Category: Meanings of Baby Names
By Emily Cardoza
The dichotomy between the sun and the moon has been on my mind lately – two of the most ancient extremes, appearing in every culture’s history, and still a source of interest today. Why do we say someone who’s happy has a “sunny” disposition? Why do we say an idle person is “mooning” about? Why are these two celestial orbs so polarized? Though I won’t be answering any of these questions, I will be talking about names relating to the sun and the moon!
We can all agree that these symbols have different connotations. The sun brings to mind warmth, power, and positivity; the moon brings to mind serenity, coolness, and mystery. There are plenty of names, in and out of use, that tend to relate to the sun and moon directly. Let’s check them out!
The weather bureau says summer starts June 1 — and temperatures in Omaha this June show they have a point. Astronomers say summer started when the sun reached its annual highest place in the sky at 5:34 p.m. Monday.
“Summer” goes back millennia to “sem,” the word for summer in ancient Indo-European. Though not as ancient, “winter” also goes back thousands of years, to a Germanic word which probably meant “wet season.”
By Sophie Kihm
Though five is twice is double the number of the classic American “2.5 kids” average, plenty of parents are still forming large families. But having so many children, we can use up our favorite names pretty quickly. If you’re in need of some fresh inspiration for baby number five, I may have the answer. A name that means “five” or “fifth” is a fun tie-in to the child’s place in the family line-up. Plus, with so many great options, it’s hard to resist.
By Tiana Putric
Spellebrities are kids who can spell words that most of us simply can’t: appoggiatura, cymotrichous, esquamulose, guetapens, and stichomythia. According to cognitive science professor Brenda Rapp, talented spellers can do this because “it’s possible that they have something extra” or that areas of their brains are “especially well-tuned.”
Last week super-spellers from across the United States competed in America‘s 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee and totally wowed television viewers and social media followers. The purse – $40,000 cash, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, and lots of other goodies. Meet master spellers Jairam and Nihar, this year’s co-champions, and browse the names of past winners -some old, some new, many international – and see their winning words along with the definitions.
Perhaps baby’s first book should be a dictionary?
Do too many rules make naming a baby impossible, or is a solid list of must-haves the key to finding a great name for daughter number three?
We are counting down the days until our fifth child and third daughter arrives at the end of June. We cannot wait to meet her, but I’m growing anxious she will arrive nameless.
My husband and I are picky, and I especially have a lot of naming rules. What do we need to let go of to find something we love?
Meaning – This is more important to me than my husband, though it still matters to him. Our daughters have names that mean precious things to me – Clara Sophia (light and wisdom) and Eve Marian (our mother in nature and our mother in grace). If I love a name and find out it has a negative meaning, it is out!
No repeats – We have a large circle of family and friends who are excellent baby namers. Because we see these loved ones often, we can’t use Isabel(la), Genevieve, Evangeline, Lucia, Abigail, Anna, Rose, Sarah, Celine, Gemma, or Miriam.
Popularity – We aren’t extreme about this, but definitely no Top Ten.
We have recently talked about Juniper, but don’t know about a middle, and my husband is unsure. He really likes Elizabeth but I am underwhelmed. We both sort of like Thea, but both want to more than ‘sort of’ like the name.
Any advice is so greatly appreciated!
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