Sunday, April 7

Old Québec Names: D

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Here are some of the names from the "D" group of names found on old gravestones in Québec  —  

Déiclara  I wonder if this is a smush of the Italian "dei" meaning "of," plus Clara. Would be a pretty cool way to honor a grandparent or parent named Clara, anyway. Or maybe it's meant to read more like "clear god"? I pick most of the names in this series for their look + sound, and I really love the sound of this one
Déléanthe —  this got me thinking about the name Leanthe. I am a fan of other "-anthe," names, like Ianthe, Iolanthe and to a lesser extent Calanthe, but have never seen this one. Very pretty
Déléosa — actually, if we subtract the "De-" from these names, you get some more interesting choices: Iclara, Léanthe, Léosa, Lonine, Métrie, Vonie ... I like Déléosa for its unusual "-osa" ending
Délonine —  this one is a little stronger-sounding, but I love its streamlined look
Démétrie — French feminine form of the Russian male name Dmitriy, a name derived from the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, Demeter
Dévonie — I thought this one has some mass-appeal potential. I've seen Devony around, mentioned on lists and used on actual people. Pretty, and recognizable enough to catch someone's eye
Domitille — this has been one of my favorite obscure French names for a while now. It's the French form of Domitilla, which is the feminine form of Roman family name Domitius, meaning "tamed"
Dovilie — this one also seems an easy pick, even for someone who doesn't speak French. Pretty "dove" beginning and the sweet "-ilie" ending (of which I am obviously a fan!) It reminds me of Lithuanian name Dovilë, which means "giving hope"

Dalmien —  chosen for its similarity to Damien, a name I think gets unfairly looked over thanks to the horror-film association. Dalm- calms it down a bit, maybe
Dalphus — this seems adorably dorky. I'd also like Alphus, for something a little softer
Dantes — fans of Alexandre Dumas could use this one, if they don't like Edmund. Dante's well-used, leaning towards outdated, but Dantes is handsome and would definitely stand out
Déitan —  a D-and-French-ified Ethan?
Dénery — a D-and-French-ified Henry?
Dëus — I generally like boy names that end in "-us" or "-s," like Cyrus or Caius, and Dëus fits right in. It means "god," so it's a little ... aspirational ... but I think the right kid could really suit it
Didion —  had to put this one on, since I'm a huge Joan Didion fan and a fan of naming after favorite writers or musicians. If you're not into Joan, this might be a good way to honor Diddy, too? Uh, forget I said that ...
Dorémus — this one also has a nerdy feel to it, I think. (Maybe I'm thinking of Remus?) Pretty cool

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