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
Burleigh—a British pottery
Cameo–a stone or shell with a design, typically a portrait, carved into it in relief
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
Favrile—an iridescent art glass patented by Tiffany
Galalith—an early form of plastic
Galatea—a sturdy cotton cloth, usually striped
Graver—a 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)
Lunette—a decorative piece in a half-moon shape
Mandora—an old form of lute
Marotte—a mechanical doll that sang when revolved
Navette—oval shaped stone with point at each end
Niello—a black metallic alloy used in ornamenting metal
Olla – a 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
Rubena—blown 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
Trilby—a 1950s Ideal doll
Veduta—a scenic painting depicting an entire city
So what do you think? Should I keep going, or is it time to clear the bookshelves?
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on 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 😉
on 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
on 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.
on March 29th, 2012 at 9:14 am
These are not names to me..I just don’t like any of them
on 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.
on March 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am
These are the ones I’d consider useable, with some spelling changes and etc
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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. 🙂
on March 29th, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I could totally see a little Trilby or Tessera (nn Tess?).
on 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.”
on March 29th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
My grandmother’s name is Vina. That’s kinda strange
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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!
on 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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