In Old English, “mer” means “sea,” and “maid” simply meant woman.
Mermaids are therefore “women of the sea.”
Legends of mermaids may be ancient, but they are still present in many forms; their images can be found in films, books, movies and even Starbucks.
Enjoy my Top Ten List of Mermaid’s in Movies:
Miranda (1948) Iconic
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) Midlife Crisis
Aquamarine (2006) Nod to Jane Davenport
Magic Island (1995)
Hook (1991) Best adaptation of Peter Pan
Ponyo (2009 — USA release) Disney-Miyazaki film
Night Tide (1961) Murders
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Sirens
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Scary Mermaids
Splash (1984) Haha, you didn’t think I would forget this one did you?
“Vitamin Sea” coursework project “Jane Davenport Art School” http://www.janedavenport.com
Art Image: S. Craig, Daniel Smith watercolor paint and Jane’s Epic Pen.