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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!
Happy [BELATED] Independence Day---and happy b-day, America!!! How was your week/weekend?  We had a fantastic time celebrating the 4th with family & friends.  And we were even able to see the President's Salute to America---it was AMAZINGGGG.  Did you all watch the ceremony??

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Check out these shiny new names!

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M Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin

Roman given name of unknown meaning.  It is possibly derived from Latin gaudere, meaning "to rejoice", though it may be of unknown Etruscan origin.  As a Roman praenomen (given name), it was extremely popular---the most famous bearers being Gaius Julius Caesar, leader of the Roman Republic, & his adopted son, Gaius Octavius (later known as Augustus, the first Roman Emporer).  In the New Testament, this was also the given name of a man of Ephesus, who is regarded as a saint.

F | English (modern)

Means "song, melody" in Italian (literally "air").  An aria is a type of an elaborate vocal solo usually performed in operas.  As an English name, it has only been in use since the 20th century, and is not common in Italy.  


From a surname derived from the Old English leah meaning "clearing."  This was the surname of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.  In his honor, it has been used as a given name in the American South.


Means "frost" in Finnish, and is also Finnish form of Christina ("a Christian"), and the short form of Kirsikka ("cherry").

| Italian, Spanish

Italian & Spanish form of Laurentius (could mean either "from Laurentum" or derived from origin word for "laurel").  A famous bearer of this name was Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492), known as The Magnificent, was a ruler of Florence during the Renaissance.  A great patron of the arts, he employed Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and other famous artists.

Irish, English

Anglicized form of Muadhnait (Irish for "little noble one").  It is also associated with Greek monos "one", and Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Mona Lisa' (in which case it is a contraction of the Italian words ma donna, meaning "my lady").  Could also be a short form of given names like Monika.

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Talk to me!  What do you think of these lovelies??  I really like Kirsi & Mona of the girls.  And Gaius just sounds like it's begging for a strong, warrior-like character match... ;D


  1. Kirsi is a cool name-- no pun intended (so is Kirsikka)!

  2. I definitely wrote down Kirsikka as a name to use in the future. It's so unique!! And I love its meaning.

  3. This is SUCH a great set!!! Aria is one I've always thought would be a gooorgeous name. I've never heard of Kirsi before. I love that one! Mona is beautiful too. I seriously love this set! <3

    1. Thanks, girl! I had such fun finding these lovely names. You are so right---Aria is beautiful! And neither had I! Kirsi popped up in my Pinterest feed one day & I just had to feature it. Same with Mona. :D So pretty!


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