A little while ago someone started a thread on the forums requesting “earthy” boys names. It got me to thinking about not just what names I would include on such a list, but why. What does the description “earthy” mean to you? Is it a concept, or do you see it literally? Here are three different ways I often view “earthy” names.
Salt of the Earth
People who are described as “salt of the earth” are thought to be loyal, trustworthy, honest and earnest. These are what we often think of as “good ol’ boys”. There’s nothing pompous, pretentious or fanciful about these names, which is possibly why so many of them are nicknames. They’re familiar, friendly and best of all very easy to wear.
Down To Earth
To be “down to earth” means that someone is “with no illusions or pretensions; practical and realistic”. Like “salt of the earth” names these names are also friendly and familiar. They’re approachable. But they tend to feel a little fresher, a little less “old school”. They’re masculine but not dripping with macho swagger.
For some when they hear earthy they immediately think of nature names. Whether it’s a tree or animal name; weather or element; or actually means “earth”, these are names that could help your son feel more connected to the planet we live on.
What do you perceive “earthy names” to mean? What additions (or changes) would you make to these lists?