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Monday, February 13, 2006



Wednesday, June 15, 2005

8:23AM - Hello!

Hi! I'm doing a project on names and I'm trying to get an opinion about certain names. If you want, could you please tell me what you think of the following names and what they remind you of? Thank you very much!
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Friday, March 25, 2005

11:42AM - Hello...

Hi, I'm Milica. I have varied interests, but a large one is names. I like knowing what they mean and how that applies to a person. My name is Milica Caryl. My nickname is Missy. My first name is Slavic and my second is Welsh. I was named after a couple friends of the family. Through my research I've come up with some different meanings for Milica. They include "hard worker" and "ruler", but I haven't found much back up for that. I already know that Caryl is a version of Carol and means "melody" or "song", but I was wondering if anyone here had insight into Milica. The name is rare enough that it didn't even get a ranking in my state's census. In fact, I'm the only one at my university of students, staff, and faculty with it. If it helps any, it's said "Mill-itz-ah" with emphasis on the middle syllabal and a slight carry over of the "l" to the "itz" and my namesake's parents were from Yugoslavia. Milica has also been used as a last name and possibly a male name, too.

If you can't help, I'll understand. I've spent hours upon hours trying to find it.

ttfn,Milica, aka wickd

Current mood: curious

Thursday, December 16, 2004



Thursday, December 9, 2004

11:42AM - Hello pets.

I just joined today. I love names, I can spend hours looking for the right name for one of my charactors and such. I'm pretty good at making them up too.

My name is Renee Jeanette Gagne. "Reborn to win", roughly. I'm three fours French, so the name fits fairly well. I think it's beautiful, I'd never change a thing.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello. I hope I'll have more to talk about later.

Sunday, January 11, 2004


It's been quiet in here so I will try this out and see if it sparks any interesting comments. Click the paragraph to get the entire article.

There are kids named after cars: Corvette, Acura, Camry, Celica, Infiniti. Little designers: Armani, Dior and Halston. Alcohol brand names abound: Courvoisier and Hennessy could be coming soon to a preschool near you, joining Killian and Guinness and Ronrico.

"Picking unusual names is more popular than ever, because people are willing to choose from all sorts of sources, including brand names," says Cleveland Evans, a psychology professor at Bellevue University in Nebraska who discovered the surprising number of brand-name babies in a massive database of names registered with the Social Security Administration in 2000...It's not a completely new trend, of course...When Virginia Hinton, a professor emeritus at Kennesaw State University, was researching a book on the history of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Milledgeville, she came across a girl named Nylic who was born around 1900. Nylic's mother was an organist at the church, and her father was the local representative for the New York Life Insurance Co. --- abbreviated NYLIC.

Monday, December 29, 2003

1:10AM - A Question, more like a favor...

My time seems to be getting shorter and shorter as of late, so I was wondering: does anyone want to take the position of MAINTAINER for this journal? I don't want to neglect it, and if someone else can do a better job of keeping this community going, then I'll gladly hand it over...if not, it'll most likely get deleted, and I really didn't want to do that. E-mail me if you're interested.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

5:09PM - *kicks herself in the ass* - Maintainer speaking -Hello!

I'm so very sorry for the lack of update on my part - it's been quite a week already for me...
Anyway, the group's info has been changed. Check it out. Let me know about any wanted changes - start adding to the journal itself, too, b/c the website is in progress, but I do need stuff to put on it *lol*

Any suggestions are welcomed so please don't hesitate!

Ciao, Leah Estelle.

Current mood: awake

Saturday, November 8, 2003

12:27PM - Another Message from the Maintainer

From the responses that I've gotten, it seems that lexicology on a whole is a common interest among all of us. So...we'll do it all! Any problem with this, please feel free to e-mail me. Any suggestions, etc? Do the same.


The user info will be changed to express this decision. Thank you for your responses!

*Leah Estelle*

Friday, November 7, 2003

1:04PM - *Message from the Maintainer*

I was informed by a fellow LJer that the term "etmyology" was being used wrongly for this forum, and she's right. I do study etmyology, as well, but there is a more proper term for what this forum is about: onomastics.

from dicitonary.com:
on·o·mas·tics ( P ) Pronunciation Key (n-mstks)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)

1.) The study of the origins and forms of proper names.
2.) The study of the origins and forms of terms used in specialized fields.
The system that underlies the formation and use of proper names or terms used in specialized fields.


onomastics n : the branch of lexicology that studies the origins and history of proper names.

Here's the deal: I leave it up to the community to make a decision on whether or not you want to stick to just onomastics, or broaden it to etymology and/or lexicology on a whole. Give me some feedback. When I get the majority of answers, I'll change the user info.

Thank you to littlebirdhouse for recognizing my blunder and reporting it.

*Leah Estelle*


Hello folks, I just joined up because the idea of this sounds potentially interesting. Oh in case you're curious I don't have a breakdown of my username hermansgold, it just popped out of my brain's silent mechanism that spits out names for me when I am needing to name a character in something I'm writing.

But I wanted to put forth an idea and ask the few members here if you've ever come across anything like it. The idea is to write the history of a city by taking the street names in that city and researching the person, place or event that is behind that name. Detroit, where I live, has some strange names like Dequindre, Hamtramck, Gratiot, and so on...and I've always thought it would be cool to do a history of Detroit, or any other city, by discovering what is behind these names.

Has this idea ever been done before? Have any of you ever seen books done on this approach?

That's it from me for now. Good luck on this becoming a thriving commuity...

Thursday, November 6, 2003

11:27PM - I will HAVE to do better than this...

Can anyone help?

Baby Name:

Name Gender:

Name Meaning:

Name Origin:


11:29PM - There are no camels here...

kendokamel = kendoka (one who does kendo) + mel (me!)

11:27PM - A weed, a bug, or a goddess?

melissa officinalis - lemon balm

According to some accounts, Melissa was a goddess of some sort who took care of the infant Zeus and fed him honey. When Cronus found out, he got angry and turned her into a bug. Zeus, feeling sorry for her, but somehow unable to actually un-do the work of another god, yet still alter it... figured he'd at least change her from a nondescript bug into a bee so that she could continue to provide him with honey.

Current mood: amused

Saturday, November 1, 2003

3:21PM - woo! second post here =D

my name, "cynthia" means "goddess of the moon" and comes from greek origins. So i guess i could also be known as artimis or something lol. that's all i really know about my name ^ ^;

Current mood: happy

2:22PM - "Leah"

"Leah" means "weary" in Hebrew after being featured in the Biblical story of Leah, Jacob, and Rachel in Genesis (somewhere 'round Genesis 30). It could've possibly meant "cow" (motherhood) and/or "gazelle" (gracefulness, litheness) in Aramaic before being featured in the Bible. In Assyrian, it means "mistress, ruler." Alternative spellings: Leigha, Lea, Lia, Leia (name derived from Leah) :P Leah Estelle.

Current mood: accomplished