I’m reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild for the first time. Naturally, I’m intrigued by the names. In the first chapter we meet the main characters as babies – Paulina, Petrova, and Posy – and learn how they got their names.
Names in Ancient Rome This weekend I watched Meet the Romans (it’s available on Amazon Prime if you’re a member). Loved it! The fabulous Mary Beard is a great host and I love how she focuses on the daily life of average people. If you ever go to a museum with me, I’ll drag you… Continue reading Mary Beard’s “Meet the Romans”…and Their Names
Are You Watching Westworld? I’ve watched the first three episodes of HBO’s new show Westworld and I’m hooked. As soon as I saw that the main character’s name was Dolores, I knew that the character names might reveal some hidden clues about the show. Dolores means “lady of sorrows,” so this was a huge glittery… Continue reading Westworld: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Character Names
Are you on Goodreads? Are you looking for more Game of Thrones-inspired baby name ideas? Then follow me! I finally got pulled in and am reading the books. The TV show inspired my first blog post on GoT baby name ideas. I’m happy to report that the book is opening up a whole new world… Continue reading Follow Me on Goodreads for Game of Thrones-Inspired Baby Name Ideas
I usually focus on names for humans, but I’m an animal lover, so I’m also interested in names for animals (it took me WEEKS to name my cat, Trixie). With the Kentucky Derby this week, I couldn’t resist looking into thoroughbred horse naming. It’s a complicated world, I discovered. Here are some of the basic… Continue reading Horse Naming and the Kentucky Derby
The Name of the Week is Isaac. What do you think? This name’s meaning has always made me love it. Here’s what’s great about Isaac: Isaac: (Welsh) “to laugh” – I love names with happy meanings and laughter is about as happy as it gets. Isaac is one of those names that has always been… Continue reading Name of the Week: Isaac
Did you know that Harry Potter’s owl, Hedwig, was named after St. Hedwig, the patron saint of orphaned children? Did you know that Sirius Black was named after the “Dog star” Sirius? His animagus is a dog, naturally. What about Professor McGonagall? Her first name is Minerva and Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom.
J. K. Rowling put careful thought into *everything* when writing these books, even the character names. That’s why we all fell in love with her stories.
If you like name trivia and happen to be a Harry Potter fan, here’s a great BuzzFeed article that talks about some of the clever naming tricks J. K. Rowling used in the books.
What’s your favorite Harry Potter name? I think mine is Hermione.
Happy naming ♥ Amanda