Well you know winter is on its way when The Weather Channel releases its winter storm names for the season. This nasty little process began five years ago, and they now seem to delight annually in naming winter storms in alphabetical order from A to Z. Let’s hope we don’t work our way all the way through the alphabet.
Argos (AR-gus): A city in Greece, and in Greek mythology the home of a number of kings. People have lived in this area for 7000 years – about how long we here in the Northland have been waiting for a mild winter . . .
Blanche: The French word for white. Also the color of November, December, January, February, etc., etc.
Caly (CAY-lee): A variation of Kaylee, short for Katherine.
Decima (DEH-sih-mah): One of the Fates in Roman mythology.
Europa (your-OH-pah): From Greek mythology, the name of a princess who was abducted by Zeus.
Fortis (FOR-tis): A Latin word for strong. Can’t wait for this one to hit.
Gregory: Derived from the Latin name Gregorius, which came from the Greek word gregoros meaning watchful or alert.
Helena (HEH-leh-na): The Latin version of the Greek name, Helen. Helen of Troy was a mythological character described as the most beautiful woman – much like the very first snowfall of the season.
Iras (EYE-rus): A character in Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, a story about the Roman General and his bride at the end of their lives. In preparation for this stormy period, they went to Target to stock up on bread and milk.
Jupiter: The supreme god in Roman mythology; Latin for father.
Kori (KORE-ee): A version of Corey, which was derived from the Old Norse name, Korí.
Leo: The Ancient Latin word for lion. In like Leo, and hopefully out like a lamb.
Maya: A variation of Maia from Greek and Roman mythology. To Romans, Maia was the goddess of spring. The month of May is named in her honor. Skol Maia!!!!
Niko (NEE-koh): Short for the Greek name Nikolaos, which means victor of the people or people’s champion. Also the name for the neighbors who shovel your sidewalk just because they are out there anyway.
Orson: An English name that was ultimately derived from the Latin word for bear, ursus.
Pluto: A Latinized version of the Greek word ploutos meaning wealth.
Quid: Part of the Latin phrase quid pro quo meaning this for that.
Reggie: Short for Reginald, which is derived from the Latin Reginaldus, which is derived from Germanic words meaning advice.
Stella: A Latin word meaning star.
Theseus (THEE-see-us): Theseus was the mythical king of Athens and was the son of Aethra by two fathers: Aegeus and Poseidon.
Ursa (ERR-sah): A feminine form of the Latin word ursus meaning bear.
Valerie: From Valeria, the feminine version of the Ancient Roman saint’s name, Valerius.
Wyatt: From the Medieval name Wyot, which ultimately came from the Middle English words for battle and brave. Battle and Brave . . . Hello winter.
Xavier (ZAY-vee-er): From name of a 16th Century Spanish saint, Francis Xavier. His name was a Romanized version of his birthplace Exteberri, which meant new house in Basque. Or new house in Florida. Or new house in Mexico. Or new house anywhere warm . . .
Yuri (YOUR-ee): An alternate spelling of Yuriy, the Russian version of George, which ultimately comes from the Greek word georgós meaning farmer.
Zeno (ZEE-no): From the Greek name Zenon, derived from the name of mythological god of the thunder and the sky, Zeus.
Hello winter. Bring it!