Category: spiritual names
I was looking this morning through the list of baby names that have entered the US Top 1000 since the turn of the decade — more, much more, on that later — and I was struck by how many of them overstate the case.
In early editions of our first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we included a list called Names That Are Too Much, or Not Enough, To Live Up To. Then somewhere along the way, we dropped it. But clearly it’s time to bring it back.
Of course the category of word names encompasses a lot of different types: nature names, color names, virtue names and other nouns (and the line between words and names sometimes blurs).
Which kinds do you and do you not like?
Most of us are familiar with the names of at least a few angels—after all, archangels Michael and Gabriel and to a lesser extent Raphael, have had widespread and long-lasting popularity over the years.
But there is a profusion of other angelic creatures whose names are not as well known. Thought of as messengers of light, angels are seen as reflecting God’s radiance. There are Biblical angels, seraphim and cherubs, and guardian angels who oversee various days, months, Zodiac signs, natural elements and virtues. There are angels in Persian and other Eastern religions and mythologies, and angels in works of fiction.
Then of course there is the whole family of straightforward Angel names–Angela, Angelica, Angelo, et al, that mean ‘angel’ or ‘messenger'; Evangeline, whose meaning, ‘good messenger’ relates to angel, and Seraphina, which is derived from the word seraphim.
Here, from various sources are 25 angel names worth considering:
- Abraxos – ancient name attributed to an angel
- Arael – angel of birds
- Cael –an angel ruling over the Zodiac sign of Cancer
- Calliel — a throne angel invoked to bring prompt help over adversity
- Charoum – angel of silence
- Dabria – one of five angels who transcribed the books that the Hebrew prophet Ezra dictated
- Dara – angel of rains and rivers in Persian mythology
- Dina – guardian angel of learning and wisdom
- Ezriel—an angel’s name discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Hariel — the archangel who rules over December, the dawn and Capricorn; also the angel of tame animals and ruler of science and the arts
- Irin – the name of twin angels who constitute the supreme judgment of the heavenly court
- Janiel – angel ruling Tuesday and the east wind
- Javan – the guardian angel of Greece
- Kemuel – chief of the seraphim who stands at the window of heaven
- Laila, Lailah, Layla –the angel of conception who oversees and protects childbirth
- Nabu – a recording angel in heaven
- Nitika – Native American name meaning angel of precious stones
- Rabia – one of the ten angels accompanying the sun on its daily course
- Rachiel – angel who rules Venus and governs sexuality
- Raziel – an archangel who guards the secrets of the universe, the angel of mysteries
- Sarea – another of the five angels who transcribed the books the prophet Ezra dictated
- Tariel—the angel of summer
- Uriel – angel of the month of September, of those born under the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; an angel of creativity
- Yael/Jael – a cherub who attends the throne of God
- Zaniel – angel who rules Mondays and the sign of Libra
Do you have a favorite angel name of your own?
To commemorate the beginning of a new year, we offer our annual New Year’s blog, together with our thanks for making nameberry such a thriving community in 2009, and our resolution to make it even better in 2010!
The ringing in of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and bright hopes for the future. And so with that in mind, and with our warmest wishes to all of you for a great year, we offer some names drawn from a variety of cultures that suggest those very things–and all of them appropriate for a New Year’s baby.
NAMES THAT MEAN HOPE
Nameberry intern and guest blogger Danielle Miksza loves all things vampire, including the strange and wonderful world of vampire baby names. She enlightens us on the options.
Vampires seem to be everywhere these days: in books and movies, on television and the internet, even occasionally living next door. As a twenty year-old who believes Halloween should be declared a national holiday, I can’t help but be consumed by the vampire craze.
One reason for my vampire obsession is that they are portrayed as dark and lonely creatures nobody quite understands. As an only child, I was often lonely growing up. I did odd things such as talk to myself or giggle at absolutely nothing. People were a bit unnerved by me and kept their distance. So yes, when I read about a vampire feeling like an outcast from the rest of the world, I have an idea of what that feels like.
More reasons for my vampire fanaticism: I stay up all night; I hate the sunlight, and garlic does not agree with me. Who knows? I could be a bit of a vampire myself.
Once you look past the fangs and blood lust, vampires are actually quite attractive. Who could resist a guy with incredible strength, gorgeous eyes, pointy yet very white teeth, and a handsome name? Stephenie Meyer gave us girls one of the greatest gifts of all in her series Twilight: Edward Cullen. Just the thought of that immortal makes me light-headed. He’s rich. He’s gorgeous. And he’s telepathic. How often do you come across guys like that?