Calm Baby Names: Serenity, Shiloh and Stellan
The dove is the symbol of peace, and this soft-sounding name of a soft cooing bird is one of the new avian names coming in. Translating dove into other languages produces some further fabulous choices: the Celtic/Gaelic Calum/Callum, the Latin Columba, the Hebrew Jemima and Jonah, the Spanish Paloma.
- Calum/Callum, the Latin Columba, the Hebrew Jemima and Jonah, the Spanish Paloma." >
- Frederick and twin sister Frederica share the meaning of ‘peaceful ruler’ and are classics that have begun to lose their former starchiness, in part at least due to friendly nickname Freddie—which ranks at Number 38 on its own in England and Wales—and even the midcentury good-guy Fred. Frieda is another option with the same peaceful meaning." >
- Galen has the meaning of ‘calm’ and ‘healer’. It was the name of the second century physician who formed the foundation of early medicine. For males, Galen reached as high as 330 in the late 1940s; Dennis Hopper used it for his daughter in 2003. Related are the Russian version Galina and festive short form Gala." >
- Humphrey does mean ‘peaceful warrior’. It’s Number 519 on the list of Nameberry faves, and we’re wondering if its lingering Casablanca charm could bring it into the circle of trending Golden Age surnames such as Harlow." >
- Irene, the name of the Greek goddess of peace, spelled Eirene, had a long run of popularity—it was in the Top 20 for ten years and stayed in the Top 100 for twenty more—and now serene Irene has a newly nostalgic midcentury appeal." >
- Jolie-Pitt kids’ names that have a peaceful meaning, Pax is familiar as a Latin word. We also like the feminine Paz, borne by two current Latina actresses, as well as the trendier surname Paxton, which has swiftly risen to Number 262." >
- Domingo, but that’s no reason that it couldn’t be considered as a viable US baby-name import. The female version, Placida, is less familiar, but with the same serene feel." >
- New Mexico. More mainstream cousin Serena has been on the pop list since records started being kept, peaking at Number 241 in 1997, and now ranks at 411." >
- Shiloh, a place name mentioned several times in the Old Testament and also the site of a major Civil War battle, means ‘tranquil’. It earned instant celebrity cred when Brad and Angelina chose it for their daughter in 2006, bringing it onto the Most Popular list, but it’s never gotten much past the 600s." >
- Calm’ or ‘at rest’ is the probable meaning of this wonderful Scandinavian name, which has a nice starry beginning and the popular ‘an’ ending. Jennifer Connolly and Paul Bettany used it for their son, in honor of the great Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard. It is currently Number 124 on Nameberry." >
- Tully has several meanings, one of which is ‘peaceful’. More common as a surname, Tully, like Sully, nevertheless makes a friendly, nicknamey first name as well." >
- Winifred is on the cusp of rediscovery, à la Wilhelmina and its own nicknames Winnie (recently chosen by Jimmy Fallon on its own) and Freddie/Freddy, a megahit in other English language-speaking countries." >
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on May 22nd, 2014 at 11:37 pm
Love Dove, Pax, Shiloh, and Stellan. I like the nn Winnie, but I believe I would use Winola (or perhaps even Guinevere) before Winifred. I’ve never considered Tully, but I like it. It is definitely a nn imo. I’m not sure for what though.
on May 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 am
I like Shiloh, Stellan, Galen, Frederick, Winifred and Humphrey. I prefer Jemima to get ‘dove’.
on May 23rd, 2014 at 5:16 am
Shiloh and Stellan are beautiful!
on May 23rd, 2014 at 8:34 am
I think I prefer what Dove translates into more than Dove itself. Jonah, Jemima, and Callum… Those are adorable.
I live in Houston, where we have a suburb called Galena Park. I don’t think using Galen or Galina is something I’d do. Though I do like Galen and Gala.
As an Irene myself, I do hope it becomes more popular. As a child growing up in the 90’s, there were tons of things with Ashley’s, Lauren’s and Brittany’s on it. Never any Irene’s. Despite my mid-20’s age, I will buy keychains, pencils or nameplates with my name if I see any.
I, like namesage, would go Guinevere or Gwendolyn before I go Winifred for the nickname Winnie. Winifred is cute, but just not a name I’d choose.
on May 23rd, 2014 at 9:06 am
Love the name Winifred, especially in honour of the great but somewhat neglected writer of the Yorkshire dales, Winifred Holtby. I also love Frederick and Humphrey; Jemima, Jonah, and Colm. I prefer Irena/Irina to Irene, unless you’re using the French version.
I have worked with both Placido Domingo and the great Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, and love both Placido (in its Castilian pronunciation) and Galina, nn Galya.
on May 23rd, 2014 at 9:18 am
@miloowen: How exciting to have worked with those great artists.
on May 23rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm
This blog post made me rethink Stellan and Shiloh! I love Shiloh for a boy though 🙂 Stellan is just what’s missing from my list!
And it made me love Galen even more! I’ll never be able to use it though, it’s the Norwegian word (sort of slang-ish but not entirely) for someone who is behaving like a crazy person. Gal is the Norwgian word for crazy (pronounced to rhyme with tall). XD
on May 23rd, 2014 at 7:01 pm
I hope Shiloh doesn’t get too popular. It is my granddaughter’s name. She has a very, very common surname.
on May 24th, 2014 at 11:36 am
I think my favorite is Paloma. I have An (pr. Ahn) on my list as it is Mandarin for peace： 安
on May 24th, 2014 at 11:46 am
Placido is too reminiscent of Placebo.
on May 25th, 2014 at 8:06 am
Galen means crazy in Swedish.
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