Cupid with some myrtles

Thanks to Emily for suggesting Myrtice!

Meaning: “Myrtle”
Gender: Female
Prounciation: MYR-tiss
Origin: English
Other forms of the name: Mertis, Mertice, Myrtis, Myrtle

This name appears to be a variant of the name Myrtle. The last time Myrtice appeared in the Top 1000 names for the US was in 1940 when it ranked at #966. The highest it ever ranked was in 1907 where it sat at #534. There are lots of plants in Myrtaceae family, including crape myrtles, creeping myrtles, wax myrtles and the good old-fashioned common myrtle. “The Myrtle” is an Italian fairytale by Giambattista Basile which tells the story of a woman who wished for a child and gave birth to a sprig of myrtle. The woman and her husband put it in a pot and watched it grow until one day a prince took a fancy to it and paid the woman to let him have it. He took great care of the myrtle until one night a woman appeared in his room and every night after that she would return, only to leave in the morning. So one night the prince tied her hair to his arm and she eventually confessed that she was the myrtle and had fallen in love with him. The two got married after a few mishaps, like when six evil women tore the sprig to shreds but it was able to grow back. The Myrtles Plantation is an antebellum plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is one of America’s most haunted locations and is now a Bed and Breakfast. Twelve ghosts are said to make The Myrtles Plantation their home and it is reported at least ten murders have occurred at the plantation. One of the most famous ghosts of the plantation is that of Chloe, a slave owned by Clark and Sara Woodruff. In one story Chloe was forced to be Clark’s mistress, another says she listened in on Clark’s business dealings. Either way, she ended up having an ear cut off by either Sara or Clark. She wore a green turban to cover it up. Chloe then baked a birthday cake which contained extract of oleander leaves and poisoned Sara and her two children. Why she did this is subject to many theories, one being simply for revenge, another stating she was trying to get back into favor by poisoning them and then attempting to cure them. However Sara and both of the children died. Chloe was hung by the other slaves and thrown into the Mississippi River. There is no historical record stating that the Woodruff’s ever owned a slave named Chloe, though the legend lives on. In ancient Hebrew times the myrtle was a symbol of marriage. They are considered sacred to the Goddess Aphrodite and in the Victorian era a Bride’s posy would often include a myrtle which were considered tokens of love.

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