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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?

Sooooooo. . . I'm attempting to post my normal posts again!  Here's a list of names, as I still love 'em.  Enjoy!!  And if you've any requests, I'll be happy to research them!

M | English

This given name hails from a surname, which was derived from the Old English Ealdwine, made of the elements eald "old" and wine "friend."

F | Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology

Latinized form of Greek Rheia, meaning is unknown, possibly related to the words rheo "to flow" or era "ground."  In Greek Mythology, Rhea was a Titan, the wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, Hestia.  And in Roman mythology, it is the given name of Rhea Silvia, mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.

This is also the name given to one of the moons of Saturn, named after the Greek Titan.

M & F | Irish, English (modern)

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin, meaning "descendant of Ruadháin."  This name may also be referenced to the rowan tree.  [Ruadháin is a Gaelic byname meaning "red," and was often a nickname for someone with red hair.]

F | English

Short form of Henrietta (the feminine version of Henry, which ultimately means "home ruler."), and other names ending with etta.  A famous bearer of this name was the American singer Etta James (1938-2012), whose given name was Jamesetta. 

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  1. EEP. What's in a Name is back too?? I AM SO EXCITED. And oh my goodness, this is a spectacular set of names. Like...I love all of them! I'm gonna have to remember these...

  2. I feel as if I've heard the name Rhea recently, but I can't remember where.
    I like the origins of the name Alden!


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