Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Summer Round Up

File:CarolineRemy-Renoir.jpg

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.