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April 5, 2012 at 1:11 am #134145
I done a search of name meanings at the start or the series (think we were up to ep 5) on the meaning of the SB names for the then main characters & got some very interesting results lol 🙂 Most are spot on for their FTL selves 😉
Mary = bitter or sea of bitterness. Margret = pearl, probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit. Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon. Blanchard = White, also derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements “blanc”, shining, white, beautiful, plus the second element “-hard” brave, hardy, strong. Hence the name may have been given to a person with the above characteristics. Also French Blanc or blanche = White & Snow White is also called Blanche in French.
Emma = All-containing, universal, entire. Swan = purity or excellence (which were taken to be attributes of the swan), or resembling a swan in some other way. This was also an Old Norse and Old English personal name, from which the surname may be derived. In some cases it may be a habitational name for someone who lived at a house with the sign of a swan.
Regina = Latin for Queen. Mills = A name originally given to one who worked in a mill (occupational) or lived near a mill (descriptive). Possibly from the Gaelic Milidh, meaning soldier. or Latin. Also could have originated from the Greek word for apple: milo.
David = Beloved- (Biblically, David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king). Nolan = Champion, proud one, noble one, & chariot fighter. also however spelt today it is an anglicized form of the original pre 12th century Gaelic O’Nullain, which translates loosely as ‘The descendant of the crier’, probably a reference to the first chief of the clan who held the hereditary office of herald to the Kings of Leinster.
Henry = home ruler. Mills = as per Regina.
Archie =Nickname for Archibald & means genuine, bold, brave. Hopper = to hop, leap or dance, one who a dancer, tumbler or acrobat at the fairs and festivals.
Mr. = nothing as names = power 🙂 Gold = occupational name for a worker in gold, a refiner, jeweller or gilder.
Ruby = Simply means “ruby”
August = majestic, venerable, revered, exalted, great, derived from Latin augere “to increase”. August/Augustus was the title given to Octavian, the first Roman emperor. He was the adopted son of Julius Caesar who rose to power through a combination of military skill and political prowess. Wayne = wagon builder or driver. Booth = It is or rather was, topographic name for someone who lived in a small hut or bothy, Middle English both(e), especially a cowman or shepherd. The word is of Scandinavian origin (compare Old Danish both, Old Norse buð) and was used to denote various kinds of temporary shelter, typically a cowshed or a herdsman’s hut.
Graham = gravel area, gray homestead, Abode.
Sidney = indicative of one who dwelled on or near the wide, riverside meadow, or from the wide island. Glass = occupational name for a glazier or glass blower.
Kathryn = Pure. Nolan = as per David
Dr Whale = meaning/ origin is unclear, used for one who moves ungainly or is of large girth – because Dr Whale is neither of these I have to agree with my sister who thinks it is ‘Whale’ because he is The “Whale” from Pinocchio & to me thins makes most sense 🙂
Marco = Most believe it has its root in Mars, the name of the Roman mythological god of war. Others, however, think it might be from mas (manly) or from the Greek malakoz (soft, tender).
Ashley = Ash wood. Boyd = fair or yellow-haired
Mitchell = Variant form of Michael (who is like God?) Herman = soldier, army man, or warrior
Sean = God Is Gracious. Herman- see Mitchell
Ava = Life, little bird. Zimmer =Very early Germanic occupational surname is one of the very first recorded in that country. This is not surprising as it describes a Carpenter or a Master Carpenter, one of the most important jobs of the medieval period.
Nicholas = Victory of the people. Zimmer – See Ava
Micheal = who is like God?”. This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Saint Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven’s armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers. Tillman = one who was employed in tilling the soil; a brave man.
Astrid = Fair, beautiful goddess
Leroy = The king
Jefferson = Son of Jeffrey (thought this one a tad slack lol 😉 )
Paige = Assistant
Albert = Noble and famous common amoung midevil german royalty. Spencer = dispenser of, also occupational and originally described a despencier or despendour, a man who was in charge of purchasing and distribution of all food and provisions within a royal or noble household or a monastery. This was a position of great importance, and usually only lesser in status to the Steward.
Fairy Tale Land Names Of Interest :
Ruel = Star, Scottish Gaelic origin. Ghorm = Blue (or green), also of Scottish Gaelic origin.
Baelfire = Bonfire of Gaelic Origin[adrotate group="5"]April 5, 2012 at 3:47 am #140993LisaFromOHParticipant
Thank you for this! It’s great to know that the producers/writers took such care when naming the characters. Knowing all of the name meanings gives some more insight into what they were thinking when they created the characters.April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm #141016miaParticipant
Wonderful idea this thread! 🙂 I love how the names all have some meaning and correspond their character.
A few notes that you could add, if you like. 😉
Mary = bitter or sea of bitterness. Margret = pearl, probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit. Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon. Blanchard = White, also derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements “blanc”, shining, white, beautiful, plus the second element “-hard” brave, hardy, strong.
Please add that it comes from the French! Blanc or blanche. Snow White is also called Blanche in French.
As for Mary Margaret there are actually various theories of the source for the story of Snow White. One of them (as critics say, improbable as there are versions of Snow White prior to the date this one came about) says, that the tale is based on the life of Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina von Erthal. Ginnifer Goodwin also mentions that she came across this while researching for the show and mentioned it to Kitsis&Horowitz who smiled (sry, can’t find the interview right now).
Regina = Queen. Mills = A name originally given to one who worked in a mill (occupational) or lived near a mill (descriptive). Possibly from the Gaelic Milidh, meaning soldier.
Again, it would be great if you added that it’s Latin. Also, Mills could also have originated from the Greek word for apple: milo.April 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm #141075
Thanks Mia, your contributions have been added to their respective lists 🙂April 15, 2012 at 2:25 am #142321
Eliza mean– my god is bountiful. God of plenty.
Red/ Eliza does have a lot to offer ans she does help everyone she’s friends with. Henry and Emma with those cocoas with cinnamon. She helped Emma as a deputy even if it was for one episode and she did find Kathryn. She was going to as Snow said save them all. (even though it was FTL) I think it can apply. She took Ashley/ Cinderella, Mary Margaret/ Snow White, and Emma out for a Valentine’s girl night out. I am willing to bet she helped Sean out a little to plan the proposal. She has plenty to offer, remember she won the respect of Granny, even though she never lost it but did get her to say, “I’m proud of you!” even it it was nearly under her breath.
This is me vouching for Eliza to be Red’s Storybrooke name. Consider my application submitted.April 15, 2012 at 2:41 am #142327hjbauParticipant
Red’s name is not Eliza. I really think they were just making fun of each other in that moment. Granny isn’t Norman Bates either.April 15, 2012 at 2:54 am #142332
I’m inclined to disagree with you. You mean to compare some former drug addicted daughter of a past away drug addicted star to a young pretty girl. Is there a comaprison no disrespect to Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland. Was she just saying Liza because of Ruby’s eye make up? I need to see that episode again. Everytime I had watched it I got out of that her real was Eliza or Liza and she likes to call herself Ruby as a nickname and everyone calls her that.April 15, 2012 at 3:01 am #142333hjbauParticipant
I agree that it isn’t really a good comparison to compare Ruby to Liza Minnelli because i didn’t even get the reference. I think they are doing it because of the make up. Though i do think that it seems clear that they are making fun of each other in that moment even if the reference doesn’t make sense.April 15, 2012 at 3:09 am #142335
Yeah, I can accept that but if they do some how reveal that it is real name I want credit for that. Otherwise she’s just Ruby/ Red Riding Hood.April 15, 2012 at 3:52 am #142345
IMDB has Red’s SB name as Ruby- no liza/eliza is listed at all, so have to agree that they were just having a tiff & name calling.
Im leaving Ruby up as RRHs name until such a time as the writers/EP state her name is not actually Ruby 🙂
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