General Thoughts


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?

Is it time to put me out to pasture now? Is it time to commit me? Run for the hills, I’m going to talk about Edna!

Two things have brought me to my Edna musings. One is my genealogy research: Edna is a family name on my mother’s side. Her grandmother was an Edna, and it is my Aunt Louise’s middle name. The other is a thread on Doris on BNaBBT. I really like Doris, and the thread got me thinking about “frumpy” names.

I like Edna’s sound and history. It’s got two roots: one as an Anglicisation of Eithne, and another from Hebrew, meaning “pleasure.” I know I’m going waaay against the grain when I say I like the sound of Edna, but I personally don’t see the problem with it. Hannah is top 10 and I find it unpleasantly breathy; I much prefer the solidity of Edna. Edie is an adorable nickname, too. Edna’s a great alternative since I don’t care overmuch for Edith; seems dirty to me in a weird way. Too pioneer girl. I know a ton of people think Edna Krabappel from The Simpsons, but that doesn’t bother me too much. It’ll fade.

A few Edna combos for your perusal

  • Edna Daisy
  • Edna Beatrix
  • Edna Frances (unrepentantly “frumpy”)
  • Edna Lucienne
  • Edna Penelope
  • Edna Catherine
  • Edna Marianne
  • Edna Jessamine

Too lazy to do some three namers. I’ve been on a single middle name kick lately anyway. There are two or three up there that make my heart go aflutter, but I’m not going to bias you guys!

So, let me have it. Tell me what you think of Edna. You won’t hurt my feelings, promise.

Hey all, sorry for the sporadic posting lately, but I’ve been trying to get a lot of stuff done. Between scheduling classes and fighting with my mom about living on campus, it’s been quite a week! Anyway, today’s post will be on two names I’m undecided about, Cordelia and Cornelia.

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Hey guys. First, some non name related stuff. First, how do you all like the new layout? I was tiring of how dark the other one was. Plus, I think green is the best color in the world. Second, happy April Fools! I wasn’t on the receieving end of any stupid jokes today, so I’m in a good mood. BNaBBT changed the board to Sweedish, and my favorite news blog, jezebel.com, said that comments would be closed! Although I don’t comment I was a little upset, because the people who post there are usually insightful and witty as hell. I thought about pulling a joke on you guys, but I didn’t have the heart to. You’d probably know right off though, wouldn’t you, you crafty devils?

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I was thinking today about one of the most perfect names I’ve ever heard: Ada Lovelace. Born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815, she is widely regarded as the first computer programmer. She was the daughter of Lord Byron, the poet (who I love, by the way; I’m not incredibly familiar with his work, but what I know, I like) and Annabella Milbanke. She was the countess of Lovelace, which is where she got the name she is most known by.

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Ada Lovelace

I think she’s a fantastic role model for any young girl, and an especially auspicious namesake for any programmer or coder.

Anyway, thinking about Ada Lovelace made me love Ada. It’s simple but sturdy and feminine without drowning in frills. The only problem is its similarity to Ava and Eva. She’d probably get called Ava most of the time these days. Although Ava is pretty, I vastly prefer Ada for its old fashioned charm and more sturdy feel.

Don’t count Ada out of the fashion game, though. It’s top 100 in Norway and has recently re-entered the charts here for the first time in a while. As of 2007, it sat at 646, and I expect it to rise some more, especially given the continued popularity of Ava.

I think Ada is a fantastic name, overall. It’s short but substantial and packs a great punch. For such a short name, it manages to sound serious, but still retains its playful, almost nickname like feel. (For you origin buffs, it was originally a nickname for Adelaide, but I think it stands alone fine now.) I fully endorse it as a full name, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it as a nickname. A few ideas if Ada isn’t substantial enough for you: Adelaide, Adara, Adela, Adeline, Zenaida. However, I really feel that this one stands on its own. I like Ida, too, for the record.

A few Ada combos:

  • Ada Juniper
  • Ada Beatrix
  • Ada Cecile
  • Ada Jane
  • Ada Prudence
  • Ada Penelope
  • Ada June
  • Ada Susan

What do you guys think of sweet, simple, Ada?

First, some news: I put in my paperwork to transfer to the college of Education at my university today! I should be enrolled as a student of secondary English in about six weeks, and I’m super excited! GAHHH I WILL SHAPE THE YOUTH OF TOMORROW AND MAKE THEM LOVE JANE AUSTEN AS MUCH AS I DO! Okay, maybe not, but I am really excited.

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Sorry for my absence and whatnot lately, guys. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I skipped my first class to sleep today, though, so I’m fresh as a daisy!

So I was thinking of what to blog about today, and was thinking about doing a post on Latinate versions of names I like; Olive vs Olivia, etc. That got me wondering if I’ve ever covered Olive, maybe in my floral names post, which got me thinking about all the florals I didn’t cover. So to make a nerdy story short, I decided to expand my list. This time, I’m including boys and other kinds of nature names.

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