Dantea's Baby Names











There’s more classics than usual, but I’m disappointed by the amount of boyish names on the girls. As always, I’ll star my favorites and I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions ^_^

Boys:

Cooper
Jacob x2
Kage
Jaxson
Brantley
Bryce
Andrew x2
Isiah
Peyton x2
Mason x2
Asher***
Colbie
Jaxon x2* — I actually like this misspelling of Jackson and I know one and he’s cool
Landon
Charlie
Evan
Aaron
Tyler
Shyler* — I actually think this is kind of cool
Lucas x2
Seth
LeRoy
Jackson
Kyler*
Logan
Donald
Daxton
James
Hadynn — i would have thought this was a girl
Caleb
Bryant — there’s a city named Bryant about 20 mins away so this is weird
Luke
Courtney — i’m actually pretty happy to see this on a boy
Kaydan

Girls:

Gabrielle
Hayden — mom was Agatha
Jenaye
Isabella
Ellie
Michelle — moms name was Modesta
Symone* — I like Simone spelled right
Brylin
Hailey
Terin — this sounds boyish to me
Piper*
Avery — prefer on boy
Emery
Marlee
Alison
Bryanne — Bryan…sigh
Preslee
Brianna
Morgan — prefer on a boy
Ravyn — moms name was Lychandra
Aria**
Harper* — i prefer on a boy
Addison x2
Dixie
Olivia x2
Karlie
Autumn
Cyniah — this actually has an interesting sound
Sophia**
Jaylynn
Zoey x2 * — love it spelled correctly as Zoe
Kaycen
Gabriella
Blake
Lily
Eliam
Adalyn
Kiley
Kennedi
Kholoe — KOH-low-ee?
Lacey
Birella
Aubrey* — prefer Audrey
Emma

 



This is a book about a boy whose parents are murdered. He was a toddler when it happened and he walked out of the house and down the road to the graveyard while the man was busy killing his family. The spirits of the graveyard took him in and gave him a new name and the Freedom of the Graveyard. They raised him. The book is for young adults and filled with interesting names since the spirits come from varying time periods. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and he thanks Rudyard Kipling for The Jungle Book which inspired this book.

Nobody Owens — The main character. He was given the name Nobody to protect him. Nickname Bod

Jack — The main villain

Silas — Bod’s protector in the graveyard. He is not a spirit and can leave the graveyard to get food for Bod.

Scarlett Amber — Bod’s friend

Ronald, Carlotta, and Misty Dorian — Bod’s murdered family

Other members of the graveyard:

Caius (pronounced ci-us)

Josiah

Ezekial

Geo

Dorcas

Sebastian

Bartleby

Ephraim

Letitia

Archibald

Harrison

Marion

Joan

Thomes — I’m not sure if this is Thomas or Tomes

Elizabeth nn Liza

Abanazer

Tom

Fortinbras

Louisa

Claretty Jake

Thackeray

Euphemia

Nick

Maureen nn Mo

Paul

Simon

Majella

Noona

Nehemiah



{June 3, 2012}   Local Babies — May

Here’s the local babies around here. As always, there’s some interesting/weird ones. As you can see, nicknames and K ‘s are the favorite. None of the posted names are short for anything else — Millie, Gracie etc are the give names.

I’ll * my favorites.

Girl

Jaylene
Fiona — moms name is Hirankon
Bridgett* not the spelling
Nyla — moms name is Keyana
Gracie
Millie
Vivyan and Lillyan — moms name is Abbegaile and I love the names separately but hate the spellings and that they are so matchy
Asher — hate this on a girl, love it on a boy
Pacey
Charleigh
Gillian
Brynna
Chaynler
Kingslee — why would you name a girl King?
Keahton
Kinsly
Kaeden
Jalaina — moms name was Tonekia
Lorin
Siboney
Laney
Adam — hate!
Kinley
Aarya — moms name was Ami — pretty sure this is suppose to be Aria
Daija — This is a variant spelling of Deja so…Daija Vu?
Elizabeth
Harper
Anntionett* — love the name, hate the spelling
Gabriella
Ki’Yanna — moms name was Shermaine

Boy

Logan
Edwin*
Ben* but as a nickname for Benjamin
Mason
Angel — moms name was Beatris and this is Spanish, so it’s pronounced AHN-hell
Zander* but as a nickname for Alexander
Karson
Andy
George
Evan
Brayden
Kyle
Keigan
Alexander**
Navbir — moms name is Surjit
Cayden
Connor
Sawyer
Tatum
Brandon*
Kace
Shawn
Maddox
Jonathan
Michael
Teddy* as a nickname for Theodore

What do you think?



 

Name                       Origin                        Meaning

Alexandria              Greek                           “Man’s Defender” I love Alexandria. It’s my favorite feminine form of Alexander. It’s long and elegant sounding, while having a touch of the exotic too  (I’m thinking of the Alexandria Egypt right now).  All the basic nicknames still apply: Alex, Lexie, Xandra, Ria, Lia, Alia…

Augusta                    Latin                            “exalted one” It has an old fashioned kind of feel to it, but with August coming into style for the boys, I can definitely see this coming into style too. It’s got the August part in there and I prefer Auggie as a nickname for a girl for sure.

Bethany                    Hebrew                       “House of figs” I actually really like Bethany. It has a very pretty, lyrical sound with the short nickname Beth. In the bible, Bethany is the name of a village just outside Jerusalem where Jesus stayed during Holy Week.

Cecilia                       Latin                             “Blind one” The martyred Saint Cecilia was designated the patron of musicians, either because she supposedly sang directly to God while the musicians played at her wedding, or because as she was dying she sang to God. Cecilia is also a Dickens character name in Hard Times, and also appears in the novels Atonement and The Virgin Suicides, and The Hunger Games series. It sounds like an old lady too me, but it does have a pretty sound and Sissy would be a cute nickname.

Cynthiana                Greek                           “Of the moon” Cynthia is very pretty and Cynthiana is very pretty too, if a little too frilly for my taste. It has a long, flowing sound. Cynthia I suppose could be a nickname, Thia and Ana could also both work nicely.

Delphia                     Greek                           “Woman from Delphi” This name immediately made me think of Delphi, which has the oracle of Delphi, the most important oracle in ancient Greece; it was also a major site for the worship of the God Apollo. I think it’s very pretty.

Florence                  Latin                             “Flourishing, prosperous” This is another one I’ve seen thrown around a lot. I actually like Florence despite its older feel. Maybe it’s Florence and the Machine that’s given it such a boost here recently, I don’t know, but with the cute nickname Flora or Ren, I like it.

Hazel                         Color/English           English for a Hazelnut tree, and a brownish green color, it has a little of an old lady vibe, but not in a bad way.

Inez                           Portuguese                “chaste, pure, sacred”  Inez was the name of the mother of Don Juan in the Byron poem. I think it has a very cultural sound but is still very pretty.

Louisa                      Latin                             “Renowned Warrior” I like Louisa. It’s very soft and sweet sounding, but with a very neat meaning. I think the nickname Lulu is so adorable too!

Minerva                  Latin                             “Of the mind, intellect” Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention. I prefer her Greek counterpart, Athena, but I do think Minerva would make a daring name choice and Minnie is such a cute nickname.

Myra                        Greek                             “Fragrant” I like the sound of Myra and it’s vaugely biblical as a place where Paul boarded an Alexandrian Ship that would later crash.

Olympia                  Greek                             “From Mount Olympus” This would be the perfect Olivia substitute. It’s sounds spunky and athletic, but also beautiful and goddess like. Ollie, Olive, Pia would make great nicknames.

Phyllis                     Greek                             “Green bough” Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden, but its twenty-first-century image is closer to Phyllis Diller. This name is all old lady too me.

Primrose                English                          “first rose” This one might start seeing a rise in popularity due to it’s connection the popular Hunger Games novels and movie. I find it interesting and cute. It has the traditional Rose and Rosie nicknames, and you could call her Prim. Be careful though, people might find this name a little too prim for their liking.

Roxana                   Persian                          “dawn: little star” The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, more attractive than the regular Roxanne. Roxana was first used in the English-speaking world in the 1600s and was popularized by Daniel Defoe’s novel Roxana, published in 1724. An underused and attractive possibility. Roxie is such a spunky nickname and Anna is nice and grounded.

Waverly                 English                           “Meadow of Quivering Aspens” Waverly has a lovely sound, and is getting more notice here lately, but I always thought it was sort of trendy. Spelled Waverley, this was the title of Sir Walter Scott’s popular 1814 novel, whose hero was a young English soldier named Edward Waverley. Spelled Waverly, it was the daughter of Buttercup and Wesley in the Princess Bride. Even though it has a lot of literary cred, I just immediately think of the TV show The Wizards of Waverly Place.

Zoe                           Greek                              “Life” Zoe is the Greek word for life, and I think that’s pretty cool. It’s getting popular nowadays and I hear it everywhere spelled in all kinds of ways, but I still think it makes a great name.



Name                        Origin                        Meaning

Artemus                    Greek                           “Gift of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt” Artemis is a traditional female name, being the Greek Goddess of the moon and the hunt, but I always thought it sounded a bit masculine. Spelling it Artemus could make it seem more masculine. It has the Art and Artie nicknames that Arthur gives too, but Artemus is a little more unheard of.

Asher                          Hebrew                       “Fortunate, blessed, happy one” Asher is a sensitive and soft, yet strong Old Testament name. In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob’s 12 sons. The nickname Ash is definitely a plus. It’s more edgy and strong compared to how soft Asher is.

Baxter                         English                       “baker” I think Baxter is a cool name and Bax is just as neat as Max and Jax, but I think of a dog when I hear this name. Don’t let that deter you, most people probably won’t. Singer Ian Dury named his now-grown son Baxter and Dr. Baxter Stockman was a scientist in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Series

Blaine                          Irish                            “Slender, angular” Blaine is the surname of a seventh century Scottish saint but it tends to come off sounding a little soap-operaish. I, however, quite like Blaine. I think it sounds cool and adventurous, but still grounded enough to work on a grown man.

Calvin                         Latin                            “Bald, hairless” What an awful meaning! Calvin makes me think of Calvin Klein. The name came into use as a first name in honor of John Calvin–born Jean Cauvin– the seventeenth century French Protestant reformer whose strict doctrines became the basis of Calvinism, and the name was taken up as a tribute to him. There’s also Calvin Coolidge, Snoop Dog (whose birth name is Calvin), Calvin & Hobbes…

Corbin                        Latin                            “Crow” Corbin, the name of the castle where the Holy Grail was said to be hidden, came to the fore in the 1980s via actor Corbin Bernsen when he was the high profile star of LA Law, but its use is only now escalating as part of the mania for two-syllable names starting with c or k, as well as from the more youthful image of Corbin Bleu, the attractive actor-model-dancer-singer who was one of the stars of the Disney hit High School Musical. Bruce Willis played Kiorben Dallas in The Fifth Element, pronounced Corbin.

David                          Hebrew                       “Beloved” David is a classic, soft sounding name. It has deep biblical roots as the Hebrew name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant Philistine Goliath with his slingshot, then grew up to become a wise and highly cultivated leader who enjoyed music and was a poet, later providing inspiration to such great sculptors as Michelangelo and Donatello.

Dexter                        Latin                            “Dyer, right handed” Dexter, with that popular X, has a lot of appeal right now. To me, Dexter is one of those names with “Geek Chic” and I really love it! Dex is a pretty cool nickname too.

Drake                          English                        “Male Duck” I love Drake. It’s simple yet cool and edgy. I’ll admit that it does sound a little soap operaish but so what? So do lots of great names. If you don’t like Drake on it’s own, there’s always a longer form like Draco.

Emerson                    German                      “son of Emery” When used as a boys name, I immediately think of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I definitely prefer this name on a boy, but be aware, it’s getting sort of popular for girls.

Garrett                       Irish                             “Spear strength” I just love Garrett. It’s one of my favorite Irish boy names. It sounds very masculine and strong, with it’s hard consonant sounds, but still friendly and approachable. Gary is a nice but old nickname if you like it, but I wouldn’t use a nickname with Garrett.

Graham                      Scottish                      “Gravelly homestead” Graham is very smooth and sophisticated. It’s been popular in the UK and Scotland for a long while now, but it’s only now starting to really climb the charts here. I love it! I will let you know though, recently I saw a post on a baby name site about the pronunciation. Seems some people pronounce it Gram (with a short a sound) and some say Gray-um. I prefer the first. The Scottish spelling, Graeme, seems like it should be pronounced gray-um though.

Grayson                     English                        “Son of the Bailiff” Grayson is getting popular right along with Jackson and other names ending in -son. I like it more than the other -son names, for sure. I prefer the spelling Greyson and the nickname Gray/Grey is nice. Be aware, some parents are using it on girls as a unisex version of Grace, but I don’t think it’s going to go far there.

Harold                        Scandinavian           “army ruler” Harold sounds like an old grandpa to me. Hal is a nice nickname I suppose, but that makes me think of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Jeremiah                   Hebrew                       “Appointed by God” Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet. I think of “Jeremiah was a bullfrog!” and I really dislike Jerry.

Lucas                          Greek                           “From Luciana” Lucas is getting more and more popular. Lucas has always been popular with TV writers and in literature. There’s the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, Contemporary artist Lucas Samaras, or the Director George Lucas. Plus, Luke is a nice, strong and ever popular nickname.

Reed                            English                        “red-haired” I like Reed. It sounds cool and strong. Reed is a name that seems like it would bend in any direction…like a reed. I could see Reed as a banker or an artist.

Roark                          Irish                             “Illustrious and mighty” I’ve seen it described as awkward, but I really like it. It has a cool sound, but it might be hard for some people to say.

(Saint) Francis          Latin                             “Free man” Famous saints’ name pretty much confined to Irish and Italian Catholics for decades, and still has a starchy feel. Frank and Frankie are nice though.

Ulysses                      Latin                             This is a Latin variation of the Greek name Odysseus. Ulysses is one of the few U boys’ names anyone knows — with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant, and the James Joyce novel — all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy. I love it though!

Winston                     English                         “Friend’s Town” This is one of those fusty sounding names to me. I think of Winston Churchill as soon as I hear it. Then I think of the cigarettes. However, it is John Lennon’s middle name and has the neat nickname of Win.



{May 10, 2012}   Kentucky County Names

Boys

Name                        Origin                          Meaning

Adair                          Scottish                         “Oak tree ford” I really like Adair. It has flare and spunk, but it’s not unrecognizable. I love the nickname Dare.

Allen                           Celtic                              “Handsome” It is a handsome name, but it seems a little more suited for a dad or grandpa to me. However, there are several children I work with who have Allen as their middle names, so it might be geared for a comeback.

Anderson                  Scandinavian             “Son of Anders” For reasons unknown to me, Anderson has been getting more and more popular. Maybe it’s because the the news anchor Anderson Cooper? In any case, Anderson has a bunch of literary namesake including the famous Hans Christian Anderson. It has a nice sound and the nickname Anders, which is kind of cute.

Boone                         English                          “A blessing” Boone is one of those that gives me a cowboyish feel. It makes me think of a strong, dark and handsome cowboy though. Then I think of Daniel Boone, the frontiersman.

Carlisle                       English                          “From the walled city’ This is definitely a stuffy name. I think it has a nice sound, but it’s not even on the top 1000. However, it might gain some unexpected popularity because of the character in Twilight, Carlisle Cullen.

Carter                         Occupational              “transporter of goods by cart” I like the way Carter sounds, but I mostly like that it’s presidential.

Christian                   Greek                              “Follower of Christ” Christian is a little overly pious to me, but a lot of people see it as a direct statement of their faith. I’m of the opinion that your child isn’t a personal statement about yourself, but to each their own. It’s got Chris, which is nice.

Clark                           English                           “scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk” Clark immediately makes me think of Clark Gable or Gone With the Wind Fame, and Clark Kent, Superman’s alias. It’s only in the 600s and that’s great! You could bring it back.

Clay                             English                           Clay is a short, southern charm kind of name. It could make a comeback, but I foresee it being a short from of Clayton and Clayborne for a long time yet.

Elliott                         Hebrew?                        “The Lord is my God” Love Elliott! It’s got several proper spellings and has a lot going for it. It’s uncommon but not weird either, it has literary cred, and just has a lovely sound.

Floyd                          Welsh                             “Gray haired” And does this name sound gray haired! I honestly can’t picture this name without thinking of the country; gray haired grandfather rocking on his front porch.

Franklin                     English                          “Free landowner” Frank is okay, Franklin reminds me of a green turtle from children’s cartoons and Franklin Roosevelt. The latter isn’t that bad of a name sake in my opinion.

Grant                          Scottish                         “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense and strong and also with a little bit of a cowboy feel.

Grayson                    English                           “Son of the Bailiff” Grayson is getting popular right along with Jackson and other names ending in -son. I like it more than the other -son names, for sure. I prefer the spelling Greyson and the nickname Gray/Grey is nice. Be aware, some parents are using it on girls as a unisex version of Grace, but I don’t think it’s going to go far there.

Harlan                      German                           “Rocky land” It has a pleasant enough sound but all I can think of the sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison. I really dislike that writer, so it’s bad for me, but you may love him! Harley could be a cool nickname.

Henry                       German                           “estate ruler”  Henry’s been hovering the the Top 100 for a while now, but it’s getting dangerously close to being in the Top 50. Henry has an old feel, but still seems accessible.  Henry has long been a royal name.

Jackson                    English                            “Son of Jack” Jackson is getting mega popular. I’ve known several under the age of 10 and I can’t see it losing steam in the near future. The best part about this name is the nickname Jack or Jacks.

Lewis                         English                            “Renowned Warrior” This is a neat name and the phonetic spelling of the French Louis. It’s been #1 or 2 in Scotland since 2000 according to my sources, but parent’s in the USA are just noticing it. Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is probably the most famous bearer of the name here in the US. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name like Lewis. It’s got a great nickname, Lew.

Logan                        Scottish                          “Small Hollow” Logan is a Scottish surname that originated from a place of the same name in Ayrshire. It’s got a nice sound to it, but is pretty popular at #17 on the list right now. Wolverine, known as Logan, from the X-men comics and movies, gave the name a big boost too.

Martin                       Latin                                “Warlike” Very interesting meaning for such an old fashioned, geeky name. This county was named for John W. Martin, the governor when this county was named. Martin is starting to try to make a comeback, just like Arthur or Vincent or any of those other old man names. It sounds geeky, but there are several great namesakes; Martin Luther (founder of Protestantism), Martin Luther King ( civil rights activist), and eighth President Martin Van Buren.

Monroe                     Scottish                          “Mouth of the Roe river” Recently I’ve decided I like the name Monroe on a boy, probably due to an interesting character in a new TV show called Grimm. Monroe is a presidential name, but it’s starting to get popular for girls. I’d just like to say that I find this name handsome and not at all attractive for girls.

Nicholas                   Greek                               “People of Victory” Nicholas stems from the Greek Nike, the Goddess of Victory, it is a New Testament name, and also well used in literature. And then there’s St. Nicholas who, in addition to bringing bags of toys once a year, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren, mechanics, sailors, scholars, brides, bakers, travelers, and Russia, where the name was a star of the czarist dynasty. Nick is a manly nickname, Nicky is cute, and Cole is just handsome.

Owen                          Welsh                               “young warrior” Owen, a resonant Celtic name, has jumped almost three hundred places in a decade, with every indication it will go higher. It’s a classic with a genuine history, yet it’s right in step with the modern trend for two-syllable, n-ending boys’ names. I really like Owen.

Rowan                       Tree                                   The name of a tree with red berries commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches).

Russell                      French                              “fox colored” Russell has some of that western sounding charm, which is nice. Russ is a good nickname, but the name is dropping in popularity as far as I’m aware.

Scott                          English                              “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Like Logan, Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Spencer                    English                              “house steward, dispenser of provisions” This is a nice name, but its one of those that always feels like it won’t grow up well. I don’t know why that is, but there you go. I do like that it sounds fun and friendly though.

Todd                          English                              “Fox” I love Todd. It’s very handsome and still attractive on a child. I really wish more people would consider this one. I think it could go along with all the other strong and manly one syllable boy names.

Warren                     French                               “Park Keeper” This was on my own list at one time. Just like Truman, it’s also a presidential name. It sounds strong and handsome, old fashioned but not too old fashioned. I think Warren is ready for a come back.

Wayne                      English                               “Maker of Wagons” Because of John Wayne, this name feels like a cowboy name to me. However, it’s not one of the cool cowboy names anymore, more like a dad name.

Girls

Name                        Origin                          Meaning

Bell                              Occupational              “Ringer of the Bell” I love Bell/Belle all by itself. I like it as a nickname for Isabelle, Arabelle and other things like that, but I do love Bell by itself.

Casey                         Irish                                “Brave in battle” Casey seems like it would just fit right in with Bailey, Hayley, Kayley…I like it fine, but it’s pretty boring too.

Fayette                      French                         This is historically a shorter variation of the French Lafayette. I think it sounds very feminine though. I love the name Fay for a girl and all its variations, and I would consider this as a cute, but still sophisticated form.

Jessamine                flower                           Earlier spelling for Jasmine. Pronounced JEH-sah-meen. Popular in England but just getting it well deserved uprising here. Nickname Possibilities: Jess, Jessie, Jessa

Laurel                        Latin                            “Laurel Tree” I like Laurel a little bit. I like its connection to mythology and Greek/Roman royalty more than the name itself. It would be a good choice for anyone trying to honor a Laura in the family.

Rowan                       Tree                              The name of a tree with red berries commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches). I love the nickname Row.



Here’s some babies born in local hospitals near me. I find it interesting the creative/trendy names used, but there are some real nice ones in here too.

Girls:

Adriana

Heaven

Karrington

Grace

Johanna

Kavanna

Gabriella

Sutton

Adalyn

Lilian (2)

Layla

Isabel

Nichole

Zoey

Ella

Meadow

Sawyer

Brynn

Kyndle

Evita

Aurora

Greyson

Kaylan

Aleah

Mary

Hadley

Emersyn

Kierra

Audrey

Jayden

Kenedie

Celeste

Lexis

Jaydence

 

Boys:

Laith

Thomas

Taytayon

Malachi

Ryder

Brayden

Aiden (2)

Augustus

Matthew

Joakim

Jace

Khiry

Joseph

Brandon

Easton

Collin

Ethan

Brantley

Bryson

Conner

Jackson

Gavin

Mason

Jayden

Dawson

King

Greyson

Kage

Gabriel

Romellio

Hutch

Rusty

Da’Kota

Jp



Names                     Origin                         Meaning

Abilene                     English                         “Grass” Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the Midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D. Eisenhower spent his boyhood. It’s a much less frequently heard way to get to Abby.

Alma                          Latin                             “nurturing, soul” Alma has a sort of somber sound to it, but still pretty. It’s mostly heard in the term alma mater now. It’s fairly popular in Hispanic families and could just be ready to make a comeback along with other similar names Ella, Ada, Ava…

Arcadia                     Greek                           “region offering peace and contentment” Arcadia, a name for an unspoiled paradise, makes an attractive alternative to the modern Nevaeh. I love the sound and history of Arcadia. It has a nice nickname of Cady which is so close to Catey that people won’t even blink. It can also have Ari, Aria, or Dia.

Augusta                    Latin                             “exalted one” It has an old fashioned kind of feel to it, but with August coming into style for the boys, I can definitely see this coming into style too. It’s got the August part in there and I prefer Auggie as a nickname for a girl for sure.

Aurora                      Latin                             “Dawn” Aurora, the poetic name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew, and of Sleeping Beauty, would be sure to make any little girl feel like a princess. Aurora has consistently been on the popularity list since the 19th century, but is now at its highest point ever– and looks to climb even further.

Beverly                     English                         “Dweller near the beaver stream” It’s a pretty enough name, but I think of the seventies when I hear Beverly or any of it’s nicknames.

Catharine                 Greek                            “pure” It’s powerful, feminine, royal, saintly, classic, popular, adaptable. Catherine has spellings, short forms, and admirable namesakes abound. The Katherine spelling has been the preferred one in recent years, though Catherine has a gentle vintage appeal. The Katherine spelling relates to Hepburn.

Delia                           Greek                            “Born on the island of Delos” I think this name is lovely. It sounds sort of close to Delilah but could also be a short form of Adelia or Cordelia. I think it works fine on it’s own too! Delly or Lia are cute nicknames.

Eudora                      Greek                            “Generous gift” Eudora as a nice sound to it, with the cute nickname Dora or maybe Euni (you-nee). It also has a little recent attention because in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, “Princess” Tiana’s mother was named Eudora.

Florence                   Latin                             “Flourishing, prosperous” This is another one I’ve seen thrown around a lot. I actually like Florence despite its older feel. Maybe it’s Florence and the Machine that’s given it such a boost here recently, I don’t know, but with the cute nickname Flora or Ren, I like it.

Galena                       Greek                            “Calm” Galena has a pretty sound and is a shiny silver gemstone. Galena is sometimes used in past life regression therapy as a guide to inner vision. It assists in facing and overcoming one’s deepest fears. Galena is a transformation stone. It is effective when embarking on a personal spiritual journey.

Hope                          Virtue                           I think Hope is one of those names that seems destined to always be a middle name, but I’d like to meet a Hope for a change. It’s a lovely name.

Lenexa                      Native American     This name has a really cool sound! It offers the cute nicknames Lenny, Nexi, Lexi, or Nexa.

Lenora                      English                          This used to be a modern form of Leonora but now it’s sounds just as old. I think Lenny and Nora are cute though.

Lorraine                   French                          “From the province of Lorraine” Loraine is a very old name, and it might just be ready to come back around. I like it. Lori is a nice solid nickname, but Raine is spunky.

Mayetta                    English                          This seems to be a variant of May in English, but I also found places that listed it as Egyptian to mean “beloved of Amun” I like the sound of it a lot better than just the regular May and it gives you the nickname Etta or Ettie.

Ramona                    Spanish                         “Wise protector” Ramona isn’t popular, trendy, or too out there, but personally, I think it sounds old. Mona is sort of cute though.

Rosalia                      Spanish                         This name refers back to the ancient Roman ceremony of hanging garlands of roses from tombs. I like the way Rosalia sounds and I love Rose, Rosa, Rosie, and Lia as nicknames.

Sylvia                        Latin                               “From the forest” I love Sylvia. It’s musical and reminds me of the forest. I think it has a beautiful sound and I love Sylvie as a nickname.

Victoria                    Latin                               “Victory” Victoria, the epitome of gentility and refinement, reflects the image of the long-reigning British queen. I think it sounds lovely and high-end, but Vicky and Tori make the name much more approachable.

Winona                     Sioux                              “First born daughter” I like the way Winona sounds, but the first people anyones likely to think of is Winona Ryder and Wynnona Judd. I do love Winny and Nona as nicknames!

Zenda                        Persian                           “Sacred” I really like the cool, spunky sound of this one, and the Z will make this fit in with the current trends. Zen is a cool nickname.



{May 3, 2012}   Kansas City Names — Boys

Name                        Origin                          Meaning

Albert                         English                          “Noble, bright” Albert is an old, strong name, but I don’t see it coming back very quickly. Walter is sort of like it and I’ve been seeing it around lately, so Albert might follow but the best part of Albert in my opinion is Al or Albie as a nickname.

Alden                          English                          “Old wise friend” It’s another -en name, but definitely not as stylish as Aiden or that group. I think it has potential though.

Alexander                Greek                             “Defending Warrior” Alexander is a strong and extremely popular name with tons of nicknames possibilities and variations. Alexander the Great (or Alexander III) conquered a good chunk of Asia, and is perhaps the most well known of the Alexanders. There are a ton of other great Alexanders though including Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Graham Bell, and Alexander Fleming.

Alton                          English                          “Dweller at the old town” I like it a bit, but I think it sounds and looks like Dalton with the D dropped off. I think it would be fine though.

Anthony                   Latin                               “Priceless One” Anthony is strong and classic, but it is #10, which means more than 15,000 boys had this name last year. However, that shouldn’t matter if you love it. Anthony is the patron saint of Italy and the poor. It’s also a Shakespearean name via Anthony and Cleopatra.  Tony is still just as strong as the whole name.

Arnold                       German                         “Ruler, strong as an eagle” Despite the connection to Arnold Schwarzenegger,  this name doesn’t seem to have enough muscle to get back onto the list.

Benedict                    Latin                              “Blessed” Despite the fact that all I hear is Benedict Arnold, this name has a rich history. Benedict is the name of the saint who formed the Benedictine Order and of fifteen popes. Shakespeare used the variant Benedick for a character in Much Ado About Nothing. It still gives you Ben, Benny, or Benji so that’s great!

Bentley                      English                          “Meadow with coarse grass” When I hear Bentley, all I think of is the incredibly expensive English car. Not long ago, it has a huge leap, maybe due to a teen on 16 and Pregnant who had a son named Bentley.

Clyde                          Scottish                       Bonnie and Clyde. Besides that, I sort of get a backwoods kind of vibe, but I think if I were to hear it on a kid, I might like it better.

Colby                          English                         “Coal town” I like it okay, but it seems a little childish to me, and I’ve been seeing it and hearing about it on girls recently. I prefer Cody.

Dennis                        French                        This seems to be a French form of the Greek Dionysus, but all I hear is Dennis the Menace.  Dennis is also the patron saint of France.

Dexter                        Latin                             “Dyer, right handed” Dexter, with that popular X, has a lot of appeal right now. To me, Dexter is one of those names with “Geek Chic” and I really love it! Dex is a pretty cool nickname too.

Dwight                        German/Dutch        “white/blond”  This seems really nerdy. I wish the character on the Office could make it better, but it doesn’t.

Easton                        English                        “East facing place” Easton is just a new take on Weston and at #145 it’s on it’s way up the list. I actually like Easton a little, but mostly for the nickname East.

Emmett                      Hebrew/English     “True/Universal” Emmett is definitely on the rise. It’s got a laid back feel and it’s on the rise as a male competitor for Emily and Emma. Also, Emmett is a name from the Twilight books and those names are all getting more attention right now.

Hunter                       English                        “one who hunts” Hunter is just outside the top 50 and gaining in popularity as it combines a soft sound with a masculine image. Also, occupation names are all the rage.

Lawrence                  Latin                             “From Laurentium’ This name has survived a long time, from back in ancient Roman times when Laurentium was still a city with it’s prized laurel trees. It’s sitting at the middle of the Top 1000 and has the cool nickname Law.

Leon                           Greek                            “Lion” This city is named for Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who named Florida. Leon is a very attractive Greek variation on Leo, and is one of many Lion-like names popular in Europe right now. I really like Leon. It’s a more serious and mature version of the name Leo.

Lewis                          English                         “Renowned Warrior” This is a neat name and the phonetic spelling of the French Louis. It’s been #1 or 2 in Scotland since 2000 according to my sources, but parent’s in the USA are just noticing it. Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is probably the most famous bearer of the name here in the US. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name like Lewis. It’s got a great nickname, Lew.

Lucas                          Greek                            “From Luciana” Lucas is getting more and more popular. Lucas has always been popular with TV writers and in literature. There’s the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, Contemporary artist Lucas Samaras, or the Director George Lucas. Plus, Luke is a nice, strong and ever popular nickname.

Sawyer                       English                         “Wood cutter” Sawyer has a nice, friendly sound to it, but all I think of is Tom Sawyer, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Seneca                        Latin/Native American          “People of the standing rock” Seneca’s distinguished heritage as the name of the ancient Roman philosopher-playwright who tutored Nero, and of an Iroquois tribe makes this an interesting choice. I think this would make a very cool middle name.

Solomon                    Hebrew                       “Peace” Wise old biblical name that, along with other patriarchal classics, is finally beginning to shed its long white beard and step from the pages of the Old Testament.

Sterling                      English                        “Of the highest quality” I love Sterling! I think it has a very cool sound and a great image to impart on your son. He’s of the highest quality.

Ulysses                      Latin                             This is a Latin variation of the Greek name Odysseus. Ulysses is one of the few U boys’ names anyone knows — with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant, and the James Joyce novel — all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy. I love it though!

Virgil                          Latin                             “Staff bearer” The name of a Roman Poet and an early Irish saint, it’s not really heard any more. I love it. I think it would be better for a middle name though, as some people might try to say “virgin” to make fun of him.

Walker                       Occupational             “worker in cloth” I’m not really big on occupational names, but this one seems more western to me than anything. The W in George W. Bush stands for Walker. Then there’s “Walker Texas Ranger”.



{April 28, 2012}   Kansas County Names

Boys

Name                       Origin                          Meaning

Allen                          Celtic                              “Handsome” It is a handsome name, but it seems a little more suited for a dad or grandpa to me. However, there are several children I work with who have Allen as their middle names, so it might be geared for a comeback.

Anderson                 Scandinavian             “Son of Anders” For reasons unknown to me, Anderson has been getting more and more popular. Maybe it’s because the the news anchor Anderson Cooper? In any case, Anderson has a bunch of literary namesake including the famous Hans Christian Anderson. It has a nice sound and the nickname Anders, which is kind of cute.

Chase                         French                           “To hunt” Chase has a nice sound to it, and a good modern feel. It’s been seen on several TV shows here lately, including 24. It’s also megapopular in some areas of Canada and there are a disproportionate number of football players name Chase.

Clark                          English                           “scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk” Clark immediately makes me think of Clark Gable or Gone With the Wind Fame, and Clark Kent, Superman’s alias. It’s only in the 600s and that’s great! You could bring it back.

Douglas                    Scottish                          “Black water” The surname of a powerful Scottish Clan. This name seems very dated, as the only ones I know are over 40, but maybe it’ll start making a comeback. It’s sitting in the 400s now, so there does seem to be a chance.

Ellis                            Welsh                              “Benevolent” This is the Welsh form of Elijah and the Greek Elias and is fairly popular in Wales. A good note on Ellis; Ellis Bell was the male pseudonym of Emily Bronte. I like it. It has a masculine sound.

Franklin                   English                            “Free landowner” Frank is okay, Franklin reminds me of a green turtle from children’s cartoons and Franklin Roosevelt. The latter isn’t that bad of a name sake in my opinion.

Graham                    Scottish                          “Gravelly homestead” Graham is very smooth and sophisticated. It’s been popular in the UK and Scotland for a long while now, but it’s only now starting to really climb the charts here. I love it! I will let you know though, recently I saw a post on a baby name site about the pronunciation. Seems some people pronounce it Gram (with a short a sound) and some say Gray-um. I prefer the first. The Scottish spelling, Graeme, seems like it should be pronounced gray-um though.

Grant                         Scottish                          “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense and strong and also with a little bit of a cowboy feel.

Gray                           Color                               Gray is my favorite color name. It’s very cool and quirky and I love it in the front or the middle. I prefer it spelled Grey though, and I also like it as a nickname for Greyson/Grayson.

Lane                           English                            “A small path” I really like Lane for a boy. It’s a recent thing, but its definitely getting attention. It makes me think of narrow country roads.

Logan                        Scottish                           “Small Hollow” Logan is a Scottish surname that originated from a place of the same name in Ayrshire. It’s got a nice sound to it, but is pretty popular at #17 on the list right now. Wolverine, known as Logan, from the X-men comics and movies, gave the name a big boost too.

Marshall                   French                             “one who looks after horses” Marshall is actually a nice name. I like the nickname Marsh. It’s the real name of rapper Eminem and then there’s Marshall from “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s in the 300s so people like it, but it’s not too popular.

Mitchell                    English                             “Who is like God?” Mitchell has gone up and down in popularity. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. Personally, I’d like to meet a little Mitchell instead of another Michael. Mitch is nice too.

Morris                       English                             “Dark-skinned” I’ve never heard this one in life, but I think it could work wonderfully. It fits nicely in with all those other surname names going around lately.

Riley                          Irish                                   “Courageous” Riley, a friendly, popular surname choice, is rising faster now for girls than boys. That makes me so sad too, because I love Riley on a boy. It makes me think of a mischievous little boy with a dimpled smile.

Russell                      French                              “fox colored” Russell has some of that western sounding charm, which is nice. Russ is a good nickname, but the name is dropping in popularity as far as I’m aware.

Scott                          English                              “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Like Logan, Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Sherman                  English                              “Shearer of woolen cloth” Sherman makes me think of Sherman’s March, which isn’t a good thought, but most people probably won’t. I think Sherman’s still a little dated too, but closer to coming back than Seymour.

Thomas                    Aramaic                           “Twin” Thomas is still one of the most popular and well loved classic boys names, and a fairly common surname too. It’s the name of several saints and apostles. There’s Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison. Thomas came about because there were too many apostles named Judas so Jesus renamed one Thomas to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot.

Wallace                    English/French             “A Welshman/Celt” It’s so far away from being popular that it could conceivably make a comeback. Wally is adorable.

Wilson                      English                              “Son of Will” Again, a presidential name and a nice way to get to Will. I don’t think it will get past William, but it certainly could gain in popularity with William.

Girls

Name                      Origin                              Meaning

Cheyenne                Sioux                                 “People of a different language” This County was named for the Cheyenne Nation of Native Americans. The name of a courageous tribe, Cheyenne was fairly popular in the 90s. Shy is a cute nickname for this one.

Harper                      English                             “Harp player” It was “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper (born Nelle Harper) Lee who brought this family name into the public consciousness as a female first name with offbeat, boyish southern charm, and it’s also a name with a musical bent. I really like it (but not as much as Piper).

Kiowa                        Native American         This county was named the for Kiowa Nation of Native Americans. This could make a very pretty girls name. It sounds a little like Kiona, which is a legitimate name, and that might help you if you choose it. Kia (though it’s a car) is an very cute nickname.

Lane                          English                              “A small path” I really like Lane for a boy. It’s a recent thing, but its definitely getting attention. It makes me think of narrow country roads. For a girl, I would prefer Lanay or Lanie.

 

Riley                         Irish                                   “Courageous” Riley, a friendly, popular surname choice, is rising faster now for girls than boys. That makes me so sad too, because I love Riley on a boy. It makes me think of a mischievous little boy with a dimpled smile. For a girl, I get more of a tomboy kind of image, the athletic girl.



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