Category: nature names
She loves unusual names inspired by nature. He’s a fan of the classics. Where’s the middle ground for these first-time parents?
I love your weekly insight into baby naming crises! I feel my partner and I are definitely in one of those currently.
My second favorite name is the botanical Liatris (which I rhyme with Beatrice), but I can’t win my partner over on that one either.
The one name we have mutually not rolled our eyes at is Adia. But I don’t completely love how it sounds.
Please help us. I am so sad that my favorite names have been dismissed!
The Name Sage replies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In the past, most boys were lucky enough to avoid the generic-connector-middle-name syndrome the way girls did, when Ann and Lynn and Beth were pretty ubiquitous. For the most part, boy babies were given double classics, so there were a ton of them dubbed Steven Michael or Michael Steven, David Robert or Robert David.
Now, the middle name landscape for both genders has changed as more attention is being focused on them, to the point where firsts and middles have almost equal weight. Family names play a bigger part, for one thing, as do meaning and individuality–plus many parents are taking this place as a chance to let loose and be inventive .
Yet a strong, single-syllable middle is still often what’s called for, and so we’ve categorized for you some of the most interesting new-style possibilities—of course feel free to use this as a starting point.
If you’re looking for baby names related to the astrological sign of Virgo, here are dozens of intriguing ideas!
By E. Wittig
Virgo, the sign of the virgin, is the summer’s final sign. Virgo begins on August 23rd and ends September 22nd at the shifting of seasons. Represented by lilies, yellow sapphires, the color gray, and the element earth, Virgos are even-tempered and dependable people with inner strength.
Amalthea – The unicorn is a symbol of innocence and purity; in many tales, the magical beast is only approachable by virgins. Lady Amalthea is the human name of the unicorn in classic novel The Last Unicorn. Other virginal symbols are pearls and lilies. In their original forms, Pearl and Lily are baby names
with vintage charm. More Lily names include Liliana, Susannah, Maylis, Kielo, and Sayuri. Margaret means “pearl” as do its short forms Maisie and Margot.
When it comes to earthy boy names, some of the coolest ones are related to rock and stone. There are some names that mean rock such as the Scottish surname Carrick from the Gaelic Carraig.
If it’s a down-to-earth name you want, the list below features names with rocky and earthy meanings:
“stone of help”
“piles of stones”
“place of stones”
If those don’t rock your boat, perhaps you’d prefer names that come from actual stones, minerals or rocky landscapes:
Did I miss any good ones? What is your favorite rocky name for a boy?