Category: baby name discoveries
Since I started a name blog a couple of years ago, I have learned of many new names. Here is a small selection of some that I never knew existed until recently, and have seen on real people (mostly babies). Most of them are rarely found on baby name sites. I’ve only included vocabulary names when I didn’t know the word existed before seeing it used as a personal name.
SEEN ON GIRLS
Athanasia: A Greek name meaning “immortal, deathless”. Saint Athanasia was an 8th century saint, and according to tradition, a star settled over her heart as a sign of her enlightenment.
Elif (eh-LEEF): A Turkish name based on Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. Because the letter is just a thin stroke of the pen, the name has connotations of slenderness and is sometimes translated that way. Due to folk etymology, it can also be understood as “demure, coy”.
Jinty: A Scottish pet form of Janet.
The question of the week is:
Is there a name that to you seems to have everything going for it and yet hasn’t caught on? Do you have a theory as to why it’s been neglected? Maybe it’s a Nameberry fave that outsiders haven’t discovered or maybe it’s your own personal pleasure (guilty or not).
Is it part of a whole category of names that you consider underrated?
Or is it a name that you think has been misjudged–for all the wrong reasons–and that you’re willing to make a case for here and now?