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Forename Friday – Ziedīte

Today’s name is Ziedīte. This is a female name.

According to Klāvs Siliņš’ Latviešu personvārdu vārdnica (Dictionary of Latvian Personal Names), Ziedīte comes from the Latvian verb “ziedēt”, which means “to blossom”, and was first seen in 1915 in Zemgale, the southern part of Latvia. It was most popular in 1975, where it represented 0.03% of [...]

Forename Friday - Zinta

Welcome back to Forename Friday! This will be a biweekly series looking at Latvian first names, chosen based on one of the names found in the Latvian calendar of names for that day.

Today’s name is Zinta. This is a feminine name, though there is a male form, Zintis, but that name is celebrated on January [...]

Limbaži News – August 9, 1908

I occasionally browse the variety of newspapers available through the Latvian National Library’s website here and here. Newspapers can be a very valuable source of information, but many pre-World War 2 Latvian newspapers were written in blackletter font and old Latvian orthography, even in the 1930s. This typefont is not easy to read, but with [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Grundtvigs Kirke, Copenhagen

It took some sleuthing to find which Danish church this was, but I finally found it! It is Grundtvigs Kirke in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen.

My great-aunt and grandmother in Grundtvigs Kirke in Copenhagen, c. 1948.