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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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Announcing the Birth of Our Daughters

Posted: July 26, 2011, 16:07:29 pm by jim

Dear Friends and Family, Jen and I wanted to let you know that on July 17th Jen gave birth to two healthy baby girls. We've named them Reverdy (Revie) Pike Nourse and Grace Montgomery Nourse. Jen had a long labor at St Luke's hospital here in San Francisco, where the care was outstanding and Jen was able to have the birth experience she hoped for (a vaginal delivery without pain medication). We are especially grateful to our midwife, Maria Iorillo, and to our OB Dr. Laura Norrell. Jen is recovering quickly and our daughters are thriving.

For the record, Jen gave birth at 39 weeks. Revie was born at 1:47am, weighed 6lbs 5 oz, measured 19 inches with an Apgar score of 9/9; Grace was born at 1:57am, weighed 6lbs 1oz, measured 18.5 inches with an Apgar score of 8/9.

We've all been home a week now and are settling in. Attached are a few photos.

Best wishes,
Jim and Jen

revie and grace

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