Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mélisande


"Melisande" by Marianne Stokes


Origin: French
Meaning: "strengh in labour"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: meh-lee-SAHND, meh-luh-SAHND, MEH-lee-sahnd or MEH-luh-sahnd

Mélisande is the French form of the Germanic name Amalasuintha, which comes from the elements amal "work, labour" and swinþ "strength". It was used by Maurice Maeterlinck in his play Pelléas et Mélisande, which was later adapted by Claude Debussy into an opera.

Melisende was Queen of Jerusalem from the 12th century. Amalasuintha was a 6th-century queen of the Ostrogoths.

   Related names:

Amalasuintha - Ancient Germanic (f)
Amalasuntha - Ancient Germanic (f)
Melesina - unknown (f)
Melicent - English (f)
Melisende - Medieval French (f)
Millicent - English (f)

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