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,…

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….

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…