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First Name | Last Names | Location Names | Real-life connections


First Names

NAME

Origin

Etymology

Cultural References

ADAM

HEBREW

  • "Adama": made of red clay, Mankind, red earth, first man. GrandSon of Benyamine. Father of humanity

  • Assyrian origin: adamu = to make (work/produce)

  • IInd and XVth century, in Boheme and Moravie, Adamits were part of an heretic and naturist sect, who held reunion naked like in the garden of Heaven (pink paint on Adam's suit)

BETTY

HEBREW

  • "El-ya-Beth": House of the lord God, Consecrated to God

  • Betty (and Bitsie) are common nicknames for Elizabeth

  • Betty Schaefer (Sunset Blvd.): A young screenwriter full of energy and hopes for her career in Hollywood

  • Actress Elisabeth Vogler (Persona)

  • The name Betty might be chosen by Diane for the same reason as Rita, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth were contemporary superstars in the 1940s

  • Beatrice Cenci (who murdered her abuser)

  • Elizabeth Short (a.k.a. The Black Dahlia)

  • Actress Betty Rhodes

  • "Ruth Elizabeth" was the real name of Bette Davis

BOB
(Robert)

ENGLISH

  • From Robert: Bright, Fame

 

CAMILLA

LATIN

  • "Camillus": Young, virginal, attendant

  • Name given to noble child attendant to the sacrificator in Rome

  • Greek mythology:  Like Juno and Venus, Camilla's patron god is Diana

  • The Aeneid legend:
    Camilla
    , the Amazon-like, virgin warrior was raised in the wilderness by her father Metabus, king of the Volscians in Italy. She is the bulwark of the Latins' defense against the Trojans. When she is mortally wounded, Diana, the chaste goddess of the hunt, avenges her

  • Related: Diane/Camilla Connection

  • In Spanish "camilla" means "bier" or "stretcher"

  • In Michael Winner's remake of 'The Big Sleep', Carmen Sternwood, the doped, sexually-complexed murderer-sister of Vivian (Lauren Bacall) is now called Camilla Sternwood
    It appears that Carmen at one time is found in a bush by Bogart, and that Bogart responds to her question about what he is doing by saying he is a prize fighter

  • Princess Diana / Camilla Parker Bowles
    (Princess Diana killed in a Limousine accident - Camilla becomes leading lady »more

  • Saint Camilla, clarisse sister, found a convent near Modene, in Emilie, Italy. XV-XVIth century. model of all vertues. (see Saint Diane)

  • A reference to the movie "Camille" (1936)

CAROL

GERMAN

  • "Karl": strong, vigourous

  • From Charlotte, Carole

  • English feminine form of CAROLUS. The name can also be given in reference to the English vocabulary word which means "song" or "hymn"

 

COCO
(Catherine)

GREEK

  • "Kora": young girl; pure

  • Nickname for Corinne (french)

  • Reportedly Ann Miller (who plays Coco) had a dog named Koko

  • Coco Chanel?

CYNTHIA
also Cenzia

GREEK

  • "Huakintos": Hyacinth

  • Latinized form of Greek Kynthia which means "woman from Kynthos". This was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis (Roman: Diane)

  • Greek goddess Artemis was sometimes called Cynthia because, according to legend, the goddess was born on Mount Cynthus
    Diana is the Roman equivalent for Artemis
    a connection between Cynthia and Diane?

 

DAN
(Daniel)

HEBREW

  • "Dan": judge; "El" : God; he judges; God is my judge

  • Daniel, one of the 4 major prophets of God

  • Dan = Diane?

DIANE

also Dian, Dayana

LATIN

  • Roman goddess "Diana" (Greek: "Artemis"):
    She was the perpetual virgin goddess of the hunt, associated with wild animals and forests. She was also a moon goddess, and an emblem of chastity

  • The word "diane" in French had a special meaning. The  exact definition is: "sonnerie de clairon ou batterie de tambour qui marquait le début du jour (inging or drum beats that announces the beginning of the day"
    http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/francais-definition/diane

Related: Camilla/Diane connection
Link: Diana on wikipedia.org

  • Twin Peaks: Cooper's muse Diane

  • Princess Diana / Camilla Parker Bowles (remember the fatal car crash)

  • Saint Diane, born at Bologna in 1210, in Emilie, Italy. Sister of Loderingo d'Andalo (wearing a golden cloth heavier than lead, sent to hell) in Dante's Divine Comedy (see Saint Camilla)

ED
(Edward)

GERMAN

  • "Ed": Wealth, prosperity

  • "Warden": to guard

  • Guardian of prosperity

 

GENE
(Eugene)

GREEK

  • "Eugenios": well born, noble race

  • The prefix "eu" means "good", so the name Eugene could be interpreted as "good gene"

  • Eugene was the name of several saints and four popes

HERB
(Herbert)

TEUTONIC

  • Bright, excellent ruler

  

IRENE

GREEK

  • "Eirene"= peace
    Irene was the Greek goddess of peace

  • Greek Mythology: "Erynies" are creatures from hell who never stopped following the murderers on earth until they made them mad. »more

  

JOE
(Joseph)

HEBREW

  • From Joel = "Yahve is God"
    = one of the 12 little prophets of Israel

  • From Yoseph: God shall add another son

 

LORRAINE

LATIN

  • "Lenire": to soften

  • Lorraine = province in North East of France

LOUISE

also Ludwig, Clovis, Luigi

GERMAN

  • "Hlodwig": glorious warrior


 

LUIGI

see Louise

 ITALIAN

  • French: Louis

 

RITA

GREEK

  • From Margarita: Perl, child of light, rescue, moral help

  • From Roccaporena, in Apennins, Italy. was married by force to a brutal man, who she converted with patience, prayer and fast

Rita Hayworth

RUTH

HEBREW

  • "Rawoth": satisfied with wealth; companion, friend

  • Moabite, widow she marry Booz (a relative who has right to "take" her) in Bethlehem (Juda)

  • Dictionary: "ruth" = grief, repentance, regret

  • Aunt Ruth = "Untruth"?

  • The name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. She was a Moabite woman who was the ancestor of king David

  • Ruth Selwyn (1905-1954), actress and wife of actor/director/playwright Edgar Selwyn

  • "Ruth Elizabeth" was the real name of Bette Davis

SYLVIA
North

LATIN

  • "Silva" = wood, forest

  • Woodland

  • North Woods = Canada

WALLY
(Walter/Wallace)

GERMAN

  • "Wald": governor; "heri" army. Warrior

 

WOODY
Katz

  

  • Pet form of Woodrow

  • "Woody" is another name for a man's penis

  • Woody Allen: Remember the scandal between Woody Allen and his almost adoptive daughter Soon Yi which enters in resonance with Betty's screenplay

  • Woody plays 'Chuck' = woodchuck

 

Last Names

NAME

Origin

Etymology

Cultural References

BONNER
Louise

 

  • "Bonheur", which sounds the same, means "happiness" or "fortune" in French 
    connection to Louise being a fortune teller?

 

BROOKER
Bob

 

  • "Brook" means "tolerate" (so he's pretending to be oblivious to the hanky-panky)

 

CASTIGLIANE
Luigi, Vincenzo

ITALIAN

  • Castigliane (Italian: "castle people")

  • Castigare (lat.) Castigate: punish, scold, chastise

  • "Castling" = interchanging the positions of the King and a Rook in chess

  • Castellano = manager of a castle

  • Castigliane = Castigl[D]iane?

  • Castilians are those people inhabiting Spain's central tableland.
    Thread: A rediscovery: Vincenzo - Ed connection

  • CASTigliane after all the brothers are involved in the casting of the lead actress

ELMS
Betty

ENGLISH

  • Tree reference - Lynch has a fetish for trees

  • The movie makes a visual association between Diane and palm trees, evidently an association with Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks)

KATZ
Woody

GERMAN

  • "Katze" (German: "cat")

  • Chad Everett (who plays Woody's character) was most famous for his part in 'Medical Center', where he was playing a doctor while Dr Katz is a well known cartoon

KESHER
Adam

HEBREW

  • Means "to connect", "to link to", "to become a connection"

  • Movie Connection: "Kesher Dam" (Lorraine: "Damn you Adam!")

LENOIX
Coco

FRENCH

  • "Le noix" (French: "the nut") referencing the dinner party scene, where Coco is seen eating walnuts

  • CocoNut?

  • Le Noire?

NORTH
Sylvia

ENGLISH

 

  • North is where Diane comes from (Deep River, Ontario)

RHODES
Camilla

 

  • Should we see "roads"?

  • Nymph Rhode from Greek mythology, who is also the namesake for Rhodes (Rodos), the the Greek island of roses further connection to DeRosa (Spanish for "of rose")? 

  • Actress Betty Rhodes

  • Naomi Watts played the character Grace Rhodes in Children of the Corn IV (1996)

Mr. ROQUE

FRENCH

  • David Lynch told Michael J. Anderson to act like a 'rock'

  • "Rook" is the Tower figure in chess
       card #16 in Tarot is The Tower »more

  • Roque in French means 'castling' (interchanging the positions of the King and a Rook in chess)

  • Roque = Spanish and Portuguese form of ROCCO

SELWYN
Diane

ENGLISH

  • Selwyn is an uncommon surname of Anglo-Saxon origin derived from the words sel, "castle", and wyn, "friend", roughly meaning "friend in the house" or "friend in the castle"

  • Selwyn: Sell yourself to Win

  • The combining of two of the great producers of old Hollywood David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn

  • Stage actor/director/playwright Edgar Selwyn, husband of Ruth Selwyn

  • Selwyn Mountains iin the Canadian Rockies. (link). Note "that the song "Mountains Falling" is played at a rather crucial point in MD »Soundtrack

 

Location Names

NAME

Origin

Etymology

Cultural References

SILENCIO

SPANISH

Silence

 

HAVENHURST

ENGLISH

Heaven + Hearse?

 

MULHOLLAND DR.

ENGLISH

 

Dedicated in honor of William Mulholland, the water engineer who designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, on Dec. 27, 1924. »more

  • MULHOLLAND DRIVE

  • MULHOLLAND DREAM

  • MULHOLLAND DOCTOR

  • MULHOLLAND DIRECTOR

There is a connection between the Mulholland Dr. name and Mulray in Roman Polanski's Chinatown, also set in L.A. If you recall, Faye Dunawaye's character was married to a "Mulholland", called Mr. Mulray in the film. He was murdered by her father, played by John Huston. I forget what his last name was. In the flick, he was the one responsible for the L.A. aqueduct

SIERRA BONITA

SPANISH

Beautiful Mountain Range

 

 


Threads:
Meanings and Origins of characters' names - (the_kid_with_the_helmet)
Origin Of Names In Md - (axelmarseille)
Names in MD... - (nicholas)
Who is Sylvia? - (jro)
ruth selwyn - (richdubbya)
Diane's audition & cartoons - (gandalf36)
Check this out guys, I could be onto something (or not...) - (the_kid_with_the_helmet)
Origin Of Diane's Last Name
- (Lou Ming)

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Diane & Camilla in Roman mythology
Irene being inspired by Erinyes?
Who is Sylvia North?
Name the Woman in Apartment 12 ... - (ctyankee)
Gonzales H Shift Tell Long (here Is A Clue)!!! - (axelmarseille)