Well, duh, it’s after the pretty flower. But it might also come from the Germanic “hros” – or horse. No, really.
The Hebrew word for man; there’s maybe some Biblical punnery on similar Hebrew words meaning “red” (the colour, apparently, of human skin), “making” and “earth”. But the Biblical Adam was also tempted by new knowledge. Was that Nurse called Eve?
Shorter form of Iohannes (also the source of John), derived from the Hebrew for “God is gracious”. Which goes with him being brought back to life by shiny-eyed goddess Rose. (But then it’s not his real name anyway, is it? Considering his brother, I think Jack’s really called Pinkish.)
Michael is Hebrew for “like God”; in the Book of Revelation he’s the leader of Heaven’s armies and the patron saint of soldiers.
Aramaic for “lady” or “mistress”. But not in the sense of being the other woman.
Means “lady” in Italian. And as a feminine version of the old Celtic “Donald”, it means “ruler of the world”.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Creature, I name you…
What the internet can tell us about the names of Dr Who’s friends.