Friday, January 31, 2014

Evander

The name Evander has two possible backgrounds. The first comes from the Latin Evandrus which comes from the Greek Ευανδρος (Euandros). This means "good man".  This background is the most widely accepted on baby naming sites.

The second possible origin says that Evander is the anglicized form of Iomhar which is the Scottish from of Ivor. Ivor comes from the Old Norse name Ívarr meaning "bow warrior". Ivor was carried into Great Britain by Scandinavians in the Middle Ages.


According to Behind the Name, in Roman mythology, Evander was an Arcadian hero who founded the city of Pallantium where Rome would later be built. He was responsible for bringing the Greek pantheon, laws and alphabet to Italy. This Evander also appeared in Virgil's Aeneid, a Latin epic poem written between 29 and 19 BC.

The most well-known modern-day association with the name Evander belongs to boxing champ Evander Holyfield. There is also a Canadian hockey player named Evander Kane.

Beyond myths, literature and athletes, there are actual babies given this name. In the US, Evander first appeared in 1888 with 5 births but was rarely used until it gained a more regular momentum in 1911. The number of births per year remained near single-digits until the late 1980s.


Evander got as many as 75 births in 1991 for a ranking of #1297 but the numbers declined again after that until hitting a record-high of 80 births in 2012 for a ranking of #1823. It is still very far off from the Top 1000 which makes it a rare but familiar gem.

Evander would fit right in with Xander and could potentially be called Evan for short. If you're not a fan, try the similar sounding Leander instead!

What do you think of this rarely-used name? What would you pair with it? Here are some suggestions:

Sibling Name Ideas: 
Sisters: Athena, Cassia, Delphine, Minerva, Persephone, Rowena, Viviana
Brothers: Amadeus, Cyrus, Ignatius, Leopold, Malcolm, Orion, Xavier

Middle Name Ideas:
Evander Alistair
Evander Calix
Evander Gregory
Evander Lewis
Evander Marius
Evander Romulus
Evander Theodore

As a Middle Name:
August Evander
Charles Evander
Henry Evander
Linus Evander
Julius Evander
Ronan Evander
Silas Evander

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mythological Names for Boys

This name list mostly contains Greek and Roman deities and legends, but there are mythological figures from various other origins as well. Whether or not you believe in mythology is your own choice. Personally, I do not. I like to think of them as fables passed down through the generations. But I do find these stories to be very fascinating, especially the names that come from them.

The list that I've compiled below contains a great assortment of the best masculine names that spring from the most well-known myths from around the world. I am sure that there are plenty more that could be added so feel free to leave me a comment below if you'd like me to add some. In fact, Behind the Name has an amazing collection of mythological names that is much longer than this one if you're looking for more obscure choices. Here are some of the names that I feel are easier for a modern boy to wear today:
                          Achilles                    
Adonis
Ajax
Alvis
Apollo
Ara
Aries
Arthur
Atlas
Auster
Bran
Cadmus
Castor
Cian
Conall
Conor
Damon
Diarmaid
Dylan
Eros
Evander
Feargus
Finn
Fintan
Hector
Helios
Hermes
Icarus

Janus
Jason
Jasper
Jove
Jupiter
Leander
Mars
Mercury
Neptune
Oceanus
Odin
Odysseus
Oisin
Orion
Oscar
Osiris
Pan
Paris
Percival
Perseus
Poseidon
Saturn
Silvanus
Thor
Tristan
Vishnu
Zephyr
Zeus
Don't forget to check out the Mythological Names for Girls too!

Which of these names are your favorites? Would you ever consider using them for a child, and if so, what would you pair with them? Here are my Top 5 favorites:

1. Apollo

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Artemis, Athena, Calliope, Eulalia, Ophelia, Penelope
Brothers: Achilles, Cadmus, Damon, Erasmus, Leonidas, Perseus

Middle Name Ideas:
Apollo Christopher
Apollo Damien
Apollo Lysander
Apollo Thaddeus

As a Middle Name:
Jason Apollo
Nicholas Apollo
Phillip Apollo
Stephen Apollo

2. Damon
Sisters: Aurora, Daphne, Iris, Luna, Phaedra, Selene
Brothers: Arthur, Connor, Dante, Jasper, Maddox, Tristan

Middle Name Ideas:
Damon Achilles
Damon Frances
Damon Oliver
Damon Thomas

As a Middle Name:
Alexander Damon
Gregory Damon
Nathaniel Damon
Silas Damon

3. Fintan

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Aisling, Ciara, Enya, Maeve, Orlaith, Saoirse 
Brothers: Brawley, Cavan, Dooley, Grady, Keefe, Oisin  

Middle Name Ideas:
Fintan Boyd
Fintan Cashel
Fintan Kane
Fintan Patrick

As a Middle Name:
Connor Fintan
Garvey Fintan
Logan Fintan
Neal Fintan

4. Percival

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelie, Celine, Elodie, Genevieve, Isabeau, Margaux
Brothers: Aimon, Bastien, Durand, Jasper, Leverett, Olivier

Middle Name Ideas:
Percival Ambrose
Percival Elroy
Percival Jourdain
Percival Lucien 

As a Middle Name:
Beau Percival
Henri Percival
Loic Percival
Quincy Percival

5. Thor

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Anika, Dagny, Elin, Halle, Jetta, Kirsi, Ottilia 
Brothers: Alrik, Davin, Gerik, Henrik, Leif, Rasmus, Soren

Middle Name Ideas:
Thor Benjamin
Thor Johannes
Thor Leonidas
Thor Ragnar

As a Middle Name:
Alexander Thor
Gunnar Thor
Quenby Thor
Viggo Thor

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cara

The name Cara comes from an Italian word of endearment that means "beloved". In Latin, Cara means "friend" which is also true for the Irish Gaelic origination. However, the Spanish word cara means "face" and the word kara means "dark" in Turkey. On the Isle of Man, in traditional baby naming books, Cara referred to "a songster".


My name is Kara and I pronounce it CARE-uh. Most people that I meet initially say CAR-uh, though, which is something to ponder. Behind the Name gives three different pronunciations for Cara: KAHR-ə (English), KER-ə (English), KAH-rah (German).  Baby Names Hub has an extensive list of comments from ladies named Cara who have shared their experience with the name and its [mis]pronunciations. Many of them also mentioned how often this name can get confused for Sara, Tara, Clara, Karen or Carol. Keep that in mind if you are considering this name. Variants of this name include Kara and Karaugh; diminutives include Carina and Karyna. Cara can also be used as a short form of Caroline and Charlotte.

Cara has been used in the US since 1882 but it did not gain popularity until the 1950s. It boomed once the 1970s hit and it enjoyed the ride until it began declining again in 1994. Presently, Cara is down to just 402 births for the year 2012 which ranks the name at #695.

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The name Kara wasn't used in the US until 1931 but it actually caught on a couple years earlier than Cara and has continued its popularity ride up until it finally began to decline in 2010. As of 2012, Kara is still ranked higher than Cara. Kara had 850 births and sits at #365.

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alexis, Emma, Hannah, Jenna, Leah, Nicole, Tessa
Brothers: Andrew, Brian, Colin, Eric, Luke, Ryan, Sean

Middle Name Ideas:
Cara Abigail
Cara Elizabeth
Cara Jane
Cara Michelle
Cara Selene
Cara Yvonne

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

World-Wide Wednesday: Manx Names

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The Isle of Man is an interesting little island situated between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. English is spoken there but Manx Gaelic was traditionally spoken in the past. This Celtic language is closely related to the Irish language as well as Scottish Gaelic. However, Manx Gaelic is now considered endangered of dying out. It was thought to have died out in the 1970s but some are trying to revive it today.

Over the centuries, the Isle of Man has been under Welsh, English, Scottish and Viking rule but it now has its own democratic parliament. Culturally, it is influenced by Celtic and Nordic origins but it is viewed as a tourist location for the UK which gives it some British influences as well.

The Isle of Man has also had specific traditions when it comes to the birth and naming of a child. In the early 1900's, a man named W.W. Gill wrote a collection of "Manx Scrapbooks" that depicted Manx folkways after 1918 and before his death in 1964.  In his books, he notes the traditions surrounding a birth:
"When a child comes into the world, the first thing done (now in our own days) is, if it is a boy, to wrap it in a singlet or pair of flannel drawers of its fathers. If a girl, in a flannel petticoat of its mothers and so soon as it is put in the cradle, a Bible and a pair of flannel drawers are laid on the cradle, and the same on the mother's bed.
Neither mother nor child is ever let out of the house until the christening day, and then, before going out, a bit of vervain is sewed into the child's under-clothing and also into the mothers. A little bit of soot is also put on the child's person, and a bright steel sewing-needle quilted into some part of its clothes. 
Great care is taken that the name which the child is to receive is not made known to any person except those who have to know, until after the christening.
The future of the child depends in a great measure on whether the stranger who firsts sees it, after its father has got the first look, is a "lucky" person or not."
So it appears that the Manx put great emphasis on guarding the baby's first encounters with those outside the home and viewed it in an almost superstitious way. The baby's name was also guarded and not revealed until the baby was christened, so clearly religion was a large factor as well.

Another source, the Manx National Heritage, put together a collection of traditional names that were found within old books: Christian Names of the Isle of Man by William Cubbon in 1923, and Manx Personal Names by J.J. Kneen in 1937. The names that they listed are those considered traditional to the Manx people and acceptable for use on modern babies both on and off the Isle of Man. Here is a list of those traditional names and their meanings:
Boys:

Aedan
Aleyn, Aland
Alister
Andreays
Asmund
Austeyn
Bertram, Bertrem
Brendan
Cairbe, Carbry
Carmac, Cormac
Colby
Colum
Colyn
Conylt, Conal
Cristen
Dermot, Germot, Diarmid
Dolyn, Dollin, Dolen
Doncan, Donachan
Doolish, Douglas
Eamon
Edard
Eoin, Ean, Ewan, Yvon
Faragher
Fergus
Finbar
Finlo, Fynlo
Fintan
Flaxney
Fynn
Gavan, Gawain
Gilno, Dilno
Gilrea
Godred, Gorry, Orry
Hugh, Hugo
Illiam
Jamys, Hamish
Jole
Juan, Yuan
Kerron, Kieran
Laurys
Marcus, Markys
Martyn, martial
Mayl
Mian
Nele, Niall
Olaf, Olave
Oshin
Padeen
Paric[k], Peric[k]                      
Payl
Peddyr
Ramsey
Robart
Robyn
Ronan
Rory
Sharry
Sigurd
Stoill
Thomase


little fire
famed ruler
defending men
a man [Andrew]
gift of the gods
venerable
bright raven
dark person
virtuous love
a charioteer
place name
a dove
a whelp
love
belonging to Christ
God reverencing
variation of Donald [world ruler]
brown warrior
place name
happy peace
happy keeper
well born
supreme choice
great dear one, super choice
wave crest
fair Scandinavian
a little fair one
not known
fair
a smith
saint’s servant
servant of the King
God’s peace
studious
defending men
beguiling
Yule
well born
grey, dark
crownd with laurel [Laurence]
a hammer
saint’s name
like God [Michael]
good [Matthew]
champion
of the gods
little fawn
little Patrick
patrician, noble
form of Paul
a rock [Peter]
place name
form of Robert
little Robert
God ruler
fame ruler
God’s peace
victorious one
with a will
a twin, form of Thomas
Girls:

Aalid, Aelid
Aalin
Aaue
Aileen, Eil[l]een, Elena
Aimel
Ainle
Ailstreena
Andreca
Aufrica, Effrica, Aurick
Bahey
Blaa, Blae
Brede, Breeshey, Bridget
Caly
Cara
Carola
Catreena, Catreeney
Cissolt
Creena
Cristeena
Doona
Ealee, Ealish
Ealisaid
Eunys
Feena
Fenella, Fin[g]ola
Fritha
Grayse
Greeba
Iney, Ina
Jinn, Joan, Joney, Joannia
Johnet
Jonee, Joney, Jony
Lilee
Lora
Lula, Lulach
Malane
Manana
Margaid
Mariot, Marion, Moreen, Mariod
Meave
Moirrey, Voirrey
Mona
Moreen
Mureal
Nan, Nancy
Nessa, Nessy
Onnee
Onnor, Onora, Nora
Paaie
Ranhilda
Rein[a]
Renny
Roseen
Sheela
Sorcha
Tosha
Una
Ursula
Vorana
Ysbal, Isbal


beauty
beautiful
Eva
sunlight
beloved
angel
feminine of Alister
feminine of Andrew
a maid from Africa
flower
flower
shining [Bridget]
female servant [saint’s]
a songster
noble spirited
pure [Catherine]
little Cecilia
wise
of Christ
dark maiden
noble
god’s oath
joy
fair maiden
fair shoulder
peace
grace
place name
a daughter
grace
feminine of John
grace
lily
sufficient
shining
magnificent [Madeline]
feminine of Mannanan
a pearl
little Mary
a fairy queen
bitter [Mary]
the Isle of Man
little Mary
sea bright
gracious
secret
grace [Annie]
honourable
Peggy
God’s fight
a queen
a fern
little rose
form of Cecilia
bright
the first
a lamb
little wolf
great
form of Isabel

Of course there are other names beyond these traditional ones that are in use on the Isle of Man. Names that are popular in the UK are also seen on Manx babies due to a rich, cultural mixture of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Norse influences on the island.

The most recent Top Baby Names list that I could find for the Isle of Man is for the year 2009. These are the most popular names of that year:
Boys:
1. Charlie                                   
2. Thomas               
2. Lucas
2. Joshua
2. Jack
2. Ethan
2. Alfie
3. Ryan
3. Joseph
3. James
3. Harry
3. Connor
3. Conor
3. Cameron
3. William

Girls:
1. Lilly
1. Lily
1. Lilee
2. Olivia
3. Emily
4. Phoebe
4. Isla
4. Isabella
4. Imogen
5. Holly
5. Lucy
5. Mia

As you can see, there seems to be more popular British names in use today than traditional Manx names. If anyone has access to a list of the Top Baby Names on the Isle of Man for the years 2012 or 2013, please share!

What do you think of the naming traditions of the Isle of Man? Which traditional name is your favorite?


[Note:] I only recently discovered that this island even exists so if I've gotten any information incorrect, please let me know! I consulted as many sources as I could find that pertained to babies and names for the island.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ramsey

The name Ramsey was originally a surname. It comes from a place name meaning "wild-garlic island" in Old English. I came across this name as the name of a town on the Isle of Man. This month's World Wide Wednesday will focus on Manx names. Ramsey is also spelled as Rhumsaa in Manx.


According to Behind the Name, Ramsay is a variant of Ramsey. It is used mostly in Scotland as a surname. According to Nameberry, Ramsay is English and means "low-lying land" but Babynames.com says that Ramsay refers to Raven's Island. Clearly there are some meaning discrepancies around the internet, but despite these two names being so similar, it does appear as though they have different meanings.

The Baby Name Wizard says that Ramsay is a variant of Ramsey and that they are both Scottish surnames that originate from several different place-names. I already mentioned the town of Ramsey on the Isle of Man, but it is also said to come from either Hræm's Island, Ram's Island or Ramm's Island. If anyone has more specific information, do share!

The name Ramsey first appeared for American baby boys in 1894 with 7 births. It actually ranked at #933. It wasn't seen again until 1910 with 5 births and it became regularly used after that. Ramsey popped up on the girl's side in 1965 with 5 births and is still in use now with 55 births in 2012 for a ranking of #3059.

Boy Ramsey began gaining more popularity in the 1970s with its high point being in 1997 with 134 births and a ranking of #976. In 2012, Ramsey was given to 101 baby boys and it ranked at #1557.  It is very nearly a 2:1 boy:girl ratio. I never realized how unisex it is because I've always viewed it as a masculine name. I think Ramsey looks better for a boy and Ramsay would be cute on a girl, however there have only been 29 females named Ramsay in US history, and Ramsay is much less popular for boys than Ramsey. Just compare the two!

Which spelling do you prefer? What would you pair with this name?

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Catriona, Elspeth, Fiona, Isla, Mackenzie, Moira, Paisley, Sophie
Brothers: Angus, Calder, Duncan, Finley, Keith, Lachlan, Malcolm, Ross

Middle Name Ideas:
Ramsey Alistair
Ramsey Callum
Ramsey Douglas
Ramsey Frasier

As a Middle Name:
Ewan Ramsey
Hamish Ramsey
Kenneth Ramsey
Stuart Ramsey

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby Naming Challenge!


This is essentially a game. Just for fun, try to come up with some amazing names for the following four hypothetical children:

Boy/Girl Twins:
Girl's first name starts with either A, C, E, or G.
Girl's middle name is either a botanical name or a quirky and unusual name.

Boy's first name starts with either B, D, F or H.
Boy's middle name is either an old-fashioned, vintage name or a literary name.

Girl:
Her first name starts with either I, K, M, or O.
Her middle name is either an ancient name or something virtuous.

Boy:
His first name starts with either J, L, N, or P.
His middle name is either an occupational surname or a colonial choice.


Feel free to post your names in the comment section below, on our Facebook page or just smile about them to yourself. :)

My names:
Alice Magnolia
Damian Barnaby
Isla Melisent
Jack Thaddeus

Have fun! Thanks for playing!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Leonora

Leonora is the Italian short form of the name Eleonora or Eleanor. It comes from the Occitan name Aliénor which comes from the Ancient Germanic name Aenor. Its meaning is unknown. Check out the family tree to see which other names are related!


With boys names like Leo, Leonard, Leonardo and Leonidas starting to gain more and more popularity, could this feminine "leo" name follow suit? She is not related to these leonine names but she does start with the same three letters. Even if Leo is more of a boy thing, Leonora could go by Leo if she's tomboyish. It could also be spelled Leanora to get the Lea nickname instead. But the adorable nickname Nora is always a great option! With Eleanor making strides, I don't see why Leonora couldn't follow!

In line with this week's post about operatic baby names, Leonora is a distinctive choice. She has appeared in three major operas! She was a heroine in both Beethoven's Fidelio and Verdi's Il Trovatore. There was also an opera titled Leonora by William Henry Fry, and a ballad by Gottfried August Burger called Lenore which is another form of Leonora.  Along with a few novels with this name as the title and a few characters in film, Leonora is a great historical and cultured name.
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This name ranked in the Top 1000 US Names from 1880-1943 but has since lost its luster. As of 2012, there were only 29 girls given this name which ranks it at #4880. Leonora would be a beautiful and unique choice for a modern baby girl!

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Antonia, Dorothea, Francesca, Gabriella, Josephina, Raphaela, Veronica
Brothers: Alessandro, Donovan, Florian, Giovanni, Maximilian, Richard, William

Middle Name Ideas: 
Leonora Camille
Leonora Celeste
Leonora Estelle
Leonora June
Leonora Sibyl

As a Middle Name:
Beatrice Leonora
Grace Leonora
Juno Leonora
Neve Leonora
Sylvie Leonora

What would you pair with this elegant name?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Baby Names Straight from the Opera House

The Opera. What do you think of when you hear those words? I picture a magnificent stage surrounded by flowing red curtains. Rows and rows of seats and balconies high in the air overlooking the stage. The music and costuming are spectacular.

Everything about the opera is high-culture and high-class. That includes the baby names that are most frequently associated with the opera.  In fact, this list contains just that!   With such a wide variety of names to choose from, which is your favorite?

Abagaille                        
Aida
Alcina
Altoun
Andres
Annina
Basilio
Bello
Benoit
Betto
Bianca
Boris
Carmen
Claudius
Despina
Drago
Elena
Elettra
Elsa
Elvino
Ferrando
Fiorello
Floria
Gilda
Giovanna
Giovanni
Gunther
Isolde
Juliette
Katisha
Leonora

Lolette
Lucia
Maddalena
Manon
Marcellina
Marcello
Marguerite
Micaela
Mimi
Musetta
Nardo
Nedda
Ottavio
Pamina
Pizarro
Ramiro
Rocco
Romeo
Rosina
Seneca
Silvano
Silvio
Suzuki
Tamino
Tatyana
Tonio
Tristan
Tybalt
Valentin
Violetta
Zerlina
My Top 5 Favorites:

1. Benoit

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Ameline, Colette, Elodie, Giselle, Juliette, Simone
Brothers: Aimon, Dashiell, Gervais, Lucien, Olivier

Middle Name Ideas:
Benoit Alexandre
Benoit Gaston
Benoit Macon
Benoit Rupert
Benoit Sebastien

As a Middle Name:
Armand Benoit
Edward Benoit
Henry Benoit
Laurent Benoit
Remy Benoit

2. Elsa

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Annabel, Brigit, Freya, Kirstie, Lena, Sophie
Brothers: Alfie, Daniel, Gunnar, Ian, Leif, Ragnar

Middle Name Ideas:
Elsa Catherine
Elsa Dagny
Elsa Maren
Elsa Penelope
Elsa Sigrid

As a Middle Name:
Briar Elsa
Clare Elsa
Hetty Elsa
Lillian Elsa
Rosamund Elsa

3. Micaela

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alexandra, Cordelia, Hannah, Natalie, Olivia, Rebecca
Brothers: Andrew, Daniel, Gabriel, Jackson, Matthew, Theodore

Middle Name Ideas:
Micaela Breanne
Micaela Grace
Micaela Jane
Micaela Louise
Micaela Wren

As a Middle Name:
Cecily Micaela
Elise Micaela
Hazel Micaela
Piper Micaela
Violet Micaela

4. Ottavio

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alessia, Bettina, Cosima, Fiorella, Katarina, Natalia
Brothers: Delano, Giovanni, Lazzaro, Massimo, Raffaello, Vinicio

Middle Name Ideas:
Ottavio Anthony
Ottavio Benedict
Ottavio Dominic
Ottavio Marcellus
Ottavio Vincent

As a Middle Name:
Amadeus Ottavio
Calvin Ottavio
Florian Ottavio
Miles Ottavio
Silas Ottavio

5. Rocco

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Bianca, Gianna, Isabella, Leonora, Rosina, Sophia
Brothers: Alfredo, Cassius, Luca, Maximilian, Roman, Sebastian

Middle Name Ideas:
Rocco Alastair
Rocco Dominic
Rocco Isaiah
Rocco Nicholas
Rocco Sterling

As a Middle Name:
August Rocco
Barnaby Rocco
Evan Rocco
Julius Rocco
Silas Rocco

What are your favorite names from the list? Are there any that I should add?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fletcher

Fletcher is originally a surname that refers to a person who fletches arrows as their occupation. It is a Middle English name meaning "arrow maker" which comes from the Old French flechier. It is a surname but it has a tough, masculine feel to it with a bit of unique quirkiness added in.


Following this week's post about names inspired by poetry, there was a poet named Thomas Fletcher (1666-1713) who was also a priest of the Church of England.  John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright (1579-1625) who took over Shakespeare's role as the house playwright for the King's Men. Click here to view many more famous namesakes including several fictional characters named Fletcher.

This name has been in regular use since 1880 in the US. It had a boost in popularity in 1914 that lasted through the early 1950s before it declined again. However it was in the top 1000 names from 1880-1971, and 1985-1986. The year 1998 saw another boost, catapulting the name back into the Top 1000 in 2003 at #991.  In 2012, Fletcher saw 283 births which put the name at a ranking of #791.

It fits right in with other occupational surnames like Carter (#36), Hunter (#45), Tyler (#50), Parker (#80) and Cooper (#82).  Fletcher currently ranks at #220 in England/Wales.

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Audrey, Charlotte, Macy, Piper, Sophia, Willow
Brothers: Bennett, Holden, Jack, Nathan, Oliver, Tobiah

Middle Name Ideas:
Fletcher Augustus
Fletcher Benjamin
Fletcher Daniel
Fletcher Miles
Fletcher Reid

As a Middle Name:
Adam Fletcher
Ethan Fletcher
Gabriel Fletcher
Owen Fletcher
Vincent Fletcher

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baby Names from Poetry

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There is something about the surname of poets that just happens to be, well, poetic. Not only do they have a way with words, but these poets have also left us some amazing baby name options to choose from!  Whether you studied poetry in school or just secretly love it, these names might just be what you're looking for!  There are also a few words included that are related to poetry.

Below this list, I have chosen my Top 5 favorites that I'd love to see on a modern baby and listed out potential sibling names and middle names. If you'd like to share what your favorite names are (or if I've missed any that should be included) please do so in the comment section!
Angelou
Auden
Baird
Blake
Bly
Bogan
Bronte
Byron
Campbell
Carew
Chaucer
Corso
Crane
Cullen
Dante
Dickinson             
Dove
Dryden
Dylan
Eliot
Emerson
Fletcher
Frost
Giovanni
Hardy
Herrick
Hugo
Jarrell
Keats
Kenyon
Kipling
Landor
Larkin
Lorca
Lowell

Lyric
Macaulay
Marlowe
Marvell
Merrill
Merwin
Millay
Milton
Mistral
Morely
Moore
Morrison
Muse
Nash
Neruda
Oliver
Owen
Paz
Poe
Poet
Quarles
Riley
Rumi
Ruskin
Shelley
Spenser
Sonnet
Tennyson
Thoreau
Vaughan
Verlaine
Whitman
Whittier
Wyatt
Yeats
My Top 5 Favorites:

1. Auden (Boy or Girl)

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Ada, Ella, Emory, Harper, Lennon, Maren, Rumor, Summer
Brothers: Asher, Emerson, Holden, Marek, Nolan, Reese, Sutton, Vance

Middle Name Ideas:
Auden Clark
Auden James
Auden Theodore

Auden Elizabeth
Auden Grace
Auden Scarlett

2. Dante

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alena, Carys, Daphne, Gianna, Lilith, Ophelia, Stella, Vera
Brothers: Alec, Damian, Luca, Maxwell, Ronan, Sebastian, Vincent, Xavier

Middle Name Ideas:
Dante Alexander
Dante Merrick
Dante Oliver
Dante Theodore
Dante Vincent

3. Hugo

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Audrey, Cecilia, Estella, Imogen, Jasmine, Phoebe, Sabrina, Tabitha
Brothers: Andre, Felix, Hector, Ivan, Julian, Max, Oliver, Samuel

Middle Name Ideas:
Hugo Augustus
Hugo Conrad
Hugo Eames
Hugo Roderick
Hugo Wilder

4. Nash 

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amara, Cora, Eliza, Fiona, Jade, Mabel, Riley, Tessa
Brothers: Beau, Cole, Drake, Ethan, Gavin, Joel, Maverick, Wyatt

Middle Name Ideas:
Nash Benjamin
Nash Carter
Nash Elliott
Nash Jameson
Nash Roland

5. Sonnet (Girl)

Sibling Name Ideas;
Sisters: Autumn, Bluebell, Felicity, Hope, Karys, Lyric, Soleil, Willow
Brothers: Bridger, Christian, Flynn, Jett, Keller, Mason, Parker, Stone

Middle Name Ideas:
Sonnet Alexandra
Sonnet Caroline
Sonnet Elizabeth
Sonnet Magnolia
Sonnet Olivia

What are your favorite Poetry Names?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cordelia

The girl name Cordelia is a lovely, elegant and unique option! With nickname possibilities like Cora, Della and Lia, it is both cute for a baby and beautiful for a woman.


The name Cordelia comes from Cordeilla which is a Celtic name with unknown meaning. However, the name is often associated with the Latin word cor or cordis which means "heart". Some sites also say that it means "Daughter of the Sea". So I suppose you can take your pick of meanings!

Based on the legendary Queen Cordeilla, she was a character in Shakespeare's play King Lear written in 1606. He altered the spelling from the original Cordeilla to the modern Cordelia. In the play, she was the youngest of King Lear's three daughters and the only one that remained loyal to him.

Another literary reference to the name comes from the heroine of Anne of Green Gables who said "I would love to be called Cordelia. It's such a perfectly elegant name."

This name has been in regular usage since 1880 in the US. It received a small boost in popularity from 1915-1927 before slowing down a bit through the rest of the century. Right around 2002, the name once again gained a slight boost. In 2012 there were 204 baby girls given the name which puts it at a ranking of #1196.  The name has not been in the Top 1000 since 1950.

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So while this name is familiar, it is still in unranked territory which makes it delightfully underused. Your child would be unique among her peers but also have plenty of history behind her name. I would call this name adorably elegant.

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Annabel, Beatrice, Cecily, Eleanor, Juliet, Matilda, Sabrina, Violet
Brothers: Alistair, August, Charles, Elijah, James, Jasper, Sebastian, Vincent

Middle Name Ideas:
Cordelia Eve
Cordelia Jane
Cordelia Maeve
Cordelia Pearl
Cordelia Ruth

As a Middle Name:
Alice Cordelia
Mabel Cordelia
Phoebe Cordelia
Scarlett Cordelia
Zoey Cordelia

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