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Alphabet Week: Q-S

Quill, unisex, or Quilla if you prefer to add an a at the end for a girl, comes from Middle High German, meaning “hollow stem.” As a bird feather a quill was used for writing with ink. Be aware that Quilla was also the Hispanic spelling of Mama Killa, the Incan goddess, but it was pronounced KEE-lah, whereas Quill is KWILL. Quilla was used between 1902 and 1964, rarely, while Quill has not been used for either gender.

Rada: a short form of the Czech girl name Radoslava (and in Slovak, and Polish Radoslawa), Rada, pronounced RAH-dah, means “good glory, eager glory” from rad “glad, eager” and mil “glory.” As a word, rada means “advice.” Radoslav is the masculine form. Rada has been used since 1893 in the U.S. but rarely, only given to 5 girls in 2017. Radoslav, on the other hand, was only given to 5 boys in 1976. Radoslav was a 9th century Serbian ruler as well as several after him. Radič is a diminutive mainly used in Serbian and Bosnian. 

Sabelina: coming from the word sable of Slavic origin, it passed through Germanic, Old French and Medieval Latin, and sable can be used in reference to the animal of the same name, the color and fur of the animal, or with the meaning “black” used as a heraldic color in the 14th century. Found as a name since medieval times, it’s also listed as a diminutive of Sabine. It could be both easily, as the Latin was Zibellina. The name seems to have died out, and is unused.

Sabin: a masculine English form of Sabine, it was used as a Roman cognomen, used by two saints, and also considered unisex in the form of Sabyn. This name is also unused, but would fit right in with  the massive amount of boy names ending in the letter n


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