Sunday, April 26, 2009

What is the meaning of the name Cattleya?

I've looked on every website I could think of and I even tried googling this name. I've heard the name used before so I know it's a real name. I think it sounds really pretty and want to use it in my story, but I want to know what it means first, or it origin or something.

So does anyone know what the name Cattleya means?

What is the meaning of the name Cattleya?
Its the name of a flower... like being called Rose or Lily...

Any of various tropical American, mostly epiphytic orchids of the genus Cattleya, much hybridized and extensively cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Reply:The girl's name Kathaleya \k(a)-thale-ya, kath(a)-leya\ is a variant of Kathleen.

The baby name Kathaleya sounds like Katla and Katelle. Other similar baby names are Kathaleyna, Kathleyn, Kathlena and Kathaleen.

Kathaleya is a very rare female first name and a very rare surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census).

Katherine =

Usage: English

Pronounced: KATH-u-rin, KATH-rin [key]

From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". The Romans associated it with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure" and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.

The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the famous Catherine wheel. Another saint by this name was Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century mystic. This name was also borne by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great, and by three of Henry VIII's wives."

Or, Cattleya could be a combination of two names:

Catt = (from Catherine) pure (of Greek origin)

Leya = weary (of Hebrew origin) or ruler (of Assyrian origin)
Reply:Naming characters is always an interesting issue and more important than some people realize. Cattelya is the genus name for a group of Central and South American orchids. As to meaning, it doesn't have much since it is a latinized form of a person's surname. The genus was named that to honor a British patron of botony near the end of his career. His name was William Cattley This would be a unique name for a character, as far as I know and could be used to reveal something about a really "showy" character (All the orchids in this genus are supposed to be really fancy) or to contrast with a character whose attributes are opposite to the idea. Good Luck with the story.


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