Category: Nature, Place and Word Names

Nature Names for Girls

Nature names for girls

She loves unusual names inspired by nature. He’s a fan of the classics. Where’s the middle ground for these first-time parents?

Briane writes:

I love your weekly insight into baby naming crises! I feel my partner and I are definitely in one of those currently.

The nickname for our girl due in February is Cricket. Beyond that, we are almost entirely at odds.

I love longer, uncommon, nature-inspired names with nickname potential. My partner likes short, common names like Anna and Elise (in other words, the opposite).

My absolute favorite name is Elowen and has been for some time. But my sister named her daughter Ellisyn last year, which broke my heart. What are your thoughts – are these too close?

My second favorite name is the botanical Liatris (which I rhyme with Beatrice), but I can’t win my partner over on that one either.

The one name we have mutually not rolled our eyes at is Adia. But I don’t completely love how it sounds.

Please help us. I am so sad that my favorite names have been dismissed!

The Name Sage replies:

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flower baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

For more than a hundred years, parents have loved the sweet aura of floral names. At the turn of the last century, there was a sudden surge of little girls named Daisy, Rose, Lily, Violet and Ivy—names that still retain their freshness today.

But now this list has expanded to include a lot more exotic blooms, so I thought we’d do an alphabetical rundown of the most usable flower names and where they stand today.

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Zodiac Baby Names: It’s Scorpio season!

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scorpio baby names

By E. Wittig

October 22nd through November 21st is Scorpio’s domain. The last of the water signs for this calendar year, the scorpion is ruled by Pluto and aquamarine. Those given this sign are thought to be calm and aloof but are really quite passionate. A vast array of suitable names is available to represent the seventh sign of the zodiac.

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September Birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

This month’s Babyberry report includes one of the most original middle names we’ve seen: Violet WHIMSEY. The girls’ names are running long, in the sense that there is a preponderance of three and four-syllable choices. Again, lots of floral appellations and an accent on J and V-starting names. The boy list includes Roscoe, Radley and Lazarus–and be sure to read the lovely naming story of Cal Tanner.

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Boys’ Baby Names: Little Middles

Boy middle names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past, most boys were lucky enough to avoid the  generic-connector-middle-name syndrome the way girls did, when Ann and Lynn and Beth were pretty ubiquitous. For the most part, boy babies were given double classics, so there were a ton of them dubbed Steven Michael or Michael Steven, David Robert or Robert David.

Now, the middle name landscape for both genders has changed as more attention is being focused on them, to the point where firsts and middles have almost equal weight. Family names play a bigger part, for one thing, as do meaning and individuality–plus many parents are taking this place as a chance to let loose and be inventive .

Yet a strong, single-syllable middle is still often what’s called for, and so we’ve categorized for you some of the most interesting new-style possibilities—of course feel free to use this as a starting point.

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