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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:  JAY-ven (English)

Meaning & History
Means "Greece" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament, this is the name of a grandson of Noah and the ancestor of the Greek people.
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  KAN-dis (English), kan-DAY-see (English), KAN-de-see (English)

Meaning & History
From the hereditary title of the queens of Ethiopia, as mentioned in the New Testament book of Acts.  Evidently, it is derived from the Cushitic kdke, meaning "queen mother." Another version of this name is Kandake, reflecting the Greek spelling.  Candace was used as a given name by the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation, and later became popular in the 20th century, due to a character in the 1942 film "Meet the Stewarts."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  TADD

Meaning & History
Short form of Thaddeus, the Greek form of the Aramaic name Thaddai.  It is possibly derived from a word meaning "heart," but may actually be an Aramaic form of a Greek name Theodore, meaning "gift" or "gift of God." 
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Russian
Pronunciation:  nah-TAH-lyah

Meaning & History
Russian form of Natalia, a Late Latin name meaning "Christmas Day."

All too often I tend to leave out the older faces in stories.  Or they get a backseat ride for the tale, when in reality they are some of the most valuable characters in your whole story!  They lend depth and experience where your ignorant, naive youngsters lack.

Aaaaannnd that's my writing tip of the day.  :]
Have fun with these names! Remember, these posts are for you.  To help you find the perfect names for your characters.
So. . . I know I don't have to ask every time, but any requests?

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  1. Hi! I found your blog through the Go Teen Writers blog. I like this post. I really like the names Javan and Candace :)

  2. Good reminder about the older folks. :)
    Hmm. Requests... Okay, how about medieval names? Unless you've done that before.

  3. Well, hello, Eliza! and WELCOME! So glad you stopped by. These name posts are for fellow writers like you, so feel free to use them in your stories!!

    Ooh, Michelle! I LOVE Medieval-ness!! Of course, I'll do some, they'll be next. :]

  4. I do too! I wasn't sure if that would be an overdone sort of idea, but I'm glad to hear you'll be doing that next! :D

  5. Nice names! I had no idea about the origins of Candace. I know a little girl named Candace and I'll have to tell her about it! ;)
    Thanks for the reminder about not leaving the older faces out of our stories. A lot of characters diversity can come from simply including age diversity!


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