Category: nameberry picks
Once upon a time, a century ago or so, Al was almost as commonplace a nickname as Joe or Jim, Bill or Bob. Â Al itself stoodÂ independentlyÂ at Number 298,Â Â a casual short form ofÂ popular standards Albert (in the Top 20 for 40+ years) and Alfred, which reached as high as 32, and others less common..
Al dropped off the list in 1944, but just becauseÂ it may not be as appealing a nickname Â today as, say, Cal or Hal,Â that’sÂ no reason toÂ dismiss some of theÂ interesting Al-starters availablet: for though Alexander and some of hisÂ offshoots have been popular for decades, thereâ€™s a whole contingent of other, neglected Al- namesÂ worthy ofÂ a fresh look.
So even if you havenâ€™t the slightest interest in ever using the nickname Al (though even he is starting to sound plausible again in this era of revived good-guy short forms),Â here are a dozenÂ Â semi-vanished members of this family of names worth reevaluating–though we wonâ€™t push as far as Algernon or Aloysius, Alcestis or Aladdin, or even Alvin.
ALARIC â€“This ancient name that goes back to the Kings of the Ostrogoths has a certain quirky charm that helps modernize it.Â A literary name thatâ€™s been used by authors from P. G. Wodehouse to Stephen King, Alaric might be recognized by contemporaries as a history teacher character on The Vampire Diaries.
A few blogs back, we talked about lake names, and what an evocative word that is. Another, similarlyÂ appealing word is island, calling up images of calm, peaceful, isolated places surrounded by the sea.Â Weâ€™re not suggesting you name your baby Island (though Isla comes close), but here are the Nameberry Picks of 15Â favorite island names.
- Catalinaâ€”Santa Catalina is one of the California Channel Islands and is a popular tourist destination for Angelinos and others.Â A Spanish version of Catherine that is more delicate and feminine than the English one, Catalina has been rising in popularity since the late eighties.
- Caymanâ€”the Caymans consist of three islands in the western Caribbean south of Cuba. Peaceful and beautiful, they are also a major offshore banking hub.Â The name Cayman would fit right in with Cayden & Co.
- Corsica, famed as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, is a mountainous Mediterranean island, part of France but closer to Tuscany than the French coast.Â The name could be thought of as a Cora-elaboration with a feminissima â€˜icaâ€™ ending.