What’s in a name?

There have been many versions of St Loye through the ages. He signed himself Eligius, the Latin form of his name, which comes from eligere meaning to choose. Here’s an example of his signature. 

Signature of St Loye

Loye also appears as Eloy, Éloy, Éloi and Loy. Other variants of Eligius include Eligio and Eligiusz. Would you call your child Eligius?

My name is Clare, but is often mis-spelled Claire. Then there are the variants Clair, Clara, Klara, Chiara, Clarissa, Chiara, and so on. The Irish County Clare comes from the name of a small bridge. Otherwise, Clare and the others come from the Latin for clear or bright.

What about your name? What are its origins and what does it mean?