Meaning of the Name (and word) Reverdy (Reverdie)

Posted: July 29, 2011, 10:07:16 am by jim

Reverd: French word, meaning "Greening"

Reverdie: The reverdie is an old French poetic genre, which celebrates the arrival of spring. Literally, it means "re-greening". Often the poet will encounter Spring, symbolized by a beautiful woman.

Originating in the troubadour ballads of the early Middle Ages, reverdies were very popular during the time of Chaucer. English examples from that era include Sumer is icumen in and Lenten ys come with love to toune. T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and William Carlos Williams' Spring and All are both considered to be modern examples of the genre.

The reverdie forms the basis of the Irish aisling, in which the speaker meets Ireland lamenting her woes.

Reverie or Revery: a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a daydream; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea; an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.

reverdie, a kind of medieval French dancing song celebrating the arrival of spring. The term is sometimes extended to include any poem or poetic passage that welcomes spring's return.

As a Name:

Usage: French, Canadian, Scottish, Irish, English, American

Frequency: Very Rare

Pronounced: 'REV-er-dee / ˈrɛvərdi / ˈrɛvədi

Other Forms: Revety, Revardy, Reberdy, Reverdin, Rebardy, Rebedy, Rebety, Reverdino, Reverdie, Revery

Reverdy is a family name passed down from my Canadian (Quebec) born Great-Grandfather's family, the Cramer's. Our daughter is the fifth consecutive generation to be given the name, either as a first or middle name.

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