September 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

From the Hebrew “Sha’ul”, meaning “asked for” or “prayed for”.

Saoul, Sauli, Saulius, Shaul, Shuah, Sol, Suah.

Saul, one of Johnny’s acquaintances, an apprentice at one of the shops on the wharf, in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).

Saul Akkemay (b. 1964), Belgian columnist, novelist, and publicist, who publishes under the pen name “Panbello”.
Saul Alinksy (1909-1972), American activist and writer.
Saul Ascher (1767-1822), German bookseller, translator, and writer.
Saul Bellow (1915-2005), American novelist, playwright, and short story writer.
Saul David (b. 1966), Welsh author, broadcaster, historian, and professor.
Saul Elkins (1907-2001), American director, producer, and screenwriter.
Saul Friedländer (b. 1932), Israeli historian and professor.
Saul Friedman (1929-2010), American educator and journalist.
Saul Landau (1936-2013), American author, commentator, filmmaker, and journalist.
Saul Alves Martins (1917-2009), Brazilian anthropologist, folklorist, and poet.
Saul K. Padover (1905-1981), Austrian-American academic and historian.


August 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

From Old Norse, meaning “victorious guardian”.

Siguror, Sigurour, Sigvard, Sjurd, etc.

Sigurd Nelson, a neighbor from “our toward Old Grandville”, who joins in the watch over the Creighton farm when it’s threatened by Guy Wortman and his gang, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).

Sigurd Abel (1837-1873), German historian.
Sigurd Bødtker (1866-1928), Norwegian critic and poet.
Sigurd Christiansen (1891-1947), Norwegian novelist and playwright.
Sigurd Engelstad (1914-2006), Norwegian archivist, genealogist, and writer.
Sigurd Evensmo (1912-1978), Norwegian author and journalist.
Sigurd Hoel (1890-1960), Norwegian author, editor, and consultant.
Sigurd Ibsen (1859-1930), Norwegian author, lawyer, and statesman.
Sigurd Lybeck (1895-1975), Norwegian farmer, novelist, and short story writer.
Sigurd Segelcke Meidell (1878-1968), Norwegian genealogist, journalist, and novelist.
Sigurd Nergaard (1873-1932), Norwegian educator, folklorist, and writer.
Sigurd F. Olson (1899-1982), American activist and author.
Sigurd Risting (1870-1935), Norwegian historian, teacher, and writer.
Sigurd Senje (1919-1993), Norwegian author, children’s book writer, historian, and novelist.
Sigurd Swane (1879-1973), Danish painter and poet.
Sigurd Willoch (1903-1991), Norwegian art director and historian.


August 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

From a Scottish and English place name, meaning “headland” or “promontory”; or from the Norman French word for “red”; or from a Germanic word meaning “horse”.

Roos, Roose, Ros, Rosce, Rose, Rosse, etc.

Ross Milton (called “Red“), “the red-haired editor of the county newspaper”, who takes Jethro under his wing, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).

Ross Clark (b. 1953), Australian poet.
Ross Copperman (b. 1982), American singer and songwriter.
Ross Fitzgerald (b. 1944), Australian academic, historian, and novelist.
Ross Hassig (b. 1945), American anthropologist and author.
Ross King (b. 1962), Canadian novelist and writer.
Ross Leckie (b. 1947), Scottish novelist.
Ross Lockridge, Jr. (1914-1948), American novelist.
Ross Macdonald (1915-1983), pen name of Canadian-American crime author Kenneth Millar.
Ross Parmenter (1912-1999), Canadian author, critic, and editor.
Ross Rocklynne (1913-1988), pen name of American science fiction author Ross Louis Rocklin.
Ross Russell (1909-2000), American author and producer.
Ross Thomas (1926-1995), American crime author who also published under the pen name “Oliver Bleeck”.
Ross Yockey (1943-2008), American author, journalist, producer, and writer.


August 20, 2015 § 1 Comment

From an Old English last name, meaning “guard” or “watchman”.

Varde, Warda, Warde, Warden, etc.

– Middle name of Thomas Ward Creighton (b. 1843), Jethro’s older brother, who, at just 18 years of age, runs off to join the Union Army, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).

Ward Churchill (b. 1947), American activist, author, and professor.
Ward Costello (1919-2009), American actor, composer, and lyricist.
Ward Hawkins (1912-1990), American author, producer, and screenwriter.
Ward Moore (1903-1978), pen name of American novelist and short story writer Joseph Ward Moore.
Ward Morehouse (1895-1966), American author, columnist, critic, and playwright.
Ward Ruyslinck (1929-2014), pen name of Belgian novelist, poet, translator, and writer Raymond De Belser.


August 10, 2015 § 3 Comments

Alternative / Anglicized spelling of “Sile”, an Irish variation of “Cecilia” / “Cecily” / “Cicely“; or an alternate spelling of “Sheela” / “Shila”, a Hindu / Sanskrit name meaning “good character” or “good conduct”.

Cacilia, Cacelie, Caecilia, Cecilia, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecille, Cecily, Cecylia, Cicely, Cicily, Cila, Cila, Cili, Cilka, Cilla, Cille, Cissi, Cissie, Cissy, Shayla, Shaylah, Shelagh, Sheelagh, Sheelah, Sheilah, Shelia, Shyla, Shylah, Sila, Sile, Sileas, Silja, Silje, Silke, Silla, Sille, Sissi, Sissie, Sissy, Tsetsiliya, Zila, Zile, Zilla, Zillah, Zille, etc.

Sheila Kriszinski, Lily’s new best friend in high school, who counts as somewhat “bad company”, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

Sheila Baxter (b. 1933), Canadian activist and author.
Sheila Bhatia (1916-2008), Indian playwright and poet.
Sheila Burnford (1918-1984), Scottish-Canadian author and traveler.
Sheila Callaghan (b. 1973), American playwright and screenwriter.
Sheila Connolly (b. 1950), American mystery author.
Sheila Cussons (1922-2004), South African painter, poet, and writer.
Sheila Finch (b. 1935), Anglo-American science fiction author.
Sheila Fischman (b. 1937), Canadian columnist, editor, and translator.
Sheila Fitzpatrick (b. 1941), Australian-American author, historian, and professor.
Sheila Meiring Fugard (b. 1932), South African novelist, playwright, poet, and short story writer.
Sheila Gordon (1927-2013), South African novelist.
Sheila Heti (b. 1976), Canadian author and editor.
Sheila Holland (1937-2000), English romance author who also published under the pen names “Charlotte Lamb”, “Laura Hardy”, “Sheila Coates”, “Sheila Lancaster”, and “Victoria Wolf”.
Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887-1956), English novelist.
Sheila K. McCullagh (1920-2014), English author and children’s book writer.
Sheila E. Murphy (b. 1951), American poet.
Sheila Nicholls (b. 1970), English singer and songwriter.
Sheila Nickerson (b. 1942), American poet and writer.
Sheila Quigley (b. 1947), English suspense and thriller author.
Sheila Rowbotham (b. 1943), English activist and writer.
Sheila Stewart (1937-2014), Scottish author, singer, and storyteller.
Sheila Stuart (1892-1974), pen name of Scottish author and children’s book writer Gladys May Baker.
Sheila Walsh (1928-2009), English romance author who also published under the pen name “Sophie Leyton”.
Sheila Watson (1909-1998), Canadian critic, novelist, and teacher.


August 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

From Hebrew, meaning “watchful”.

I . . . got nothin’.

Ira Tourin, Marty’s younger brother, “born a month prematurely, and . . . permanently trying to catch up”, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

Ira Aldridge (1807-1867), Anglo-American actor and playwright.
Ira Berkow (b. 1940), American columnist, reporter, and writer.
Ira Berkowitz (b. 1939), American crime author.
Ira Berlin (b. 1941), American author, historian, and professor.
Ira Cohen (1935-2011), American filmmaker, photographer, poet, and publisher.
Ira Eisenstein (1906-2001), American author, rabbi, and theologian.
Ira Lunan Ferguson (1904-1992), American author, essayist, and psychologist.
Ira Joe Fisher (b. 1947), American broadcaster, educator, and poet.
Ira Gitler (b. 1928), American historian and journalist.
Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), American lyricist.
Ira D. Gruber (b. 1934), American author, bibliographer, and historian.
Ira B. Harkey, Jr. (1918-2006), American author, editor, professor, and publisher.
Ira Ishida (b. 1960), Japanese actor, commentator, novelist, and short story writer.
Ira M. Lapidus (b. 1937), American author, historian, and professor.
Ira Levin (1929-2007), American dramatist, novelist, and songwriter.
Ira Lewis (1932-2015), American actor, playwright, and writer.
Ira Louvin (1924-1965), pen name of American musician, singer, and songwriter Ira Lonnie Loudermilk.
Ira Sadoff (b. 1945), American critic, novelist, poet, and short story writer.
Ira Schuster (1889-1945), American songwriter who also published under the pen name “John Siras”.
Ira Stanphil (1914-1993), American songwriter.
Ira Wallach (1913-1995), American novelist and screenwriter.
Ira Wolfert (1908-1997), American reporter and writer.


August 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Russian variation of “Ingvar”, from the Old Norse “hero” name “Yngvarr”, meaning “warrior of the god Yngvi-Freyr“; sometimes used as a variation of “George“.

Ingvar, Ingvarr, Yngvar, Yngvarr, Yngvi, etc.

Igor, the (possibly false) name of more than one of Uncle Len’s mysterious friends, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

Igor Akimushkin (1929-1993), Russian writer and zoologist.
Igor M. Diakonoff (1915-1999), Russian historian, linguist, scholar, and translator.
Igor Goldkind (b. 1960), American lecturer, poet, science fiction author, and writer.
Igor Guberman (b. 1936), Russian-Israeli poet and writer.
Igor Marojević (b. 1968), Serbian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and translator.
Igor Severyanin (1887-1941), Russian poet.
Igor Škamperle (b. 1962), Slovenian essayist, novelist, sociologist, and translator.
Igor Štiks (b. 1977), Croatian author, editor, reporter, and scholar.
Igor Talankin (1927-2010), Russian director and screenwriter.
Igor Torkar (1913-2004), pen name of Slovenian poet, playwright, and writer Boris Fakin.
Igor Yefimov (b. 1937), Russian-American philosopher, publisher, and writer who also publishes as “Andrei Moscovit”.

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