Category: undiscovered biblical names
Our first crowd-sourced blog, on original names that lead to popular nicknames, was such a hit that we’ve decided to give it another go. Our new topic: Undiscovered baby names — undiscovered by you, that is, at least until recently.
I was struck, as I always am in this situation, that even after writing ten books on names, after being professionally immersed in the subject for two decades, and after virtually a lifetime of name nuttery, I can still come across names that I’ve never heard before.
I started jotting down other names that were new ones on me and looking up their origins. Other recent selections from my personal undiscovered baby names list:
JARA or YARA — A German friend who lives in Madrid and is expecting recently told me that, if she has a girl, she plans to name her Jara or Yara, a name that works in both Spanish and German. This was a new one on me, and when I looked it up I discovered that Yara is an Arabic name meaning butterfly and also the name of a Brazilian goddess, while Jara (which can be pronounced with the Y or the J sound at the beginning) might be a variation of Yara or may be