Sunday, March 7, 2010

Heather (etymology)

I'm going back to my roots with this post! I've really slacked off on my word posts over the past few months since I've been reading so much and have found many fun themes to fill them up with...but I figured Sundays I would leave to word and language posts, one of my many loves.

So I'll start with my name, Heather.

It's a noun meaning: low, evergreen shrub. Appeared in 1725 in the compound heather-bell with a spelling alteration influenced by heath of hathir (1335). Also in the place name of Faghadre (1600-35) and found in Old English haeddre of unknown origin.

Etymology is pretty fascinating!

I'm a Scottish shrub!

4 comments:

  1. I feel as though I haven't talked to you in forever! How is everything?

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  2. I've always loved the name Heather. And the shrub too :)

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  3. LOL - hello scottish shrub. ooo, can you define my name some time, velvet?

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  4. I heart etymology so freaking much! I hope you keep up with these posts!

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