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