Antique Baby Names: Collecting Collectible Names

There was a time when I did a lot of writing about antiques and collectibles, in the course of which I amassed five or six tall  bookcases fully stocked with volumes on everything from Mickey Mouse memorabilia to model trains to Meissen porcelain.  But since I’ve become almost exclusively  Berry-focused, I keep thinking I should cull the collection and make room for my ever expanding assemblage of international name books.  Yet something always stops me.

Just today, I was thinking I would drop off a few books at least at my local library, but every time I’d pick one up—Golf Collectibles, say, or Depression Glass—something would impel me to put it down.  And why?  Because each one is filled with names of one kind or another, names that just might be of interest to the Berries as antique baby names.

So, to justify (or not) my ambivalence, I thought I’d browse through a few of them to see what I could come up with, trying to avoid the proper names of makers, but looking for words with baby name potential.  Here’s what I came up with—see what you think.

Amberina–an amber glass made with a gold powder, used in art glass

Aurene –iridescent glassware developed at the Steuben glass works

Belleek—a delicate Irish porcelain with a creamy finish

Burleigha British pottery

Cameo–a stone or shell with a design, typically a portrait, carved into it in relief

Chantillydelicate silk lace named for Chantilly, France, where it was first made

Coralene-glass or porcelain featuring raised beads of glass

Dariv—a gold coin depicting a king

Deco—Art deco, the design style that flourished in the 1920s and 30s

Devonia—lace featuring raised flower petals

Durandan art glass produced in New Jersey

Favrile—an iridescent art glass patented by Tiffany

Florina coin minted in Florence from 1252 on

Galalith—an early form of plastic

Galateaa sturdy cotton cloth, usually striped

Gravera tool used for engraving

Kaolin—a fine clay used in making ceramics

Imari ware—Japanese enameled porcelain

Izannah—Izannah Walker was a 19th century Rhode Island cloth doll maker (a proper name exception)

Kiku— chrysanthemum design used extensively on Oriental wares

Lalique—fine French glass produced by René Lalique (another exception)

Lencia German toy maker of exquisite dolls

Lunette—a decorative piece in a half-moon shape

Mandora—an old form of lute

Marotte—a mechanical doll that sang when revolved

MintonEnglish pottery famed for its Blue Willow ware

Navette—oval shaped stone with point at each end

Niello—a black metallic alloy used in ornamenting metal

Ollaa wide-mouthed, bulbous pot

Onza—a Spanish gold coin

Palissy—a 16th century French lead-glazed pottery

Parian—matte white ceramic ware

Pietra dura—a very fine quality of marble

Raden—an inlay of mother-of-pearl

Rosemeade—pottery produced in North Dakota

Rubenablown art glass that shades from red to clear

Sehna—a knot found in Persian carpets

Tabriz—a category of Persian carpets woven in Tabriz

Tarsia—an Italian form of intricate marquetry

Tazza-  a metal or ceramic wine cup with a shallow bowl (literally means cup in Italian)

Tessera—small square of glass or stone used in making a mosaic

Tondo—a circular painting or relief

Treen—meaning ‘from the tree’, describes a large range of objects carved of wood

Trilbya 1950s Ideal doll

 Veduta—a scenic painting depicting an entire city

Vinaa slender stringed musical instrument from India

So what do you think?  Should I keep going, or is it time to clear the bookshelves?

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21 Responses to “Antique Baby Names: Collecting Collectible Names”

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SuperMrsPackman Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 12:13 am

I like Rosemeade and Florin, however, DH would probably never agree to use them. Lunette is VERY pretty in my opinion. Aurene is actually one I think my hubby might go for… We’ll see 😉

moxielove Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 2:57 am

I absolutely love Niello. But how exactly is it supoosed to ve pronounced: 2 syllables, or 3? NEE-lo, or Nee-EL-o? Both are great ad such a cool meaning

Abby Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 4:33 am

I know a Trilby! She’s a few years ahead of my son – maybe 9? And Galatea is one of my favorites.

MollyKat78 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 9:14 am

These are not names to me..I just don’t like any of them

agirlinred Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

I sort of like Coralene, Rubena, Lunette, and Graver. I definitely prefer Coraline, Rubina, Luna, and Grover. Not really liking this list at all.

Kibby Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am

These are the ones I’d consider useable, with some spelling changes and etc


Amenspanglish Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:01 am

I think that a lot of these have potential if you are looking for unique names! Amberina, Coralene, Rubena, Niello, Pietra, Dariv, Izannah, Imari, and Lenci (maybe as a nickname for something?) are intriguing ideas.

AEIvy Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Oh, I love some of these! Being an Amber, Amberina is pretty and more easy to give nicknames to…I love Aurene and Coralene, too. My older sister used to sing the “Chantilly Lace” song, so Chantilly as a name just makes me smile. Kaolin, Izzanah, Niello, Parian, Pietra, and Rosemeade also were quite refreshing! Maybe it’s my artistic background, but if you’re gonna use word-names, I happen to like a lot of these.

melissa2 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Lunettes (plural, but sounds exactly the same) is the word for eyeglasses, and a navette is a shuttle. I would find both of those highly distracting as names.

wootz Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 11:43 am

I could see Imari, Tarsia, Cameo and Coralene as the most usable. But I’d probably change Coralene to Coralena. Too bad most of them have kind of lame meanings. I suppose you could put a meaningful name in the middle though. 🙂

jpruitt76 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I could totally see a little Trilby or Tessera (nn Tess?).

jotadito Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Tessera could be a good girl’s name for a fourth child, as it is very similar to the Greek word for “four.”

edenlyla13 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

My grandmother’s name is Vina. That’s kinda strange

trich323 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This is a really nice way to think outside the box without totally making up a name. I prefer classics, but many of these names would fit right in with today’s kids.

Hannah-Banana Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Amberina, Aurene, Coralene, Devonia, Florin, Galatea, Kaolin, Izannah, Lunette, Navette, Niello, Onza, Pietra, Rosemeade, Rubena, Tessera, and Trilby are all names that I would totally consider for my children.

clincher Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Kaolin is also the name of the fine clay used in the diarrhea medicine known as Kao-pectate.

perhaps something to consider.

Alexandra.Iseult Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I would consider some of these names for middle names, and they are great material for creative naming, but they are still too weird for me. I love this list, though!

peach Says:

March 30th, 2012 at 12:13 am

I like mining unexpected sources for names. There are certainly some usable ones on this list: Amberina, Aurene, Burleigh ( for a boy), Coralene, Devonia, Favrile ( my favorite on this list), Galatea, Kaolin, Imari, Izannah, Kiku, Lalique, Lenci, Mandora, Olla, Pietra, Rosemeade, Rubena, Tabriz, Tarsia ( (I know a little girl with a similar name), Tessera (perfect for nn Tess as previos poster said), Vina.

ferntailwp Says:

April 3rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Cameo has been one of my top names for a long time. I think it’s a beautiful name which can be made whimsical- Cameo Chamomile- or more classical- Cameo Emmaline.

mallowd Says:

October 5th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I like many of these names (they are interesting and as someone said not just made up) the ones I could see using include: Lunette (my favorite), Olla, Raden, Tessera, Graver, Imari, Amberina, Aurene, Coralene, and Florin which I just heard on a new baby!

CailinRua Says:

November 5th, 2019 at 8:55 am

‘Devonia Rhodes’, known as ‘Dee’ was the character portrayed by Julie Covington in the British television series ‘Rock Follies’.

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