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The O Names

Baby names that begin or end with the letter o have long been particularly cool, especially (though there are a few feminine selections) for boys. The options, of course, range far beyond those offered here, especially considering the entire world of Latinate baby names out there, but this group should give you a pretty good start.
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  • Olwen

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    Olwen is a Welsh favorite, the name of a legendary princess in what is believed to have been the earliest Arthurian romance, and in fact one of the first recorded examples of Welsh prose. In this ... Read More 

  • Olympia

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    With its relation to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, and to the Olympic games, this name has an athletic, goddess-like aura, making it the perfect Olivia substitute. A well-known art refere... Read More 

  • Omar

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    Omar has a perfect mix of exoticism and familiarity, with the additional plus of a strong, open initial O. Commonly used among Muslim families, Omar was long associated with twelfth century Persian... Read More 

  • Oona

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    Oona is a name made famous by Eugene O'Neill's daughter, who became Charlie Chaplin's wife; the double- o beginning gives it a lot of oomph. In Irish legend, Una/Oona was a daughter of a king of ... Read More 

  • Ophelia

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    Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet's tragic heroine--for whom he seems to have invented the name-- but more and more parents are beginning to put that a... Read More 

  • Orchid

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    Orchid is an exotic hothouse bloom that has not been plucked by many modern baby namers — yet. In the language of flowers, orchids symbolize love, beauty and sophistication. In a 1926 silent com... Read More 

  • Oren

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    Soft and sensitive name often heard in Israel.  Read More 

  • Oriana

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    Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. Strong and exotic, Oriana also has an admirable literary resume. In medieval tales, she was the beloved of the knight Amadis, sh... Read More 

  • Orion

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    Orion is a rising star, with both mythical and celestial overtones. Heard sporadically in the late nineteenth century, it burst on the scene in full force in 1994 and has been shooting upwards eve... Read More 

  • Orla

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    Orla is an Irish name closely associated with the high king Brian Boru, as it was the name of his sister, daughter and niece. It was very popular in the Middle Ages-- the fourth most popular name i... Read More 

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