"For once the fluff pieces got it pretty much right."
******Well, as you know, I believe in going directly to the source to find a meaning of a name, and I figured that Famke Janssen ought to know what her own name means, seeing as how interviewers would be likely to ask her that frequently enough. :)
"Our friendly neighborhood English-Frisian dictionary defines "famke" as "girl, lass"."
******Yep, the Frisian online dictionaries said the same thing.
"I seem to recall from my linguistics courses that Frisian is the language most closely resembling English..."
******I dunno 'bout that, but I do know that my favorite breed of horse is the Frisian (or Friesian). Big, black devil-horses. The most impressive horses you might see in any dressage event: