Posts Tagged With: Nora

Sibset of the Week: The Albiols, Alonsos, Arbeloas, Iniestas, Reina & Torreses

Fernando Torres with (l-r) Nora, Alma, Leo, Grecia and Luca during post-match celebrations, from fifa.com

The Spanish National Football made history yesterday with their 4-0 thrashing of Italy in the Euros 2012 final, making it their third consecutive major tournament win, and helping them retain their world ranking of #1. Since I don’t talk Spanish names particularly often, it seems a good time to talk about the name of the children of some of the current members of the squad.

I picked out 6 players to focus on, and the first (we’re going in alphabetical order) is Raúl Albiol. He’s a versatile player, as he can play in central defence, defensive midfield and right back. He was first called up to play for Spain’s senior team in 2007, and has so far made 34 appearances. Domestically, he plays for Real Madrid – fun fact, the stadium for Real Madrid is called Santiago Bernabéu. With partner Alicia, the footballer has two daughters, named Azahara and Alma.

The next Dad is Xabi Alonso, who also plays for Real Madrid but as a predominantly midfield player. He has a son named Jontxu and a daughter named Ane.

Then we have Álvaro Arbeloa, another Real Madrid player (beginning to see a pattern?). He plays in defence and with childhod sweetheart Carlota welcomed a daughter called Alba back in 2010.

The man of the match for the final was Andrés Iniesta, this posts’s first non-Real Madrid player as he plays for Spain’s other major footballing team – Barcelona. Together with partner Anna he welcomed little Valeria in 2011.

One of Spain’s reserve goalkeepers is Pepe Reina, and since 2005 has played for English team Liverpool. With wife Yolanda he has three lovely little ‘uns named Grecia, Alma and Luca. All three joined him on pitch on Sunday following the game for post-match celebrations.

Finally we have Fernando Torres, the famed striker who currently wears a Chelsea shirt. The Spanish nickname him El Niño, or the kid. He’s married to Olalla and they have two children, Nora and Leo.

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Weekend Post: Flora and friends

Silent film actress Musidora, from simondrax.wordpress.com

I used to dislike Flora. I used to dislike Nora. I used to dislike Cora. Now I love all three in a rather unexpected reverse of fortunes for them. I’m not the only one who has had a change of heart, consider these stats from England&Wales:

  2005 2010
Cora #545 #438
Flora #432 #409
Nora #866 #695

The biggest jump is for Nora, who was outside the Top 1000 back in 2000, so she’s certainly enjoying more usage that before. Naturally, therefore, I’ve been taking a look into other names of similar quality – because you can never love two many two-syllable -ora names.

The first one which came to my mind is Sora. I have a few friends who are really into the whole Japanese anime thing, and this name came from one of them who used it recently in a short story she wrote; strictly speaking, the female character was actually called Ano Sora. The name Sora is, as you’ve probably guessed, Japanese and means sky. I really think that Sora is just as pretty as Sky is, so she’s a great choice if Skye’s current ranking of #73 puts you off the name. That said, a key character in the video game Kingdom Hearts is called Sora, who is a teenaged male.

A second Japanese name to consider is Tora, which means tiger. Certainly, at the very least, another great alternative to shorten Victoria to. You can also find use of the name Tora in Scandanavia, as a modern form of Þóra. You may also see Tora written as Thora, both being the modern, female versions of Thor which comes from Old Norse and means thunder.

Rather fittingly for this time of year, Albania gives us Bora which means snow. There is also a masculine name in Turkey of the same spelling which means hurricane instead. The Hungarians also use Bora as a short form of Borbála – their version of Barbara, which has me thinking one could also use Bora as a nickname for Deborah, too.

Next in the alphabet is Dora, with the most famed one being the explorer. There are a couple of names from which Dora could derive, most notably: Dorothy, Isadora and Theodora.

There are a few Dora smoosh names I’d like to take the opportunity to mention. The first is Elladora. Remember how J.K.Rowling managed to single-handedly ignite popularity for several names thanks to her books? Sadly, we’re not talking about the possibility of using either Dumbledore or even Dumbledora, but about Elladora. You may not remember a character given this name, but she gave Elladora as a name to not one of her characters, but three, albeit very minor, characters.

The first is Elladora Black, sister of Phineas Nigellus Black – the most unpopular Headmaster Hogwarts has ever had. The second is Elladora Gruffy, who really had no notable part to play in the books at all. The third and final is a lady called Elladora Ketteridge, who discovered the use of gillyweed.

The best known Dora smoosh J.K. used will probably be Nymphadora, much hated by her bearer: Tonks. Nymphadora comes from Greek and means gift of the nymphs. The inspiration for J.K with this name was likely the be a trio of virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. As well as Nymphodora, there was also her two sisters: Menodora and Metrodora.

There’s one more Dora smoosh I caught J.K use, and it’s Musidora. She gave it to a minor character who was noted for composing Wizarding Suite. It really says a lot that J.K would take the time to give her minor characters such fascinating names. The French had a popular silent film actress, whose stage name was Musidora (Real name: Jeanne Roques). The name Musidora is infact Greek, and means gift of the muses. There’s a really nice write-up of her over at Bewitching Names.

A Dora smoosh name which J.K didn’t use is Pandora. As well as being the name of a rather expensive jewellery store, Pandora is a famed character from Greek mythology. She was the first mortal woman and Zeus gave her a box/jar, telling her not to open it as it contained all the troubles that mankind now knows. Her curiosity got the better of her and she opened it, unleashing evil spirits into the world. Her name means all gifts.

The name Calidor was used by Spenser in his epic The Faerie Queen, for a male character who was the Knight of Courtesy. The female version is Callidora, and it comes from Greek, meaning gift of beauty.

The final Dora smoosh I’ll mention before stepping aside to other names is Eudora. She’s also from Greek origins (noticing a pattern?) and means good gift.

Aside from all the Dora names, we do then have Zora, who comes from the Slavic regions and means dawn. Aurora also means dawn, but in Latin. She’s three-syllables, not two but Rora is a legit short form if you’re after one.

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Santa Special

Santa Train, via flickr

I’ve spent all weekend handing out presents to excitable small children, and what has to be the biggest pack of Brownies I’ve ever come across in my life. This all adds up to the need for an extra special post to give me a chance to share with you as many names as my poor mind can remember.

That said, this post does comes with the warning that, whilst I know their rough ages due for present-selecting purposes, I can only hazard a guess at the spellings of their names. This is by no means a complete list, rather, a collection of the ones I remembered, and for the sake of simplicity, yes there were many multiples of many of these names, but I’ve forgone this since I can’t give exact numbers on how frequent each names was used, but, the ones I saw time and time again?

  • Alfie
  • Ben
  • Hayden
  • Henry
  • Lucy
  • Isabella
  • Joshua
  • Ruby

Before unleashing the lists on you, it is worth noting that the children could’ve easily been introducing themselves by their nickname, not their fullname.

Babies

Alfie James Olly
Eloise Nina Polly
Evie Meggie Ruby
Isabella Maggie Susanna

1-2

Ace Cameron George Lucy
Aiden Casper Hannah Maisie
Alfie Charlie Harry Nancy
Amy Che Henry Niamh
Archie Chelsea Holly Phoebe
Baxter Debbie Isabella Sally
Bea Ebony Isla Sally
Bella Eddy Jack Sean
Ben Edward Jenny Stanley
Billy Effie Liam Teddy
Bobby Evan Lila Thisbe
Callum Evie Lola William

3-5

Abby Esther Jason Oliver
Abigail Ethan Joel Olivia
Alfie Eve Jordan Olly
Alice Ewan Joshua Oscar
Amelia Faith Kian Owen
Ben Felix Lenny Penny
Bess Fergus Leon Poppy
Betty Gabby Lily Poppy
Bruno Gabriella Lola Ralphie
Cameron George Lolly Riley (m)
Cleo Hamish Lucy Rosie
Coco Hannah Luke Samuel
Daniel Imogen Maggie Summer
Darcy Isabella Martha Summer
Eleanor Isla Molly Tammy
Elise Jack Niamh Tommy
Emily James Nora William

6-8

Alex Freddie Joshua Reuben
Archie Georgia Kai Sam
Ben Geraldine Kiefer Scarlett
Cameron Greta Leo Sophie
Charlie Hannah Lexie Stacy
Charlotte Harriet Libby Summer
Chloe Hayden Lily Teddy
Connor Isabella Lucy Theo
Delphine Jessica Margaret Thomas
Eliza Jessie Molly Verity
Elliott Jimmy Noah Victoria
Elliott Jimmy Owen Wendy
Emily Joe Perry Willa
Erin Jools Petra William
George Joseph Rebecca Zeke

9-10

Bea Jack Molly
Becky Jake Sarah
Ben Jessica Stanley
Erin Matthew Thomas
Felicia Noah William

10+

Charlotte Joel Charlotte
Emily Joshua Quinn
Emmy Matthew Rowan
Frank Melody Winnie
Hattie Niall Zach
James Noor  
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Weekend Post: Nora’s Long Forms

Nora Batty, from bbc.co.uk

She’s been following me around this week. It all started on Monday, when my sister created a new sim, named Nora. Then there was the TWO girls in the park together named Nora, and just as I sat down to draft another post on Friday, an episode of NCIS came on in the background, featuring a Nora.

So let’s talk about her, shall we? My father has a thing about Nora Batty, a character from Last of the Summer Wine. She’s a sterotypic northern lass, proudly devoted to strict housework. What she is particularly well-known for her wrinkled stockings, thus should I ever be near him in wrinkled socks, tights etc., my father would say something along the lines of: Look who it is, Nora Batty! I kid you not. My father also likes to jump in puddle shouting that he’s Peppa Pig, he really is a big kid at heart.

But back to Nora. She’s usually a nickname for Eleanor, but what else can she be short for? I went on a blitz, trawling through site after site, to come up with a list of possibilities, my favourite of which is quite probably Eleanora.

The Nor- Names:

  • Noreen
  • Noriko
  • Norina
  • Norma
  • Normina

Name containing nor:

  • Annora
  • Aenor
  • Aliénor
  • Eleanora
  • Honora/ Honoura
  • Honor/Honour
  • Leonora

Nir-/Ner-/Nar- Names:

  • Nirmala
  • Nerissa
  • Nereida
  • Narcissa

Other possibilities:

  • Nilofer
  • Nyarai
  • Nefertari
  • Nayara
  • Naiara
  • Nancy
  • Myrna
  • Myriam
  • Murielle
  • Hannelore
  • Elaine
  • Eileen

Anyone have any other ideas to add?

 

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