Wednesday, September 21

a Name, a Poem


Recently I came across a collection of poetry called A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Nowedited by poets Willis and Aliki Barnstone. (They are father and daughter.)
Aliki is the name of a village on the Greek island of Paros. Willis Barnstone began his teaching career in Greece and has translated the works of ancient Greek poets and philosophers — I wonder if that’s where he found the inspiration for his daughter’s name.
The book is full of wonderful poems and wonderful names. Here are some standouts —
Ágnes 
Andrée
Aphra
Beatritz — I love this unusual form, and that extra “T”
Cecil
Cecília 
Claribel 
Claude — who says unisex names are automatically bad? I like both Cecil and Claude on girls
Constanta
Dahlia
Eleni
Gaspara
Gloria — ready for a comeback, I think
Gwerfyl
Henriqueta
Lina
Marceline
Maria Amália 
Muriel
Nur
Petra
Rossana
Vénus
Violante

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  2. Aliki is also the standard Modern Greek form of Alice.

    Nice to see Gwerfyl featured! :)

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  3. This is probably going to seem like the strangest comment ever, but I actually know Aliki Barnstone having studied with her. Not well enough to ask about her name (which I have been dying to do, oh how I've wondered). Now I just have to be careful not to come out with "You were named after a village in Greece right??" ;) Love this blog, and feel like a kid in a candy story having started at the beginning of the archive! Why can't we all just sit around and talk names all day?? People look at me like I'm wearing a tinfoil hat when I want to discuss etymology of their baby name choice...

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