First off, thanks everyone for your understanding and concern considering my recent absence. Things haven’t really fixed themselves, but there’s nothing I can really do about it, and I’ve come to terms with that. So, hopefully I’m back to scheduled programming.

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Weird, right?

Today we’re going to talk about a name that’s been pleasing the hell out of me lately, even though it’s incredibly far removed from the kind of name I usually like: Jessamine. If you had asked me six months ago what I thought of it, I would have said it’s entirely too frou-frou and delicate for my tastes. Now, I think it’s perfectly lovely, but just not for me, in the front, anyway.

First off, let me tell you what sort of mental image Jessamine puts in my head. It’s not of jasmine, strangely enough, but of a sea creature. Kindly take a look to the left: that’s what I see when I think of Jessamine. More hot pink and sort of fluffier, but that’s a rough approximation. I have no clue why. Go ahead, run in terror from my weirdness now…I’ll wait.

Back? Okay, then, let’s talk about Jessamine’s origins, pronunciation, and all that other fun stuff. BtN, my go to source, says it’s from a spelling variant of Jasmine, and that’s it’s pronounced JESS-a-min. I’ve also seen it pronounced Jess-a-MEEN, which I think it lovely as well, and somewhat more intuitive, actually. Some other sources say that it’s from the Middle French jessemin, meaning, guess what? Jasmine. I’m not an etymologist, so I’ll leave it up to you guys. I’m more apt to believe BtN, myself, since it’s usually a little more accurate. Some nicknames include Jess/ie, Mina, Jessa, Mimi, etc, etc.

I usually play around with Jessamine in the middle, since I’m not fond of really girly names in the front. Edna Jessamine is really all I’ve got at this point, but I like it with a lot of things. Alice Jessamine, Agnes Jessamine, Bridget Jessamine. I think it does wonders to lighten up a “dowdy” name.

What do you all think of Jessamine?

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