Minty Fresh Names: From Araminta to Pepper
Fresh is a term that is often bandied about in the name world. It’s used when parents are looking for a rarely heard, “fresh” new name, when we are “tweaking” a popular favorite to give it a “fresh” feel, or for forgotten gems that are being polished off and given a “fresh” lease on life. And often when we think fresh we think of mint. So why not combine the two? Here’s a selection of some minty fresh names to get you thinking.
Araminta – Love Arabella, but not the inevitable nickname Bella, which would also be shared with all those Isabella‘s out there? Then how about Araminta? Different but not too different, and bursting with old fashioned charm.
Eminta/Aminta – Araminta is thought to come from Aminta, a Greek name meaning ‘defender, vindicator’. It’s sleeker than Araminta, more modern looking and almost regal sounding. The Eminta spelling is also a great option.
Reminton – You may recognize him better as Remington, but then he wouldn’t have “mint” in his name, would he? Reminton is an English surname meaning ‘place on the riverbank’. He’s all Bond-like sophistication, and this spelling reduces the not so desirable firearms association.
Minty/Mintie – Super cute, Mintyh could be used as a name by itself or a nickname for any of the above. The Mintie spelling is on trend with other ie-ending nickname names such as Evie and Ellie, although unfortunately Minties are also a very popular in some parts of the world, such as Australia.
Spear – As in spearmint. Fits right in with both weapon like names like Arrow, Hunter and Gunner, and the current popularity of short, sharp strong names for boys. Yet so far it has gone undiscovered, possibly because it is a little primal sounding.
Pepper – From peppermint. Pepper is a spunky little name that while more popular for girls, can also work for boys. Maybe you can’t imagine it on an adult, but it seems to work just fine for Iron Man‘s highly intelligent Pepper Potts. So why not in the real world?
Patty – Peppermint Patty is one of Charlie Brown‘s friends in the famous Peanuts cartoons. Her full name is actually Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt, and story is that creator Charles M. Schulz named her for a dish of peppermint candies he had on his writing desk.
Cane – Because candy canes are made of peppermint, or course! Cane comes in many different spelling variations – Kane, Kain, Kayne – all of which come from the biblical Cain. A strong name, Kane is currently the most popular spelling for American boys.
Aero – In case you haven’t heard of it, Aero is a candy bar filled with mint-flavoured chocolate bubbles. Sounds kind of like Arrow, but with more of a nature association it’s a much softer choice. It would be a cool and interesting unisex choice.
Franklin – Turning away from candy, The Franklin Mint is a famous producer of coins, jewelry, sculptures and other collectibles. Franklin is an English name meaning ‘free landholder’. It’s distinguished sounding, an impression upheld by historic namesake Benjamin Franklin.
Tulip – This more user-friendly version of Mint Julep was the name of one of Strawberry Shortcake’s pals in the 80’s. A very sweet, underused flower name – I can just imagine a little girl called Tulip with the nickname Minty. Rebecca Rominjn and Jerry O’Connell used it as a middle name for their twin daughter Charlie.
Would you use any of these? What names do you think of when you think of Mint?
Brooke Cussans – better known on the Nameberry forums as bluejuniper – is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of name blog Baby Name Pondering. She especially loves rare and unusual names.
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on July 17th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
on July 18th, 2013 at 1:01 am
Spear also brings to mind Spears…as in Britney
on July 18th, 2013 at 10:54 am
The only one I think I would use is Franklin which is a favorite of mine.
I have other Minty names not mentioned here that I love.
The first is York, as in the place, the duke, New York and York peppermint patties, which are good.
Next is Andes as in Andes mints which are really lovely too. I love Andes mints, but Andes I would more likely use as a diminutive of Andrew.
Finally I love Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. That is not so usable, but the brands I love are: Breyer (Breyer’s ice cream)
and Edy (Edy’s Ice cream).
Interesting post that is making me hungry.
on July 18th, 2013 at 11:07 am
One of my ancestors was named Arminta and the nickname Minta has been passed down to others in the family. I really like it!
on July 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
I like the nickname Minta, but I read a book when I was little with a terribly cruel aunt named Araminta, nn Minty. I have never gotten over the association, even though I can’t remember the name of the book!
on July 18th, 2013 at 8:50 pm
I love the name Araminta and it is really cute and the nicknames Minta and Minty/Mintie are adorable to!
on July 20th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
Love Franklin (but its one of those middle-name-only types on account of the nn Frank everyone would wish to bestow upon a Franklin) and although I get what your trying to say about the Franklin mint, it still doesn’t give me that strong of a mint association.
However, the name that always has is Mindy! I love her, but couldn’t ever figure out how to get her without the proper name Melinda….
on July 20th, 2013 at 10:51 pm
P.S. Araminta is very beautiful. I imagine any little girl would adore it… even into womanhood 🙂
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