Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Gentleman's Magazine Names 1861-1862

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This is my favourite series, hands down, so here is another edition of the Gentleman's Magazine. This time we look at ladies and misses who married in 1861-1862.

1861
Elizabeth Albina
Frances Adamina Lucy
Lina
Iza
Mary Lane
Leoncine Elizabeth Madeline
Gwenellen
Eliza Penrose
Mildred Cordelia
Madelina Louisa
Frederica St John
Marie Felice Honorine
Lucinda Constance
Susanna Clotilde
Jane Nannie
Laura Augusta Mabella
Finetta Esther
Myra Isabella
Zebee Helen Emilia Jessie
Adelaide Rosalie
Minna Louisa
Helene Clementina

1862
Mary Bellas
Alice Oke
Tacé
Willielma
Sage Halse
Anna Manuela
Lilla Mary Ann
Hermine
Aldena
Lilias Stuart
Adele Astley
Zumala Mary Emily
Octavia Leonora 
Ellen Getrude Dehorne Christy

Image: Lady in the Garden by Monet 1867

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Summer Round Up

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Hello! I hope everyone's summer was fantastic. I decided to take a short break from blogging for the summer, which turned out to be longer than I wanted, but hey-ho, at least I'm back. I decided to ease myself back into the blogosphere with a quick round-up.

There have been so many names that I've come across in my pasts post that are fascinating and wearable but, because of the format of my previous posts, I haven't been able to talk about them, in any detail really. So here they are, my picks from Name Yesteryear's last 10 posts or so.

Cosarine - It's frilly, romantic, dramatic and old-fashioned. It's striking. I'm thinking Seraphina, Rosamund, Charlotta, Araminta and all those beautiful elaborate names. Cosarine is a perfect addition to the list. This rare beauty probably came to us through a mistake. My research shows Cosarine being mentioned in a number of French novels, but upon closer inspection the name is actually Cesarine, a feminisation of Caesar, which I personally don't find as appealing. Cosarine is a lovely choice, regardless of her less than legitimate beginnings.

Elsien - Quaint Victorian Elsie is certainly delightful, charming and sweet; Elsien is slightly edgier and more modern sounding. If you prefer to stay away from the cutesy names which are on the rise, at least here in the UK, Elsien is a choice that could well fit. She fits comfortably in a few trends and is at the same time a fresh options, for a baby boy or girl.

Evlalia- She may be an obscure gem but Evlalia has travelled around the world. I found Evlalias scattered in the US, Ireland, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil and Greece throughout the centuries. She's a little fussy but with that comes the wow factor. She is the Norse form of Greek Eulalia, meaning 'to talk well'.

Ismérie - Pretty, classic Marie is a staple that has stood her ground as a firm middle name favourite amongst many parents. But one has to wonder if those very same parents see Marie as too plain or safe to consider her for the illustrious first spot - which is where Ismérie steps in. She has the same wholesome feel as Marie, keeps the French oh-la-la, but is undoubtedly more interesting. Her origins are a bit foggy although it points to a number of religious connections - there is a Saint Ismérie and a princess that was converted to Christianity by the same name. 

Magnia - I've always been of the opinion that Magna would make a perfectly lovely name for a baby girl, afterall there's Magnus for boys, so why not use Magna? The only down side is the Magna Carta connection, which makes Magnia potentially a much better option. Magnia has a long and ancient history, with the first Magnia that I found dating back to the Roman Empire. Magnia Urbica was the wife of the hated emperor Carinus, and it's his status which has meant that his and his wife's name have remained out of popular history books. This ancient find is one that feels fresh and modern, easily wearable in the 21st century. 

Séverine - This elegant French name has become a firm favourite of mine, so please excuse my indulgence by including it.  From the Ancient Roman name Severus, it means 'stern', which will put many people off. Personally, I don't see a little sterness as a bad thing... but perhaps I'm biased. This name is not all that well known but it has made it to the big screen, in the James Bond film Skyfall. This ancient name is one that may take some guts to use, but I know I would love to see it more often.

Image: Caroline Remy de Guebhard, known as Severine, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Friday, 18 July 2014

American Names from 1790

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In keeping with my list obsession, I thought I would keep going but this time with male names. I can't actually believe it but my last 9 post have concentrated exclusively on female names, and that's not great. So, here is a long list of late 18th century American male names. These names were taken from the first US census of 1790. It's quite an eccletic mix.


Abner Ademiston Adron Anthorite
Armstead Bartrum Berryman Boon
Brasil Brazilla Buckner Burkley
Byrd Calvan Calway Cannon
Charlton Clairborne Collier Coy
Cullen Darden Demcy Dempsey
Deverix Dew Drury Duncan
Eaton Epenetus  Findel Forbis
Gray Hancob Hardy Harris
Hartwell Higdon Hillard Ignatious
Isra Kader Kemp Kindred
Laban Lachareah Lachlan Larkin
Lazarus Lemuel Leven Lodewick
Luck Marcillus Masheck Misell
Neven Nimrod Ormond Orson
Peyton Presley Ransom Reddick
Repps Sherwood Spillsby Sterling
Sugars Tames Tarler Thamer
Thowegood Tomfy Vinson West
Whitmill Wier Wynn Yancey
Zacheus Zadock Zephaniah


Image: A view of the Town of Boston in New England and British ships of war landing their troops, 1768

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Norwegian Delights


I thought nothing could top the Icelandic Delights but now I don't know! I'm really enjoying these Norwegian names. Like with the previous Delights, they were taken from baptism records from 1780-1880. 


Aasillia
Ales
Aleth
Alette
Alvide
Amalia
Ambrosia
Andrine
Anniken
Arie
Asbe
Ascier
Astri
Atlandia
Atlantica
Barbra
Bergitthe
Bertine
Betzy
Borni
Chatrine
Christofa
Constance
Dagny
Ebenea
Elevine
Elfrida
Elie
Endrine
Enelia
Ferdinanda
Gusta
Gustava
Haege
Hanna
Hansine
Hele
Helene
Inga
Ingri
Innine
Janna
Janniche
Jensine
Jorgine
Jorine
Kari
Karine
Katinka
Laurenze
Lene
Lisbeth
Liv
Lydie
Magdaline
Malene
Maren
Margith
Mari
Marit
Marthe
Mathea
Mathilde
Mette
Mina
Nielsine
Nora
Odele
Olava
Olene
Oline
Omunda
Ottilie
Ottonia
Oulou
Ovidia
Pernille
Petrea
Ragna
Rakel
Ranei
Rikka
Saave
Sanna
Serine
Severine
Signe
Sille
Siri
Synneva
Talette
Theoline
Theresie
Thomine
Tine
Todne
Tonnesine
Torine



I've been concentrating on the Delight series for a while now (I get obsessive over things...) so I promise there will be a break and I'll change gears for a bit!

Image: Dancer in Blue by Edgar Degas. 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Icelandic Delights


This has to be my favourite of the Delights thus far! For an English speaker, the names below are so exquisitely unusual. The name nerd in me just drools and drools. They were taken from a number of Iceland baptism records from 1780-1880. 


Agatha
Andria
Arnthora
Asa
Asdys
Asny
Asta
Astridur
Bjarni
Bjorg
Boel
Briet
Carina
Charlotta
Diderike
Efemia
Elin
Ellesifa
Else
Emerentiana
Eugenia
Evlalia
Eyolina
Fridrika
Groa
Gudny
Haldora
Halla
Hannesa
Hansina
Herdis
Indiana
Jacobina
Jersine
Jodys
Johanna
Jona
Jonina
Jorunn
Karitas
Katrin
Kristense
Lilia
Linanna
Liotun
Magnia
Margretar
Marin
Marsibil
Mikalina
Nicoline
Nielsina
Oddny
Olafina
Olavia
Olina
Olof
Oskvaldina
Palina
Philippia
Regine
Rosa
Rosamunda
Salome
Sesselia
Setzelia
Sigmunda
Signy
Stefania
Steinny
Thora
Thoranna
Thordys
Torey
Torniona
Una
Vihelmine




I just love that I came across so many Indianas in Iceland, with the earliest one being born in February 1834. Next one in the series will be Norway! 


Image: Ballet Dancers in the Wings by Edgar Degas