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What's in a Name?

For today's set of names, I thought I'd spice it up a teensy bit.  :]

While I myself rather like my given name (aka Sarah -- no, duh!), I understand there are quite a few beans who don't like, or even loathe, the name they were given.  You may have characters like that, or maybe you're in the thinking process of creating a character whose given name does not quite match their personality.  In that case, you use a nickname, right??

Well, this fresh batch of naam[s] features some neat nicknames and their originals.

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M | English (modern)

Variant of Malachi, which comes from a Hebrew name meaning "my messenger" or "my angel."

F | English, Italian, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman
BAHR-bǝ-rǝ (English), BAHR-brǝ (English), BAH-BA-RA (French), BAR-ba-ra (German), bar-BA-ra (Polish), BAWR-baw-raw (Hungarian)

Derived from the Greek word barbaros, meaning "foreign."

M | English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
LEN-ǝrd (English), LAY-o-narht (Dutch), LE-o-nart (German)

Meaning "brave lion."

F | Italian, Catalan
fran-CHES-ka (Italian), frǝn-SES-kǝ (Catalan)

Italian and Catalan feminine form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, meaning "Frenchman."

I've actually featured this particular name here before, but I thought it worth mentioning again because I believe the nickname to be rather clever.  This is the name and nickname of a teen spy in a concept story I've worked on in the past.  Dunno if anything will ever come to it, but she's one of mah babies.  *^ - ^*

M & F | English
DEV-ǝn, dǝ-VAHN

A variant of Devin, which hails from either an English surname possibly meaning "devine," or from Irish surnames Ó Damháin ("descendant of Damhán" -- meaning "fawn") or Ó Dubháin ("descendant of Dubhán" -- duhb meaning "dark, black").

F | German, English, Ancient Germanic
BER-ta (German), BUR-thǝ (English)

Bertha was originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht, meaning "bright, famous."

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

for today. and everyday.


What you are in love with decides what you live for.  What you are in love with decides what you get out of bed for.
- Ann Voskamp -

Do you have something worth living for?  What fills your thoughts each day?  What makes you get up out of bed to face the trials and hidden joys in the everyday things?

Do you truly believe YOU are worth living for?

What are you in love with?

Just some things to ponder.  :]

Book Review | Breaking Cover

Breaking Cover
My Secret Life in the CIA & What it Taught Me About What's Worth Fighting For
Michele Rigby Assad

Tyndale Momentum | February 6, 2018

The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek people who can keep a secret, yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country, but are willing to leave it behind to head into dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation's most highly sensitive tasks.

Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people.

As a CIA agent, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real. The mission was a perilous one. Trained as a counterterrorism expert, Michele spent over a decade in the agency--a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some the most treacherous areas of the Middle East. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Was she in the right place at the right time, or had she misunderstood what she thought was God's calling on her life? Did she have what it would take to survive?

The answer came when Michele faced a life-or-death choice--one that had secretly been the plan for her all along.

In Breaking Cover, Michele has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story: one of incredible struggle; of thwarted plans and expectations; and most of all, of discovering a faith greater than all her fears.

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This book was so very interesting!  I don't often pick up nonfiction, but I was glad to have found this one.  If you enjoy history and anything to do with military and government careers, then you will certainly enjoy the tale Michele Assad has to share.

Mrs. Assad basically debunks all CIA myths that films and movies drill into us through the fiction/action/thriller genre.  She and her husband (an agent as well) both endured action, stress, and terror in their careers with the CIA, and gained experience and knowledge through each trial and test they faced.  

After serving the CIA and their country for about ten years, they resigned to lead more normal lives.
Or so they thought.
It turned out God had a mission in mind for them that would take unbelievable faith and trust in God's provision alone.  And to accomplish that mission---finding a new home and country to take a band of persecuted Christians---they had to return to a country they feared.  But in every step along the way, and every bit of knowledge and experience and lessons they had learned in all their time with the CIA, God had been teaching them and leading them to that one ultimate mission.  They needed only to trust Him.

Such a beautiful story to see how God used Michele and her husband in their days with the CIA and then to an incredible mission of leading a band of persecuted Christians to a new home.  A definite read, in my opinion!

Ages 16+

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I was provided a copy of this book thanks to Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review.

What's in a Name?

I JUST realized I never clicked "publish" for this post. . . O__O

Monday has come yet again!  :]
Did y'all have a good weekend?  Do anything special to celebrate Mother's Day?

I enjoyed a fantastic girl's day shopping on Saturday, followed by a lovely service at church, and a full day with my family that afternoon.  Didn't want it to end!  (Cuz then ya know ya gotta go to work. . . ;D )  But the days go on, right?  And it seems Summer is just around the corner!  #WHOA

Here's a new set of names for you this week.  Do let me know if you find a new favorite!  (Aulora stands out to me in this batch)
Enjoy! :]

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M | German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
SHTE-fan (German), STAY-fahn (Dutch), STE-fan (Polish)

A form of Stephan, which hails from the Greek name Stephanos, meaning "crown" or more literally "that which surrounds."

F | English (rare)
ah-LORE-ah (possibly)

Meaning unknown.  Possibly a variant of Aurora, which means "dawn" in Latin. 

M | Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
SAHN-der (Dutch)

The Dutch and Scandinavian short form of Alexander, which means "defending men."

F | Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, Finnish
u-LYEE-sə (Russian), AH-lee-sah (Finnish)

The Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, and Finnish form of Alice, which ultimately comes from Adelaide, meaning "a kind of noble."

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.