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Re: Re: Re: Re: What Perlish name to assign to my baby girl?

by mdillon (Priest)
on Jun 14, 2001 at 20:52 UTC ( #88496=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: What Perlish name to assign to my baby girl?
in thread What Perlish name to assign to my baby girl?

actually, that is saying that "aljˇfar" is a small, irregularly shaped pearl. "margarita" just means "pearl", although it is not used in that sense in modern usage, AFAICT.

the name of the flower and the use in the Biblical proverb are all that are left for modern "margarita" in the romance languages, "perla" and its descendants having ascended to prominence before the 13th century.

i have no idea when Europeans first encountered daisies and started calling them pearls.


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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What Perlish name to assign to my baby girl?
by frag (Hermit) on Jun 14, 2001 at 20:58 UTC
    Mystery solved?:

    From http://www.daisyparadise.fsnet.co.uk/articles/prettyaprildaisy.htm:

    The Marguerite Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) or herb Margaret is the floral emblem of St. Margaret, whose feast is celebrated July 20th. Herb Margaret is most likely attributed to Margaret of Anjou who was no saint. She was the ruthless and extremely ambitious wife of Henry VI who, in 1422, succeeded to the thrones of both England and France. She had daisies embroidered on her personal banner.

    -- Frag
    who's beginning to fear the Reaper, if this thread goes on much longer...

    Update: (because I can't help myself)
    From http://www.clicksparkle.com/brthstn.html:
    ...The word {pearl} is probably an adaption of (Old)French perle, meaning a pearl or a berry, and medieval Latin perla. According to Barnhart and Partridge, both of the words come from vulgar Latin pernula, which is the diminutive form of Latin perna meaning ham, ham-shaped or mollusc...

    So, to finally tie this back into baby names, "Shelly" or "Virginia" (ham, geddit?) would also work. Maybe.

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