Dantea's Baby Names

{December 6, 2011}   Celestial Names – Girls

Name                         Origin                          Meaning

Andromeda              Greek                             Beautiful daughter of Cassiopeia who, like her mother, became a star. Makes a dramatic and adventurous choice.

Atria                            Star name                    A star in the constellation Triangulum Australe, also the name of a publishing imprint and an assisted living corporation, probably because it has that streamlined corporate I-could-be-a-car-name feel.

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. Variations include: Arora, Ora, Ori, Orie, Rora, Rory, Zora, Zorica

Bellatrix                     Latin                              “Female Warrior” J.K. Rowling is a modern master of naming, but this appellation of one of the stars of Orion, used for the evil character played by Helena Bonham Carter, is probably not one that will be easily pulled off. Nickname possibilities of Bella and Trixie.

Cassiopeia                 Greek                             Cassiopeia, the name of a mythological mother who became a stellar constellation, is challenging but intriguing, and has all those softening Cass nicknames available. With the rise of other otherworldly and mythical choices, from Apollo to Jupiter to Juno, Cassiopeia may just feel more possible for mortals now than ever before in its long history. Variations include: Cassio, Cassiopia, Kassiopeia, Kassiopia

Celeste                        Latin                              “Heavenly” Softly pretty and somewhat quaint name with heavenly overtones. A light and lovely choice that’s finally getting noticed. If you want a more unusual variation, consider Celestia. Variations include: Cela, Cele, Celeeste, Celense, Celes, Celesia, Celesley, Celest, Celesta, Celestena, Celestene, Celestia, Celestial, Celestijna, Celestina, Celestine, Celestyn, Celestyna, Celestyne, Celia, Celie, Celina, Celinda, Celine, Celinka, Celka, Cellest, Celleste, Celueste, Celyna, Saleste, Salestia, Seleste, Selestia, Selestina, Selestine, Selestyna, Selestyne, Silesta, Silestena, Silestia, Silestijna, Silestina, Silestyna, Silestyne, Tina, Tinka

Very Celestial

Celestia                       Latin                              “Heavenly” Heavenly name that sounds more ethereal than Celeste, Celestia might make a distinctive, feminine choice if your taste runs toward names like Angelina and Seraphina.

Still Very Celestial

Elara                            Greek                             Elara, a lover of Zeus who gave birth to a giant son (ouch. ); it’s also the lovely name of one of the moons of Jupiter.


Halley                         Scottish/English       “Hall” and “Woodland Clearing” While this has a distinguished male namesake — astronomer Edmund Halley and his comet — it still strays very close to the feminine Hailey family to make is a valid consideration for a girl.

Libra                           Greek                             “Scales, balance” Appropriate for a girl born between late September and late October, Libra suggests both balance and freedom.

Luna                            Latin                              “moon” This strong but shimmery moonstruck name has been growing in popularity, perhaps influenced by the “Harry Potter” character Luna Lovegood. The name of the Roman goddess of the moon is increasingly popular in Europe. Variations Include: Luneth, Lunetta, Lunneta, Lunnete

Lyra                             Greek                            “Lyre” Lyra is a constellation name taken from the lyre of Orpheus. It contains the star Vega and could make a melodic choice for a parent interested in music, astronomy, or mythology.

Nova                            Latin                             “New” Astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades; probably works better for a TV science show than a child, but could make a daring middle name choice. It is also a Hopi name meaning “chasing butterflies.” Variations include: Nea, Novah, Novella, Novelle Novea, Novia.

Phoebe                        Greek                           “Radiant, Shining one” Phoebe is an old new name on the rise. A mythological (Phoebe was goddess of the moon), biblical, Shakepearean, and Salinger name, the warm and captivating Phoebe was given a boost in popularity by one of the Friends. Variations include: Febe, Pheabe, Pheby, Pheebe, Pheebee, Pheebey, Pheebi, Pheebie, Pheeby, Phoebee, Phoebey, Phoebi, Phoebie, Phoeboe, Phoeby

Selena                          Latinized Greek       “Moon Goddess” Selena is smooth, shiny, and sensual, a nineteenth-century name that found new life in the Latino community, following the biopic of slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, starring Jennifer Lopez. But you don’t have to be Latin to love Selena, which is both distinctive yet in step with stylish modern names such as Seraphina and Celia. Variations include: Celene, Celie, Celinda, Cellina, Celyna, Saleena, Salena, Salina, Sela, Selana, Seleana, Seleena, Selen, Selenah, Selenia, Selenna, Selie, Selina, Selinda, Seline, Sena, Syleena, Sylena, Zelena

A depiction of Selene, anothe rname for the Greek Goddess of the moon

Stella                            Latin                            “Star” Stella manages to be both celestial and earthy at the same time. Stella’s wildly popular among the Malibu set and its star is sure to rise even higher; Stella entered the Top 100 this year at Number 85.  Variations include: Estella, Estelle, Estretla, Steile, Stela, Stelle, Stellina

Vega                             Arabic                         “swooping eagle” Another astral name, this one relating to one of the largest and brightest stars in the heavens, is popular in Scandinavia.  it identifies one of the most brilliant stars in the sky, and it has a musical reference to singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.

Venus                          Latin                             The name of a heavenly planet and the Romangoddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williamsput an athletic, modern spin on it.  Variations include: Venisa, Venita, Venusa, Venusette, Venusina, Venusita, Vinita


{December 1, 2011}   Celestial Names – Boys

Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Altair                             Arabic                           “Falcon” The eleventh brightest star in the sky has a celestial feel, but is also the name of a character in the Assassin’s Creed video game series. It would be nice for someone with Arabic backgrounds though.

Aries                             Latin                               “Ram” Constellation and the Greek God of Murder, War, and Bloodshed, the image this name calls up is probably not one you want for your child. Keep it in the middle spot.

Atlas                             Greek                              Atlas was the Titan who held the weight of the world on his shoulders. This used to be too heavy of a name to give to little boys, but like other God, Goddess, or Titan names, it’s becoming more of a popular choice. Anne Heche was the first to pick this name.

Castor                           Greek/Latin                 “Beaver” or “Pious one” It’s one of the twins that make up the constellation Gemini, and a mythological name on the cutting-edge of fashion; used by Metallica’s James Hetfield. Variations include: Caster, Castorio, Kastor

Draco                            Greek                              “Dragon” Strong and manly enough, but most people will associate your son with Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. This would be better in the middle. Variations include: Drago

Jupiter                          Roman                           Jupiter, the name of the supreme Roman deity and the largest planet, probably has either too hippie or too grandiose a feel for most mortals. But with the rise of sound alike Juniper and space names such as Orion and Mars, Jupiter may find new favor. Short form Jupe is adorable. Variations include: Juppiter

Leo                                 Latin                               “Lion” Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and is now on the upswing partly thanks to Leonardo “Leo” DiCaprio.  Leo has a lot of elements going for it: its leonine associations suggest strength of character and physique, its zodiac reference appeals to New Agers, and its ‘o’ ending gives it added energy.  Variations include: Lee, Leib, Leibel, Leon, Leoncio, Leond, Leontios, Lion, Liutas, Lyon, Léo

Mars                               Roman                          The name of the Roman god of war began to sound less intimidating when Erykah Badu recently gave it to her daughter. Actually could make a pleasant, planetary middle name.

Merak                            Turkish                         “curious one” is a greenish white star in the loin or flank of the Great Bear/ Ursa Major.

Mercury                       Roman                          Adventurous parents are starting to look back to names of ancient gods like Mercury, Zeus, and Apollo. This one is also a planet and a metallic element, and has a friendly nickname, Merc.

Oberon                          English                         “noble, bear-like” Shakespeare’s King of the fairys. It’s also the outermost moon from Uranus. It’s strong and masculine and could definitely make a great first name. Variations include: Auberon, Oberen, Oberron, Oeberon, Oeberron

Orion                              Greek                            Orion — the name of a mythical Greek who was turned into a heavenly constellation — has an ever-so-slight sci-fi feel, plus a Gaelic connection to O’Ryan, all of which make Orion a rising star.

Perseus                          Greek                            Perseus is a godly Greek hero (he was a son of Zeus) whose name has more muscle than Percy. It’s a pretty little constellation.

Saturn                            Roman                          The 6th planet, the one with the beautiful rings, could make a fine middle name along the same lines as Jupiter.

Sirius                              Latin                              “burning” Yes, it’s the name of the brightest star in the sky, but can’t you just hear people saying, “Are you serious?” Also, people might be reminded of Sirius Black from Harry Potter.

et cetera