Saturday, July 29, 2017


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".





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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I Paired Five Ancient Girl Names with Vintage Middle Names

Creating a great first and middle name combination takes some practice. Some people have a very hard time with it and others are rather skilled at it! If you’d like to improve your naming skills, I thought I’d provide a few examples to show my step-by-step thought process for pairing two names together. Here is a list of names that work well together. You could either use these as inspiration or actually take and use them for your child.

This list of names is based on two specific styles that I like. The first names are all “ancient” names and the middles are more on the traditional, vintage side. I picked out five of my favorites to show you:

  1. Amabel Grace
  2. Sabrina Ruby
  3. Sibyl Josephine
  4. Viviana Pearl
  5. Francesca Ivy

1. Amabel is a medieval name that has never caught on in modern times. Short form Mabel was popular in the 1880s and early 1900s but it is now considered a vintage name that is beginning to be revived again. Amabel is an obscure choice but it sounds similar enough to names like Annabelle and Arabella that it wouldn’t stand out as odd. With its three syllables and unique nature, I chose to pair it with the simple but lovely Grace. Grace is a virtue name and is very common for middle names these days so the popularity contrast provides balance to Amabel. Meaning-wise, Amabel means “loveable” which compliments the idea of grace in an attractive way. Amabel Grace is very balanced in many different ways which makes for a great first and middle name combination!

2. Sabrina dates back to the 12th century based on the Roman name for a river in Wales.  It has had 5 popularity spikes since the 1950s so it has been well used but it is currently not high on parents’ radars, ranking at a respectable #370 in 2016. It has three syllables which flows nicely with Ruby’s two syllables. Ruby is another vintage name that was popular about a hundred years ago and has come back into style today. Ruby currently ranks at #71 so they have a bit of a popularity contrast which is nice.  If you notice, both names have an R and a B. This is a personal preference. I think Sabrina Ruby as a combination ties together well because of this shared sound.

3.  Sibyl can also be spelled Sybil. Both names date back to Greek and Roman legend and they were popular in the Middle Ages too. I like Sibyl for being rather unheard of today. It hasn’t really been used at all in recent years for that spelling. Sybil is a bit more used but still only receives about 100 births per year. It is a lovely, two-syllable name that happens to pair beautifully with a longer traditional middle name. In this instance, I chose Josephine but I also debated using Margaret and Theodora.  Josephine is a feminine spin on the classic male name Joseph and it is considered a lovely vintage choice that’s making strides today. Sibyl Josephine as a whole is a strong and interesting girl name that isn’t overly feminine sounding.  

4.  Viviana dates back to a saint and martyr in the 4th century. The name itself comes from the Late Roman name Vivianus meaning “alive”. It currently ranks at #444. I chose Viviana because of how long, flowy and feminine it is but to balance it out, I paired it with the one-syllable name Pearl. Pearl was well used from the 1880s to the 1940s but fell out of favor since then. Today it is starting to make a comeback, ranking back up at #567 in 2016. This combination of ancient and vintage works well since they’re both gaining popularity again as modern names. Viviana Pearl is a sweet, balanced combination suitable for a girl today.

5. Francesca is the Italian form of the Latin Franciscus. The entire family tree of Franc- names is very internationally used. Because of associations with saints, these names have been well-used since at least the 13th century. Francesca is such a long, traditional choice so I chose to pair it with the short, nature name Ivy. Francesca always gets a similar amount of births per year so it is neither gaining nor losing popularity. Vintage Ivy is actively gaining popularity again, doing even better today than it did in the early 1900s. Together, Francesca Ivy is a beautiful name that flows well and isn’t too popular or too obscure.

What do you think of these five combinations? How do you go about pairing names? Click below to view the article featuring five boy name combinations.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ancient Boy Names + Traditional Middle Names = 5 Great Name Combinations  the art of naming  ancient and traditional names

Creating a great first and middle name combination should take some serious thought and a little bit of research. The more effort that goes into it, the better the name will be, usually. I thought I’d provide a few examples to show my step-by-step thought process for pairing two names together. Here are five boy names that flow well together. The first names are of the “ancient” style and the middle names are classic, traditional choices.

  1. Atticus William
  2. Dante Oliver
  3. Apollo James
  4. Cyrus Alexander
  5. Dominic Theodore

1. Atticus comes from a Roman name that means "from Attica" in Latin, which is a location in Greece. It has a solid background in that area of the world and in history because of a couple philosophers who had the name. Atticus has only been used in the US in the past thirty years or so, breaking into the Top 1000 in 2004. William, on the other hand, also has a very strong history in the form of kings and poets and authors. It has been used in the US in mass quantities since before records began in 1880. Atticus William flows well as a whole name. These names are very strong together without overdoing it and they have a nice popularity contrast. Atticus ranked at #360 in 2016 while William was #3.

2. Dante is the medieval form of Durante and also has ties to the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri. This name has been in use in the US since 1908, gaining a boost in popularity around the late 1990s. It has been ranking consistently in the 200-300s since then, including #344 in 2016. Oliver also has some ancient ties to the middle ages, but it has always ranked fairly well in the US giving it a classic vibe. In fact, Oliver is on the rise, ranking at an all-time high of #12 in 2016. With a 2:3 syllable count, Dante Oliver flows nicely and offers enough of a popularity contrast to stand apart from the crowd.

3.  Apollo dates way back to Greek mythology as the son of Zeus and Leto, and twin brother of Artemis. This name is definitely ancient and strong. James is also an old name, dating back to biblical times, but it has remained modern. James is actually the #1 boy name for the past 100 years, topping John for the title. As a result, it is possibly the most common middle name as well. However, since Apollo is still somewhat unusual with a popularity ranking of #584 against James' #5 in 2016, the two work nicely together. Apollo James as a whole sounds strong and is full of history.

4. The Greek Cyrus dates back to several ancient kings of Persia including the biblical Cyrus the Great. It is known as Kurush in ancient Persia and Kyros in Biblical Greek among other international variations. Alexander also has strong ancient and biblical history, as well as a namesake known as Alexander the Great. Cyrus ranks at #427 in 2016 and Alexander is at #11 in the US. These two names just go together. Cyrus Alexander is strong, bold and, well, great!

5.  Many may not realize that Dominic is an old name. It comes from the late Latin Dominicus meaning "of the Lord" and was the name of several saints, dating back to around the year 1000. There was also the Dominican order of friars in the 13th century. I paired Dominic with the middle name Theodore which comes from a Greek name meaning "gift of God". This name has remained rather traditional today but it actually dates way back to several saints too, at least to the 4th century. Dominic Theodore sounds very modern but it is actually a very old combination whose meanings happen to be quite compatible.

Do you find yourself drawn to any of the above examples? Feel free to use them if you’d like! These are just a few names within a very specific theme that caught my attention. Stay tuned for a similar list of female names next week!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Interesting Names from Creative Gamers

I occasionally play video games with my husband. We enjoy what's called "massively multiplayer online role-playing games" or MMORPGs. These games connect us with thousands of other players across the country (and sometimes around the world).

If you aren't familiar with these kinds of games, that's fine, it isn't super important for the point of this post. Basically, you create a character, design them from their hair and eyes to what sort of armor they wear. You choose what kind of class or profession you want them to have, even what race or species you prefer. Then the best part comes next: choosing an interesting name for them.

Some games will even offer guidelines that follow the lore behind the characters to help you decide on an appropriate name for them based on their story. Not everyone follows this, but I always do. Some people don't put any thought into it and come up with random words or phrases (like "Thats Odd") rather than an actual name. However, other times people put a lot of thought into it and come up with some very intriguing monikers.

I have to admit that I tend to get very distracted by the names, so much so that I started writing down some of the best ones that I've spotted. And of course, that means I must make a post about it and share them with you. Below is a list of names created by other people, real people, for their characters within one of the games I play.

Small disclaimer: these names are meant to be interesting. They are names of fictional video game characters. I am in no way suggesting usage on real life children; however there are some that are real names and could be used, like Lily or Phaedra or Audrey. Use your own discretion.

Kára Aonghuis
Maladie Ardente
Raeine Kotto
Solith Elensar
Brassicace Olercea
Aurae Lenis
Ilya Kuriyakin
Kessa Star
Euphemia Stone
Phaedra Blackstaff
Akahana Sayomi
Ivo Julian Kinobar
Boudica Dragon
Aldro Vanda
Magna Turr
Sabre Vizaerios
Sylavaine Froste
Elma Skere
Bequa  Silverwind
Beladona Lugosi
Osric Stark
Ciara Sativola
Grigor Stovanovich
Dmitry Rioux
Freya Ryselmon
Solara Treestar
Reyna Frost
Lily Rockstorm
Malo Octavius
Kagerou Rin
Ginger Vietas
Rosana Viola
Neblina Oscura
Shanti Priya
Rose Dupre
Mona Vanille
Amira Daemon
Thasserian Wyrnn
Montague Ashton
Ichaival Black
Lilith Thorne
Grace Northstar
Vesper Tavarius
Valfreyja Njordkin
Audrey Minerva
Axel Valdemar
Nicolai Benedikt

Do you play any games? What names have you chosen for your characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below! :)


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