saint laurence

House carved into a stone by a 15th century Romanian monk. 

It’s located in Bukovina, which is on the border of Romania and the Ukraine. The person that lived there is Daniil Sihastrul. He was given the name David when he entered Bogdana Monastery as a youth. 

Desiring a more eremitical life, he moved to Saint Laurence Monastery near Vicovu de Sus, where he became Daniil. However, he left for a mountain cave hermitage that he dug in a rock, where many came for confession and spiritual guidance.

The Meaning of the Names of “Hamilton” Characters

-Alexander:   “defending men” or “to defend, help”. This is also another name for Paris, Prince of Troy, in Greek Mythology. Paris, or Alexander, married Helen, the Queen of Sparta, causing the Trojan War. He also killed Achilles in the Trojan War after so many others failed to do so. Many Biblical characters are also named “Alexander”. Perhaps the most famous historical “Alexander” is Alexander the Great, who established an empire comprised of Greece, Persia, Egypt, and portions of India. Alexander the Great is regarded as one of the most genius leaders of history. 

Fun Fact: Alexander the Great’s father was named Philip, and Alexander Hamilton’s son was named Philip. Coincidence? Hmm.

–Hamilton:  hamel “crooked, mutilated” and dun “hill”. So. Hamilton is a crooked hill. Perhaps this relates to how our Ham rises up unconventionally…

-Elizabeth (AKA “Eliza”):  “my God is an oath” or  “my God is abundance”. Elizabeth in the Christian Bible is famous for being the cousin of Mary, Mother of Jesus, as well as being the mother of John the Baptist. The current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II shares this name.

-Angelica: “angelic” or “messenger”. This name started to gain popularity during the 1700s. It was not used much before that. We can all assume that Miss Angelica Schuyler was probably one of the lead trendsetters of this name.

-Peggy: this name originally derived from the name “Margaret”, which means “pearl”. Saint Margaret is the patron saint of expectant mothers, and myths surround this saint that she escaped from a dragon. Very Game of Thrones.

–Schuyler:  “scholar, student priest”. This comes from the German word “schule”, which means “school.”

-Marquis de Lafayette / Gilbert du Motier: (just going to do this one all together because his name is more complicated in terms of titles and whatnot). “Marquis de Lafayette” is his title. “Marquis” is a noble title, like “Count” or “Duke”. “Lafayette” is the name of the town he was Marquis of. Gilbert means “bright pledge”.

-George: (This goes for Washington and King George III). “farmer, earthworker”. Saint George is a Roman martyr, who, according to legend, also defeated a dragon. First Peggy and now George with the dragons?! Where are all these dragons coming from? Dragon Count: 2. Saint George has also been the Patron Saint of  England, Portugal, Catalonia and Aragon.

–Washington:  “town belonging to Wassa’s people”, which comes from the words wāð "hunt” and sige “victory”. And victorious Washington was.

-Aaron: “high mountain” or “exalted”. Spooky how Hamilton has to do with hills and Aaron has to do with mountains. Coincidence much? In the Old Testament of the Bible, Aaron was Moses’ older brother and also the Israelites’ first high priest. Not to be confused with the Irish name, Erin (which is typically a female name).

 –Burr: This most likely didn’t come from when his ancestors were introducing themselves on some chilly day and happened to say “brrrrr”. The most common guess is that the last name came from literal burrs, like thorny-little plant-seed-things-that-stick-to-you-that-are-so-bothersome. However, another theory is that it comes from the German word for “hill”. Yo. I don’t know about destiny, but  “Mountain Hill” (Burr) shot “Defender Crooked Hill” (Hamilton). That’s just eerie right there.

-Thomas: “twin”. However, the name is much more commonly associated with “Doubting Thomas”, one of Jesus’ apostles who questioned Jesus’ resurrection. Some notable saints by the name of “’Thomas” include Saint Thomas Beckett and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

–Jefferson: “Son of Jeffrey”. Who’s Jeffrey, you ask? Well, Jeffrey is a form of Geoffrey. Well, what does Geoffrey mean, you ask? This translates to either “foreign”, “territory”, or “hostage” for the first part. And “peace” for the second part, “frid”. Personally, I think any of those possible choices for the first part would do well with a bit of peace.

-John: “Yahweh is gracious”. (A bit of a touchy translation, I know. But, it is one of the most accurate translations) In the Christian Bible, John was the writer of the fourth Gospel and Revelation. There was also John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. Tis a popular name. Fun Fact: 29 popes have used the name of “John”.

–Laurens: “from Laurentum”. It is assumed this comes from the Latin word for “laurel”. Interesting story behind Saint Laurence: When it was demanded that Saint Laurence hand over the Church’s greatest treasures, he bestowed the people who were sick and poor. Angered by this, the Romans roasted him alive. Seems like a pretty game guy.

-Philip:  “friend of horses”. Neigh.

-James: “That supplants, undermines, the heel.” This is the name of two of Jesus’ apostles: James the Greater and James the Lesser.

–Madison: “Son of Maud”. Who’s Maud, you ask? Well, Maud is a form of Matilda. What does Matilda mean, you ask? It means  “strength in battle”. 

-Maria: The meaning is not entirely clear, but some suggestions include “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, and “wished for child”. (All of which relate to Maria’s role in Hamilton’s life, mind you.) But, one of the most agreed on terms is “love” or “beloved”, from the Egyptian word “mry”. As most of you already know, Mary (which is a variation of “Maria”), was the mother of Jesus. Now, remember how earlier, I mentioned that Elizabeth was Mary’s cousin? Seems that the Hams was attracted to those people with names related to the Big JC. *cough cough* John the Baptist/ John Laurens much?

–Reynolds: “advice” and “rule”. Not much else to say…

-Hercules: originally “Herakles”, it means “glory of Hera”. (AKA: Finally a non-Biblical root.) You know, immortal demigod, completed the twelve labors (which included defeating the Hydra, which is very similar to, you guessed it a DRAGON…ish). Zeus’s son with a mortal woman. Killed his own children. Disney movie (that is highly inaccurate). Basically, AWESOMENESS. 

–Mulligan:  “grandson of the bald man”……..You know. That has a nice ring to it….Hercules Grandson of the Bald Man…

*The above post is the result of my first day of fall break boredom turned curiosity turned commitment to finish.