Sunday, November 25, 2018

Introducing: "Name Anything!" - I Can Help You Name More Than Just Babies!

Since 2013, I have been offering my naming services to real-life families like you! I have had the privilege of helping dozens of families find name options to consider, narrow those options down, and eventually arrive at the perfect name for their little one. You can even view some testimonials from people who have used this service.

Beyond babies, though, I have also helped adults reinvent their own identities by choosing new names for themselves. I would like to extend these services even farther to include naming pets, stuffed animals, cars, video game avatars, book characters, small businesses, and more! Anything you need a name for, I can help offer ideas.



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Do you have something you need a name for? I can help! Whether it's for a pet, a stuffed animal, a car, a boat, a small business, a video game avatar, a character in a book you are writing, or just about anything else, tell me what you are looking for and I will start searching for ideas for you! There are small fees associated with each potentially named thing, but I will do my best to help you get your money's worth. 



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Of course, baby names will always be my first love. If you are struggling to find the perfect name, or perhaps you and your partner cannot agree, I can offer a fresh, outside perspective on your options. I am here to help you find names, narrow down your choices, and pair the first name with a complimentary middle name. Click here to access and fill out a simple form that will help me learn more about your situation so I can begin my name research.


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  • My personal "top 10 picks" for you 
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Every request tends to get 1-3 hours of research and compilation time depending on the complexity of the situation.  I take this very seriously and work hard to find the best suggestions I possibly can! 


Anything you need named, I can help!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Baby Names Ending with the Letters "-vy"


Continuing with our theme, today we will explore names ending with -vy. Most of these are very rare or unusual. Do you like any names ending with -vy?  Of course, I love Ivy, but some of these others are interesting too, like Livy, Navy, Savvy and Chevy! Ivy currently ranks at #108 for girls in 2017.

Avy
Bevy
Elvy
Evy
Ivy
Keavy
Levy
Livvy
Livy
Lovy
Maevy
Navy
Rivy
Savvy
Savy
Silvy
Tavy
Truvy
Vivy

Alvy
Arvy
Chevy
Covy
Davy
Garvy
Harvy
Ivy
Kevy
Levy
Navy
Rivy
Tavy
Stevy
Zavy

Are there any others you can think of? Which do you like most?

Monday, October 22, 2018

National Color Day: Best Color Names for Modern Babies



October 22nd is known as National Color Day! Everyone has colors that they enjoy more than others. Do you have a favorite color? Do you love it so much that you would consider using it as a baby name? If so, you're not alone. Below is a list of potential color names. The first list is much more popular than the second, but they're all interesting in their own way.

More Popular:


Ruby (red) is currently ranked as the 79th most popular name in the US for girls, as of 2017.
Violet (purple) is climbing the charts! As of 2017, it ranked at #48 for girls and will probably keep going.
Hazel (brown) popped into the Top 1000 in 1998, and the Top 100 in 2015! Currently at #43.
Rose (pink) is a timeless classic and has always ranked within the Top 400. Ranked #141 in 2017.
Iris (purple) has always been around, but has been slowly climbing, putting it up to #149.
Sienna (brown) wasn't used before the 1960s, and it hit the Top 1000 in 1995.  Currently at #222.
Jade (green) has been in use since the 1940s. It was most popular in 2002 with 86 births. Currently it is at #110.
Raven (black) hit the Top 1000 in 1977 for girls, and now ranks at #446 in 2017.
Amber (orange) ranked in the Top 100 from 1974-2004. It is slowly declining, currently ranking at #401.
Scarlet (red) since the 1930s, both Scarlet and Scarlett have been used. Scarlet is #396 while Scarlett ranks at #18!
Laurel (green) is a color name based on the plant. It has always ranked in the middle ground. Currently at #597.
Jasmine (yellow) was rarely used before the 1950s, and most popular in the early 1990s. It is now at #130 as of 2017.
Veronica (purple) the color is also named for a vivid purple plant. Not as popular as it once was, Veronica sits at #378.
Kelly (green) first hit the Top 1000 in 1948, and Top 100 from 1959-1999. It is now ranked at #595.
Olive (green) is not as popular as Olivia yet, but it is climbing fast! It went from #990 in 2007 or #256 in 2017.
Daisy (white) has always been well-used, but it is currently ranked at #170 in 2017.
Heather (purple) boomed in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s, and it lasted through the 90s.  Now it has fallen out of the Top 1000.
Jasper (red) for boys, this name has always been steadily used. It has gained more popularity during this decade, reaching #185 in 2017.
Hunter (green) quickly gained popularity in the 1990s and 2000s for boys. It is now at #53.
Juniper (green) has only been around since the 1970s. It entered the Top 1000 in 2011, and ranks #314 today.
Sage (green) is more popular for girls, but is quite unisex. In 2017, it ranked at #309 for girls and #472 for boys.
Gray has been used for boys since the 1910s, and for girls since the 1990s but it isn't currently ranked within the Top 1000 for either gender yet. 


Less Popular:


Blue
Indigo
Onyx (black)
Coral (pink)
Marigold (yellow)
Ginger (orange)
Tawny (brown)
Jet (black)
Basil (green)
Magenta (pink)
Lilac (purple)
Sable (black)
Peach (pink)
Fern (green)
Saffron (yellow)
Emerald (green)
Fawn (tan)
Cerise (red)
Forest (green)
Cedar (brown)
Penny (brown)
Jonquil (yellow)
Mauve (purple)
Henna (brown)
Ivory (white)
Clay (brown)
Lavender (purple)
Navy (blue)
Cyan (blue)
Sky (blue)
Cobalt (blue)
Fushia (pink)
Claret (red)
Umber (brown)
Zaffre (blue)
Sepia (tan)
Lemon (yellow)
Sangria (red)
Apple (red)
Honey (yellow)
Tiger (orange)
Cherry (red)
Taffy (pink)
Merlot (red)
Crimson (red)
Garnet (red)
Orchid (purple)
Amethyst (purple)
Slate (blue)
Ocean (blue)
Aegean (blue)
Azure (blue)
Stone (gray)
Ash (gray)
Flint (gray)

Can you think of any other color names that would also suit a child? Which of these are your favorites?

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Southern Boy Names for your Little Cowboy

What are your favorite "country western" or "mid-western" names for boys?  Which names might suit a little cowboy? This is obviously going to be highly subjective, but it's fun to explore possibilities in this category. What do you think of this list?:

Alden
Ames
Amos
Anders
Angus
Ashley
Aston
Atkins
Atticus
Augustus
Austin
Avery
Bailey
Barnes
Barrett
Barrick
Bayard
Beau
Bedford
Benjamin
Billy
Blaine
Blaze
Bo
Boone
Brick
Brooks
Buddy
Buford
Calvin
Cash
Chance
Clayton
Colby
Colt
Dallas
Daryl
Davis
Dawson
Deacon
Duke
Earl
Elliott
Emmett
Everett
Fenton
Finch
Galen
Garland
Garth
Goddard
Grady
Graham
Granger
Granville
Greer
Gunnar
Hampton
Hank
Harley
Harper
Harrison
Hayes
Hollis
Hoover
Houston
Huck
Hunter
Ignatius
Ingram
Jackson
Jameson
Jareth
Jeb
Jebediah
Jed
Jedidiah
Jefferson
Jenner
Jennings
Jeremiah
Jody
Johnson
Jones
Josiah
Judson
Junius
Kade
Kasey
Keaton
Kipling
Knox
Kody
Lance
Landon
Landry
Laramie
Lee
Leroy
Livingston
Lorne
Mason
Marian
Mathis
Memphis
Mercer
Monroe
Montgomery
Nash
Nathan
Nevada
Nolan
Orson
Oscar
Parker
Patterson
Percy
Peyton
Quenby
Quaid
Quinlan
Rafe
Randall
Ray
Reed
Remington
Rhett
Riley
Roscoe
Rufus
Ryan
Samson
Samuel
Sawyer
Shannon
Stadler
Sterling
Stetson
Sutherland
Taylor
Tennessee
Thaddeus
Travis
Tucker
Tyrell
Vernon
Walker
Wayne
Weldon
Wells
Wesley
Wiley
Wilson
Wyatt
Yates
Yale
Zachariah

Share your favorites in the comments, and add some new ones!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sweet, Sassy, Southern Names for Girls



What are your favorite "country western" or "mid-western" names for girls? Sweet, sassy, and southern mixed with hospitable charm. Which names might define that? This is obviously going to be highly subjective, but it's fun to explore possibilities in this category. What do you think of this list?:

Abigail Adabelle Agnes Alice Aliza Althea Alma Amabel Amelia Amy Anna Annabelle Annie April Ashley Augusta Autumn Avril Bailey Bea Bess Bethany Betsy Blanche Blossom Blythe Bonnie Braelyn Callie Caroline Cassidy Celia Charlotte Clementine Constance Coralee Daisy Delilah Della Dixie Edie Eliza Eloise Emmylou Faith Florence Frances Frankie Georgia Glenda Glory Hadley Haley Hannah Harper Harriet Hazel Heather Heidi Henrietta Hillary Holly Ida Imogene Iris Ivy Jacqueline Jana Jeanne Jill Jocelyn Josephine Julia Justine Kassidy Katherine Kay Larissa Layla Leigh Leora Lilibeth Lucille Luella Lyla Macy Madeline Magnolia Maribel Mary Maxine May Mayella Molly Narvie Nellie Nora Odessa Odette Pauline Phoebe Portia Quinn

Rebecca Ruby Sadie Salome Sally Savannah Scarlett Shelby Sheridan Stella Suellen Susanna Tabitha Talullah Thelma Tierney Vanessa Vera Victoria Vivian Whitney Willow Zadie

Which do you like most? Can you think of more to add to the list?

Monday, July 16, 2018

How Well Did My Sibsets Match from My "Statehood Initial Challenge" Series? [Part Two of Two]



Finally, after three and a half years, the long-running Statehood Initial Challenge series has finished! In this series, I took the two-letter abbreviations of each state in the USA, and challenged you to use those two letters to name a boy and a girl. I played right along with you. After we covered 25 states, I listed all the sets of twins that I named throughout those two years of posts and found that I had repeated several of the names multiple times. I tried to avoid repeats for the 2nd half of the challenge, so let's see how I did.

I posted these states in the order in which they gained official statehood, which means Delaware was first, Pennsylvania came next, then New Jersey and so on until we finally reached the 50th state of Hawaii.  Here's the first 25, which I previously posted here:

1. DE -  Dante Evander & Dahlia Emmeline
2. PA -  Pierce Averill & Posey Augusta
3. NJ -  Nash Julian & Nova Jessamine
4. GA - Gregor August & Gesine Abigail
5. CT - Calvin Thomas & Cora Tamsin
6. MA - Maximus Alexander & Madeline Alice
7. MD - Malcolm David & Minerva Dawn
8. SC  - Stetson Cole & Sable Cressida
9. NH - Nicolai Harris & Nova Helene
10. VA - Vadden Alexis & Vienne Augusta
11. NY - Nathaniel York & Natasha Yve
12. NC - Noble Carlisle & Nova Caroline
13. RI - Rafferty Iwan & Rowan Isabelle
14. VT - Valor Thaddeus & Vella Temperance
15. KY - Killian Yannick & Kensington Yve
16. TN - Tristram Noel & Tabitha Nell
17. OH - Oscar Hadrian & Olive Hettienne
18. LA - Leopold August & Lavinia Aveline
19. IN - Isadore Noel & Isla Natalie
20. MS - Malcolm Silas & Mabel Sabrina
21. IL - Irving Lawrence & Ida Laurel
22. AL - Alexander Lincoln & Augusta Lily
23. ME - Marlon Elliott & Mavis Eleanor
24. MO - Miles Oliver & Maisie Octavia
25. AR - Asher Ramsey & Avara Raine

The first half of the challenge was spread out over 2 years and I chose them spontaneously with each post. I didn't go back to see what other names I had used previously. I simply went with what I liked at the time. As a result, there were a few repeats.

This time around, I kept track of everything and triple-checked that I had not already used a name before choosing it. There should be zero repeats in the second half.  Let's take a look at the second half of the challenge:

26. MI - Milo Indigo & Morganna Ivy
27. FL - Finnegan Louis & Fiona Liesel
28. TX - Tobias Xavier & Thora Xanthippe
29. IA - Ivander Ash & Iliana Apple
30. WI - Wim Iverson & Wren Isadora 
31. CA - Cassander Aloysius & Cordelia Avienne
32. MN - Murphy Nolan & Maia Nicolette
33. OR - Odin Richard & Ophelia Ruby
34. KS - Kellan Scott & Kaia Sylvie
35. WV - Willoughby Vance & Wren Victoria
36. NV - Ned Vincent & Nadine Verity
37. NE - Neo Edmund & Nerissa Edith
38. CO - Caius Octavian & Camilla Olivine
39. ND - Norman Daniel & Naomi Diana
40. SD - Sebastian Dominic & Seraphina Delaney
41. MT - Martin Timothy & Mildred Theodora
42. WA - Warren Arlo & Willow Amelia
43. ID -  Ian Darius & India Darling
44. WY - Ward Yvander & Winslet Yvonne
45. UT - Ulysses Theodore & Ulyana Terese
46. OK - Otis Kelvin & Opal Kathleen
47. NM - November Mason & Nyx Magnolia
48. AZ - Ambrose Zachariah & Amara Zooey
49. AK - Atlas Korbin & Audrey Kate
50. HI -  Heath Idris & Hermione Iris

Since certain letters were used more often, it became increasingly difficult to find names that I actually like. The letter N is not my favorite letter and it forced me to choose names that I wouldn't normally choose, like Norman, Ned, Nadine and Naomi. 

The letter I was also challenging to find attractive options. While I did not repeat anything, I did end up with Ivy, Irving, Iverson and Ivander which all sound similar.  I did toss in an Yvander, but since the spelling is different, I didn't count it as being the exact same name as the previously used Ivander.

In the first half of the challenge, I noted that there were several unusual names like Hettienne, Gesine, Vadden, Averill, Cressida, Vella and Avara.  In the second half, I went with bold choices like Xanthippe, Apple, Wim, Willoughby, Nerissa, Caius, Darling, Winslet, November, Nyx, and Hermione. 

But I also went for some old-fashioned names too. In the first half, we saw Irving, Gregor, Marlon, Mavis, Malcolm, Mabel, Lawrence, Ida and Laurel. In the final set of names, I opted for some Louis, Aloysius, Richard, Edmund, Edith, Mildred, Ward, Ulysses, Opal, and Ambrose.

Don't forget the more classic names! Previously I had used things like Oliver, Alexander, Thomas, Lily, Caroline, Abigail and Isabelle. The second time around, I added Scott, Victoria, Vincent, Daniel, Timothy, Theodore, and Kathleen.

Overall, this was a very fun challenge to continuously be apart of week after week. I can't believe it lasted three and a half years but here we are finally at the end of it! What do you think of my many choices? Do any of them stand out as absolute favorites? Are there any that you cannot stand? Share your thoughts in the comments and thanks for following!

Did you play along with this series? If not, we always have name games like this on our Instagram page!

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?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Baby Names Inspired by the Animal Kingdom (Part One)

Previously, I have made lists of bird names and nature names, but it just occurred to me that I did not have a list specifically for "animal" names.

Now, there are two different directions we can go when considering this category. The first direction explores broad animal names like wolf, fox, bear and more.  The second direction looks deeper into meanings and various translations or associations.

Here's the first:

Bear
Birdie
Cat
Fox
Kitty
Lion
Tiger
Wolf

Here are some of the most-used bird names:

Falcon
Finch
Hawk
Jay
Lark
Lory
Peregrine (falcon)
Phoenix
Raven
Robin
Sparrow
Starling
Wren

Then there are names that aren't as obviously associated with animals. Some of them have meanings or elements within them that refer to a specific animal, and when you break down their etymology, it makes sense. I categorized them below:

Bear:

Adalbern "noble bear" from Germanic elements.
Alfbern "elf bear" from Germanic elements.
Arkadios "bear" from the Greek αρκτος (arktos).
Armel "bear prince" from Old Welsh name Arthfael
Arthur  "bear man" or "bear king" from Celtic elements.
Ásbjörn "god bear" from Old Norse. A cognate of Osborn.
Ber "bear" in Yiddish.
Berard  "bear" in Ancient Germanic, a variant of Bernard.
Berengar  "bear" and "spear" from Germanic elements
Bernard  "bear" and "brave, hardy" from Germanic elements
Björn "bear" in Old Norse
Dov "bear" in Hebrew
Garsea "bear" in Basque.
Gerben  "spear" and "bear" from Germanic elements
Hallbjörn "rock" and "bear" from Old Norse elements
Humbert  "warrior, bear cub" and "bright" from Germanic elements
Humphrey "warrior, bear cub" and "peace" from Germanic elements.
Math / Mathghamhain "bear" in Irish Gaelic.
Nanuq "polar bear" in Inuktitut.
Nita "bear" in Choctaw
Orson  "bear cub" from Norman French, and from the Latin ursus.
Osborn  "god" and "bear" from Old English elements
Otso "bear" in Finnish.
Swithin "strong bear cub" from the Old English name Swiþhun
Torbjörn  "Thor's bear" from the Old Norse name Þórbjörn
Urs "bear" from the German form of the Latin Ursus
Ursula "little bear" from the Latin word Ursa meaning "she-bear". 

Eagle: 


Aetius "eagle" from Greek aetos
Andor "eagle" from Old Norse name Arnþórr
Ane / Anne "eagle" from Frisian name with Germanic "arn"
Antinanco "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche
Aquila "eagle" in Latin
Aras "eagle" in Lithuanian
Arend "eagle" in Dutch, a variant of Arnold
Ari "eagle" from an Old Norse byname
Arke "eagle" from Germanic elements
Arlie "eagle wood" in Old English
Arne "eagle" in Old Norse
Arnfinn "eagle, person from Finland" in Norwegian
Arnfried "eagle, peace" from Germanic elements
Arnold "eagle power" from Germanic elements
Arnulf "eagle, wolf" from Germanic elements
Arvid "eagle, tree" from Old Norse Arnviðr
Cuauhtémoc "falling eagle" in Nahuatl
Ezio "eagle" Italian form of Aetius
Haythem "young eagle" in  Arabic
Vega "swooping eagle" in Arabic

Fox:

Fox "fox" from the English word
Renard / Reynard "fox" in French
Todd "fox" from Middle English

Lion:


Areli "lion of God" in Hebrew
Ari "lion" in Hebrew
Arieh "lion" in Hebrew
Ariel "lion of God" in Hebrew
Asad "lion" in Arabic
Aslan "lion" in Turkish
Haidar "lion" in Arabic
Izem "lion" in Tamazight
Kfir "lion cub" in Hebrew
Lavi "lion" in Hebrew
Leander "lion man" in Greek
Lencho "lion" in Oromo
Leo "lion" in Latin
Leola "lion" in Latin
Leolin "lion" from Welsh Llywelyn
Leon "lion" from Greek, from Latin
Leona "lion" from Greek, from Latin
Leonard "brave lion" from Germanic elements
Léone "lion" French from Latin
Leonidas "lion" from Greek, from Latin
Léontine "lion" French from Latin
Leontios "lion" from Greek
Lev "lion" in Russian
Lionel  "lion" French from Latin
Llew "lion" in Welsh
Llewelyn "lion" in Welsh
Othniel "lion of God" in Hebrew
Pantaleon "all lion" in Greek
Sher "lion" in Persian
Simba "lion" in Swahili
Singh "lion" in Sanskrit
Tau "lion" in Tswana and Sotho
Usama "lion" in Arabic
Yeruslan "lion" in Turkic

Wolf:

Adolf "noble wolf" fr