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    Whats in a name?

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    LAURA
    Gender: Feminine
    Usage: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Hungarian
    Pronounced: LOR-a, LAWR-a, LOW-rah (Spanish, Italian) [key]
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    Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". In ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. Saint Laura was a 9th-century Spanish martyr, a nun who was thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. Another famous bearer was Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine during the War of 1812.
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    VICKIE Gender: Feminine
    Usage: English
    Pronounced: VIK-ee [key]
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    MARTIN Gender: Masculine
    Usage: English, French, German, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Hungarian
    Pronounced: MAHR-tin (English), mar-TEN (French), MAWR-teen (Hungarian) [key]
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    Options: Contribute Information From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. Five popes have borne this name. Two other influential bearers were Martin Luther, the theologian who began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, and more recently Martin Luther King, the American civil rights leader who fought for racial equality.


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    BRETT Gender: Masculine
    Usage: English
    Pronounced: BRET [key]
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    Options: Contribute Information From a Middle English surname meaning "a Breton", referring to an inhabitant of Brittany.

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    HEATHER
    Gender: Feminine
    Usage: English
    Pronounced: HE-dhur [key]
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    Means simply "heather" from the English word for the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky areas. It is derived from Middle English hather.
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    CRAIG
    Gender: Masculine
    Usage: Scottish, English
    Pronounced: KRAYG [key]
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    From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag" or "rocks". The surname originally belonged to a person who lived near a crag.
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    STEPHEN
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    Usage: English, Biblical
    Pronounced: STEEV-en, STEF-en [key]
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    From the Greek name Stephanos which means "crown". Saint Stephen was an early Christian martyr who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament. Another Saint Stephen is the patron saint of Hungary, the first Christian king of that country (10th century). As well, this was the name of kings of England, Serbia, and Poland and ten popes. More recently it is borne by the British physicist Stephen Hawking and the American author Stephen King.
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    STUART Gender: Masculine
    Usage: English, Scottish
    Pronounced: STOO-art, STYOO-art [key]
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    Options: Contribute Information From a surname which was a variant of STEWART. This was the surname of a royal family that produced several kings and queens of Scotland and England.

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    MICHAEL
    Gender: Masculine
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    Pronounced: MIE-kul [key]
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    From the Hebrew name Miyka'el which meant "who is like God?". This was the name of one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers. This was also the name of nine Byzantine emperors and a czar of Russia. Other more modern bearers of this name include the 19th-century chemist/physicist Michael Faraday and basketball player Michael Jordan

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    KEVIN Gender: Masculine
    Usage: English, Irish
    Pronounced: KEV-in [key]
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    Options: Contribute Information Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín, derived from the older Irish Coemgen, composed of the Old Irish elements coem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhin established a monastery in Ireland and is the patron saint of Dublin.
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