Dantea's Baby Names

{May 26, 2012}   Kentucky City Names — Boys

Name                        Origin                        Meaning

Artemus                    Greek                           “Gift of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt” Artemis is a traditional female name, being the Greek Goddess of the moon and the hunt, but I always thought it sounded a bit masculine. Spelling it Artemus could make it seem more masculine. It has the Art and Artie nicknames that Arthur gives too, but Artemus is a little more unheard of.

Asher                          Hebrew                       “Fortunate, blessed, happy one” Asher is a sensitive and soft, yet strong Old Testament name. In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob’s 12 sons. The nickname Ash is definitely a plus. It’s more edgy and strong compared to how soft Asher is.

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

Blaine                          Irish                            “Slender, angular” Blaine is the surname of a seventh century Scottish saint but it tends to come off sounding a little soap-operaish. I, however, quite like Blaine. I think it sounds cool and adventurous, but still grounded enough to work on a grown man.

Calvin                         Latin                            “Bald, hairless” What an awful meaning! Calvin makes me think of Calvin Klein. The name came into use as a first name in honor of John Calvin–born Jean Cauvin– the seventeenth century French Protestant reformer whose strict doctrines became the basis of Calvinism, and the name was taken up as a tribute to him. There’s also Calvin Coolidge, Snoop Dog (whose birth name is Calvin), Calvin & Hobbes…

Corbin                        Latin                            “Crow” Corbin, the name of the castle where the Holy Grail was said to be hidden, came to the fore in the 1980s via actor Corbin Bernsen when he was the high profile star of LA Law, but its use is only now escalating as part of the mania for two-syllable names starting with c or k, as well as from the more youthful image of Corbin Bleu, the attractive actor-model-dancer-singer who was one of the stars of the Disney hit High School Musical. Bruce Willis played Kiorben Dallas in The Fifth Element, pronounced Corbin.

David                          Hebrew                       “Beloved” David is a classic, soft sounding name. It has deep biblical roots as the Hebrew name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant Philistine Goliath with his slingshot, then grew up to become a wise and highly cultivated leader who enjoyed music and was a poet, later providing inspiration to such great sculptors as Michelangelo and Donatello.

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.

Drake                          English                        “Male Duck” I love Drake. It’s simple yet cool and edgy. I’ll admit that it does sound a little soap operaish but so what? So do lots of great names. If you don’t like Drake on it’s own, there’s always a longer form like Draco.

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.

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.

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.

Grayson                     English                        “Son of the Bailiff” Grayson is getting popular right along with Jackson and other names ending in -son. I like it more than the other -son names, for sure. I prefer the spelling Greyson and the nickname Gray/Grey is nice. Be aware, some parents are using it on girls as a unisex version of Grace, but I don’t think it’s going to go far there.

Harold                        Scandinavian           “army ruler” Harold sounds like an old grandpa to me. Hal is a nice nickname I suppose, but that makes me think of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Jeremiah                   Hebrew                       “Appointed by God” Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet. I think of “Jeremiah was a bullfrog!” and I really dislike Jerry.

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.

Reed                            English                        “red-haired” I like Reed. It sounds cool and strong. Reed is a name that seems like it would bend in any direction…like a reed. I could see Reed as a banker or an artist.

Roark                          Irish                             “Illustrious and mighty” I’ve seen it described as awkward, but I really like it. It has a cool sound, but it might be hard for some people to say.

(Saint) Francis          Latin                             “Free man” Famous saints’ name pretty much confined to Irish and Italian Catholics for decades, and still has a starchy feel. Frank and Frankie are nice though.

Ulysses                      Latin                             This is a Latin variation of the Greek name Odysseus. Ulysses is one of the few U boys’ names anyone knows — with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant, and the James Joyce novel — all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy. I love it though!

Winston                     English                         “Friend’s Town” This is one of those fusty sounding names to me. I think of Winston Churchill as soon as I hear it. Then I think of the cigarettes. However, it is John Lennon’s middle name and has the neat nickname of Win.


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