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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?

Hullo, again!

Just wanted to let you know, while my blogging schedule is back to normal, per ce, my sisters and I are working inventory all week. . . So, you'll please forgive me if I miss a normal posting.

By the way, how's your first full week of 2015 going?  Excited?  Anxious?  Fearful?  Doubting?  Fear not.  Leave your worries and care in the capable hands of the One who knows every step.

For now, I leave you with a couple new names to mull over.  In the meantime, do you have any name requests?  Do you need some help figuring out the perfect lid for a new character?  Or do you need to find the meaning of your character's name?  Whatever it may be, I'd love to help in any way I can! Shoot me a comment!!

Here's a half-set of names with an Italian flavor:

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Italian

Meaning & History
Italian form of Amadeus, which means "love of God."  Famous bearers of this name include Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1856), an Italian chemist most known for the constant that bears his name: Avagadro's name.  Another bearer is the Italian painter and sculptor Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920).

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Italian
Pronunciation:  maht-TE-ah

Meaning & History
Italian feminine form of Matthew, meaning "gift of YAHWEH."

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  1. AMADEO AMADEO. Ooh, I love this name! I think it would be so much more plausible in a story than Amadeus. Now I just have to find a suitable character who can steal it! ^-^

    I like the name Mattea as well. It's similar to my littlest brother's middle name, Mateo.

    Right now I'm in need of names to represent a mixed demographic of Americans. I'm going to have a really big group of people from all around the country thrown together in a story I've been pondering, mostly in the 10-25 age range. It's proving slightly harder than I though to find COLORFUL names for the cast that aren't too UNUSUAL, at least not unusual enough that they draw attention to themselves. Pretty abstract name requirements, I know, but if you want to take up the challenge I'd be happy for the help. ^-^

    Great name post, as always!

  2. Ooh, very nice. :) I know someone named Matia (obviously spelled differently than the version here). I wonder if it's still Italian?

  3. NIGHTINGALE: Oh, isn't it? I love 'em both :] And Mateo, too!

    Oo, sounds like a marvelous challenge! I accept! I'll see what I can come up with... Thanks, girlie!

    MICHELLE: Thank you, dearie! I love that name--both spellings. And I just did a quick bit o' research: turns out Matia is the Basque form of Matthew. Neat-o, right? :]

  4. That is neat. Thanks for letting me know! :)


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