What's in a Name?

Wow.
I had such good intentions for my blog posts this week.  O__o  As well as in catching up on the readings of all my favorite blogs. . . #FORGIVEME 

So the remainder of this week will be a little different.  I'll be sharing two new names today (to make up for the lack of post on Monday), a book review tomorrow (Ooooh y'all gonna likey!), and a writerly post on Friday (one that's been in drafts for AGES).  *crosses fingers* 

Three posts in three days?  
Yeah.


Where were we?
NAMES!!

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Auden
M & F | English, Norwegian
AW-den

Possibly a variant of Audun, from Old Norse elements meaning "fate, fortune" and "wave" (or "to love").  Otherwise, derived from an English surname, which hails from the Germanic given names Aldwin or Alden, meaning "old friend."  This given name was most likely introduced in the 20th century thanks to the famous English poet, W.H. Auden (1907-1973).  Another known bearer is the American climate activist and businessman, Auden Schendler (possibly born in 1970s).


Marketta
F | Finnish
MAHR-ket-tah

Finnish form of Margaret, which is ultimately derived from the Greek margarites, meaning "pearl."

NOTE:  I don't know about you, but my first thought about this name was that it was possibly a feminine alternate of Mark.  The site I use as a resource didn't say anything about this, but if you had a female character who was named after her father, Mark, this would certainly fit, in my opinion.  :]  And maybe her nickname is Etta!


Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

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What do you think of these two names?  
Do you like Auden as a girl or boy name?  And what about Aldwin or Alden?  I kinda like Marketta's nickname, Etta.  What of you? Would you have that as the given name of a character who is named after her father, but is one who hates her name?  Or would she be one who loves it in honor of her daddy? 

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