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Names of the Week: Asher and Katinka

Asher was suggested by PoppySeeds, Katinka was suggested by Tinker.

We covered Asher very briefly in a previous post, but I didn’t want PoppySeeds to feel short-changed with the coverage of her suggested name. So, here is Asher Pt.II.

People of my generation would’ve grown up with Ash, he of Pokémon infamy. I remember sitting infront of the TV and wondering whether Ash’s name was a nickname, a short form of Ashley (A name still mostly male in the UK), or his name was quite simply just Ash, much like Brock and Misty were just Brock and Misty. But this is a deviation from our topic, since Asher is not related to either Ash, Ashley or even Ashton. 

Asher, as we have previously mentioned, is a name that means happy or blessed in Hebrew, coming from the Hebrew term osher. An Asher appears in the Old Testament in the Bible, as the son of Jacob and Zilpah, and a founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, quite cunningly named Asher.

In the Torah, it is argued that the name Asher means happy, therefore meaning it is derived from the Hebrew word osher, as mentioned above, but it could come from either one of two variations:

  • beoshri, which means my fortune.
  • ishsheruni, which is attributed to different sources, one Yahwist, the other Elohist.

Many Scholars also argue that the name Asher has more to do with the deity originally worshipped by the Tribe of Asher, this being either Asherah, or even Ashur, the chief Assyrian diety. The latter is likely to come from the same sources as Asher.

Ashley is now almost completely a female name in the USA, but in the last 100 years, not once has Asher been in the Top 1000 for females, as for it’s success as a male name in the top 1000 is quite recent. He first came into the top 1000 in 1983 at #933, before promptly falling off the next year, then returning at #938 , before disappearing altogther for 6 years. He returned again in 1992 at #960, and has not fallen off since. He’s been climbing rather steadily, in 2009, he broke the top 200, being placed at #165.

Now for Katinka. Suggested by Tinker, and a name that first came to my attention when I was browsing the London Telegraph Birth Announcements, although her origins are likely to not be from England.

Instead, we’re travelling to either Russian or Hungary, where Katinka is a short form of Ekaterina/ Katerina, the Russian/ Hungarian version of Katherine. Like it’s anglicised and other forms, Katinka means pure, coming initially from Greek .

What I like about Katinka is it’s ability to be an unknown name, but one that is not frighteningly so, such as Moádhóg. She also has the rather attractive nickname Tinker. It would work for those who’s guilty pleasure name is Tinkerbell.

Where has Katinka entered our culture? She appeared as the name of a song in Eurovision. But no, it wasn’t the Russian entrant, it was the entrant of the Dutch in 1962. The song was in Dutch, but do not think this makes for a good story for your little Katinka. The song received the dreaded nul points, and had the honour of being one of the first to do so in all of Eurovision’s history. Do not despair however, on the night, it was one of four songs (the others being Spain, Belgium and Austria) that achieved the lowly nul points, which had never been achieved beforehand in Eurovision.

For those of you confused, Eurovision is an annual song competition amongst ‘European’ countries (the marks there since Azerbaijan, a country in Asia, now partakes, amongst other non-European countries). It is mostly perceived as a joke, since block voting by the Eastern European countries began, and turned the competition into a popularity contest.

As for her success in the US, she has never appeared in the Top 1000 in the US. But I think Katinka certainly has potential in the US, since she has the footsteps of Caitlín to follow, another international variant of Katherine that has enjoyed much success in the US of late.

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The Crazy Brits

Let’s indulge ourselves with a litte name spotting in the London Birth Announcements, notable names are in bold, siblings in brackets:

Alexandra Charlotte Ozanne, (Isabelle)

Alice Dhanlaxmi

Amelia Jonquil Angharad

Amélie India Lucy, (William)

Beau Vivienne, (Ada Rose)

Celia Jane Vanessa, (Dougal)

Charlotte Carol Jane, (Oscar)

Darcey Carmen Rose, (Theo)

Ellen Andrea Maria

Florence Iona Emily Peel, (Isla and Willa)

Isla Aris

Henrietta Philippa Rose, (Annelies and Martha)

Iona Kathryn, (Imogen May)

Iris Arabella, (Katinka)

Isla Katherine

Isobelle Susannah

Jemima and Willa, twins

Katinka Alice Belsham, (Bella and Freddie)

Katinka Lily

Liberty Valentina Vaughan

Louisa Jane, Alistair

Mair ‘Polly’ Elisabeth Patricia, (Florence)


Martha Maud, (Guy)

Martha Sophie Poppy, (Tilly and Olive)

Mary Beatrice Rose

Mary Constance, (Elsa and George)

Molly Elizabeth Sarah

Molly Juliet

Nancy Rebecca, (Lily)

Nancy Rose

Octavia, (Claudia)

Sadie Francesca

Soma Isis, (Seth and Saul)

Tessa Charlotte Jane, (Isabelle and Eliza)

Tessa Honor Bruce, (Tamsin and Jemima)

Willa Victoria Joanna Rees, (Hamish)

Zinnia Alice Victoria

Alasdair James Dudley

Alexander George Walter Halley, (Serena)

Archie Geoffrey

Arthur John Christopher, (Thady)

Caspar Anthony Wallace

Freddie Samuel, (Jack and Georgia)

George Alfred Beresford

George James Sherlock

George Raffles Tyndale

Griffyd Hunter Heber

Hector David

Henry Arthur Bromhead, (Jenkyn)

Henry Leonidas Tiberius, (Mark and Rupert)

James Luigi Wood, (Johnny)

Jasper Florian

Lawrence Happy John Owen, (Minnie Love and Heidi Sunshine)

Luke Christopher Æneas, (Angus, Orlando and Cosmo)

Oscar Gürsel

Oscar Jack Peter, (Kit and Jemima)

Peter Jack, Angus

Raphael Willam, (Isabella Flora and Lochlann James)

Rudy Felix James, (Olly and Chloe)

Tarka Alexander Arthur

Tobias Tarquin

Thomas Douglas Marinho

Wilbur Clement, (Patti Plum)

My favourite sibset? It has to be Lawrence Happy, Minnie Love and Heidi Sunshine.

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