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Nyd, like it’s antecedant Hægl, Nyd represents a shift in the Runes to darker waters.
Its forms are as follows:
In all, it means “need,” and the runic poems emphasize the dire effects of being in need, coupled with the necessity of hard work — and hope — to overcome it.
In modern interpretation, it can stand as a warning of impending both of hardship and challenges, both physical and psychological needs, and obstacles that must be overcome.
But it also highlights the dichotomy between our desires and expectations and our actual situation. It forces us to assess what we really need, rather than simply desire.
Thus it warns us to focus on what really needs doing, and stop wasting time on the trivialities.
And, above all, it tells us that perseverance is always the key. With perseverance, we can overcome and achieve anything.
What names can reflect all this?
Nyd itself, when you think about it, isn’t a million miles away from Ned, while Naudiz and Nauthr have a certain exotic allure. Not — well, why not?
It’s not as though, as a runic name, it actually means “not,” now, is it?
There’s also the unrelated but very similar-looking Nydia, invented by Edward Bulwar-Lytton for his 1834 novel, Last Days of Pompeii.
As the concept of need and poverty isn’t one which many would feel inclined to choose to dedicate in a name, there aren’t many names which carry that meaning. But names which carry overtones of perseverence, hard work, and dedication, are worth consideration.
Here are some great options:
- Almeric — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Amal — Old German: “work.”
- Amalia –Old German girl’s name derived from AMAL.
- Amalric — Old German boy’s name. AMAL + ricja “rule,” “ruler.”
- Amalaswintha — Old German girl’s name. AMAL + swinde “strong.”
- Amelia — usual modern form of AMALIA.
- Amélie — French form of Amelia.
- Amery — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Amory – medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Angen — Welsh: “need,” “necessity.”
- Athelstan — Old English name meaning “noble stone.”
- Behar — Basque: “work.”
- Beharra — Basque: “need,” “necessity”
- Bill — well-known nickname of WILLIAM.
- Billie, Billy — well-known nicknames of WILLIAM and WILHELMINA.
- Constance — traditional girl’s name derived from CONSTANTIA.
- Constantia — feminine form of the Roman cognoman Constantius, from consto “to stand firm”
- Driver — English surname meaning “a driver”; used first of someone who drove cattle, but no reason in a name context not to interpret with the sense of “one who has drive.”
- Dunstan — Old English name meaning “hill-stone.”
- Emmeline — medieval name arising as a pet-form of AMALIA.
- Emerick — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Emerson — “son of EMERY.”
- Emery — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Emory — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Eysteinn — Norse name: “forever stone.”
- Garnet — the stone promotes perseverance.
- George — Greek: “famer”; perhaps the ultimate job across the millennia requiring dediction and discipline to bring plans to fruition.
- Gerek — Turkish: “need,” “necessity.”
- Gwaith — Welsh: “work”
- Ida — medieval name from Old Norse ið “work,” or Old German id “work.”
- Idhunna — Norse Goddess. Old Norse: ið “work” + unna “love.”
- Idonea — medieval name, probably derived from IDHUNNA.
- Idony — medieval form of IDONY.
- Lan — Basque: “work.”
- Liam — Irish short-form of WILLIAM.
- Lutte — French: “struggle.”
- Mason — a job requiring perseverance and skill to produce creative work.
- Mélisande — French variant of MILLICENT.
- Millicent — usual form of AMALASWINTHA since the Middle Ages.
- Millie — popular short-form of MILLICENT.
- Milo — probably arose as short-form of a name beginning with AMAL.
- Mina — short-form of WILHELMINA.
- Naphtali — biblical name. Hebrew: “my struggle.”
- Oluchi — Igbo name: “work of (a) God”
- Práce — Czech: “work.”
- Savaş — Turkish name: “struggle,” “striving.”
- Sisu — Finnish name: “determination”
- Smith — another job which demands dedication to achieve items of both practicality and beauty.
- Stanley — English surname: “stone clearing.”
- Stone — stone encapsulates Nyd possibly best of all; as a symbol of cold and hardness it represents well Nyd’s hardship, but its durability represents perseverance, with which hardship can be overcome.
- Thurstan — Old English name: “Thor’s stone.”
- Töö — Estonian: “work”
- Työ — Finnish: “work”
- Wilbert — Old English name: will “will” + beohrt “bright.”
- Wilhelmina — feminine form of WILLIAM.
- Will — as well as being a major short-form of WILLIAM, Will can be interpreted for exactly what it actually is, the word “will,” i.e. “determination”, the English cognate with the Old German vilja “will” of the name.
- Wilfred — Old English name: will “will” + frið “peace.”
- William — Old German name: will “will” + helm “helmet.”
- Willis — surname derived from WILLIAM.
- Wilma — short-form of WILHELMINA.
- Wilmer — Old English name: will “will” + mær “famous.”
- Wilmot — medieval pet-form of WILLIAM; used in medieval times for boys and girls.
- Wilson — surname: “son of WILL.”
- Winston — surname, deriving in part from the Old English name Wynnstan “joy stone.”
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Posted in Baby Names, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names, Names, Unusual Names, tagged Azia, Chamomile, Chynna, Dayanara, Deïaneira, Essence, Gwenelda, Honey, Namárië, Sabrina, Stone, Tessica, Valinda, Zavrina on August 29, 2011 |
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When I began Nook of Names, my notion of spam was limited to those irritating emails that choke up your inbox trying to sell you various funny pills from Canada.
But aware that spammers like to comment on articles and blogs — usually advertising dating agencies — I ensured I had Akismet up, along with comment moderation, and off I went in blissful ignorance.
All was well for a while, then, all of a sudden, with little warning, the spam started pouring in!
It quickly became apparent that flattery is the favorite tool of these spammers. Presumably they like to deceive the unwitting, getting a foot in the door by massaging your ego — and then slapping up the links to the dating sites and dodgy pharmaceuticals.
Fortunately, they’re clearly all so busy working their way around forums and blogs that they don’t actually stop to read what they’re commenting on. And so, while at first, I debated long and hard over whether a comment might be genuine when attached to an article I’d spent a lot of time and effort writing, alarm bells rang loudly indeed when as yet empty pages in the index were getting Olympian praise!
Still, as I always say, name inspiration lies everywhere, and, being a name geek, I couldn’t help pause to reflect on my spammers’ names (chosen names, anyway, as I’d be surprised if any real names ever get used in Spamland). So, in tribute to all the spammers out there, spending their free hours thoroughly cheesing off bloggers and readers of every kind, here’s a look at the stand-out spam.licio.us names I’ve had so far:
- Azia — very Arabian nights. A respelling of Asia. In Portuguese azia means ‘heart-burn’ — quite appropriate for a spammer.
- Bubbie — Bubbie? Or Boobie?
- Chamomile — pretty, and quite pertinent choice for a spammy comment at Nook of Names. 9 out of 10 for trying. Still overall ‘fail’ though.
- Chynna — variant spelling of China. The ‘yn’ names are popular among the spamalots. Others I’ve had include Geralynn and Geralyn, Jayne, Jolyn, Kalyn and Suzyn.
- Darrence – born from a demonic coupling of Darren and Clarence; guaranteed to start a migraine… here come those flashing lights!
- Dayanara — Quirky Latin American respelling of the Greek Deïaneira meaning ‘destroying men’. Name of a Puerto Rican actress.
- Dreama — shouldn’t you be doing your homework, not spamming a blog about names?
- Essence — great name, up their with Chamomile. Still spam.
- Gwenelda — kewl! Has actually since very limited genuine use in real life since the 19th Century. Essentially, an elaboration of Gwen with the -elda of Griselda, etc. Very witchy! for effort.
- Honney –- can’t make up my mind whether this is a deliberate respelling of Honey or not. Normally, I give people the benefit of the doubt, but since dreadful spelling seems to be one of a spammer’s most essential life skills, I fear the double ‘n’ in this instance is purely accidental.
- Namari — straight from Japanese manga. Namari does, however, remind me of the beautiful elven Namárië — ‘farewell’ in Quenya (one of Tolkien’s invented languages). But I suspect that Namari Spam plucked his/her name from the manga.
- Stone — ooo, what’s this? Might this spammer have delved deeply enough into the Nook to think a nature name might convince me he/she was genuine? Doubt it.
- Tessica — inventive cross between Tess/Tessa and Jessica, elaboration of Tess or Tessa + the suffix -ica, or variant of Jessica, under the influence of Tess/Tessa. Quite liked this one. There are a handful of genuine Tessica’s out there; the first appearing in the early 30s.
- Tyanne — Knot? No doubt conceived as a variant of Tiana.
- Valinda — great vampire name, Valinda — which rather suits a spammer, since spammers are a kind of an online equivalent of vampires. Valinda’s actually been around since the 19th Century, and is an elaboration of the Val- of Valentine, etc with the popular literary suffix -inda. I suspect it may feature in some piece of Victorian fiction, but nothing obvious leaps out.
- Zavrina — exotic! Zavrina is the feminine form of Zavrin, a Slavic surname. Some baby-name sites like to call it a form of Sabrina — but fail to indicate in which Earth language.
- Zubris – it’s life, Jim, but not as we know it. Beam me up, Scotty! Now! Please!
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