If when you hear the words ‘adventurer’ or ‘explorer’ you get the image of a macho man in a pith helmet on a quest to discover new lands, here are the names of some women that could and should turn that image around. These are just a few of the many bold females pioneers who dared to explore uncharted areas through time and space—any of whom might make a worthy namesake for your own little adventurous girl.
by Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Congratulations to the Brees family on their latest addition: daughter Rylen Judith.
With just two names, the NFL quarterback and wife Brittany (shown in illustration) managed to capture both extremes in modern baby naming. The couple chose a first name that’s pure twenty-first century, and paired it with a middle that’s been around since the Old Testament.
Some parents consider names from both sides of the line – innovations like Maddox as well as standards like Robert or Stanley. Most of us probably have a definite preference. Yes to Eleanor, no to Madison. Or maybe it’s the other way around.
It’s been a while now since automatic go-to single-syllable middle names like Ann
were found on the majority of girls’ birth certificates, only to be followed by the suddenly and almost equally ubiquitous Rose
. But now we’ve entered a new era of greater diversity—with forgotten favorites and fresh new, more individualistic, choices abounding. Here are some of the coolest, including a few drawn from nature.
The names Mary
were once so ubiquitous (there sometimes would be two in one family) that it was inevitable that a ton of nicknames and variations would evolve, not to mention international versions. Running a close third to those ultimate girls’ classics is Margaret
, which means ‘pearl’ and which in fact shares a number of Mary
’s pet forms. Here are just a few of Margaret
’s offspring, and their recent bearers.