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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…

July

On My Mind: 7-18-16

Alanis Morrisette Has a Baby Girl

Royal Nicknames: From Frittie to Mapperl

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Reveal Baby Name

On My Mind: 7/4/16

June

Hello, Summer!

Eddie Redmayne and Wife Welcome First Baby

The Children of Princess Alix

Names for Wild Boys

The Gabors

May

Model Names: Girls, no.1

Famous Name: Idina

Free to a Good Home: Girls, pt. 1

Thadéline

Praxis and Her Sisters

April

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Welcome a Baby Boy

The Graces: From Thalia to Hegemone

Bond Girls Pt. 2

Anne Hathaway Has a Baby Boy

Agnes Bruckner Welcomes Baby Boy

Bond Girls Pt. 1

Q: 3-30-16

On My Mind: 3-12-16

March

Names for Daring Girls

The Children of Princess Ayşe Gülnev Osmanoğlu

Lucia

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Welcomes Baby Boy

On My Mind: 2-29-16

Apartment Therapy (11)

The Children of William III of the Netherlands

Tomboy: Boys' Nicknames for Girls