Most of us, as kids, lived in a world colored by crayons, and for those of us fascinated by words and names, those assigned to the different hues in the big 64-crayon Crayola box were particularly evocative. I can still remember, as a little girl, being intrigued by such mysterious names as Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.
These memories were reawakened by a communique from our inspired creative contributor Nephele, when she wrote:
“Perhaps one of the fondest childhood memories shared by many of us is that of opening up a fresh box of crayons. What a joy to the senses it was to experience that clean scent of wax and the beautiful sight of those colorful rows of pointed tips awaiting one’s creative process. Adding to the delight was the fact that one’s crayons bore wonderful individual names on their wrappers, such as “Periwinkle” and “Cadet Blue.” With such names, how could a child not help but personify her crayon friends?
‘Crayola’ was synonymous with ‘crayon’ in my childhood days, as it pretty much is today. The bonus for today’s children is that the Crayola company now includes, along with English, both French and Spanish language versions of their crayon names on the wrappers of each crayon–providing even more name choices for one’s crayon companions!”
Here is Nephele’s list of crayon names which might also make pleasing names, with a few additions by Nameberry:
ALMENDRA (Spanish, “Almond“)
Last week our guest blogger Elisabeth Wilborn offered a great yuletide menu of names that was both inclusive and imaginative, covering all the bases from religious to seasonal to spiritual. At the risk of being accused of overkill, I thought I’d offer a few quirkier ideas, which are tied less directly to the holiday.
One of them is to look at some first and last names that have appeared in classic Christmas movies, ranging from the vintage It’s a Wonderful Life to the more recent Elf. Some examples:
BAILEY ……..It’s a Wonderful Life
CLARENCE ..It’s a Wonderful Life
GEORGE ……It’s a Wonderful Life
VIOLET ……..It’s a Wonderful Life
ZUZU ………..It’s a Wonderful Life
Another possibility, even more of a stretch, could be various shades of the Christmas colors, red and green:
Oh, and what about Santa‘s reindeer’s names? Where did those funky names come from? It seems that the Night Before Christmas poet Clement C. Moore gave a lot of thought to his choices, picking names that imply speed, grace, power, and strength. We wouldn’t recommend Donner or Blitzen or Prancer. Comet, Cupid, Vixen–barely possible. A little more conceivable: Dasher and Dancer.