Saturday, March 7, 2009

Whats in a name?

Since a few other blogger's have done this with their dog's names and also theirs I thought I'd join in on the fun.

Watkins:
  • Origin is Old English and German(2 different meanings)
  • English meaning is Son of Walter
  • German meaning is powerful warrior, army ruler
  • Not common as a first name; mostly a surname
  • It derives from the pre7th century Anglo-Saxon and Germanic personal name Walter from Waldhar, meaning "people-rule"
  • Very popular with the Normans, who introduced it into the British Isles after the famous Conquest of England in 1066
  • Watkin first appears as a personal name, an example being Watkin, the son of Henry Balistariust', in the domestic register of King Henry 3rd (1216 - 1272)
  • From the 1920 US Census records there were between 471-939 families that had Watkins as a last name
  • In 1990 Watkins was ranked #174 in popularity of last names
  • New York has a racetrack name Watkins Glen
Karen
  • Origin is Greek/Danish
  • Meaning is Pure Maiden
  • Used in Danish, English and Norwegian speaking countries
  • Karen is the Danish form of Katherine
  • Karen is also the name of the an ethnic group that lives in Eastern Myanmar and Thailand
  • Famous bearers include singer Karen Carpenter, model Karen Elson and author Karen Blixen
  • In Armenian, it is a masculine name
I was going to do Shocker's name also but I found stuff that I should not put on here. Also it came up with Silk the Shocker so I decided not to put the definition of Shocker. We all know it means a sweet black lab ;)

1 comment:

Lisa and Ellie said...

what? no tribute to WSU? and their amazing shockerness? HA HA HA HA