Manic for Manoch
Jan 22, 2014 09:21 AM
I recently lost my great-grandmother over the holiday season. A woman I loved very much and am honoured to be named after. However, since her passing I’ve been doing an abundance of family research. She had thirteen bothers and sisters! Ten of which survived into adulthood.
Any who, my question is, during my search I found that one of her brothers who did not survive childhood was named “Manoch”. I’ve attempted to search the origins and meaning of this name but have been unsuccessful. I’m not even sure how to pronounce his name. I do know that my family is of Irish and Canadian decent if that helps at all. Thank-you so much for any potential help you could give me. I’ve been dedicated to looking at your site for years, as names and history are a passion of mine.
The only background I can find on the name Manoch is an English/Flemish surname based on the name Mann (meaning man) and the suffix OCH, a short form of the pre-5th century word cocc, which meant “son of.” My source:The Surname Database
I also found that it is a fairly popular Thai name.
Hope that helps!
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: When you ask for a meaning of a family name, it would be helpful if you could give me an ethnic origin of your family and approximate year the name was given.
I was wonder what you think of the name Skyley for a girl? It’s going to pronounce like skylee it just the spelling is different.
First, my name is Jennifer. And I’m not just correcting you, I’m making a point about diminutive names. I, personally, don’t believe you should give diminutive names as formal names for a child. I define diminutive names as those that end in “ie” or “ee” for girls or “y” for boys, or names that started out traditionally as nick names.
I believe the child should have a choice in what nickname they choose. So give them a choice of a formal name, i.e. Skylar, and then call her Skylee if you so choose during her childhood.
I used the nickname “Jenny” up and until I was about ten. I love the formal name Jennifer and it was more appropriate as I grew up and became a business owner.
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I like it, and the fact that you associate it with a good memory. I often advise people to look into their own personal histories for unique baby names. Street names, towns you visited or with which you have a particularly positive association are good sources for names. Congrats!
Ya-Ya Sisterhood Name
Jan 3, 2014 01:46 PM
We are having a baby girl soon and have not picked a name. I just read the ya-ya sisterhood and fell in love with Siddalee.
I can not find its meaning anywhere. Did the author make it up? Do you think having such a different name would be a burden on her?
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Dec 16, 2013 11:10 AM
I was wondering if you know the meaning of the name Bellamy? I noticed the name after actress Bellamy Young appeared on the TV show Scandal and I couldn’t find a meaning anywhere. Also, I really love the name and I love The French language, so what do you think of twist on the spelling, such as Belleamie?
The name Bellamy was originally an English surname, which–as you guessed–has French/Norman roots. It means “Good Friend” from the French/Latin terms “Belle” (good) and “Ami” (friend).
If I were you I would stick with the traditional spelling, Bellamy. I’m sure as a person who has had an alternate spelling of a traditional name, you have always had to spell your name for people, right? Has your name been a burden on you because of that? It is a great name, by the way, and we’ve added the name (and the alternate spelling) to our database.