Dantea's Baby Names

{February 4, 2012}   Alaska Cities — Girls

Name                         Origin                           Meaning

Aleneva                      Place                               This is one of those that I’m not sure about the origin or meaning, but I think it has a nice sound. I’m pronouncing it ALLEN-eva. I think it has a pretty sound and I’ve noticed the name Neva around and this name has it right there as a nickname.

Bethel                          Hebrew                          “House of God” A rarely used Biblical place-name with a soft and pleasant sound. It seems pretty old ladyish, but Beth as a nickname makes it accessible to me.

Ester                            Variation                       “Star” Variation of Esther. This is a variation but it is also a legitimate Slavic version of the Old Testament name. This is another one that seems more fit for an old lady, but I still think its kind of cute.

Gakona                       Alaskan                           “Rabbit River” Gakona is a Native Village in Alaska and is a nationally recognized Tribe. Gakona is a growing community and is a traditional village of the Ahtna Athabascan people.  Ahtna people have resided in this vicinity for thousands of years and have had an important place in history as a hunting and fishing village used by other villages who migrated there to gather food and wildlife resources.  I really like the nickname Kona.

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.

Juneau                       Place name                     This is a very nice name, but it has a taken a back seat to the mythological Juno, the Roman equivalent of Hera. I like the sound of it, and June seems to be a very popular middle name so it makes an accessible nickname.

Kiana                          Hawaiian                         This is the Hawaiian variation of Diana. It’s gorgeous! Most of the sources I’ve looked at say it means “Moon Goddess”. Ki, Anna, and Annie are all great nicknames and the full version of very pretty and sophisticated.

Kivalina                     Place                                 Pretty but a little long for my taste. I love the sound though and the nicknames Kiva and Lina are both pretty.

Primrose                   English                             “first rose” This one might start seeing a rise in popularity due to it’s connection the popular Hunger Games novels and the upcoming 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.

Seldovia                    Russian                            “Herring bay” Native Residents are mixed Dean’ina Indian and Sugpiaq Eskimo (also known as Alutiiq). The name Seldovia is derived from “Seldevoy”, a Russian word. I think it has an interesting sound, and I would use the nickname Dove, but Dovie, Via, and Selly are all possible too.

Sitka                            Place                                 A city in western Alaska that is the second oldest city in Alaska. It was founded as a fur-trading post by Russians in 1799. I think it has a cool, exotic feel and sound to it.

Tazlina                       Place                                 This is another one with an interesting sound. I think it sound cool and spunky. Taz might be better on a boy, but Tazi is interesting. Lina is the obviously nickname here though.

Willow                        English                             “Willow tree” Willow is an elegant name and one of the better tree names in my opinion. It’s recently moved into the 200s and is steadily moving up. Among the most graceful of trees, the willow is believed by Gypsies to possess magical powers to heal the sick and rejuvenate the aged. Willa is a cute nickname.


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