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Welsh Names | Welsh Wednesdays

Rhys is a Welsh name with Welsh etymology. It means enthusiasm, but it's heritage and history goes far beyond that one-word definition.

I have always, always been interested in etymology. Even as a little kid, I loved looking through the big baby names books and looking to see what my favorite names meant. So, after I became obsessed with Wales and all things Welsh, I knew that I was going to use Welsh names for my children…all I had to do was convince my husband!

Rhys is a Welsh name with Welsh etymology. It means enthusiasm, but it's heritage and history goes far beyond that one-word definition.

Rhys was an all-time favorite Welsh name of mine. It is easy to say, sounds smooth, and has a proud heritage. Many princes and warriors have been named Rhys in Welsh history. The most famous of all is Prince Rhys ap Gruffydd. He held Wales together while the Norman kinds, especially ruthless Henry II, tried to bring Wales under their rule. Rhys stood up for the rights of the Welsh and kept them united. He ruled most of Southern Wales. Prince Rhys was a smart tactician and politician. He was very witty and wise. He also is the ancestor of Henry VII, who began the Tutor Reign.

Rhys is also in many fantasy books and videogames. They all happen to be red-headed warriors. Well, I knew I wanted my son to be a red-headed warrior who was proud of his Welsh heritage, as I am. It helps to now know that Justin’s family tree includes many Dark Age Irish, Scottish, and Welsh kings and princes, including King Arthur himself!

When I brought up to my husband my burning desire to name our firstborn son Rhys, he was ok with it. Mainly because one of his favorite characters from his favorite series of videogames, Fire Emblem, had a red-headed warrior healer named Rhys.

The true etymology of Rhys is “enthusiasm”, and our son Rhys definitely has an enthusiasm for life!

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Some other famous Rhyses are John Rhys-Davies (Gimli on Lord of the Rings) and Rhys Ifans the actor.

We have decided to have Welsh names be part of all our kids’ names, either the first or middle name. If this baby #2 happens to be a girl, we already have a name picked out: Irish first name and Welsh middle name.

Do you have any Welsh names or know someone who does? What is it and what does it mean?

Make sure you check out Llinos’s post to see what her very Welsh name means!

Join Llinos from the Lilac Linnet and Tayler from The Morrell Tale on the last Wednesday of every month for Welsh Wednesdays!Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Kids Write (or Draw) the Darndest Things

So, I am home sick today.
But, I am still (barely–between spasms of coughing) able to bring you another edition of
I’ve been feeling down physically and mentally the past couple of weeks (probably due to first trimester morning sickness and all that). Oh, by the way bloggy followers–I’m pregnant! Check back on Friday for the first ultrasound picture!
So, instead of copying down quotes from my students’ writings, I wanted to show you want they do when they are bored and done with their classwork.
It gets quite entertaining, especially in my grammar classes.

Also, every day our school sends out a daily absent list (we’re small enough to do that easily).
Remember that one time I wrote a blog about Utah names?
Well, these are definitely some interesting names:
Nicasio
Keegan
Brynnli and another girl named Brinley
Coen
Taeson
Daigan
Saevrie
Ahleyana
Tevya
Canyon
MaLynne
Keifer
Brysun
Vayomi
Kyah
Kashton
Talon
Braven
Tamsyn, Tiernyn, Teniyah are siblings.
Quite entertaining, huh?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Oh the Silliness of Names

My sister told me about a girl in California called L-a. 
L-a.
How do you think that was pronounced? 
La-dash-a. Ladasha. L’dasha. La’dasha.
But it is spelled L-a.
Crazy, right?
Well, thinking about it, when I was younger, I wanted a son with the name Jaerrod. No lie.
Names have been coming into my life more and more recently. I’m a teacher, I have almost 200 names to know and be able to spell. I’m married…when doesn’t names come to mind?
So, my sister sent us this link of Utah names, just in case we needed some “ideas.”

Crazy! And, no way would we ever use any of those names! (Although I do like Emerson!)
Then, Justin, because he likes football, stumbled upon this video of the weirdness and silliness of NCAA football names.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
My 3 favorites: Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar, Xmus Jaxon Flaxon Waxon, and EEEEE EEEEEEEEE!
So, if you are looking for some “unique” names to use, feel free to steal from either of these videos!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Name

When I was in high school, I hated my real name. I didn’t feel it was creative, so I went on a search for one. Thus, Tanney was born. I used it throughout my classes, published in the Literary and Art magazine, as well as the school newspaper with it. In my Creative Writing 1 class, we read an excerpt from House of Mango Street. (read it–its really cool) Then, we were told to write our own about our name. If you are interested in seeing my 14 year-old self’s response, go to my Fictionpress page. 


Here is my new one, in 10 minutes, just a Slice of my Life…and yes, you may be able to see my real name! Lucky you!

Tanney. Smiles–that what it is. Smiles, and an aura of orange. Playful, passionate, creative, unique, a-follower-of-her-own-drum-beat. 
Tayler. Smart, academic, tom-boy. Determined teacher. Finally found her self-confidence.

I have a duel personality. In high school, in my classes, I went by Tanney. On my sport teams, I went by Tayler. My fellow writers knew me as Tanney. My fellow church members knew me as Tayler.

Tayler (Old English)–tailor. Bethany (Hebrew)–house of God. Christiansen (Danish)–son of Christian. Go even further–Christian–> one who believes in Christ. My name holds new meaning to me now. I am a Christian, my body is a temple, the Holy Spirit lives within me. 

Tanney (no origin)–me! There is no nickname for Tayler. Tay-Tay gives the connotation of a toddler just beginning to walk, stumbling around in a pink tutu. What would I call myself in a world of Katie’s,  Kathy’s, Kat, Jess’s, Jessi’s, Brit’s, Maddie’s? 
Tayler + Bethany = Tanney. It took a while, but the equation worked. 

Lo, and behold, I loved tangerines. Oranges, tangerine, clementines, mandarins, citrus fruit drinks, citrus starbursts, citrus suckers, citrus candles. I loved it. Tanney–short for tangerine.

Youthful. Tanney encompasses my youth, allowing me to be forever young, while Tayler allows me to grow up and experience new places. Tanney holds my imagination, Tayler holds my ambition.

Together, I am a formidable foe, a determined dame. 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Power of a Name

“My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.” ~ A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

Names have always interested me. The meanings of names. The cultural, historical, religious, or linguistic origin of a name. Even the pronounciation of a name. Why do we name things? What importance is there in it?

Take for instance, my pen name (no, you still don’t know my real name):
Tanney–> origin, me. I made it up. But, it is for numerous reasons…it is an algamation of my first and middle names. But, it is also short for tangerine, my favorite smell, color, fruit, my personality, etc.
Christiansen–> Danish for son of Christian. But break that even further and it means a follower of Christ.

What power is there behind my name? Well, on the one hand, my given name holds me to expectations: I am a Christian.  The name I gave myself gives me power of creativity.

Names have power behind them. That is why they are so special to us. All religions believe this to some extent. Judiasm and Mormonism both believe that God’s name is so special, that we shouldn’t speak it. That is why we call him God or Heavenly Father. But there has to be a further reason why names have power.

In mythology and magical believes, names have power of control. If you know the true name of something and can posess that true name, you can have power over it. Naming is one of the languages of magic. Once you have learned the true name of someone, you can bend them to your will. You can summon creatures of light and dark.

There are many examples in media that I really like that play with this idea of the power of names.

Spirited Away
In this movie, Chihiro stumbles upon a realm of spirits and mythological creatures. To earn her and her parents’ freedom, she must work for Yubaba, the owner of the bathhouse for the spirits. She signs a contract and Yubaba lifts her name off the contract and says Chihiro’s name is hers now. She then recieves a new name of Sen. Sen’s only friend in this world is Haku, Yubaba’s slave/apprentice. He warns her to never forget her real name or she’ll have no hope of escaping. Haku, however, can’t remember his own name, thus, must do the bidding of Yubaba. Chihiro keeps this in mind and eventually helps Haku find his name as well.
Lost Years of Merlin
This is part of a series that describes Merlin’s youth and how he gains the powers that allows him to become known as one of the greatest wizards of all time. One of the 7 songs of Wizardry Merline has to learn is the Song of Naming.
Earthsea Series
This is perhaps, the greatest example of the power of a true name. All magic in this series consists of knowing the true name of something. Thus, the people of this world are very careful to keep their true name secret and go by a more common name. The more true names you know, the more powerful of a wizard you are, but you also have to be able to understand the true name in order to actually control what you are summoning, creating, or controlling.
I think the power of a name is very true, whether magically or religiously, I do believe it. Naming is a power of creation and it has a purpose.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.