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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?

Welkom, mijn vrienden! Which means, "Welcome, my friends!" in Dutch.

So. . .

Can you guess where these set of names hail from?  :]

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Dutch, Limburgish
Pronunciation:  BRAHM

Meaning & History
Dutch and Limburgish short form of Abraham, which means "father of many."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Dutch, German
Pronunciation:  ah-LIE-dah (Dutch)

Meaning & History
Dutch and German short form of Adelaide, which is derived from the French form of the Germanic name Adalheidis, meaning (essentially) "kind, noble."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Dutch, Catalan
Pronunciation:  ja-RAHRD (English), JER-ard (English), KHAY-rahrt (Dutch)

Meaning & History
Derived from the Germanic element ger "spear" and hard "brave, hardy." Introduced to Britain by the Normans, it was initially more common than the similar name Gerald, meaning "rule of the spear," with which is was often confused.

Gender:  Feminine & Masculine
Usage:  English, Dutch
Pronunciation:  es-MAY (Dutch)

Meaning & History
Means "esteemed" or "loved" in Old French.

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  1. Oh, I absolutely adore the name Braam! I love it when names are derived from Biblical names because they are so rich and full of history!

  2. So do I! :D I agree, it seems to give them even more meaning.

    Thanks for commenting, Samantha!

  3. Ooh, these are awesome! Despite the fact that I have Dutch blood, I honestly know very little about anything Dutch. So finding out about these names is very cool. Thanks for posting!

  4. My pleasure, Michelle! I'm thinking of doing a set of French names next week. Thanks for the suggestions!!


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