Taking a Short Break

In case the last week hasn’t been obvious, I’m taking a short break from this blog. I’ve got some personal things going on I need to take care of and I’ve been wanting to rewrite some of my earlier posts for a while now. I’m also building up a buffer of names so I don’t…

Ivan

Ivan is the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Ivan is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vanya (Russian), Ivo (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian), Yanko (Bulgarian), Vancho (Bulgarian, Macedonian), Vančo (Macedonian), Ivica (Croatian, Serbian) Origin: Hebrew Variants: John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch) Jon (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Basque) Johan (Swedish, Norwegian,…

A Short Break

I’m going on a short break and by that, probably a few weeks. For the last few weeks I’ve been feeling tired and uninspired and as much as I love this blog and names, I need to take a break, especially since I’ve got several things in my personal life that will take up a…

Names from The Sins of the Father by C.B. Hanley

For a while now I’ve been thinking of doing posts of names of characters in the books I read, mainly because as a name lover I’m always interested in the names authors use,  but also because I’ve become curious about what names are popular in different genres and which ones tend to repeat across them….

Alisson and Muriel

This is way, way, way overdue. I drafted this post back in July and than completely forgot about it. I was watching the World Fifa Cup during the summer (I always tell myself I’m going to make a post about all the names of the soccer players and than I never do) and I realized that…

Names and their meanings

I’m currently reading The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and I came across a passage about names that struck me as a very astute and true statement in today’s age: “But names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth’s marvels, beneath the dust of…

End of 2017

In a few hours it’ll be the start of a new year. I started this blog back in April (after two other name blogs, one on wordpress and the other on blogger), and so far it’s gratifying to see that I still come across new names, and even when I write up old names I’ve…