Category: ethnic baby names
The British Prime Minister recently chose the Cornish name Endellion as the middle name for his new daughter. The baby was premature, and born while the family was on holiday in Cornwall, and Endellion was chosen because the family regularly holidayed at the little village of St Endellion, so strictly speaking the name belongs with the growing trend to use place names (such as Dakota, Savannah) as first names. However, it is also a traditional Cornish name.
But first a bit of background. Cornwall is a popular holiday place because of its unspoilt beauty. Its unspoilt beauty comes from the fact that its position at the extreme south west of England makes it isolated. This isolation protected it in the past, and led to the preservation of a uniquely Cornish culture.
1500 years ago, when the rest of England was being taken over by the Anglo-Saxons, Cornwall remained independent and retained its own language, descended from the language of the ancient British and closely related to Welsh, into the 18th century. This language is the source of many of the specially Cornish names, while the distinctive West-Country way of pronouncing English has been another source.
It’s the first day of fall…the air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter…the moment to think about the names of autumn.
Unlike spring, summer, and even winter, fall is not a season that immediately brings a bonanza of name possibilities to mind. But when you think about it, there are almost as many autumn blooms as there are springtime ones, there are harvest deities, and a palette-full of fall colors, among other options.
So if you’re expecting a fall baby, and are looking for a name reflecting the season of their birth, there are lots of colorful choices to consider, beginning with:
The autumnal flowers and shrubs:
- Adonis (blue)
- Belle of the Night
- Susan (black-eyed)
Trees known for their brilliantly colorful fall foliage:
Nameberry’s own Nephele, known for her wonderfully clever and generous anagramming skills, has been studying the lower depths of the popularity list and gives us a report on some of the surprises she found there.
Now that the Social Security Administration has released its annual baby names listings beyond the top 1,000 (including all names that had at least five occurrences in any given year), names researchers can better track the influence of popular culture on our names.
For example, a girl’s name appearing in 2009 for the first time on the SSA lists is “Greidys” – with an astonishing count of 186 baby girls having been given that name in 2009. Its variants “Greydis” and “Greidy” also appear for the first time on the 2009 list, again in the astonishing numbers of 100 and 25 occurrences respectively.
Another girl’s name appearing in 2009 for the first time on the SSA lists is “Chastelyn” with 150 occurrences. Its variants “Shastelyn” and “Chastelin” also appear for the first time in 2009, with 34 and 33 occurrences respectively.
While we may expect new names to appear on the SSA lists each year, these new names generally don’t have more than a dozen occurrences, if even that. Why are the names “Greidys” and “Chastelyn” (with their variants) suddenly so prominent in their first appearance on the SSA list?
Our Latin friends can answer that question easily enough. These names shot to popularity with those who watch the Spanish television network Univision’s reality TV show called Nuestra Belleza Latina * (which translates into “Our Latin Beauty”). The winning contestant in the show’s third season (2009) was a Latin beauty from Cuba, named Greidys Gil. Another popular contestant was Chastelyn Rodriguez from Puerto Rico. And thus were two new names embraced by American moms (or dads!) in search of baby names.
With the fall fashion shows in full swing — showing clothes for next spring, now that the sizzle of summer 2010 has barely cooled — our thoughts turn to models.
We could care less about their figures or their style; what we’re interested in, of course, is their names. While nameberry includes lists of Supermodel Names (where you’ll find lots more choices) and Supermodel Baby Names, we thought we’d look at the current crop of model monikers.
The list is heavy on Eastern European names, given that many of the girls hail from there. But there are some good ‘ol American names here as well.
Names of the hottest 25 models right now, according to the rankings at models.com, are:
- Abbey (Lee Kershaw)
- Anja (Rubik)
- Anna (Jagodzinska)
- Catherine (McNeil)
- Chanel (Iman)
- Constance (Jablonski)
- Dree (Hemingway)
Last week we perused the character names in classic French New Wave films and today, as promised, we do the same for the Italian cinema produced (mostly) in Rome’s Cinecittà, from the gritty neorealist works of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini to the fantasies of Fellini, the surreal films of Antonioni, et alia.
Italian names, almost universally, end in vowels, so here’s an opportunity to explore a fresh source of feminissima girls’ names ending in ‘a,’ ranging from the simple Lia to the elaborate Elisabetta, and boys’ names with the popular ‘o’ ending—some of which will be more familiar than others.
This time—as prompted by one of you berries– I’m including the names of the films the characters appear in. The movie titles are in Italian or English (sometimes both), depending on how they are best known in the US.
- Adelina – de Sica, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
- Adreina –Antonioni, The Cry/Il grido
- Amalia– Rossellini, Dov’é la libertà?
- Annarella – de Sica, Bread, Love and Dreams
- Bruna – Bertolucci, La commare secca; Pasolini, La Mamma Roma
- Cabiria—Fellini, Nights of Cabiria
- Clelia — Bertolucci, Before the Revolution; Antonioni, The Girlfriends/Le amiche; Rossellini, Vanina Vanini
- Clementina –de Sica, The Voyage/ Il Viaggio
- Dorotea –Fellini, And the Ship Sails On
- Elisabetta – Fellini, Juliet of the Spirits
- Elvia –Antonioni, The Cry/ Il grido
- Filumena – De Sica, Marriage, Italian Style
- Giuditta—Zeffirelli, Sparrow
- Giuliana –Antonioni, Red Desert
- Lauretta – Rossellini, Open City