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.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014



Erin Murphy as Tabitha Stephens on "Bewitched"

Origin: Aramaic
Meaning: "gazelle"
Gender: feminine
Pronunciation: : TAB-i-thə

In the New Testament, Tabitha was a woman raised from the dead by Saint Peter. She is sometimes considered the patron saint of tailors and seamstresses, since she was known for sewing coats and other garments and is also known by the Greek translation of the name Tabitha, Dorcas.

Tabitha became popular after the Protestant Reformation, but then fell of the charts. It became popularized by the TV show Bewitched, where Tabitha was the daughter of the witch Samantha.

In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibby Rollins is one of the main characters. Tabitha Twitchit is a cat in the Beatrix Potter series, and Tabitha Smith is a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe.

   Related names:

Tabatha - English
Tabby - English
Tabetha - English
Tabea - German
Tabita - Biblical Latin
Tabytha - English
Tibby - English

The name Tabitha is ranked #756 in the United States, and #181 in England/Wales.

Thursday, 5 June 2014


"Sibyl and The Ruins of Rome" by Giovanni Pannini

Origin: Latin
Meaning: "prophetess"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: SIB-əl

In ancient Greece, the Sibyls where oracular women believed to have prophetic powers under the influence of a deity. In the Middle Ages the Christians embraced the sibyls and several where made into saints. Historians says that the sibyls where only known from legends, and that there's no proof of there existence.

In Roman mythology, there was a sibyl who dwelt in Cumae in Italy. It is said that she was the one who sold to Tarquinius Superbus, the last king of Rome, the Sibylline books, a group of oracles that detailed Rome's destiny.

The Sibylline Oracles are a collection of oracles of Judeo-Christian origin. Fourteen books and eight fragments of Sibylline Oracles survive.

   Related names:

Sibilla - Italian
Sibylla - German, Greek, Late Roman, Swedish
Sibylle - French, German
Sybil - English
Sybila - Polish, Late Roman
Sybille - French, German