Clelia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “to have renown; fame.”
(KLEEL-yah; KLAY-lee-ah)

The name is derived from the Latin verb, cluere, meaning, “to have renown; fame.”

Clelia is a modern form of the Latin Cloelia, which is a feminine form of Cloelius.

The name was borne by a semi-legendary Roman heroine. Cloelia was taken hostage by the Etruscan king, Lars Porsena, she managed to escape by crossing the Tiber on her horse. She agreed to be returned to the Etruscans as a hostage on the condition that they set free all the young Roman men they had taken hostage so that they may continue the war.

She is the only woman in Roman history ever to have had an equestrian statue erected in her honour.

Her story was the subject of an 18th-century Italian opera.

The name appears in the 1839 novel, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal.

The name has been borne by several other remarkable women. Including:

  • Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi (1730-1830) an Italian botanist and marchesa of Genoa, Italy.
  • Clelia Rachel Barbieri (1847-1870) an Italian saint who is credited as being the youngest person ever to have found a religious order, she was the foundress of the Order of the Sisters Minims of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Clelia Duel Mosher (1863-1940) a women’s health advocate of the Victorian era.

As of 2010, Clélia was the 258th most popular female name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Clelia (English/German/Italian)
  • Clélia (French/Spanish)
  • Clélie (French)
  • Cloelia (Latin)
  • Klelia (Polish)

Masculine forms are Cloelius and Clelio (Italian).

Clay might make an interesting nickname option.

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Ingmar

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “famous Ing.”
(ING-mahr)

The name is composed of the Nordic elements, Ing, the name of an obscure Germanic god, and mar (famous).

As of 2010, Ingemar was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands, while Ingmar came in as the 496th most popular male name in the Netherlands, (2010).

The name was borne by Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Ingimar (Danish/Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Ingmar (Dutch/Estonian/French/German/Scandinavian)
  • Ingemar (Estonian/Faroese/Scandinavian)
  • Ingomar (German)
  • Ingemor (Norwegian)
  • Ingemår (Norwegian)
  • Ingimarr (Old Norse)

Rói

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “fame.”
(ROH-ee)

The name is derived from the Old Norse element, hróð, meaning, “fame.”

As of 2010, Rói was the 7th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Roi (Danish)
  • Rói (Faroese/Old Norse)
  • Hrói (Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Roe (Norwegian)

Dunja

quinceGender: Feminine
Origin: South Slavic Дуња
Meaning: “quince fruit.”
(DOON-yah)

The name comes directly from the South Slavic word for the quince fruit. The quince is usually ready to fall from its stems from early October all the way to November, it is considered an autumnal fruit.

Coincidentally, the name could also be a Russian diminutive form of Avdotya which is a Russian form of the Greek name Eudoxia meaning “good fame.”  The spelling is also sometimes transliterated as Dunya.

As of 2009, Dunja was the 97th most popular female name in Croatia.

The name is borne by Russian violinist Dunja (Avdotya) Lavrova (b.1985).

Sława

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Polish
Meaning: “fame; glory.”
(SWAH-vah)

The name is a contracted form of ancient Polish names such as Stanisława, Bronisława and Wiesława.

The name also coincides with the modern Polish word for “fame” which has its roots in the ancient Slavic word, slav which can either mean “fame” “prestige” or “glory.”

The Slovakian form is Sláva (SLAH-vah).

The designated name-day in Poland is August 5.

Sources

  1. http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sława_(imię)
  2. http://sk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sláva
  3. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/8.php

Mintė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “the renowned.”
(MIN-tay)

The name is derived from the Lithuanian word minima, minimas meaning “refers to, mentions” hence the name’s meaning would be somewhat akin to someone who is talked a lot about or someone who is well-known or renowned. There is a masculine form Mintas. Its designated name-day is October 1st.

Lothaire

Gender: Male
Origin: French
Meaning: “famous army.”
Pronunciation (loh-TARE)

The name is comprised of the Germano-Franco elements hlud meaning “fame,” and heri meaning “army.”

The name was borne by a two famous kings. King Lothair I of Hebaye, was crowned as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th-century. He was the son of Louis I also known as Louis the Pious.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Lothair (English)
  • Chlodochar/Chlothar (Frankish: obscure)
  • Lothar (German)
  • Lotario (Italian/Spanish)
  • Lotário (Portuguese)