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Time for some more name inspiration from Latin.

These are the gems that F has to offer — and words which sound delightful but leave much to be desired in their meaning!

  • Faba — “broad bean” (the word behind names such as Fabia and Fabian)
  • Fabella — “little story”
  • FaberFabra — “skillful,” “ingenious”; as a noun, it means “smith” and “craftsperson”
  • Fabula — “talk,” “story,” “fable”
  • Fabularis — “mythical”
  • Fabulosus, Fabulosa — “fabled”
  • Facetus, Faceta — “fine,” “elegant,” “witty”
  • Faeneus, Faenea — “made of hay”
  • Fagus — “beech-tree”
  • Falco — “falcon”
  • Falx — “sickle”
  • Fama — “talk,” “rumor,” “fame” — personified as a the Goddess Fama — by the Romans
  • Famosus, Famosa — “famous”
  • Far — “spelt”
  • Farina — “flour”
  • Farreus, Farrea — “made of spelt”
  • Fas — “divine law”
  • Fautrix — “patroness”
  • Favilla — “glowing ashes,” “spark”
  • Favus — “honeycomb”
  • Fax — “torch,” “firebrand,” “flame,” “light”
  • Femella — “young woman,” “girl”
  • Ferax — “fruitful,” “fertile,” “prolific”
  • Feriae — “festivals”
  • Ferinus, Ferina — “wild”
  • Feritas — “wilderness”
  • Fero — “I bear,” “I produce,” “I bring,” etc
  • Ferox — “fierce,” “courageous,” “wild”
  • Ferula — “fennel”
  • Ferus, Fera — “wild”
  • Festinatio — “speed”
  • Festinus, Festina — “hurrying”
  • Festivus, Festiva — “festive,” “merry”
  • Festus, Festa — “festive”
  • Fidelia — “earthenware pot”
  • Fidelis — “faithful”
  • Fidentia — “confidence,” “boldness”
  • Fides — “trust,” “confidence,” “belief,” “faith”; “lyre,” “lute,” “harp”
  • Fidicen, Fidicina — “harp/lute/lyre-player,” “lyric poet”
  • Filia — “daughter”
  • Filius — “son”
  • Filix — “fern”
  • Finis — “boundary,” “limit,” “end,” “summit”
  • Firmus, Firma — “firm,” “strong”
  • Flagrantia — “burning,” “blazing,” “glittering”
  • Flamen — “priest”; “blowing,” “blast”
  • Flamma — “flame”
  • Flavens — “yellow/gold-colored”
  • Flavus, Flava — “golden-yellow” (the adjective behind the name Flavia, etc)
  • Flexus — “bending,” “turning,” “modulation”
  • Floreus, Florea — “made of flowers”
  • Florifer, Florifera — “bearing flowers”
  • Flos — “flower”
  • Flumen — “stream”
  • Fons — “spring,” “fountain”
  • Forma — “form,” “figure,” “manner,” “beauty”
  • Formosus, Formosa — “beautiful”
  • Fortuna — “fate,” “luck,” “fortune”
  • Frater — “brother”
  • Fraxineus, Fraxinea — “of ash-wood”
  • Fraxinus — “ash-tree”
  • Frons — “leaf,” “foliage”
  • Frugifer, Frugifera — “fruit-bearing”
  • Fulgor — “lightning”
  • Fulgur — “flash of lightning”
  • Fulmen — “lightning”
  • Fulmineus, Fulminea — “of lightning,” “like lightning”
  • Fulvus, Fulva — “tawny yellow” (the adjective behind the name Fulvia, etc)
  • Furvus, Furva — “dark,” “black”

And the loathlies:

  • Fallax — “treacherous”
  • Fallo — “I deceive”
  • Fames — “hunger”
  • Fastus — “pride,” “arrogance”
  • Febris — “fever”
  • Fel — “gallbladder,” “bitterness”
  • Ferreus, Ferrea — “like iron,” “unfeeling,” “cruel,” “unyielding”
  • Fessus, Fessa — “tired,” “exhausted”
  • Fleo — “I weep”
  • Foedus, Foeda — “filthy,” “horrible”
  • Fossa — “ditch”
  • Fraus — “deceit,” “delusion,” “crime”
  • Frivolus, Frivola — “worthless”
  • Furax — “thievish”
  • Furcifer — “gallows-bird,” “scoundrel”

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Did you know that there are actually not one but two words for fear of Friday the Thirteenth? Friggatriskaidekaphobia combines Frigga — a Greekified form of Frigg, used to represent Friday (the day named after her) — with triskaideka “thirteen” and phobia, while paraskevidekatriaphobia combines paraskevi “Friday” with dekatria “thirteen” and phobia.

Useful nuggets which might come in handy if you happen to have a pub quiz lined up for tonight…

If you dare…

Superstitions surrounding Friday the Thirteenth only seem to date back to the nineteenth century.

The Friday bit is easily understood; Fridays have been considered ill-omened  in general since the Middle Ages because of the Christian belief that Jesus was cruxified on a Friday.

As for the number 13, that’s also had a bad press for centuries. In many cultures and periods, the number 12 represented completion. Countless things come in groups of twelve, from Christian apostles to Olympian Gods, old pennies in a shilling to the twelve days of Jól/Christmas, Labors of Heracles to the signs of the Zodiac. The list goes on and on.

Thirteen, therefore, early acquired a reputation for being aberrant, imperfect (even though it’s a prime number), corruption, rebellion — bad luck.

The old Norse belief that if thirteen sat down to dinner, the first to rise will die lingers to this day so much so that at the Savoy in London, they have a wooden cat called Kaspar who joins the table to make the number up to fourteen and thus ward off the bad luck.

So, what to do about it, if you subscribe to the belief that Thirteens that fall on Fridays are unlucky? Especially, if your baby is due or arrives on one?

Well, there are many ways to ward off bad luck generally, without resorting to the Pagan Roman method of dealing with inauspicious days, which basically involved bolting all the doors and windows and staying in bed!

Chief among them is simply stay positive. Like attracts like. If you’re positive, you’ll attract good things and good fortune, if you’re negative, the negative will come. Simples.

When it comes to names for a Friday the Thirteenth baby, balance out the potential “bad luck” by chosing a name with as positive meanings and associations as you can.

Lots of happy, cheerful names to “cancel out” the day’s negativity can be found in my post, Io, Saturnalia.

Other names with strong associations with good luck include:

  • Avedis ♂ — Armenian: “good news.”
  • Ayman ♂ — Arabic: “right-handed,” “lucky.”
  • Behrooz ♂ — Persian: “fortunate.”
  • Bonaventura ♂ — Italian: “good luck.”
  • Bonaventure ♂ — English and French form of BONAVENTURE.
  • Boniface ♂ — from Latin bonum “good”+ fatum “fate.”
  • Chance ♂ ♀
  • Dalia ♀ — Lithuanian: “luck.” The name of the Lithuanian Goddess of fate, childbirth and weaving.
  • Daria ♀ — feminine of DARIUS.
  • Darius ♂ — Latin form of Greek Dareios, the Hellenized version of the actual Old Persian name: Dārayavahush < dāraya “to hold” and “to possess” + vahu “good.”
  • Euclid ♀ — Greek: “good-glory.”
  • Eudoxia ♀ — Greek: “good-fame.”
  • Eulalia ♀ — Greek: “good-talking”
  • Eunice ♀ — Greek: “good-victory.”
  • Euphemia ♀ — Greek: “good-speaking” (in the ancient world, the link between saying the right thing in a ritual and its ultimate success was considered very important).
  • Euphrasia ♀ — Greek: “good-cheer.”
  • Eydís ♀ — Icelandic: “fortune-goddess.”
  • Eysteinn ♂ — Icelandic: “fortune-stone.”
  • Fatmir ♂ — Albanian: “lucky.”
  • Faustina ♀ — feminine form of FAUSTUS.
  • Faustus ♂ — Latin: “lucky.”
  • Felicia ♀ — a medieval feminine form of Felix.
  • Fortuna ♀ — Latin: “good fortune;” the Roman Goddess of good luck.
  • Fortunata ♀ — feminine form of FORTUNATUS.
  • Fortunatus ♂ — Latin: “happy,” “lucky.”
  • Fortune ♀ ♂
  • Gad — Hebrew: “fortune.”
  • Ganesh — the Hindu God of good fortune.
  • Gluke — Yiddish: “good luck.”
  • Kalden ♂ ♀ — Tibetan: “auspicious.”
  • Kichiro — Japanese: “good luck son.”
  • Kreszenz — German form of Crescentia, from crescens “growing.” Considered an auspicious name in Germany, bestowing good health on the bearer.
  • Laima — Lithuanian: “luck.” Lithuanian Goddess of good luck and childbirth.
  • Lakshman — Sanskrit: “bearing auspicious marks.” Rama’s brother.
  • Lakshmi — Sanskrit: “sign.” Hindu Goddess of good fortune.
  • Luck ♂ ♀
  • Lucky ♂ ♀
  • Lykke ♀ — Danish: “good luck,” “happiness.”
  • Masood ♂ — Arabic: “lucky.”
  • Monifa ♀ — Yoruba: “I am lucky.”
  • Nashira ♀ — Arabic: “good news.” Considered a lucky name in Arab lands.
  • Navid ♂ — Persian: “good news.”
  • Onni ♂ — Finnish: “good luck.”
  • Prosper ♂ — Latin: “fortunate,” “lucky,” and “prosperous.”
  • Prospera ♀ — feminine form of PROSPER.
  • Prospero ♂ — Italian form of PROSPER.
  • Sa’adat ♀ — feminine of SA’D.
  • Sa’d, Sa’id ♂ — Arabic: “luck.”
  • Sa’di ♂ — Arabic: “lucky.”
  • Sa’dia ♀ — feminine of SA’DI.
  • Sa’ida ♀ — feminine of SA’ID.
  • Samnang ♂ ♀ — Khmer: “lucky.”
  • Shreya ♀ — Sanskrit: “lucky.”
  • Sina ♀ — Portuguese: “destiny,” “fortune,” “fate.”
  • Srečko ♂ — Slavic: “luck.”
  • Szczęsny ♂ — Polish “luck,” “fortune.”
  • Tawfiq ♂  — Arabic: “good fortune.”
  • Tomiko ♀ — Japanese: “fortune child.”
  • Tyche ♀ — Greek: “fortune.”
  • Tycho ♂ — Greek: “fortune.”
  • Uğur ♂ — Turkish: “good omen.”
  • Veasna ♂ — Khmer: “good fortune.”
  • Xiang ♂ ♀ — Chinese: “lucky.”
  • Yoshi ♂ ♀ — Japanese: “good luck.”
  • Yoshiko ♀ — Japanese: “good luck child.”
  • Zenzi ♀ — short form of KRESZENZ.
  • Zorion ♂ — Basque: “fortune,” “good luck.”

There, lots of positive energy. Who’s afraid of Friday the Thirteenth? ;)

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Following on from my article on the Runes a couple of weeks ago, today sees the first article in a new series on the Runes and the possibilities they present when seeking a name, especially a Pagan name.

Let us start at the very beginning — a very good place to start!

The first letter of the runic alphabets is F:

*Fehu meant ‘wealth’ and ‘cattle’, and is the ultimate source of modern English fee, which still carried the sense of ‘cattle’ as late as the 16th Century. Wild fee was an old term meaning ‘deer’.

This connection between cattle and wealth runs very deep in the Indo-European consciousness — the parallel can also be found in Latin with pecu ‘cattle’ and pecunia ‘money’, while the association of wealth and cattle in pre-Christian Ireland is behind one of the most famous of all Old Irish literature, the Táin Bó Cúailnge ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley’.

Interestingly, in the runic poems about Feoh, emphasis is laid on wealth as a source of strife, and how there are always those waiting for an opportunity to steal it — as well as the need to be generous.

Naturally then, when reading Runes today, Feoh is associated with material good fortune — but doesn’t loose sight of the sting in the tail — material wealth can be lost, as well as gained.

It also carries other meanings through association — good luck, success — even happiness. Some consider it too to signify fertility, creativity, and the need for perseverance and to exert oneself to achieve your potential.

As a name, Feoh, Fehc and Fehu are probably so ‘way out there’ that they would be in orbit (true of a lot of the names of the Runes were they to be used as they are!). But and Fee have very interesting possibilities…

In Portuguese, means ‘faith’. While fée is the French for ‘fairy’, the source of English Fay.

Fee itself is commonly found as a short form of Fiona and Felicity.

There are also plenty of names which reflect Feoh’s extended meanings relating to wealth, good fortune, success and happiness. My picks from around the world are:

  • AdeolaYoruba meaning “crown of  wealth.”
  • Aston — English surname of various origins, including the Old English personal name Eadstan < ēad “rich” + stan “stone.”
  • Chance — surname and word of obvious meaning! 
  • Ede — From Old English ēad “rich” and “happy”; used as a personal name in its own right in medieval times, as well as featuring in many compound names, such as Edith, Edmund, Edward, Edwin, etc.
  • Felicity — from Latin felicitas “happiness.” Felicitas is the Roman personification of happiness and good fortune.
  • Felix — Latin meaning, among many other things, “fortunate” and “happy.”
  • Fortuna — Latin: fortuna “fortune,” “fate,” “chance,” and “luck” — personified as a Goddess.
  • Fortuné — See Mer de Nom’s great critique here!
  • Gad Hebrew: gad “fortune.” There is also a Mesopotamian God called Gad, whose name is from the same Semitic root.
  • Otto — from the Old German: uod “wealth” and “riches” (cognate with the Old English ēad).
  • Plutarch — Greek: ploutos “wealth” + arkhos “leader.” The name of a famous Pagan Greek historian.
  • Siddharth — Sanskrit: siddhārtha “one whose goal has been achieved” — the birth name of the Buddha.
  • Soraya — Persian name from Arabic thuriyyah “rich” and thuriyya “wealthy” (also Persian name for the Pleiades).
  • Tomiko — Japanese tomi “riches,” “wealth,” and “fortune” + ko “child.”

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