Leonie in Austria

The name Leonie was covered last week at Appellation Mountain and I was surprised, how it was described. It was depicted as an uncommon French classic, but I never really thought about it in that way. In Austria it is at the moment one of the most common female names for newborns.

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Popularity

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Leonie, which derives from the Latin word for lion ( lat. leo, leonis) is connected to the generation, which was born in the beginning of the 21 century in Austria and Germany. You can find a girl named so in every elementary school and playground. Since 1984 7587 girls received this name, here not included are spelling modifications like Leoni and Léonie and also not included are hyphenated names. In 2003 this first name was in the Top Ten of the most common names for the first time in Austria. Several years before, its popularity started. In 2000 it was on the 55th position, one year later it raised 21 places and the following year it was already on the 14th position. To demonstrate its popularity in recent years I have created the following chart.

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Year

Place

2010

5

2009

3

2008

1

2007

2

2006

2

2005

1

2004

3

2003

9

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Hyphenated Names

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My last example with the name Anna showed that Austrian parents like to give hyphenated names to their children, especially to their daughters. I have often found names hyphenated with Leonie in the Austrian name statistics. Many parents tend to combine the popular and trendy Leonie to something more uncommon like Clio and Mercedes. But others just stick to the already over-popular name the most popular second names Sophie and Marie. Since 1984 49 girls received the name Leonie-Sophie and further 21, Leonie-Marie. The majority of these following names are only given to one person.

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Leonie-Alexia

Leonie-Aurora

Leonie-Carolina

Leonie-Cecile

Leonie-Clio

Leonie-Constance

Leonie-Delphine

Leonie-Elisa

Leonie-Florentina

Leonie-Helen

Leonie-Jumana

Leonie-Lucia

Leonie-Madeleine

Leonie-Mercedes

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Alternatives

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Names, which start with LEO experience a huge popularity in whole western Europe. But there are many names, which have a similar sound, but are not so common.

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Name Origin Meaning
Lioba Gothic Love, Lover
Leocadia/ Leokadia Greek Name of a greek island
Leona Latin Lioness
Leonarda Latin Derives from Leonard
Leonhilde Germanic Modification of  Leonhard and Hildegard
Leonilda Italian Modification of  Leonhilde
Leonies Latin Lion
Leonor(a)(e) Unknown Derives from Eleonore
Leontine(a) Latin Derives from  Leontinus
Leopoldin(e)(a) Germanic Derives from Leopold
Leora Hebrew My light

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Source: Statistik Austria

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Picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/5/5a/Leonie_Aviat.jpg
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Princess of Sweden

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The daughter of the Crown Princess Victoria ( Ingrid Alice Desiree) of Sweden and her husband  Prince Daniel Duke of Västergötland was born yesterday. Today they announced her name

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Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland

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She was named after her two grandmothers Silvia and Ewa. The princess will one day inherit the throne.

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The name Estelle is not very popular in Sweden, only 64 newborns received this name in 2011. Less than 10 girls got the names Silvia and Ewa. Only 12 babies are named Mary.  All her names are very unpopular right now, but they might gain popularity again because of the new princess. The most popular female names in Sweden are Maja, Alice, Julia, Linnéa and Wilma right now.

Picture: http://kurier.at/freizeit/leute/3910585-schwedens-kleine-prinzessin-heisst-estelle.php#zurueck

Latin Names (Part I)

Gladiator

I have started to learn Latin last autumn. Besides much grammar, I also encountered many new names. Some names seem very strange nowadays but others like Atticus are very up-to-date. I have divided the names in different categories.

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Citizen

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Antronius

Atticus

Aulus

Aurelius Scaurus

Benedictus

Christianus

Clodius

Cornelius

Felicio

Gaius Iulius Caesar

Gaius Plinius Secundus

Gnaeus Claudius

Idomeneus

Livineius Regulus

Lucilius

Lucius

Marcus

Menaulus

Nero

Otho

Paris

Paulus

Philo

Philodemus

Publius

Quintus

Rufrius Crispinus

Seneca

Sextus

Sinon

Tiberius

Tiberius Sempronius

Timarchides

Titus

Titus Iulius

Traianus

Vercingetorix

Verres

Vitruvius

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Slaves

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Alumnus

Calimorfus

Davus

Lydius

Syrus 

 

Picture:http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Gladiators_from_the_Zliten_mosaic_3.JPG&filetimestamp=20080131101206

Maria Theresia and her children

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The queen Maria Theresia of Habsburg- Lothringen was born as Maria Theresia Walburga Amalia Christina in 1717. She was the ruler of almost half Europe for over 40 years. In 1737 she married Franz Stephan Duke of Lorraine. When she was in her early twenties her father died and she became queen. Maria Theresia never received a political education, because her father wanted a boy as successor and so she had to teach everything herself . In the beginning of her reign, she was not accepted as queen by the kings of Prussia and Bavaria. The results were two wars. Over the course of twenty years, Maria Theresa gave birth to sixteen children, thirteen of whom survived infancy. One of her major interests was to marry off her children. She didn´t care much, if her children loved their future partner. It was only important that there is an advantage for the state. Nevertheless she was always a passionate mother, who wrote once a week letters to all her children.

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Her children

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Maria Elisabeth Amalia Antonia Josepha Gabriela Johanna Agatha

Died in  infancy

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Maria Anna Josepha Antonia, called Marianna

She was often ill, but very interested in natural science. Marianna never married and became abbess in a convent in Klagenfurt.

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Maria Karolina Ernestina Antonia Johanna Josepha

Died in  infancy

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Joseph Benedikt August Johann Anton Michael Adam

He later became King Joseph II. His first beloved wife Isabella of Parma died after she had given birth to their first child. Joseph never wanted to marry again, but he was forced by his mother. His second wife was Maria Josepha of Bavaria. He had two children, who died in their infancy.

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Maria Christina Johanna Josepha Antonia called Mimi or Marie

She was the favorite daughter of Maria Theresia. Mimi was the only child, who was allowed to marry the man she loved.

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Maria Elisabeth Josepha

As a teenager she was known as the most beautiful princess in Vienna but she became ill when she was 13. Her appearance never really recovered. After her mother’s death her brother sent her to a women convent, where she staid the rest of her life.

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Karl Joseph Emanuel Johann Nepomuck Anton Prokop

He was the favorite son of Maria Theresia and she wanted him to become the next king. Unfortunately he died after a severe illness at the age of 16.

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Maria Amalia Josepha Johanna Antonia

At the age of 23 she was forced to marry, the only 17 year old, Ferdinand of Parma against her will. In this time she was in love with a young prince, but her mother regarded him as too politically insignificant for marriage. She was the only child, who broke off the contact with Maria Theresia. She had 7 children.

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Peter Leopold Joseph Anton Joachim Pius Gotthard called Leopold

The name Peter, which is very unusual for the Habsburgs, was requested by his godmother Elisabeth of Russia. At first he was only duke of the Toscana, but after Joseph II death, he became emperor of Austria. In 1765 he married Maria Ludovica, the daughter of the Spanish king Karl III. They had 16 children together.

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Maria Karolina

Died at birth

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Johanna Gabriele

She was the only daughter, who didn´t receive the name Maria, because her godfather was protestant. Johanna died at the age of 12 because of smallpox. Before her early death she was engaged to Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies.

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Maria Josepha Gabriela Johanna Antonia Anna

She died soon after her sister Johanna Gabriele at the age of 11. After her sister’s death her mother engaged her  to Ferdinand I.

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Maria Karolina Luise Josepha Johanna Antonia called Caroline

1768 she had to marry Ferdinand I. She didn´t love her husband, but accepted her situation. As queen of Sicily and Parma she had a great influence in politics. They had 18 children.

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Ferdinand Karl Anton Joseph Johann Stanislauss

At the age of 17 he married Maria Beatrice d´Este. They had 8 children.

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Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, known as Marie Antoinette

She was married at the age of 15 to the French dauphin. When she was 19 she became Queen Marie Antoinette of France. She was very unhappy with her situation. The queen had 4 children, three of them died before their 10th birthday. She was killed in 1793 at the age of 39 because of the French Revolution.

Maximilian Franz Xaver Joseph Johann Anton de Paula Wenzel called Max

His mother chose the clerical carrier for him, when he was a child. Max later became archbishop of Cologne.