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Spot of the Week: Bonfire Night

Happy Bonfire Night to any celebrating, although strictly speaking my family had our annual party on the 3rd this year since I could only attend for that night.

This seems a good time in the year to therefore mention something about the names of fireworks, because usually the names of the fireworks are rather pointless, such as green storm or lightning bolt.

This year one of the fireworks had been bestowed the name missile frenzy, and to b e honest, it was a rather apt name since the firework was primed with 300 shots, and prompted fired them all in under a minute.

It’s nice that for once the fireworks didn’t have completely pointless names.

The reason behind why we celebrate Bonfire Night is a tale oft told, and for those who don’t know it goes along the lines of a group of angry catholics wanted to blow up parliament, and every year we celebrate their failure to do so.

Guy Fawkes was of course also known as Guido Fawkes, the name Guido being the latinised version of Wido which means wood/wide. As it so happens, the name Guy is also related to Wido.

This week’s picture is of the front of one of my newest possessions:

 

It got me thinking because the French word for phoenix is Phénix, and of course I couldn’t help but wonder what happens if French person wants to name their child after the mythical bird. I would never name a child cockatrice, but the French Cocatrix is delightfully pretty.

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I spent a good deal of my France trip snowed-in, but that didn’t hold me back when it came to spotting some interesting tidbits and names to share. Truth be told, I actually got home last night, but opted to save this post until today.

One of the first names I want to mention is Cocatrix. In between snowstorms I managed to make it to a chateau, in which a mini-artsy area resides. One of the rooms revolves around a creature called the Cocatrix. It’s meant to be an investigation into seeing how much information one needs to throw at someone before they come to believe in an imaginary creature. It was an interesting concept, although I’m still a fan of the whole pretty-paintings style of art. As a name, it’s worthy of thought. Nameberry ran a post this week featuring Cora. In this name she is very much smooshed with another darling-of-the-moment: Beatrix.

Then we have Beyly. Before you all rush to comment on how horrified you all are to see Bailey mutilated in such a way, I ask you to consider the following information: I saw it as someone’s surname, not firstname. Speaking of differing spellings, I also came across a Jheni, a Devid and a Dorine – the latter had a sister named Clémence and both were under 6 years of age.

Moving swiftly to French names, since they’re at their most abundance in France. I managed to meet no less than 4 ladies named Mireille; a Cécile; an Alfre; a Muriel; a Nathalie; a Gilles; an Olivien and a Sandrine. Actually Alfre doesn’t really belong to this set of names since I’m thinking it could be a slight variant of Alfr, which is a name from Norse mythology and means elf. The name Alfie derives from Old English, but too shares the elf meaning. Either way, to me Alfre feels French, but that may be because I’ve spent all week speaking French, where one of the major groups of French verbs are ones ending -re (the other two being -er verbs and -ir verbs): mettre (to put/place), prendre (to take), vivre (to live), suivre (to follow) – to name just a few popular verbs oft heard. There’s an actress called Alfre Ette Woodard.

Not so much a name, but in the time there I came across the French word Pomélo – rather reminds me of Pomona and Pomeline, but it has no relations to apples, rather it’s the French word for a type of grapefruit.

A few more notable names I noticed:

  • Bafétimbi. The name of a French footballer, currently playing for Lyons and the national team.
  • Clovis. Admittedly, the name of the neighbour’s poodle.
  • Edda. The name of a small child’s doll from a supermarket trip.
  • Hannelore. Tween/Teen-aged girl – referred to as Laure.
  • Ludovic. Nicknamed Ludo.
  • Maberly. The name of a lady who served me in a shop.
  • Melhi. Bus driver.
  • Sidse. A half-German female.
  • Thekla. A toddler.
  • Timandra. The name of a lady in the editorial credits for a magazine I read in France. The title of said magazine eludes me.
  • Vicco. 30-something male.
  • Widget. Author of an article I read whilst in France, this was the name given but I could see the argument of it being a nickname.
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