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MiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin and Old German
  • Meaning:

    "soldier or merciful"
  • Description:

    Milo is most commonly considered to be Germanic name derived from the Latin word miles, meaning "soldier." However, there is evidence to suggest it also may have independently spawned from the Slavic root milu, meaning "merciful." Milo predates brother name Miles, a variation that evolved when the name immigrated to the British Isles in the Middle Ages. Mylo is an alternate spelling.

CloverHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Old English
  • Meaning:

    "key"
  • Description:

    Clover is a charming, perky choice if you want to move beyond hothouse blooms like Rose and Lily, and it's recently become a new celeb favorite, chosen by both Neal McDonough and Natasha Gregson Wagner, who used it to honor her mother, Natalie Wood, one of whose most iconic films was Inside Daisy Clover.

AudenHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "old friend"
  • Description:

    The poetic, soft-spoken Auden has recently started to be considered as a first name option, used for both sexes, appreciated for its pleasing sound as well as its link to the distinguished modern Anglo-American poet W.H. Auden.

AlderHeart

  • Origin:

    English tree name or surname
  • Meaning:

    "old"
  • Description:

    Alder is an occasionally-used name that derives from an old English surname and also might refer to the alder tree, whose wood is used to make electric guitars.

MyloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Milo, Latin or old German
  • Meaning:

    "soldier or merciful"
  • Description:

    Milo, Miles and even Myles are all well-known in the US, but the spelling Mylo is not widely used here though it ranks among the British Top 1000 names for boys. However you spell it, a friendly, jaunty name with authentic roots.

AldoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian from German
  • Meaning:

    "old and wise"
  • Description:

    A spirited German name very popular in Italy and occasionally used here, Aldo is one of the unique baby names with international flair. And names that mean wise have an enduring appeal.

CourtneyHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "short nose"
  • Description:

    Among the Top 20 names of the 1990s, today's Courtney is more apt to be the babysitter than the baby. Courtney has dropped since its peak at Number 17 in 1995. Familiar from Courtney Love and Courtney Cox.

EltonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "from the old town"
  • Description:

    Elton is an unassuming, lesser-used place name belonging to several towns in the British Isles, the US and Canada, and even a lake in Russia. The singer Elton John gives it a bit of extra pizzazz.

AudenHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "old friend"
  • Description:

    A softly poetic surname name, associated with poet W.H., Auden is enjoying quiet but marked fashion status. It was chosen for his daughter by Noah Wyle and is definitely one to watch.

ShannonHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "old and wise"
  • Description:

    Irish place-name -- it's a river, a county, and an airport -- once popular but now supplanted by such newer immigrants as Saoirse and Seanan.

ShannonHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "old and wise"
  • Description:

    The name of the longest river in the British Isles rose to the US Top 25 for girls in the 1970s and the Top 100 for boys, but has fallen off the Top 1000 for both genders. At the latest count, the name Shannon was given to about 200 babies in the US, about a third of those boys. As a favorite Irish name, Shannon has now been supplanted by newcomers such as Saoirse and Seanan.

AldousHeart

  • Origin:

    English from German
  • Meaning:

    "old"
  • Description:

    Aldous has long been associated with British writer Huxley, author of Brave New World. So many of these rare British names are starting to be reconsidered by the literary or hipster crowds and this one, considering its pedigree, deserves the renewed interest.

AltonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dweller at the old town"
  • Description:

    The sort of formal surname name more popular in another era; Dalton's a more modern relation.

EyreHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary name and Old Norse
  • Meaning:

    "gravel bank river"
  • Description:

    This lovely name -- Eyre sounds just like air -- is best-known as the surname of eponymous Bronte heroine Jane, and would make an appealing and distinctive middle name for the child of fans of that book. While the surname Eyre is found mainly in England, its origins are Norse and it's thought to derive from Norse settlers. Still, the status of the classic books means Eyre deserves to stand proudly among English baby names.

CourtneyHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "courteous, from the court"
  • Description:

    This courtly old Southern name has several cool male bearers: NFL player Courtney Brown, British jazz musician Courtney Pine, and Barbados-born economist Courtney Blackman, to name but a few.

SeananHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Sean or Irish
  • Meaning:

    "wise, old"
  • Description:

    Seanan and its more-popular variation Senan are connected to the Latin word "senator" and are ancient saints' names, but may also be thought of as diminutives of Sean, the Irish form of John, given that the suffix "an" is an Irish diminutive meaning "little". Virtually unknown in the US, it might appeal as an update for the no-longer-stylish Sean.

AlcottHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dweller at the old cottage"
  • Description:

    Alcott evokes shades of nineteenth-century New England, and memories of the author of the books Little Women and Little Men. Louisa May Alcott was the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, noted educator, writer and philosopher, and colleague of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

BohanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, anglicized form of Old Gaelic Buadhachain
  • Meaning:

    "victorious"
  • Description:

    The surname of influential French fashion designer Marc Bohan could make a modern-sounding two-syllable boy's name, though it might be confused with Bowen.

EldredHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "old counsel"
  • Description:

    This marvelously medieval name had a moment in the 1910s and 1920s but has dropped completely off the radar now.

TerachHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "wild goat, silly old fool"
  • Description:

    A biblical name -- he was the father of Abraham -- but the father's name is much less appealing than the son's, in both sound and meaning.