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Quiz about First Names for Name Lovers
Quiz about First Names for Name Lovers

First Names for Name Lovers Trivia Quiz


Test your familiarity with the etymology of these well-known first names - and learn something new in this quiz chock full of name tidbits.

A multiple-choice quiz by carmeller. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
carmeller
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
283,170
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
2060
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Adelaide is the English form of the old German name Adelheid. Which of the following names is also related to Adelaide? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The French name Louis and the German name Ludwig share a common etymology.


Question 3 of 10
3. Compound names (think Marilou!) have come in and out of popularity through the years in many languages. Which of the following compound names is of Italian origin? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Jane is an English feminine form of John. John comes from the Latin Iohannes and Greek Ioannes, themselves derived from the Hebrew Yochanan. Which of the following names is also related to Jane? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Elizabeth is a very well-known name, with variants all around the world. Which of the following names is a form of Elizabeth? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Katherine is the modern English form of the Greek Aikaterine, of still uncertain etymology. Which of the following names is NOT derived from Katherine? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Do you know your nicknames? Libby, Betty, Elsa, Lisa, Bess, and Buffy are all nicknames for which of the following names? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Peggy, Gretel, and Maisie are all nicknames for which of the following names? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Winfred is a masculine form of the feminine name Winifred.


Question 10 of 10
10. Mary and its nicknames aren't the only ways to honor the Virgin Mary via a daughter's first name. In some languages, including Spanish, words that refer to her are also used. Which of the following groups of names are all used in reference to the Virgin Mary? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Adelaide is the English form of the old German name Adelheid. Which of the following names is also related to Adelaide?

Answer: Alice

Adelheid is composed of the elements 'adal', meaning noble, and 'heid', meaning kind/sort.

Adalheidis was an additional German form of Adelheid; Alice developed in Old French as a shortening of Adalheidis.

Eileen is an Anglicization of the Gaelic name Eibhlín, the meaning of which is uncertain. Delia is a Greek name originally referring to a person from Delos, and Leda comes from Greek myth.
2. The French name Louis and the German name Ludwig share a common etymology.

Answer: True

Ludwig is a Germanic name composed of the elements 'hlud', meaning fame, and 'wig', meaning warrior. Louis is the French form of this name. Both became very famous in their own right and inspired many variations, including Ludovic/Ludovica, Aloysius/Aloisia, and the obvious Louise/Louisa.
3. Compound names (think Marilou!) have come in and out of popularity through the years in many languages. Which of the following compound names is of Italian origin?

Answer: Fioralba

Fioralba is a combination of the Italian words 'fiore', meaning flower, and 'alba', meaning dawn.

The remaining three names are of German origin. Compound names reached a peak of popularity in Germany in the first half of the 20th century. These included Marietheres, a combination of Marie and Theresa, Hannelore, combining Hanna and Lore (a short form of Eleonore), and Lieselotte, combining Liese (a nickname for Elisabeth) with Lotte (a nickname for Charlotte). Anneliese (Anne + Liese) is an example of a German compound name currently popular - but this time, it is finding popularity in the United States.
4. Jane is an English feminine form of John. John comes from the Latin Iohannes and Greek Ioannes, themselves derived from the Hebrew Yochanan. Which of the following names is also related to Jane?

Answer: Siobhán

Yochanan/Iohannes/John/Jane means "Yahweh is gracious".

Siobhán is the Irish form of Jehanne, an old French feminine form of Johannes (from Iohannes).

Shannon is the name of the longest river in Ireland. Its use as a first name comes from the river. Jennifer is the Cornish form of Guinevere. Yolanda's origins are unknown.
5. Elizabeth is a very well-known name, with variants all around the world. Which of the following names is a form of Elizabeth?

Answer: Isabel

Elizabeth is a form of the Hebrew name Elisabet meaning "God is my oath" or "my God is an oath".

Isabel is a Spanish form of Elizabeth, eliminating the middle syllable and changing an ending to one that makes more sense in Spanish. Alternatively, it has also been suggested that Isabel has Semitic origins related to the God Ba'al.

Elisha is a masculine name, also of Hebrew origin, meaning "my God is salvation". Lysandra is the feminine form of Lysandros, a Greek name from the elements 'lysis' meaning release, and 'andros', meaning man. Bethel is a place name in the Old Testament.
6. Katherine is the modern English form of the Greek Aikaterine, of still uncertain etymology. Which of the following names is NOT derived from Katherine?

Answer: Rita

The meaning of Katherine is often given as "pure", though this is not the meaning of the original name. The name was mixed up with the Greek word 'katharos', meaning pure, early on, but does not come from this word.

Caitlin is the Irish form of Katherine, currently very popular in the United States. It had its first round of popularity there in the early-to-middle 20th century, when it was Anglicized as Kathleen in an attempt to preserve the original pronunciation. The new wave of Caitlins do not preserve the original pronunciation, and a crop of new spellings of the name has grown to fit the new pronunciation.

Karen is a Danish form of Katherine. Kateri was the name adopted by a Native American saint, after St. Catherine. The name was adopted to suit the pronunciation of Catherine in the Mohawk language.

Rita is a nickname for Margarita, the Spanish form of Margaret.
7. Do you know your nicknames? Libby, Betty, Elsa, Lisa, Bess, and Buffy are all nicknames for which of the following names?

Answer: Elizabeth

Elizabeth's great popularity over a very long period of time has spawned numerous nicknames - and these are just the traditional ones! If you're tired of Liz and Beth, try one of these on for size: Bess/Bessie, Bet/Betty/Betsy, Bettina, Buffy, Elise/Elisa/Lisa/Lisi, Eliza/Liza, Ellie, Elsa/Elsie, Libby, Lies, Lillie, Lilo, or Tetty!
8. Peggy, Gretel, and Maisie are all nicknames for which of the following names?

Answer: Margaret

Margaret comes from the Greek 'margarites' meaning pearl.

Peggy comes from Meg, another nickname for Margaret. Maisie is a nickname of the Scottish form of Margaret, Mairead. Gretel is a German diminutive of Greta, a short form of Margaret. There are many more! Other nicknames for the versions of Margaret around the world include Jorie (from Margery/Marjorie), Megan, Madge, Marge, Margo, Maggie, Mamie (also used for Mary), Meta, Midge, and Rita.
9. Winfred is a masculine form of the feminine name Winifred.

Answer: False

Winifred is an Anglicization of the Welsh Gwenfrewi, from the elements 'gwen', meaning white/fair, and 'frewi', meaning peace. Winfred comes from the Old English 'wine', meaning friend, and 'frið', meaning peace.
10. Mary and its nicknames aren't the only ways to honor the Virgin Mary via a daughter's first name. In some languages, including Spanish, words that refer to her are also used. Which of the following groups of names are all used in reference to the Virgin Mary?

Answer: Pilar, Socorro, Dolores

Pilar (pillar), Socorro (succour), and Dolores (sorrows), all come from titles of the Virgin Mary. Other names used in Spanish as references to the Virgin Mary include Asunción (assumption), Consuelo (consolation), Lourdes (a city where she is said to have appeared), Luz (light), Mercedes (mercies), Milagros (miracles), Nieves (snows), Remedios (remedies), Rocío (dew), Rosario (rosary), and Soledad (solitude). This is not a comprehensive list; there are more!

Resources used in creating this quiz are as follows. I would recommend them to any name lovers!

Oxford Dictionary of First Names by Hanks and Hodges (English)
Duden Lexikon der Vornamen (German)
http://www.behindthename.com

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Source: Author carmeller

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