Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Girl Names Ending with the Letters "-ra"

We've been exploring different name endings based on specific letters lately. We saw -ina names for girls, and -ian names for boys. Last week we looked at boy names ending with -us. Today we will try our best to narrow it down for the letters "-ra".  Like the other series, I limited myself to only choosing one name per letter. Here are my 26 picks from A-Z. What would you pick?

I also listed the ranks of those within the Top 1000, so as you can see, most of these names are rare picks!


Audra
Barbara  (#908)
Cora   (#83)
Deidra
Electra
Flora
Ginevra
Honora
Indira
Jara
Keira   (#331)
Lysandra
Mara   (#670)
Nora    (#28)
Ophira
Pandora
Quorra
Riviera
Sierra    (#452)
Theodora
Uhura
Vespera
Wara
Xantara
Yadira
Zamora

Would you use any of these names?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Boy Names Ending with the Letters "-us"

The majority of names that end with -us may bring to mind Ancient Latin rulers. While many of these will remain rare, there are others gaining popularity. I put the ranking of those within the Top 1000 in parenthesis.  Which do you like?

I used Maximus for my son, and would consider Augustus, Cyrus, Erasmus, Julius, Thaddeus and Xanthus! What about you?


Augustus  (#423)
Belarius
Cyrus  (#427)
Darius  (#500)
Erasmus
Fergus
Gaius
Honorius
Ignatius
Julius  (#336)
Klaus
Linus
Maximus  (#200)
Nicodemus
Octavius
Pius
Rufus
Severus
Thaddeus (#666)
Urbanus
Vitus
Wenceslaus
Xanthus
Yunus
Zacchaeus

Do you have any other favorite names that would also belong on this list? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Baby Names Ending with the Letters "-ty"



We are nearing the end of this series. We have already explored a number of names ending with -y. Now we move on to the -ty names.  There's a number of virtue names that end with -ty on this list. Do you like any of these?

Girls:
Amity
Arrietty
Betty
Charity
Chastity
Christy
Clarity
Cristy
Divinity
Dotty
Dusty
Enity
Esty
Eternity
Felicity
Hatty
Hetty
Honesty
Jonty
Kaity
Kassity
Katy
Kirsty
Kitty
Kristy
Letty
Liberty
Marty
Maty
Minty
Misty
Modesty
Patty
Royalty
Serendipity
Serenity
Tranquility
Trinity
Unity
Vanity
Verity

Boys:
Barty
Coty
Dusty
Getty
Infinity
Jonty
Marty
Monty
Moriaty
Rafferty
Reality
Rusty
Scotty
Trinity
Ty
Vincenty
Walenty
Wincenty

Pick a name or two and give them a middle name! Share in the comments!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

26 Girl Names Ending With the Letters "-ina"

We previously looked at boy names ending with the letters "-ian".  I swapped those letters around and found girl names ending with the letters "-ina". Do you have any favorites on this list? What about other names that aren't on this list but still end with "-ina"?

Angelina
Bettina
Celina
Delphina
Emmelina
Florentina
Georgina
Helaina
Irina
Josephina
Kristina
Leontina
Martina
Nicolina
Olivina
Paulina
Quelina
Regina
Seraphina
Trina
Ursina
Valentina
Wilhelmina
Xina
Yekaterina
Zarina

Sometimes I make lists like this for fun, so naturally I decided to share. Have you ever challenged yourself to choose names fitting specific criteria? I often do this to sharpen my naming skills and discover new names.  Play along with me! Share your favorites in the comments!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

26 Boy Names Ending with the Letters "-ian"

Sometimes I come up with fun "exercises" in naming to strengthen my skills. I thought it would be fun to find boy names ending with -ian for each letter of the alphabet. It was going well until I got to a few more troublesome letters.  Take a look at my list and tell me which are your favorites!

Adrian
Brian
Christian
Damian
Elian
Fabian
Gian
Hadrian
Ian
Julian
Killian
Lucian
Maximilian
Nerian
Octavian
Paulian
Quillian
Rhydian
Sebastian
Tavian
Urian
Vian
Xadrian
Yulian
Zavian

I may or may not have created a few of these. Specifically Paulian, Quillian, and Urian. Those were the only letters of which I could not find names ending with -ian, However, they sound like the could work just fine along with the others.  Can you find any established names starting with P, Q and U that could take their place?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ALL ABOUT JOE! - March 27th is National Joe Day

March 27th is considered National Joe Day! From a "cup of Joe", to Sloppy Joes to the Average Joe; from Joe DiMaggio, to Joe Jonas, to Joe Biden, there are a ton of Joes to celebrate! So today we will take a closer look at Joseph, Josephine, Joe and other similar names.



According to Behind the Name, Joseph comes from From Ioseph, the Latin form of the Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". Since it his Hebrew in origin, of course it is a biblical name. In the Old Testament, Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel.

Joseph is one of those names that translate well across a variety of languages and cultures around the world:


Yousef, Youssef, Yusef, Yusuf (Arabic)
Youcef (Arabic (Maghrebi))
Hovsep (Armenian)
Yusif (Azerbaijani)
Joseba (Basque)
Ioseph, Ioses (Biblical Greek)
Yosef (Biblical Hebrew)
Ioseph (Biblical Latin)
Jusuf (Bosnian)
Yosif (Bulgarian)
Josep (Catalan)
Ghjaseppu (Corsican)
Josip, Joško, Joso, Jozo (Croatian)
Josef (Czech)
Josef (Danish)
Josephus, Jozef, Jef, Joep, Joop, Joos, Joost, Jos, Sjef, Zef (Dutch)
Jozefo, Joĉjo (Esperanto)
Joosep (Estonian)
Jooseppi, Juuso (Finnish)
Xosé (Galician)
Ioseb, Soso (Georgian)
Iosif (Greek)
Yosef (Hebrew)
Josephus (History)
József, Jóska, Józsi (Hungarian)
Seosamh (Irish)
Giuseppe, Beppe, Peppe, Peppi, Peppino, Pino (Italian)
Iosephus (Late Roman)
Jāzeps (Latvian)
Juozapas, Juozas (Lithuanian)
Josif (Macedonian)
Hohepa (Maori)
Josef (Norwegian)
Josèp (Occitan)
Yousef, Yusef (Persian)
Józef (Polish)
José, Zé, Zezé (Portuguese)
Iosif (Romanian)
Iosif, Osip (Russian)
Seòsaidh (Scottish)
Josif (Serbian)
Jozef (Slovak)
Josip, Jožef, Jože (Slovene)
José, Josepe, Pepe, Pepito (Spanish)
Josef (Swedish)
Yusuf (Turkish)
Ýusup (Turkmen)
Yosyp (Ukrainian)
Yusup (Uyghur)
Yussel (Yiddish)

There is also a handful of feminine forms of the name:

Jody, Josepha (English), Josée, Josèphe, Joséphine (French), Josepha (German)

And you can't forget the diminutives and "nickname" options:

Jo, Joe, Joey, Jojo (English), Jo, Sepp, Seppel (German)

As you can see, the various translations are quite unique and interesting. I'm sure we have all known a Joseph/Joe, but have you ever known anyone with one of these other, more cultural names? 

Now, Nameberry has quite an extensive list of famous Josephs. It is far too long to repost here, but I encourage you to take a look. 

As far as popularity goes, Joseph has always ranked very well. It has never ranked lower than #22, which happened in 2011. It has ranked as high as #5!  It ranked at #20 in 2016 and will probably linger within the Top 100 for a very long time to come.

Just "Joe" by itself even ranks well. Up until 1970, it was within the Top 100 in the US. Even now, as of 2016, Joe still came in at #618.

The lovely Josephine experienced a high popularity peak of 8,682 births in 1918. It declined after that, but is currently ticking upward. In 2016, there were 2,766 girls given the name which ranked it at #114 in the US.

If you're a Joe fan, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Caroline, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Lucy, Margaret, Sarah
Brothers: Benjamin, Isaac, Michael, Nathaniel, Simon, Vincent, William

Middle Name Ideas:
Joseph Alexander
Joseph Elliott
Joseph Martin
Joseph Riley
Joseph Thomas

Josephine Amelia
Josephine Claire
Josephine Grace
Josephine May
Josephine Rose

Joe Edward
Joe Harrison
Joe Julius
Joe Theodore
Joe Zachariah

As a Middle Name: 
Adrian Joseph
Carter Joseph
Gabriel Joseph
Maxwell Joseph
Tyler Joseph

Anna Josephine
Clara Josephine
Lily Josephine
Morgan Josephine
Wren Josephine

Benjamin Joe
Everett Joe
Henry Joe
Lincoln Joe
Timothy Joe

What do you think of these Joe names? Which would you choose? Have you already used one?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

More Baby Names Inspired by the Animal Kingdom (Part Two)



Welcome to Part Two of our series that is focused on Baby Names Inspired by the Animal Kingdom! If you had a chance to view part one, you would remember that we mostly explored names related to bears, eagles, foxes, lions and wolves. Now we will look at names whose meanings relate to birds, insects, sheep, deer, and a handful of others.

Take a look at the list below and if you spot any favorites, share your thoughts in the comments!

Birds:


Bertram "bright raven" from Germanic elements
Bran "raven" in Irish/Welsh
Branwen "beautiful raven" from Welsh
Corbin "raven" from French
Cormac "raven, son" from Irish Gaelic
Fechín "little raven" in Irish
Guntram "war raven" from Germanic elements
Korbin "raven" from Latin corvus
Raban "raven" from German
Rambert "bright raven" from Germanic elements
Ronne "raven" in Frisian

Lonán "little blackbird" from Irish Gaeic
Merle "blackbird"

Bibigul "nightingale" in Kazakh
Tinuviel "nightingale" in Sindarin

Callum "dove"
Jemima "dove" in Hebrew
Jonah "dove" in Hebrew
Paloma "dove, pigeon" in Spanish
Toiba "dove" in Yiddish
Usoa / Uxue "dove" in Basque

Lærke "lark" in Danish
Toygar "lark" in Turkish
Turgay "skylark" in Turkish

Celandine "swallow (bird)" in Greek
Circe "bird" from Greek
Faigel "bird" in Yiddish
Fulton "bird hill" in Old English
Seffora / Séphora "bird" from Hebrew
Shakuntala "bird" in Sanskrit
Tzipporah "bird" in Hebrew
Zipporah "bird" from Hebrew

Erdoğan "brave falcon" from Turkish
Falk "falcon" in German
Hayato "falcon person" from Japanese

Other birds:

Gallus / Gallo "rooster" in Latin
Gwalchmei "hawk, month of May" from Welsh
Halcyon "kingfisher (bird)" from Greek
Lagle "goose" in Estonian
Mayur "peacock" in Sanskrit
Shahin "peregrine falcon" in Persian
Shay / Shea / Séaghdha "hawk-like" in Irish
Sparrow from the name of the bird
Suzume "sparrow" in Japanese
Svana / Svanhildur / Swanhilde "swan battle" from Germanic elements
Tsubame "swallow (bird)" in Japanese
Tzufit "hummingbird" in Hebrew
Vasco "crow" in Basque
Yaen "ostrich" in Hebrew

Insects:


Arachne "spider" in Greek
Chou "butterfly" in Japanese
Deborah "bee" in Hebrew
Erlea "a bee" in Basque
Flutura "butterfly" in Albanian
Hotaru "firefly" in Japanese
Kelebek "butterfuly" in Turkish
Madhukar "bee" in Sanskrit
Melissa "bee" in Greek
Parvana / Parvaneh "butterfly" in Persian
Vanessa which became a genus of butterfly
Vespasian / Vespasianus "wasp" from Roman

Other Animals:


Agnes "lamb" from Latin
Inez "lamb" from Latin
Janja "lamb" in Serbo-Croatian
Oanez "lamb" from Latin
Ovid "a sheep" from Latin
Rachel "ewe" from Hebrew
Úna "lamb" from Irish

Ayala "doe, gazelle," in Hebrew
Ayelet "gazelle" in Hebrew
Ceren "young gazelle" in Turkish
Dorcas "gazelle" in Greek
Rasha "young gazelle" in Arabic
Tabitha "gazelle" in Aramaic
Tzvi "gazelle" in Hebrew

Buck "buck, male deer" from Old English
Burçin "doe" in Turkish
Damhán "fawn" from Gaelic
Darby "deer town" from Old Norse
Elain "fawn" in Welsh
Enikő "cow" or "deer" in Hungarian
Fawn "fawn" in English
Hersh "deer" in Yiddish
Hjörtur "deer" in Icelandic
Jelena "deer, stag" from Slavic words
Maral "deer" in Armenian
Oisín "little deer" from Irish
Ophrah "fawn" in Hebrew
Oscar "deer friend" from Gaelic

Miscellaneous:


Beverly "beaver stream" in Old English
Bradán "salmon" in Irish Gaelic
Brock "badger" from Old English
Buğra "baby camel" in Turkish
Cailean "young dog" in Gaelic
Caleb "dog"
Conan "little wolf" in Irish
Damaris "calf, heifer" from Greek
Drake "dragon" from Latin
Eachann "brown horse"
Éowyn "horse joy" from Literature: The Lord of the Rings
Epona "horse"
Everard "brave boar" from Germanic elements
Fintan "white bull" in Irish
Fishel "little fish" in Yiddish
Giles "young goat" from Greek
Harisha "lord of monkeys"
Hippolytos "freer of horses" from Greek
Huldah "weasel, mole" in Hebrew
Jael "ibex, mountain goat" in Hebrew
Jorunn "horse love" from Old Norse
Kapila "monkey" in Sanskrit
Katida "kittenish" in Esperanto
Kestrel from the name of the bird of prey
Khulan "wild donkey" in Mongolian
Linnet comes from the name of a bird
Lóegaire "calf herder" in Irish
Maha "oryx" in Arabic (a type of antelope)
Mina "fish" in Sanskrit
Nagendra "lord of snakes" in Sanskrit
Philip "friend of horses" from Greek
Quetzacoatl "feathered snake" in Nahuatl
Renard "fox" from French
Rim "white antelope" in Arabic
Rónán "little seal" in Irish
Rosalind "horse, soft/tender" from Germanic elements
Rosamund "horse protection"
Sable "black" - the name of a small black-furred mammal
Sequoyah "hog" in Cherokee
Tiger from the name of the large cat from Greek, from Iranian
Todd "fox" from Middle English
Ukaleq "hare" in Greenlandic
Usagi "rabbit" in Japanese
Wilbur "wild boar" in Middle English
Xanthippos "yellow horse" from Greek elements
Zarathurstra "golden camel" in Old Iranian

Which of the names on this list do you like the most? Would you ever consider an animal-related name?

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