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{April 28, 2012}   Kansas County Names

Boys

Name                       Origin                          Meaning

Allen                          Celtic                              “Handsome” It is a handsome name, but it seems a little more suited for a dad or grandpa to me. However, there are several children I work with who have Allen as their middle names, so it might be geared for a comeback.

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.

Chase                         French                           “To hunt” Chase has a nice sound to it, and a good modern feel. It’s been seen on several TV shows here lately, including 24. It’s also megapopular in some areas of Canada and there are a disproportionate number of football players name Chase.

Clark                          English                           “scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk” Clark immediately makes me think of Clark Gable or Gone With the Wind Fame, and Clark Kent, Superman’s alias. It’s only in the 600s and that’s great! You could bring it back.

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.

Ellis                            Welsh                              “Benevolent” This is the Welsh form of Elijah and the Greek Elias and is fairly popular in Wales. A good note on Ellis; Ellis Bell was the male pseudonym of Emily Bronte. I like it. It has a masculine sound.

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.

Graham                    Scottish                          “Gravelly homestead” Graham is very smooth and sophisticated. It’s been popular in the UK and Scotland for a long while now, but it’s only now starting to really climb the charts here. I love it! I will let you know though, recently I saw a post on a baby name site about the pronunciation. Seems some people pronounce it Gram (with a short a sound) and some say Gray-um. I prefer the first. The Scottish spelling, Graeme, seems like it should be pronounced gray-um though.

Grant                         Scottish                          “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense and strong and also with a little bit of a cowboy feel.

Gray                           Color                               Gray is my favorite color name. It’s very cool and quirky and I love it in the front or the middle. I prefer it spelled Grey though, and I also like it as a nickname for Greyson/Grayson.

Lane                           English                            “A small path” I really like Lane for a boy. It’s a recent thing, but its definitely getting attention. It makes me think of narrow country roads.

Logan                        Scottish                           “Small Hollow” Logan is a Scottish surname that originated from a place of the same name in Ayrshire. It’s got a nice sound to it, but is pretty popular at #17 on the list right now. Wolverine, known as Logan, from the X-men comics and movies, gave the name a big boost too.

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.

Mitchell                    English                             “Who is like God?” Mitchell has gone up and down in popularity. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. Personally, I’d like to meet a little Mitchell instead of another Michael. Mitch is nice too.

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.

Riley                          Irish                                   “Courageous” Riley, a friendly, popular surname choice, is rising faster now for girls than boys. That makes me so sad too, because I love Riley on a boy. It makes me think of a mischievous little boy with a dimpled smile.

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.

Scott                          English                              “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Like Logan, Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Sherman                  English                              “Shearer of woolen cloth” Sherman makes me think of Sherman’s March, which isn’t a good thought, but most people probably won’t. I think Sherman’s still a little dated too, but closer to coming back than Seymour.

Thomas                    Aramaic                           “Twin” Thomas is still one of the most popular and well loved classic boys names, and a fairly common surname too. It’s the name of several saints and apostles. There’s Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison. Thomas came about because there were too many apostles named Judas so Jesus renamed one Thomas to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot.

Wallace                    English/French             “A Welshman/Celt” It’s so far away from being popular that it could conceivably make a comeback. Wally is adorable.

Wilson                      English                              “Son of Will” Again, a presidential name and a nice way to get to Will. I don’t think it will get past William, but it certainly could gain in popularity with William.

Girls

Name                      Origin                              Meaning

Cheyenne                Sioux                                 “People of a different language” This County was named for the Cheyenne Nation of Native Americans. The name of a courageous tribe, Cheyenne was fairly popular in the 90s. Shy is a cute nickname for this one.

Harper                      English                             “Harp player” It was “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper (born Nelle Harper) Lee who brought this family name into the public consciousness as a female first name with offbeat, boyish southern charm, and it’s also a name with a musical bent. I really like it (but not as much as Piper).

Kiowa                        Native American         This county was named the for Kiowa Nation of Native Americans. This could make a very pretty girls name. It sounds a little like Kiona, which is a legitimate name, and that might help you if you choose it. Kia (though it’s a car) is an very cute nickname.

Lane                          English                              “A small path” I really like Lane for a boy. It’s a recent thing, but its definitely getting attention. It makes me think of narrow country roads. For a girl, I would prefer Lanay or Lanie.

 

Riley                         Irish                                   “Courageous” Riley, a friendly, popular surname choice, is rising faster now for girls than boys. That makes me so sad too, because I love Riley on a boy. It makes me think of a mischievous little boy with a dimpled smile. For a girl, I get more of a tomboy kind of image, the athletic girl.



{April 22, 2012}   Iowa City Names — Girls

Name                       Origin                        Meaning

Allison                      Scottish                       “Noble” I like Allison, but not as much as Alice (Allison is a derivative of Alice). I think the nickname Ally is nice, but the whole name feels a little boring to me.

Alta                            Latin                             “Elevated” Alta is okay. It’s one of those girls names everyone wants recently, starts and ends with A. According to some recent studies, all those A’s may help your kid get a good grade in school, so maybe this is a good bet.

Anita                         Spanish                        “Full of grace” I like Anita. It think it has a soft sort of exotic sound to it and it comes with the cute nickname Annie and the cool nickname Nita or Nina.

Aurelia                     Latin                             “Gold” I really like this one. Aurelia is a richly evocative antique name, very common in the Roman Empire but rarely heard in modern America.The name of several minor early saints, Aurelia has the right sound, feel and meaning to rise again. Aurelia was the name of the mothers of both Julius Caesar and the writer Sylvia Plath.

Charlotte                 French                         “Free man” Probably a corruption of the name of the Calusa, a group of Native Americans from the area. I love Charlotte but not enough for my own uses. I think it’s classic and pretty and has a cute, spunky nickname, Lottie.

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.

Clare                          Latin                             “Bright” This is the original spelling of the name Claire, but honestly, I like Claire better, and this spelling is likely to be misspelled as Claire all the time. I do like Clare/Claire though, it’s soft and sweet.

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.

Everly                       English                         “Wild boar in woodland clearing” I sort of like Everly, but it doesn’t strike me as  a name that will age well. Ever is a cute nickname though.

Exira                          ????                               I’m not sure about this one, but I love the sound of it. I would say it ex-EER-uh but I guess it could be said eh-ZEER-uh. Either way I think it has a pretty cool sound.

Frederika                 German                       “Peaceful ruler” This would be an neat choice. It has an old fashioned formality to it, but still a pretty sound. It’s feminine but still provides boyish nicknames for those parents looking for that kind of thing. Freddy, Freda, Ricky, and Rica are nice nicknames.

Harper                      English                         “Harp player” It was “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper (born Nelle Harper) Lee who brought this family name into the public consciousness as a female first name with offbeat, boyish southern charm, and it’s also a name with a musical bent. I really like it (but not as much as Piper).

Imogene                  Greek                            “Beloved child” This is a variation of Imogen. Imogene is pronounced im-og-geen. Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which lost its way here when spelled and pronounced im-oh-Gene. Said the British way, Imogen is as pretty and classy as it is distinctive. Imogen also gained attention through its link to Grammy-winning musician Imogen Heap.

Laurel                        Latin                            “Laurel Tree” I like Laurel a little bit. I like its connection to mythology and Greek/Roman royalty more than the name itself. It would be a good choice for anyone trying to honor a Laura in the family.

Persia                        Place name                I really like Persia, it’s very exotic and beautiful. Persia used to be the name of the country Iran. Despite — or because of — the country’s name change, still retains the brilliant coloration of an ancient Persian miniature.

Rowan                       Tree                              The name of a tree with red berries commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches).

Varina                       Latin                             “Integrity” This seems to be a variation of Verena. Either spelling is nice. It has sort of an older sound, but it’s soft and lovely. I like it.

Viola                          Latin                             “Violet” I love Viola. It has a lot going for it too. It’s got the association with the musical instrument and Viola was a character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Waverly                    English                        “Meadow of Quivering Aspens” Waverly has a lovely sound, and is getting more notice here lately, but I always thought it was sort of trendy. Spelled Waverley, this was the title of Sir Walter Scott’s popular 1814 novel, whose hero was a young English soldier named Edward Waverley. Spelled Waverly, it was the daughter of Buttercup and Wesley in the Princess Bride. Even though it has a lot of literary cred, I just immediately think of the TV show The Wizards of Waverly Place.



{April 22, 2012}   Iowa City Names — Boys

 

Name                      Origin                         Meaning

Alden                        English                         “Old wise friend” It’s another -en name, but definitely not as stylish as Aiden or that group. I think it has potential though.

Alexander              Greek                             “Defending Warrior” Alexander is a strong and extremely popular name with tons of nicknames possibilities and variations. Alexander the Great (or Alexander III) conquered a good chunk of Asia, and is perhaps the most well known of the Alexanders. There are a ton of other great Alexanders though including Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Graham Bell, and Alexander Fleming.

Alton                        English                          “Dweller at the old town” I like it a bit, but I think it sounds and looks like Dalton with the D dropped off. I think it would be fine though.

Andrew                   Greek                             “Strong and manly” Andrew seems to be one of the more appealing of the classic names. It has 2 popular nicknames, Andy (the fun and friendly nickname) and Drew (the grown up nickname). What I like most about Andrew is the less obvious nickname Anders, the spunky one.

Archer                     English                          “Bowman” Archer is a pretty cool name. It’s one of my favorite occupational names. It has the cute and classic nickname Archie, but in its long form, is very spunky.

Arthur                     Celtic                             “Bear” Love Arthur! I think of King Arthur, the head of the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur is also literary beyond the Arthurian Legends. It’s also in The Scarlet Letter and Poe uses it. Arthur is a great old name.

Ashton                    English                          “Ash Tree Place” I think Ashton is pretty good. Ash is a great name and it’s got that popular ending. I’ve heard that it’s been used on girls sometimes, but I think it’s distinctly masculine.

Baxter                     English                          “baker” I think Baxter is a cool name and Bax is just as neat as Max and Jax, but I think of a dog when I hear this name. Don’t let that deter you, most people probably won’t. Singer Ian Dury named his now-grown son Baxter and Dr. Baxter Stockman was a scientist in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Series

Bennett                   English                          “Blessed” Bennett is a nice enough name. It give you Ben, like Benjamin, but seems a little less formal. I like it for the nickname Ben mostly.

Bernard                  German                        “Strong, brave as a bear” I really like Bernard. I think it has a sort of nerdy, intellectual sound to it, so I would out it in the Geek Chic category. Surprisingly, Bernard is the patron saint of mountain climbers. I like the nicknames Berry and Bear for it.

Brandon                 English                          “Broom covered hill” Brandon is a nice name, one I have a soft spot for but wouldn’t use myself. It had a great run in the top 10 from ’92 – ’98 but it’s slipped back down to #43 now. I don’t know why. It’s much more sophisticated than the current Braden.

Carson                     Irish/Scottish           “son of the marsh dwellers” Carson sounds a little like a businessman. It’s been in the Top 100 for a long time now but it’s at it’s highest at #80 right now. I think Carson is nice.

Chester                    Latin                             “Fortress, Walled Town” Chester is a nice enough name. it has sort of a weird, cuddly feel to it. It does have a lot of namesakes though including Admiral Chester Nimitz (a WW2 hero), Chester Gould (creator of Dick Tracy), and Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. It has the cool nickname Chess too!

Clarence                 Latin                              “Bright” The name of the guardian angel in It’s a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image.

Clive                        English                           “Lives near a high hill” Clive almost has an upper class sort of sound to it, but I like it. I think of Clive Barker, the horror writer, and that takes it down out of those upper class sounds.

Conrad                    German                         “Brace counsel” I like Conrad. It sounds intellectual but still strong and manly. Conrad is a saints name and a German royal name.

Dawson                   Welsh                             “Son of David” I really like Dawson. It feels soft, but still good for a grown man. Despite the popular -son ending, I think this name makes an excellent choice.

Delmar                    Spanish                          “Of the sea” When I hear Delmar, I think of the George Clooney movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? It was the name of the soft hearted idiot, one of the three prisoners. I think it sounds like an old man, but the nickname Del makes it a little better.

Dexter                     Latin                                “Dyer, right handed” Dexter, with that popular X, has a lot of appeal right now. To me, Dexter is one of those names with “Geek Chic” and I really love it! Dex is a pretty cool nickname too.

Elliott                      Hebrew?                         “The Lord is my God” Love Elliott! It’s got several proper spellings and has a lot going for it. It’s uncommon but not weird either, it has literary cred, and just has a lovely sound.

Emerson                German                           “son of Emery” When used as a boys name, I immediately think of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I definitely prefer this name on a boy, but be aware, it’s getting sort of popular for girls.

George                    Greek                               “Farmer” Solid, strong, royal and saintly, yet friendly and unpretentious, George is in position for a comeback. George was the name of the king of Britain for 116 straight years, as well as the patron saint of England, Saint George, who, by slaying the dragon became the symbol of good conquering evil.

Gilbert                    German                           “Shining Pledge” Cool meaning, nerdy name. When I hear Gilbert, the first thing I think of is “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” However, like Alfred, Albert, Walter, and Frank, this name may be ready to try and make a comeback. It was actually a pretty common name in the middle ages in England and the name of a 12th century English saint.

Gray                        Color                                 Gray is my favorite color name. It’s very cool and quirky and I love it in the front or the middle. I prefer it spelled Grey though, and I also like it as a nickname for Greyson/Grayson.

Harlan                    German                             “Rocky land” It has a pleasant enough sound but all I can think of the sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison. I really dislike that writer, so it’s bad for me, but you may love him! Harley could be a cool nickname.

Harris                     English                              “Son of Harry” Harris is nice. I think it has a manish sound but it isn’t over the top. It isn’t too surnamey like Harrison but it’s newer than Harry.

Harvey                   French                              “Battle Worthy’ Love the meaning but the name is a little immature to me.  Makes me think of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the bumbling boy she has a crush on. Actually though, this name is getting fairly popular in England. It’s in the top 50 over there. It also has some worthy namesakes too. There’s the blind 6th century saint who was said to be a monk and minstrel able to talk to animals. There was the industrialist Harvey Firestone. There’s a lot of history here. Maybe I’m wrong?

Huxley                   English                              “Inhospitable place” I actually really like Huxley. Hux is such a cool nickname, and Huck is pretty cute. When I hear Huxley, I think of author Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, which is great!

 

Irwin                       English                              “Boar Friend” It’s okay, but it mostly reminds me of the late Steve Irwin, the Australian who was very fond of poking dangerous animals with sticks. Might be a nice name for a boy you hope to be adventurous, but it does have a nerdy sort of feel.

Leland                    English                               “Meadow land” I think Leland is okay, but the one person I’ve met with this name didn’t wear it well. I think it would make a great middle name, and Lee or Leo are good nicknames.

Leon                        Greek                                  “Lion” This county is named for Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who named Florida. Leon is a very attractive Greek variation on Leo, and is one of many Lion-like names popular in Europe right now. I really like Leon. It’s a more serious and mature version of the name Leo.

Lewis                       English                               “Renowned Warrior” This is a neat name and the phonetic spelling of the French Louis. It’s been #1 or 2 in Scotland since 2000 according to my sources, but parent’s in the USA are just noticing it. Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is probably the most famous bearer of the name here in the US. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name like Lewis. It’s got a great nickname, Lew.

Logan                      Scottish                              “Small Hollow” Logan is a Scottish surname that originated from a place of the same name in Ayrshire. It’s got a nice sound to it, but is pretty popular at #17 on the list right now. Wolverine, known as Logan, from the X-men comics and movies, gave the name a big boost too.

Luther                     German                              “Army people” I really like Luther. It’s very cool and calm sounding. When I hear it, I first think of Lex Luther then I think of Martin Luther King.

Marcus                    Latin                                   “Warlike” Marcus is one of those Ancient Roman names that is coming back into popularity (along with other -us ending Roman names like Cassius). Marcus was a pretty commonplace name in ancient Rome, and among the most prominent were the emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, the Marcus known to us as Mark Antony, and the politician, philosopher and orator Cicero.

Maxwell                  Scottish                             “Great stream” Maxwell might be my favorite Max name. It’s not as pretentious as Maximillion or as feminine sounding as Maxence. Max is a cool nickname too. Lance Armstrong just chose it for his son and it makes me think of the Beatle’s song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

Miles                        Latin                                   “merciful” I like Miles, it has a cool, jazzy (think Miles Davis) sort of sound. Miles was the name of the first translator of the Bible into English–the English monk Miles Coverdale.

Milo                          Latin                                   “mild, peaceful, calm” I love Milo. It’s so bouncy and fun sounding, but I can still picture it on a grown man. The only downside that I can see is that some people might think of the Milo and Ottis kids movie.

Percival                  French                               “One who pierces the valley” Percival was the one perfectly pure Knightof the Round Table, a worthy hero. The name was invented in the twelfth century by a poet named Chretien de Troyes, for his ideal knight in the poem “Percevale, a Knight of King Arthur.” I think Percival has a sort of stuck up sound to it, but I still really like it, and Percy makes it so friendly.

Quimby                   Norse                                 “From the woman’s estate” Virtually never heard in this country — and probably not very often in Scandinavia — with a quirky quality. I sort of like it, but it makes me think of a butler for some reason.

Randall                    English                              “Shield wolf” This is an old name, but I don’t really like it. It sounds very hillbilly to me. I like other Ran- names better, but at least Randy is still a cute nickname.

Roland                     German                             “Famous throughout the land” I really like Roland. It has a chivalrous and knightly sound to it for me, and Rollo is such a cute nickname.

Rowley                    English                               “Rough clearing” I would say this like ROW-lee (the Ow like in “OW I hurt myself” or Now) but other would probably pronounce it like ROW-lee (as in Row your boat). I think it’s very cool.

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.

Ryan                         Irish                                    “Little King” Ryan has been one of the ever popular Irish names in America. It has always sort of stayed in the top 20 or near it. I think it’s a fine, classic name.

Sheldon                   English                               “Steep sided valley” I like Sheldon, but only because of Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. It’s definitely a nerdy name, but I still like it.

Spencer                   English                               “house steward, dispenser of provisions” This is a nice name, but its one of those that always feels like it won’t grow up well. I don’t know why that is, but there you go. I do like that it sounds fun and friendly though.

Stanley                    English                               “Near the stoney meadow” Stanley really seems nerdy to me. I don’t think it’s ready for “Geek Chic” yet, but it would be a great middle name.

Stuart                       Scottish                             “Steward” This is an ancient Scottish royal name. I like it, but I also immediately think of Stuart Little, the tiny mouse.

Thor                          Norse                                 “thunder” I love this! Thor is the powerful name of the Norse god of thunder, strength, and rain, the son of Odin, and it would make a bold statement. Thor was in Marvel Comics and has recently been made into a movie. Thor Heyerdahl was a famous Norwegian anthropologist/adventurer, author of the book Kon Tiki.

Victor                       Latin                                  “Conqueror” Victor is one of the earliest names of Christian Popes and Saints. It became popular in the English speaking world via Queen Victoria since Victor was the only masculine form of Victoria.

Vincent                    Latin                                  “Conqueror” Vincent was popular during the Middle Ages, especially among the French, who brought it to England. There are a number of St. Vincents, most famous of whom is St. Vincent de Paul, a seventeenth century French priest who organized societies of laymen to help the poor. There’s Vincent Van Gogh and actor Vince Vaughn. Vince is a strong nickname and Vinny is cute.

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”.



{April 17, 2012}   Iowa County Names

Boy

Name                       Origin                        Meaning

Adair                         Scottish                       “Oak tree ford” I really like Adair. It has flare and spunk, but it’s not unrecognizable. I love the nickname Dare.

Boone                        English                        “A blessing” Boone is one of those that gives me a cowboyish feel. It makes me think of a strong, dark and handsome cowboy though. Then I think of Daniel Boone, the frontiersman.

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.

Davis                          Hebrew                       “beloved” Davis is a really nice twist on the traditional David. I actually like the surname better, and I usually don’t. Davis feels a little more edgy than David, but you still get the old nickname Dave.

Emmett                     Hebrew/English     “True/Universal” Emmett is definitely on the rise. It’s got a laid back feel and it’s on the rise as a male competitor for Emily and Emma. Also, Emmett is a name from the Twilight books and those names are all getting more attention right now.

Floyd                         Welsh                           “Gray haired” And does this name sound gray haired! I honestly can’t picture this name without thinking of the country; gray haired grandfather rocking on his front porch.

Harrison                   English                        “Son of Harry” It’s another surname name made popular by Harrison Ford. It’s perfect for parent’s looking for an H name that’s not the tired Harry or Hank, but isn’t too much like Huntington. It also has the cute nn of Harris.

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.

Howard                     German                       “brave heart” This is a cool meaning, old name. Howie and Ward make it much more accessible though.  Howard is getting dangerously close to falling off the top 1000, and that’s just wrong. I think Howard is a nice, solid name, and the only one I’ve known was a genius who could do advanced math in his head…it’s a good image!

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.

Lucas                         Greek                            “From Luciana” Lucas is getting more and more popular. Lucas has always been popular with TV writers and in literature. There’s the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, Contemporary artist Lucas Samaras, or the Director George Lucas. Plus, Luke is a nice, strong and ever popular nickname.

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.

Mitchell                    English                         “Who is like God?” Mitchell has gone up and down in popularity. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. Personally, I’d like to meet a little Mitchell instead of another Michael. Mitch is nice too.

Monroe                     Scottish                       “Mouth of the Roe river” Recently I’ve decided I like the name Monroe on a boy, probably due to an interesting character in a new TV show called Grimm. Monroe is a presidential name, but it’s starting to get popular for girls. I’d just like to say that I find this name handsome and not at all attractive for girls.

Scott                          English                         “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Like Logan, Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Warren                     French                         “Park Keeper” This was on my own list at one time. Just like Truman, it’s also a presidential name. It sounds strong and handsome, old fashioned but not too old fashioned. I think Warren is ready for a come back.

Wayne                      English                         “Maker of Wagons” Because of John Wayne, this name feels like a cowboy name to me. However, it’s not one of the cool cowboy names anymore, more like a dad name.

Girls

Name                      Origin                       Meaning

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.

Ida                             German                       “Industrious one” Other short vowel names are coming back — Ada, Eva, Ava — but Ida still sounds sort of old ladyish, but that’s not too bad.

Louisa                      Latin                             “Renowned Warrior” I like Louisa. It’s very soft and sweet sounding, but with a very neat meaning. I think the nickname Lulu is so adorable too!

Madison                  English                        “son of Maud” Historically a boy name and extremely popular, #8, for girls. I don’t like this name too much, but I understand that most parent’s like it for it’s upscale kind of feel, or as a way to get to Maddy.

Page                          French/Word          “Page, attendant” or a piece of paper. I really like the connection the books and whatnot, but it’s also usable because of the same sound it has to Paige.

Shelby                      English                       “Estate on the ledge” Shelby was trendy 10 years ago, but it’s fallen out of favor for other -y names like Kelby, Bailey, Hailey, Kayley…. I can’t see why it might not get used too.

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.



{April 14, 2012}   Victims of the RMS Titanic

In Memory of the Titanic

A Century ago today, the RMS Titanic, the night of April 14th on it’s maiden voyage, crashed into an iceberg and sank, killing approximately 1,5oo . It was an enormous tragedy, and shocked the world. Recently, on nameberry.com, a woman, amandaberry, brought up the fact that there were many children on board who died very young. They didn’t get a chance to have a life and she put forth the idea of using the name of one of the children to honor the dead and give them life. I think it’s a sad and lovely idea. Besides that, though, there are lots of lovely and classic names on this list and someone may be able to find inspiration from here. In any case, we need to remember this tragedy. I’m not suggesting using a first and middle name combo exactly as it appears, but I will keep them together. I chose not to go into the specific stories connected to each of these names, as it’s too sad, and I obviously couldn’t include all 1500+ names, but I included the ones I thought were worth showing to other people. I would encourage you all to go look over the list here.

There are so many of them that I couldn’t give too much of a personal opinion on all of them so here’s the list with a basic meaning. These are in no particular order.

Children less than 18

Name                                                Origin                                     Gender           Meaning

Rossmore Edward                         ??/English                               Male                  Edward means “wealthy guardian” As for Rossmore, it’s definitely interesting. I think the nickname Ross is strong and handsome.

Eugene Joseph                               Greek/Hebrew                      Male                  Eugene means “wellborn, noble” Joseph means “Jehovah increases”

Frederick                                          German                                    Male                  “Peaceful ruler”

Helen Loraine                                 Greek/French                       Female             Helen means “bright, shining one”  Loraine means “From the province of Lorraine”

Owen George                                   Welsh/Greek                         Male                  Owen means “young warrior, well born” George means “Farmer”

Sigrid Elisabeth                              Norse/Hebrew                     Female             Sigrid means “Fair Victory” Elisabeth means “pledged to God”

Ingeborg Constanzia                   Norse/Latin                           Female             Ingeborg is pronounced EEN-geh-bor and means “God of peace and prosperity” Constanzia is a variation of Constance and means “Constant” I love this! It’s very cool and interesting but not over the top.

Elba Iris Alfrida                             Greek/English                       Female             Elba was the place of Napoleon’s exile.  Iris means “Rainbow” In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. Alfrida means “Elf power”

Sigvard Harald Elias                     see meaning                          Male                  German/Scandinavian/Greek          Sigvard seems to be a variant of Sigmund which means “victorious protection” Harald is a variation of Harold which means “army ruler” Elias means “the Lord is my God”

Ellis Anna Maria                            see meaning                           Female             Welsh/Greek/Latin                                Ellis is typically a male name means “benevolent” Anna means “Grace” Maria means “bitter”

Edgar Samuel                                  German/Hebrew                 Male                  Edgar means “prosperous spearman” Samuel means “told by God”

Josefine                                             Hebrew                                   Female             “Jehovah Increases”

Carl Edgar                                         German                                   Male                  Carl means “free man” and Edgar means “prosperous spearman”

Filip Oscar                                        Swedish/English                 Male                  Filip means “lover of horses” and Oscar means “champion warrior”

Clarence Gustaf Hugo                  Latin/Scandinavian/Latin   Male            Clarence means “Light”. Gustaf means “staff of the gods” Hugo means “heart, mind, spirit”

Malake                                               Arabic                                      Female           Malake is pronounced MAE-lahk and means “angel” possibly.

Percy Andrew                                French/Greek                       Male                Percy means “Pierce valley” and Andrew means “strong and manly”

Saiide                                                 ??                                                Female

Arthur                                               Celtic                                         Male                  “Bear”

William Thomas                            English/Aramaic                  Male                  William means “Resolute protector” and Thomas means “twin”

Ernst Herbert                                 German                                    Male                 Ernst means “Serious, resolute” and Herbert means ” famous army”

Nourelain                                         ??                                                Female

Akar                                                    Turkish                                    Male                 “Flowing stream”

Mary Delia                                        Hebrew/Greek                     Female            Mary means “bitter” and Delia means “Born on the island of Delos”

Jego Grga                                          ??/Croatian                            Male               Grga is apparently Croatian and a short form of Grgur that means “watcher” It’s apparently suppose to be pronounced greh-gur

Petar                                                   Greek                                        Male               This is a variant of the name Peter which means “Rock”‘

Jovo                                                    Latin                                         Male               This seems to be a short form of the name Jovan which mean “the supreme god”

Maria Elias                                        Latin/Greek                          Female         Maria means “Bitter” and Elias means “the Lord is my God”

Jose Pedro                                        Spanish                                   Male               Jose means “Jehovah Increases” and Pedro means “rock”

Jeso                                                     Basotho                                   Male               “God is my salvation”

Alfons                                                 French                                     Male                 “noble, ready for battle”

Maurice Emile Victor                  Latin                                         Male                  Maurice means “Dark skinned” Emile means “Rival” Victor means “conqueror”

Mirko                                                  Slavic                                       Male                  “Peaceful glory”

Italo Francesco                              Italian                                      Male                   Italo means “From Italy” and Francesco means “free man”

Gustaf Hjalmar                                Scandinavian/Norse         Male                   Gustaf means “staff of the gods” and Hjalmar means “army helmet”

Hans Linus                                        German/Greek                     Male                    Hans means “God is Gracious” and Linus means “Flax”

Albert George                                  English/Greek                      Male                    Albert means “noble, bright” and George means ‘Farmer”

Arne Joma                                        Dutch/??                                 Male                    Arne means “Strong as an eagle”

Harry                                                  German                                    Male                   “Estate ruler”

Eberhard Thelander                     German/Swedish                 Male                   Eberhard means “Brave boar” and Thelander has an unsure meaning but I really like it!

Edward Watson                              English                                     Male                   Edward means “Wealthy guardian” and Watson means “powerful warrior”

William Neal Thomas                   English/Irish/Aramaic    Male             William means “Resolute protector” Neal means “Cloud” and Thomas means “twin”

Robina Maggie                                English/Diminutive           Female              Robina means “Bright fame” and Maggie is a short form of Margaret which means “Pearl”

Lillian Amy                                      English/Latin                        Female              Lillian means “Lily” and Amy means “beloved”

Charles Edward                              French/English                    Male                   Charles means “free man” and Edward means “wealthy guardian”

Jessie Allis                                       Hebrew/German                  Female               Jessie is a diminutive of Jessica which means “wealthy” and Allis means “noble”

Harold Victor                                 Scandinavian/Latin            Male                     Harold means “army ruler” and Victor means “conqueror”

Sidney Leslie                                   French/Scottish                   Male                      Sidney means “Saint Denis” and Leslie means “Garden by the pool”

Catherine                                          Greek                                         Female                 “Pure”

Clifford Henry                                 English/German                   Male                      Clifford means “Lives near the ford by the cliff” and Henry means “Estate ruler”

Houssein Mohamed                      Arabic                                      Male                      Houssein means “small handsome one” and Mohamed is a variation of Muhammed which means “praiseworthy”

Hanora                                               Latin                                          Female                 This seems to be a variation of Annora or Honora which means “Woman of Honor”

Marta                                                  Eastern European                Female                 Marta means “lady”

Leonard James                               German/Hebrew                  Male                      Leonard means “brave lion” and James means “Supplanter”

Hileni                                                  Hebrew                                     Female                 I didn’t find a meaning but my searching says this name is Hebrew.

Svend Lauritz                                  Norse/Latin                            Male                      Svend means “youth” and Lauritz is a variation of Lawrence which means “from Laurentium”

Catherine Nellie                             Greek/English                        Female                 Catherine means “pure” and Nellie is an elongation of Nell or a shortening of Eleanor, Penelope, or various other names.

Nikolai Erland                                 Russian/Norse                      Male                     Nikolai means “people of victory” and Erland means “stranger”

Fared                                                  Arabic                                       Male                     “Exceptional”

Klas Albin                                         ?/Latin                                      Male                     Klas seems to be a variant of Klaus which means “People of victory” and Albin means “man from Alba”

Gertrud Emilia                                German/Latin                       Female                Gertrud means “strength of a spear” and Emilia means “rival”

Henry                                                 German                                    Male                     “Estate ruler”

Ida                                                       German                                    Female                “Industrious one”

Jeannie                                              French                                      Female                 Jeannie is a pet form of Jean which means “God is Gracious”

Mathilde                                            French                                      Female                 “battle mighty”

Daniel Warner                                 Hebrew/English                   Male                      Daniel means “God is my judge” and Warner means “army”

Lawrence                                          Latin                                          Male                      Lawrence means “from Laurentium”

Pehr Fabian Oliver Malkolm     Greek/Latin/Scottish        Male                      Pehr is a Swedish form of Peter, which means “stone” Fabian means “bean grower” Oliver means “olive tree” and Malkolm means “devotee of Saint Columba”

Toufik                                                 Hebrew                                     Male                       This seems to be a variation of the Hebrew name Tovik meaning “good, success etc”

Patrick Denis                                   Latin/French                         Male                        Patrick means “noble, partrician” and Denis means “Follower of Dionysus”

Olaf Elon                                            Norse/Hebrew                      Male                         Olaf means “Ancestor’s relics” and Elon means “oak tree”

Reginald Ivan                                  English/Russian                   Male                         Reginald means “counsel power” and Ivan means “God is gracious”

Paul Folke                                         Latin/Scandinavian            Male                         Paul means “Small” and Folke means “people’s guardian”

Stina Viola                                        Greek/Latin                            Female                    Stina means “anointed” and Viola means “Violet”

Jaako Arnold                                   Finnish/English                    Male                         Jaako means “supplanter” and Arnold means “strong as an eagle”

Ernesti Arvid                                   ??/Norwegian                        Male                        Arvid means “eagle tree”

Urho Abraham                                Finnish/Hebrew                  Male                        Urho means “brave” and Abraham means “father of multitudes”

Francis                                                Latin                                         Male                        “free man”

Sebastiano                                         Latin                                        Male                        “person from ancient city of Sebasta”

Ellen Natalia                                     English/Russian                 Female                    Ellen means “bright, shining one” and Natalia means “born of Christmas day”

Ernest                                                  English                                   Male                          “serious, resolute”

George Hugh                                     Greek/English                    Male                          George means “Farmer” and Hugh means “mind, intellect”

Viktor Richard                                 Latin/German                    Male                          Viktor means “conqueror” and Richard means “dominant ruler”

Douglas                                               Scottish                                 Male                          “Black water”

Dorothy                                              English                                  Female                      “Gift of god”

Anthony William                            Latin/English                     Male                            Anthony means “Priceless one” and William means “resolute protection”

Elizabeth Ada                                   Hebrew/German              Female                      Elizabeth means “pledged to God” and Ada means “noble”

Constance Gladys                           Latin/Welsh                       Female                      Constance means “steadfast” and Gladys means “lame”

Karl Thorsten                                   German/Scandinavian  Male                Karl means “free man” and Thorsten means “Thor’s stone”

Mabel                                                   Latin                                     Female                       “Lovable”

Margit Elizabeth                              German/Hebrew            Female                       Margit means “Pearl” and Elizabeth means “Pledged to God”

Telma Matilda                                  Portuguese/German     Female               Telma means “Will” and Matilda means “battle ready”

Montague Donald                           French/Scottish             Male                            Montague means “Pointy hill” and Donald means “proud chief”

Walter John                                      German/Hebrew           Male                            Walter means “army ruler” and John means “God is Gracious”

Catharina                                           Greek                                 Female                       “Pure”

Augusta Maria                                 Latin                                  Female                       Augusta means “the exalted one” and Maria means “bitter”

Leo Edmondus                                Latin/?                             Male                             Leo means “Lion”

Hulda Amanda Adolfina          Hebrew/Latin/German?    Female                      Hulda means “sweet, lovable” Amanda means “much loved” and Adolfina probably means “Wolf” as that’s what Adolph means.

Jakob Alfred                                    Hebrew/English   Male                             Jacob means “supplanter” and Alfred means “wise counselor”

Adults (not all, obviously, but the most “interesting”)

Name                                                Origin                     Gender                      Meaning

Mauritz                                              Latin                          Male                             “Dark-skinned”

Snowden                                           Old English             Male                              “Snowy-peak”

Augustus                                          Latin                          Male                              “The exalted one”

Battista                                              French                      Male                              Seems to be a form of Batiste which means “to dip”

Bessie Waldo                                   German                     Female                         Bessie is a diminutive of Elizabeth and Waldo means “to rule”

Anders                                              Scandinavian          Male                               “strong and manly”

Konstantia                                       Latin                           Female                         “steadfast”

Axel                                                    German                     Male                              “Father of peace” this seemed like a very modern choice for someone’s middle name! Very cool.

Aloysius                                            Latin                          Male                              “Famous warrior”

Cerin                                                   Gaelic                        Male                             “Little Dark One”

Catherine David                             Greek/Hebrew      Female                         Catherine means “Pure” and David means “beloved”

Vale                                                     Place Name            Male                              “Valley”

Giovanni                                           Italian                       Male                              “God is Gracious”

Quigg                                                  ??                                 Male                             I have no idea about the origin or meaning other than that it might be a short form of Quiggly maybe? I think it’s sort of neat.

Ferguson                                          Scottish                     Male                             “Son of Fergus”

Narciso                                             Greek                         Male                             “Sleep”

Eustace Horatius                          Greek/Latin             Male                             Eustace means “fruitful” and Horatius means “timekeeper”

Alexis                                                 English                      Male                             “Man’s Defender” I thought it was really cool to see this name on a boy.

Giuseppe                                           Italian                        Male                            “Jehovah Increases”

Hendrik                                             Dutch                         Male                            “Estate ruler”

Sultana                                              Arabic                        Female                      “Empress”

Solomon                                           Hebrew                      Male                           “Peace”

Joaquim                                           Hebrew                      Male                            “God will judge”

Athol                                                  Gaelic                        Male                             “New Ireland”

Ewart                                                 Old English              Male                              “Wealthy guard”

Marija                                                Dutch                        Female                         “Bitter”

August                                               German                    Male                               “Majestic, venerable”

Ernest Courtenay                         English/French     Male                                Ernest means “resolute” and Courtenay means “short nose”

Adrien Finnin                                 Latin/Irish             Male                                Adrien means “man from Adria” and Finnin means “Fair”

Crispin                                               Latin                         Male                                “Curly hair”

Apostolos                                         Greek                       Male                                “apostle”

Dimitrios                                           Greek                        Male                               “Follower of Demeter”

Valentine                                          Latin                          Male                               “Healthy, strong”

Quincy                                                Latin                          Male                              “estate of the fifth son”

Captain                                               word                          Male

Ulrika                                                  German                    Female                          “wealthy, powerful ruler”

Raleigh                                               English                      Male                              “Meadow of roe deer”

Percival                                              French                     Male                               ‘One who pierces the valley”

James Vivian                                   Hebrew/Latin       Male                               James means “supplanter” and Vivian means “Life” I would never have thought of Vivian as a boys name!

Dollina                                                 Greek                        Female                         I’m unsure about the meaning, but I love this name! Dolly is so cute!

Shadrach                                            Babylonian             Male                             “command of Aku”

Eliezer                                                Hebrew                     Male                             “God helps”

Gideon                                               Hebrew                      Male                            “having a stump for a hand”

Aloisia                                                German                       Female                       “famous fighter”

Ambrose                                           Latin                            Male                             “Immortal one”

Fox                                                       Animal

Ellen Truelove                               English                        Female                        “bright shining one” and Truelove is very interesting!

Law                                                     Word

Denzil                                                  Cornish                       Male                             “From the high stronghold”

Cordelia                                            Celtic                            Female                        “Daughter of the sea” Maybe it’s awful to say it, but this is ironic…

John Starr                                        Hebrew/word          Male                             ‘God is Gracious” and Starr, this spelling, is my middle name!

Arcangelo                                        Italian                         Male                              “Arc Angel”

Thor                                                    Norse                          Male                             “thunder” Thor is the powerful name of the Norse god of thunder, strength, and rain would make a bold statement.



{April 8, 2012}   Easter Names

Today is Easter and I hope you all have a good time hunting eggs with the little ones! Today is also Passover or a celebration of the regrowth and fertility of Spring (the original purpose of this holiday). Here’s my take on names associated with Easter, Christian, Jewish, Pagan, and everything else I can think of. Thank you to everyone at nameberry.com who helped me gather these names together.

These are not in alphabetic order this time around.

Name                  Origin                    Gender                 Meaning

Sunday                 Word                       Male/Female        Sunday became much more usable after Nicole Kidman used it for her daughter. Obviously, Easter happens on Sunday, which is how this name is associated with the holiday. Sunny is an adorable nickname.Really, Sunday in any laguage could work: Domingo (Spanish), Zondag (Dutch), Sunnuntai (Finnish), Domenica (Italian), Dimanche (French), Nedjelja (Croatian), Sonntag (German), Nedele (Czech), Niedziela (Polish), Kyriaki (Greek).

Easter                   Word                        Female                    I suppose using the word Easter itself could work, though I think this is a bit much. It would work better in the middle.

Pascal                   French                     Male                        “Easter” Pascal has a very appealing sound to it, and I like it. I do like the French look of this, but I think I prefer the Spanish version Pasqual better.

Ash                        English                    Male                         “Ash tree” Ash Wednesday is the feast that marks the start of Lent. I love Ash. It’s very strong and manly on it’s own, but could also be used as a nickname for Asher or Ashton or even Ashley for a girl. And while we’re talking about Ash Wednesday, Wednesday would be a fine name too.

Palma                   Latin                         Female                   Palm Sunday is celebrated the week before Easter, commemorating the entry of Christ into Jerusalem where He was greeted by crowds waving palm branches. I think Palma is nice, but not my style.

Mary                     Hebrew                   Female                   “Bitter” I’m talking about Mary Magdalene here. She was the last witness to the crucifixion and the first person to see Jesus after the resurrection. I really like the thought of using her last name, Magdalene, or Magdalena.

Arley                    English                    Male                        “From the Rabbit meadow” I sort of like Arley, except that it sounds like you’re mispronouncing Harley. Obviously this one has everything to do with the Easter Bunny.

Leveret                French                    Male                        “Young Rabbit” I really like this French name. The Rabbit is one of the symbols of fertility for the Easter holiday, or the thing that brings eggs, and this is definitely nicer than Arley in my opinion.

Cruz                      Spanish                   Male                        “Cross” In the Latino community, this one was popular before Victoria and David Beckham used it. I’ve been seeing it around more and more, so I’m sure it’s gaining in popularity. The cross is the symbol of Jesus and that’s how this relates.

Pesah                   Hebrew                   Female                   “Spared” This is the Hebrew name for Passover, which would sort of be like naming your kid Easter too. Pesah has an interesting sound, but makes me think of pessimist. I think it would be nice on someone of Jewish or Hebrew background.

Bluma                   Yiddish                  Female                   “Flower” This is a pretty name that sounds like it should mean Bloom but means flower. Obviously flowers have to do with Springtime.

Chani                    Hebrew                  Female                   This is a name derived from Channah. She was the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Bible.

Anastasia            Greek                      Female                   “Resurrection” Related to the Greek work Anastasis which means “upstanding or rising up”, this is a name that brings to mind the Christian resurrection of Jesus, which is what Easter is all about for the Christians. I think it’s a beautiful name that deserves a ton more love than it gets. Anne, Anna, Annie, Tia, Sia, Stacy, those are all nicknames.

Chava                   Hebrew                  Female                   “Life” Anything meaning Life could work well as Spring time is all about the rejuvenation of life. I love the way this name sounds, but the hard CH sound that the Hebrew language needs for this name would be a problem for English speakers. Hava would be much easier.

Zoe                        Greek                      Female                   “Life” This name is pretty popular, but I still love it. It feels so bubbly and happy to say. There are different ways to spell it too: Zooey, Zoey, Zoee, and the little girl in my daycare is Zoe with umlauts over the E.

Lilies are lovely flowers that have a Christian/Easter connection.

Lily                       Flower                    Female                   Lily is a very popular baby name. It’s sweet and fun, but so overdone. Personally, I like other Lily names with Lily as a nickname: Lilianna and Lilia are my favorites.

Shoshana           Hebrew                   Female                   “Lily” This name is very cute and Shana gives it a balanced nickname. Since the name means Lily, it could have that same connection to Easter as the Lily flower. Susanna is a more “english” form of the name and I prefer Suzanne and Suzette.

Crina                    Romanian             Female                    “Lily” I actually really like this. It has a sort of soft sound, very feminine and sweet.

Obviously Easter happens in the Spring, and springtime is the time for regrowth and birth.

Eastre                  Greek                      Female                    Pronounced AY-strah, this is an ancient word for Spring that clearly relates to the word Easter. I think it has a very pretty sound.

Aviva                   Hebrew                  Female                   “Spring”  Aviva is a very pretty Hebrew name that simply means Spring. I love the sound of it and the nickname Vivi.

April                    Month                     Female                   April is the month that Easter happens in. I get called April a lot (even though it’s not my name) and so I can attest that people really seem to like the name. They always tell me April is a lovely name until I tell them I’m not April. I prefer the French Avril.

Cerelia                Latin                        Female                   “Relating to Springtime” This is another Spring inspired choice and it certainly is lovely. It has the same kind of feel as Cecelia but more exotic.Ceres, Ria, Lia are nice nicknames.

Haruki                 Japanese               Male                        “Spring Child” This is a very nice name for anyone with Japanese heritage. It might sound weird on someone who isn’t Asian though. Ru is a cool nickname. Haru is an adorable nickname.

Jarek                   Slavic                      Male                        “Spring” I really like this name, but pronounced Ja-rek instead of the traditional Yah-rek. I think it sounds very masculine and handsome.

Rabiah                Arabic                    Female                   “Spring” This is a lovely, flowing name. It definitely sounds exotic and I can’t really picture it on a Caucasian child, but prove me wrong. It’s very pretty and I’d love to see it used.

Neo                      Latin                       Male                        “New” New growth, new birth, new season, new whatever. Names that mean new might work fine for an Easter baby. Neo is a great name and I love the sound, but it still might be associated with The Matrix.

Names the mean Green would be a good choice for an Easter baby, as Springtime is full of Green Growth.

Zelenka              Czech                      Female                   “green, new, fresh, innocent” zeh-LAIN-kah. This is a great name! It sounds exotic but approachable and very pretty too. The biggest issue I can see is the pronunciation. I would have said it zeh-LENK-ah.

Beryl                    Jewel                      Female                  “sea green jewel” Beryl is very old fashioned, but the nickname Berry just spices it up so much! I think it could definitely make a comeback. Berilo is a cool boys version too.

Chloe                   Greek                      Female                  “young green shoot” I love Chloe. It’s a Greek poetic name, which gives it a lot of marks with me, and has a lovely, springy sound. The name just feels like it’s bubbling with energy.

Emerald              Jewel                      Female                  This is the ultimate Green Gem, but it’s a little much for me. I think it would be very pretty and cool in the middle name spot but in the first place it makes me think of strippers.

Esmeralda         Spanish                  Female                    “Emerald” Esmeralda is a lovely name. Personally, I dislike Esmeralda as the actually book The Hunchback of Notre Dame is pretty depressing, but I do love the sound, and the nickname Esme, Essy, and Mera are very pretty.

Jade                     Jewel                       Female                  Another green gemstone, this one doesn’t feel as stripperish as Emerald does, so I think it could work great in the first spot. I know a lovely little girl with the middle name Jade.

Midori                 Japanese               Female                  “Green” I know a little girl named Midori too. It has a fun and playful sound and the nickname Middy or Minnie or Dori are all very cute, but since my husband is a state certified bartender, all I think of is the Green Liqueur.

Sunrise and dawn are the time when Churches have their special service I think because that’s when Jesus rose, but also the sun rising is symbolic of a new day, a new time for rebirth, to rise up.

Alba                     Latin                       Female                   “sunrise” Alba is lovely and soft. I don’t have a lot to say about it other than that it is lovely and would make a wonderful choice.

Altan                   Turkish                  Male                        “Dawn” This has a slightly exotic sound, but I can’t see any way to really mispronounce it. Maybe this could be a variant to Alvin?

Zoran                  Serbian                  Male                        “Light of dawn” This name has a very cool sound! I love it. It has the popular -an ending like the other Aiden, Brayden, whatever names out there, but I can’t see it getting lost in the crowd too much with the stylish Z.

Roxana               Persian                  Female                   “Dawn” Roxana was the wife of Alexander the Great, which makes this name seem very cool to me. I love the sound and Roxy is such a spunky nickname.

Zaria                    Slavic                     Female                   “Morning star” In their mythology, Zaria was the goddess of the morning. This name certainly has a cool, edgy sound. I would love to meet a little girl named Zaria.

Now, I’ll be getting in the mythological things. The gods and goddesses typically worshiped at this time of year and any other god or goddess or whatnot that seems to fit with the Spring, Growth, Green, Morning, Dawn, Fertility and all those things theme. These choices will be more daring for sure.

                                                                 

Eostre/Eostra   Greek                     Female                  She was the dawn Goddess of Fertility and the one the season started out being about. Her name is pronounced eh-OH-strah. I think it’s very pretty but also probably better left to the middle or the adventurous parents. Other variations on her name are Ostare (0h-star-ray), Ostara, and Ausos (ow-sos).

Aurora                Latin                      Female                   “Dawn” In Roman mythology, Aurora was the name of the Goddess of the morning. It’s a beautiful name and Rory could be a very spunky nickname. The only problem I have is that some people can’t say it right.

Rhea                     Greek                     Female                  In Greek mythology, Rhea was the Titan of fertility  and motherhood. She is the sister and consort of Cronus, and mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Even though her name is ancient, Rhea definitely sounds like it could fit in the modern time.

Alectrona           Greek                     Female                  This is a little known Greek goddess of the morning and waking up. I see Electra getting thrown around as a daring choice and this certainly has the same feel as Electra. Electra and Allie would be cute nicknames. The problem is that it sounds sort of like Electronic.

Chloris                 Greek                     Female                  Chloris was the goddess of flowers. I think her name is lovely, and associated with the Easter holiday and springtime as this is the time for Flowers to start growing.

Thallo                   Greek                     Female                  Thallo is the goddess of spring buds and shoots. I think her name is nice enough, but better left for a middle spot.

Demeter              Greek                     Female                  Demeter was the Goddess of the Harvest and presided over the fertility of the earth. She gets to spend time with her daughter Persephone during the Springtime, which is what allows the growth of Spring. Demtri or Demetrios would be good for a boy. Demteria is a very pretty variation for a girl.

Persephone       Greek                     Female                  per-SEPH-oh-nee. I love Persephone! She is considered the wife of Hades and also a Goddess of Spring growth. Her presence on the earth during the spring months is what makes Demeter allows the growth.There’s also the Roman version of Persephone, Proserpina.

Hathor                 Egyptian              Female                  Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, music, motherhood, and joy, I think her name has a somewhat harsh sound.

Ishtar                   Babylonian         Female                  Goddess of Love, war, and fertility. This is another one I think has a harsh sound to it, but I still like it.

Cybele                  Phrygian             Female                  The Phrygian fertility goddess, had a consort, Attis, who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. Attis was believed to have died and been resurrected 3 days later each year during this period. (these myths came about centuries before Jesus would have been born) Cybele and Attis are both lovely names.

Asherah               Semitic                Female                  Asherah was the Semitic mother goddess and another way to get the nickname Ash. I think it has a lovely sound.

Sonne/Sunna     Scandinavian    Female                 One of the origins for the day name Sunday, says it comes from the Scandinavian sun Goddess Sunna/Sonne. I think it’s very cute.

Sol                          Latin                     Male                      Another origin for the day Sunday says that it’s derived from the Roman God of the Sun, Sol (pronounced soul). Solana or Soleil (so-lay) would be very pretty for a girl.

Ceres                     Latin                     Female                 The goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter. It’s where the world cereal came from.

Aditi                      Hindu                   Female                 Aditi is the Hindu goddess of the sky and fertility. I think it has a cool sound, but would probably work much better on someone with a Hindu/Indian background.

Anahita                Persian                Female                 This is the Persian goddess of water and fertility. I think this sound is very nice, and it rolls of the tongue quickly. Ana grounds the name too, as a good nickname.

Idun                      Norse                   Female                 Idun is the Norse goddess of Spring and Immortality. I’ve also seen her name written as Iduna, but I don’t know if that’s a valid way to write it or not. Either way, I prefer Iduna. It has a hard sort of sound, but is still very pretty.

Vesna                   Slavic                   Female                 This is the name of the Slavic Goddess of the springtime. It has a neat sound, what with the VES right there in the front.



{April 8, 2012}   Indiana City Names — Girls

Name                        Origin                       Meaning

Alexandria               Greek                          “Man’s Defender” I love Alexandria. It’s my favorite feminine form of Alexander. It’s long and elegant sounding, while having a touch of the exotic too  (I’m thinking of the Alexandria Egypt right now).  All the basic nicknames still apply: Alex, Lexie, Xandra, Ria, Lia, Alia…

Arcadia                     Greek                           “region offering peace and contentment” Arcadia, a name for an unspoiled paradise, makes an attractive alternative to the modern Nevaeh. I love the sound and history of Arcadia. It has a nice nickname of Cady which is so close to Catey that people won’t even blink. It can also have Ari, Aria, or Dia.

Ashley                       English                        “dweller near the ash tree meadow” Ashley was mega-popular in the 80s and 90s but now it’s starting to go back down while still managing to stay in the top 30. It’s pretty but I like the nickname Asha much more.

Brook                        Nature                         This is an alternate spelling to Brooke. Personally, I think the E at the end makes it look more complete. Brook is nice, if a little dated, but I think it’s a sweet name.

Celestine                  Latin                            “Heavenly” This is a very pretty name! I’ve never really liked Celeste, so this just makes it so much better. I suppose you could use Celeste as a nickname.

Cynthiana                Greek                          “Of the moon” Cynthia is very pretty and Cynthiana is very pretty too, if a little too frilly for my taste. It has a long, flowing sound. Cynthia I suppose could be a nickname, Thia and Ana could also both work nicely.

Dana                           English                       “From Denmark” This name found in both Celtic and Scandinavian mythology has gone from all-boy to almost all-girl. I can’t even begin to picture this on a boy. It does have a slightly older sound to it though, as Dana is my grandmother. This is also the birth name of Queen Latifah.

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

Flora                         Latin                            “Flower” Flora, the Roman Goddess of Flowers and Spring, who enjoyed eternal youth, is one of the gently old-fashioned girls’ flower names that’s due for a comeback. It’s been popular in Scotland for a long time, but isn’t too popular here. I think it’s very soft and pretty and I would love to see it get more use.

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.

Hanna                        Hebrew                      “Grace” I know someone who recently used this spelling to honor an Anna. I also teach a Hanna spelled this way. I like it both ways, with the H and without. It’s a lovely name with a lovely sound.

Laurel                       Latin                            “Laurel Tree” I like Laurel a little bit. I like its connection to mythology and Greek/Roman royalty more than the name itself. It would be a good choice for anyone trying to honor a Laura in the family.

Lynn                         Welsh                           “Lake” I like Lynn but I definitely feel like it’s a name dated to the 70s or 80s. My mother’s middle name is Lynn and a lot of other women I’ve met her age have the middle name Lynn. I do like it though, and think it could still make a very nice middle name, but only middle as it feels incomplete in the first. Longer forms like Linnea would make a nice first name to use Lynn as a nickname.

Macy                         English                        “Hill” I like it, but it just feels like a nickname to me. It doesn’t feel like it will age well. This spelling makes me think of the store. I teach 2 Macy’s with the spellings Maci and Mace (although that last one looks like Mace as in the medieval weapon to me).

(Saint) Bernice      Greek                           “She who brings victory” I only sort of like Bernice. It’s pretty but I don’t really like the sound of it. The nickname Berry would be cute, but that’s all I really like about it.

 



{April 7, 2012}   Indiana City Names — Boys

Name                         Origin                         Meaning

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.

Carlisle                       English                          “From the walled city’ This is definitely a stuffy name. I think it has a nice sound, but it’s not even on the top 1000. However, it might gain some unexpected popularity because of the character in Twilight, Carlisle Cullen.

Chandler                    French                          “Candle Maker” Chandler got popular with Friend’s on air, but since Friends has faded away into reruns, Chandler hasn’t seen too much attention. It’s getting close to the 500s so it’s safely off the map, and I like that. I think Chandler sounds sporty and fun, but I can also picture a dark haired, mischievous boy.

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.

Clifford                        English                         “lives near the ford by the cliff” Beginning to overcome a slightly stodgy intellectual image and showing signs of possible revival. Kids might or might not like the association with the big red dog. Cliff is a nice, modern nickname.

Cory                             Irish                              “From the hollow” I’ve seen that Cory/Corey is becoming unisex recently and I think that’s ridiculous. I like Cory/Corey. I think it has a soft sound but is still boyish enough to work. It’s still in the 300s so I guess there’s still people out there with me.

Dale                              English                         “Valley” This name, while still masculine, seems a little outdated to me. I do think with the right middle name, something more modern and right now, this name could really be good.

Ferdinand                  German                       “Bold voyager” Ferdinand has a sort of clumsy sound when heard and spoken by an English speaker, but for someone with a more European heritage, this name is a pretty cool choice. I think it sounds neat and Dinan is a cool nickname I would use.

Garrett                        Irish                              “Spear strength” I just love Garrett. It’s one of my favorite Irish boy names. It sounds very masculine and strong, with it’s hard consonant sounds, but still friendly and approachable. Gary is a nice but old nickname if you like it, but I wouldn’t use a nickname with Garrett.

Griffin                        Welsh                              “Strong lord” I love Griffin and would use it on a baby if I could find a way to. Griffin is one of the more popular Welsh surnames, and it’s also a mythological creature, half eagle, half lion. I would use it in full, but Griff and Finn are nice nicknames.

Griffith                       Welsh                             “Strong fighter” It’s a cool, classic Welsh name that comes off a little softer than Griffin but has the TH sound at the end that might make it a little harder for some people to say. I love it though.

Hamlet                       Danish                          The “To Be or Not to Be” jokes, via Shakespeare’s tortured prince, will get old very fast. However, as a middle name it could work. Juliet, Ophelia, Cordelia, Auberon…those are all Shakespeare names being used, so why not stick Hamlet in the middle as a tribute to the bard?

Harlan                        German                         “Rocky land” It has a pleasant enough sound but all I can think of the sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison. I really dislike that writer, so it’s bad for me, but you may love him! Harley could be a cool nickname.

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.

Homer                       Greek                              “Security, Pledge” Homer has gone from being the name of a wonderful ancient Greek scribe to the name of Bart Simpson’s idiotic dad. It’s also been the pick of such celebrities as Richard Gere, Bill Murray, Anne Heche, and Matt Groening, Simpson’s creator, whose father and sons name is Homer. Because of the epic scope of The Odyssey and The Iliad, the term ‘homeric’implies work on an enormous scale, while ‘homeric laughter’ references the unrestrained laughter of the Greek gods. With all this going for it, Homer might just make a comeback.

Lafayette                  French                           “faith” This is a such a guilty pleasure name for me. It’s got a nice sound and a distinguished namesake, Marquis de Lafayette who fought in the American Revolution.

Leo                              Latin                               “Lion” Love Leo. I like it much more than any of the longer forms. Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and it’s getting popular now. Leo has a lot going for it; its association with lions and strength, its Zodiac reference, and the O ending which is stylish right now.

Leopold                    German                          “Brave people” This is definitely not my favorite Leo name, as I prefer Leo on it’s own, but it’s still pretty cool. It has an older sound to it, but Leo spices it up for sure. Besides that, it’s a royal name, used my Queen Victoria to honor her uncle King Leopold of Belgium. In literature, the name is famous via Leopold Bloom, the central character of James Joyce Ulysses. In music is associated with the distinguished conductor Leopold Stokowski, and is also a saint’s name.

Leroy                         French                           “The King” That’s an interesting meaning for a name I can only manage to associate with hillbillies. Don’t get me wrong though, I live in the South so the only Leroy’s I’ve ever met were hillbillies. You could manage to get Leo as a nickname for this though, which would spice it up a bit.

Lewis                         English                          “Renowned Warrior” This is a neat name and the phonetic spelling of the French Louis. It’s been #1 or 2 in Scotland since 2000 according to my sources, but parent’s in the USA are just noticing it. Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is probably the most famous bearer of the name here in the US. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name like Lewis. It’s got a great nickname, Lew.

Lowell                       French                          “Young Wolf” Lowell has a soft, sensitive sound that I associate with the Poet Robert Lowell. I think it’s definitely got a nice sound, but I can’t think of any good nicknames at all.

Maxwell                   Scottish                        “Great stream” Maxwell might be my favorite Max name. It’s not as pretentious as Maximillion or as feminine sounding as Maxence. Max is a cool nickname too. Lance Armstrong just chose it for his son and it makes me think of the Beatle’s song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

Mitchell                   English                           “Who is like God?” Mitchell has gone up and down in popularity. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. Personally, I’d like to meet a little Mitchell instead of another Michael. Mitch is nice too.

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.

Napoleon                Greek                              “Lion of the new city” Overly ambitious choice, recently borne by the hapless hero of cult movie hit Napoleon Dynamite. All I can think of Napoleon Bonaparte. I think it would be cool for the middle though, and the nickname Leon is very cool.

Paxton                     Latin                                “Peace town” OOOH. Love Paxton! It’s one of my guilty pleasure names. Paxton has a lovely peaceful feel to it but the ever popular -ton/-on ending. It’s rising fast on the popularity charts, but it’s still very distinctive. I just love the nickname Pax.

Quincy                     French                            “Estate of the fifth son” Quincy is quirky in that it’s a Q name and most Q names tend to be quirky. I kind of like Quincy but it almost feels like the name for stodgy British professor. It wouldn’t if more people would use it! Love Quinn and Quince as a nickname.

Ramsey                   English                            “Low-lying land” I actually like Ramsey on someone else’s kid. I think it has an upper class feel, but is still accessible like Rory.

Riley                         Irish                                 “Courageous” Riley, a friendly, popular surname choice, is rising faster now for girls than boys. That makes me so sad too, because I love Riley on a boy. It makes me think of a mischievous little boy with a dimpled smile.

(Saint) Anthony   Latin                                “Priceless One” Anthony is strong and classic, but it is #10, which means more than 15,000 boys had this name last year. However, that shouldn’t matter if you love it. Anthony is the patron saint of Italy and the poor. It’s also a Shakespearean name via Anthony and Cleopatra.  Tony is still just as strong as the whole name.

(Saint) John           Hebrew                           “God is Gracious” John reigned as the most popular of all boys’ Christian names for four hundred years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby namers finally seemed to be tiring of this most straight-arrow, almost anonymous John Doe of names and started to replace it with fancier forms like Jonathan. John was a key name in early Christianity, borne by John the Baptist, John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, plus eighty-four saints and twenty-three popes, as well as kings, and countless other illustrious notables.

(Saint) Paul            Latin                                 “Paul” Paul was a popular name in the Roman and Medieval times so that shows how ancient it is. It’s not very fashionable nowadays, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s scarce right now, but that’s nice. There’s also Paul Revere as a name sake.

Scipio                       Latin                                 “Staff or walking stick” Scipio is the surname of a Roman invader of Africa. I really like the way it sound, pronounced SIP-ee-oh. I think with all the other classic and ancient names starting to get attention, Scipio deserves his share too.

Seymour                 English                             “Marshy land near the sea” When I hear Seymour, I immediately think of Seymour Skinner, the mommy’s boy principal from the Simpsons. I think it’s still pretty dated.

Vernon                    English                             “Place of Alders” Once aristocratic British surname that now conjures up gas pumps as does the nickname Vern. I also think of Harry’s awful uncle in the Harry Potter series.

Wallace                    English/French            “A Welshman/Celt” It’s so far away from being popular that it could conceivably make a comeback. Wally is adorable.

Walton                     English                             “Fortified town” It sound a little more modern than Walter, what with that trending -ton/-on ending, but barely. Walt is nice, but the name still seems old.

Winslow                  English                              “Friends hill” Winslow is like Prescott, interesting with a cool nickname, Win, but a little pretentious sounding.

Wyatt                       English                         “Brave in war” Wyatt is definitely a cowboyish name to me. Makes me think of Wyatt Earp. I think it is interesting and has a cool sound, but I just don’t like the cowboy feel.



{April 1, 2012}   Indiana County Names

Boys

Name                         Origin                       Meaning

Allen                           Celtic                            “Handsome” It is a handsome name, but it seems a little more suited for a dad or grandpa to me. However, there are several children I work with who have Allen as their middle names, so it might be geared for a comeback.

Bartholomew          Aramaic                      “Son of the furrow” Bartholomew is an apostle’s name that’s been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The problem with it for me is the nickname Bart. Sounds like brat and makes me think of the bratty son from the Simpsons. Bartholomew was used in a Ben Jonson play, Charles Dickens book, and most recently in 2 Dr. Seuss books. I really love the old nickname Tolly. Mew would be cool too.

Clark                            English                        “scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk” Clark immediately makes me think of Clark Gable or Gone With the Wind Fame, and Clark Kent, Superman’s alias. It’s only in the 600s and that’s great! You could bring it back.

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.

Floyd                           Welsh                           “Gray haired” And does this name sound gray haired! I honestly can’t picture this name without thinking of the country; gray haired grandfather rocking on his front porch.

Grant                           Scottish                       “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense and strong.

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.

Howard                       German                       “brave heart” This is a cool meaning, old name. Howie and Ward make it much more accessible though.  Howard is getting dangerously close to falling off the top 1000, and that’s just wrong. I think Howard is a nice, solid name, and the only one I’ve known was a genius who could do advanced math in his head…it’s a good image!

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.

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.

Martin                        Latin                              “Warlike” Very interesting meaning for such an old fashioned, geeky name. This county was named for John W. Martin, the governor when this county was named. Martin is starting to try to make a comeback, just like Arthur or Vincent or any of those other old man names. It sounds geeky, but there are several great namesakes; Martin Luther (founder of Protestantism), Martin Luther King ( civil rights activist), and eighth President Martin Van Buren.

Monroe                      Scottish                        “Mouth of the Roe river” Recently I’ve decided I like the name Monroe on a boy, probably due to an interesting character in a new TV show called Grimm. Monroe is a presidential name, but it’s starting to get popular for girls. I’d just like to say that I find this name handsome and not at all attractive for girls.

Owen                            Welsh                           “young warrior” Owen, a resonant Celtic name, has jumped almost three hundred places in a decade, with every indication it will go higher. It’s a classic with a genuine history, yet it’s right in step with the modern trend for two-syllable, n-ending boys’ names. I really like Owen.

Randolph                  English                         “Shield Wolf” I actually quite like this, much more than Randell in any case. Randy is cute for a kid and Dolph is neat for a grown man.

Ripley                         English                         “Strip of clearing in the woods” The “Believe It or Not” jokes will get old fast. I do like it though, but surprisingly, I think I like it better on a girl. it’s probably because the the character Ripley from Alien.

Scott                           English                          “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Spencer                      English                        “house steward, dispenser of provisions” This is a nice name, but its one of those that always feels like it won’t grow up well. I don’t know why that is, but there you go. I do like that it sounds fun and friendly though.

Sullivan                      Irish                             “Black-eyed one” Sullivan is sort of jaunty sounding, bouncy and fun to say with the adorable nickname Sully.

Warren                      French                         “Park Keeper” This was on my own list at one time. It’s a presidential name. It sounds strong and handsome, old fashioned but not too old fashioned. I think Warren is ready for a come back.

Wayne                        English                         “Maker of Wagons” Because of John Wayne, this name feels like a cowboy name to me. However, it’s not one of the cool cowboy names anymore, more like a dad name.

Girls

Name                        Origin                        Meaning

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.

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.

Posey                         English                         “A bunch of flowers” Posey is cute and sweet, but definitely not something I see aging well. It’s fairly popular in England though, so I guess that means I’m wrong. However, I think it would make a better middle name.

Ripley                        English                         “Strip of clearing in the woods” The “Believe It or Not” jokes will get old fast. I do like it though, but surprisingly, I think I like it better on a girl. it’s probably because the the character Ripley from Alien.

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.

Whitley                     English                         “White meadow” To me, it just looks like a misspelling or weird spin on Whitney. I did go to Junior high with a girl named Whitley though, and she made it work, but she wasn’t very nice either.



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