Thursday, December 19, 2019

Namemas: Odette

We are one week into Namemas already and that is just insane to me! Today is a name that I adore and can't seem to understand why it is not more popular! Find out the name and Christmas connection below!


War Heroine 
During World War II, Odette Brailly,  also known as Odette Hallowes,  risked her life to bring information to the Allies. She would later be captured by the Germans where they would torture her before sending her to a concentration camp. Following her release she wrote an autobiography about her time there.

French Beauty
Odette originates from the German element Odo and the French -ette. All the Odo names mean wealthy. Odette could have possibly been a nickname for the medical saint Odilia of Ascale.

Majority of the famous Odettes are French women. There’s everyone from French actresses  to astronomer to wine critics to mistress of a king. The list goes on and on. I do think they are some strong women named Odette to name your daughter after

Popularity
Odette has not ranked in the top 1000 in the Unites States since 1905 with that being the only year the name ranked. Across the pond in her home country of France, Odette has not ranked in their top charts since the 1970s. I find the name very fitting with names like Olivia and Madeline. Parents also seem to be catching on to the -eye baby names.

Christmas Association
On the seventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

7 Swans a Swimming

6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Odette is the name of the princess turned into a swan in ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet dates all the back to 1875. Since then it has been adapted into many different movies and plays. 



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