The names collected here are a charming group of vintage choices for girls. The other thing that unites them is that they all originated as short forms and yet can stand on their own. That means you can either use them as nicknames for more formal names or put them proudly on the birth certificate. Let’s consider the options.
The due date of the next British royal baby has now been semi-officially announced as April 25, so we are definitely in the home stretch of the name guessing games. Though overwhelming bets are on the baby being a girl, blue names have to be considered as well. Below are the dozen names considered favorites—though there are also some outliers like Frederick, Richard, Alexander and Alexandra lurking on the betting lists.
Not so long ago, Catholic families were all but required to give their children saints’ names – yet another reason why Mary and John were long-time Number 1 choices in the US. While that rule no longer applies, plenty of parents like the idea of sticking to tradition. If you’re among those families, good news – there are more than 10,000 saints, and plenty of them have names that are downright stylish – as well as spiritually significant.
Have you ever wondered how the bunny rabbit came to be associated with Easter and how the connection became so entrenched? Well, it relates more to pagan folklore than Christian iconography, dating back to 13th century Germany and worship of the Teutonic deity Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility, who was honored by feasts on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit, because of the animal’s fecundity. Which just might inspire you to consider a famous bunny’s name for your Easter baby. These range from the classic to the comical.
Expecting a spring baby? After a long, snowy winter, a seasonal nature name celebrates all new life. The possibilities are endless, but here are a dozen of the best. All of them work as bold first names or surprising middles. Two bonuses: many of them are unisex, and none of them currently rank in the US Top 500.