100+ New Nameberry Names Nominated by You!
Spring is just around the corner! And so, with that in mind, we’ve given our database a spring cleaning, adding over a hundred of your fantastic suggestions from this thread on the Forums. A big thank you to all of the brilliant Berries who made suggestions for new baby names, and especially to those who offered valuable insights into origin, usage, meaning and more — and please do keep them coming!
Since there were so many worthy candidates for inclusion, we’ve focused here on baby names starting from A to M this time, so stay tuned for N-Z down the line…
Here are some of the most intriguing new additions offered up by our members:
“I adore Anduin and am surprised that it hasn’t been added to the database yet!”
A handsome choice with double pop culture credentials, the name Anduin belongs both to a river in Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth and to two valiant and venerable characters in the popular video game franchise World of Warcraft. It means “great river” in Sindarin, an Elvish language created by Tolkien, who based aspects of it on ancient Celtic and Norse languages. The name is properly pronounced with two syllables in Sindarin (AND-win), although the video game version uses three (AN-doo-in) — take your pick!
Thanks to @minxtruck and @daphodil for suggesting Anduin.
“It could be shortened to the lovely Bree, and is very distinctive yet rooted.”
In Greek mythology, Briseis was a priest’s daughter who was captured during the Trojan War and presented to Achilles as a war prize. She later became the object of a dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon which almost cost the Achaean army the war, and which forms a central plot-point of Homer’s Iliad.
Thanks to @carolinemchd, @millia, @lumen, @kpearl8 and others for suggesting Briseis.
Ender and Evren
Despite its meaning (“very rare”), Ender is a mainstream choice in its native country. It’s familiar to English speakers as the title character of Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game — although in the book, Ender is actually a nickname for Andrew, as pronounced by the character’s sister as a young child.
Evren or Ebren (“universe”) is a mythological name, belonging to a huge snake-like dragon which symbolizes power and might. It’s also in widespread use as a surname in Turkey — as in Kenan Evren, who served as Turkish President during the 1980s.
Thanks to @tfzolghadr, @elifsu, @kipperbo1, and @hopelesscause07 for suggesting these two.
“Much better than Khaleesi”
The second Tolkien-inspired name on this list (we’ve added five in total!), Galadriel (shown) has one of the most magnificent meanings around: “maiden crowned with a radiant garland”. The garland in question is the glittering golden hair of the powerful elf princess who bears the name in Tolkien’s books. The character of Galadriel — renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and might — would make a glowingly positive namesake for any girl.
Thanks to @enchantrasand and @millia for suggesting Galadriel.
“A pretty smashing name, you have to admit!”
A powerful name with a meaning to match (“bright iron” or “famous iron”), Isambard originated as Isanbert, an Old German name which arrived in Britain with the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century and was in widespread use until the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name’s most famous bearer — rather fittingly — is renowned British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who inherited his eye-catching first name from his father. Brunel’s fame prompted a modest revival of the name in the 19th century, but it remains vanishingly rare in Britain today.
Thanks to @sweetkune, @rachelbrein, and @gr19 for suggesting Isambard.
“Well-used in the UK with a strong history. I went to school with at least 4 girls called Mhairi that I can remember.”
This strong Scottish name is unusual in that it’s a variant of a variant: it’s technically the vocative form (used to call or address someone) of Mairi, the Scottish Gaelic version of Mary. Nevertheless, Mhairi has become well established as a name in its own right — in fact, it was given to more than twice as many babies in Scotland last year than Mairi itself. The correct pronunciation in Scottish Gaelic is “VAH-ree” (to rhyme with Harry), although it’s increasingly commonly heard in the anglicized form “MAH-ree”.
Thanks to @oliviasarah and @morning_glory for suggesting Mhairi.
And here are the rest of your new additions, from A to M:
- Augustine (F)
- Avielle, Aviella
- Carwyn, Carwen
- Celestin (M)
- Fenrir, Fenris
- Gratian, Gratien, Gracjan
- Hesper, Hespera, Hesperia
- Magne, Magni
- Murdo, Murdoch
Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
And here’s this week bonus of intriguing tidbits unearthed by Katinka on the Forums:
Popularity: it’s not always a good thing (just ask a name-nerd!) Would you let newfound popularity put you off your all-time favorite name?
And picking up on a theme from that thread… Baby name compromise: how did it work out for you?
There’s a whole palette of vibrant color names beyond Violet and Gray: what would you add to the list?
These ingenious “inconspicuous animal” nicknames are too cute!
And here’s one you’ve probably never considered… Iris for a boy! Shouldn’t gender-bending work both ways?
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on March 5th, 2018 at 1:11 am
Wow, I never thought they would actually update the database :D. Glad to see Iskandar added. I know it was suggested plenty in the forum. Also really happy about Evren, Ender, Elska, and Kenai ( stemmed from my love for Brother Bear!) among other names.
on March 5th, 2018 at 1:37 am
Anduin… I found a new GP! I love to see Azula, Callidora, Casilda, Cassander, Evolet, Evren, Ismeria, Lysandra, Lorien and Miette added to Nameberry! AND Galadriel! Really happy they have now the color.
But especially Azula and Miette. I really missed them here.
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:12 am
I love Loveday, Lysandra, Meriadoc, Murdoch, Galadriel, Celandine, Faramund, Hesperia, Lear, Lorien (though I also love Lorian), Lumen, and especially Betony and Larkspur.
Still hoping for Julep and Veranda. 🙂
Also Merrywether or is it Merriweather of Lewis and Clark fame.
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:34 am
I LOVE Miyuki, Lysandra, Arcturus, Celestin, Hesper, Callidora, and Hyperion.
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:51 am
still no Aenor, Wreath, Sacagawea, or Euraphrasie? Sigh
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:54 am
Also it would be great to see Akiane and Almanzo
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:56 am
oops that was meant to read Euphrasie not Euraphrasie eek typo!
on March 6th, 2018 at 1:07 am
Valkyrie would be an intersesting addition
on March 6th, 2018 at 1:15 am
So glad to see Mhairi added! I always wondered why it wasn’t in the database. I also love the additions of Hesper, Maite, and Larkspur!
on March 6th, 2018 at 3:31 am
so happy to see Magne added! Also really nice to know our voices are heard. I really love Miette, Lysandra and Deia.
on March 6th, 2018 at 4:09 am
My beautiful Ismeria!!! So pleased she’s on the database. Meriadoc, Galadriel, Mhairi, and Anduin at my other favourites.
on March 6th, 2018 at 4:32 am
Also loving Celandine, Maïwenn, and Larkspur.
on March 6th, 2018 at 9:01 am
I love Briseis and Iskra. I did not know Iskra had such a nice meaning!
on March 6th, 2018 at 9:29 am
Wow, I never realizes Murdoch wasn’t in the database – I know multiple Canadian Murdochs. And with the Murdoch Mysteries show I can see it possibly catching on.
I’m also loving the LOTR names
on March 6th, 2018 at 9:50 am
I love Isambard, Briseis and Malvolio!
on March 6th, 2018 at 9:56 am
Another 100+ will be coming soon, covering the second half of the alphabet.
on March 6th, 2018 at 12:39 pm
Some lovely additions, particularly Evren, Conleth, Astor, Carwyn, Lorien, Lysandra, Macklin and Murdoch.
Hoping to see Ysanne in the N-Z edition.
on March 6th, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Galadriel was long overdue. Briseis has many lovely variations and variant spellings in the In the Beyond the Top 1000 database at Social Security. It is much more popular than people realize : Briseida, Bryseyda,Brisaida, etc. Alifair or Alafair is lovely. Dagmara, too.
on March 6th, 2018 at 2:19 pm
Nice to see Anduin, Hyperion in the list (just top favs) alot of other good names listed as well. Hopefully Varian made it in too.
on March 6th, 2018 at 2:26 pm
ah just saw this “Valkyrie would be an interesting addition” agreed it would. Maybe it’ll make the list too
on March 6th, 2018 at 3:05 pm
So glad so many of my favourite names have now been added!
on March 6th, 2018 at 5:33 pm
So good to see Carwen/Carwyn, Evren, Kenai and Larkspur added! Looking forward to seeing the second half of the additions
on March 6th, 2018 at 7:06 pm
A name I’d like to see added would be Clovia — feminine version of Clovis. My great-great-grandmother was named Clovia and while I don’t think it’s a name I would ever use, it’s long fascinated me because I’ve never heard it anywhere else.
on March 6th, 2018 at 8:52 pm
Would love to see Zaven added to the database in the N-Z follow up. It’s a masculine Armenian name, pronounced Zah-ven.
on March 6th, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Very happy to see Mhairi added finally. I met a young Mhairi in my years as a nanny and thought it was so spunky. Pronounced the MAR-ee way, not the traditional way.
on March 6th, 2018 at 10:58 pm
I’m so excited that Ender has been added!! I’ve been pushing for it since my son was born. 🙂 Now he’s got a Nameberry page, too.
on March 7th, 2018 at 4:31 am
So glad to see Hyperion – he’s a strong favorite if we (ever) have a boy!
on March 11th, 2018 at 3:02 pm
Florabelle and Florabel would be nice
on March 11th, 2018 at 4:13 pm
Galadriel! It’s about time it was added. I also love the additions of Hyperion, Anduin, and Lorien.
on March 11th, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Still no Keltie? Waiting for that one to go up. I’ve met two little girls with that name.
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