Lucretia

Yes, you read that right, Lucretia. What a strong, unfussy Lucy!  She’s the only longer form of Lucy that I do like and she’s managed to stay on my working list for almost a year. that’s an amazing feat for a namefreak like me.

I’m sure 99% of the folks who see Lucretia expect Borgia to follow. But my first thought is Lucretia  Coffin Mott, abolitionist & feminist in the 19th century. next thought is former First Lady, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield. Then and only then does my brain go “oh yeah, and Lucretia Borgia”. Whom I think got a bum rap in a History written mainly by men.  There’s a book : “Lucretia Borgia”  by Ferdinand Gregorovius which has an extensive collection of her correspondence and she comes across as a gracious, charming and modest lady there. Interesting reading and if she interests you at all, I suggest reading it. It’s fascinating.

She’s, as I said, been on my working list for almost a year. She’s been on my lists, i general, for far longer. I find her strength completely appealing and totally undeniable. I love her frill, say her :Loo-CREE-sha.  She’s the loveliest shade of blue and this print hangs in my hallway:

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It’s by Rembrandt, so I’ll never own anything but a print but even the print is luscious; so rich & vivid. this picture really does no justice to  the actual picture. I think the original is in Minneapolis but am not sure, so if anyone’s inclined to further search on Rembrandt’s second attempt at Lucretia in 1666, and does find where she’s at these days, please let me know. If I’m able to see it in person before I’m an old lady, I would love to!

 

Anyhow, back to Lucretia as a name for a child of mine…  😀

I’ve had Lucretia Ruby Elinor on my list almost as long as she’s been on the working list. I like the flashy spunk of Ruby and the polished silken Elinor next to the elegant frill that is Lucretia. I think she shines, sapphire, ruby and white and feels nothing patriotic despite the color scheme. She’s all royal, regal and rich. No democrat, Lucretia. Not her. She’s a royal. Elegant, rich, ladylike, completely feminine and above all, steel strong. I think she’s just aces!

Florence Redux

Some more tries to pair up Florence:

 

Florence Valentine Alice
Florence Valentine Rose
Florence Carys Valentine
Florence Mary Ghislaine (Not that I’m particularly fond of Mary)

 

and some that will be going in a Poll today, if I get the time:

Florence Beatrix Maud
Florence Lilias Pearl
Florence Lila Plum
Florence Beatrix Elanor
Florence Elinor Primrose
Florence Violet Cordelia
Florence Violet Celandine
Florence Violet Isadora

Anything jump out at anyone?

Florence Beatrix Maud, Florence Beatrix Elanor, Florence Elinor Primrose & Florence Violet Isadora are the ones that sort of stick out to me.

 

Thinking Florence L-, also came up with these two:

Florence Lucy Valentina (Really trying to get a a Valentine/a in there for Pop, somewhere)
Florence Lucy Isobel

And I would kill to find a way to put Florence & Alice together without it being too hissy. Alas, I think that’s a losing battle.

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