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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?

For today's set of names, I thought I'd spice it up a teensy bit.  :]

While I myself rather like my given name (aka Sarah -- no, duh!), I understand there are quite a few beans who don't like, or even loathe, the name they were given.  You may have characters like that, or maybe you're in the thinking process of creating a character whose given name does not quite match their personality.  In that case, you use a nickname, right??

Well, this fresh batch of naam[s] features some neat nicknames and their originals.

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M | English (modern)

Variant of Malachi, which comes from a Hebrew name meaning "my messenger" or "my angel."

F | English, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman
BAHR-bǝ-rǝ (English), BAHR-brǝ (English), BAH-BA-RA (French), BAR-ba-ra (German), bar-BA-ra (Polish), BAWR-baw-raw (Hungarian)

Derived from the Greek word barbaros, meaning "foreign."

M | English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
LEN-ǝrd (English), LAY-o-narht (Dutch), LE-o-nart (German)

Meaning "brave lion."

F | Italian, Catalan
fran-CHES-ka (Italian), frǝn-SES-kǝ (Catalan)

Italian and Catalan feminine form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, meaning "Frenchman."

I've actually featured this particular name here before, but I thought it worth mentioning again because I believe the nickname to be rather clever.  This is the name and nickname of a teen spy in a concept story I've worked on in the past.  Dunno if anything will ever come to it, but she's one of mah babies.  *^ - ^*

M & F | English
DEV-ǝn, dǝ-VAHN

A variant of Devin, which hails from either an English surname possibly meaning "devine," or from Irish surnames Ó Damháin ("descendant of Damhán" -- meaning "fawn") or Ó Dubháin ("descendant of Dubhán" -- duhb meaning "dark, black").

F | German, English, Ancient Germanic
BER-ta (German), BUR-thǝ (English)

Bertha was originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht, meaning "bright, famous."

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  1. Love these so much! Makes me want to have more nicknames for my characters. :D

    1. Thanks! I LOVE nicknames--especially the unique, one-of-a-kind ones. ^_^

  2. Wow! Never knew that Chess was a nickname till now!

    This was such a fun post, Sarah!

    1. Yes! I'd like to say that's a Sarah-original, but I highly doubt I was the first to come up with it... ;D

      Thanks, girlie! I rather enjoyed coming up with this one. I'll be sure to keep me eyes peeled for others like this. :]


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