Category: Nature, Place and Word Names
February 17th is the birthdate of Andrew Barton Paterson, affectionately known as âBanjoâ Paterson. Â He was named Andrew after his Scottish-born father, and his middle name Barton was a family name from his motherâs side; he was related to Edmund Barton, who would later become Australiaâs first prime minister. Because he and his dad had the same name, Paterson went by his middle name, and was always known as Barty to his friends and family.
Paterson lived with his grandmother while he was attending the prestigious Sydney Grammar School, and she encouraged in him a love of poetry. He was 21 when he first began submitting poems to The Bulletin, under the pseudonym of âThe Banjoâ (sometimes shortened to a simple âBâ). Â Full of fierce nationalism and a desire for a fairer society, he had some aspirations to write fiery polemic, and had even written a political pamphlet. Â However, The Bulletin had other ideas.
In the late nineteenthÂ century, there was a movement towards the British colonies of Australia becoming one country, a feeling that Australia should be a united nation, and Australians a united people. In the effort to provide Australia with a unifying mythology that wouldÂ instillÂ nationalistic pride, it seemed that the Australian bush and outback would be the symbol to draw everyone together.
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.
Secret nature names are an intriguing category: baby names that reference animals or weather or some other aspect of nature in their meaning without being explicit about it the way names such as Lily and Fox are.
If youâre a nature lover but value subtlety in your name choices, these kinds of secret nature names may be perfect for you.Â Weâve explored secret garden names in the past, but today we turn our attention to nature names from the sky: names that mean butterfly and bird, that relate to rain and clouds and the sky itself.
Here, a wide range of secret nature names from many cultures:
Itâs been another big week for noun names.Â They were all over Hollywood gossip blogs, and appeared in plenty of workaday birth announcements, too.
Thereâs no doubt that this is a rich category.Â Flower names make us consider trees â meet my daughter, Lily, and my son, Cedar.Â Weather and birds feel like inexhaustible sources of inspiration.Â There are the old school, Puritan-era virtue names, but also more recent innovations, rich with meaning.
Sometimes the influence is more subtle.Â Surname Brooks is preppier than River, but both bring to mind the great outdoors.Â Clementine and Olive have been used for so long we consider them names, but theyâre both on the upswing today, lifted by the trend.
May, June, and August are mainstream, but Iâm not so sure about January, and it is always surprising to hear September, October, or November.Â April is definitely a noun name, but Avril is cooler.Â And if Avril is an option, how about Janvier?