Tuesday, 29 July 2014


"Cinderella Castle" by Maja Wronska

Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: do-nah-TEL-lah

Today my baby cousin was born, and her name is Donatella. To honour her birth, I decided to post this name :).

Donatella is the feminine Italian diminutive of the name Donato, which comes from the Latin Donatus meaning "given". The name used to be given to children whose parents waited at length for a child.

This is the name of Italian fashion designer, Donatella Versace. It is also the name of a character in "West Wing".

   Related Names:

Danuta - Polish
Danutė - Lithuanian
Donát - Hungarian (m)
Donat - Catalan, French, Occitan, Polish (m)
Donata - Italian
Donatello - Italian
Donatien - French (m)
Donatienne - French
Donato - Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (m)

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Lana Turner

Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: LAH-nah, LAWN-ah

The name Lana can be a short form of either Alana or Svetlana. Alana  is the feminine version of the name Alan, which meaning is uncertain, though it may come from the Gaelic ailin meaning ""little rock" or from Breton meaning "handsome".

Svetlana is a Slavic name meaning "light, world". Lana is sometimes considered to be derived from Helen which means "shining, light". In Hawaiian, Lana means "afloat, calm as still waters".

The name became popularized by American actress Lana Turner. Elizabeth Grant used Lana for her stage name, Lana del Rey.

   Related names:

Alain - French (m)
Alaina/Alayna - English
Alanna - English
Alannah - English, Irish
Alen - Croatian, Slovene (m)
Allan - English, Scottish (m)
Allen - English, Scottish (m)
Allyn - English (m)
Alun - Welsh (m)
Sveta - Russian
Svĕtlana - Czech
Svitlana - Ukrainian
Svjetlana - Croatian, Serbian

   Name Days:

Latvia: September 28

Lana is ranked #412 in the United States, #208 in England/Wales, #100 in Belgium, #19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, #1 in Croatia, #42 in France, #46 in Netherlands, and #6 in Slovenia.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: tah-TYAH-nah (Russian, Polish, Spanish, Italian), ta-tee-AN-ə, ta-TYAN-ə (English)

Tatiana is the feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, which is derived from Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. It is the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus, she is the patron saint of students. In Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, there is a holiday called "Tatiana Day", also known as "Students Day", which is named after Saint Tatiana.

This was the name of the Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia. Tatiana Schlossberg is the name of one of Caroline Kennedy's daughters. It is also the name of Tatiana Santo Domingo, the wife of Prince Andrea Casiraghi of Monaco, Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark, and Tatiana Maslany, a Canadian actress. Tatiana Gutsu is a Ukrainian gymnast who won the 1992 Olympic all-around title.

   Related names:

Latanya/Latonya - African American
Tacjana - Polish
Taina - Finnish
Tanika - African American
Tânia - Portuguese
Tania - English, Italian
Tanisha - African American
Tanja - Croatian, Finnish, German, Serbian, Slovene
Tanya - English, Russian
Taťána - Czech
Tatiani - Greek
Tatianna - Romanian, English
Tatienne - French
Tatjana - Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovene
Tatjána - Hungarian
Tatsiana - Belarusian
Tatyana - Russian
Tetiana/Tetyana - Ukrainian
Tiana - English
Tjaša - Slovene
Tonya - English

   Name Days:

France: January 12
Poland: January 25
Slovakia: February 1

Tatiana is ranked #538 in the United States, and #446 in France.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


"Leander's Body Washed Ashore" by Axel Anderson

Origin: Greek
Meaning: "lion of a man"
Gender: Masculine
Pronunciation: lee-AN-dər

In Greek mythology, Leander, a young man from Abydos, fell in love with of Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower in Sestos. Every night he would swim across the Hellespont to visit her, and Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to show him the way. One night, a storm blew out the fire from the lamp while Leander was swimming, and he became lost and drowned. When Hero saw his dead body, she threw herself from the edge of the tower so she could be with him in death.

Leander is also the name of a saint from Seville, a Bishop and Confessor.

   Related names:

Leandra - Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (f)
Léandre - French (m)
Leandro - Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (m)
Leandros - Greek (m)

   Name Days:

Poland: February 27

Leander is ranked #49 in Norway.

Monday, 23 June 2014


Elle Fanning as Aurora in "Maleficent"

Origin: Latin
Meaning: "dawn"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: ow-RO-rah (Spanish), ə-RAWR-ə (English)

In Roman mythology Aurora is the sister of Sol and Luna, and is the goddess of the dawn, who flies across the sky every morning announcing the arrival of the sun.

The name is also associated with the Aurora Borealis, commonly referred to as the Northern Lights. It is the name of the princess in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Aurora Leigh is an epic poem by Elizabeth Barrett.

   Related names:

Aurore - French

   Name Days:

Finland: March 10
Latvia: March 5
Sweden: July 3

Aurora is ranked #145 in the United States, #345 in England/Wales, #100 in Canada, #6 in Italy, #92 in New Zealand, and #30 in Norway.

Friday, 13 June 2014


Évelyne Brochu as Delphine Cormier in "Orphan Black"

Origin: Latin
Meaning: "of Delphi"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: del-FEEN

I have recently starting watching Orphan Black and one of the characters is Delphine Cormier. The name Delphine is the French form of the Latin Delphina meaning "of Delphi". Delphi is an archeological site and town in Greece, the name of which is possibly related to the Greek delphis meaning "dophin".

   Related names:

Delfina - Italian, Spanish
Delphina - Late Roman
Delphinus - Late Roman (m)

   Name Days:

France: November 26


"Three Ravens" by Edward Frederick Brewtnall

Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Pronunciation: RAY-vən

The name Raven originates from the English word raven, which is derived from the Old English Hræfn and Old Norse Hrafn which both mean "raven". The raven is revered by several Native American groups. It is also associated with the Norse god Odin, who has two ravens that fly all over the world, observing everything.

A famous bearer of the name is actress Raven-Symoné. It is also a character in DC comics and the real name of Mystique in the Marvel comics. It was used in the title of Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Raven, where a raven was a bearer of bad news.

Although the name is unisex, it is more commonly used as a girls name rather than a boys name.

   Related names:

Ravenna - English (f)

As a girls name Raven is ranked #513 in the United States.