Category: Meanings of Baby Names

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Rocky, stony baby names

By Kara, The Art of Naming

When it comes to earthy boy names, some of the coolest ones are related to rock and stone. There are some names that mean rock such as the Scottish surname Carrick from the Gaelic Carraig. 

The name Peter means “stone” and so do all of its variants and translations such as the French Pierre, the Spanish Pedroand others such as Piers, Pierce, Pierson, Piet and Pietro.  

If it’s a down-to-earth name you want, the list below features names with rocky and earthy meanings:

Cephas
Clayton
Cole
Craig
Dunstan
Ebenezer
Haldor
Halle
Halstein
Halvard
Harlow
Hermes
Leofstan
Malachite
Mason
Seneca
Stanford
Stanley
Terran
Torsten
Winston
Wystan
“rock”
“clay settlement”
“charcoal”
“crag, rock”
“dark stone”
“stone of help”
Thor‘s rock”
“rock”
“rock, stone”
“rock guardian”
“rock hill”
“piles of stones”
“beloved stone”
“mallow stone”
“stoneworker”
“place of stones”
“stone ford”
“stone clearing”
“land, earth”
Thor‘s stone”
“joy stone”
“battle stone”

If those don’t rock your boat, perhaps you’d prefer names that come from actual stones, minerals or rocky landscapes:

Canyon
Carnelian 
Clay
Cliff
Cobalt
Copper
Dale
Dune
Flint
Garnet
Glen
Jasper
Jet
Knoll
Mica
Obsidian
Onyx
Quartz
Ridge
Shale
Slate
Sterling
Stone
Terrace
Vale
Zinc

Did I miss any good ones? What is your favorite rocky name for a boy?

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Active Verb Baby Names for Leap Year Babies

active verb baby names

By Abby Sandel

Happy Leap Day! There are more than 10,000 babies born every day in the United States, and around 360,000 born worldwide. If you’re celebrating the birth of a child today, he’ll grow up with the rarest of birthdays.

It would be tempting to name your new leapling – that’s the term used for anyone celebrating a birthday on February 29th – according to the calendar. Names that mean rare could work. A name that refers to the number four would be fitting, too.

But here’s another idea: since we refer to February 29th by the energetic name Leap Day, how about an active verb name for a son – or daughter – born today?

They range from Top 100 choices to retro names to rarities, but any one of these baby names would convey an energy and excitement that’s just right for a Leap Year baby.

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Devilish Baby Names: Lilith and Loki

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By Emily Cardoza

This past weekend I went to see Robert Eggers’ The Witch, an excellent (albeit scary and really unusual) film about a Puritan family dealing with the supernatural. The references to the Devil got me thinking – are there any devilish names in use out there? Here are the ones I found. The names have been ordered by popularit, greatest to least (the numbers in parentheses show how many babies were given the name).

Lilith (447)

The popularity of cheerful Lily has given this name a boost, but the original Lilith was Adam‘s first wife in Jewish folklore. She refused to be subservient to him and left him, turning into a demon (I’m personally on her side in this debate). The connotation is preserved mostly in the Jewish tradition, but it’s interesting to see such an innocent-looking name with such a diabolic origin story.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

St. Valentine’s day always brings to mind romantic baby name possibilities, but more often than not they’re of the female persuasion, usually lacy, multi-syllabic Victorian pretties like Arabella and Melissande. But hey–there are plenty of romantic names on the boys’s side as well, whether through sound, meaning, amatory reputation or literary connections. Here are some of the best.

Valentine, Valentino

A bit obvious, perhaps, but what could be more apropos than this pair? In addition to the holiday connection, Valentine is the name of a devoted friend in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and is also a major character in Twelfth Night. Valentino, long associated with silent screen Latin lover heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, was chosen by Ricky Martin for one of his twin boys.

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Chinese New Year Baby Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the ninth zodiac sign, coming between the sheep and the rooster.

In the past, we’ve celebrated the strength of Leo and the other leonine names, as well as Bear and Wolf and Fox. But what about our fellow primates, which the Chinese characterize as smart, curious and cute? Here are some possible namesakes, both fictional and real—though it’s just conceivable that you might want to keep their simian inspiration your secret.

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