Xmas wishes along with NAME origin

  •         Behind the names

    It's Christmas time and along with our wishes, here comes another etymology task!                                   

    You would all agree that we consider our first names to be unique because they are connected with our identity, personality and temperament.

    However, have you ever thought that behind our names there is a sort of history coming from the names' origin?

    The study of the etymology of proper names is called 'Onomastics' or 'Onomatology' and the study of names is called 'Anthroponomastics'. Do they sound all Greek to you? Literally, they are!!

                                    Merry Christmas to all!


    Task. On the twinboard below, click on 'Add  item' and provide the etymology of your first name along with a  Xmas wish or perhaps a Xmas card. As a title, write your name eg Maria (Athens, GR) and then you write all about your name origin plus the Xmas wish.Teachers can participate too!

    An interesting site for your name search is: Click on the image below.



    This is our onomatology e-dictionary!!  

    It was created out of all participant students' work on the etymology of their first names as seen on the twinboard below! Congratulations to all students who contributed to this activity!

    Credits to Antonis,Dora and Elena (students of the 27th Lyceum of Athens) for their help to compile the names in alphabetic order and  proofread  tne texts.

    Read in full view!

  • What is your name origin?

    Alexandros Petrake (Athens, GR)

    My name in Greek is "Αλέξανδρος", which is a compound word from "ἀλέξω" (which means "to defend/ to help") + ανδρός (which is the genitive of "ἀνήρ" which means "man"). So, it means "defending men" and some people may translate it as "very brave", "very powerful warrior". Alexandros is a famous name throughout history and I am really fond of it, as it describes me.

    Christmas is on the way and I am really excited!! ^~^ Here is a Christmas card I made. Merry Early Christmas to all of you!

    Maria Lorenza ( Vibo Valentia, IT)

    My name is made up of two names Maria and Lorenza. Maria is the Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם and means "princess, lady". However, other meanings are given to this name, born above all from the cult of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, such as "the reluctant lady, the beloved lady, drop of the sea". Sometimes Maria is used as a second name even by men.
    Lorenza comes from the Latin word Lauretius which means the inhabitant of Laurentum. This town was situated in an area where there were a lot of Laurus plants.. according to other scholars the meaning of the name means “girdled with laurel”. In this case it refers to the laurel crown used by poets or philosophers.

    Lorenzo (Vibo Valentia, -IT)

    Lorenzo is a name of Latin origin meaning "inhabitant, native of Laurent", one of the oldest pre-Roman urban centers of Lazio of which all traces have been lost and that Virgil, in the Aeneid, is said to be a place where the sacred plant of Laurus, (laurel).
    It is said that in 258, a prefect of Rome ordered the Saint to give him the riches of the Church. Lorenzo, gathering a crowd of sick and poor, led them to him, and he said they were the true wealth of the church. The prefect ordered that he be put on a hot grill where he suffered martyrdom on a slow fire! He is patron of librarians, booksellers, cooks, pastry chefs, firefighters.

    Giuseppe (Vibo Valentia, IT)

    The name derives from the Hebrew Josef and means 'increased by God'. It is the most common male name, followed by Giovanni and Antonio. The name day is celebrated traditionally on March 19, in honour of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary and putative father of Jesus and since 1968 coincides with Father's Day. The Saint is patron of Canada, Peru, carpenters, dying men, and is evoked to obtain a good marriage. The variants of the name can be: Bepi, Beppe, Pinuccio, Geppe, Geppino, Peppe, Peppino, Pino. Among the famous people we remember the patriot Giuseppe Mazzini and the composer Giuseppe Verdi.
    FEATURES: With a rigorous and authoritarian personality, it has a lucid and distinct character, which demands justice and respect from others. At the same time, it shows that you have the courage to face life quarrels and constant loyalty to your loved ones.

    Marica Latassa (Vibo Valentia,IT)

    My name derive from a Greek word meaning "shining maiden". According to Roman mythology, this was the name of the nymph, wife of Faunus and mother of Latino, in turn father of Lavinia, who by marrying Aeneas, would have generated the lineage of the Romans. The name day can be celebrated on November 1st.There are many features about my name:Marica is a cheerful person,who thinks positively and never see obstacles as problems, but rather opportunities; he isn't inclined to study, but has strength and determination to sell.The true meaning of my name is "a bright and shining person.It means also
    wise and eccentric at the same time, she knows how to face all sorts of unforeseen events, devoting herself also to volunteering, especially with lonely or elderly or sick people .

    Giuseppina (Vibo Valentia,IT)

    My name Giuseppina and the meaning of my name is “God increase”. The origin is Aramaic-Hebrew. In 1999 it belonged to the list of the 90 most used names in Italy. The most famous variants of Giuseppina are Giusy,Pina etc..As for foreign variants, here are some available: Josefie or Josie (German), Josefa or Pepita (Spanish), Joséphine (French) etc. In religion there are some name days concerning the name Giuseppina, on 8 February there is Saint Giuseppina Bakhita (nun) and on 19 March Saint Joseph.

    Giorgio (vibo valentia it)


    The name has Greek origins and means 'soldier'. Giorgio celebrates his name-day on April 23 in memory of St. George of Lydda, a martyred tribune under Diocletian. The Saint is buried in Palestine and it is said that one day he saved a girl from a dragon after a mortal struggle. He is the patron saint of San Giorgio di Susa, Caresana (Vercelli), Arcinazzo Romano, Ferrara, Campobasso, Genova, Reggio Calabria, England, horsemen, gunsmiths, soldiers, fencers, cavalry , of lepers, of scouts.

    Elisabetta (vibo valentia, -IT)

    The name derives from the ancient Aramaic Elischeba and means 'she who swears by God'. The variants of this name are also: Lisa, Isa, Betty, Betta. The name day is traditionally celebrated on November 17th in memory of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, or September 23, in honour of Saint Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, but also on July 4 in honour of Saint Elizabeth, widow, queen of Portugal, died in 1336, also known as Isabella. The corresponding sign is the Taurus. The lucky number is 9. The most popular color is orange. The stone is the Amber. The common metal is Gold. She is a very calm and amusing person at the same time. He cultivates different interests both in the school environment. The meaning is my God is perfection..

    Antonio ( vibo valentia, IT)

    My name derives from the name of the Latin gens Antonius, probably of Etruscan origin and of uncertain meaning; a hypothesis is that it meant "priceless", another is "fighting, facing". In the Renaissance, the hypothesis that was unlikely to be connected to the Greek word anthos, that is "flower", also spread. A further interpretation finally links him to the Greek antionos with the meaning of "born first". Its diffusion is due to the devotion to Sant'Antonio Abate and later to Sant'Antonio da Padova. Antonio is very popular in Italy both among the adult population and the newborns in recent years. It is also present in other top 50 most used names such as in Spain, Romania, Portugal and Croatia

    Tomas Vamvakas

    Etymology of the name Thomas
    According to the Dictionary of Modern Greek Language, the name Thomas, comes from the Aramaic Te΄ōmá "twin".

    Helen Kalliabakou, Nafpaktos Greece.

    Helen is a feminine given name derived from the Ancient Greek name Ἑλένη, Helenē (dialectal variant: Ἑλένα, Helena) whose etymology is unknown; a derivation of the latter from ἑλένη, a variant form of ἑλάνη, i.e. "torch", is considered "rather uncertain". Another possible derivation is from Greek Σελήνη Selene, meaning 'moon'. Helen of Troy is a character in Greek mythology. The name was widely used by early Christians due to Saint Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine I, who according to legend found a piece of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified when she traveled to Jerusalem. Helen was very popular in the United States during the first half of the 20th century, when it was one of the top ten names for baby girls, but became less common following World War 2

    nikos pantelis ekpaideytiria panou

    Diminutive of Nikolaus and of its variants and, rarely, of Nikodemus, with formal given name status since the 1950s.

    Athina Matthaiou Patras Greece

    Borrowed from Latin Athena, from Ancient Greek Ἀθηνᾶ (Athēnâ).(Greek mythology) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, the arts, and especially crafts, in particular, weaving; daughter of Zeus and Metis. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva.
    A female given name from Ancient Greek.People with that name celebrate their name day on September 1. Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

    Stella Doupoli(Ekpaideftiria Panou, Greece)

    Stella is a female given name from Latin stēlla (“star”).In Greece those who have the name Stelios or Stella celebrate their nameday on November 26 when Saint Stylianos is celebrated because their names derive from "Stylianos"

    Penny Karabela (Patras,Gr)

    My name is Penny which derived from the greek name ''Panagiota''...
    One of the most common female Greek names.
    PRONUNCIATION: Pah-nah-YAW-tah
    Nicknames for Panagiota
    Yiotta, Giotta, Penny, Betty, Pam, Giota, Patricia, Patty
    Panagiota is derived from the common Greek name for the Virgin Mary, "Panagia" or "Madonna". In English, the name directly translates to "all holy". The prefix "pan-" is the Greek word for "all" or "complete" and is commonly used as a prefix in English language (eg. panorama, pantheon, panacea, pandemic etc). The root word "agia" is the Greek word for "holy" (Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul = Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom).
    Famous real-life people named Panagiota
    The Virgin Mary.

    But because christmas is on the way i wanna wish you a very happy year full of success..!!

    Steliana Panagiotounakou

    My name is Steliana which derived from the ancient greek name''steliana ''

    Stella: stands for Latin "star". Unusual in nature, Stella often has various maniacs, such as healthy eating, housekeeping and more. She takes great care of her health and appearance and loves nature and travel.
    May your dreams blossom and make you happy in many ways...Have a wonderful new year!!!

    Sofia Kanavou ekpanou Greece

    Sofia: It means 'intelligence'. It symbolizes the second person of the Holy Trinity.
    Sofia is a female name derived from σοφία, the Greek word for "Wisdom."She is very demanding on life and people. She has a lot of interesting and great appeal to the letters. She has imagination and she knows how to speak well. She likes to be the focus of attention.

    Antonino (Vibo Valentia IT)

    Antonino is a male name derived from the name of the Latin gens Antonius, probably of Etruscan origin. It is a noble name. St. Anthony, celebrated on January 17 and very popular in the Italian tradition, was actually Egyptian. The Saint lived 106 years of which 80 spent in the desert. Animal protector is invoked for body health. The other great saint with this name is St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast falls on June 13th. He is depicted with a child in his arms and a white lily, a symbol of purity. This saint is the patron saint of recruits, glass merchants, prisoners. Antonino is celebrated instead on 7 July in memory of the martyr St. Anthony Fantosati.

    Linda (Evangelia) Nafpaktos GR

    This is a common name in the Greek-speaking world, pronounced ev-ahn-ghel-EE-ah. It is derived from the Greek words εὖ "eu" meaning "good" and ἄγγελμα "angelma" meaning "news". Many Evangelias are nicknamed Eva or Angela. My nickname is Linda.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Aggeliki Romanou (nafpaktos greece)

    A word already found in Homer's works. Originally it meant the one who brought the news, the messenger, and from the Christian era the intangible being that transfers God's will to people. It is of unknown etymology and of pre-Hellenic origin. It may be related to the Persian word aggaros (equestrian postman), according to Stamatakos Dictionary, while its association with the Sanskrit word angiras is doubtful, according to the Babiniotis and Papyrus dictionaries.

    Argyro Tabaki (Nafpaktos, Gr)

    This name derives from the Ancient Greek “árguros (ᾰ̓́ργῠρος) Argyrós (Ἀργυρός)", meaning “silver (money)”. The name day is celebrated 1st of November or 1st of July.Argyros was the name of a prominent aristocratic family of the Byzantine Empire active from the middle of the 9th century until the very end of the Empire in the 15th century, although it passed its peak after the mid-11th century. They produced one emperor, Romanos III Argyros, as well as other notables, including Pothos Argyros, catepan of Italy, and Basil Argyros. Argyrus (~1000–1068) was a Lombard nobleman and Byzantine general. A son of the Lombard hero Melus, he was born at Bari around 1000. The name Argiro exists in the Greek Language since the antiquity and it has connected with the orthodox greek church and Saints Anargyroi.

    Dimitris A., Dimitris .G , Dimitris V., (Athens,Greece)

    Hello everyone.The three of us will share with everyone the meaning and origin of our name"Dimitris".The name Dimitris(or Dimitrios) comes from the latin "Demetreus", which in turn comes form the Ancient Greek name "Demetrios", which literaly translates to "The son of Demetra".Demetra was an ancient Greek goddess,sister of Zeus, and was considered the mother of nature,earth,and was responsible for the season changes.Her name "Demetra" is separated into two parts"De+Metra". The second part "Metra" is derived from the ancient Greek Word "Mήτηρ(Metir)",which translates to "Mother".The origin of the first part of the name "De" is not known for certain, but it is believed to be a derivative of the Greek word "Γη(Υι)"which means "Earth".Thus her name translates to "The mother of Earth".
    The three of us wish you happy holidays :Ds

    Dora Athanasiadi (Athens, GR)

    I have two names, Maria and Theodora. Maria (in Greek Μαρία) comes from the Hebrew מִרְיָם and there are several theories about its meaning including "sea of bitterness, of sorrow", "rebelliousness" and "wished for child". The name may has originated from the Egyptian language. It is likely derivative of the root mr "love" or "beloved". It is highly common in the christian world as the name of Mary, mother of Jesus.
    The name Theodora (in Greek Θεοδώρα) is a compound name composed of the elements "theos" (God) and "doron" (gift). It means "gift of God" and it was very usual in the Byzantine Empire, since it was the name of several saints and queens.

    Panayiotis Georgakopoulos (Athens, GR)

    My name is Panayiotis ,which derives from the Greek name of the Virgin Mary Παναγια (Panagia) meaning "all holy", derived from παν (pan) meaning "all" combined with ‘αγιος (hagios) meaning "devoted to the gods, sacred".
    The name day celebrates every August 15th.
    The nicknames are Panos, Takis, Panayiotakis.

    I wish you a lot upon my heart Merry christmas and to all a Happy New Year!

    Elena Andrea (Athens,Gr)

    Some linguists believe that this name comes from the latin name Felena which it is connected with the latin word Venus (Aphrodite). My sister thought about the name when I was a baby through a friend of hers. Moreover when i was born my father's aunt, whose name was Elena, was fighting with her illness in the hospital and when my parents announced her about the name they had given me, she was very happy. I wish you Merry Christmas and a happy new year.


    Stavroula is a greek female name.The masculine is Stavros. It comes from the greek word 'σταυρός which is translated as cross,in Greek, referring to the cross of the crucifixion. I wish you all a merry Christmas holiday!

    Roger Panadero(Institut d'Almenar)

    Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.

    Laia Batalla ( Almenar )

    Derived from Greek ευλαλος (eulalos) meaning "sweetly-speaking", itself from ευ (eu) meaning "good" and λαλεω (laleo) meaning "to talk". This was the name of an early 4th-century saint and martyr from Merida in Spain. She is a patron saint of Barcelona.

    In catalonia the tradition is christmas trunk!


    Feminine form of the Roman family name JULIUS. Among the notable women from this family were Julia Augusta (also known as Livia Drusilla), the wife of Emperor Augustus, and Julia the Elder, the daughter of Augustus and the wife of Tiberius. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was also borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Additionally, Shakespeare used it in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594).

    Martina Perpinyà (Almenar)

    Feminine form of Martinus. Saint Martina was a 3rd-century martyr who is one of the patron saints of Rome.
    From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar.

    Joshua Valle (INS Almenar)

    From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation", from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho) referring to the Hebrew God and יָשַׁע (yasha') meaning "to save". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea.
    "Joshua" in other lenguages and cultures:
    Essa, Isa, Issa, Yusha(Arabic)
    Jesús, Josué(Spanish)
    Iesus, Iosue(Biblical Latin)

    Joel Vicente (Ins Almenar)

    From the Hebrew name יוֹאֵל (Yo'el) meaning "YAHWEH is God", from the elements יוֹ (yo) and אֵל ('el), both referring to the Hebrew God. Joel is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Joel, which describes a plague of locusts. In England, it was first used as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation.

    Carla Arroyo (Almenar)

    From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning "man". However, an alternative theory states that it is derived from the common Germanic name element hari meaning "army, warrior".

    The popularity of the name in continental Europe was due to the fame of Charles the Great (742-814), commonly known as Charlemagne, a king of the Franks who came to rule over most of Europe.

    Maria (Almenar)

    Maria is a feminine given name. It is given in many languages influenced by Latin Christianity. It has its origin as the feminine form of the Roman name Marius (see Maria (gens)),[1] and, after Christianity religion has spread across the Roman empire, it became the meaning form of the name of Miriam: Mary, mother of Jesus.

    Unai Alcantud(Ins Almenar)

    Unai is a Spain name, traditional Basque country, Unai in Basque means "cowherd" Unai is a inusual name only is popular in Basque country.


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    Neus Miranda, Ins Almenar.

    My name in catalan is Neus. It means "snows" in Spanish, derived from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows". In Spanish is Nieves, in Croatian is Nives, in Italian Nives and in Portuguese is Neves. My name is not very common.
    The song you can see is a typical song that kids sing it in Christmas.

    Mario Borràs (INS Almenar)

    My name is Mario the Italian and Spanish form of MARIUS. Roman family name that was derived either from MARS, the name of the Roman god of War, or else from the Latin root mas, maris meaning "male". Gaius Marius was a famous Roman consul of the 2nd century BC. Since the start of the Christian era, it has occasionally been used as a masculine form of MARIA.
    It's a common name in my country, and i'ts also funny because it appears in some Nintendo games.
    If you click in the image, you can watch a video of a catalan group called ''La Pegatina'' wich made a song inspired in XMAS.

    Aina Guerris (Ins Almenar)

    Aina is a catalan name which is a form of the balearic name "Anna". It's a name used in Spain and Norway. It has the same origin as Anna, it is a form of "Channah" used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna.The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. In German might be Annika, in French Annie and in Italian Annetta.


    My name is a really Christmassy name, the Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born. The town's name is from Hebrew בֵּית־לֶחֶם (Beit-lechem) meaning "house of bread".
    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Evangelia Anagnostaki (teacher, Athens, GR)

    As you already know from Linda, Evangelia has an ancient Greek origin (ευ=good +αγγελία=news) but it prevailed in Christian times. It is a common Greek name, celebrated on March 25th. So since my name means "good news"..
    I wish that this Xmas will bring GOOD NEWS to everyone.My warmest wishes for a bright Xmas full of joy and happiness to you all, your families, your countries and all the people in need. (see the video)

    Leoluca (Vibo Valentia,IT)

    My name is a compound of the names Leo and Luca; its diffusion, rather scarce and greater in Sicily, is due in large part to the devotion to Saint Leoluca of Corleone. Leo is a Latin given name. It is usually a masculine given name and it comes from the Latin word leo, meaning "lion". It can also be a nickname for a name such as Leonard or Leopold. Luca is a given name used predominantly for males, mainly in Latin America, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia and Armenia. It is derived from the Latin name Lucas, which itself is derived from the Latin word "lux" (light). It may also come from the Latin word "lucus" meaning "sacred wood" (a cognate of lucere). The name is common among Christians as a result of Luke the Evangelist.

    Roberta (Vibo Valentia, IT)

    The name Roberta means "shining of glory" or "illustrious by fame". It has Gothic-Germanic origins from "Hrōth" (glory) and "Berth" (illustrious). The name day is celebrated on the same day as the masculine form Roberto, on June 17th, in memory of San Roberto Bellarmino, because there is no Saint called Roberta. My name has many abbreviations: Roby, Robi, Berta, Robertina. It is a fairly common name in Italy.

    Valeria Pileggi (Vibo Valentia, IT)

    My name,Valeria, derives by the latin name Valerius and minds "strong and robust". The people that have the name Valeria celebrate the name-day on 28 April ( in memory of Saint Valeria) while Valerio celebrate on 14 June( in memory of Saint Valerio martyred). There are 80.000 people thath have this name in Italy. The greatest concentration one has in Lombardia (19%), Emilia Romagna(13%) and in Lazio(12%).

    Maria Grazia S. (Vibo Valentia IT)

    My name is the combination of Maria and Grazia.

    Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.
    This was the name of two ruling queens of Portugal. It was also borne by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman emperor Charles VI, began the War of the Austrian Succession.

    From the English word grace, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia. This was one of the virtue names created in the 17th century by the Puritans. The actress Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was a famous bearer.

    Eleana Isoufi (Athens,Gr)

    My name Eleana is related by the name Eliana. Many sources drive it from the Late Latin Aeliāna, the feminine form of the Latin family name Aeliānus (of the sun), which is derived from the Greek hēlios (sun).My name was chosen by my Dad because he had heard it from a reality show and he liked it very much. I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

    Noemi (Vibo Valentia, IT)

    My name derives From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi). Some etymological studies trace the meaning of the name Noemi to the Hebrew noun no'am which means "kindness" but also "sweetness". Other studies believe that the name comes from the terimne n'm which means "to be liked". In this case the meaning can be "my joy".In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she declared that her name should be Mara that means “sadness”.

    Aristeidis Voulgaris (Athens , GR)

    My name comes from the ancient Greek name (Aristeús) + (-ídēs).
    Aristeidis was an ancient Athenian statesman nicknamed "the Just".He
    flourished in the early quarter of Athens' Classical period and is remembered for his generalship in the Persian War.Most people call me Aris and i wish to all of you Merry Christmas!

    Victoria Lansmann (Fulda, Germany)

    My name has a latin origin and means "the goddess of victory". It`s a derivation from the word "victoria" which means victory. Many noblewoman and queens have been called Victoria since the second and third century.

    Ida Ulrich (Fulda, Ger)

    The name Ida comes from Germany and derives from the syllable "id".
    Then the Normens brought this name to England, but a few years later the name became exstinct. In the 19th century the name came back to Germany. Now the name Ida is a popular name in Sweden and Germany. Ida means the visionary and hard-working.
    Ida was also a patron, who supported the workers.

    I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

    Hannah Becker (Fulda,Ger)

    The name Hannah derived from the Hebrew hannāh or chaanach. The name was borne in the Bible by the mother of the prophet Samuel and received a boost in popularity by the Puritans who favored Bible names. The meaning of the name is favor and grace.
    I wish you a merry christmas

    Maxim (Fulda, DE)

    My name derives from the latin word maximus (the superlative of magnus). In english it means the greatest. Saint Maximus was a monk and theologian from Constantinople in the 7th century. My name is often used in russia, ukraine and other slavic countries.
    I wish you all a wonderful christmas and a nice time with your friends and your family :)

    Justin Hucke (Fulda, Germany)

    My name has its origin in Latin. It is the english form of the name "Justinus" and a variation of the first name "Justus". My name can be translated into English as "the fair one". In the 2000s it was a popular name in Germany. HAPPY HOLIDAYS :)

    Goretti Santamaria(Ins Almenar)

    Goretti is an italian name which comes from the surname of Maria Goretti, a 20th-century Italian saint who forgave her murderer on her deathbed. Her surname was derived from the given name Gregorio. It has various uses. Pope Pius XII called her "sweet martyr of purity". The saint is celebrated on July 6. Goretti's base could be gora.

    In the image you can see the Christmas trunk (in catalan Tió de Nadal) which is a tradition in Catalonia.

    Giuseppe Fruci( Vibo Valentia,IT)

    It result from the jewish Joseph and it means "increased by God" and is the most cammon name in Italy After Maria. It also can have lots of variants such as Beppe or Pino or the funnier Geppetto. This name is celebrated on the 19th of March

    Felix Weiß (germany)

    From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful" in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul.

    Due to its favourable meaning, this name was popular among early Christians, being borne by many early saints and four popes. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages, though it has been more popular in continental Europe. A notable bearer was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

    Lucia Hintzmann (Fulda, GER)

    My name comes from the Saint Lucia. She was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. Lucia was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

    Tobias Schmidt (Fulda, Germany)

    Merry Christmas to everyone!
    The history of my name:
    Greek form of TOBIAH. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation.

    I hope you have a nice holiday!

    Moritz Schmidt (Fulda, DE)

    My name is Moritz which is the german version Maurice. From the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of MAURUS. Saint Maurice was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Egypt. He and the other Christians in his legion were supposedly massacred on the orders of Emperor Maximian for refusing to worship Roman gods. Thus, he is the patron saint of infantry soldiers.
    This name was borne by a 6th-century Byzantine emperor. Another notable bearer was Maurice of Nassau (called Maurits in Dutch), a 17th-century prince of Orange who helped establish the Dutch Republic. The name has been used in England since the Norman Conquest, usually in the spelling Morris or Moris.


    Hello, my name is Johannes!

    This name has his origin at the time 0-35 AD. At that time Jesus Christ had a favourite youngling. His name was Johannes. My parnts gave me that name, because they hoped god would memorize it.

    Merry christmas to everybody!!!

    Merry christmas from Frederik Helker

    The name derives from the old german name "Friedrich" and means peaceful ruler. It is a very common name in england, sweden, denmark, germany and the netherlands. The name day is celebrated on the 18th of july.

    Giulia Quattrone (Vibo Valentia Italy)

    My name Giulia comes from the Latin name Iulia which was also the name of an ancient and noble roman family, the Gens Iulia to whom belonged the  Giulio Cesar. The name draws origin from the archaic form Iovilios which means “sacred to Giove” (Iovis).
    The celebration in on the 22th of May in memories of St. Giulia. But there are a lot of famous people with my name couse in Italy is actually one of the most common. An example is Giulia Maria Anna Margarita Beccaria(Milan, 21 July 1762 – Milan, 7 July 1841), she was a noble women, Cesare Beccaria's, and she was the mother of Alessandro Manzoni. Or Julia Roberts that is an Academy Award-winning actress and one of Hollywood's top stars, known for such films as 'Steel Magnolias,' 'Pretty Woman' and 'Erin Brockovich.'

    Umberto (Vibo Valentia, IT)

    My name derives from the ancient German Humbert and it means splendid giant. It was the name of three counts of the House of Savoy. The name day is traditionally celebrated on 6th September. Umberto is jovial, of company, who knows how to mix sympathy and seriousness at the right moment.

    Ariadni Theodoropoulou (Athens, GR)

    The name Ariadni means "most holy", composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) meaning "most" and αδνος (adnos) meaning "holy". In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with Theseus and helped him to escape the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, but was later abandoned by him. Eventually she married the god Dionysus.
    Happy New year to all!

    Matteo Vitale (Vibo Valentia) IT

    It derives from the Hebrew name Matithya, composed of matag, 'gift, gift', and Yah, short for yahweh, which means 'gift of God'. In Greek it was Maththaios and in Latin Mattheus and Matthias. The apostle Matthew the Evangelist was the author of the first of the four Gospels: written in 42 it was translated into Greek and used as a preaching tool. This name spread thanks to the success of the literary work of 'Il fu Mattia Pascal' by Luigi Pirandello, where Mattia is a man without certainties who lives in monotony, suspended between life and death.
    The name day is celebrated on September 21 in memory of San Matteo Levi evangelist. The Saint is the patron saint of bankers, bankers, customs officers, Finance Guards, money changers, accountants, debt collectors and the city of Salerno, Nichelino (TO) and Asiago.

    Antonella (Vibo Valentia- Italy)

    The meaning of the name Antonella, probably of Etruscan origin, is uncertain: one hypothesis is that it meant "invaluable", another is "fighting, facing". Who brings this name is generally a person with a great willpower that combines a natural inclination for sports activity and she has a great and spontaneous sympathy. This mix of characteristics make her a very easy person to love. (I agree with everything except that I'm sporty)

    Antonis Zorpidis (Athens, GR)

    My name Antonios derives from the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. Marcus Antonius who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire along with Augustus, was a notable member of the Roman family. He and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, when the relationship between him and August turned sour, as mentioned in Shakespeare's tragedy "Antony and Cleopatra". The name has been commonly (but incorrectly) associated with the Greek word "ανθος "(anthos) meaning "flower", which resulted in the addition of the h : "Anth̲ony". Saint Anthony or Anthony the Great, celebrated on January 17, was an Egyptian hermit who founded Christian monasticism, and due to his fame the name became regularly used in the Christian world.
    Happy New year to all of you!

    Lorenzo Grillo ( Vibo Valentia, IT )

    My Name has Latin origin and which means "inhabitant, native of Laurento", one of the oldest pre-Roman urban centers in Lazio, of which every trace has been lost and which Virgil, in the Aeneid, narrates to be a place where the sacred plant of the Laurus, (laurel). Lorenzo celebrates the name day on August 10 in memory of San Lorenzo archdeacon. Lorenza instead celebrates the name day on October 8 in memory of Santa Lorenza martyr in Ancona, with San Palazia.

    Francesco La Caria

    My name derives from the Latin francus, Francesco is the translation of the Germanic word which means "free man". The name is widespread throughout Italy together with the cult of San Francesco.
    It is one of the most present names in Italy: sixth in the male and eleventh in the female.

    Mario (Vibo Valentia, -IT)

    The name Mario derives from the Celtic Mar then latinized in Marius cognomen of the gens Mària and means 'male'. It is one of the most used names in Italy, it was initially diffused for the leader Gaio Mario, defender of the people and opponent of the aristocrat Lucio Silla. The name day is celebrated on 19 January in honor of San Mario or Maris of Persian origin. He was martyred in Rome on Via Cornelia in 270.

    Giada Magro, VV, IT

    my name derives from the Spanish jada indicating 'side'. Giada, a mineral of various colors with a waxy shine, was for this reason called 'side stone' for the supposed protective virtues of the kidneys. Features : Like a stone of great value, Giada is a rare creature, capable of transmitting love and well-being. Creative and full of ideas she lives life with energy and courage, without hiding her small frailties