Category: baby name Arthur
Weâve looked across history and geography at the men and women whose inventions have affected our livesâin both major ways (the electric light bulb, the elevator)Â and minor (the coffee filter, the crossword puzzle)âand picked those with the best baby-name potential.
And here are our top Nameberry picks of historic baby names based on those of important inventors:
But there is also a â well, can we say herd? pack? â of names that are much more subtle about their animal connections.
These names have animal meanings but youâd only know that if you read a name dictionary.Â Discovering their secret animal connection is likely to prove delightful for a child given one of these attractive names.
While the list of names with animal meanings is longer than this â hereâs a full list of animal names for boys and one of animal names for girls â weâve picked some of our favorites.
Arthur â bear
This classic Celtic name has, after hitting a low in 2010, turned upward and may be heading back to the Top 20 status it enjoyed a century ago.Â Cited as a possibility for the upcoming royal baby, Arthur is a kingly choice with the bonus creative nickname Art.
Convinced there are no great names for boys?
Spend a few minutes on message boards and youâll hear the laments.Â âThere are so many girlsâ names I love, but nothing feels right for our son.âÂ âGirls keep stealing all of the good names!â
This weekâs baby name news proves that parents are discovering plenty of great names for boys.Â Thereâs no need to choose anything as outlandish as Rebel or as obscure as Theodule to find a stand out name for your son.
You will have to do your homework.Â In a New York Daily News article announcing that Isabella and Jayden remained the top names in the Big Apple, one mom said that theyâd landed on Jayden for their 2011 baby because they âwere trying to do something that was different.â
Last week we took a look at the ladies in limbo, the girlsâ names not old enough to fall under the Hundred Year Rule, but were most popular from the 1920s to the 1960s, to question whether any of them were eligible for resuscitation.
And now, as promisedÂ we perform the same operation on the boysâ list.
We find several differences between the genders.Â For one thing, the popularity of the boysâ names tend to stretch over longer periods of time (122 years for Howard, for instance), and clearer syllabic and sound patterns tend to emerge.Â In the 1920s and 1930s, for example, we see a preponderance of two-syllable names ending in the letters n and d.Â By the fifties and sixties, there are lots of four and five-letter single syllable favoritesâthe Todds and Troys, Deans and Dalesâthose surfer dudes weâve labeled âBeach Boysâ in our books.
Not manyÂ of these names, except for a few in the pre-1920 list, have shown significant signs of revivalâonce again, because theyâre the names of our grandpas and great-uncles and fathers-in lawâthe older men in our lives, the men still smoking pipes on Fatherâs Day cards.