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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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What's in a Name?
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  NO-ə (English)

Meaning & History
Taken from the Hebrew name Noach meaning "rest, comfort".  In the Old Testament, God ordered Noah to build an Ark, a great ship that would ultimately save him and his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood, God's judgment on the evil world.  After nearly one year since the start of the rains and the floodwaters of the Deep, God's mercy was shown to Noah and his family and they were commanded to fill the earth once more, always remembering God's promise, as seen in the rainbow He placed in the sky.

Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English, Irish
Pronunciation:  ER-in

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of Eireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Éire, meaning "Ireland".  Commonly, it is Anglicized as Erin and has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century.

Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  unknown
Pronunciation: possibly CAH-el

Meaning & History
Possible variation of Cáel, from the Gaellic caol meaning "slender".  In Irish legend Cáel was a warrior of Fianna and lover of Créd.

Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  Literature
Pronunciation:  AHR-win

Meaning & History
From J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954).  Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin.  Arwen was the daughter of Lord Elrond of Rivendell, and lover of Aragorn, king of Gondor.


  1. I like your pictures of the boats. So neat!

    P.S. I love Arwen too. Have you ever heard of the books by Chuck Black? They remind me of Lord of the Rings.

  2. thanks! I love ships and found this comparison of the Ark and other well- known ships quite interesting. It gives you an idea of the sizes, that's for sure. =]
    Yes, I have heard of Chuck Black... is he the one who wrote the Kingdom series and the Knights of Arrethtrae?

  3. I would like to hear about the names Euphemia and Samantha. Thanks! as usual, I enjoyed the post. =]

  4. Wonderful! They will be next!
    Thanks for your request =D


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