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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:  English
Pronunciation:  AWL-den

Meaning & History
From a surname, derived from the Old English given name Ealdwine, taken from the Old English elements eald "old" and wine "friend."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (New Zealand)
Pronunciation:  NIE-ree

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of Ngaire, (pro. NGIE-re) possibly meaning "flaxen" in Maori.  This was the given name of Nyree Dawn Porter (1936-2001), a New Zealand actress.
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Japanese
Pronunciation:  ta-DAH-shee

Meaning & History
Possibly means "loyal, faithful" or "correct" in Japanese.

Tadashi is the given name of Hiro's older brother in Disney's film Big Hero 6.  (And one of the best characters EVER, in my opinion.) :]

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Native American, Quechua
Pronunciation:  (possibly) WAY-rah

Meaning & History
Means "wind" in Quechua.


So, I was thinking of doing a set of names for twins. . . :]

What do you think?

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  1. TADASHI! *hugs* He definitely is one of the best characters EVAR.

    (And I meant to post a comment on your previous post--so glad you're safe and sound! God is good! It'd be so cool to see the guardian angels keeping you safe in that situation.)

  2. These are some awesome names! I really like Nyree; may have to use that one! You should definitely do twin names, that would be awesome!

  3. Neat names! I LOVE Wayra.

    I think twin names is a great idea. :)


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