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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?

Good Monday to you, friends!

How was you weekend, may I ask?  Mine was lovely, albeit a little rainy.
Our little garden is finally coming in! It struggled so for quite a while, but is looking so good now & shouldn't be too much longer before I can bring in fresh veggies. *drools*  Do you & your family keep a garden each year?

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I've a fresh set of name, y'all!  This month is going to be busy with my writerly linkup, but I'm still planning on my usual posts & HOPEFULLY some book reviews at last. (They're piling up on me!!)  Also, I think this little blog will soon get a fresh new makeover!! SOOO excited.  I usually like to update my template & theme every year or two, and it's high time I did so now.  So keep yer eyes peeled!  I think I said that a month ago, but it's finally happening!! *^ - ^*

And be sure to check out this week's PROMPT for the June Promptlies linkup party!

Meanwhile, check out these names!

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M English (modern)
YAN-sin, YAHN-sin, or JAN-sin

Variant of Jensen, from a Danish surname meaning "son of Jens"---which is a Danish form of John ("YAHWEH is gracious").

F | English (?)

Meaning unknown.  (This was the given name of Ella's best friend in Gail Carson Levine's novel [& film!] Ella Enchanted.)

Germanic Mythology

Continental Germanic cognate of Óðinn, a form of Odin, meaning "inspiration, rage, frenzy."


Variant of Maria (possibly meaning "beloved"), usually pronounced in a way that reflects an older English pronunciation of Maria. This name became popular in the early 1990s by American singer Mariah Carey (1970-).


Spanish form of Alexander, meaning "defending men."
NOTE:  This is the given name of a character in my WIP set in Spain. :]

Serbian, Croatian, Slovene

Feminine form of Branko, which is a diminutive of Branislav ("protection" combined with "glory") or Branimir ("protection" combined with "peace, love").

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Talk to me!  What do you think of these lovelies??

Are there any themed meanings/names you'd like to see in these posts?  Like, names meaning "sun," "moon," or "stars"? Or "brave" meanings? Or names from different colors?  Let me know! I may feature them in the coming weeks.  :]


  1. Arieda is suuuuch a pretty name! I forgot that was Ella's friend's name in Ella Enchanted. It's been way too long since I've read that! Totally time for a reread. And Branka is so unique! I love that!!!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your blog. EEEEE!!! Though I ADORE this design with all my heart. But I know whatever you do is going to be GORGEOUS!

    1. It is! I did too, until I watched the movie again (Evan hadn't seen it), and LOVED it just as much. I need to read the book again! And yes, Branka is certainly unique. I could see it as a Medieval or even Futuristic name. :]

      Thanks, girl! I've been looking at new templates for what feels like AGES, but I think I've finally narrowed it down. ^_^ So do I! I'll be keeping it saved just in case I wanna come back to it in the future. Awww, thank you!! <333

  2. Ooh! A blog makeover! Can't wait to see how it looks!

    Out of this list, I think I like the meaning of Jansen the best. Such a powerful meaning.

    1. Thanks! I'm still debating on the template... But soon!!

      YES. I so agree! And it's such a neat name also :]

  3. Noooo you're changing your blog theme??? I love this one so much :( But I totally understand wanting to update it, it's always nice to have new things! I'll look forward to the new look <3

    1. I know! I loves this template! But I feel it's time for a change. :D YESSS, so nice to have fresh new things---thank you, girl! You are the sweetest <333


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