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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?

It's a new week, y'all! 
And I've got some new names for you.  :]

M | English (rare)

From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cainall, meaning "descendant of Conell."

F | French

French diminutive of Oda (feminine form of Odo or Otto, meaning "wealth, fortune") or Odilia, meaning either "fatherland" or "wealth, fortune."  This is the given name of the princess who is cursed as a swan in Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Swan Lake." 

HER-ee, HAR-ee

Medieval English form of Henry, meaning "home ruler."  In more modern times, it is used as a diminutive for both Henry and Harold, meaning something like "powerful army" or "army leader."  A famous bearer is Harry S. Truman, the American president (1884-1972).  You may also recognize this as the given name of J.K. Rowling's boy wizard (first released in 1997).
| French, English, Dutch
MEE-SHELL (French), mi-SHELL (English)

French feminine form of Michel, which is also the French form and the German diminutive of Michael, from a Hebrew name meaning "who is like God?".

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  1. Beautiful! Michelle is my favorite name of these :)



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