The meanings of some given names (Rose, Faith, Dawn) are as plain as the nose on your face. And then there are names such as Cameron, which actually comes from the Gaelic for “crooked nose.” We’ve compiled some of the more interesting names and their derivations here. Can you use your word smarts to guess the meanings? Turn the page for answers and etymology. 1. Sophia—a: summer rainstorm. B: great wisdom. C: tremendous wealth.
2. Felix—a: faithful. B: happy. C: catlike.
3. Dolores—a: lady of sorrows. B: maiden of mirth. C: weaver of tales.
4. Natalie—a: birthday. B: first snowstorm of the year. C: princess.
5. Quincy—a: fruit tree. B: the fifth in a series. C: belonging to an ancient family.
6. Melanie—a: circular path. B: melodious. C: dark.
7. Clement—a: warrior-like. B: studious. C: mild.
8. Philip—a: as hard as a rock. B: lover of horses. C: son of Time. 9. Sylvia—a: obsessed with beautiful things. B: inhabiting the woods. C: having clean lines.
10. Benedict—a: ruled by earthly passions. B: emancipated. C: blessed.
11. Phyllis—a: butterfly. B: waterfall. C: foliage.
12. Ursula—a: little bear. B: constellation. C: giant octopus.
13. Vincent—a: winemaker. B: conqueror. C: wandering minstrel.
14. Vera—a: evening. B: true. C: raven.
15. Chandler—a: maker of candles. B: shooter of bows. C: rider of wild hogs.
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