Category: historic names
We’re just about to enter the month of July, and that means hot summer days, backyard barbecues, vacations, and the celebration of Independence Day. July is filled with name inspiration, from a beautiful red birthstone, to some great historic namesakes.
Ruby – The vibrant red birthstone for July, Ruby is a Latin name, derived from the word rubeus, meaning red. Ruby is climbing the charts, currently at #Number 90– it hasn’t been this popular since 1944. Ruby may remind you of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American girl to attend an all white school, or the song Ruby Tuesday, by the Rolling Stones. Many celebrities, including Rod Stewart and Tobey Maguire, have used this charming vintage name for their daughters.
Many vintage names are coming back into style today but there are also plenty of old gems out there that very few people are considering. It begs the question, what makes certain names desirable and others not? Here are ten perfectly viable names with history and beauty that are being virtually ignored for modern babies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s Throwback Thursday, and since we’re a few days away from Martin Luther King Day, and have recently been reminded of the Civil Rights leader’s achievements and struggles in the movie Selma, we’re looking back today to our blog honoring some of the most worthy namesakes among Dr. King’s fellow barrier-breaking heroes and heroines of the movement.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The Roman Empire reigned for more than five hundred years, led by 140 different emperors. In modern times, though, with a couple of exceptions, the names of these august figures were considered far too august and imposing for a twentieth/twenty-first century kid. But the times they are a-changin’ and lately several of these appellations have ridden into the realm of possibility.
Augustus—Augustus, Julius Caesar’s adopted son, who was born Octavian and given the name Augustus by the senate in honor of his great achievements, was the first of the Roman emperors. Augustus is a perfect example of a name that was well used in the 19th century, then deemed too fusty for decades, and now is back at Number 688 and a high 123 on Nameberry, recently modernized by the character nicknamed Gus in The Fault in Our Stars.