Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dianora

Dianora (DEE-ah-NOR-ah) is an Italian name found in the opera La Spinalba. The author of the libretto is unknown, but the music was written by Francisco Antonio de Almeida. The character named Dianora is not the main character, she is instead the step mother who is confused by her step-daughter's actions. While her step daughter Spinalba and niece Elisa are trying to fall in love and avoid certain suitors, Dianora's husband goes mad that his daughter (Spinalba) is running around town dressed as a man to thwart Elisa's potential love-match with Spinalba's betrothed. Throw in a few more suitors and the whole thing becomes even more comedic, but eventually Dianora figures out what's going on and decides on a plan of action, setting everyone straight.

As a variant of Diana, Dianora means "divine." Many Italians currently have this name, and it can be traced back to the mid-1400s. However, it is unused in the U.S. and exceedingly rare.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Can I get the nickname Addie without using Addison?

Why yes, you can! Here is a sampling of options:

Adele
Adela
Adelaide
Adelania
Adelina
Adamina
Adea
Adelia
Adelise
Adeliska
Adeliz
Adeliza
Adelora
Adiala
Adiana
Admira
Adora
Ada
Adia
Adriana
Adair
Adina
Adira


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Romaric

Romaric was a boy of noble birth living in a Frankish kingdom, specifically Austrasia in the 6th and 7th centuries, under the rule of Queen Brunhilda. After Brunhilda killed his parents he wandered about the country, until she was overthrown and killed. Later the Irish Saint Columbanus became Romaric's role model/teacher, and Romaric participated in the court of King Theodebert II. With the approval of Saint Eustace and the help of Romaric's friend Saint Amatus, he built a dual monastery/convent for men and women called Remiremont on the land he owned from being part of the Count Palatine lineage. He lived out his days helping friends and family there until his death in 653. Saint Romaric's feast day is December 10. Currently there is only one other well known Romaric, a professional footballer from the Ivory Coast, born Koffi Christian N'dri. It is unclear what the name Romaric means, although it could have something to do with most other Rom- names, usually meaning "from Rome." However, there were many French and German names ending in -ric such as Frederic ("peaceful ruler") and Alaric ("noble ruler") so this should be taken into account. As some similar names, such as Romilly, are too modern, it is harder to say. It is very close to Roderic and Roric ("famous ruler," "famous power").