Friday, March 27, 2015


To go along with the article regarding The Very Best E Names for Boys and Girls, today's featured name is Emmett.

Emmett is rather unique because it is a male name that is derived from a female name. Masculinization doesn't happen very often in names whereas there are many feminized names such as Josephine from Joseph or Philippa from Philip.  Emmett comes from Emma.

Originally Emmett comes from an English surname that was derived from a diminutive of Emma.  Emma comes from the Germanic element ermen (or possibly ermin or irmin) which mean "whole" or "universal".

In history, Emma was the daughter of Richard, Duke of Normandy. She introduced the name to England when she married King Ethelrede and later King Canute. This was way back in the 11th century and caused the name Emma to be very popular at the time along with short forms Em and Emm.

Emmot was also a recorded variant derived from Emma. There's also a place called Emmott in Lancashire which was recorded as "Emot" in 1296 which may come from the 7th Century Old English word "eagemot" meaning "junction of streams". [source]

As a baby name, Emmett has been in regular usage since 1880 but it has never been as popular as it is today. It received its first surge of popularity between 1915 and 1925 but declined in usage again until the mid-2000s when it skyrocketed. In 2013, there were 2,336 boys named Emmett which ranked the name at #173 in the US.

With the potential nicknames of Em, Emy, Mit and Mitty, the male name Emmett is a handsome choice for a modern boy. This name is currently on the rise and will likely gain more popularity in the years to come. If you're considering this name, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Daphne, Elodie, Isla, Matilda, Rowena, Zoe
Brothers: Archer, Fletcher, Graham, Henry, Miles, Owen, Reuben

Middle Name Ideas:
Emmett Alexander
Emmett Carter
Emmett George
Emmett James
Emmett Lincoln
Emmett William

As a Middle Name:
Blake Emmett
Conrad Emmett
Harrison Emmett
Leo Emmett
Quentin Emmett
Walter Emmett

What do you think of Emmett? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Very Best E Names for Boys and Girls

Everyone needs a name. Every parent must choose the perfect moniker for every baby they have. Even though it sounds easy, actually narrowing down names and choosing one is no simple task, especially when parents feel bombarded by an endless supply of names in baby name books and on websites.

Enough stressing out about it. Each of the names on the lists below were handpicked to ease your selection process. Either you find the perfect E name here, or you wait until next week to see if F is your letter.

Expect to finally end this long naming process, though, because you are oh so very close to discovering the name.  Experiment with some of the names below by pairing them with your favorite middle names. Everyone finds an excellent name eventually!

Explaining why you love a specific name isn't necessary, but feel free to share which ones caught your eye in the comment section below! Enjoy! 

  1. Edith                  
  2. Elaine
  3. Eleanor
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Ella
  6. Ellen
  7. Elodie
  8. Eloise
  9. Elowen
  10. Ember
  11. Emilia
  12. Emily
  13. Emma
  14. Emmeline
  15. Erica
  16. Erin
  17. Esme
  18. Esmeralda
  19. Estella
  20. Esther
  21. Eugenie
  22. Eulalia
  23. Eva
  24. Evangeline
  25. Everly
  1. Easton
  2. Edmund
  3. Edward
  4. Edwin
  5. Eleazar
  6. Eli
  7. Elias
  8. Elijah
  9. Elliott
  10. Ellison
  11. Emile
  12. Emmanuel
  13. Emmett
  14. Enzo
  15. Erasmus
  16. Eric
  17. Ernest
  18. Ethan
  19. Eugene
  20. Evan
  21. Evander
  22. Everett
  23. Ewan
  24. Ezekiel
  25. Ezra
Each of these names are great, but if the perfect one isn't on this page, perhaps you should check out our previous list of The Very Best D Names for Boys and Girls, or like I mentioned, wait for the next list of F names to arrive!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blooming Springtime Names for Baby Girls

Today is the first day of spring and what is spring without flowers and sunshine? If you're expecting a baby girl this season, perhaps you are searching for the perfect name to fit the occasion.  Look no further than this list!

There are plenty of applicable nature names that would be beautiful on a spring-born baby girl. Here are some of the lovelier options:

Aya - "bird"
Beryl - A sea-green stone
Chloe - "Green shoot"
Deborah - "bee"
Jade - A green stone
Peridot - A green stone
Phyllida - "Green bough"

Here are other ideas relating to spring, newness, and Easter that would apply and make for less-obvious but still lovely springtime names:

Anastasia - "Resurrection" (Greek)
April / Avril - A spring month
Aurora - "Dawn" (Latin)
Aviva - "Spring" (Hebrew)
Florence - "Blooming, Flourishing" (Latin)
Gen - "Spring" (Japanese)
Laverna - "Born in the Spring" (Latin)
May / Mae - A spring month
Midori - "Green" (Japanese)
Nouvel - "New" (French)
Nova - "New" (Latin)
Primavera - "Spring" (Italian)
Verde - "Green" (Spanish)
Verna - "Springtime" (Latin)
Zelenka - "Green" (Czech)

Which of the above names do you like most? Would you use any? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Colorful Springtime Names for Baby Boys

Spring is a time for newness and growth. Everything is blooming and turning green! Nature is full of life! If you're also bringing forth a new life into the world, what better way to celebrate than to give him a handsome, timely name to fit the occasion?

Here are some great baby names that would suit a spring-born boy. Some of these are nature names that also refer to an actual spring or stream of water as well. Which do you like best?:

Atherton - "From the town by a spring"
Attwell - "Lives by the spring"
Aviv - "Spring" (Hebrew)
Berilo - Variant of Beryl - a green stone
Bradwell - "From the broad spring"
Caldwell - "From the cold spring"
Denver - "Green Valley"
Haruki - "Spring child"
Irving - "Green water"
Jarek - "Spring" (Slavic)
Kelby - "Place by the fountain or spring"
Maxwell - "Mack's stream"
Navin - "New" (Hindi)
Neo - "New" (Latin)
Newland - "New Land" (English)
Pascal - "Easter" (French)
Vardan - "Rose" (Armenian)
Vasant - "Spring" (Sanskrit)
Verdi - "Green" (Italian)
Weldon - "Hill near a spring"

Here are some colorful names including names of shades of green:


Which of the above names do you like most? Would you ever use a seasonal name? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Monthly Facebook Contest: Submit your Favorite First/Middle Name Combinations!

I'm starting up an on-going monthly contest on our Facebook Page and I'd like to invite everyone to join! Submit your favorite first/middle name combinations? If you get the most votes, it will be featured on our cover photo on Facebook all month long!

Simply head on over to Facebook, like the page and submit all of your favorite names for boys and girls on the cover photo's comment section.

Here are the Official Rules:

On the cover photo, submit as many first/middle name combinations as you'd like but please only post one per comment.  Names may include more than one middle name.

The highest voted boy name and the highest voted girl name will be chosen as the two winners to be displayed in the frames on next month's cover photo. Vote for others' submissions if you like them but refrain from voting for your own.

If you'd like to be the winner, be sure to share this photo on your own timeline and encourage your friends and family to vote for your name combination.

This will be a monthly contest. The two winning choices will be posted as the cover photo on the first of every month. On THAT photo, you can begin to submit your new name combinations for the next month. Voting occurs all month long. In the case of a tie, I will choose the name that I like best.

There are no cash prizes. If you're chosen as the winner, your top-voted name combination will be displayed on The Art of Naming's cover photo for the following month and your name will be mentioned in the description area.

Have fun, be creative and vote vote vote!

Here's an example of what it would look like:

Friday, March 13, 2015


Inspired by this week's article featuring The Very Best D Names for Boys and Girls, we will be taking a closer look at the name Daphne, pronounced DAFF-nee. 

This lovely Greek name means "laurel" which is a flower. Laurels are often used in circular wreaths, one of which was worn on top of the head of Apollo in Greek mythology. According to the legend, a beautiful female nymph named Daphne gained the unwanted attention of Apollo and was turned into a laurel tree by her father in order to escape Apollo's advances. Apollo is associated with laurels because of his desire for Daphne.

As a baby name, Daphne has been in use in the US since 1886. While it has never been popular, it had one large spike in usage in 1962. In that year, 1,131 girls were given the name which ranked it at #266. 

Usage declined through the 1980s but suddenly climbed again in 2001. As of 2013, Daphne is on the rise with 770 births and a ranking of #397. This is the best the name has done since the 1970s. 

Beyond the mythology mentioned above, the name Daphne has been well-used in various pop-culture works and worn by many famous people. Despite this, it has managed to remain mostly under the mainstream naming radar which makes Daphne a familiar but underused name. It would be a refreshing choice in the US today. 

What do you think of Daphne? If you are considering it, here are a few sibling and middle name ideas:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Audrey, Camilla, Heather, Lorelei, Matilda, Penelope, Violet
Brothers: Anthony, Dante, Forrest, Graham, Lincoln, Oliver, Vaughn

Middle Name Ideas:
Daphne Amelia
Daphne Claire
Daphne Eleanor
Daphne Rosalind
Daphne Seraphina

As a Middle Name:
Ella Daphne
Hazel Daphne
Lydia Daphne
Rebecca Daphne
Veronica Daphne

What would you think of sisters named Daphne and Laurel? Do you think it would be cute or is it just too much? I kind of like it! Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Very Best D Names for Boys and Girls

Go ahead and put that baby name book down. Close all of your browser tabs, too. You don't need them anymore!

It's true, you've been hunting for a wonderful name starting with D to honor a few relatives whose names also begin with D, but you haven't found the right one yet. Look no further! This is your list!!

I present to you 50 of the best D names for boys and girls!  These names range from common to unusual but they are all delightful.

Which do you like best? If you had to delete one name from each list, what would you replace them with? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

  1. Dagny                       
  2. Daisy
  3. Dahlia
  4. Danae
  5. Danica
  6. Danielle
  7. Daphne
  8. Darcy
  9. Davina
  10. Dawn
  11. Deanna
  12. Dierdre
  13. Delaney
  14. Delilah
  15. Delphina
  16. Demetria
  17. Desdemona
  18. Desiree
  19. Diana
  20. Dianthe
  21. Dixie
  22. Dorothea
  23. Dorothy
  24. Dulce
  25. Dulcinea
  1. Dalton
  2. Damian
  3. Daniel
  4. Dante
  5. Darius
  6. Darren
  7. Dashiell
  8. David
  9. Dax
  10. Dawson
  11. Dayton
  12. Dean
  13. Declan
  14. Demetrius
  15. Dempsey
  16. Derrick
  17. Desmond
  18. Dexter
  19. Diego
  20. Diesel
  21. Dillon
  22. Dominic
  23. Donovan
  24. Douglas
  25. Dylan
See? I told you that you'd find the perfect D name for your little one. Congratulations! 


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