Category: Historic Names
By Tiana Putric
The names of many American states have been used by parents of the past –– Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington –– as well as others more popular with parents of today –– Carolina, Dakota, Georgia, Montana, and Virginia. But it’s interesting to note that there are other names, lesser-known ones, which lay hidden within the names of a number of US states.
Here are some unique appellations from America’s past that could be of interest to anyone looking for something truly exceptional.
By Emily Cardoza
This past weekend, millions of women, men and children took to the streets to promote the fight for equal rights and social equity, especially in reaction to the recent rise in regressive politics and racism. Though it would be impossible to list every woman who has contributed to the fight for women’s rights all over the world, here are some of the “bigger” names from the first wave.
By Theresa Elsmore
Looking for something further back in history and different than the current vintage naming trend? Since The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Vikings, we think it’s time some really Olde World classics get some attention.
It’s a common misconception that medieval namers drew from a very small stock of choices. From the Anglo-Norman period in England of the 13th and 14th centuries, there’s a wide variety of hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered. They bring to mind the warmth of a blacksmith’s hearth, the trotting of a horse, the romance of forbidden love, and chivalry. Here are some favourite medieval names poised to be awakened from their slumbers.
Wharton was one of the first authors to write about this period, and she knew it well, having grown up in it. Her books are about not only high society – the parties, the travel, the social deals – but also the private life that went on behind it. Love affairs, secret debts, scandalous behavior, it’s all there.
January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, getting its name from the Roman God Janus, who was associated with new beginnings. Let’s look to past January’s for notable name inspiration associated with this month.
Author (Pearl) Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872. He was best known for his Western genre adventure novels: Grey’s works portraying the American frontier have been translated into more than 112 movies and TV shows. Zane is an English surname name that may possibly be a variation of John. Currently at Number 233 in the US, Zane is a bit more popular amongst name enthusiast here on Nameberry, where it ranks at Number 91. Actor Heather Tom has a son named Zane Alexander, and singer Mindy McCready used the spelling Zayne for her son.