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On My Mind: 2-22-18

Svetlana, Sveta, and Severija - I've been watching and enjoying Babylon Berlin on Netflix. It's a German TV show following a cop new to Berlin who uncovers much more than he signed up for.
One of the characters in the show is Countess Svetlana "Sveta" Sorokina, a white Russian who sings at a cabaret, and who is playing all the sides - she is lover to Trotskyist Alexei Kardakov, right wing industrialist Alfred Nyssen, and is even working for the Soviet secret police.
Svetlana (called Svetaby her lover) comes from the Slavic svet, meaning "light, world". Interestingly enough, it is sometimes used as a translation of Photine, most likely because they have the same meanings. The character is played by a Lithuanian actress named Severija Janušauskaitė. I couldn't find any information on the name, but I assume it's a form of Severa or Severina.

Zaida - At work the other day there was a little girl called Zaida. It was pronounced "ZAY-da" and I th…

Hello, Winter!

On My Mind: 12/1/14

Names Taken from Lord Frederic Leighton

Manon

Mayflower Names

The Siblings of C.C. van Asch van Wijck

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (2)

A List of Names Taken from French Royal Mistresses (1)

Silent Star Names

The Children of Joachim of Denmark

Lively Names

The Children of Johann I Joseph of Liechtenstein

Surnames for Girls

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Reveal Daughter's Name

The Children of Antonia of Luxembourg

On My Mind: 10-6-14

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Have a Girl

Still Dusty

Apartment Therapy (8)

Hello, Fall!

The Children of Victoria Louise of Prussia

Idris

Watery Names

The Children of Maria Leopoldina of Austria

Family Names - Paternal

Family Names - Maternal

Scarlett Johansson Welcomes a Girl

A Collection of Names Taken from Prussian Consorts

A Collection of Names Taken from Lithuanian Consorts

Masculin au Féminin

Pete Wentz Has a Boy

The Children of Catherine of Mecklenburg

Oya

The Children of Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Vale

Wonderously Welsh

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Four)

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Three)

Names Worn by Vanessa Redgrave

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part Two)

On My Mind: 7-7-14

Interview Over At Waltzing More Than Matilda

A Collection of Names Taken from Roman Empresses (Part One)

The Children of Kira Kirillovna of Russia

A Collection of Names Taken from Consorts of the Lombards

On My Mind: 6-23-14

Famous Dads

The Children of Agnes Christina of Austria

The Children of Ludovika of Bavaria

On My Mind: 6-9-14

The Children of Marie José of Belgium

Oh Boy!

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Welcome Baby Boy