Friday, November 4
Friday seems like a good time to unload some of the name thoughts that have been running through my head the past week or so. These are names I can't get out of my head, names floating around in the ether — they won't necessarily wind up a favorite, but they've made themselves known, anyway.
First up is Sabin, which I saw in some TV credits last night. Sabine is one of my favorite girl names — it's from the name of the ancient Sabine people, who lived in central Italy. I'd never considered a male form, but when I saw Sabin, I was drawn to it right away. It was used as a first name, though it's probably more commonly used as a surname. There was an 8th-century ruler called Sabin of Bulgaria. I'd pronounce it with a long "A" sound.
Back on the 10th, I mentioned having a bit of a crush on "-ette" names. A couple weeks later, our friends welcomed baby Georgette, and my crush turned into full-on madness. I've mentioned Colette, Henriette, Louisette, Nanette, Ninette, Odette and Olivette on this blog before, but they are only the beginning. Cosette, Miette and Susette are on my personal list — Cosette was most famously used by Victor Hugo in his novel Les Misérables, and Miette means "little crumb" and refers to a small, sweet thing in French. (The suffix "-ette" is usually used to connote smallness.)
Some others I'm drawn to include Alouette (means "lark"), Amorette ("little love"), Fleurette ("little flower"), Joliette (Jolie means "pretty") Marlette, Philette, Rosette ("little rose") and my newest favorite, Vedette.
What's your favorite "-ette" name?
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