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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
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  mak-si-MIL-ee-ǝn, mak-si-MIL-yǝn

Meaning & History
Variant of Maximilian, which comes from the Roman name Maximilianus, derived from Maximus meaning  "greatness" in Latin.

[Sorry, I had to put a pic of Maximus!]

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Italian, Late Roman
Pronunciation:  ro-zah-LEE-ah (Italian)

Meaning & History
Late Latin name derived from rosa meaning "rose."  This name was borne by a 12th century Sicilian saint.


  1. haha Maxie!! =D (fave character ;))

  2. Thanks!

    How about Isabella and Constanza?

    ~Robyn Hoode

  3. thanks for the comments, ladies!

    And for the requests as well - keep 'em comin'!


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