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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?

Here's another Name post (finally)!  I already had the first two ready and realized I was still doing a part featuring Scandinavian names.  So, this one has two Finnish for you to peruse.  Perhaps I'll have a few more that hail from Finland in a week or two. . . :]  

(Heheheh, And I'm losing track of which photos I've already used. . . Forgive me if you see a picture that I've previously posted with another name.)

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, German, Old High German, Old French
Pronunciation:  GAR-uh-suhn

Meaning & History
Unknown in terms of names. Could possibly be said to mean "to defend, to protect."  Comes from the word of the same name, [noun] meaning "a body of troops stationed in a fortified place; the place where such troops are stationed; any military post, especially a permanent one." [verb] "To provide with a garrison; to occupy with troops; to put on duty in a fort, post, station, etc."

Word origin:  Middle English garisoun protection, stronghold; Old French garison, gareison defense, provision, derivative of garir, guerir to defend; Germanic; compare Old High German to warjan.  (

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  TESS-ah

Meaning & History
Diminutive of Theresa, which could ultimately be derived from the Greek theros meaning "summer" or therizo meaning "in harvest."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  ǝ-LEE-ǝsh (Portuguese), e-LEE-ahs (German), E-lee-ahs (Finnish), i-LIE-ǝs (English), ee-LIE-ǝs (English)

Meaning & History
Cognate of Elijah, meaning "my God is YAHWEH."  Elias is the form used in the Greek New Testament.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Finnish
Pronunciation:  LAHH-yah

Meaning & History
Means "gift" in Finnish.

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