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People often talk about choosing a name with “meaning,” and I feel that nature names have meaning for everyone. They can help to give us a spiritual connection to the world around us, a respect for the power and beauty that surrounds us.
I was watching a show recently about what would happen to the planet if humans just disappeared from Earth tomorrow. The thing that struck me the most was that even with the massive amounts of pollution humans have already generated, and even though the nuclear power plants would meltdown and throw tons of radiation into the atmosphere, given just decades the trees and oceans would clean the atmosphere and plant and animal life would continue. The power of nature is awe-inspiring sometimes.
A little while ago someone started a thread on the forums requesting “earthy” boys names. It got me to thinking about not just what names I would include on such a list, but why. What does the description “earthy” mean to you? Is it a concept, or do you see it literally? Here are three different ways I often view “earthy” names.
Salt of the Earth
People who are described as “salt of the earth” are thought to be loyal, trustworthy, honest and earnest. These are what we often think of as “good ol’ boys”. There’s nothing pompous, pretentious or fanciful about these names, which is possibly why so many of them are nicknames. They’re familiar, friendly and best of all very easy to wear.
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.
By Tara Ryazansky
The men hoping to compete for the US Olympic Team have names that are just as winning as the women.’s I put together a list of some boy names that might win over new parents in 2014.
Leif- As in Biathlon team member, Leif Nordgren. This name has a strong Scandinavian vibe, but feels usable here in the US because of its well known connections to Leif Erikson and Leif Garrett. I think it’s a great choice, but I must admit, I am guilty of the mispronunciation “Leaf“. Its authentic pronunciation is more like “Layf”.
Stokes- Stokes Aitken of the US bobsled skeleton federation has a compelling name. This very unusual choice could be inspired by any of the counties and towns across America called Stokes. It is a fairly common English surname with variants that date back to the Middle Ages.
By Tara Ryazansky
The roster of US athletes hoping to compete in the Olympic games is a name list as diverse as the nation itself. Here I have curated a list of some girl names that feel like winners for a 2014 baby.
Petra- As in Petra Acker, college student and speed skater. This feminization of Peter is from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”. I’ve always thought that Petra sounds elegant and sophisticated, yet wearable for a little one.
Lolo- Like the track star turned bobsledder, Lolo Jones (born, Lori). Lolo is a diminutive of Caroline, but I could see it working for plenty of other names including favorites like Charlotte and Eloise. More playful and friendly than Lola, maybe Lolo will pick up speed as a nickname in the years to come.