Dantea's Baby Names

{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.


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