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Water Names: How To Pick A Name That’s All Wet

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Not long ago, a couple I know—both serious swimmers—asked me if I could help them come up with a girl’s name that related to water.  They didn’t want any site-specific water names —no actual names of oceans or rivers or seas, no Hudsons or Niles for them– but something with the feel or sense or literal meaning of water.

I put together a relatively short list for them of water-related words and names whose meanings reference water.  Here’s a considerably expanded version of those water names, with some, of course,  more usable than others.  (By the way, my friends chose to name their daughter Tallulah, in large part because they loved its meaning—“leaping water”)

So if you’re a swimmer, a surfer, a snorkeler, a fisherperson, or just someone who likes to walk in the rain, here are some possible approaches.

1. FIND A WORD RELATED TO WATER:

2.  FIND A NAME WITH A WATER-RELATED MEANING:

GIRLS

  • Darya – means ‘seas’ in Iranian
  • Hama – Japanese for ‘shore’
  • Jurmala – Latvian, means ‘sea shore’
  • Kendall –‘valley of the River Kent’ (unisex)
  • Kai—‘sea’ in Hawaiian (unisex)
  • Kyle – from a Scottish surname meaning ‘channel, strait’
  • Marin,Marina — meaning ‘of the sea’
  • Maris – ‘of the sea’
  • Maya, Mayim—one definition is ‘water’ in Hebrew
  • Meredith –one meaning is ‘sea lord’ from the Welsh
  • Mira –‘ocean’ in Sanskrit
  • Morwenna — ancient Cornish name meaning ‘waves of the sea’
  • Nerida –Greek name that means ‘mermaid’.
    Nerissa,–Shakespearean name with Greek pedigree—‘sea nymph’
  • Tallulah – Choktaw Indian, ‘leaping water’
  • Tulia –in Latin, one meaning is ‘heavy rain’

BOYS

  • Adrian—relates to the Adriatic Sea
  • Aberdeen—‘mouth of the river’
  • Bourne—‘lives by a stream’
  • Clifford—‘river crossing near the cliff’
  • Coburn—‘where streams meet’
  • Deniz– Turkish boys’ name that means ‘sea’.
    Conway – Welsh, ‘from the holy river’
  • Douglas – Scots Gaelic for ‘dark water’
  • Dylan — Welsh god’s name that means “son of the sea”
    Ford—‘river crossing’
    Lincoln – ‘settlement by the lake’
    Kendall – ‘valley of the River Kent’ (unisex)
  • Marlowe—‘from the hill by the lake’ (unisex)
  • Marius—Latin, meaning ‘of the sea’
  • Morrissey– Irish name that means ‘of the sea’ or ‘sea action
    Muir — Celtic for ‘sea, moor’
  • Murphy, Irish surname that means “descendent of sea warrior”
    Murray—“settlement by the sea”
  • Noelani – Hawaiian –‘mist of Heaven
  • Seaton, English surname meaning ‘farm or town by the sea’

3. EXPLORE GODS & GODDESSES WHOSE REALMS INCLUDED RAIN AND THE SEA:

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