Dantea's Baby Names

{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.


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