Posts Tagged With: Oksana


For some reason, today I feel compelled to talk about this delightful Ukrainian name.

As a small child, I watch many delightful pieces of television on the lap of my fathers, including such greats as Inspector Morse; as such lows as Xena: The Warrior Princess. Don’t get me wrong, the latter is a fun show, but it ain’t Shakespeare.

Either way, the point I’m trying to make is that the name Xena is possibly related to the name we’re focusing on today: Oksana.

The name Oksana is alternatively spelt as Oxana, and is the Ukrainian version of the name Xenia, which may seem a darn sight more familiar to you all than Oksana.

I actually know a lady with the name Oksana, and from her accent I’m pretty sure she’s from Eastern Europe, whether it be Ukraine or not is something I’ve yet to fully confirm.

The name Xenia comes from Greek origins, and is the name of a 5th century saint. The meaning of the name? Hospitality.

Strictly speaking, the meaning of the name extends beyond that, seemingly into a whole concept of hospitality, directed towards those considered guests.

It was considered to be of particular importance during the Ancient times, due to the belief that the gods walked among them [the Greeks], so if one were to be a poor host, they could very well be facing the wrath of a god disguised as a stranger.

I have also read somewhere that Zeus was sometimes referred to as Zeus Xenios, alluding to the fact that he also happened to be, amongst other things, the god of travellers.

It was, of course, equally important for guests to be courteous to their hosts.

Other variants of Xenia include Ksenia, Kseniya and Ksenija; Xena comes in to it through possibly being inspired by Xenia.

Now, the name Oksana did not rank in England&Wales last year, although Roksana DID at at staggeringly respectable #830. The people of Englnad&Wales also managed to produce 7 girls with the name Xena last year. Finally, both Xenia and Zenia ranked at #3549.

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Spot of the Week: Faux Bayeux

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about names containing the letter x, as opposed to beginning or ending with them. I did a post on many names which contain the letter x last year, but all of a sudden I’m coming up with more. Someone suggested Oxana to me just this week, and then I went on to meet an Oxana later on that day. Quelle chance! That said, she spells her name Oksana, not Oxana.

Another name I wanted to mention is Tristan. I finally came around to watching the 2009 film Stardust this week, and the lead male character is called Tristan Thorn. About half-way through the film I had what could only be described as an epiphany about the name Tristan when I realised just how much I liked the name. It’s a case of a name being constantly in the corner of your eye, but only when you pay any attention to it do you realise just how much the name rocks – especially when Ebba mentioned that if she were to call her hypothetical son Tristan, she’d use the nickname Tate.

Oh, and finally, how many of you have heard of the English copy of the Bayeux Tapestry? Created in the 1880s by a group of female embroiderers, it hangs in the Museum of Reading. Each lady involved embroidered her name under each piece she contributed, and I just had to sneak a picture of this particular section:

Mary Adeline

Current darling of many parents – Adeline! It’s what one could call foolproof evidence of the name’s usage in Victorian England, fo’ sure. Other names of ladies involved include Florence, Beatrice and Ellinor. I also think it would be totally cool to use this line when explaining your daughter’s name:

Oh, Adeline? I got the name from the Bayeux Tapestry.

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