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Derives from Greek "ασπασιος" meaning: Dear. The verb: "ασπαζομαι" in Greek means: to kiss.
If you're looking for a strong, unusual name for a girl with history then Aspasia is ideal.
Aspasia Manos (1896-1972) was the commoner wife of Alexander I, King of the Hellenes (Greece). Due to the controversial nature of their marriage, she was only ever titled as "Princess of Greece and Denmark". She is the mother of Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia, and the grandmother of the current pretender to the throne of Yugoslavia, Alexander, Crow Prince of Yugoslavia.
The English pronunciation, according to the dictionary (Merriam-Webster; see
) is "as-PAY-zhee-ə".
The Greek pronunciation is "ahs-pah-SEE-ah". (That is how my father's friend, a woman from Greece named Aspasia, pronounces her name.)
Also, "Aspasia" is a genus of 7 species of orchids occurring from southern Mexico to southern Brazil. According to the "Encyclopædia of Cultivated Orchids" by Alex D. Hawkes, 1978 edition, the genus is pronounced "as-PAZ-ee-ə".
I believe this name, at one time, meant 'lily'.
Starla's phony definition of Aspasia:
Aspasia (noun) the condition of having lost all spatial abilities, usually as a result of head trauma.
A very nice name, virtually unused, with a cute meaning. reminds me of Anastasia, but more unique.
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