Dantea's Baby Names

{February 21, 2012}   Arkansas City Names — Girls

Name                       Origin                         Meaning

Alma                          Latin                             “nurturing, soul” Alma is a soft, pretty name that’s only #850 on the list right now. It’s a name rarely heard any more, but we do hear the it in the term alma mater. Maybe it will make a comeback with Ella and Ada?

Amity                        Latin                             “friendship” It’s a lovely name signifying friendship and harmony, but I really think of the Amityville horror. Don’t think everyone will though and don’t let that stop you. It’s definitely got a lot going for it. It’s pretty and rhythmic and sounds much better than some of the other, one syllable, virtue names.

Augusta                    Latin                             “exalted one” It has an old fashioned kind of feel to it, but with August coming into style for the boys, I can definitely see this coming into style too. It’s got the August part in there and I prefer Auggie as a nickname for a girl for sure.

Bella                           Italian                          “Beautiful” Names with the “ella” sound in them are mega popular right now. Isabella is #1 right now, and Bella is very high up too, sitting at #48, but it’s still very pretty. With Twilight so popular, and Bella being the main character, you can imagine that Bella will keep climbing just like Isabella. If that doesn’t bother you, go for it! Bella is very pretty!

Clover                       Flower                          Rose and Lily are very popular, but not Clover. Clover is fun and quirky and very charming. I would love to see Clover get some attention and push Rose and Lily down a little bit.

Daisy                         Flower                           Daisy hasn’t been very popular lately, but it is cute and energetic. Originally, Daisy was the nickname for Margaret as the flower was the symbol for Saint Margherita. Daisy comes from the phrase “day’s eye” because it opens its petals at dawn.

Elizabeth                 Hebrew                         “Pledged to God” Elizabeth is popular, has always been popular, and will always be popular. Elizabeth has a rich history as a name for queens and therefore, a timeless sort of style. Elizabeth has a ton of nickname possibility: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Eliza, Libby, Bess, Ellie, Liza

Ethel                         English                          “noble maiden” Ethel is very old. It makes me think of grandmothers. However, other old names, Agnes, Esther, and others like it, are coming up in name forums. If a name like Agnes can come back in style, I see no reason why Ethel can’t.

Eudora                     Greek                             “Generous gift” Eudora as a nice sound to it, with the cute nickname Dora or maybe Euni (you-nee). It also has a little recent attention because in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, “Princess” Tiana’s mother was named Eudora.

Harriet                     English                          “Estate Ruler” In England, this is kind of a popular name, but here, it’s still an old lady name. However, if you love the name and you are one of those parent’s who loves and are brave enough to revive old classics, this could be a good name.

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.

Holly                         Nature                           Holly is very nice, but not very popular. It’s only #412. It’s still in the Top 25 in the UK, but not here. A lot of parent’s are finding it unsubstantial for some reason. I think it’s pretty and underused.

Jordan                      Hebrew                         “Flowing Down” Jordan became a popular unisex name in the heyday of Michael Jordan, and now it’s 46 for boys and 150 for girls. Obviously, more boys wear the name now. First used by Crusaders recently returned from the river Jordan, it’s always been used for both genders and especially for children baptized in the River Jordan.

Leslie                         Scottish                        “Garden by the pool” Leslie has a really pleasant sound. It’s not the freshest name, but it has a lovely feel to it. The town though, it’s a teeny little thing that has a nice, country feel and friendly people.

Marianna                 Spanish                        Beautiful name. I like Mary and I like Anna but I LOVE them together. It has a wonderful sound and it just lilts when you say it. However, it does have a Spanish vibe to it, so you might want to think about that, but that’s okay. It’s lovely.

Mena                         Spanish                        This is usually a diminutive of Philomena or Wilhelmina or other names with -mena in them. I usually don’t like nickname names to stand alone, but I actually prefer Mena on it’s own. It’s short and sweet and sassy.

Portia                        Latin                              “pig,hog, or doorway” Awful meaning. Pretty name. Portia is a good name, it’s a Shakespearean name from The Merchant of Venice and in the modern times, it’s in the Hunger Games. The downside to this name is that people are going to think you named your daughter Porsche like the car.

Shirley                      English                          “bright meadow” Shirley is very pretty, but most of them will be very old. They probably were born in the 30s when Shirley Temple was so overly popular. Shirley was a great name for the time. She was right after the Depression and everyone loved her. If you choose Shirley, she’ll most definitely be the only one in her class. Shirley as a name has a lot of energy and a bouncy feeling, just like Shirley Temple.

Story                         Word                              Very cute. I don’t think it would work very well as first name but as a middle it’s awesome! It’s absolutely perfect for the child of a writer.

Theodosia               Greek                             “giving to God” This feminine form of Theodosius is buried deep in the attic, but might be a good discovery for the parent who feels Theodora is too cute. I think it has a really cool, vintage sound with the cute nicknames Thea or Sia or Cici

Viola                         Latin                               “Violet” Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, and its leading role in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. I love Viola. It’s beautiful and has the lovely nickname Vivi.


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