Thursday, November 16, 2017

Destry

Today we will take a look at one of the interesting boy names from our list of "Baby Names Ending With The Letters -ry".  



Destry is the English form of Destrier, a French surname derived from the Anglo-Norman word destrer meaning "warhorse".  The destrier is the best-known war horse of the medieval era. It carried knights in battles, tournaments, and jousts. Sources of its time called it the "Great Horse" due to its significance.

In 1930, "Destry Rides Again" was published by Max Brand. This western novel introduced the name Destry to America, and brought forth films in 1939 and 1954, and a short-lived TV series in 1964.  Interestingly, according to Social Security records in the US, the name Destry was not in use until 1955, the year after that second movie was released.

This name's most popular year coincided with that brief TV series in 1964 when 149 boys (and 5 girls) were named Destry. You could label this year as Destry's peak in popularity; one that has never been matched since. The year 1965 only brought 50 births with the name, and it continued to decline thereafter.  In 2016, only 10 boys were given this name.

In that novel, Destry was used as a surname: Tom Destry was the main character.  This name would fit in well with other surname names such as Parker, Bennett, Callahan, Lincoln, Guthrie, Dawson, Wiley, Flynn and more. Destry also works well as a unisex name like Autry, Emery, Finley, Auden, Reese, Avery, Riley, Quinn, and others.  Based on the popularity of these two trends, surnames and unisex names, I could imagine Destry catching on and gaining a bit more popularity than just 10 births a year. Alternatively, for parents who wanted to name a girl Destry but

What do you think of Destry? Would you help increase its usage? If so, here are some ideas for middle names and sibling names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Audra, Bailey, Harper, Madisyn, Noelle, Piper, Scarlett
Brothers: Aldin, Campbell, Everett, Forrest, Graham, Parrish, Wade

Middle Name Ideas (boys):
Destry Emerson
Destry Hudson
Destry Lance
Destry Mitchell
Destry Vincent

As a Middle Name (boys):
Austin Destry
Calvin Destry
Jacob Destry
Oliver Destry
Samuel Destry

Middle Name Ideas (girls):
Destry Alana
Destry Charlotte
Destry Jeanne
Destry Olivia
Destry Yvette

As a Middle Name (girls):
Amelia Destry
Celia Destry
Madeline Destry
Nora Destry
Sylvia Destry

 
These are just ideas. What other name would you pair with Destry?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Baby Names Ending With The Letters -ry



This series is finally in the last portion of the alphabet. We've looked at a lot of names ending with -y. Today we continue with -ry names.  Here are some of the best and most interesting options for this particular ending-sound. Which of these names catch your eye?


Girls:

Aimery
Amory
Aubry
Audry
Autry
Avery
Awtry
Bellary
Cabery
Camry
Cary
Cathry
Century
Chandry
Channary
Cherry
Clary
Connery
Cory
Curry
Dalary
Dorry
Dory
Eiry
Elery
Ellery
Ellory
Embry
Emery
Emmary
Emory
Emry
Fairy
February
Flannery
Gentry
Gerry
Glory
Hilary
Hillary
Ivory
January
Jenifry
Jerry
Kairy
Kamry
Kary
Keary
Kemery
Kerry
Kimery
Kinnery
Landry
Lowery
Mabry
Maebry
Mallory
Malory
Margaery
Margery
Marjory
Mary
Memory
Merry
Mindry
Perry
Rory
Rosemary
Sabry
Saory
Shannary
Sherry
Sonary
Story
Sury
Terry
Valery
Victory
Winry

Boys:

Alvary
Amaury
Amery
Amory
Ary
Avery
Avory
Barry
Berry
Bravery
Calvary
Carbry
Cary
Cory
Daughtry
Degory
Derry
Destery
Destry
Diggory
Digory
Dimitry
Dmitry
Ellery
Emery
Emory
Emry
Garry
Gary
Geary
Gentry
Gerry
Gery
Greenberry
Greggory
Gregory
Harry
Henry
Hickory
Hilary
Hillary
Huckleberry
Ivory
Jeffery
Jeffry
Jerry
Jory
Keary
Kendry
Kerry
Kory
Ksawery
Landry
Larry
Maury
Mercury
Montgomery
Murry
Nery
Orry
Parry
Penry
Perry
Ricary
Rory
Terry
Thackery
Thierry
Torry
Tory
Vickery
Zacary
Zachary
Zachery
Zackary
Zackery
Zakary

What are your favorite names on this list?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Can You Contract Longer Names to Form Shorter Ones?

Lately, I've been loving the name Thea. However, when I thought about longer, proper names, I just don't like Theodora or Dorothea enough to consider using those on the birth certificate with Thea as just a nickname. Some people like to skip that middle step and put nicknames or shortened forms directly on the paperwork.

It occurred to me that shortening or contracting names could work for those wishing to honor a relative. You love grandma Wilhelmina but don't wish to use her exact name, so you contract it and go with Willa. Easy, right?

Are there any names that you can think of that could be shortened to create interesting short forms? Maybe some that are a bit more unexpected than traditional? Sure, there's Thea from Theodora, and Tessa from Theresa. Are there any others that aren't as obvious? Just pick a name, drop a few letters and see what you're left with. Maybe it'll be the next big thing! Here are a few I came up with:

Adelaide > Ada, Adlai, Adele, Aida
Alexandra > Alexa, Andra, Alandra, Axara, Alara
Angelica > Anelia
Arianna > Aria
Aurora > Aura, Ara
Beatrix > Bix
Bianca > Bia
Brianna > Brina
Carolina > Cara, Carla, Calia, Calla
Cassandra > Candra, Casara
Cassidy > Cady
Cecilia > Celia
Dorothea > Dora, Dot
Eleanora > Elora
Elodie > Edie
Emilia > Elia
Esmeralda > Esme, Elda, Esra, Emerald
Estella > Ella, Esta
Evangeline > Evaline, Eline
Galilea > Gala
Georgiana > Gia, Gina, Gera, Giana
Giovanna > Gia, Gina, Gianna
Isabella > Isla, Isela
Juliet > Jet
Julietta > Jetta
Katherine > Karine
Leonora > Lena, Lora, Lea, Leona
Lillian > Lian
Lorraine > Laine
Louisa > Lia, Lisa
Marilyn > Maryn
Margaret > Maret
Margareta > Meta, Mara
Matilda > Mila
Meredith > Merith
Minerva > Mina, Meva
Miranda > Mira, Manda, Mandy, Mindy, Mina
Miriam > Mira
Natalia > Nala
Noelle > Nell
Penelope > Pelle, Penny, Poppy
Rebecca > Reba
Romilly > Romy
Rosalie > Rosie
Rosemary > Romy, Remy, Rory, Roma
Savannah > Sanna
Theodora > Thea, Thora, Theda, Thera, Tora, Téa
Theresa > Tess, Tessa, Téa, Tera, Tressa
Valentina > Vala, Valentia, Vena,
Veronica > Vera, Vona
Victoria > Vita, Vira, Via
Wilhelmina > Willa, Wilma, Wima

What other names can you come up with? Share your thoughts in the comments! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Great Long List of Excellent Name Ideas for Modern Girls [Part Two]

For anyone considering baby names for a future daughter, finding the right choice isn't always the easiest task. There are many factors at play, including how the name sounds and flows with your surname, potential nicknames, the name's popularity, ease of spelling and pronunciation, and the name's meaning.

All of these aspects are things that should be considered when choosing a name for a child. However, some people just need somewhere to start before delving deeper. If you're in need of a launch pad, consider this list a great beginning.

Last week we took a look at names starting with A-M, all of which would be great for a modern girl. Now, browse these names from N-Z for even more inspiration!

Naomi
Natalie
Natasha
Nell
Niamh
Nicole
Noelle
Noa
Nola
Nora
Norah
Nova
Octavia
Odelia
Odessa
Odette
Olive
Olivia
Olivine
Olympia
Oona
Ophelia
Ottilie
Ottoline
Paige
Paisley
Pearl
Penelope
Peony
Phaedra
Philippa
Phoebe
Piper
Poppy
Priscilla
Primrose
Quilla
Quinn
Quintessa
Raphaela
Raven
Rebecca
Reese
Rhiannon
Riley
Romy
Rosalie
Rosalind
Rose
Rosemary
Rowan
Ruby
Ruth
Sabrina
Sadie
Sage
Scarlett
Selena
Serena
Shayla
Shelby
Sienna
Sierra
Skye
Sophia
Sophie
Stella
Summer
Susannah
Sybil
Sylvia
Sylvie
Tallulah
Tamsin
Tatiana
Tatum
Tessa
Thalia
Thea
Theodora
Thora
Ulla
Ulyana
Ulyssa
Uma
Una
Uriela
Valentina
Valerie
Vanessa
Verity
Veronica
Victoria
Vienna
Viola
Violet
Viviana
Vivienne
Willa
Willow
Winter
Wren
Wynne
Xanthe
Xenia
Yesenia
Ygritte
Yveline
Yvette
Zara
Zelda
Zinnia
Zoey

What other names would you add to the list?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Great Long List of Excellent Name Ideas for Modern Girls [Part One]

Are you expecting a daughter? Surely you have pondered names, by now. Finding the right choice isn't as easy as one would hope. There are many factors at play, including how the name sounds and flows with your surname, potential nicknames, the name's popularity, ease of spelling and pronunciation, and the name's meaning.

All of these aspects are things that should be considered when choosing a name for a child. However, some people just need somewhere to start before delving deeper. If you're in need of a launch pad, consider this list a great beginning. Below is a list of girl names from A-M that would be beautiful on a modern girl. If you can't find something you like here, wait for the next article that covers N-Z.

Adele
Adeline
Agatha
Ainsley
Alexandra
Alice
Amelia
Antonia
Aria
Athena
Audrey
Augusta
Aurora
Aveline
Azalea
Bailey
Beatrice
Bellamy
Belle
Bethany
Bianca
Blair
Blythe
Briar
Brielle
Bronwyn
Brynn
Bryony
Caia
Calista
Calliope
Camila
Camille
Cara
Caroline
Cecily
Celeste
Charlotte
Claire
Clementine
Colette
Cora
Coralie
Cordelia
Corinne
Dahlia
Daisy
Daphne
Darcy
Delaney
Delphina
Diana
Dorothea
Dorothy
Eden
Elaine
Eleanor
Elise
Elizabeth
Elodie
Eloise
Elowen
Elsa
Emilia
Esme
Estella
Eulalia
Evelyn
Everly
Faith
Faye
Felicity
Fiona
Florence
Frances
Gabrielle
Gemma
Genevieve
Georgia
Giselle
Grace
Gwen
Hadley
Hannah
Harper
Harriet
Hazel
Helena
Imogen
Ingrid
Iris
Isabelle
Isla
Ivy
Jade
Jane
Johannah
Jolie
Josephine
Juliet
June
Juniper
Kaia
Kara
Kate
Katherine
Katrina
Keira
Kendall
Keturah
Laurel
Lena
Leonora
Lila
Lillian
Lily
Lola
Lorelei
Louise
Lucille
Lucy
Luella
Luna
Lysandra
Madeline
Maeve
Magnolia
Maisie
Maren
Margot
Marigold
Marjorie
Marlowe
Matilda
Mavis
Mia
Mila
Molly

What do you think of this list? Hopefully it gives you some inspiration and a place to start. Check out N-Z next week!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dagny

The baby name Dagny is our featured name, taken from our list of names ending with the letters "-ny".



Dagny is an Old Norse name for females. It comes from Dagný, which was derived from the elements dagr meaning "day" and meaning "new". If you ask me, "new day" is an adorable meaning, and it would be especially sentimental on a rainbow baby. It is often used in Scandinavian countries, including Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  Another form includes the Latvian Dagnija.

This name first appeared on record in the US in 1893. It has never had significant popularity and it has never been commonly used. If you're looking for a truly rare name, Dagny is a safe bet.  The most births in a single year that were earned by Dagny is 80 in 2013, which is its highest popularity peak on record. There were only 37 girls named Dagny in 2016.

This name has never ranked within the Top 1000 in the US. It did rank in Iceland in 2007 at #75. It isn't always easy to find statistics like this, but I did find an interesting site saying that 2,053 women have Dagny as a main first name in Sweden. It also says a total of 5,185 woman have it as a first name. I'm not sure how they define the difference between a "main first" name and just a "first" name, but you can see the information here yourself.

That site also indicates that the median age for persons named Dagny is 76, so it may be more on the old fashioned side than the modern. However, it could be viewed as an interesting, bold and refreshing choice on a modern American girl. Besides, Norse names are unique enough to be hip. Perhaps Dagny could become trendy in the future. What do you think of it?

Are you a fan of Nordic names? I know that I am. If you'd consider the name Dagny, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names to complement it:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Astrid, Britta, Elsa, Freya, Ingrid, Signe, Thora
Brothers: Ansel, Erik, Leif, Magnus, Ragnar, Soren, Viggo

Middle Name Ideas:
Dagny Anneke
Dagny Erika
Dagny Jeneve
Dagny Karina
Dagny Linnea
Dagny Maren
Dagny Sorena
Dagny Ursula

As a Middle Name:

Bridget Dagny
Elisa Dagny
Hannah Dagny
Kaia Dagny
Kirsten Dagny
Mia Dagny
Ottilia Dagny
Sonia Dagny

What do you think of the Nordic name Dagny? Would you use another Nordic name with it as a middle name or would you use something else like Dagny Rose or Kate Dagny?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Looking for a Baby Name Ending with "-ny"?

This series explores different names ending with -y. We've already seen quite a few. Today we'll look at the many interesting and unusual names that end with the letters "-ny".

Girls:

Adrianny
Albany
Aleny
Anny
Aubuiny
Audny
Bethany
Betony
Bonny
Borgny
Briony
Britany
Britny
Brittany
Brittny
Bryony
Bunny
Christany
Dagny
Delany
Destiny
Devany
Devony
Ebony
Elleny
Epiphany
Estefany
Evany
Evony
Fanny
Franny
Genny
Ginny
Giverny
Harmony
Henny
Idony
Janny
Jenny
Jessany
Jinny
Khyany
Kiffany
Kilmeny
Linny
Mahogany
Marigny
Marny
Melany
Melony
Oddny
Penny
Peony
Rainy
Romany
Sidony
Signy
Steffany
Stephany
Sunny
Symphony
Tawny
Tiffany
Tiffiny
Tinny
Tiny
Tiphany
Yolany

Boys:

Anthony
Antony
Benny
Berthony
Danny
Denny
Donny
Giovanny
Johnny
Jonny
Jovanny
Jovany
Kenny
Lanny
Lemony
Lenny
Lonny
Manny
Ronny
Sonny
Sunny
Tony
Vinny

Are there any names on this list that you would consider using? Which are your favorites?

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