Category: baby name Ajax
By Lauren Apfel
As both a classicist and a lover of names, I find myself in a unique position. On the one hand, I have been exposed, from a relatively young age, to a swathe of wonderful monikers that wouldn’t otherwise be on my radar: Achilles, Antigone, Andromache (to mention a few off the top of my head that all happen to start with A). On the other hand, I have spent many years studying and internalizing the tales of woe that accompany these names. Achilles, for instance, is not just an interesting three-syllable option to me with the benefit of a double letter. He is an angry man, with a delicate ego, who spent a long time sulking in his tent before embarking on a brutal killing spree. Not exactly the connotation I was looking for, you can imagine, when it came to naming my sons.
Okay, to be fair, I was never really tempted to call any of my sons Achilles. But there are some ancient Greek names that make me swoon, names I might even have considered using for my own modern offspring had their backstories not been so utterly problematic. Here are five:
My favorite find of the week isn’t a name. It’s a random name generator, at a website called Roses and Cellar Doors. (Hat tip to Ren for the link.) The generator apologizes that “on occasion, a ‘real’ name might be generated.” Most of the results are rarities that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear in real life.
A few minutes of clicking created Loralyn, Kayabella, Annla, Annraya, Madalee, and Briabella for girls. For boys, I found the generator slightly less successful, but Mathan, Keedon, Jarison, Dasen, Jaxin, Zaylen, and Caydran all seem both unusual and perfectly possible.