Category: Meanings of Baby Names
Names that convey wisdom may not, by themselves, be enough to make your child wise, but they canât hurt.
Of all the qualities a name can suggest, to others as well as to the person who bears it, wisdom has to be one of the most desirable.
The names here either mean wise or intelligent or are associated with a figure renowned for his or her wisdom.Â They may set a high bar for your child, but itâs one worth the leap.
Alden â This English surname, quietly but historically used as a first, means âold wise friendâ.
Boman â This unusual-but-accessible Persian name has a stylish sound and means âgreat mindâ.
Spring is the time of year for gentle rains and soft winds, the greening of leaves and the growing of flowers. The animals are all awakening and the season of rebirth starts. Itâs probably the most romanticized season. Historically, Spring has been known as the time for having babies, for birth and fertility and in recent studies, Spring and mid-Summer have statistically had more births. If youâre looking for a name that represents the springtime and all its lovely flowers and greenery, I have a list of generally underused Greek names just for you.
Goddesses of the Spring
Persephone â Persephone is pronounced per-SEF-oh nee and sheâs the queen of the underworld, wife of Hades and goddess of spring growth. While Persephone generally has a bad rep, itâs really a very lovely name. Sheâs the reason we have flowers and green things during the Spring and Summer. Though her name has been attributed to having a negative meaning, itâs really an unknown as the words for âdark blueâ and the word for âsoundâ both appear in her name.
Usually, when baby names are related, the resemblance is pretty obvious.Â For example, Christopherâs foreign versions include Christophe and Christos and his short form is Chris; Patricia is otherwise known as Patrizia or Patrice, Pat or Patty.
This can come in handy if youâre looking for an invisible (to non-nerds) or at least indirect route to honoring a namesake.Â Ways you can do this include finding an interesting but accessible international variation, or an unexpected nickname that can be used on its own, or a mythological, biblical, or other name switch, or dual identity.
I was looking this morning through the list of baby names that have entered the US Top 1000 since the turn of the decade — more, much more, on that later — and I was struck by how many of them overstate the case.
In early editions of our first bookÂ Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we included a list called Names That Are Too Much, or Not Enough, To Live Up To. Â Then somewhere along the way, we dropped it. Â But clearly it’s time to bring it back.