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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? || Surname Edition!

Happy Monday, all!
Our King lives!!

Hope you all had a lovely Easter with your family & friends.  I got to dress up my little boy in a little blue button-up shirt, jeans, suspenders, Woody's boots, and his newsie cap.  He was ADORABLE (if I do say so myself.)  But alas, no photo. . . *FACEPALM*  I'm determined to fix that---he'll certainly be wearing that outfit again. ;D

But anywho. . . I've decided to share a surname post every third or fourth Monday of each month.  As per request (Sarah R.!), this set features German names!  There were so many unique ones, I had a hard time choosing which to share today, so I'll definitely be featuring German again in the near future.  :]


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German | AD-lu

Means "eagle" in German.


From a German place name meaning "deep creek."


Variant of Hoffmann, which hails from Middle High German hofmann meaning "farmer."


From an occupational name meaning "woodcutter," derived from the German words baum "tree" and hauen "to chop."

German | YAY-ger

Variant of Jรคger, which means "hunter" in German---derived from Old High German jagon, meaning "to hunt."


Means "dancer" in German---derived from Middle High German verb tanzen "to dance."

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Talk to me!  What do you think of this set?  Any you would pick to use for a story??


  1. Oooh, a surname post every month! YAY. I love this idea! And these are all great ones. I especially like Jaeger. The way it sounds AND its meaning just begs to be the surname of a fantasy hunter! :D

    1. So glad you do! That one definitely sticks out to me as well. And I thought the SAME!! xD

  2. These are so different, but so epic!

    1. Thanks! I agree, "epic" is a great word to define them. :D

  3. Yay! You did the German one! Awesomeness!

    I think I love Jaeger and Tanzer the best. They have such a cool feel to them and I love the meanings behind them!

    1. Of course! I would have to agree with you on those. ;D

  4. Ooh beautiful names! I'm storing these for later. ;)

  5. Okay, I could totally see myself using Adler in a story. I've never thought about it as a first name before, but it sounds so cool!!

  6. Yes! I've never thought of it that way either, but I could certainly see it as a first name. Actually, the first thing I think of when I hear it is the character "Irene Adler" from the Sherlock Holmes novels & films. :D

    1. Same! I though of her, too. :) (Love those movies!)


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