I made a list of astronomy-related names: http://nameberry.com/userlist/view/40009
This list has names with artistic connotations: http://nameberry.com/userlist/view/37434
(Let me know if either of them are set on private- I don't think they are, but I'll fix it if necessary.)
There are a lot of names I could suggest to you that have great meanings, but based on what you just posted your tastes seem to lean a bit more conservative/classic- I'm assuming names like Boheme and Bodhi are out?
Aari, Akanah, Aleema, Arr'yka, Arali, Allaya, Augwynne, Aellyn, Aril, Adah, Adin, Adred, Alandra, Alcia, Alixia, Altrina, Alzen, Amanin, Amarie, Amaros, Anara, Apella, Arandis, Ardra, Ariana, Arissa, Arturis, Atara, Athan, Ayala, Azen, Ard'rian, Arwen, Aragorn
Brixie, Baritha, Batai, Beata, Beck, Belar, Berel, Berik, Brin, Brink, Burke, Balin, Beorn
Chalan, Caprice, Chandra, Corin, Cheriss, Cindel
Deila, Duenna, Droe, Demma, Daelen, Darod, Dathan, Dillard, Dobara, Doran, Draylan, Duras, Dwalin
Elaan, Elani, Eliann, Eris, Eudana, Ezral, Erisi, Elladan, Elrond, Eowyn
Feena, Fiolla, Frija, Falynn, Farran, Fayla
Gedrin, Gaeriel, Gilora, Galadriel
Hela, Halla, Herian, Hogan
Ishan, Ishara, Inyri, Isela
Jesmin, Jira, Jysella, Lamin, Jaya
Kestra, Kandra, K'rene, Ka'Ree, Kainon, Kalin, Karana, Karya, Kaylar, Keedera, Keshara, Keyla, Kilana, Kir, Kambrea, Katarra, Kierra, Kirana, Kelsa, Kili
Lanal, Lujayne, Lysia, Lidell, Larell, Latika, Layna, Leosa, Liko, Liria, Lisea, Lohden, Losira, Luaran, Lyris, Legolas
Myda, Melenna, Malinza, Macias, Magda, Mala, Malia, Marayna, Mareel, Marna, Mavek, Merla, Milani, Minuet, Miral, Mordock, Morin, Morla
Narik, Narra, Natira, Neema, Nevala, Nona, Nori
Odala, Odan, Okala, Onara, Onaya, Oin, Ori, Orlando
Parell, Parem, Pelin, Perrin, Philana, Peregrin
Rael, Raimus, Ramsey, Ranek, Ravis, Reese, Renar, Renora, Rivan, Roana, Rom, Rondon, Ronin, Roenni, Rhysati
Sajen, Salia, Sarin, Sarek, Sayana, Seska, Shenara, Sirah, Sulan, Suna, Shira, Shada, Shenna, Saricia, Senni, Sauron, Saruman
Tiree, Ta'a, Thara, Tamith, Thracia, Tendra, Theala, T'kar, T'lana, Tabris, Talar, Taleen, Talura, Tarquin, Tavana, Taya, Tayna, Tierna, Tieran, Tria, Tolen, Theoden, Thorin
Vima, Valen, Varel
Webb, Whatley, Wrenn
Zarabeth, Zayra, Zio, Zolan, Zyree, Zarda
Aurora (although already a common name)
Video game names:
Kairi (kingdom hearts)
Nero (Devil May Cry)
Zoey (Left 4 Dead)
Rochelle (Left 4 Dead 2)
Faith (Mirror's Edge)
Amata (Fallout 3)
Sonya (Mortal Kombat)
Kitana (Mortal Kombat II)
Dixie (Donkey Kong Series)
Isabella (Dead Rising)
Naomi (Metal Gear Solid)
Jill Valentine (Resident Evil Series)
Liara (Mass Effect)
Hannah (Fable II)
Jolee (Star Wars KotOR)
Cortana (Halo) -
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
November Annabella Terra "Nova" (Starcraft)
Lucia (Devil May Cry)
Garth (Fable II)
Dante (Devil May Cry)
Samus Aran (Metroid)
Wesker (Resident Evil Series)
Ellis (Left 4 Dead 2)
Mordecai Hunter (Borderlands)
Mercury "Merc" (Mirror's Edge)
Ratchet (Ratchet and Plank)
Jak (Jak and Daxter)
Niko (GTA 4)
Lynch (Kane and Lynch)
Ken (Street Fighter)
Duke (Duke Nukem)
Grey Fox (Metal Gear Series)
Raiden (Metal Gear Series/Mortal Kombat)
Jax (Mortal Kombat II)
Serah (Final Fantasy 13)
Rikku (Final Fantasy X and X-2)
Namine (Kingdom Hearts)
Vanille (Final Fantasy 13)
Aerith (Final Fantasy 7)
Lightning, Éclair, or Claire (Final FANTASY 13)
Paine (Final Fantasy and X-2)
Hope (Final Fantasy 13)
Zack (Final Fantasy 7 i believe)
Snow (Final Fantasy 13)
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
Cloud (Final Fantasy 7)
Terra (Kingdom Hearts)
Lara - Tomb Raider.
Rayne - Blood Rayne.
Kary - Final Fantasy.
Amelia - Tomb Raider.
Vincent - Final Fantasy.
Cloud - Kingdom Hearts.
Leon - Kingdom Hearts.
Axel - Kingdom Hearts.
Cid - Kingdom Hearts.
Darryl - Final Fantasy.
Richard - Tomb Raider.
Sorry if i have repeated!!
Thank you, Yolo199. This is quite a list! I will list our favorites:
Tesla (Nicola Tesla)
Ocean (I like this as a middle, but my husband doesn't like it when names are so literal)
Skylark (my mother in law suggested this name. It's very hippy)
I don't know if any of these have already been mentioned, but hey, I guess that will make a double vote. :)
You might also like Sonnet, Clarity, Avonlea, Waverly, and Merit.
EDIT: I've got some more ideas! As far as cool meanings go, how about:
Xia -- in Chinese, this word is used to denote the pinkish glow of the clouds at dawn and dusk
Liat -- means "you are mine", the name of the Tonkinese girl in South Pacific
Victoire -- A really cool "spin" on Victoria
Solenne -- Means "sunshine"
Hope that helps!
I'd like to hear the names with great meanings you found. I personally like names that are slightly adventurous, but my husband is more conservative when it comes to names. For example: I like Bodhi, but he thinks it's sort of weird. I understand why. He says it sounds like "booty" and it has religious meaning (even though Buddhism is cool IMO) and we don't want to force any religion on our child. I would consider putting an adventurous name in the middle if we're not comfortable with using it in the first name.
Here are the names we like from your lists:
Io (a little on the weird side, but we kinda like it)
You're either a fellow gamer nerd, or you found a very complete list somewhere. :) I'm impressed.
Here are the names I like:
Xylem (This would make a cool middle name for a boy)
Oceanna (my husband doesn't like this one)
Liara (I wish this was a "real" name with a nice meaning because it's pretty and Mass Effect was great)
Here are my favorite names from your list:
Althea (the main character in our buddy's book) - love the meaning too
Rutherford or Democritus.
The names with meanings for me:
Lazuli, Azure, Azura, Mazarine, and Cyan: I like these as an homage to one of my favorite poems, Shel Silverstein's "Masks." Link here: http://soulpancake.com/conversations...lverstein.html I also like Blue as a color for the deep ocean and clear sky, the two infinities.
Boheme- I like for its obvious artistic connotation
Ariadne- I like the idea of the Ariadne mythological figure leading Theseus out of the maze, a guide and savior through the winding labyrinth
Isis- Same reason, essentially: In Egyptian mythology, Isis' husband Osiris was killed by his brother Set, who then threw the pieces of Osiris' body into the wind, scattering them across the earth. Isis traveled the world picking up the pieces and put Osiris back together again.
Annabel- For Annabel Lee
Aurora and Borealis- Occasionally, the sun emits bursts of super energized plasma that has reacted so much it actually changes the atomic form of gas. The plasma travels to earth and hits us directly, but instead of harming us, the earth's magnetic fields pull it to the poles, where it becomes Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis. I think it's a pretty beautiful fact!
Stella or any star-related name: From Neil DeGrasse Tyson's "Most Astounding Fact" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU
Willow- a tree that bends in all directions with the wind, but never breaks (poetically, of course- you can break a willow, it's just not easy.)
Saoirse- means "freedom"
Callum- "Dove," the bird of peace.
Quill and Penn- Because writing is so wonderful!
Ray- Ray of hope, ray of light- the word always seems to imply something really positive
Oak- The tree of strength and endurance. Also Professor Oak, if you're a nerd.
Adam- because it's a homonym to "Atom," and also means "Man." It reminds me of the (science-related) quote "Given enough time, hydrogen begins to wonder where it came from and where it is going." because it is about groups of atoms contemplating themselves, which, ultimately, is what humans are.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head, I'll add more if I think of them. Let me know if any strike your fancy!
Thanks, Daisy451. Those are some interesting names and explanations.
Here are my favorites:
Lazuli - my first painting teacher told us that blue pigment used to be very expensive because it was made of the gemstone lapis lazuli, every time I use blue paint I think of this stone
Azure - I like this name, but the pronunciation is a little tough for me
Cyan - this would be cool as a middle name to pay respect to my husband's occupation, where this color holds special meaning
Aurora - cool on so many levels
Stella - I like this name, although it's getting a little too popular. Neil DG Tyson is the best.
Willow - my mother in law keeps trying to get me to use this name, which I love, but it's very popular