Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jasper, Peter & Stone: Earthy Boy Names That Rock!

When it comes to earthy boy names, some of the coolest ones are related to rock and stone. There are some names that mean rock such as the Scottish surname Carrick from the Gaelic Carraig. 

The name Peter means "stone" and so does all of its variants and translations such as the French Pierre, the Spanish Pedro, and others such as Piers, Pierce, Pierson, Piet and Pietro.  

If it's a down-to-earth name you want, the list below features a few more names with rocky and earthy meanings:

Cephas
Clayton
Cole
Craig
Dunstan
Ebenezer
Haldor
Halle
Halstein
Halvard
Harlow
Hermes
Leofstan
Malachite
Mason
Seneca
Stanford
Stanley
Terran
Torsten
Winston
Wystan
"rock"
"clay settlement"
"charcoal"
"crag, rock"
"dark stone"
"stone of help"
"Thor's rock"
"rock"
"rock, stone"
"rock guardian"
"rock hill"
"piles of stones"
"beloved stone"
"mallow stone"
"stoneworker"
"place of stones"
"stone ford"
"stone clearing"
"land, earth"
"Thor's stone"
"joy stone"
"battle stone"
If those aren't for you, perhaps you'd be a fan of names that come from actual stones, minerals or rocky landscapes:

Canyon
Carnelian
Clay
Cliff
Cobalt
Copper
Dale
Dune
Flint
Garnet
Glen
Jasper
Jet
Knoll
Mica
Obsidian
Onyx
Quartz
Ridge
Shale
Slate
Sterling
Stone
Terrace
Vale
Zinc
    Did I miss any good ones? What is your favorite rocky name for a boy?

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Caspian, Kai & River: Names Inspired by Water


    Water is everywhere. We use it for countless reasons every day. Heck, we're made of water. It is essential to life as we know it. What better way to honor our precious life-sustaining water than to choose a name inspired by it?

    Plenty of parents are already fans of nature names, why not filter those down to just the water-related ones? You'll find that you have many great options to choose from.

    Before we dive into the deep end, let's explore a bit of mythology. The God of the Sea is known as
    Poseidon in Greek mythology. One of his love interests was the Sea Goddess Amphitrite . Together they had a son named Triton who was the Messenger of the Sea.  The Roman equivalent of Poseidon is Neptune , the God of Freshwater and the Sea.

    Here are some of the best names inspired by water:

    Bodies of water that could be used as names:

    Bay
    Bayou
    Brook
    Cascade
    Cove
    Delta
    Fjord
    Frost
    Harbor
    Icy
    Laguna
    Lake
    Marsh
    Ocean
    Rain
    River
    Snow
    Names of falls, lakes, rivers and oceans that work as names:

    Caspian
    Como
    Danube
    Erie
    Hudson
    Jordan
    Kivu
    Loire
    Lucerne
    Nile
    Oman
    Rhine
    Tahoe
    Tallulah
    Thames
    Names meaning "water" or "sea", etc:

    Afon
    Alton
    Clinton
    Darya
    Douglas
    Indra
    Irving
    Kai
    Kelvin
    Kendall
    Kenton
    Lincoln
    Lynn
    Marinus
    Maris
    Marisol
    Maristela
    Marlowe
    Maya
    Meri
    Merlin
    Merton
    Mira
    Misty
    Moana
    Morgan
    Mortimer
    Muir
    Muirgel
    Muirgen
    Naia
    Neith
    Nerida
    Nerissa
    Océane
    Pegasus
    Pelagius
    Rio
    Rosemary
    Sevan
    Tallulah
    Vale
    Wilton
    "river"
    "town at the source of the river"
    "settlement on the River Glyme".
    "sea, ocean"
    "dark river"
    "possessing drops of rain"
    "green water"
    "sea"
    "narrow water"
    "valley on the river Kent"
    "town on the River Kenn"
    "lake colony"
    "lake"
    "of the sea".
    "of the sea"
    "sea and sun"
    "star of the sea"
    "remnants of a lake"
    "water"
    "the sea"
    "sea fortress"
    "town on a lake"
    "sea, ocean"
    "misty"
    "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea"
    "sea circle"
    "still water"
    "sea"
    "bright sea"
    "born of the sea"
    "wave, sea foam"
    "water"
    "water lily"
    "nymph, sea sprite"
    "ocean"
    "from a water spring"
    "the sea"
    "river"
    "dew of the sea"
    "lake"
    "leaping waters"
    "wide river valley"
    "town on the River Wylye"

    Other relevant names:

    Aqua
    Beach
    Cloud
    Coral
    Marina
    Reef
    Shore
    Tide
    Wade
    What do you think of this list? Can you think of more that could be added? Which is your favorite?

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    Wesley

    This featured name is brought to you by the letter W and the very best W names for boys and girls.


    We recently talked about how one of the biggest boy name trends is to use surnames as first names. As an English surname, Wesley is no exception. It fits right in with other surname names for boys.

    As a name, Wesley could be considered more on the gentle side of boy names. This could be partly because many of the other -ley names are rather unisex like Bailey or conquered by the girls like Ashley. However, there are many who also consider Wesley to be a tough guy name due to pop culture associations such as actor Wesley Snipes.

    Another major association is John Wesley, an 18th century theologian who founded the evangelical movement known as Methodism.

    Wesley is short for "Wesleydale" which is Anglo-Norman in origin. The "wes" part refers to the direction "west" while "lea" is an open grassy area. Therefore, Wesley refers to a western field or
    meadow. Most sites list its meaning as "west meadow".

    The name Wesley is more popular for boys, but it has also been given to a handful of girls every year since 1910. There were 43 girls named Wesley in 2014.

    For boys, though, Wesley has consistently ranked in the #100s or better since 1880. Its high point came in 1977 when 4300 boys were given the name. It has had its ups and downs but as of 2014, Wesley ranks at #130 with 3,112 births.

    Brother name Westley has been in use in the US since 1887 but it has never been anywhere near as popular as Wesley. It has ranked within the Top 1000 many times, though, mostly through the 1980s and early 1990s. The timing of that popularity boost coincides with the 1987 film The Princess Bride which featured a handsome character named Westley. After that time period, the name Westley declined in usage again and was given to only 174 boys in 2014.

    Wesley feels both old-fashioned and modern. It has always been in use so it is more of an evergreen name than not even though it is much less common than other evergreens like James and William. What do you think of Wesley? If you are considering it, here are some ideas for middle names and sibling names:

    Sibling Name Ideas:
    Sisters: Annabel, Diana, Laurel, Katherine, Margaret, Rebecca, Sarah
    Brothers: Bennett, Carson, Harrison, Neil, Owen, Reid, Stephen

    Middle Name Ideas:
    Wesley Allen
    Wesley Marshall
    Wesley Oliver
    Wesley Robert
    Wesley Thomas

    As a Middle Name:
    Charles Wesley
    George Wesley
    Jack Wesley
    Shawn Wesley
    Tyler Wesley

    What names would you pair with Wesley? Do you prefer Wesley or Westley?

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    The Very Best W Names for Boys and Girls

    As you continue your search for the perfect name, I'd like to ask you to take a moment and consider using a name that starts with the letter W. We're nearing the end of the alphabet so if you've been following this series and you haven't found a winner yet, this might finally be the list for you.

    The letter W has a good variety of names. There's the more proper ones like William and Winston for boys, and the more whimsical options like Waterlily or Wintress for girls. There should be a little bit of something for everyone here.

    Tell me in the comments, did I miss any good W names that you enjoy? Of the ones featured below, which name catches your eye the most?

    1. Wanda
    2. Waterlily
    3. Waverly
    4. Wednesday   
    5. Wendy
    6. Whisper
    7. Whitley
    8. Whitney
    9. Wilda
    10. Wilhelmina
    11. Willa
    12. Willamena
    13. Willene
    14. Willow
    15. Wilma
    16. Wilmet
    17. Windsor
    18. Winifred
    19. Winnie
    20. Winona
    21. Winter
    22. Wintress
    23. Wren
    24. Wylie
    25. Wynne
    1. Wade
    2. Walker
    3. Walter
    4. Warren
    5. Watson
    6. Waylon
    7. Wayne
    8. Wendell
    9. Wesley
    10. Weston
    11. Wilder
    12. Wiley
    13. Wilfred
    14. Willard
    15. William
    16. Willis
    17. Willoughby
    18. Wilmer
    19. Wilson
    20. Winslow
    21. Winston
    22. Wolf
    23. Wolfgang
    24. Woodrow
    25. Wyatt
    If W isn't your letter after all, use the following links to continue your search in the remaining letters of the alphabet.

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    The Most Popular Arabic Names in the US in 2014

    Have you ever really taken a look at the names in the United State's Social Security Administration's Top 1000 most popular names chart? I mean, have you  really  looked at it?  I decided to fish a little bit and I found a ton of Arabic names swimming right at me. Had I  really  never noticed these names before? Sure, I'm not an ethnic match for any of them but not all of them stand out as foreign.

    Just take a look at the female names! Many of them aren't obviously Arabic and they are no doubt being used on girls of a variety of races all across the country. For example, the highest ranking name is Layla at #29 and it has so many variants that are very fashionable today such as Lyla, Laila, Lila, Leila and Lilah which all rank within the Top 1000.  Then there's the Aaliyah sisters with a similar story.

    Let's start with the male names. There are four spellings of Muhammad and also variants like Ahmad that rank in the Top 1000. Somehow, though, the masculine names strike me as more ethnic and foreign-sounding than any of the female names do.  Why do you think that could be? Take a look:

    • Boys:
    • Amir #212
    • Omar #214
    • Ali #333
    • Malik #376
    • Muhammad #399
    • Mohamed #427
    • Ibrahim #455
    • Khalil #465
    • Mohammed #498
    • Ahmed #549
    • Nasir #551
    • Yahir #564
    • Ayaan #570
    • Ahmad #571
    • Mohammad #588
    • Yusuf #589
    • Rayan #606
    • Hamza #620
    • Abdullah #634
    • Omari #707
    • Kareem #751
    • Samir #757
    • Hassan #759
    • Jamal #764
    • Yousef #766
    • Jamir #820
    • Rashad #913
    • Mustafa #916
    • Ameer #940
    • Khalid #953
    • Ayan #991
    • Girls:
    • Layla #29
    • Aaliyah #45
    • Lyla #140
    • Laila #149
    • Aliyah #168
    • Lila #183
    • Leila #241
    • Nyla #301
    • Lilah #312
    • Fatima #328
    • Amina #408
    • Zara #422
    • Aleah #423
    • Nylah#430
    • Imani #503
    • Zariah #535
    • Aisha#559
    • Mariam #568
    • Maryam #597
    • Amani #647
    • Alia #729
    • Farrah #759
    • Yamileth #794
    • Zaria #860
    • Aliya #865
    • Salma#878
    • Yasmin #904
    • Yaritza #992
    The feminine names are all so beautiful. They have a certain elegance about them that no doubt is the reason they are so appealing cross-culturally.

    What do you think of this list? Have I missed any? Share your favorites in the comments below!

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Viola

    One of The Very Best V Names around is Viola, of course! Taken from our previous article, this name is still a rarity but could potentially gain popularity in the coming years.



    The name Viola means "violet" in Latin. If Violet is too popular for you (it ranked #67 in 2014), try Viola. It is very similar in sound but it is ranking well below the Top 1000 chart.

    As you may know, the viola is a bowed string instrument. Wikipedia says that "it is slightly larger than a violin in size and has a lower and deeper sound than a violin. Since the 18th century it has been the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin and the cello."  This would be a great name choice for musical parents, specifically ones who may actually play this instrument.

    The Viola is also a genus of flowering plants within the violet family of Violaceae. The name Viola would please not only musical parents, but those with an appreciation for nature. Additionally, literature lovers would recognize that Viola is the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" (1602).

    On top of all that, Viola can also be considered a vintage name since it was well-used a century ago and has the potential to come back into fashion again in the next few years if it can catch a ride on Violet's coattails.

    What's not to love? She's a musical, literary, vintage nature name that happens to still be flying under the radar popularity-wise! Hollywood has an Emmy Award winning actress by the name of Viola Davis who has been helping to increase exposure to the name in the entertainment world recently.

    Do you think Viola may start climbing the charts for modern babies soon? Viola has been in use in the US since 1880 when records began. It isn't very popular now but it once peaked even higher than the name Violet did. In 1918, there were 4,331 girls named Viola for a ranking of #59 (while Violet ranked at #83 in the same year.)

    Since the 1920s, though, Viola has declined in popularity straight down the charts and out of the Top 1000 by 1973. While Viola remains uncommon, it is starting to inch its way back up. There were 192 girls given this name in 2014 for a rank of #1250.

    Here are some sibling and middle name ideas for Viola:

    Sibling Name Ideas:
    Sisters: Cecily, Coraline, Grace, Imogen, Lenore, Lucille, Rosalie
    Brothers: Ambrose, Barnaby, Curtis, Henry, Leonard, Marcus, Thomas

    Middle Name Ideas:
    Viola Camille
    Viola Genevieve
    Viola Hettienne
    Viola Maren
    Viola Rose

    As a Middle Name:
    Alice Viola
    Belle Viola
    Julianne Viola
    Louise Viola
    Tess Viola

    What do you think of the name Viola? Or do you prefer Violet? What about Violetta?

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    The Very Best V Names for Boys and Girls

    The letter V is trending these days within popular names like Ava and Evelyn for girls. It's been a constant for boys in the name David. Both genders love Avery as the top unisex name.

    What about names that start with the letter V?

    Victoria still ranks well and Violet and Valentina are trending upward for girls. Vincent is just outside the top 100 for boys with Victor not far behind.

    Are you a fan of the letter V? If you are, surely you'll enjoy this great list of the 25 best V names for girls and 25 for boys.

     Did I miss any of your favorite V names?

    1. Vale
    2. Valencia
    3. Valentina
    4. Valerie
    5. Vanessa
    6. Vanna
    7. Vella
    8. Velvet
    9. Venus
    10. Verity
    11. Veronica
    12. Vesper
    13. Victoria
    14. Vida
    15. Vienna
    16. Vincenza
    17. Viola
    18. Violet
    19. Violetta
    20. Virginia
    21. Viveca
    22. Vivian
    23. Viviana
    24. Vivienne
    25. Vrai
    1. Vadden
    2. Valdemar
    3. Valentino
    4. Valor
    5. Van
    6. Vance
    7. Vander
    8. Vasily
    9. Vaughn
    10. Verne
    11. Vernon
    12. Vicente
    13. Victor
    14. Vidal
    15. Viggo
    16. Vin
    17. Vince
    18. Vincent
    19. Vincenzo
    20. Vinny
    21. Virgil
    22. Vitaly
    23. Vito
    24. Vladimir
    25. Voyer
    Which of these names do you love most? Share your thoughts about this list below! Not a V fan? Check out the following links to browse names starting with other letters:

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