Gloriana & Glory

Talking today about Gloriana. She’s old, been around since at least the 1500’s. Edmund Spenser used Gloriana in his epic poem “The Faerie Queen” as allegory for Queen Elizabeth I. She’s was a a character in a trio of books I read at (probably around) 8. “Her Ivy Hall” series by Ruth Alberta Brown between 1910 & 1913. Comprised of “Tabitha at Ivy Hall”,  “Tabitha’s Glory” (my favorite of the 3) and “Tabitha’s Vacation” She was Tabitha Catt and her redheaded orphan friend was Gloriana Holliday.  (The covers were orange and the most glorious shade of turquoise, which is why I think they appealed, originally).


As far as virtue names go, Glory is the one I love best. I know a lot of folks dislike her for her Gl- sound, it’s harsh to them. But that’s what I like about her, that sound is plummy rich truffle pudding to me. She’s also the most glorious shade of burgundy and gold.

I think Gloriana’s awesome; strong, beautiful and euphonious. I have a hard time pairing her though, and I mean really tough. here’s some that have passed already:

Gloriana Ivy Caroline
Gloriana Lily Maud
Gloriana Elspeth Jane
Gloriana  Iris Ophelia
Gloriana Cerys Ruby
Gloriana Iris Lenore 
Gloriana Matilda Elinor
Gloriana Cecily Ruth 
Gloriana Isobel Plum
Gloriana Romilly Violet 
Gloriana Iris Matilda 
Gloriana Ivy Mathilda
Gloriana Ivy Rosalba
Gloriana Lucy Violet

While Gloriana Lucy Violet comes close to the feel I like, I feel like she’s still missing something. Which is why I started concentrating on Glory. I like simple Glory almost more than Gloriana (almost!) and I have her in a spot where I think she’s utterly perfect: Euphemia Elinor Glory.  There’s something about that combo that makes me swoon.  She feels old time-y in a good way, like lemonade on a porch under a huge oak with a tire swing.

Okay, that’s another tick in the “Lola is weird” folder. 😀

But she does feel fresh, sweet & I really like her quite a lot. Despite the similarity to Josephine in sound, despite her slight clunk. Euphemia Elinor Glory gets quite a bit of love from me.


But now that she’s settled,  I’m thinking about Gloriana again. Do you like any othe ones above?  Any suggestions for her, otherwise? I’m rather at a loss at the moment, but have a few ideas floating around. I’ll be working on them at luch (which it is now) and be back with them in an update after!



Update: 10 more Gloriana combos, poll.