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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? // 3rd Monday Edition

Happy Monday, lovelies!
How was your weekend?  Does it feel like Summertime to you yet?  



| English, German, Polish
EHD-mənd(English), EHT-muwnt(German),EHD-moont(Polish)

Means "rich protection," from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and mund "protection."  Two Anglo-Saxon kings of England bore this name, as well as two saints, and a 9th-century king of East Anglia, who according to legend was killed after refusing to divide his Christian kingdom with an invading pagan Danish ruler.

kris-tee-AN-ə, kris-TYAN-ə

Latin feminine form of Christian, which comes from the medieval Latin name Christianus, meaning "a Christian" (see Christos).  

| Greek, English

Variant of Nikolaos (Greek), or Nicholas (English)---both meaning "victory of the people."

| English, Spanish
yo-LAN-da(Spanish), yo-LAHN-də(English)

From the medieval French name Yolande, which could possibly be a form of the name Violante, itself a derivative of Latin viola "violet."  Alternatively, it could be of Germanic origin.  This was borne by a 12th-century empress of the Latin Empire in Constantinople, a 13th-century countess from Luxembourg, and a 15th-century duchess of Lorraine---subject of the 1892 opera Iolanta, by Tchaikovsky.



From Middle English boneire "kind, courteous," which is derived from Norman French bon aire "good bloodline."

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally meaning "sparkle stone." Other forms include, Garfinkel or Garfunkel.


Americanized form of Wyrzyk, a variant of Wyrzykowski, which is possibly derived from a Polish place name of uncertain meaning, probably "away from the river."

Derived from the name of the English town Hunnacott, which comes from the Old English hunig "honey", or the given name Huna, combined with cot "cottage."

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Which of these do you like best?

I particularly like Ned for Edmund---normally, one would use Ed, of course, but Ned makes it different!  And the name Yolanda is beautiful! Yoli is a cute nickname for that one.
What do YOU think??

That's all for today, dear beans!
TTFN.  <3


  1. I'VE MISSED THESE POSTS! I was so excited to see this on my dashboard! I'm constantly collecting names from these posts, just so you know. They're super helpful! :D But boy do I understand life being, well, life-y! It is perfectly fine when you need to step back and just LIVE. I've been considering a blogging hiatus sometime in the near-ish future too. There's definitely nothing wrong with that. ^_^ But I AM excited for future posts!

    As always, you've found some GREAT ones and thought of such clever nicknames! Ellender and Evie are probably my faves! (I tend to love names that start with vowels??? I just find them so pretty!) Vett is a really clever nickname for Evette! I love that! And Sutherland and Morrow are my favorites of the surnames. They sound so deliciously fantasy-like! :D

    1. Awwww! So glad to hear you still love these! And soooo pleased to hear they add to your collection of names. I LOVE seeing them pop up in your stories *ALLTHEHEARTEYES* And YESSS. Life in general must take priority---or it should, at the very least, haha. Yes! nothing wrong with taking a step back---that's what hiatuses are for! And usually, when one returns from said break, their creativity is renewed & almost literally bursting to be used. ;D

      Thanks, girl! I love trying to find the unique/uncommon nicknames that may cleverly throw off a reader or two. *sly wink wink* Yes! Names beginning with vowels are sooooo lovely! I adore those two as well. <3 Oooh! Yes! those two surnames certainly have a fantasy vibe. Love them all!


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