Category: Nature, Place and Word Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
As Earth Day approaches, a commemoration that seems to get increasingly relevant with every passing year, we tend to think of names in shades of green. But there are also some rich brown-hued names related directly to the earth. So you might want to consider one of these earth-related options to reflect your concern for the environment.
Acajou—This reddish-brown color name may literally mean cashew in French, but is also the wood from the mahogany tree. Acajou would make a lively, surprisingly distinctive choice.
Armona—A name of Hebrew origin whose meaning is ‘chestnut brown’, Armona is also a place name in California
If you look below the Top 1000 baby names on the US popularity list, you’ll find an awful lot of word names for boys inching up toward visibility. These are mostly names that didn’t exist a decade ago, but now the fashion for word names — nature names and inspirational names and tough-guy names and just regular word names — is inspiring parents to consider them more seriously.
You may be interested in finding a new and unique name for your son that is also easy to understand, pronounce, and spell. Or perhaps one of these word names has a special meaning for you — Arrow if you’re an archer, say, or Pike for a fishing enthusiast.
Or maybe you’re just curious about the really unusual names some parents are choosing these days. The hot new word names for boys include:
For some parents, choosing a name is an opportunity for wordplay. They favor palindromes (words that are spelled the same way forward and backward) or try to pick sets of sibling names that are anagrams (meaning they contain the same letters).
My general philosophy with baby names is you should try to have fun but not too much fun. And that applies to riddles as well. Having twin girls named Isla and Lisa (anagrams) is playful without being too outrageous. Naming your kids Geneva and Avenge, meanwhile, would be harder to pull off.
Let’s start with my favorite naming trick: palindromes. This is a low-key way to add a little zip to your child’s name, and there are more than a dozen options to choose from.
A friend jokingly asked me the other day if I had ever come across the name “Bourbon” in my name studies. At this point, I’m far less surprised at quirky names than I used to be, so I offered to look it up for real. Despite its similar sound to Brandon and Brayden, Bourbon has not surfaced as a name in US records. But it got me thinking – what other alcoholic names are on birth certificates?
Below, I’ve included a list of names and the number of babies born with the name in its most popular year.
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.
If it’s a down-to-earth name you want, the list below features names with rocky and earthy meanings:
“stone of help”
“piles of stones”
“place of stones”
If those don’t rock your boat, perhaps you’d prefer names that come from actual stones, minerals or rocky landscapes:
Did I miss any good ones? What is your favorite rocky name for a boy?