Category: baby name Valentina
Are you a physics whiz who daydreams of soaring through Earth’s atmosphere? Did you meet your spouse at a screening of Black Sky: The Race for Space? Have you ever parked on the shoulder of a freeway to watch a shuttle landing? If so, your youngster may need an aerospace name. Here are a few uplifting options that are more accessible than Moon Unit.
Valentina Tereshkova: She was the very first woman in orbit, floating aboard the Soviet capsule Vostok 6 in 1963. Salma Hayek’s daughter has helped to re-launch this euphonious name, which is from the Latin Valens for “healthy, vigorous, strong.”
Camille Wardrop Alleyne: Born in Trinidad, she worked as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense before rising to Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA. The elegant Camille has the added bonus of a trendy nickname—Milla. See also: fellow NASA leader Ginger Kerrick, who has served as Flight Director of 13 ISS missions.
And beyond celebrating Valentine’s Day baby names, let’s get expansive and salute the whole wide-ranging rise of its initial letter, ‘V.’
If consonants can be said to have personalities, then it wasn’t so long ago that the letter V was seen as more venerable—even fusty– than vivacious. Velma, Vera and Verna; Vernon, Victor and Vincent, all made our original ‘So Far Out They’ll Always Be Out’ list. But as Pam and I have learned all too well since then—never say the words never or always.
The changes have been gradual since we wrote that, but there were two celebrity events that had a significant effect on V-baby names: the naming of Violet Affleck in 2005, and then of one of the Jolie-Pitt twins Vivienne three years later. Now there are a myriad of V-starting names popping both in and out of the celebrisphere.