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The name Nausicaå

Hi Jennifer!

Ever since I first saw Hayao Miyazaki’s movie ‘Nausicaå of the Valley of the Wind’, I’ve loved the name of the titular character. Since your website doesn’t have it, I did a brief google search and found that it means ‘burner of ships’, but there wasn’t any citation to a reputable source, so I’m little doubtful on how accurate this.

Is this indeed the meaning of the name Nausicaå? Any information about the name would be greatly appreciated, I think it’s a beautiful name.

Thanks,
Cora

Dear Cora,
The name originates in Homer’s Odyssey, as the name of a character. The name literally just translates to “of the sea,” similar to the word nautical. It does not mean “Princess who finds Odysseus,” as most baby name sites state. That is a description of the character.

Unfortunately, this is a good example of how other sites just copy content from each other without research. Here are BabyNames.com, we pride ourselves in our research and have two international name scholars that work on our database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


About the name Theda

Hi Jennifer!

I recently saw the name Theda (pronounced thay-duh). I don’t know much about this name, and it’s not in your database. I would love to name a future daughter Theda Josephine. Can you give me any more information on the name Theda? Thanks!

Theda Bara

Theda Bara

 
~Sarah

Dear Sarah,

I couldn’t believe the name Theda was not in our database! (It is now).  Theda is traditionally a shortened version of the Greek name Theodora, which means “Divine Gift.” The most famous Theda is actress Theda Bara, whose name was actually Theodosia Burr Goodman.

Thanks for pointing out our omission!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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