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Talia



Origin: Hebrew


טַלְיָה (Hebrew) Talyah


 טַלְיָא (Hebrew) Talya


تاليا ‎‎ (Arabic)


Meaning: a variant transcription of Talya meaning "dew from God" in Hebrew. I've also seen Talya as being an Aramaic unisex name meaning "young lamb" or "lamb" but I can't attest to the accuracy of that.


Talia also seems to have Arabic roots but I couldn't find a meaning for it.


Talia is also often used as a variant spelling of Thalia, a Greek feminine name meaning "to blossom". From what I've come across, it seems there's a difference of opinion in how Thalia is pronounced- either with the th- or with the h being silent and pronounced like Talia. I prefer the former, to be honest.


Interesting fact: There's an Italian fairytale by Giambattista Basile called Sun, Moon, and Talia (Sole, Lune, e Talia in Italian), the original Sleeping Beauty. In this version, Talia is the daughter of a lord. He was told by his wise men and seers that Talia's life would be endangered by a piece of flax and in response, the lord ordered that no piece of flax would ever enter his home. It seems the lord never told his daughter about the danger because one day, Talia sees an old woman spinning some flax and curiously asks her if she can spin it herself; a splinter of the flax got under her fingernail and she falls in apparent death. Unable to bury his daughter, the lord puts her in his country estate.


A king approaches the country estate when he's out hunting, goes inside, and finds the sleeping Talia lying on a bed. Entranced by her beauty he tries to wake her up but when he can't, he rapes her and then leaves. Later on, Talia gives birth to twins, a boy and girl, and one of them sucks at her finger where the piece of flax is stuck under her fingernail, dislodging it and awakening their mother. She names them Sun and Moon.


When the king finally returns, he finds Talia awake and with their twins, but he's already married. When his wife finds out about Talia and the twins, in her jealousy she orders them brought to the royal court, and that the children be killed, cooked, and fed to the king. However, the cook hides them and cooks two lambs instead. Then the queen orders a big fire to be lit and orders Talia to be thrown in, however Talia stalls for time by asking to take off her clothes, and with piece she takes off she screams loudly until the king hears her. When he shows up, the queen taunts him, telling him that he had eaten his own children. In his grief and anger, he orders his wife, his secretary, and the cook burned, but as he is dragged to the fire the cook reveals that the twin were still alive and is rewarded by being made into a royal chamberlain, and the king marries Talia and they, and their children, live happily after.


Variants:

  • Tahlia
  • Talya

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