Category: names that mean peace
So we’ve decided to reprise the idea with a whole raft of new pairs of twin names. As before, the idea is to choose names that are compatible yet clearly individual — no shared first initials or other overly-obvious links — yet that are joined in a more subtle way by a common meaning.
In the girl-boy pairs below, the girl’s name goes first as per Nameberry style; in single-gender pairs, the names are organized alphabetically.
In 1981, a United Nations resolution was passed creating an International Day of Peace—aka Peace Day—on September 21st, devoted to encouraging efforts for worldwide peace. Well, obviously, we’ve got a long way to go on the global front, but as our own small baby step towards the effort is to offer some names that connote peacefulness, calm and serenity.
There are many other international variations of some of the key ‘peace’ names—Shalom and Solomon, Irene, Godfrey, Frederick—in addition to the ones below, as well names reflecting the symbols of peace, the dove and the olive branch. Here are some of the most usable of the names meaning peace.
Columba—Latin, dove, symbol of peace
Dove—English, symbol of peace
Farica—Teutonic, chief of peace
What does a name’s meaning really mean? Lots of parents today don’t know, much less care, what the baby names they like mean in Old German or Ancient Hebrew. The root meanings of so many names come down to some equivalent of “dark-haired sword protector gift of Jehovah” that have very little relevance to modern life.
And yet there are some names with meanings so uplifting that they gain appeal on that basis alone. What parent can fail to hope that a name that means wise or noble or loving might inspire a child to embrace those qualities?
If the meaning of a name means a lot to you, consider this wide range of choices. And there are lots more where those came from. Search either via the meaning option on supersearch or download the ebook version (or hey, even buy an old school paper edition!) of The Baby Name Bible.
Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of one of our absolute favorite blogs, You Can’t Call It “It,” imparts ideas on how to tie your child’s name to the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. You can also find Elisabeth at The Itsy Factor, or at home with her family in Brooklyn.
How happy I am to usher in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. It’s not a rat, a tiger, a snake or something equally frightful sounding. It’s not a pragmatic pig nor an ox, as my own children claim, but a lovable cute bunny rabbit (we like to refer to the pig year as “the year of the golden boar” by the way– so much nicer).
Even if you’re not Chinese, don’t you suspect that after thousands of years maybe they’re onto something? Not only does the rabbit sound sweet and cuddly, but it also happens to have some of the most pleasant characteristics associated with it. Considered a most auspicious sign, your 2011 bon vivant will have good taste, good fortune, and live forever. Or something like that. Those born in a rabbit year have an appreciation of beauty and make great artists and curators, favor peace over conflict, are demure, well-liked, and well-mannered. A downfall may be that their taste for luxury borders on over indulgence, but being lucky with money, this likely won’t result in dire straits. Above all, they have a tendency to be happy.
When the Chinese look at the moon, they see the hare standing underneath the cassia tree, grasping the elixir of immortality. During the autumn harvest festival, Chinese children carry paper lanterns shaped like rabbits and climb up the hills to observe the lovely moon hare, which symbolizes the start of day and the yin of heaven.
Christmas seems to arrive sooner every year. Once again, I am running frantically to cross things off the list, get the baking done, trim the tree (first we have to get that tree…), and find the ever elusive Christmas stockings before it’s too late. Some may have bigger –or smaller– things on their minds this season. An impending birth, perhaps? If your new child shares a birthday with the most famous baby in the world, you may be tempted to incorporate the season somehow into their name. There’s a lot more to holiday baby naming than Nicholas and Noel. Here are a few ideas that might help broaden the list:
Names related to the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus:
Eve- For the night before