So today, I’m partaking in a little experimentation, because it’s always fun to change around formats and try new ones, this is an example of the latter. A word of warning: it was a mostly spur of the moment decision to record this video.
Some more about the names covered:
Dolores – 2010 E&W ranking: #3156
A Spanish name taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, it means sorrows. Has been widely used in the English speaking world since the 19th century.
Ralph – 2010 E&W ranking: #258
Of Old Norse origins meaning wolf counsel.
I did check up on this, ‘ralf’ is the American pronunciations, whilst ‘rayf’ is the traditional way to say it in England, although nowadays the name is usually said ‘ralf’.
Imogen – 2010 E&W ranking: #26
A name created by William Shakespeare for his play, Cymbeline, although the name was originally meant to be Innogen. Likely to derive from the Old Irish ingen, which means daughter, girl, maiden.
Bernard – 2010 E&W ranking: #1082
Of Old English origins, meaning hardy bear.
Anthony – 2010 E&W ranking: #148
From the Latin name Antonius, which is likely to be connected to the Latin word ante, which means before. The spelling with the h was likely to be influenced by the Greek word anthos, which means a flower.
Molly – 2010 E&W ranking: #42
An old nickname of Mary, which has evolved to become a name in its own right.
Marley – 2010 E&W ranking: #593
Originally an English surname, meaning pleasent wood, although I have seen it linked to the meaning of weasel.
Harry – 2010 E&W ranking: #3
An old nickname of Henry, which has evolved to become a name in its own right.
Of Greek origins, meaning peace.
I also looked this one up; this name was originally said with three syllables, but has since adopted a two syllable pronunciation used by most.
Alice – 2010 E&W ranking: #43
From the Old German name Adelheidis, meaning noble.
Lucy – 2010 E&W ranking: #21
Derives from the Latin, lux, meaning light.
Douxy – 2010 E&W ranking: n/a
Most likely from the French word doux, which means sweet.
Gabriel – 2010 E&W ranking: #78
From Hebrew, meaning strong man of God.
Benjamin – 2010 E&W ranking: #22
From Hebrew, meaning son of the south.
Oh, and the film review I mentioned about half way through can be found here.