapter 2 & Nehemiah chapter 7)
Gender:  Masculine [& Feminine]
Usage:  English (modern)
Pronunciation:  RIV-ǝr

Meaning & History
From an English word that represents a flowing body of water.  The word is ultimately derived from the Latin (via Old French) ripa, meaning "riverbank."
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  KRIS-tǝ-fǝr

Meaning & History
From the Late Greek name Christophorus, meaning "bearing Christ."  It is derived from Christos and combined with pheros "to bear, to carry."  Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name saying that they carried Christ in their hearts.
As an English given name, Christopher has been in use since the 15th century.  In Denmark, it was borne by three kings, including the 15th-century Christopher of Bavaria who also ruled Norway and Sweden.  Other famous bearers include the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), and A.A. Milne's fictional character Christopher Robin in his 'Winnie the Pooh' books.
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  French
Pronunciation:  zhor-ZHETT (French), jor-JETT (English)

Meaning & History
French, feminine form of George, which is ultimately derived from the Greek georgos meaning "farmer, earthworker."

A pleasure, it is, my lovelies.  Thanks for stopping by!
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