Origin: Germanic, French
Meaning: “White Flower.”
Nicknames: Blur, Fleur, Blannie, Bonnie, Bar
Details: From the Germanic blanc meaning ‘white, fair’ and the French fleur meaning ‘flower’.
Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)
Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.
This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.
Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”
Nicknames: Mer, Mero
Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).
Meaning: “Wave; water spirit.”
Nicknames: Onni, Ondi, Odie
Detail: Ondine was a water nymph in German mythology. Ondines or undines are also elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus.
Did anyone else enjoy the movie Ondine? It is about the story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.
Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”
Nicknames: Eula, Eulie, Lali
Detail: Eulalie is the French feminine form of Latin Eulalius, meaning “well-spoken.”
“Eulalie” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is a bridal song about a man who overcomes his sadness by marrying the beautiful Eulalie. The woman’s love has a transformative effect on the narrator, taking him from a “world of moan” to one of happiness.
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Nicknames: Stone, Gato, Tony
Detail: Gaston serves up a bit of trouble as the main antagonist of Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast.
Origin: Latin; Old English; French
Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”
Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.
A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”
Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”