Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weekly Geeks

What's in a name? This week on weekly geeks, we're talking about the meaning behind character names. And our own names...

So, my name is Jennifer, which is Welsh (Gwenhwyfar) and is related to Guinevere. It means fair one or white wave, depending on what book you're looking at. (And fair one works, I'm pretty pasty!)

So, favorite character names...

Ginny Weasley is a favorite of mine AND her name and my name are really close (in fact, in some parts of the country, people can't hear or say the difference between Ginny and Jennie. Trust me, i they are NOT pronounced the same way!) Anyway. Ginny's full name is Ginevra. Some sites give it the same meaning and history as Jennifer. Some say that it's Ancient Germanic meaning "Women of the people."

Now, I've been reading the Alice books lately. Alice means of noble kind/noble sort. While Alice isn't nobility (she's far from rich) I would say that her spirit is noble.

What about Annika, the narrator of Kiki Strike? It looks like it's from the Hebrew, Channah (or Hannah) and means grace.

And how about Lyle, of crocodile fame? Apparently, his name comes from the French and means Island, or Islander!

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