Dantea's Baby Names

{November 25, 2011}   Thanksgiving Names – Girl

Passengers on the Mayflower

*With pictures of notable people with these names

Name                           Origin                                  Meaning

Alice                              German                                 “noble” Alice is a classic name that’s both strong and sweet. Alice is a darling of literature, from the immortal heroine in Alice in Wonderland to fine modern writers like Alice Munro, Walker, Sebold, Hoffman, McDermott, Adams, and Elliott Dark.  Alice is also a British royal, as Queen Victoria’s second daughter, the princess who shocked her Victorian mother by breast feeding her baby. There were 2 Alice’s on the Mayflower. Variations include: Adelice, Aleceea, Alecia, Aleece, Aleetheea, Aleethia, Alesia, Alessa, Ali, Alia, Alicah, Alicea, Alicen, Alicie, Alidee, Alie, Aliece, Alikah, Aliki, Alis, Alisah, Alisann, Alisanne, Alise, Alisha, Alison, Alissa, Alisz, Alitheea, Alitia, Alix, Alize, Alla, Allecia, Alleece, Alleeceea, Alles, Alless, Alli, Allice, Allicea, Allie, Allis, Allise, Allison, Allissa, Allisun, Allisunne, Allix, Allsun, Ally, Allyce, Allyceea, Allys, Allyse, Allysia, Allysiah, Allyson, Allyssa, Allysson, Alyce, Alyceea, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysia, Alyson, Alyss, Alyssa, Alysse, Elissa, Elli, Ellie, Ellissa, Ellsa, Elsa, Elyssa, Ilysa, Ilysah, Ilyssa, Ilysse, Leece, Leese, Lissa, Lyssa, Talicia

Princess Alice

Ann                                English                                  “Grace” Ann, the name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Neither are very popular any more except maybe as middle names, although they aren’t even as popular there. There was 1 Ann on the Mayflower. Variations include: Anazizi, Anel, Anell, Anissa, Anitra, Anna, Annabel, Annabella, Annabelle, Annabelle, Annalee, Annelore, Anney, Annick, Annimae, Annis, Annise, Annora, Anona, Hanni, Hannie, Hanny, Nan, Nance, Nancee, Nancey, Nancie, Nanete, Nanette, Nanice, Nanine, Nanni, Nannie, Nanny, Nanon, Neti, Nettia, Nettie, Netty, Ninette, Ninon, Ninor, Nona, Nonie

Queen Ann

Constance                    Latin                                      “Steadfastness” Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival is the decidedly dated nickname Connie. One of William the Conqueror’s daughters was named Constance, and in Shakespeare’s King John, Constance is the devoted mother of King Arthur. The fictional Constance Billard School appears in TV’s Gossip Girl, and Constance was the first name of the decidedly non-prim and proper Lady Chatterly. There was 1 Constance on the Mayflower. Variations include: Con, Conetta, Connee, Conney, Conni, Connie, Conny, Constancy, Constanta, Constantine, Constantya, Constanze, Constynse, Konnie, Konny, Konstance

Constance Lloyd, Oscar Wilde's wife

Damaris                        Greek                                     “sweet heifer” New Testament Puritan favorite that’s still attractive and accessible. Although the meaning might throw you off. There was 1 Damaris on the Mayflower. Variations include: Damara, Damarys, Damiris, Dammaris

Damaris Aguirre. Olympic champion weightlifter

Desire                            Word name                         This name is probably not usable today. I would suggest the French Desiree. Pronounced Dez -eh- ray. There was 1 Desire on the Mayflower.

Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway

Dorothy                        English                                 “gift of god” In the 1930s Dorothy left Kansas for Oz, but by the 1980s she was a Golden Girl living in Miami. This name is pretty, but old fashioned. There was 1 Dorothy on the Mayflower. Variations include: Do, Doa, Dodie, Dodo, Doe, Dollie, Dolly, Dorettam, Dori, Dorothea, Dorothee, Dorothey, Dorothi, Dorothie, Dorrit, Dorthee, Dorthy, Dot, Dotti, Dottie, Dotty, Totie

Dorothy Parker

Eleanor                         French                                  “Bright, shining” Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. Eleanor’s straightforward feminine image combined with its royal medieval origins, is striking just the right note for parents in search of a girl’s name that combines substance and style. Eleanor is a serious name, with two nicknames — Ellie and Nell/Nellie– that are seriously endearing. There was 1 Eleanor on the Mayflower. Variations include: Aleanor, Alenor, Aleonore, Aline, Allinor, Eileen, El, Elaine, Elan, Elana, Elanee, Elaney, Elani, Elania, Elanie, Elanna, Elanni, Elanor, Elanore, Ele, Elea, Eleanora, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Elenie, Elenor, Elenorah, Elenore, Eleny, Elianora, Elianore, Elie, Elienora, Elienore, Ell, Ella, Elladine, Elle, Elleanor, Ellee, Elleigh, Ellen, Ellene, Ellenor, Ellenora, Ellenorah, Ellenore, Elleonor, Elli, Ellie, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Ellinore, Elly, Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elnore, Elyn, Elynor, Elynora, Elynore, Enora, Heleanor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Helenora, Heleonor, Leanora, Lena, Lenora, Lenore, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Nelly, Nonnie, Nora, Norah, Norina

Eleanor Roosevelt

Elizabeth                      Hebrew                                 “pledge to god”Elizabeth has so much going for it — rich history, broad appeal, and timeless style. In the Bible Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, and two of England’s most notable queens have been Elizabeth I and II. And another memorable bearer was Elizabeth Taylor–who hated to be called Liz. There were 3 Elizabeth’s on the Mayflower. Variations include: Alizabeth, Bess, Bessi, Bessie, Bessy, Bet, Beth, Betsey, Betsi, Betsie, Betsy, Bett, Bette, Bettey, Bettie, Betty, Buffy, Elisabeth, Elisabith, Elisheba, Elisheva, Elizabee, Ellie, Ellisa, Ellsi, Ellspet, Ellyse, Ellyssa, Ellyza, Elsee, Elsy, Elysabeth, Elyse, Elyssa, Elyza, Elyzza, Leesa, Leeza, Libbi, Libby, Lilabet, Lilibet, Lilibeth, Lisabet, Lisabeth, Lisanne, Lisbeth, Liz, Lizabeth, Lizanne, Lizbet, Lizbeth, Lizzi, Lizzie, Lizzy, Lysa, Lyssie, Lyza, Lyzanne, Lyzbet, Lyzbeth, Lyzbette, Lyzette

Queen Elizabeth II

Ellen                               English                                  “bright, shining one” Old fashioned and pretty, but definitely fading out of favor. There was 1 Ellen on the Mayflower. Variations include: Elan, Elea, Elen, Elena, Elene, Elenee, Eleni, Elenita, Eleny, Elenyi, Elin, Elina, Elinda, Ellan, Ellena, Ellene, Ellie, Ellin, Ellon, Elly, Ellyn, Ellynn, Ellynne, Elon, Elyn

Ellen DeGeneres

Humility                       Word name                         Humility is the quality of being modest, and respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of transcendent unity with the universe or the divine. There was 1 Humility on the Mayflower.

Joan                               English                                  “God is Gracious” Poor Joan. After being the seventh most popular name throughout the 1930s, it hasn’t even appeared in the Top 1,000 for a dozen years, and it would take a Joan of Arc to revive it today. These days it’s associated with Joans of the generation of Joan Crawford, Joan Collins and Joan Rivers. Modern parents are more likely to revive Jane. There was 1 Joan on the Mayflower. Variations include: Joani, Joanie, Jonee, Jonette, Joni

Joan of Arc

Katherine                     Greek                                     “pure” It’s powerful, feminine, royal, saintly, classic, popular, adaptable. Katherine also 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. Sleeker, more modern-feeling Kathryn has in fact been used for centuries and is still popular if not exactly stylish. There was 1 Katherine on the Mayflower. Variations include: Cait, Caitie, Caity, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie, Casy, Cat, Cataleen, Cataleena, Catalin, Cataline, Catarine, Cate, Cateline, Cathaleen, Cathaline, Catharin, Catharina, Catharine, Catharyna, Catharyne, Cathee, Cathelina, Catherina, Catheryn, Cathie, Cathirin, Cathleen, Cathline, Cathlyne, Cathrine, Cathrinn, Kat, Kate, Katee, Kathann, Kathanne, Katharine, Kathereen, Katheren, Katherene, Katherenne, Katherin, Katherina, Katheryn, Katheryne, Kathi, Kathleen, Kathrine, Kathryn, Kathy, Kathyrine, Kay, Kitty

Katharine Hepburn

Mary                              Hebrew                                 “bitter” Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, was Number 1 for girls for four hundred years. Though still in the Top 100, Mary is used now mostly for religious or family reasons. If it’s style you’re after, Mary’s many diminutives and derivatives are all more fashionable. The precise origin of Mary is uncertain; it may be based on a root meaning “to swell,” implying fertility, it also may be Egyptian and based on a word meaning “dear.” There are six Marys in the Bible, including the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and Mary the mother of Mark, and there have been British royal Marys beginning in the 16th century. There were 6 Marys on the Mayflower. Variations include: Mair, Mal, Malle, Mame, Mamie, Marabel, Marabelle, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maretta, Marette, Mariam, Mariana, Mariann, Marianne, Maridel, Marietta, Marila, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryanna, Maryla, Marynia, Marysa, Marysia, Maurene, Maurine, May, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mayria, Merrill, Millie, Milly, Mimi, Minette, Minnie, Minti, Mirja, Moll, Molli, Mollie, Molly, Poll, Polli, Polly

Virgin Mary

Priscilla                        Latin                                       “ancient” There’s no way to get around the prissy part. Fine for a middle name. There was 1 Priscilla on the Mayflower. Variations include: Cilla, Pris, Priscella, Prissie, Prissy, Prysilla

Priscilla Presley

Remember                  Word name                          No one will ever forget it. But Remember as a name came over on the Mayflower, so it has deep history as well as modern punch. There was 1 Remember on the Mayflower.

Sarah                             Hebrew                                  “princess” Sarah is an Old Testament name — she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. A timeless classic, as stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still very widely used, but with such a range of images and variations that any child can make it her own. According to the Book of Genesis, Sarah was originally called Sarai, but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah, meaning princess, when she was ninety years old. There was 1 Sarah on the Mayflower. Variations include: Sadee, Sadeila, Sadelle, Sadellia, Sadie, Sadye, Sahra, Saidee, Sal, Sallee, Salley, Sallie, Sally, Sara, Saraha, Sarahann, Sarahi, Saraia, Sarann, Saray, Sarely, Sarena, Sarha, Saraiah, Sarina, Sarine, Sayra, Sera, Serach, Serah, Serita, Shara, Zahra, Zara, Zarah, Zaria

Sara D. Roosevelt

Susanna                        Hebrew                                  “lily” Under appreciated due to Susan’s popularity, Susanna is a lovely biblical name with several very nice variations. There was 1 Susanna on the Mayflower. Variations include: Susannah, Suz,  Suzie

Susanna Dickenson

Rose                               Latin                                       “Rose” Rose, one of the old-time sweet-smelling flower names, has had a remarkable revival — as a middle name — with parents finding Rose to be the perfect connective, with more color and charm than old standbys like Sue and Ann.  At this point in time, though, some parents are finding there are too many roses in the garden. There was 1 Rose on the Mayflower. Variations include: Rosey, Rosie, Rosy, Rozy

Rose Kennedy


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