Nameberry Weather Report: Cool climate names from Amaya to Zephyr

If you think about weather-related names, there are certain obvious ones that spring to mind—Rain and Snow, Frost and Tempest, Sunny, Stormy and Misty.  But there are other, more subtle ways to reference the climate condition of your baby’s birth—something that’s been part of the tradition of some other cultures. Here are some ideas of names that for the most part embody weather phenomena in their meanings:


Amaya, which means “night rain” in Japanese and is also a spelling variation of a Basque name, with echoes of the popular Amelia and Maya, has been a Top 400 name since 1999, and is now at Number 215. When Mariska Hargitay chose it for her newly adopted daughter, she said, “Amaya sounded so open and feminine and beautiful, just like her.”

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17 Responses to “Nameberry Weather Report: Cool climate names from Amaya to Zephyr”

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lawsonhaley Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Bronte is another possible one, meaning Thunder 🙂

Dantea Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I love:

Amaya — though I thought it meant “night rain” in Japanese
Thor — very cool and very bold
Iris — so sweet! She’s is a messenger for all the gods though. She goes into the sea and the Underworld too ^_^
Nephele — She’s also an Oceanid ^_^ She isn’t a goddess either, she’s a nymph of clouds. She was created to trick a man to see if he could hold back his lust for Hera. Zeus fashioned Nephele from clouds in the shape of Hera, Ixion slept with her thinking it was Hera, and fathered the centaurs because of it.
Zephyr — Zephyrus is the god, Zephyr is the anglicized form. I love Zephyr though (more than Zephyrus) ^_^

linda Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 12:40 am

Thanks, Dantea–made some changes.

Dantea Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 4:07 am

You’re welcome. I need to elaborate on my Nephele combo. I meant that there were Two Nephele. One was an Oceanid, one was a cloud nymph. I realize I might have been confusing up there.
And if you want a nickname to make her more user friendly, Nelly and Effie both work ^_^

dindlee Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 6:13 am

Amaya is on my list. Not a huge fan of how it flows with my last name, but I find it so beautiful.

larkub101 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 8:16 am

Amaya – awesome meaning! unfortunately, I doubt anyone would see it as more than “Oh, Maya with an A!”
Breeze – I have always liked it, but I don’t think I’d ever use it, except as a nickname for Sabrina
Clement – cool meaning, but it sounds more like it belongs on a businessman to me. Although the nickname Clem would be useful
Corentin – Very cool! Hurricane is such an awesome meaning. I like Corentine almost better, but how would you pronounce it, long i or long e sound?
Guthrie – Not a fan of Guthrie. Doesn’t sound like a first name.
Iris – Love it! Is it weird that I think of the goddess before the flower?
Nephele – eh. I don’t love it. But a cloud nymph would be a great namesake. 🙂
Nevada – I wish it wasn’t a state, because the meaning is adorable! But the only thing ppl would think of would be “Oh, were you born in Nevada?”
Solana – Love this! Never heard it before, and it is splendid!
Thor/Thora – I don’t like either one. Although Chris Hemsworth is gorgeous… My neighbor has a dog named Thor.
Varsha – This is really cool. I love rain, so it would be meaningful to me.
Zephyr – Eh. Neutral.

hermione_vader Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 9:27 am

I met a girl named Nevada this summer. I liked it and decided it was a more offbeat state name, like using Indiana or Alabama as a given name.

I love Iris, Solana, Zephyr, Nephele, and Guthrie. Thor is my favorite Avenger, but it seems more like a dog’s name hear in the States. Thora is more usable (possibly because Grandma Thora from the PBS cartoon “Arthur” is a more down-to-Earth sort of awesome).

Dantea Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 10:12 am

I can’t get everything in one comment today >.< I forgot to mention that I know 2 Breezes. One is my age (twenties) and Cody went to high school with her and her brother Thomas. She went by Breezy. The other is almost 3 and its her middle name. It's Sarah Breeze. Her brothers both have very classic first and middles.

jtucker Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 11:30 am

Iris and Zephyr are pretty cool!

Nephele Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hey, thanks for the shout out! 🙂 I love that pic you chose to illustrate the name “Nephele,” as well! My favorite name from your list is “Zephyr.” I also like the feminine forms: Zephyra, Zephyrina, and Zephyrine! I think that “Zephyrina Zappa” would be a pretty cool name to have. 🙂

linda Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Yes, Nephele, Zephyrina (or Zephyr) Zappa would be totally cool–we must let Dweezil know!

tori101 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Such an amazing read with some beautiful images!

My favourites…

: )

Livi Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’ve never been sure of the pronunciation of Nephele. Is the emphasis on the first or second syllable?

thiswastheirworld Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

just one thing – Breeze spells her name Brianna in the book! Great post, by the way.

marinadancel17 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Ooh Ive never heard Solana and I love it! I also find Iris quite beautiful.

Dantea Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Nephele is pronounce NEF-eh-lee. Nelly and Effie make good nicknames. ^_^

iwillpraise Says:

November 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I went to school with a kid named Thor; born mid 80’s. My mom actually went to school with his dad. All I can say is, they were both a little odd….

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