What's in a Name?

Good morning, m'dears!
I do hope you all had a lovely Easter and a beautiful Resurrection Sunday.  Praise to God, for our King is alive! 

Here's a new set of names for you.  Haha, I'm getting to the point where I think I'm re-using photos. . . I can't remember if I've posted them before!  Ah well.  Perhaps you won't remember either. . . ;D

Happy Monday!


Charlton
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  KAHRL-tǝn, CHAHRL-tǝn

Meaning & History
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "settlement of free men" in Old English. This was the known given name of American actor Charlton Heston (1928-2008; born John Charles Carter), famous for his roles in Ben-Hur (1959), The Ten Commandments (1956), and The President's Lady (1953), among others.





Tirzah
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Biblical, Hebrew
Pronunciation:  TEER-zah, TYR-zah (possibly)

Meaning & History
Means "delight."  The name of a woman and a city in the Old Testament.  This was the given name of the youngest of Zelophahad's five daughters (Numbers 26:33; Joshua 17:3).  It was also the title of one of thirty-one ancient Canaanite cities west of the Jordan River that was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 12:24).  Tirzah was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel from the reign of Jeroboam I to that of Omri, who then moved the capital to Samaria after ruling Tirzah for six years (1 Kings 16:23).

Nero
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Ancient Roman
Pronunciation:  NEER-o

Meaning & History
Roman cognomen, which was possibly of Sabine origin meaning "strong, vigorous" or even "brave."  This name was borne most infamously by a tyrannical Roman emperor of the 1st century. 

[Sarah's note:]  I think this would be a pretty cool futuristic name in a dystopian novel.  But unfortunately, because it was borne by a corrupt ruler of our world's history, it would also be a good name for a villain.  Why?  Simply because upon first hearing this name, people will immediately recall it as the handle of a REALLY bad king.  However, I would encourage you, if you choose to use this name, to break free of the norm and maybe make this guy an amazing character in your amazing story.  :]

Serah
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Biblical Hebrew
Pronunciation:  se-RAH, or SE-rah (possibly)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Serach meaning "abundance." This was the given name of a daughter of Asher, the son of Jacob and Zilpah (Gen. 46:17; 1 Chron. 7:30).







Names & meanings via behindthename.com and 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson.
Photos via Pinterest.


xxx
Sarah

Completely & Perfectly & Incandescently Happy

Instagram - @sarahpenmaiden  "At the site of our future home."
Three hundred and sixty-six days ago, Evan asked if I would be willing to get ice cream with him after work.  I remember receiving his text after having pulled into the parking lot at work, preparing to begin my shift.  Surprised, I read and re-read his text before acquiring my parents' permission and replying with a willing "Yes, I'd love to!"  

And so began our dateship.  What an incredible journey it has been!  Neither of us had any idea where it might lead, and we didn't know where we would be exactly one year from then.  Looking back, we've had so much fun, laughter, tears, trials, and blessing upon blessing.  God is so good!  I can hardly wait to see what else He has in store for us.  

Today, we plan to celebrate this 'anniversary' with a trip to that same ice cream place, the Sno Biz!  Which means I'll have a new photo for Instagram!! :D

I count Evan as one of the greatest blessings I've ever received.  He is my best friend.  My encourager.  My confidant.  And the one my heart loves.  

Thank you, my dearest Evan, for just being you!

And thank you, my lovelies, for keeping up with us on this new adventure.  We still need your prayers!

Happy Wednesday, all.


hugs,
Sarah

What's in a Name?

Hello, dearies.  Got a couple name for ya.  :]


Dallas
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  DAL-ǝs

Meaning & History
From a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "meadow dwelling." A Texas city bears this name, most likely in honor of American Vice President George Mifflin Dallas.  








Luna
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Roman Mythology
Pronunciation:  LOO-nah

Meaning & History
Means "the moon" in Latin.  Luna was the given name of the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted as driving a white chariot through the night sky.










Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

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Rated, Not Reviewed

Hullo, there.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

I hope you've had a marvelous week.  Here are some books that I've rated, but not reviewed.  Check out the first of these posts here.  It's a great list!  I'd definitely recommend these beauties.  :]


Emissary
Thomas Locke

{GoodReads}
Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light--and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path--which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities--and dangers.
My Rating

Am awesome fantasy!  I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this story.  It was so interesting and had me intrigued from the start.  A bit graphic in some scenes regarding violence, so I would advise caution and recommend to readers 18+.  It does contain a bit of wizardry and magic as well.  Considered a Christian novel, and under the pseudonym of author Davis Bunn, it is rather clean for the most part, but very subtle regarding faith.  Upon first impression, if I had not known it was from an author of faith, I would have thought it to simply be a clean, secular novel.  This is not bad in any way!  It was such an interesting, gripping read, that I would definitely recommend to all fantasy lovers!
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Right Ho, Jeeves
PG Wodehouse
{GoodReads}
Fans devoted to the master of comic fiction P. G. Wodehouse are legion. He represents an antic high point in the world of farce and social satire. Best known for the creation of two fictional worlds based on Blandings Castle and the Wooster-Jeeves gentleman-valet duo, Wodehouse is appreciated the world over for his exceedingly clever and comically savvy send-ups of the idle rich in Edwardian England.The series begins with two Wooster-Jeeves novels and one Blandings Castle novel. In The Code of the Woosters, it takes all the ingenuity of Jeeves, the gentleman's gentleman extraordinaire, to rescue his hapless and hopelessly obtuse young employer, Bertie Wooster, from the pickle of a plot to steal a silver jug from the home of an irascible magistrate. In Right Ho, Jeeves Bertie's old friend Gussie Fink-Nottle has fallen in love and, as usual, makes a hash of the affair until Jeeves comes to his rescue. Pigs Have Wings takes us to Blandings Castle, where a romantic comedy unfolds alongside the intrigue of the Fat Pig competition in Shropshire.With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to any Wodehouse fan's library.

My Rating

A hilarious classic! And one I would highly recommend if you enjoy the silly British humor of the early 1900s.  Bertie and Jeeves are a lovable duo and I guarantee you will laugh aloud at their antics.  While this one is said to be the sixth of the series, you can read them individually, in my opinion.  While it has numerous uses of the words "d---" and "a--", (used in mockery and good humor, not as curse words) it is still a good read.  I would recommend for ages 16+.

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Origin
Jessica Khoury
{GoodReads}
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

My Rating

This one is a futuristic tale. (I think. . .)  And wow!  It was so very intriguing.  Pia is a lovable character.  You will find yourself liking her spunk and feeling sympathy for her as she's stuck in a sterile prison.  There are people who love her, of course, but science cannot show love.  Only facts.  And in this tale, science takes priority above life.  Pia fights this, willing to give up all she's ever known for a brighter future.  While she had been "created" for a purpose, and given a mission to begin a new race of immortals (thanks to the juice of a special flower), when she discovers the cost it took to get to where they are now, Pia must make a life-changing decision.  But she could run out of time. . .
Written in first person, I really enjoyed this dystopian story.  And I'd definitely recommend to all my friendlies!  Keep in mind that this takes place in the Amazon, and when Pia is introduced to the natives there, she is also given an intro to their strange rituals.  Other than that, it's pretty clean, if I recall correctly.  Recommending to ages 16+.
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Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones

{GoodReads}
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

My Rating

OK.  I'd first heard of this story through Hiyao Miyazaki's film.  And while it is a really strange and bizarre movie, I love it nevertheless!  This book is no exception.  Sophie is such a great character.  She takes everything as it is and keeps plodding on.  One of my favorite quotes: "She cackled again as she walked on.  Perhaps she was a little mad, but then old women often were." Hahaha! LOVE it.  Recommending to ages 14+.

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Have a lovely weekend, dearies!


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What's in a Name?

Woohoo!  It's back!  

Welcome, my lovelies, to the latest post of Names.  

Be ye a writer or simply one fascinated by names and their meanings, then these posts should be an awesome resource for you.  I had regrettably gotten out of the habit of posting these, but I'm hoping to start again each Monday.  So don't forget to come again!  And if you have a request, whether it's your own name or you need a fresh list of possible character names, then give me a shout!  I would be more than happy to help.  Enjoy.


Jonan
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  JOE-nan

Meaning & History
Means "Jehovah is a gracious giver." This was the given name of a son of Eliakim and ancestor of Joseph (Luke 3:30). 










Jayma
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  JAY-mah

Meaning & History
Variant of the given name (or nickname) Jamie, which is a diminutive of James, ultimately meaning "supplanter."

Merrick
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  MER-ik

Meaning & History
From a surname, originally derived from the Welsh given name Meurig, which is the Welsh form of Maurice ultimately meaning "dark-skinned."

Sarah's notes: I know, I know.  This guy isn't really dark-skinned. . . But I thought this would be an awesome Medieval name, hence the viking man. ;D





Mira
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian
Pronunciation:  mee-RAH (possibly), or MIR-ah, MIE-rah

Meaning & History
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit.  












Names and meanings via behindthename.com & the book 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson publishers.
Photos via Pinterest.

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*blink blink* Wait. MARCH??

Forgive me for stating the obvious.  But it's March 7th.  MARCH!! And what does that mean?  Spring is on its way!  I'm so happy!!


Life is picking up speed, it seems.  My days currently consist of work at LifeWay, planning for my wedding this October, waiting on the birth of a baby cousin (who is a whole week late), watching my fiance's family business begin a new season, [still] contemplating beginning an Etsy shop, and praying for God's provision and strength each day.

When this new year of 2016 began, I wanted to make a real effort of posting each week on this blog, and that wish still exists, though there's been no evidence as of late. . . But I want to thank each of you, my dear faithful followers! And ask a request of you:

Do you still enjoy/miss seeing the Name posts previously published on this blog?  If so, please leave a comment!!  I still love researching names, discovering their meanings and sharing with you.  But if there's not much of a reaction to read them, then there's no reason to keep them up. . . Let me know what you honestly think!

In truth, when you read a blog, what is it that draws you in the most?  Life experiences of other girls in and around your age?  Short stories?  Writing tips?  Fun facts?  History?  Bible study?  You name it.  I truly want to know!

On a whole new line, what do you think of an Etsy store titled "Penmaiden's Wordshoppe"?

For now, I must leave you.  But do come back!  I hope you have a fabulous week.

God's grace to you!


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