Category: Greek names
Spring is the time of year for gentle rains and soft winds, the greening of leaves and the growing of flowers. The animals are all awakening and the season of rebirth starts. Itâs probably the most romanticized season. Historically, Spring has been known as the time for having babies, for birth and fertility and in recent studies, Spring and mid-Summer have statistically had more births. If youâre looking for a name that represents the springtime and all its lovely flowers and greenery, I have a list of generally underused Greek names just for you.
Goddesses of the Spring
Persephone â Persephone is pronounced per-SEF-oh nee and sheâs the queen of the underworld, wife of Hades and goddess of spring growth. While Persephone generally has a bad rep, itâs really a very lovely name. Sheâs the reason we have flowers and green things during the Spring and Summer. Though her name has been attributed to having a negative meaning, itâs really an unknown as the words for âdark blueâ and the word for âsoundâ both appear in her name.
It’s the first day of Â 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.Â 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 youâre expecting a fall baby, andÂ are looking forÂ a name reflecting the season ofÂ 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:
The nameberry contributor known to us as âAuburnâ ruminates here on that most powerful and mysterious initial: X.
We all know this naming business is tricky, especially if your aim is to find unusual monikers which still have history — and if youâre browsing Nameberry then it probably is. You think youâve found one, you get excited âŚ and then you meet five Violets in a day and realize that perhaps #141 is too popular for you after all.
The letter Y has lost some of its magic after various incriminations recently, involving either the addition of Yâs to perfectly Y-free names (looking at you, Addysyn), or the apparent abhorrence of Yâs by others (Ashleigh). What about its generally ignored neighbor, though? Every time I see an X name it catches my eye. I think âWow, X? Crazy!â X is daring and attention-grabbing; itâs a shortcut to awesome in the baby naming world.
The Jolie-Pitts clearly realized the power of this not-so-humble letter when they used it to round off their three sonsâ names: Maddox, Pax and Knox. In the same vein, Max is hot at the moment, but it is X in front that is still that Holy Grail of naming: rare.
According to the site http://yournotme.com, which searches the records to find people in Britain aged over 18 with a certain name, the top 10 X names include 7 Chinese names (Xiao, Xin, Xuan, Xiu, Xue, Xiang and Xing, for the record). The others are Xavier (795 of them), Xenia (330), and Xanthe (309). In contrast, the top A name, Andrew, can boast 508,320 bearers across the British Isles.
Due to the large Hispanic population of North America, Ximena and Xiomara also chart at #311 and #909 respectively. Ximena is the feminine version of Ximeno, a Spanish name alternatively claimed to be a version of Simon or from the Basque for son, seme . Xiomara is the Spanish version of Guiomar, a name for either gender that belonged to a male character of Arthurian legend who was banished for his affair with Morgan le Fey.
The UK has its own pretty, feminine X name, Xanthe, which currently stands at #778. It should be noted that that means it was only given to 44 babies, though, due to the relatively small size of Britain. Xanthe is a lovely Greek choice meaning âfair hairâ and can also appear in the variation Xanthia.
Strangely enough, the US can also claim many a little Xzaviers, which comes in at #586. In my opinion itâs preferable to use unusual letters in moderation, readers. Just one in a sea of Aâs, Eâs, and Râs looks so much more striking than Xyzvyq, which gives the impression you were leaning on the keyboard.
Is it a coincidence that Sofia Coppola and Claudia Schiffer both picked the same unusual (in the U.S. anyway) name for their baby daughters almost simultaneouslyâor is it aÂ signal that itâs about to enter the mainstream?
Cosima (accent on the first syllable) derives from the Greek Kosmos, and refers to the order and harmony of the universe.Â Itâs a logical choice for both of these moms in terms of their roots: there could be a Cosima on Coppolaâs family tree and itâs also often heard in Germany, where Schiffer was born.Â Cosima is used in Greece as well, and by upper class Brits: English celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has a daughter named Cosima, while Marissa Ribisi and Beck used the male form, Cosimo, for their son.Â The most famous bearer of the name in history is a woman with strong musical tiesâCosima Wagner was both the daughter of composer Franz Liszt and the wife of composer Richard Wagner.
With her third child, Claudia Schiffer has continued her previous pattern of choosing a distinctive, cutting-edge name starting with her own first initial, âC,â as she did with older daughter Clementine and son Caspar. Â Clementine, although it hasnât made it onto the popularity lists yet, is rapidly becoming a favorite of both nameberries and celebrities .Â Kirstie Alley first revived it in the late 70s, and itâs since been chosen by Ethan Hawke and Rachel Griffiths. Â
Caspar has been slower to catch on, but may well follow in the wake of cousin Jasper, if it can finally shake the friendly ghost association. Romy, the name of Sofia Coppola and Thomas Marsâ first daughter, is also beginning to be heard more and more.
Several other celebs have followed Claudiaâs practice of serial-initializing, often repeating their own nameâs starting letter.Â There are, for instance, Tarian, Tristan and Tyler Tritt (sons of Travis);Â Corde, Cordell and Cori, children of Cordozar Calvin (Snoop Dogg) Broadus; Scarlet, Sophia and Sistine Stallone, who all share the middle name of Rose; andâthe grand prize winnerâdirector Robert Rodriguez, who named his five children Racer, Rebel, Rocket, Rogue and Rhiannon.
But getting back to Cosimaâdoes it have the potential to move out beyond the celebrisphere?Â Â Especially since itÂ could be limited byÂ some possible pronunciation problems âas in coz-EE-ma. Â
What do you think?
Since April is National Poetry Month, this seems like a perfect time to revisit some of the most poetic of baby names. Weâve already seen starbabies named Poet (Soleil Moon Frye), Sonnet (Forest Whitaker), Auden (Noah Wyle), Tennyson (Russell Crowe), and of course any number of Dylans (traceable back to poet Thomas), not to mention a growing profusion of Emersons.