It was originally my plan to resurrect this series of posts with today’s edition, but I got impatient last week and slipped in an extra post. However, I’m very much aware that the sibset series of posts were a favourite read of many, and it’s been on my agenda to properly resurrect it for long enough now, but until this week I’ve never seen a more apt opportunity as a finale to a week of A names.
The idea for this post came about whilst I was brainstorming Week A, as a certain family came to mind that I couldn’t not talk about as it features a trio of fabulous A names that I could’ve easily talked about. As you’ll have noted from the post’s title, we’re talking about the Dumbledores.
For those who don’t know, the Dumbledores hail from the fictional world of Harry Potter, where the eldest – Albus – is one of the central adult characters. He mentions his brother from time to time throughout the series (often alluding to his apparent lesser intellect), but it’s only in the final installment of the series that we also hear about a sister.
Their names ?
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian
Whilst all three names share a first letter, they all hail from different languages. The first, Albus, comes from Latin and means white/pure. Brother Aberforth instead hails from the Welsh language and means from the river, whilst sister Ariana comes from the Greek name Ariadne, thus means most holy.
Of the three names, only Ariana ranks in England&Wales: in 2013 she was given to 282 babes and attained the rank of #186. I’m calling it now that within the next five years Ariana could really be a contender for the Top 100, as she’s has a particularly meteoric rise in the past three years (#332 in 2011, #233 in 2012).