Category: Nature, Place and Word Names
Baby names with animal meanings, whether they come right out and announce them ala Fox or keep them secret, as with Yara or Poe, are an intriguing and fashionable group. They may appeal to animal lovers or parents who love nature names, or the animal meaning may be a happy bonus aspect of a name you already love. Here, our dozen favorite baby names with animal meanings.
I enjoy fun and unusual ways to come up with names. I’ve recently been loving the idea of turning initials into names a la Edie (E.D.), Vienne (V.N.), Essie (S.E.), and Cece (C.C.). I could see it totally working to name a little girl Ivy after Grandpa Isaac Victor (I.V.).
And anagram names! By which I mean the mixing up of the letters of one name to get a different name. Examples include Jason and Sonja, Aaron and Anora, Byron and Robyn, Neil and Elin. I personally love this idea, and think it can sometimes be just the right way to figure out an honor name. Revealingly, the number of hits one gets when googling “anagram names” — both examples and anagram generators — is pretty remarkable (this list is amazing).
But in my experience, one technique for coming up with new names seems to get overlooked, and regarding one particular example of it, obliterated with criticism: backwards naming, specifically the name Nevaeh.
Although I’ve done it seven times, I still find baby naming weird and challenging.
I don’t know about you, but my mood, thoughts, likes, and opinions all shift daily- sometimes hourly. Oftentimes I change my my mind three or four times before I finally decide on what kind of sandwich to order and I’m supposed to name for a human baby person for, like, life?
By Sparrow Atwater
Choosing names can be tough, whether it’s for a baby, a pet, or the main character in your next short story. But what about when you have to choose a name for yourself? Where do you even start? As a transgender person, I was faced with this very problem.
When I was born my mother had carefully bestowed upon me the most popular girl’s name of the year – of the decade, even – and seemed to be very pleased with herself for doing so. I remember as a kid hearing her say, “I don’t like it when people legally change their name. It seems insulting to the parents! They chose that name for them and they should respect their parents enough to keep it.” Since I had never liked my name and had already considered changing it when I was older, this was discouraging to hear.
It’s been 16 years since Victoria and David Beckham famously named their oldest son Brooklyn after the location where he was conceived. (TMI, Beckhams!) Many more celebs, including Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (who named their daughter Ireland), Paris Hilton’s parents and Kourtney Kardashian (who gave Penelope the middle name Scotland), have opted to name their wee ones after places. You might not see them in the most popular names of 2015, but we predict this geography trend will keep on trucking. Not only are city, country and body-of-water names powerful and memorable, they’re unisex and make a cute homage to a place that’s special to the proud parents. So, what are the most popular geography-inspired baby names? We compiled this list from the Social Security Administration’s baby-name database, leaving out any names that are super prevalent or where the baby name obviously came before the location name (e.g. Charlotte).