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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?

Wow!  This marks the 50th Name post!  Whoa.  That means approximately 200 names have been featured on this here blog.  :O  Double WOW!  That's "beyond awesome.  It's be-awesome!"  ;D

On to the names!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Japanese
Pronunciation:  tah-KEH-shee (possibly)

Meaning & History
Means "military, warrior" in Japanese.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese
Pronunciation:  LE-nah (German), LYE-nah (Russian), LEE-nah (English)

Meaning & History
Scandinavian, German, and Polish short form of Helena ("torch" or possibly "moon") or Magdalena ("of Magdala"), and Russian short form of Yelena.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Italian

Meaning & History
A form of Antonius, an Ancient Roman form of Anthony (English), which possibly means "priceless one."

This is the given name of a character of mine, though he goes by the name Tony.  He is the father of Chess Palladino, my main character in a concept story I'm working on.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Russian, Ukranian, Croatian, Latvian, Greek Mythology
Pronunciation:  lah-REE-sah (Russian)

Meaning & History
Possibly taken from the name of an ancient city in Thessaly, meaning "citadel."

In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph, a daughter of Pelasgus, and was later borne by a 4th-century Greek matryr who is revered as a saint in the Eastern Church.

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Check back next Monday for a set of names for twins!

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  1. These names are all really cool! I love choosing character names with a special meaning that's relevant to my character when I'm writing :)
    I've just followed your blog using GFC - I love it so much! I would love it if you would check out my blog.


  2. Thank you, Bethan! And thanks for following! I will definitely visit your blog :]

    Have a blessed week!

  3. He-ey! 50 Name posts and 50 followers! You are on a roll, girl. :D

    Larisa is a beautiful name but one I fear I can never love. I am almost always called Larisa the first time I meet someone new. ;P I've begun to just accept it as my second name, lol.


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