Today, as many of you should hopefully be aware, is the 6th March. It’s a mostly unimportant day in terms of my life, but since I’m a fan of the number 6 we’re going to mark it by delving into the depths of the female 2010 data for England&Wales at 6 names given to 6 girls. To start with, it’s interesting to note that there were several name blog favourites given to 6 girls in 2010 in England&Wales:
Araminta, Eugenie, Juniper, Rosamund, Tate, Scout, Victoire and Vida
But then there are the slightly more interesting picks; names less often heard, but just as pretty. Infact, a few of the select 6 are deceptively similar to other blog favourites.
1. Beata (be-AH-tah)
This name has origins in the same source as Beatrice: the Latin beatus, which means blessed. This name is most often used in Germany and Poland, and can also be spelt Beate.
There used to be a debate as to whether Ms. Weasley’s name was short for Virginia or Ginevra; we now know it is the latter. I guess a problem here is her slight connection with the alcoholic beverage, gin – but I think the Harry Potter connection comes first and foremost for many, so I’m not sure if it’s worth creating a fuss about it. You could alternatively spell it Jinny, at which point it starts to resemble Jenny which may cause a whole new box of potential issues.
Not unlike Greta, and both do come from Margaret. Well known thanks to a fairy tale about siblings Hansel and Gretel – but everything turns out fine in the end and I fond memories of reading the story as a child, which can only ever be viewed by me as a good thing.
There is a Latin word mica, which means crumb and mica is also the name of a mineral. One could alternatively spell this name Mika, whereon it takes a different meaning, becoming a Japanese name meaning beautiful incense.
Raphael is mostly popular for lads at #239, but not this French feminine form of the name. It means God has healed and it easily one of my most favourite names from fair France.
Despite looking like power-celeb name Suri, this name has a different origin: she means beautiful in Swahili. A new show has appeared on the Disney channel called Jessie, which prominently features a little girl from Africa with the name. It could help the name, equally it may have no effect at all.