Worldly, universal names
I've been thinking about traits that I want our daughter to have- adventurous, worldly, cultured, curious, wise, strong, free... It's proven quite difficult to find a name that embodies all of these qualities. Some names we have so far are Mina, Lydia, Saoirse, Freya, and Veda but we want more. I feel like these aren't cutting it. Can you think of any names that embody these traits? A name that just feels free and adventurous, but grounded and wise. Maybe not everybody gets these "feelings" from a name, but if you do... Please help!
Karey & Chuck
To be honest? I immediately thought of Emma. It literally means "universal" and its a very carefree, light name for a girl that ages well into a wise older woman.
I've been suggesting Emma a lot today, I've noticed. Its a coincidence, I assure you.
Another carefree name that comes to mind is Jubilee. It has a lot of history, but is associated with celebrations, and it has a very musical sound to it. If that'st too much, I'd suggest Julia, which literally means youthful. There was a 2 year old girl with blonde hair and big blue eyes named Julia at the daycare I worked at. She was notorious for running around on her little stubby legs without her pants on after she went potty. The teachers would run after her yelling "JULIE!" while her bare feet slapped loudly on the floor. If that's not carefree, I don't know what is.
Another name that came to mind is Persephone (per-seph-oh-NEE). Its tied to Greek mythology and sounds great.
And as the names you suggested:
- Mina doesn't have any of those traits! Have you looked up the meaning here on nameberry yet???
- Lydia is pretty and kind of has an airy, musical sound to it. But the meaning doesn't stand out to me, and the name doesn't too well, either.
- Saoirse has all that embodies freedom and universality; my only problem is that its so easily mispronounced and doesn't sound too carefree either.
- Freya is a really cool name, as I really love Norse mythology and a powerful woman figure. Freya Stark was also an explorer and writer, so it could work with what you want.
- Veda is a really wise name, but the nickname Vee seems more carefree than the whole name. Vee for when she's a girl, and Veda when she's older may not be such a bad thing?
Hmm, free and grounded, wise and adventurous...
I think Zoe or Eva would fit your description.
Minerva nn "Minnie" (quite a contradiction, but that's what you're looking for)