Category: boy names
“Uh….Daisy?” he says.
Which made us think, as many things do, of Nameberry and our Question of the Week.
What do you wish your name was?
It may not be your favorite name, the one you’d choose for a child. Â But for whatever reason — and I hope you’ll tell us what that reason is — the name conveys how you’d like to be seen, who you wish others thought you were.
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 youâ€™d 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€“ hereâ€™s a full list of animal names for boys and one of animal names for girls â€“ weâ€™ve 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.
Biblical Simon is the name thatâ€™s risen furthest on the Nameberry list, up 43 places.Â The boysâ€™ names moving the most places up the ladder are:
Names and class is a touchy issue, particularly for Americans.Â In the U.S., we like to pretend that class doesn’t exist, much less get signaled by factors like names.
In Britain, the class standing of names may be more widely acknowledged, yet everywhere the question of which names are classy and which are trashy changes over time.
Take Harry, the name of one of the young princes of England.Â A royal connection definitely gives a name class.Â Yet for years in the U.S., Harry has been one of the ultimate working man names, its image more pauper than prince.
Itâ€™s always so disappointing to see the most popular twin names in the U.S.Â Â The majority are connected in such obvious ways, or in several obvious ways at the same time.Â Theyâ€™ve got the same first initial, they rhyme or at least have a similar rhythm, they share a derivation and/or a meaning, theyâ€™re identical in style and/or popularity and/or image â€“ and often theyâ€™ve got all those factors going on at once.
But we think you can do better, much better, and we’re going to help you.Â The point is to find twin names that share a strong bond yet remain distinct individuals, just as you would wish for your children.Â Â Some ideas for fresh links between names are below — you might want to use these for finding compatible sibling pairs too!
Same first initial, different sound
Connecting twin names by using the same first initial may feel like the easiest and, letâ€™s face it, most predictable and boring way to link.
But you can give the powerful initial connection a fresh twist by choosing names that share the initial but sound different.Â Some first initials accommodate this idea better than others.Â A few examples:
If you want to use a first initial that sounds the same no matter what, at least vary the second letter to give the overall sound of each name a distinct feel.Â Examples: