Dantea's Baby Names

{January 30, 2012}   Alabama City Names — Girl

Name                           Origin                         Meaning

Beatrice                        Latin                              “She who brings happiness” Beatrice is only in the 800s but don’t expect it to stay there long. I’ve heard this name thrown around a lot here recently on the forums and I expect Beatrice will be making a comeback. It needs to. It has a classic feel with literary, via Shakespeare and Dante, and royal namesakes. Bea is a nice nickname and Trixie is just cute. Although, if you want Trixie, that’s easier to pull of with the Beatrix spelling (a la Beatrix Potter.) Variations Include: Bea, Beah, Beat, Beata, Beatie, Beatris, Beatriss, Bee, Bice, Trix, Trixi, Trixie, Trixy

Calera                           Spanish                         “Limestone” Calera has a pretty feminine sound with the possibility of a masculine nickname, Cal, which is something I’ve seen mother looking for recently. Personally, if I were to choose a nickname for it, I would choose Cali.

Chelsea                         English                         “Chalk Landing Place” Chelsea is a little dated as it was it’s most popular in the early nineties. People still use it, though, as it’s still in the 200s. The best thing about it, in my opinion, is the variations in the name itself and it’s nicknames. I’d use Lea. Variations Include: Chelce, Chelcee, Chelcey, Chelci, Chelcie, Chelcy, Chelese, Chelesia, Chelli, Chellie, Chellise, Chellsie, Chelsa, Chelsae, Chelsah, Chelsay, Chelse, Chelseah, Chelsee, Chelsei, Chelseigh, Chelsey, Chelsi, Chelsia, Chelsie, Chelssey, Chelssie, Chelssy, Chelsy, Chelsye, Cheslea, Cheslee, Chesley, Cheslie, Chessea, Chessie

Clio                                 Greek Mythology    “fame/glory” Clio is the name of the ancient Greek mythological muse of history, one that is rich with modern charm and would make an intriguing choice. I also like the spelling Cleo.

Cordova                       Spanish?                      “From Cordoba” This is the only meaning/origin I can find for this one, so if any one has anything more definitive, feel free to chime in. I like this because it is an alternative to Cordelia, in my opinion. I don’t like Cordelia because of her sad story, but this name sounds very similar. I see a lot of people wanted to use Cordelia for the Cordie nickname (which is weird, in my opinion) and this name offers that too. Personally, I would use Dove as a nickname for this.

Daphne                         Greek                            “laurel tree” In Greek mythology, Daphne was a nymph that Apollo feel in love with. He chased her until she couldn’t take it anymore and begged the gods to help her. She was changed into a laurel tree, and Apollo, in love with her, proclaimed her tree the most beautiful and made it his sacred tree. Kings wore the laurel branches. Daphne is still hovering in the 400s, but I’ve heard it thrown around a lot. It’s a very pretty name.

Dora                               Greek                            “gift” In Greek mythology, Dora is a short form of Pandora, the woman who was given the gift of a jar filled with the earth’s bad things. Dora could come back along with Flora and Cora, but I prefer it to be a nickname for Dorothy, Theodora, or Pandora.

Elberta                         English                          “highborn, shining” This is a little old lady to me. If you want an older sounding, mature name but with a cute nickname, this could possibly work. It does have the popular nickname Ellie. Variations Include: Elbertha, Elberthe, Elberthina, Elberthine, Elbertina, Elbertine

Eva                                Hebrew                         “life” Eva is very simple and classic, but getting very popular (along with Eve and Ava). I think Eva is a pretty name, but I prefer a longer form with this as a nickname. Example, Genevieve nn Eva or Evita nn Eva. Variations Include: Eba, Ebba, Eeva, Evah, Evalea, Evalee, Eve, Evelin, Evelina, Evelyn, Evita, Evlyn, Éva

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. Variations Include: Flo, Florance, Florella, Florentina, Florentine, Florentyna, Florian, Florice, Florie, Florina, Florinda, Florine, Floris, Florrance, Florrie, Florry, Florynce, Floss, Flossey, Flossie, Flossy

Geraldine                    German/French        “ruler with the spear” I actually think Geraldine is ready for a comeback. I have a cousin Gerald, so why not Geraldine? It has a pretty sound with a masculine nickname, Gerry. Variations Include: Deena, Dina, Dyna, Geraldeen, Geraldene, Geraldyna, Geraldyne, Geralyn, Geralynne, Gerdene, Gerdine, Geri, Gerianna, Gerianne, Gerilynn, Gerri, Gerrie, Gerrilee, Gerrilyn, Gerroldine, Gerry, Jeraldeen, Jeraldene, Jeraldine, Jeralee, Jere, Jeri, Jerilene, Jerrie, Jerrileen, Jerroldeen, Jerry

Helena                          Greek                             “bright, shining one” Helena has a soft spot in me. It has some Shakespeare cred, he used it in All’s Well that Ends Well and Midsummer’s night Dream, Helena was historically the mother of Constantine the Great, and Helena Bonham Carter is a great actress. The only real issue with this name is that people tend to pronounce it differently. I like HELL – en-uh and other people like hell-AY-nuh and still others like hell-EEN-uh.

Kimberly                     Old English                  “Cyneburg’s Field” Kimberly was at it’s most popular in the seventies and eighties, but I like it actually. Mostly, I like it for the nickname Kimber. Variations Include: Cymberly, Cymbre, Kim, Kimba, Kimbely, Kimber, Kimbereley, Kimberely, Kimberlee, Kimberleigh, Kimberley, Kimberli, Kimberlie, Kimberlin, Kimberlyn, Kimbery, Kimblyn, Kimbria, Kimbrie, Kimbry, Kimmie, Kimmy, Kym, Kymberleigh, Kymberley, Kymberly, Kymbra, Kymbrely

Lanett                           Welsh Variant            “Idol/Nymph or Linett, a small songbird” This is a variant of the Welsh names Eluned, Lana, Lanetta, Lanette, Linette, and Lynette. I’ve always thought Lanette/Lynette was a pretty name. With this spelling, you get the nicknames Laney, Lane, or Nettie.

Margaret                     Greek                             “Pearl” Margaret is a classic name with a history of use for Queens and Saints. I love the nickname Maggie and that definitely spices up this older sounding name. Variations Include: Madge, Mag, Maggi, Maggie, Maggy, Mago, Maiga, Maisie, Maisy, Mamie, Marcheta, Marchieta, Maretha, Maretta, Margalo, Margaretha, Margarethe, Margarett, Margaretta, Margarette, Margarit, Margarite, Marge, Margeretta, Margerette, Margerie, Margery, Marget, Margetta, Margette, Margey, Marghanita, Margharita, Margherita, Marghretta, Margiad, Margies, Margize, Margred, Margreth, Margrett, Margrid, Marguita, Margy, Marjery, Marjey, Marji, Marjie, Marjorie, Markie, Markita, Meg, Meggi, Meggy, Metta, Meyta, Peg, Peggi, Peggie, Peggy

Rosa                              Latinate Variation   “Rose” Rosa is one of the simplest variations on Rose. It is a classic Spanish/Italian name and popular in Britain in the upperclass right now. I find it pretty and simple, but not my favorite Rose variation. It does have the great namesake Rosa Parks though.

Sylvania                      Latin                              “Of the forest” This is a feminine form of the Latin god Sylvanus, the god of the Forests. This think this is just gorgeous! Sylvia and Sylvie as ok, but with Sylvania, you can have either as a nickname and still have a longer, beautiful, sophisticated form.

Triana                          Latin                              “third” This is a very pretty name too. Tiana seems to be gaining in popularity because of the new Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” so why can’t Triana? I think it has a lovely sound and Tria is a very cute nickname.

Vestavia                     ?????                               I couldn’t actually find anything for this, so if anyone knows where this word comes from, please comment. As far as using it as a name, I think it has an interesting sound and could definitely work! Vesper would be a cute nickname for it. It sounds a lot like Octavia, so that gives it some credit in my book.

Vina                             Spanish                         “Vineyard” Vienna is a popular modern choice, but I think I prefer Vina by itself. Short and sweet with a pretty sound related to Mina. if you wanted a longer form, I would suggest Vinette or Vinita. Variations Include: Veena, Veina, Vena, Vinetta, Vinette, Vinia, Vinica, Vinita, Vinya, Vyna, Vynetta, Vynette


{January 28, 2012}   Alabama Cities Names — boys

Names                        Origin                          Meaning

Alabaster                    Word                              Alabaster is a fine textured, white and translucent stone often carved into vases and ornaments. Alabaster was very expensive in Bible times, and if a person bought an alabaster box, it was only used for very important purposes.

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.

Boaz                               Hebrew                         “Swiftness” This name was used by the Pilgrims and is still used widely in Israel, but it’s rare in the US. It’s associated with the Jewish holiday Shavuot–as that is when the Bible story of Ruth is read in the synagogue. Boaz was Ruth’s wealthy and generous second husband. The only thing I find appealing about this name is the nickname Bo.

Brent                             English                          “Dweller near the burnt land” I have a special fondness for Brent. I know a wonderful guy with this name. It’s not very popular, sitting in the 600s on the popularity lists, but I think it sounds sporty. It needs to be used more often. Variations include: Brennt, Brentan, Brenten, Brentin, Brenton, Brentt

Carlton                          English                          “Settlement of Free men” This name sounds very upscale to me, perhaps because the rich guy in every movie, or his butler, is named Carlton. I think of the butler from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I do think it could work fine though, and maybe if more normal kids were named this it wouldn’t see, so upscale. Variations Include: Carl, Carletun, Carleton, Charleston, Charleton, Charlton

Clayton                          English                          “Place with good clay” It almost fits in with the Aiden/Jaden etc trend but is much more traditional. I think of it as more of a western name. Variations Include: Clay, Clayten, Klayton

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.

Gordon                          Scottish                           “Great Hill” Originally a surname, it was used in honor of 19th century general Charles George Gordon, killed defending the city of Khartoum. I immediately think of Gordon Ramsey, the celebrated Scottish Chef. Variations Include: Gord, Gordan, Gorden, Gordi, Gordie, Gordin, Gordion, Gordius, Gordo, Gordy, Gore, Gorton

Graham                          Scottish                           “Gravelly homestead” Graham has recently started getting popular. It seems smooth and sophisticated and I love it. Variations Include: Ghramm, Graeham, Grahame, Gram, Gramm, Grantham, Granum

Grant                               Scottish                           “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense, like Brent, and strong. Variations Include: Grantland, Grantlen, Grantley

Hayden                           English                             “heather grown hill” Though Hayden is one of the better of the bunch, it gets lost in the crowd of Jaidens, Bradens, Aidans, and endless variations, and is being used increasingly for girls. I find it way too popular right now (There are 3 babies with this name in my daycare), but other people might be okay with that. Variations Include: Hadan, Haden, Hadin, Hadon, Hadun, Hadyn, Haidan, Haiden, Haidin, Haidon, Haidun, Haidyn, Haydan, Haydin, Haydn, Haydon, Haydun, Haydyn

Heath                               English                            “Heathland dweller” Since Heath Ledger’s death, this one might have to be set aside for a while, but I love it. I love the sound it makes and always think of it as a masculine name.

Jasper                              Persian                           “bringer of treasure” Distinct and masculine, Jasper is a type of Quartz, and is one of the only gem names for boys. The only real problem with it is it’s strong connection to Twilight. Because of that, it might get very popular. Jasper was also thought to be the name of one of the 3 wise men. Variations Include: Casper, Gasper, Jas, Jaspar, Jaz, Jazper, Jespar, Jesper

Loxley                               Old English                   “place of a lock of hair” I think this sounds very cool. I’ve heard Lux getting thrown around a lot for girls recently, so Loxley just seems really cool. It reminds me of Huxley, so I think it could work. Lox would be a cool nickname.

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. Variations Include: Maurey, Maurie, Maury, Morey, Morice, Morie, Moris, Moritz, Morrie, Morrison, Morriss, Morrisson, Morry

Florian                               Latin                               “Flowering” Fora and Florence have gotten popular for girls lately, so why can’t Florian come back? He was the venerated patron saint of those in danger from water and of firefighters, but it might sound a tad feminine and floral to English speakers. However, it could be a great way to honor your mother or grandmother. It might be better in the middle though, if you’re worried about the feminine sound. Variations Include: Florean, Florien, Florrian, Floryan

Samson                              Hebrew                           “sun” This name, once considered overly powerful due to the superhuman strength of the biblical figure, is now an option for parents in search of an unusual route to Sam. Variations Include: Sampson, Sansom, Sanson

Shiloh                                 Hebrew                           “he who is to be sent” Haunting biblical and Civil War place-name; now unisex — especially after the mega-high-profile Brad and Angelina picked it for their daughter. I’ve always loved this name more for boys, so I hate to see it on a girl. I love the nickname Shy. Variations Include: Shilo, Shiloe, Shylo, Shyloh

Silas                                    English                             “wood” This is a folksy sounding New Testament name that’s been getting a lot more attention recently. It’s in the 200s so this one is definitely starting to get popular. However, Silas has deeper roots than the bible. Silas was based off of the Roman God of Trees and Wooded Places, Sylvanus. It was given to people who lived in the woods or worked with wood. Variations Include: Cylas, Silo, Silus, Sylas

Theodore                          Greek                               “Gift of God” Theodore Roosevelt was an awesome man. I have no questions about the level of awesome that man possessed. That being said, Theodore is a pretty good name. It’s had some downsides since Teddy Roosevelt, such as the chunky, frightful chipmunk in Alvin and the Chipmunks. Even though its only in the 200s right now, I’ve heard it tossed around the name boards A LOT recently so be prepared for a rise in popularity. Variations Include: Tad, Teador, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Tedor, Tedric, Tedrick, Teodoor, Teodore, Theo, Theodoras, Theodoros, Theodors, Theodorus

Troy                                   Irish                                  “Descendent of Foot Soldier” Troy is an interesting place name choice. It got popular when Brad Pitt starred in the movie Troy. Now it conjures up the ancient site of the Trojan wars. Variations Include: Troi, Troix, Troixe, Troixes, Troye, Troyton

Vance                               English/Irish                  “someone who lives near marshland” Short but sophisticated long-neglected name you might want to consider. I’ve only known one, but he was a good, hardworking guy.

{January 26, 2012}   Alabama County Names — Girls

Name                          Origin                           Meaning

Etowah                         Unknown                      This name has a really cool, Native American sound to it. I’m pronouncing it EHT-oh-wah. I can see this on a little girl. The nickname is Ettie, but could be Toto.

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.

Geneva                        French                            “Juniper Tree” Unlike its somewhat formal Swiss city namesake, this is a lively and appealing place-name that also has a real history as a female name. It has the dated nicknames of Genny and Gen. The cute nicknames of Neeve and Neva. Variations Include: Geenie, Gen, Gena, Geneieve, Geneiva, Geneive, Genever, Genevia, Genevre, Genovela, Genovella, Genoveva, Ginebra, Ginevre, Ginneva, Janeva, Janevra, Jeaneva, Jeneva, Jenovefa, Jineeva, Jineva, Joneva, Jonevah

Madison                      English                            “Son of Maud” Historically and boys name, it’s number 8 on the popularity list for girls. Some parent’s like the upper town feel while some are just trying to come up with another way to get at Maddy. While I don’t usually go for unisex names, this own has been on the girls side for so long now, I can’t imagine it on a boy. Variations Include: Maddison, Madisen, Madisson, Madisyn, Madsen, Madyson, Mattison

Marion                         French                            It’s a variant of Mary. It has a somewhat stuffy feel, but at the same time, I think of Maid Marian, Robin Hood’s Lady Love. Nickname is Mari or I suppose Rion.

Shelby                          English                            “estate on the ledge” A decade ago, Shelby seemed like a cool choice, but nowadays, I prefer Sidney. It is sitting in the 100s on the popularity list, so it must still be popular in some circles. Variations Include: Chelby, Schelby, Shel, Shelbe, Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, Shelbye, Shellby

{January 26, 2012}   Alabama County Names — Boys


Name                           Origin                           Meaning

Cherokee                      Native American       Cherokee seems like it’s a little too feminine, but I happen to know a very sporty boy who sports this name, and I think it works perfectly fine on him!

Clarke                            English                           “Scribe,scholar” Clarke has been out of popularity for a while now, but it’s starting to get more and more popular with parent’s seeking a short, strong name. Variation is Clark.

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.

Colbert                          French/German        “Renowned” Colbert is an interesting “Cole” name. I’ve never heard it on a person before, and that makes it a really neat choice in my books. You still get the popular “Cole” nickname, but without having to resort to Colton or Coleson.

Dale                                English                           “Valley” This name, while still masculine, seems a little outdated to me. Variations include: Daile, Daley, Dalian, Dalle, Dallin, Dayle

Elmore                          English                           “Moor with elm Trees” This name is very outdated. It has a nice western type sound, but it definitely doesn’t seem like something that’s going to work in the first spot right now.

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. Variations include: Francklin, Francklyn, Frank, Franklinn, Franklyn, Franklynn

Hale                               English                            “someone who lives in a hollow” This name projects a sense of well-being as in the phrase hale and hearty– is unusual but accessible, with a clear simple sound, and a worthy namesake, Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale. Variations Include: Hail, Hayle

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 seems to be a fairly popular name recently. It’s made into the Top 25 and it’s probably going to keep climbing. There’s the historic namesakes of Andrew and Stonewall Jackson. Variations Include: Jack, Jackie, Jacksen, Jacksin, Jacky, Jacson, Jakeson, Jakson, Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson

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. Variations Include: Lanny, Lanty, Larance, Laranz, Laren, Larenz, Larian, Larien, Laris, Larrance, Larrence, Larrens, Larrey, Larry, Lary, Laurance, Laurence, Laurentios, Laurentius, Laurenz, Laurie, Laurits, Lavrans, Lavrens, Lavrenti, Law, Lawerence, Lawrance, Lawren, Lawrey, Lawrie, Lawron, Lawry, Lencho, Lon, Lonnie, Lonny, Loran, Loreca, Loren, Lorence, Lorentz, Lorenzen, Lorin, Loritz, Lorn, Lorne, Lorrence, Lorrenz, Lorrie, Lorry, Lowrance

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. Variations Include: Marchall, Marischal, Marischall, Marsh, Marshal, Marshell

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. Variations Include: Roussell, Rush, Russ, Russel, Russelle, Ruste, Rusten, Rustie, Rustin, Ruston, Rusty, Rustyn

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”.

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. Variations Include: Winsten, Winstonn, Winton, Wynstan, Wynston, Wynstonn, Wynston

{January 26, 2012}   An Introduction

Looking for a unique place name, something other than Virginia or London, Dakota or Hudson? Well, I’ve got just the thing. Did you go on your honeymoon in Colorado and always wanted Aspen as your first daughters name? Did you enjoy a lovely vacation in California and thought Berkley might make a cute name for your future son? Loved hiking on the Appalachian Trail but can’t think of a name to go with it? What about Sullivan from Sullivan county in Tennessee? The trail goes through there. That’s what I hope to give you with this new set of posts.

I’m going to begin doing place names by state. Of course, the states are in the United States. I’ll go in alphabetical order. I’ll be getting all of the names from the names of cities in the state, and I might even use the state tree as a name. Later, I’ll probably do the same with other countries. I hope everybody enjoys this and I would really appreciate any comments, support, or suggestions.

{January 21, 2012}   Fruit Names — Girl

Name                           Origin                           Meaning

Anona                           Spanish                          Anona is the Spanish name for a Sugar Apple. They look just like Custard apples, but they come in pretty purple. In the 19th century and earlier, fashionable ladies used to stain their teeth in black. The white teethed ladies were ordinary and not so fashionable. So, “Teeth as sugarapple seeds” used to praise a pretty woman who had nice teeth. It has a pleasing sound and the cute nicknames of Nona and Annie.

Sugar Apple

Arancia                        Italian                            Arancia is an Italian word for Orange. Oranges belong to the Citrus family. Probably oranges were created long ago as a hybrid between two other members of the Citrus family: pomelo and tangerine. It has the nickname possibilities of Rance and Cia.


Belle                              English                           Belle of the Night is another name for the Dragonfruit. Dragon fruit (or pitaya) is the fruit of a cactus which blooms at night. Belle is generally a nickname for other names like Annabelle or Isabelle so you’re going to be the only one that gets this connection.


Cainetta                       Italian                            Cainetta is the Italian name for a Star Apple. Star apple is a rather unknown, but beautiful tree with leaves that are golden brown on the underside, which is why it is also called Golden leaf tree. The apple itself is multicolored and the inside is pinkish purple, so I think of this as a name for a girl whose got layers of personality. I love the sound and the nickname Netta, Nettie, Ettie, or Etta

Star Apple

Catala                           Italian                            Catala is an Italian name for the Jackfruit. Jackfruit is one of the biggest and most impressive fruits grown in most tropical countries. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh. Tala is a very neat nickname and the whole name seems very exotic but with a lovely sound.


Cereza                          Spanish                          Cereza is the Spanish name for Cherry. Cherries fruits are drupes (stone fruits), best known for their bright red color. Most cherries are sweet, but some varieties have a very sour taste. Cherry trees are closely related to almonds, peaches, plums, apricots, which all belong to the same genus.  Nice and exotic with the cute nicknames Rezzie or Reza.


Clementine                English                           Clementine is a fairly popular name right now. Clementine is a type of Tangerine. Tangerine is a variety of the Mandarin orange. It is a member of the citrus family and produces rather small and sweet fruits that are easy to peel. I don’t like this name much, as it seems very old and all I can hear is “Oh my darlin oh my darling, oh my darlin Clementine!” But I can see the appeal.

Eugenia                       Scientific                        Eugenia jambos is a scientific name for the Rose Apple. Rose apples got their name because these crispy fruits smell and taste like rose water. For those who like Eugene, this could be a good choice. It feels brainy to me. Jean, Jeanie are good nicknames.

Rose Apple

Feronia                       Scientific                        Feronia pellucida is a scientific name for the Bael. Bael fruit is also called wood apple, which is no surprise if you try to break its hard woody surface. Hard on the outside, sweet on the inside, this name has a soft sound with the cute nicknames of Fera, Nia, Roni

Bael/Wood Apple

Fresa                            Spanish                           Fresa is a Spanish name for Strawberry. When farmers grow strawberries they will often cover the soil with straw to protect the fruits from rot. Maybe this is how the strawberry got its name. Fresa is a pretty name, sounds a bit like the growing in popularity Freya, but it reminds me of Frieza from DBZ, which airs on Saturday morning cartoons right now.


Marian                         English                           Marian Plum is another name for the Maprang. It’s basically a small mango with a slightly different taste. Marian is a name unto itself so you’re going to be the only one that gets the connection. Mari is pretty nickname though.


Melia                            Scientific                       Melia koetjape is a scientific name for the Santol. Santol is also knows as katon or wild mangosteen or sandorica. It’s a tropical tree that originates in southeast Asia. It has a pleasing sound, but also sound a little like a sickness. Mel or Lia are good nicknames.


Oliva                             Italian                            This is an Italian name for Olive. An olive branch symbolizes peace or goodwill. When Noah, after the great flooding of the earth, released a white dove, it came back with an olive leaf, showing that the waters were receding. Winners of Olympic games used to be honored with a crown of olive leaves.  It’s got all the appeal of Olivia without the popularity.


Reina                            Spanish                          Reina de la noche is a Spanish name for the Dragonfruit. Dragon fruit (or pitaya) is the fruit of a cactus which blooms at night. Very pretty, but only you’ll know the reference.


Rosa/Roselle/Rosella    Spanish                 Rosa de Jamaica and Rosella are another name for the Roselle. While the roselle plant produces fruits, it is usually not these fruits but the flowers that are used to make a very tasty and bright red juice. Of course, Rosa and the others sound like regular names so you’ll be the only one to know the connection. Rose is the obvious nickname, along with Ella or Ellie.

Roselle fruit and flower

Susina                          Italian                             This is an Italian name for the Plum. Plums are temperate fruits which when mature are often covered by a wax coating called “wax bloom”. This gives them a bluish-grey appearance. Susina is very pretty with the cute nickname Susi/Suzi


Uva                               Spanish                           This is a Spanish word for Grape. Grapes are among the most popular fruits in the world. They are eaten as fresh fruits, but are even better appreciated when fermented into white or red wine. It sounds like the already established name Una, so this could definitely work.


Videira                        Spanish                           This is also a Spanish word for Grape. This has more of an exotic feel that Uva does, but still seems plausible as a name. Deira or Viddy are cute nicknames.


{January 20, 2012}   Fruit Names — Boys

Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Albero                           Italian                           Albero del Pane is the Italian name for Breadfruit. The breadfruit is used as a staple food in Polynesia but can be found in most tropical areas. They’re a fuzzy looking, green fruit and parents could think of it as a new way to get to Al.


Amareno                      Italian                           This is the Italian name for the Sour Cherry. As you can expect from the name, sour cherries have fruits that are quite acidic. Sour cherries come in two varieties: the morello cherry (dark red color) and the amarelle cherry (lighter red color). It sounds a little feminine but has the neat nickname of Reno.

Sour Cherries

Arancio                        Italian                           This is the Italian name for Orange. Oranges belong to the Citrus family. Probably oranges were created long ago as a hybrid between two other members of the Citrus family: pomelo and tangerine. It has a neat nickname of Rance or Cio and an appealing sound.


Braam                           Dutch                             This is the Dutch word for Blackberry. The fruit of the blackberry (or bramble) is actually not a true berry but an aggregate fruit, composed of many small drupelets (small fruits). Blackberries are often growing wild in forest areas in temperate areas. It’s just like Bram, except with an extra A.


Bullock                         English                          Bullock’s Heart is an English name for a Custard Apple. You would expect custard apple to taste rather like custard, but in my opinion it doesn’t. The name custard apple is sometimes used for Sugar Apple, but that’s a different fruit. Bullock sounds stubborn to me, what with the Bull in there, but it could work.

Custard Apple

Cerezo                          Spanish                         Cerezo is the Spanish name for Cherry. Cherries fruits are drupes (stone fruits), best known for their bright red color. Most cherries are sweet, but some varieties have a very sour taste. Cherry trees are closely related to almonds, peaches, plums, apricots, which all belong to the same genus. Cerezo is very exotic, but you could call him Rez.


Durian                          English                          The ripe durian is best known for its terrible smell of over-ripe cheese, rotten onions, turpentine and drains. Hotels in Thailand often display signboards that Durians are not allowed inside the building. Despite this, it is highly appreciated by many for its special sweet and aromatic taste. Durian is also known as the “king of fruits”.  I like to think of this fruit as the perfect thing for a boy whose rough and abrasive on the outside, but sweet and lovable on the inside.


Echter                          German                         Echter Ölbaum is the German name for Olive. An olive branch symbolizes peace or goodwill. When Noah, after the great flooding of the earth, released a white dove, it came back with an olive leaf, showing that the waters were receding. Winners of Olympic games used to be honored with a crown of olive leaves. It’s got to have that back of the throat CH sound, but I think it sounds really cool.


Fraisier                        French                          This is a French name for Strawberry. When farmers grow strawberries they will often cover the soil with straw to protect the fruits from rot. Maybe this is how the strawberry got its name. It’s remarkably close to Frazier or Frasier, so I think it sounds intelligent.


Jack                               English                         Jackfruit is one of the biggest and most impressive fruits grown in most tropical countries. It’s a strong, classic name that only you’ll get the connection to.


Mafai                             English                         A less known tropical fruit is the Mafai or Burmese grape. It has an interesting sound and a very exotic feel, so maybe not for parent’s in the US.

Mafai or Burmese Grapes

Olivier                          French                          Olivier is the French form of Oliver and Olivier européen is the French for Olive. An olive branch symbolizes peace or goodwill. When Noah, after the great flooding of the earth, released a white dove, it came back with an olive leaf, showing that the waters were receding. Winners of Olympic games used to be honored with a crown of olive leaves. This is just Oliver with an accent, and I love it. Nicknames are Ollie


Pero                              Italian                           Pero is an Italian word for Pear. The pear is a close relative of the apple. While most pears have a pear-shape, there are also pears that resemble apples, so it not always easy to distinguish the fruits. A major difference between apples and pears is that the latter have beneath the peal or in the tissue of the fruit clusters of lignified cells (cells with hardened walls) which is knows as the “grit”. This is the small rough granules or particles that you taste when eating a pear. It sounds like the Spanish word for Dog to me, so maybe a middle name?


Perzik                           Dutch                            Perzik is the Dutch word for Peach. Peaches are known for their soft velvety skin and their sweet aromatic and juicy flesh. Nectarines are a type of peach, but with a smooth skin. Some people think that nectarines are a cross between peach and plum, but this is not true. Peach is a cute name but Perzik sounds mischievous and a little dangerous for some reason. It makes me think spy. Zik or Perz or even Perzi are all cool nicknames.


Phoenix                       Scientific                     Phoenix dactylifera is the Scientific name for a Date. The date palm is a palm tree that produces very sweet fruits. It grows well in hot climates, often in an oasis in desert areas.  This seems like a good name for a tough kid. There’s also the mythology of the Phoenix, rising from the ashes to be born again. This is one only you’ll understand.


Shaddock                    English                         This is the English name for a Pomelo. The pomelo fruit is the largest of all citrus fruits with a very thick rind and filled with a sweetish yellow or pink flesh. Shaddock has a really cool sound and makes me think of a detective (probably cause it sounds a little like Sherlock). Shadd and Dock are neat nicknames.


Ziziphus                       Scientific                     Ziziphus zizyphus is the Scientific name for the Jujube. Jujube is a tropical fruit resembling and tasting rather like small apples. It’s got a cool sound but is pretty out there. I would reserve this one for the middle.



Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Aurora                          Latin                               “Dawn” Aurora is the name of the Roman Goddess of the the Sunrise whose tears turned to morning dew. Aurora is also one of the names of Sleeping Beauty, which is sure make a little girl feel like a princess. It’s just about to break into the 200’s and has a cute nickname with a quirky feel, Rory. Variations Include: Arora, Ora, Ori, Orie, Rora, Rory, Zora, Zorica

Autumn                        Season                           Autumn has always been popular, but right now, it’s the most popular season name sitting at #81. Autumn evokes crisp, cool mornings and colorful leaves.

Cymbeline                   Celtic                              “Sun Lord” Now I realize I might get some flack for putting this in the girls names and not the boys, but it definitely has a feminine feel, not masculine. I usually don’t like unisex names, but this is one I think could go for a little girl. The title of a Shakespeare play based on legends featuring the early Celtic King Cunobelinus. Rhythmic and musical enough to be considered for a girl.

Shakespeare's Cymbeline

Danica                           Norse                             “Morning Star” Danica is a fresh new way to honor a Daniel in your family without having to use the out of style Danielle. It has an exotic feel but is still assessable. Variations include: Danaca, Daneca, Daneeka, Danicah, Danicka, Danika, Danikah, Danikka, Danneeka, Dannica, Dannika

Danica Patrick

Estelle                           French                           “Star” Estelle is definitely an older name, but maybe it’s time for it to make a comeback along with Stella? Personally, I like Estella better. Variations Include: Essa, Essey, Essie, Essy, Esta, Estee, Estel, Estela, Estele, Esteley, Estelina, Estelita, Estell, Estella, Estellina, Estellita, Esthella, Esti, Estrella, Estrellita, Estée, Stelle

June                               Month                            June has a soft, old-fashioned kind of feel. It’s recently started getting popular again, sitting in the 500s so it’s not too popular. Personally, I prefer Juni and Juno. Variations Include: Junae, Junel, Junella, Junelle, Junette, Juniata, Junieta, Junina, Junine, Junya, Jyune

Kalinda                         Hindi                               “Sun” Love this exotic version of Belinda and Melinda. It’s got the K which so many people are using now with a lovely sound. Variations include: Kaleenda, Kalindi, Kalynda, Kalyndi

Kalinda Sharma

Kamaria                       Swahili                            “Moonlight” Lush and unusual, Kamaria has such a gentle, flowing sound that I have to imagine any little girl would love the sound. Variations Include: Kamar, Kamara, Kamarae, Kamaree, Kamari, Kamariah, Kamarie, Kamariya, Kamarya

Luna                              Latin                                “Moon” Maybe it’s popularity was influenced by the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood, but Luna’s popularity has been growing. Luna is the name of the Roman Goddess of the moon. Variations Include: Luneth, Lunetta, Lunneta, Lunnete

May                               Month                             Like June, May has a sweet and old fashioned sound. I’ve seen it thrown around a lot on forums here lately though, so May is beginning to get popular, mostly as a middle name. Variations Include: Mae, Maelea, Maeleah, Maelen, Maelle, Maeona, Maia, Maya, Mayberry, Maybeth, Mayday, Maydee, Maydena, Maye, Mayela, Mayella, Mayetta, Mayrene

Roxana                        Persian                            “Dawn” or “Little Star” The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, it has a more appealing sound than the more popular Roxanne. It still has the nickname Roxie but with the added bonus of Ann,Anna, and Annie.

Roxana Ortega

Soleil                            French                             “Sun” Pronounced so-LAY. It definitely has a lovely sound. This name was brought into the mainstream by child actress Soleil Moon Frye aka Punky Brewster.

Soleil Moon Frye then and now

Stella                            Latin                                 “Star” Stella has an older feel but like Ella and Isabella, Stella is definitely moving up in popularity. It’s already in the top 100. So if you want a Celestial name that’s not too out there, Stella might be for you. Variations include: Estella, Estrella, Estretla, Steile, Stela, Stelle, Stellina

Stella McCartney

Summer                      Season                             It doesn’t seem very popular, but I’ve known several. Where Autumn give you a crisp, colorful, cool feeling, Summer gives you heat and blue skies and swimming. Variations include: Somer, Sommers, Sumer, Summar, Summerann, Summerbreeze, Summerhaze, Summerine, Summerlee, Summerlin, Summerlyn, Summerlynn, Summers, Summyr, Sumrah, Sumyr

Summer at the Beach

Sunday                        Day name                       This is probably one of the most usable of the Day of the week names because it gives you a nice sunny feel and the cute nickname of Sunny.

Tarana                         Hindi                                “Born during the day” Graceful and melodious, this name manages to have an exotic feel with an assessable nickname of Tara.

Tuesday                      English                            “Tiu’s Day” Not as usable as Sunday but still with a lovely feel to it. Tuesday doesn’t get used very often, but maybe it will start considering Sunday is getting more popularity.

Tuesday Weld

Winter                         Season                             Fresher than Summer or Autumn, Winter is now getting looked at for little girls. Since Nichole Richie and Joel Madden used it for their daughter’s middle name, people have been looking to use it more. Variations include: Wintar, Wintr, Wynter

Name                           Origin                         Meaning

Asa                                  Hebrew                        “Born in the Morning” Pronounced AY-suh. A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal. Asa was the name of an important biblical king of Judah who reigned for more than 40 years. Asa is a name featured in plenty of novels, a soap opera, is the name of botanist Asa Gray, is the name of Colin Greenwood of Radiohead son, and there’s Asa Butterfield, the new actor who played in Hugo recently. Nickname could be Ace.

Asa Butterfield

August                           German                        “Majestic, Venerable” This is obviously a month name, which is why it’s here. August is the German diminutive of the Latin Augustus and the month August was named for the Roman Emperor Augustus. August has 2 literary namesake, August Strindberg and August Wilson, both playwrights. If you don’t like August by itself, try Augusten, Augustine, or Augustus with August as the nickname. There’s also the nick name potential of Gus and Augie.

August Wilson

Ishaan                            Hindi                             “The Sun” Pronounced i-SHAWN. This name has an appealing sound as well as exotic. This might be perfect for anyone looking for something with a Day connotation and a not too exotic name. If you’re worried about the double A causing problems, you could spell it Ishan.

Midnight                        Word                              To be honest, this sounds like the name for a pet, not a baby, but if you love it and if it has some meaning for you, I would suggest you use it in the middle spot.

Ravi                                 Hindi                               “Conferring” This is a title of the Hindu sun god, and it was made popular by the sitar player Ravi Shankar. I think it has a very good sound and the perfect amount of exotic. Variations include: Ravee, Ravijot

Ravi Shankar

Samson                           Hebrew                          “Sun” This name, once considered overly powerful due to the superhuman strength of the biblical figure, is now an option for parents in search of an unusual route to Sam. The name isn’t very popular, it’s only in the 800s, so that’s perfect for people looking for a unique name that’s not too out there. Variations include: Sampson.

Sulien                               Welsh                              “Sun born” Pronounced SIL-yen. Said to be the name of the most learned man in ancient Wales, in this country it would be open to mispronunciation, making it rhyme with Julian. If you spell it Silyen, that makes it Cornish but then you could avoid the mispronunciation.

Church dedicated to St. Sulien

Tuesday                           English                           “Tiu’s Day” This is day name, which is why it’s here. Tuesday is an appealing choice and seems to be able to be unisex. This might not be for everyone, but in the middle, it would be just fine.

Tuesday Weld

November                       Latin                               “Ninth Month” The thing that makes this very usable is the nickname possibility of Nova. Love that. Mostly I love this name in concept.

Sunday                              Day Name                     Sunday is the most usable day name in my opinion, because of it’s sunny quality and nickname potential of Sunny. I once knew a boy named Sunday, so I know it can work on boy’s but it does seem more like a girl name than a boy when you look around for it.

Winter                                Season                            The girls have dibs on Spring, Summer, and Autumn, leaving this name evocative of snowy landscapes as the one possible seasonal choice for boys–even though it’s been used for a couple of starbaby girls.  Variations include: Winters, Wynter, Wynters

{January 12, 2012}   Color Names- Girls

Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Amaranth                    Color                              A pretty pinkish color, this name has a decidedly Spanish feel to it. Exotic and very close to the Greek Amarantha, one of these could be the new Samantha.

Amber                           Color/Word                A yellow color and also fossilized tree resin, this name has been a not so popular for a while, but it’s getting there again. It’s sitting in the mid-200’s of the SSA list and I think it’s time for a comeback! Variations include: Aamber, Ahmber, Ambar, Amberia, Amberise, Amberly, Ambria, Ambur, Ambyr, Ambyre, Ammber, Ember

Amethyst                     Color/Gem                   Amethyst is the purple birthstone of February. It’s never been popular, but with names like Violet and Ruby getting popular, maybe Amethyst could be the choice of some adventurous parents.

Carmine                        Color                              A very pretty rosy pink, this name has a decidedly Latin feel to it. Has a nickname potential of Cara, Carry, Mimi.

Carnelian                     Color                             A dark rusty red, this name has the same possibility as Cerulean or Vermilion  but be aware that there is a “Carny” sound to the beginning. has the nickname potential of Cara, Nene, Nell, Lian, Lee, Anne, Annie.

Celeste                          Latin                              Latin for “Heavenly” but also a shade of light blue. It’s a very soft, feminine name. It is definitely one that only you would get the color reference. Variations include: Cela, Cele, Celeeste, Celense, Celes, Celesia, Celesley, Celest, Celesta, Celestena, Celestene, Celestia, Celestial, Celestijna, Celestin, 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

Citrine                           Color                              A bright lemony yellow color, this has the feel of citrus and that feels like sunny summer days to me for some reason. Very cute and possibly a good idea for a unique color name.

Claret                             Color/Wine                 A rich purpley red color that vaguely sounds like  Claire. Maybe it will gain popularity right along with Claire. However, the wine connection shouldn’t be ignored.

Cyan                              Color                            Cyan is a highly unusual pale blue-green color name, but sounds a bit like the female form of Simon. It has the lovely potential of Cy as a nickname.

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. It’s getting popular, sitting in the late 200s. Variation’s include: Hayzel, Hazell, Hazelle, Hazie, Hazyl, Hazzell

Henna                            Color                             A reddish dye used prevalently in India, this name has an old word feel that might be perfect for parent’s searching for a unique and exotic name that isn’t too crazy.

Icterine                        Color                             A pale buttery yellow, this is an interesting and strange choice. I would say only for the middle name, mostly because of the “Ick” sound at the beginning. Does has Terry as a nickname though.

Indigo                           Color                             Indigo, a deep purplish-blue dye made from plants, is getting very popular for both boys and girls. It has a definite Hippie feel to it but has the cute nickname Indie.

Iris                                  Color/Greek               “Rainbow” but also a beautiful purplish-blue. Iris used to be very popular but lost a lot of it’s appeal not long ago. Recently, it has started to make a come back. In Greek Mythology, Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera. The iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. Variations include: Irida, Iridianny, Irisha, Irissa, Irys, Iryssa

Isabelline                     Color                             A greyish white color, Isabelline is a wonderful choice for parent’s looking to use the over popular Isabel but worried about how popular it is.

Jade                                Color/Gem                 As cool as the green stone said to transmit wisdom, clarity, justice, courage, and modesty, Jade has been rising in popularity until it sits comfortably on the edge of the top 100. Jade definitely doesn’t get used enough. Variations include: Jada, Jadira, Jadra, Jaida, Jayda, Jayde, Jaydra, Zhade

Kelly                               Color/Irish                “War” but also a vibrant lime green. Kelly is a bouncy name, but definitely sounds dated.

Lavender                      Color/Flower            Lavender lags far behind other sweet-smelling purple-hued Violet and Lilac, but is starting to get some attention from cutting-edge namers. It does have a history as a name, going back to the eighteenth century, when it was also used for boys.

Lilac                                Color/Flower            Lilac might be for you if you’re bored by Lily and Rose. Consider the deeper-hue Lilac as a cutting-edge but still sweet-smelling flower name.

Olivine                           Color                             Pretty pale green color. Like Isabelline, Olivine feels like a newer, fresher version of the super popular Olivia.

Robin                             Color/Bird                  Robin, as in Robin’s Egg Blue. Robin has really lost a lot of popularity with the girl’s here recently, so it might start swinging back to the boy’s, but I still think Robin sounds good on a girl. Variations include: Robbey, Robbi, Robbie, Robbin, Robby, Robbyn, Robee, Robene, Robenia, Robi, Robinet, Robinett, Robinette, Robinia, Robyn, Robyna

Rose                               Color/Flower             Rose is always popular. It’s used a lot in the middle name spot and has almost become something of a filler name. I would love to see this sweet smelling, old fashioned name in the first name spot. If Rose on it’s own isn’t for you, there are plenty of offshoots — Rosa, Rosetta, Roseanne, Rosanna, Rosemary, Rosamund, Rosalind. Nickname Rosie is sweet too.

Ruby                              Color/Gem                  Ruby, a vibrant red, is definitely on the rise. Ruby is beginning to look like a cool choice for parents. Variations include: Rubee, Rubetta, Rubette, Rubey, Rubi, Rubie, Rubina, Rubinia, Rubyna, Rubyr

Scarlet                           Color                             Still seems very Gone With the Wind to me, but a lot of parent’s are beginning to love it. It’s still sitting in the 400s so it’s not that popular yet, but don’t be fooled. Personally, I prefer the spelling Scarlett (which definitely makes it Gone With the Wind).

Terra                              Color/Latin                Latin for “Earth” and also Terra Cotta, a pinkish Orange. This spelling brings the older Tara into the modern age. I think it’s about time for Tara/Terra to make a come back. Variations include: Tera, Terah, Teralyn, Terrah, Tiera, Tierra

Vermilion                    Color                             This vivid reddish orange color name is an undiscovered possibility — kind of a female equivalent of Cerulean for boys. However, be aware that some people will think Vermin when you say it. It does have the cute nickname potential of Vera, Millie, Lion, Lili.

Violet                             Color/Flower            Violet is soft and sweet and definitely popular. It’s getting dangerously close to the top 100. Violet was last very popular about 100 years ago, but in the last decade started rising quickly. Variations include: Eolande, Iolande, Iolanthe, Jolanda, Jolande, Jolanta, Jolantha, Jolanthe, Vi, Violaine, Violanta, Violanthe, Viole, Violeine, Viollet, Violletta, Viollette, Vyolet, Vyoletta, Yolande, Yolane, Yolantha

Xanthene                      Color                             This is definitely one cool name! A yellowish chemical compound that produces fluorescent dyes ranging from bright yellow to hot pink to flaming red. I would only advice it to the confident and brave parent because it has a definite sci-fi quality.

et cetera