Euphemia

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Etymology[edit]

Name of an early Christian martyr, from Ancient Greek, meaning "good speech".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Greek) IPA(key): /ɛffiː'miːə/
  • (English) IPA(key): /ɛf'fiːmiːə/

Proper noun[edit]

Euphemia

  1. A female given name.
    • 1835 Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Home, James Munroe and Company 1850, page 52:
      "Euphemia is Grandmama's name, my dear." The children looked grave. Euphemia sounded very strange and old-fashioned to them. "Or Effie," added Mr. Barclay, "if you like that better."
      Effie, the prettiest of diminutives, gained all suffrages.
    • 1905 H. G. Wells, Kipps, Kessinger Publishing 2005, ISBN 141791758X, page 136:
      "Euphemia," said Kipps at last, unable altogether to keep to himself this suspicion of a high origin that floated so delightfully about him, "Eu-phemia; it isn't a name common people would give to a girl, is it?" - - -
      "It's givin' girls names like that," said Buggins, "that nine times out of ten makes 'em go wrong. It unsettles 'em. If ever I was to have a dozen girls, I'd call 'em all Jane.

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