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Jubilee Fun

John Lewis Jubilee Sign

It’s a wonderful day to embrace a feeling of patriotism, so it feels apt to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations by looking at some patriotic choices. This is, in a sense, a re-run-come-update of a list I posted last year to mark the Royal Wedding.

This list includes inspirations from all realms of British culture, be it film, food or famed landmarks. Yes, I’m sure you can come up with names not on this list, and it would be wonderful if you flag them up in the comments for all to see.

Alba – The Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland

Albion – An alternate name for England, mostly used by the poetic.

Alfred – Sir Alfred Hitchcock pioneered many techniques in the realm of horror and suspense theatre.

Arthur – The name of one of England’s most famous folklore characters.

Audrey – Audrey Hepburn consistently ranks as one of the greatest actresses of all-time.

Aviva – One of the FTSE 100 companies listed in the London Stock Exchange, which is a well-known insurance company.

Azure – Perhaps an odd choice at first, but let us consider the second line of the patriotic song Rule Britannia, which states: arose from out the azure main [Britain].

Bell – Alexander Graham Bell was the inventor of the telephone.

Blake – The writer of the patriotic song Jerusalem (and did those feet in ancient time), was one William Blake.

Blighty – This one screams patrioticism, it is a slang name for England, often heard in Old War films.

Bournville – The village built by confectionary company Cadbury for its workers. Cadbury championed many things, such as pension schemes, joint works committees and a full staff medical service.

Brunel – Isambard Kingdom Brunel often tops the Greatest Britons lists. He was a Victorian engineer.

Calico – As in, the legendary pirate, Calico Jack.

Camber – Legendary first King of Cambria

Cambria – A classical name for Wales

Chaplin – Charlie Chaplin remains to this day one of the greatest silent film actors.

Clarence – Clarence House serves as the home of the Prince of Wales, and is another official royal residence.

Columba – St. Columba is one of the patron saints of Scotland.

Beeton – Mrs Beeton is one of the best known cookery writers.

Buckingham – Buckingham palace is the primary London residence of the Queen. Often referred to colloquially as Buck House, perhaps making the name Buck an option too.

Cambridge – The name of one of the top Universities in the world, located in England.

Cecil – Cecil Spring-Rice wrote the words to the patriotic song I Vow To Thee My Country.

Cole  – As in King Cole, he has been prominent in English legend and literature since the Middle Ages, there is also the popular children’s song, Old King Cole.

Daffodil – The national flower of Wales.

Darwin – After Charles Darwin, who put forward the idea of evolution. He appears on the £10 banknotes.

Douglas – Capital of the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea.

Eden – The lyrics of patriotic song There’ll Always Be An England calls this fair isle, Eden.

Elgar – A British composer who composed, amongst other things, Pomp and Circumstance, until recently, he appeared on £20 banknotes, these were withdrawn in 2010.

Elizabeth – A name borne by both the present Queen, and one of England’s other notable rulers. There is also Elizabeth Fry, who championed the rights of the inmates of British prisons.

Eton – Famed boy’s school, and where the traditional dessert of Eton Mess originated (it’s a mix of strawberries, meringue and cream).

Fawkes – For Guy Fawkes, the man who tried to blow up Parliament. He is respected by many, despite his intentions. A Yeoman Warder once said to me on a tour that he is the only person to enter Parliament with noble intentions, and the tools to carry it out. Bonfire Night is celebrated every 5th November in remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot.

George – St. George is the patron saint of England, and also the name of a handful of past Kings.

Glory/ Gloria – There is the patriotic song, Land of Hope and Glory. The lyrics of God Save the Queen also call her to be glorious.

Godiva – Lady Godiva, a noblelady who rode naked through the town in order for the people of it to be released from her husband’s heavy taxations.

Grenadier – There is the patriotic song, The British Grenadiers, which is also a marching song for the grenadier units of the British Military.

Harper – The Royal Coat of Arms features a harp, which symbolises N.Ireland.

Jack – The Union Jack is the flag of Great Britain, so perhaps not a completely patriotic choice for England, but it also does not scream patriosism.

Jenner – After Edward Jenner, the man who created the vaccine, and thus saved more lives than many others.

Joule – After James Joule, who helped to develop the first rule of thermodynamics.

Kedgeree – A Victorian breakfast item, created from flaked fish, rice, parsley, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder and cream.

Kiel – The Angles who settled in England back when were originally from the Bay of Kiel.

Kipper – A breakfast item in British cuisine. Also, British slang for a short sleep is kip.

Leo – Especially for the football loving of you, we have Leo, the Latin word for Lion, of which three appear on the Royal Banner, and Three Lions is also a popular football song.

Lilibet – The childhood nickname of the Queen

Lloyd – The name of a well-known high street bank, also a member of the FTSE 100.

Loegria – Another alternate name for England, not in wide usage.

London – If you want to make a statement about your love of the English, this is always a good, obvious choice. There has been a flurry of celeb-babies named London of late.

Madeira – A madeira cake is a popular sweet item in the UK.

Mercia – One of the ancient kingdoms from days gone by which was located in the midlands.

Mona – Early records record the name of the Isle of Man as Mona.

Morris – After the great traditional dance from up North – Morris Dancing.

Narcissa/Narcissus – The national flower of Wales is a daffodil, for which the Latin name is Narcissus.

Ness – As in, the legendary beast of Loch Ness

Nevis – Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Great Britain.

Newton – The surname of Mr. Gravity, Sir Isaac Newton. He is frequently referred to as Newton in the Isles, making Newton the obvious choice if you want to honour a prominent figure in British history. He appeared on Pound Sterling banknotes of £1.

Oak – The oak tree is a symbol of England, and also appears in the song Rule Britannia.

Oxford – The name of one of the top Universities in the world, located in England.

Penda – One of the famed Kings of Mercia.

Penny – Another name for 1p, there is the popular saying I haven’t got a penny. Pre-decimalisation, 12 pennies made a shilling.

Piccalilli – The British cuisine take on Indian pickle.

Pixie – A common mythical creature from folklore.

Richard – For Dick Turpin, a famous English highwayman. I don’t advise Dick, but Richard also honours King Richard the Lionheart.

Robin – For Robin Hood, a notable figure in English legend.

Rose – The Queen’s personal flag features the letter E encircled by a ring of roses.

Runnymede – A hard name to pull off, but it is the location where the Magna Carta was first sealed, an important charter which pioneered the idea of limiting the powers of the King by law, thus protecting the priveleges of his people.

Russell – The British Museum, one of the world’s greatest museums, is located on Great Russell Street.

Saltire – The name of Scotlands national flag, which date from the 9th century, making it one of the oldest flags in current usage.

Sandringham – Sandringham Palace is a country home of the Royals, which they privately own.

Scotia – Originally a Roman name for Ireland, nowadays an old name for Scotland.

Severn – The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain.

Smith – The most popular surname in England.

Sterling – The name of the British currency is Pound Sterling.

Syllabub – A traditional dessert in English cuisine. It’s basically cream mixed with wine.

Tate – One of the best known art galleries in the UK.

Tea – One of our best-loved beverages.

Thames – The name of the river which flows through London.

Trent – The name of a river which flows through the midlands.

Tudor – The tudor rose is the national floral emblem of England, and whilst Rose is frequently used by many, Tudor is not, and was the surname of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and some other notable monarchs of England.

Victoire – From the lyrics of God Save the Queen, when it is sung for God to send her victorious.

Victoria – The name of the famed Queen Victoria and thusly popular cake Victoria Sponge.

Wren – One of the most acclaimed architects in history was Christopher Wren, who was English.

Wyvern – A legendary winged reptilian with a dragon’s head, two legs and a barbed tail. Frequents British coats of arms, and was notably the standard of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia.

Yeoman – An odd choice, but the Yeoman of the Guard are one of the oldest British military corps in existence today. The Yeoman Warders are the ones at the Tower of London, completely different group of retired military men and ladies.

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Tooting the T

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A friend commented to me today that there aren’t many decent girl’s names which start with the letter T, and how could I not take on her challenge by writing a piece on awesomely kick-ass T- girls? This is by no means a complete list of T-girls, rather, a selection of the known and unknown which I think are deserving of some acknowledgement, for whatever reason. You may disagree, or wonder why your favourite name didn’t receive a mention. It was a hard category of names to cut down to a reasonable number, I ended up cutting Tate out from the post on the grounds that he has a whole post dedicated to his wonderfulness here.

1. Tabitha

The name Tabitha comes from Aramaic and means gazelle, it also happened to be the name of a character in the New Testament. The Greek variant of Tabitha is Dorcas.

2. Taika

This is a Finnish name which means magic, spell and rune.

3. Tamarind

Rosalinde and Rosamund not quite what you’re looking for? This is the name of a tropical tree and its fruit, which are much valued in the realms of cusine and medicine. The name itself derives from Arabic and means Date of India; it has the variant forms of Tamarintha and Tamarinth – which seem like quirky alternatives to Samantha. I also have a friend whose sister is called Tamaranth.

4. Tamarix

Whilst Tamarind reminded me of Rosalind, this name has me thinking Beatrix – another fashionable darling. Like Tamarinth, it’s the name of a tree, this time found in the Mediterranean – although it is strictly spelt Tamarisk, with Tamarix existing as a variant.

5. Tegenn

A Cornish name meaning trinket and jewel, and I can’t deny just being a little excited by the meaning. This is not to be confused with good ol’ Tegan, who is Welsh and means fair and beautiful.

6. Treasa

One of two Irish variants of Teresa – the other being Toiréasa. The name Teresa is generally taken to derive from Greek and mean to reap/harvest. Equally, since it was first recorded as Theresia, the name could derive from an island bearing the name.

7. Theano

A name one can find hidden in Greek myth and history, borne by several women and notably a 6th century mythical priestess of Athene at Troy. Theano derives from the Greek theos, much like Theodore does, which means a God.

8. Tomoko

The name comes from Japanese tomo, meaning wisdom or friend and ko, meaning child. There is a similar name, Tomiko, for which the tomi element means wealth, fortune.

9. Tryphena

We love a good ol’ Greek-origin name, and this is no exception. This time, Tryphena means dainty and in the New Testament there was a character with this name, and she had a sister called Tryphosa. A variation of this name is the Romani one, Truffeni.

10. Tulsi

Considered, after the lotus plant, to be one of the most sacred plants in Hinduism; it is also known as the Holy Basil. This plant also has medicinal properties and means incomparable in Sanskrit. Not to be confused with Tuuli, a Finnish girls name meaning wind.

And then, tagged on at the end are some equally lovely T-boys, since I’m acutely aware that I haven’t talked about many of late:

1. Tadhg

I love this name, it’s Irish and means poet. Quite a few parents are considering simply using poet as a name, but there’s a lot to be said for Tadhg. Some will translate this name to Teague, but strictly speaking the pronunciation is more along the lines of the first syllable of tiger.

2. Taliesin

BBC’s documentary Child of Our Time features a lad named Taliesin born at the turn of the millenium; he shares his name with a legendary 6th century Bard. The name means fair and beautiful, but he is sometimes also taken to mean shining.

3. Tancred

This name was popular amongst the Medieval aristocrats. He comes from the Old German name Thancharat and means thinking counsel, which makes him seem like a good name to pick for any budding theologians. This name was brought to Britain, like so many others, by the Normans but it came to mostly die out. In the 19th century, Benjamin Disraeli wrote a novel called Tancred. This name is also not to be confused with Tarazed, a Persian name that means balance and the traditional name for a star called Gamma Aquilae in the Aquila constellation.

4. Tegfan

The name of a friend of my Dad’s, who usually goes by Teg. The name itself is Welsh, sharing similar origins with the aforementioned Tegan, in that he means fair peak, but he’s more obscure.

5. Tercel

The name given to a male hawk, used particularly for the goshawk and the peregrine falcon. The rather makes me wonder about the possibility of twin boys named Tercel and Peregrine. The name itself derives from the Latin tertius, which means third.

6. Timon

This was a popular name back in Ancient Greece, and it means honour. Most will recognise this as the name of the meerkat from the Disney film, The Lion King.

7. Toivo

The second Finnish name on this list, and it means hope and trust.

8. Torquil

The English form of the Scottish name Torcall, which comes from the Old Norse name Thorketil; it means thunder cauldron. This name is not to be confused with Tarquin, a name my father has an unexplained fondness for. He is the English form of the Latin name Tarquinius, and is mostly associated with the Kings of Rome.

9. Trent

I live near to the River Trent, which flows through the Midlands of the UK out to the Humber estuary. It is actually the Humber estuary which is often cited as being the marking point of the so-called north/south divide here in the UK. He could derive from the Celtic tri, meaning thrice and sentu, meaning path.

10. Tristan

The English form of the name Trystan, who comes from lovely Wales. He is one of the title characters in the tale of Trystan and Iseult, or, Tristan and Isolde. The name derives from Celtic and means noise, cry. There has been speculation that the spelling of the name as we know it today was influenced by the French word triste, which means sad – but then there was also the Middle English word trist knocking around at that time as well, which means hope and confidence.

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Name Spot of the Week: Sevens Rugby

Rugby Sevens logo from

I love rugby, t’s my favourite sport to watch after Formula 1 (and maybe a decent game of footie), and last weekend was full of Sevens Rugby for me, with Twickenham hosting this time ’round. It’s a fast-paced version of Rugby, with each game just 15 minutes long, and only 7 players per team. It also made for some interesting name spotting:

Aderito (Portugal)

Alafoti (Samoa)

Allister (Scotland)

Biko (Kenya)

Camille (France)

Cecil (South Africa)

Collins (Kenya)

Derek ‘DJ’ (New Zealand)

Diogo (Portugal)

Emosi (Fiji)

Facundo (Spain)

Flavien (France)

Gaston (Argentina)

Gregory (Australia)

Hamish (Australia)

Hernan (Argentina)

Horace (Kenya)

Humphrey (Kenya)

Ifan (Wales)

Ignacio (Spain)

Igor (Russia)

Isoa (England)

Javon (Wales)

Johannes (South Africa)

Lolo (Samoa)

Lote (New Zealand)

Mikhail (Russia)

Mitieli (Fiji)

Ofisa (Samoa)

Peni (Fiji)

Petrus (South Africa)

Ratu (Australia)

Renaud (France)

Renfred (South Africa)

Reupena (Samoa)

Rhodri (Wales)

Roderick ‘Roddy’ (Scotland)

Samuela (Fiji)

Seremaia (Fiji)

Shalom (US)

Sherwin (New Zealand)

Sitiveni (Fiji)

Simaika (Samoa)

Tai (US)

Thyssen (Canada)

Trent (Australia)

Valenese ‘Nese’ (US)

Vasily (Russia)

Victor (Spain&Kenya&Russia)

Walter (Argentina)

Zar (New Zealand)

Elsewhere, sister #1 has a friend over at the moment named Alixx, who claims her name is the Greek version of Alexandra. I’m not exactly sure it is (Alixxandra), but there you go.

Speaking of my sister, I mentioned earlier on this week that my sister had used Clotilde as her confirmation name, what I lacked to mentioned was the confirmation name of another lad being confirmed at the same time: Elmo.

At the weekend, I watched my first episode of Hawaii Five-O, I know I’m a little late coming into it, but the name Kono stood out for me. I love 4 letter -o names for girls, such as Juno and Meno, so it’s a plus.

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