Category: word names for girls
By Abby Sandel
While Hat and Bookcase remain – thankfully – unused, parents continue to embrace the idea of word names – nouns, adjectives, and even a few verbs – for our children’s names.
This week’s celebrity birth announcements highlight the range of possibilities.
By Abby Sandel
It was a good week for girls’ names.
Sure, there were some great birth announcements for boys, too. The late Christopher Reeve is now a grandfather. Daughter Alexandra Reeve and husband Garren Givens named their son Christopher Russel, after both grandfathers. Actors Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith welcomed Holt Fisher, a little brother for Harper Renn.
But it was word names that made headlines last week – some of them were surprising, and most of them were for girls.
The lovely Lemon, one of nameberry’s greatest treasures, guest blogs on her favorite word names.
I’d venture to say that many of the frequent posters on the Nameberry message boards consider themselves equipped with a “name-sense” of sorts, but for me it’s more of a “word-sense,” really. After all, at their foundation, aren’t names actually just words – meaningful units of spoken language? There’s something beautiful about language and, by extension, names. So, when you’re out there, browsing through sites and books looking for “the” name, perhaps you should hit up a dictionary. Here are a few word names you may not have considered before…
Cadenza – Cadence with an Italian flourish, literally. Found in both instrumental and vocal music, a cadenza is an elaborate, oftentimes rhythmically free solo passage allowing for virtuosic display – the solo of all solos, if you will. With its international flavor and striking Z, Cadenza is a great alternative to Cadence, Melody, and even the on-the-rise Aria.
Echo – A mythological name meaning “a repetition of sound,” Echo makes a lasting impression. In Greek mythology, Echo was a beautiful but talkative mountain nymph who loved her own voice. Unfortunately, she is most famous for her unrequited love of Narcissus, which resulted in her demise. However, this short but striking name might be the ideal choice for your little chatterbox!
Fate – A short form of Lafayette meaning “faith,” this name’s about as modern as you’ll get in the virtue set! Defined as “that which is inevitably predetermined,” one’s fate is his or her destiny. In Greek mythology, The Fates – or Moirae – were those who controlled the thread of life for each mortal; as such, the name has a uniquely powerful energy. Slightly unisex in sound, Fate is the perfect alternative to the classic Faith or the overdone Destiny.