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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?

Welcome, dear beans!
I've a new set of names!  Strangely, with the exception of one, they are derived from surnames.  

Hope you've had a lovely Monday.  :]


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M | English

From a surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin and derived from either the given name Aethelhere, meaning "noble army," or Ealdhere meaning "old army," or from the alder tree.

M & F | English (rare), Bosnian?

Possibly a variant of Bosnian given name Šaran, meaning unknown---possibly "star."

M | English, German

From the surname, which is a variation of Barwick, possibly derived from elements bere "barley" and wic "outlying farm."  Could possibly be a habitational name of several places in England & Germany (Norfolk, Somerset, & West Yorkshire; Berwick, near Soest, Westphalia).

F | Welsh, English

From the surname (also spelled as Winn or Gwynn), and derived from Welsh element Gwynn, loosely translated "white" or "fair."

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Favorite, dearies??  I really like them all! But Barrick & Seren stand out to me. :]
I dunno about you but I enjoy finding faces that seem to fit names for these posts.  Tell me, do you imagine differently?  Different hair color? Eyes? Face shape?


  1. I love Alder and Wynn. These are all epic!

  2. Oh my goodness, I don't know how you do it. I love all these names so, so much. Especially Seren! *all the heart eyes* I feel like that'd be good for a girl OR boy. Alder is also absolutely epic.

    Also, I looove the pics you choose each time. I always find them fitting! And they inspire me just as much as the names. :D

  3. Thanks, Lauri! I make sure to jot down any & all names that come before me. My lists are ever-growing! Yes! I agree Seren would be great for either girl or boy. And I LOVE Alder!!

    Thank you *^ - ^* Finding the photos is always fun!


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