Names to Celebrate Earth Day
Nameberry commemorates Earth Day with this guest blog contributed by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of one of our favorite blogs, You Can’t Call It “It” . Elisabeth, a writer, artist, and mom, lives in Brooklyn, New York
Milkvetch. Wallflower. Toothwart.
Yes, the Earth is indeed a wellspring for baby names.
Actually I skipped those. Here are a few favorites culled– believe it or not– from endangered species lists. Morbid as that may seem, I promise they’re quite nice! Famous conservationists and a few other notables help bring it back down to Earth. I’d love to see Audubon or Fossey as firsts or to meet an all-American infant Sigurd.
Truly though, the names are of minor importance. Gasp! The most we can hope for is that our children do better than we did.
John James Audubon
Frederick Law Olmstead
EMBLEMS OF THE EARTH
Avani- Sanskrit, “earth”
Demeter– Greek, “earth mother”, Greek goddess of agriculture
Francis– Italian saint reknowned for his connection to animals
Gaia– Greek, “earth”, and the goddess of the earth
Kun- Chinese, “earth”
Perpetua– Latin, “continuous”
Terra– Latin, “earth”
Zoe– Greek, “life”
Asa– Hebrew, “healer”
Chayim- Hebrew, “life”
Enki- Sumerian, “lord of the earth”, god of water and wisdom
George– Greek, “farmer, earthworker”
Pax– Latin, “peace”
Zephyr– Greek god of the west wind
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on April 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 am
Yes! You left out Eartha- thank you. That one’s too, well, earthy for me. Thanks, I really enjoyed the post.
on April 22nd, 2009 at 11:19 am
Lovely post from Elisabeth, as always! Some absolute favorites up there: Aldo, Flora, George, Luna, Peregrine, Plum, Primrose, Rosemary, Jasper & Petra.
on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:36 pm
I went to High school with a girl named Earth and Jr. High with a girl named Cricket.
on April 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Sorry realpraise– I actually included Eartha right behind Earth. I think it’s kind of pretty. And who doesn’t love Eartha Kitt?
Lola, you picked some good ones there! I think Aldo has great potential, but what about Leopold? I don’t know if we’ll ever see Peregrine and Primrose come to our shores, but Petra, Rosemary, and Flora are so ripe for the plucking right now!
Gigi- I shouldn’t be surprised you know an Earth. But I am. Anyone else remember Cricket from The Young and the Restless? Is she still on?
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