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Princess Charlene of Monaco
Did we invent Charlene?
I’ve noticed the name Charlene is becoming popular and got curious…I checked to see if the name had been used before 1938. My dad and mom named my sister Charlene as a combination of their names Charles and Ethelene. My sister was born January 11, 1938. More
All about Nene
Hi, Just wondering if you would know where the name Nene comes from. Pronounced like “knee knee.” Jess N. Hi Jess, The name Nene can be traced back to many cultures: Aztec (Nahuatl), African and even Japanese. Most likely it is a variation of the male name John, meaning “God is Gracious.” It could also be a nickname for someone whose name begins or ends in ne or nee, like Renee.  More
Origin and Meaning of Alyda
Hi Jennifer! I love your site; it’s Internet candy for me!  I have a quick question about my middle name: Alyda.  It’s tough to find name meanings for it and I have no idea what the origin of it is.  I inherited it from my grandmother (whom everyone called Lyda) and I’ve only met one other person who has this name.   More
Origin of the name Minette
Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that. Thanks,
Madeline Hi Madeline, The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. More
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