Category: Girl Names
By Nicole Aube
For centuries, parents have been drawn to flower names for their little girls, because they strike a perfect balance between romantic and grounded sensibilities. The most obvious examples are Rose and all her variants – Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosetta, Rosa. You’ve probably met one or two. What about parents who love the idea of a flower name and don’t want something as traditional, but want a certain familiar sound?
Here is a list of the most traditional flower names, with fresh alternatives that don’t stray too far, sound-wise.
We are expecting our second little girl in the next few months.
We found the perfect name for our first daughter, Viviana Rose. We call her Viviana, Vivi and Viv. I love the nickname options. We also love that it’s classic with a twist so that it’s out of the US Top 100.
Now we’re expecting another pretty little girl and I need a name that can live up to the fullness, warmth, and femininity of Viviana. It has to feel right on a child, but also appropriate for an adult.
The problem is that we’ve already used our favorite name, and picking another name is just leaving me feeling deflated.
I have 42 names on my name list. I can’t even believe I’m admitting to that in writing. 42! I like them all. They’re nice. But nothing has that same sparkle.
Many English-speaking countries have a history of high levels of immigration from Germany, and yet German names are not particularly common. This is often true even in families of German ancestry: I am of part-German descent myself, and my siblings and I do not have particularly German names, although readily understood in Germany. There are such strong links between German and English that it is easy to assimilate and choose the English form of a name (George instead of Georg), and two world wars have strongly encouraged such assimilation. Some traditional German names now seem awkward and outdated, even in their country of origin – yet clunky names are beginning to come back into fashion, and there are also many sprightly German short forms of names with tons of vintage style. Here are some examples of both.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Ever since I spotted the name Honeysuckle on the credits of the ITV series Foyle’s War, I have been riveted by the cast rolls at the end of other British shows. For if the characters on these comedies and dramas have good names, some of the actors—particularly the women—have fantastic ones, and to me at least, they seem quintessentially British. Here are some of the best I’ve spotted.
By Abby Sandel
Looking at this week’s baby names in the news, you might think that parents are all about short names. We’ve heard high profile birth announcements for Edie and Della, Iyla and Poppy – no formal names required.
But it’s not that simple. Sure, Ava and Mia are in the current girls’ US Top 10. But so are Olivia and Isabella. Cheerful nickname Liam is the Number 2 name for boys, but classic William isn’t far behind.
For nearly every short name that’s trending upwards, there’s a longer possibility that’s also on the rise.