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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:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  gǝ-MAY-lee-ǝl

Meaning & History
Means "benefit of God" in Hebrew.  In the New Testament, Gamaliel was a teacher of Paul (Acts 22:3).

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Italian, English (British), Dutch
Pronunciation:  JEM-ǝ (English)

Meaning & History
Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone."  It was borne by the wife of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the 13th century.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  STEEV-ǝn (English), STEF-ǝn (English)

Meaning & History
From the Greek name Stephanos, meaning "crown."  This was the given name of kings of England, Serbia, and Poland, as well as that of ten popes.  In the tenth century, it was borne by the first Christian king of Hungary, who is regarded as the patron saint of that country.  More recent bearers of this name include British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-) and American author Stephen King (1947-).

In the Old Testament, this was the name of a man, fervently devoted to Christ Jesus, who proved in an ultimate sacrifice his loyalty to God and His Kingdom.  Foremost of the first seven deacons (Acts 6:1-7), Stephen was stoned to death under the supervision of Saul (Acts 8:1; 22:20) and became the first Christian martyr (Acts 6:8-7:60).  The following are his dying words, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin!" (Acts 7:60)

Acts 7:1-53 -- Stephen's Last Sermon

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (Modern)
Pronunciation:  SKIE

Meaning & History
Simply from the English word sky, which was ultimately derived from the Old Norse sky meaning "cloud."

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  1. I love these. :) Could you do Jessica or Anne next? Thanks!

  2. Brilliant! Yes, those names will be next. =]

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. Gemma is one of my favorite names! And the surname post was especially interesting. :)
    Would you consider doing some names with a sci-fi/futuristic vibe? Vague request, I know. :P Just if you think of anything!


  4. Hi, Lady Risa! Yes, what a great idea! I will see what I can do... =]


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