Dantea's Baby Names

{June 3, 2012}   Kentucky 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…

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

Bethany                    Hebrew                       “House of figs” I actually really like Bethany. It has a very pretty, lyrical sound with the short nickname Beth. In the bible, Bethany is the name of a village just outside Jerusalem where Jesus stayed during Holy Week.

Cecilia                       Latin                             “Blind one” The martyred Saint Cecilia was designated the patron of musicians, either because she supposedly sang directly to God while the musicians played at her wedding, or because as she was dying she sang to God. Cecilia is also a Dickens character name in Hard Times, and also appears in the novels Atonement and The Virgin Suicides, and The Hunger Games series. It sounds like an old lady too me, but it does have a pretty sound and Sissy would be a cute 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.

Delphia                     Greek                           “Woman from Delphi” This name immediately made me think of Delphi, which has the oracle of Delphi, the most important oracle in ancient Greece; it was also a major site for the worship of the God Apollo. I think it’s very pretty.

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.

Hazel                         Color/English           English for a Hazelnut tree, and a brownish green color, it has a little of an old lady vibe, but not in a bad way.

Inez                           Portuguese                “chaste, pure, sacred”  Inez was the name of the mother of Don Juan in the Byron poem. I think it has a very cultural sound but is still very pretty.

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!

Minerva                  Latin                             “Of the mind, intellect” Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention. I prefer her Greek counterpart, Athena, but I do think Minerva would make a daring name choice and Minnie is such a cute nickname.

Myra                        Greek                             “Fragrant” I like the sound of Myra and it’s vaugely biblical as a place where Paul boarded an Alexandrian Ship that would later crash.

Olympia                  Greek                             “From Mount Olympus” This would be the perfect Olivia substitute. It’s sounds spunky and athletic, but also beautiful and goddess like. Ollie, Olive, Pia would make great nicknames.

Phyllis                     Greek                             “Green bough” Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden, but its twenty-first-century image is closer to Phyllis Diller. This name is all old lady too me.

Primrose                English                          “first rose” This one might start seeing a rise in popularity due to it’s connection the popular Hunger Games novels and movie. I find it interesting and cute. It has the traditional Rose and Rosie nicknames, and you could call her Prim. Be careful though, people might find this name a little too prim for their liking.

Roxana                   Persian                          “dawn: little star” The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, more attractive than the regular Roxanne. Roxana was first used in the English-speaking world in the 1600s and was popularized by Daniel Defoe’s novel Roxana, published in 1724. An underused and attractive possibility. Roxie is such a spunky nickname and Anna is nice and grounded.

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.

Zoe                           Greek                              “Life” Zoe is the Greek word for life, and I think that’s pretty cool. It’s getting popular nowadays and I hear it everywhere spelled in all kinds of ways, but I still think it makes a great name.


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