Saturday, November 3, 2007

Behind the names

TARA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: TAHR-a, TER-a [key]
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. Tara was also used as the name of the O'Hara plantation in the novel and movie 'Gone with the Wind'


TARA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindu Mythology
Other Scripts: तारा (Sanskrit)
Means "star" in Sanskrit. Tara is the name of a Hindu astral goddess, the wife of Brhaspati. She was abducted by Soma, a god of the moon, leading to a great war that was only ended when Brahma intervened and released her. This is also the name of a Buddhist deity (a female Buddha).


NICHOLAS
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: NI-ko-las (English), nee-ko-LA (French) [key]
From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is also known as Santa Claus (from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, and Greece and Russia. Nicholas was also the name of two czars of Russia and five popes


MICHAEL
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, German, Czech, Biblical
Pronounced: MIE-kul (English), MI-khah-el (German) [key]
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) which meant "who is like God?". This is the name of one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.
This was the name of nine Byzantine emperors and a czar of Russia. Other more modern bearers of this name include the 19th-century chemist/physicist Michael Faraday and basketball player Michael Jordan.


LOGAN
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: LO-gan [key]
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.


STEVEN
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: STEEV-en [key]
Usual English form of STEPHEN. The filmmaker Steven Spielberg, director of 'ET' and 'Indiana Jones', is a famous bearer of this name.


DOMINIC
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: DAWM-in-ik, DOM-in-ik [key]
From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord". This name was traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Several saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars.

I got all this info from http://www.behindthename.com/

1 comment:

Stump Home said...

I stole this from you! Fun post.