Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Belated Happy Name Days!

I sure do miss Prague already although I've only been back a day...sigh.
Lots and lots of places to bring you to, but let me start by wishing a belated Happy Name day to the following people:

May 9 - Ctibor
Ctibor is of Slovak origin meaning fight with respect; to fight honorably

May 10 - Blažena
Blažena is of latin origin meaning and is predominantly used in Czech.  Blažena is a form of Beatrix, which means  traveller, pilgrim, bringer of joy.

May 11 - Svatava
Svatava is of Czech origin, and the meaning of the name has been debated.  The name is an ancient Czech name of old Slavonic origins. It shares its name with a river and a village in the Czech Republic.  Some sources believe it was a Czech vernacular form (or a direct translation) of Liutgarda (guardian) being a derivative of the Slavic, svet (strong) and hence roughly translating to something like “guard.”  Others believe it may be from the Slavic element svyat (world) or svyetlo (light).

May 12 - Pankrác
I'm not able to find much info for the name Pankrác, but Saint Pancras was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304. His name is Greek and literally means "the one that holds everything".

May 13 - Servác
Servác is of Latin orign

May 14 - Bonifác
Bonifác is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "fortunateauspicious". 

May 15 -  Žofie
 Žofie is the Czech variant of Sophia, which is of of Greek origin, and its meaning is "wisdom".  This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred.  Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which was the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.

May 16 - Přemysl
Přemysl is the Czech form of PRZEMYSŁ, which is from an old Slavic name which meant "trick, stratagem".  This was the name of a 13th-century king of Poland. 

May 17 - Aneta
Aneta is the Czech form of Annette, which is of French origin and means "gracious; merciful".

May 18 - Nataša
Nataša is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "birthday".

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