Today, December 28th is National Card Playing Day. Did you know that the first playing cards ever invented were in Ancient China in the early 9th century? In the 14th century the cards made their way to Europe where the suits matched common day tarot cards with swords, staves, cups and coins. The suits changed in the course of a few centuries and in France, 1480, the four suits—spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs were put into play.
In honor of the great history of the quintessential game of cards, here are a few names derived from the traditional Paris court card names. Get your poker face ready, these baby names might make you crack a smile.
Alexander (Greek): Helper and defender of mankind
Charles (English/German): One who is manly and strong/a free man
David (Hebrew): The beloved one
Julius (Greek): The child of Jove; one who is youthful
Argea (Greek): In mythology, wife of Polynices
Joan (Hebrew): Feminine form of John; God is gracious
Judith (Hebrew): Woman from Judea
Rachel (Hebrew): The innocent lamb; in the Bible, Jacob’s wife