100+ More New Names Nominated by You!
Now there are even more names on Nameberry! Last month, we added over 100 wild and wonderful new names to our database, all suggested by our knowledgeable members in this thread over on the Nameberry forums.
Today, we bring you Part Two, focusing on the second half of the alphabet: from Naoise and Nefertari to Zazie and Zindelo. We’ve had great fun researching all of these, and we’ve learned a thing or two, as well. In fact, many of these rare and remarkable names were totally new to us — so bravo, Berries!
Here are some of the most intriguing new additions this time around:
“First used in the 1800s in my family tree!”
Floral names have long been popular for baby girls, but who’s to say that they can’t work just as well for a son? Lovers of lively international favorite Oliver might like to consider this beautiful botanical option, which belongs to a sweet-smelling Mediterranean shrub with vibrant red, white or pink blooms.
The etymology of Oleander is something of a mystery. The most likely theory is that it derives from Ancient Greek rhododendron “rose tree”, corrupted by association with Latin laurea “laurel” and olea “olive”, due to the physical resemblance between the plants. Alternatively, it may come from Greek ollyo “I kill” + andros “man”, a reference to the plant’s extreme toxicity to humans. And an improbable, but irresistibly romantic, theory is that the name has its origins in Greek mythology — in Hero’s lament for her drowned lover: “O, Leander!”
Thanks to @addisoncar and @oleander for suggesting Oleander.
“On Nameberry it’s a female name, but Rosen is also a male Bulgarian flower name.”
Yes, we did have Rosen in the database already: as a rare variant form of Rose or its Irish cousin Róisín. But it’s also a common masculine name in Bulgaria, most notably borne by former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, who was in office from 2012 to 2017.
Floral Rosen is a nature name extraordinaire, with not one but three natural namesakes. It derives from the Bulgarian name for the aromatic dittany plant, also known as “burning bush” because it produces highly volatile oils that can spontaneously ignite in hot weather. The homonym rosen also happens to be the Bulgarian word for “dewy”. As a surname, Rosen is widespread among people of German and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, deriving from the name of the rose flower.
Thanks to @eliane for suggesting Rosen.
“Surely this has to be the most requested name by now?”
Properly written with a fada in Irish Gaelic, Síofra (SHEE-fra) is a light and pretty Irish girl’s name with a dark and mysterious backstory. The name means “elf; sprite; changeling” (from Gaelic síog “fairy”), and traces its roots all the way back to Irish pagan folklore. According to popular legend, fairies would sometimes kidnap a newborn human baby and leave a mischievous elven changeling child — a síofra — in its place.
Despite its long history, Síofra has only been in use as a given name in Ireland since the 20th century. It’s an uncommon choice even in its home country, but it’s starting to be heard more often in Ireland and could make for a beautiful alternative to recent Gaelic rising star Saoirse, especially for parents concerned about the political undertones of the latter.
Thanks to @oliviasarah and @niamh for suggesting Siofra.
“I keep seeing Valkyrie popping up in announcements and lists!”
Mythological names are red-hot at the moment, but here’s a bold option you might not have considered before. In Norse mythology, the valkyries (“choosers of the slain”) were armored maidens who decided the fate of warriors in battle, leading only the most valiant to join the god Odin in Valhalla. And the Vikings believed that the Northern Lights were caused by moonlight reflecting off the shields and spears of the valkyries as they galloped across the night sky.
It’s certainly a big name to live up to, but we think the similarity to top 200 pick Valerie makes this one feel just wearable — and 48 sets of parents in the US in 2016 apparently agreed!
Thanks to @peacebird10 and @mamanmia for suggesting Valkyrie.
“Is this name a hidden treasure?”
This Galician form of George is almost unknown outside of its homeland in the north-western corner of Spain, but it would certainly make an eye-catching choice for adventurous parents further afield. Not only does it share its striking X initial with modern favorites Xander and Xavier, but it also sports that dynamic -o ending which is helping to propel names like Leo, Theo, Otto and Arlo up the popularity charts.
Pronunciation is the obvious pitfall with this one: the Galicians say “SHOOR-sho”, but your little Xurxo might quickly tire of explaining that!
Thanks to @hil and @undertherainbow for suggesting Xurxo.
And here are the rest of your new additions, from N to Z:
- Priti, Preeti
- Proserpine, Proserpina
- Raif, Raef
- Remiel, Ramiel
- Revere (F)
- Rhidian, Rhydian
- Sagi, Sagit
- Suresh, Suresha
- Svala, Svale
- Taro, Tarou
- Tenzin (M)
- Viatrix, Viator
- Vinicio, Vinicius
- Wenna, Wenn
- Yaroslav, Yaroslava
- Ygraine, Igraine
- Zarin, Zareen
- Zephan, Zephon
- Zindel, Zindelo
Which are your favorites? Anything else you’d love to see added? Let us know in the comments!
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on April 22nd, 2018 at 11:07 pm
Ooh, I am excited about Stellamaris, Rosary, Rosenwyn, Sveva, Tauriel, and Ollivander!
on April 22nd, 2018 at 11:23 pm
Monticello and Cirrus.
Monticello is such a beautiful home, garden, and historical site and Jefferson was such a Renaissance ma, though he had some issues. I love Monte and Cello as nns.
Cirrus for the beautiful clouds. Cloudspotter Gavin Prettor-Pinney gave this to his daughter as a middle name.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 1:42 am
I love Zazie, Winry and Rosen
Some others I’d like to add are
Hareton- a surname, possibly from a town called ‘hate town’ or possibly made up (and used) by Emily Bronte in her novel Wuthering Heights
Artan- Irish name meaning little bear
Adalind – a combination name I believe of Ada and Rosalind –
Izarra- a Spanish name meaning star
Kerrigan – for a girl
on April 23rd, 2018 at 1:43 am
*hare town not hate town…
on April 23rd, 2018 at 3:34 am
It’s great to see Odilon, Quitterie, Rhydian, Scholastica, Symphorian, and Wolfram! I have long loved Odilon, inspired by the artist Odilon Redon; it’s so quirky.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 5:01 am
Nefertari (probable ancestress to half the world). So beautiful and so ancient.
Saraswati (Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, poetry). I like the Sarasvati spelling. Wouldn’t Sarasvati and Athena/Mirnerva make a nice twin set?
Remedios – I am in love with the surrealistic art of Remedios Varo. And I love names associated with the Virgin Mary — Consuelo, Mercedes, Immacolata, Dolores.
Great choices – and I am still so happy that Galadriel was added.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 5:05 am
*Sarasvati/Minerva – over-excited
on April 23rd, 2018 at 5:22 am
Very happy to see Ysanne made the list.
Rosen/Rosenwyn, Speranza, Tuppence, Vaila and Yochanan are all lovely editions.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 5:23 am
on April 23rd, 2018 at 7:35 am
Cool! Nice to see Yossarian. I love Catch-22, haha. I would also suggest adding Zanni and Brecht!
on April 23rd, 2018 at 8:19 am
Oleander, Rosen, Rosamel, and Winry are all so great! I also like the look of Síofra a lot, but I’m not sold on the pronunciation…some good additions on this list!
on April 23rd, 2018 at 9:22 am
Yay for Síofra, Oleander and Ygritte!
Are people really going to use Offred? That’s terrible.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 10:44 am
I have wondered why it is not in the database, because it is such a popular name in Brazil, if not elsewhere.
Talita means “little girl”, and comes from the Aramaic “talita, cumi”, meaning “little girl, rise” spoken by Jesus when he revived a young girl. In Portuguese the biblical line is “Tomou-a pela mão e lhe disse: “Talita cumi!”, que significa “menina, eu ordeno a você, levante-se!.” Translated it reads: “he took her by the hand and said, “Talita cumi”, which means “girl, I order you to rise!”.
This name is very popular in Brazil, especially in the 90s. According to the 2010 census over 100,000 women have this name in Brazil (its a population of close to 200 million, for perspective). Variant spellings include Thalita, Talitha, and Talyta (th and t are pronounced the same in Portuguese). Note that the “ita” ending is NOT the diminutive form like in Spanish (where Rosita is a diminutive of Rosa for instance), so Talita is a name all of its own – there is no other version. The diminutive in Portuguese is inha/inho/zinha/zinho, and essentially never used in a legal name.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 10:52 am
I should have added that Talita is pronounced tah-LEE-tah
on April 23rd, 2018 at 11:24 am
Nice to see Varian, Valkyrie and Tirion made the list.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 11:34 am
I thought tuppence was a coin, so I’m a little confused by that one.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 12:58 pm
Please add Arienne to the data base. I was super confused when it wasn’t on her!
on April 23rd, 2018 at 1:57 pm
I’m so happy Oleander is finally in the database! It’s been a long time favorite of mine. And It’s just nice to have a masculine flower name like this one and Rosen searchable for folks since they’re in such short supply!
Also excited for the influx of V,W, Y and Z names like Vaila, Winry, Ygritte, and Zindel!
on April 23rd, 2018 at 2:54 pm
on April 23rd, 2018 at 8:15 pm
Cardi? I see it jumping into the top 1000.
I kinda like Rosary.
on April 23rd, 2018 at 8:24 pm
Rosary is too much for me as a human name, but I do, oddly enough, love Cardigan!
on April 24th, 2018 at 12:03 am
Who would be cruel enough to name their child offred?
on April 24th, 2018 at 5:33 am
Have been watching the German series Babylon Berlin – in love with the medieval male German saint’s name – Gereon.
on April 24th, 2018 at 10:04 am
Siofra and Nazanin are lovely. You have Rumi (f) in the database, but I think you should add it as a male name too. I know a boy Rumi named after the poet.
on April 24th, 2018 at 10:07 pm
If someone wishes to honor Offred’s spirit & ability to survive, they should use her real name: June.
on April 25th, 2018 at 12:06 am
Some that I’d like to see added:
Apricity- English, warmth of the sun in winter
Eirwen- Welsh, white snow
Eiriol- Welsh, snowy
Hartwin- Germanic, brave friend
Tesni- Welsh, warmth from the sun
on April 25th, 2018 at 7:46 pm
I haven’t checked the others but Nefertari has been on my list for 5 years now, it’s number 5 on my list and I am overjoyed see it here, I love the history and the nicknames and the gentle, melodic but still strong sound of the name.
on May 9th, 2018 at 11:24 am
Two names I have heard in the news lately are Bojana and Leafar. I’m not sure if anyone will notice this post now, but these are my suggestions for additions. I was actually surprised to find that Bojana isn’t already on here. It’s the name of an actress and a tennis player. Leafar is Rafael backwards and the stage name of Kat Von D’s husband and baby on-the-way.
on May 9th, 2018 at 11:37 am
@niteowl Fear not, we’re still reading your comments!
Thanks for two more great suggestions, we will certainly consider them for addition in the future.
on May 12th, 2018 at 12:40 pm
Love seeing Tinuviel (meaning nightingale or Daughter of Twilight), but I am surprised Luthien isn’t in the database yet as it is, to me at least, far more usable.
on May 13th, 2018 at 6:08 pm
Of all the musical names, I’m surprised Cantus isn’t on any list. I think it would be a great addition.
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