Sunday, April 23, 2017

Women of Space

You know what I love celebrating? Strong, inspiring women, especially those that go against the stereotypes and do what no women has done before. Today I want to celebrate the women of space. Those women who were and still are a part of a male dominated field. Because this post would be so long if I included all of the women of space I decided to just include the women who have been the first of something (first women in space, first woman space shuttle commender, etc.). I hope to do another post like this in the future.

Valentina Tereshkova was the first women in space. She flew Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963 with the Russians. Her orbit around earth was 48 times! Valentina means strong, vigorous, healthy in Latin. The name is ranked at #114 in the United States. In France the name is ranked at #76.

Sally Ride was the first U.S. woman in space. She flew up on June 18, 1983 and stayed until June 24. During the trip her job was to control the robotic arm and used that arm to put satellites into space. Sally is the English diminutive of Sarah which means princess. I hold a special place in my heart for this name because it was my grandmother's name.

Eileen Collins was the first woman space shuttle commander. She commended STS-93 from July 23 to July 27, 1999. In 2005 she had her second space shuttle commend. Not only was she the first woman space shuttle commander but she was also the first woman space shuttle pilot in 1995. I'd say that she was pretty important to women's take in space! The name Eileen means desired in Irish and is the anglicized form of Eibhlin.

Peggy Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS). In April 2008, Peggy completed a 6 month tour on the ISS. In 2016 she became the oldest female astronaut. The name Peggy a diminutive of Margaret, which means pearl. In medieval times it became a variant of Meggy but the reason for the change is unknown.

Svetlana Savitskaya was the first woman to participate in an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA). She completed this task on July 25, 1984 on the Soyuz T-12. She was also the second women in space. Svetlana is a Russian name meaning light, world. A Russian poet named Vasily Zhukovsky made the name popular in 1813 with his poem bearing the same name.

Kathryn Sullivan was the first U.S. woman to participate in an Extra-Vehicular Activity on October 11, 1984 meaning she was the first American woman to walk in space. She was a crew member on 3 Space Shuttle missions. Kathryn means each of two in English. It is an alternative spelling of Katherine.

Susan Helms was the first woman space station expedition crew member on Expedition 2 from March 2001 to August 2001. To my surprise she had spent a total of 5,064 hours in space! She even has a world record for the longest EVA of 8 hours and 56 minutes. I guess you could say she loved space. Susan is an English variant of Susanna meaning lily. This spelling of the name has been the most common spelling since the 18th century because of Susan B. Anthony.

I had so much fun learning about the different women of space! I am sure there are some women on this list you have heard of before but I know that some of these amazing, inspiring I had never heard of before. Let me know what you thought of this post. Would you like more inspiring women in the future?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lettie: The Nickname

Lettie is one of the nicknames that I have fallen in love with over the past year. Somewhere down the line on my ad's side I have a few aunts with the name. Since I try to stay away from nicknames as full name names I have been on the look out for a full name I love for Lettie. Since I have already done some research I figured why not just bring them to you. Lettie is an English diminutive of Lettice which meaning Joy, Happiness.

Arlette- Form of Herleva (Amry, Honour, Noble); French
I love Ar- names as well as Lett names so this is a prefect mix. 

Alouette- Lark; French
If you don't feel French saying this name than I'm not sure what will make you. This is such a beautiful twist not he common bird names. 

Aletta and Alette- Variant of Alethea (Truth); English 
Two beautiful A names that sound elegant and unique. 

Charlotte- Diminutive of Charles (Freeman); German
Charlotte is fast rising and made her way into he top 10 in 2014. ITs the name of a Princess and has so many great associations. 

Colette- Short form of Nicolette (Victory of the People); French
For 30 years, Colette had not been on the top 1000 charts but in 2012 she jumped back on and has been moving up since. 

Cosette- Little Thing; French
I am rarely impressed with the meaning of names but Cosette is one of those exceptions. Many people will think of the Les Miserables and I think the 2012 film brought light tot he name. 

Evolet- The Love spelled backwards
Evolet was invented by the movie 10,000 BC. IN the movie they claim the names means Promise of Life

Elettra- Form of Electra (Amber); Italian
I thought for sure I was going to do research on this name and it was going to be made up. Its nice to see that tit is an Italian name. Elettra looks so pretty and unique. 

Juliet/Juliette- Diminutive of Julie (Downy-Bearded); French
For years I had Juliette as my number 1 girls name. I am now seeing the name more and more. It gives a nice romantic vibe to parents and I can see the appeal.

Lettice- Form of Letitia; English 
Although Lettice is so close to the word lettuce I still think its usable. The nickname Lettie it makes all the difference. 

Letitia- Joy, Happiness; English 
Letitia is a name that sound very proper and British. First Lady of John Tyler was a bearer of this name. 

Nicolette- Diminutive of Nicole (Victory of the People); French
Growing up I always thought Nicolette was one of the most beautiful girl names out there. I loved it as an alternative to Nicole. It is the name of a princess in the French romance, Aucassin et Nicolette. 

Odelette and Odeletta- Variant of Odele (Song)
Both these names are new to me but it was love at first sight. They remind me of a beautiful, young princess from a children's book or movie. 

Paulette- Diminutive of Paul (Small, Humble); French
If you are looking to honor a Paul and you are having a girl, than Paulette is one of the best options out there. Lettie as a nickname gives the name a more girly feel. 

Scarlett- Red; English
In 1940, Scarlett entered the top 1000 for the first time. It was a year after the movie Gone with the Wind came out. I'd say the movie had a great influence on the name. 

Saletta- Variant of Sally (Princess) 
Saletta is new to me but I really enjoy this name for its nickname options, Lettie and Saly. 

Violet (English) and Violette (French)- Violet, Purple
Violet is one of the more popular names on this list and Violette is a nice alternative if you want something a little less popular. Both names give off a peaceful vibe and are girly with out overdoing it. 

Winslet- Wynn's Channel or Stream; English 
There are so many reasons to die for Winslet. I have learned that there is a small club of Winslet loving people out there. Are you a part of it?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

62 Easter Inspired Names

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates! I am spending the day with my family enjoying their company. Below I have a list of Easter inspired names. I went back and forth about making a post about Easter names. In past years I have written a few posts on the subject but I ultimately decided to do a quick list. If you are taking a little time to relax today and want some quick name reading this is just for you!

Easter Specific Names

  1. Pascale- Feminien Form of Pascal; French
  2. Pascaline- Feminine Form of Pascal; French
  3. Nedelya- Sunday; Bulgarian 
  4. Esi- Born on Sunday; Akan 
  5. Pascal- Relating to Easter; French
  6. Pasco- Form of Pascal; Cornish
  7. Pasqualino- Form of Pascal; Italian 
  8. Sunday- Sunday; English

Religious Names

  1. Mary- Sea or Bitter; Hebrew 
  2. Veronica- Bringing Victory; Greek 
  3. Anastasia- Resurrection; Greek 
  4. Faith- Faith; English
  5. Salome- Peace; Hebrew (Went to Jesus Tomb)
  6. Joanna- Yahweh is Gracious; English 
  7. James- Supplanter; Hebrew 
  8. John- Yahweh is Gracious; Hebrew 
  9. Peter- Stone; Greek
  10. Simon- He Has Heard; Hebrew 

Meaning Beginning, New Life

  1. Viva- Alive; Latin 
  2. Enid- Life, Spirit; Welsh
  3. Zoe- Life; Greek
  4. Asha- Life; Swahili 
  5. Aisha- Alive; Arabic
  6. Vivian- Alive; Latin
  7. Genesis- Beginning, Birth in Greek 
  8. Vitus- Life; Italian
  9. Anthanasios- Life; Greek
  10. Haim- Life; Hebrew 

Lamb, Bunny

  1. Agnes- Lamb; Latin 
  2. Janja- Croatian and Serbian form of Agnes
  3. Oanez- Breton form of Agnes
  4. Una- Lamb; Irish
  5. Bunny- Diminutive of Berenice (Bringing Victory); English
  6. Cecily- Blind; English (Beatrix Potter Character) 
  7. Cordero- Lamb; Spanish
  8. Hamal- Lamb; Arabic 
  9. Oan- Lamb; Breton
  10. Kreios- Ram; Male Sheep, Greek 
  11. Shepherd- Sheep Herder; English 
  12. Arledge- Dweller at the Rabbit Lake; English 
  13. Benjamin- Son of the South or Son of the Right Hand; Hebrew (Character from Beatrix Potter) 

Candy, Eggs

  1. Milton- Mill Town in English. For Milton Hershey who founded the candy company
  2. Cadbury- Cadbury eggs
  3. Bezai- Egg; Hebrew 
  4. Ruth- Friend, Companion in Hebrew. Baby Ruth candy bars
  5. Ova- Egg; Latin 
  6. Candy- Diminutive to Candace (Queen Mother); English 
  7. Kit- Nickname for Katherine or Christopher. For the Kit Kat bar
  8. Hunter- Hunter; English 
  9. Hunt- Variant of Hunter; English 

Miscellaneous Names

  1. Evangeline- Good News; Greek 
  2. Lina- Palm Tree, Tender; Arabic
  3. Tamar- Palm Tree; Hebrew 
  4. Lily- Lily; English 
  5. Susanna- Lily; Greek
  6. Cruz- Cross; Spanish 
  7. Stavros- Cross; Greek 
  8. Derel- Palm Tree; Hebrew 
  9. Palmiro- Pilgrim, Palm Tree; Italian 
  10. Tomer- Plam Tree; Hebrew 
  11. Palmer- Pilgrim, Palm Tree; English, Latin 
  12. Ash- Short Form of Asher or Ashley; English (For Ash Wednesday) 

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