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Yesterday we got the news flash that Anne Heche named her son Atlas and last week we learned that Erykah Badu chose Mars for her baby girl. Do we smell the beginnings of a trendlet?

Yes,  some celebrity parents do seem to be intent on making little gods and goddesses–instant objects of worship– of their infants right from the get-go.  Names that were previously considered too powerful for a baby to bear (after all, Atlas did carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, and Mars was the Roman god of war) now seem to have descended from Mt. Olympus into the realm of mortal possibility.

Of course, Atlas and Mars aren’t the first mythic starbabies. Others include:

AURORA —   Nancy McKeon

CALLIOPE –  Patricia Arquette (middle name)

CASTOR –  James Hetfield

GAIA –  Emma Thompson

HERMESKelly Rutherford

ICARUSLucy Sykes (middle name)

JUNO –  Will Champion

LUNA –  Constance Marie

ORION –  Chris Noth

And there are lots of other names of ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and muses that could work for a contemporary American baby, some of which are still commonly used in Greece, such as:

GODDESSES

APHRODITE

ARIADNE

ARTEMIS

ASTRA

ATALANTA

ATHENA

CERELIA

CLIO

DELIA

DEMETER

ELARA

JANA

LYSSA

MAIA

MINERVA

NIKE

PERSEPHONE

SELENE

TERRA

THALASSA

THALIA

THEA

VENUS

GODS

ACHILLES

ADONIS

AEOLUS

AGON

AJAX (beware the foaming cleanser)

APOLLO

AQUILO

ARES

CADMUS

HELIOS

JOVE

JUPITER

MERCURY

POSEIDON

SILVANUS

TRITON

VULCAN

ZEPHYR

ZEUS

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Valentine Names from Angel to Venus

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Valentine‘s Day certainly isn’t the only time we can think about names related to love, but it does present an opportunity to look at the theme–names that will make a child feel especially adored–and its many variations.

First of all ,there are those that relate most directly to the holiday and its traditional symbols:

VALENTINA
VALENTINE
VALENTINO
HART
CUPID
ARROW
DART
ROSE (favorite flower of the Roman goddess of love)
LACEY
DOVE

Then there are the words-of-endearment names, though some of them might be wiser to use in the middle spot, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Tobey Maguire’s daughter Ruby Sweetheart and Kate Winslet’s Mia Honey:

ADOREE
AMOROSA, AMOROSO
ANGEL
BELOVED
CARA
CARINA
CARITA
CARO
CHERIE
CHERISH
CORAZON
HONEY
LOVE
MIGNON
PRECIOUS
SCHATZI
SWEETHEART
And you could push it to TIAMO and JETADORE.

Then there are names with the literal meaning of ‘love’ or ‘beloved’, found in almost every culture:

AGAPI
AIMEE, AMY
AMADA, AMADO, AMATO
AMANDA
AMIAS, AMYAS
AMOR, AMOROSA
CARADOC
CARYS
CHAVIV
CHERISH
DAVID
DAVINA
DRURY
ERASMUS
GRAZIANA, GRAZIANO
HABIB, HABIBAH, HAVIVA
KALILA
KERENSA
KERRIS
LEEBA, LIEBA
LIEFJE
LUBA
MAHAL
MILADA
MILENA
PHILEMON
QUERIDA, QUERIDO
SAJAN
SUKI

In the pantheons of the mythologies of most early cultures, both eastern and western, there is usually both a god and a goddess of love. Here are some of the most usable examples:

AIDEN — Celtic
ALALAHE — Polynesian
AMOR — Roman
ANTHEIA — Greek
APHRODITE — Greek
ASTRID — Norse
BENTEN — Japanese
BES — Egyptian
BRANWEN — Irish
CLIODHNA — Irish
CUPID — Roman
CYTHERA –Greek/Cyprian
DWYN — Welsh
FREYA — Norse
INANNA — Mesopotanian
ISHTAR — Babylonian
KAMA — Hindu
LADA — Slavic
LAKSHMI — Hindu
MARIANA — Brazilian
MORONGO — Zimbabwe
OENGUS — Irish
RADHA — Hindu
TURAN — Etruscan
VENUSRoman
XOCHIPILLI — Aztec
ZIZILIA — Polish

And finally, let’s not forget the great lovers of legend and history, many having beautiful names. But do keep in mind that quite a few of them came to tragic ends:

ACME & SEPTIMUS
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
APOLLO & DAPHNE
CEYX & HALCYONE
CYRANO & ROXANE
DAPHNIS & CHLOE
DIARMUID & GRAINNE
EDWARD & WALLIS
HELEN & PARIS
HELOISE & ABELARD
HERO & LEANDER
LANCELOT & GUINEVERE
LAYLA & MAJNUN
NIAMH & OISIN
NICOLETTE & AUCUSSIN
ODYSSEUS & PENELOPE
PYRAMIS & THISBE
ROMEO & JULIET
SAMSON & DELILAH

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