Showing posts with label name. Show all posts
Showing posts with label name. Show all posts

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meaning of name: John

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Meaning of name: John

Origin: English
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: JAHN 

English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious". This name owes its popularity to two New Testament characters, both highly revered saints. The first was John the Baptist, a Jewish ascetic who was considered the forerunner of Jesus Christ. The second was the apostle John, who was also traditionally regarded as the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation.
This name was initially more common among Eastern Christians in the Byzantine Empire, but it flourished in Western Europe after the First Crusade. In England it became extremely popular: during the later Middle Ages it was given to approximately a fifth of all English boys.
The name (in various spellings) has been borne by 21 popes and eight Byzantine emperors, as well as rulers of England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Russia and Hungary. It was also borne by the poet John Milton (1608-1674), philosopher John Locke (1632-1704), American founding father and president John Adams (1735-1826), and poet John Keats (1795-1821). Famous bearers of the 20th century include author John Steinbeck (1902-1968), assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), and musician John Lennon (1940-1980).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meaning of name: Enzo

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Enzio is a variation of Enzo
ORIGIN Italian
MEANING Diminutive of Vincenzo and Lorenzo
Entrancing, confident, and always up for a good time. This name is a great example of cool boys' names ending in "o."
FAMOUS Enzos Footwear designer Enzo Angiolini; son of Patricia Arquette 

Meaning of name: Jacob

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ORIGIN: Hebrew
MEANING: Holder of the heel
Has come in and out of vogue for over 100 years. Landed at No. 1 for the first time in 1999, knocking Michael off the top after 38 years. In the Old Testament, Jacob was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel. Namesake Jacob Grimm, the German linguist and writer, was the author of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" with his brother Wilhelm. Jacobus is the Latin form of the name.
VARIATIONS:Jacoba  Jacobina 
ALTERNATIVES: Jacobe  Jakob 
FAMOUS Jacobs Jacob Young (actor)  Jacob Marley ( "A Christmas Carol" fictional character)  Jacob Smith (actor) 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Meaning of name: Gerard

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ORIGIN English
MEANING Brave Spearman
As a name that has been popular since the Middle Ages, Gerard personifies an outgoing, adventure-loving individual. It was made most popular by famed French film actor, Gerard Depardieu.
ALTERNATIVES Jerard  Jerry  Gerry  Gerrard  Jirard 
NICKNAMES Gerry  Gerd  Gere 
FAMOUS Gerards Gerard Butler (actor)  Gerard Hopkins (poet)  Gerard Depardieu (actor)