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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?

Had a request for some Scandinavian names.  And because there are three different kingdoms that make up the region of Scandinavia, I decided to take these next few Name posts into three themes.  Today's comprises of Norwegian names!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norwegian, Ancient Scandinavian
Pronunciation:  brinn-YAR, brien-YAR (possibly)

Meaning & History
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Estonian, Slovene
Pronunciation:  KAH-yah (Estonian)

Meaning & History
Scandinavian diminutive of Katarina, which is derived from the English name Katherine, ultimately meaning "pure."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norwegian
Pronunciation:  hal-DOR (most likely)

Meaning & History
From the Old Norse name Hallþórr, meaning "Thor's rock."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology
Pronunciation:  kǝ-MIL-lǝ (English), kah-MEEL-lah (Italian, Danish), KAH-meel-lah (Finnish)

Meaning & History
Feminine form of Camillus, meaning unknown.  This was the given name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volsci, as told by Virgil in the "Aeneid."  It gained popularity in the English-speaking world thanks to Fanny Burney's novel "Camilla" (1796). 


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  1. Hmm, I like Camilla and Haldor. Good picks! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These posts are always so interesting to read, I love them!!
    Thank you.


  3. I love finding out the meanings of names, especially European ones. :) The Welsh and Irish have some pretty ones I'm rather besotted with but these are fantastic, too. Are you using them in a story, Sarah? :)

  4. Ally: So do I! And it's my absolute pleasure. Thanks for commenting!

    Leah: Haha yes! So glad to hear :]

    Meghan: Yes! I love discovering the meanings and history behind the names. And yes! the Welsh and Irish are some of my favorites! Haldor is the name of a minor character in my WIP Safia... He is only mentioned briefly, however, not actually in the story. :]

    It pleases me to know you all enjoy these posts as much as I. Thanks for commenting!!! <3

  5. Great names. :) Thanks for sharing your onomastic research with us.


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