Should Your Baby’s Name Be A Number?
Looking for truly original inspiration for your child’s name? Forget the alphabet – start counting on numbers!
Traditionally, numeric baby names might indicate your birth order – think of brothers Primo and Secondo from 1990s movie Big Night. They also developed as nicknames for boys bearing family names, like Star Trek: Enterprise’s Trip Tucker – born Charles Tucker III.
But numeric baby names work for many reasons. They might commemorate a significant date, like your anniversary; symbolize good fortune or have spiritual meaning; or even remember a favorite athlete’s jersey number.
Here are some of the best number names, from the familiar to the unexpected. By Abby Sandel
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on September 8th, 2016 at 11:11 pm
I’d have no hesitation in using Twain, Tressa, Octavia, and Nina as first names; they are great!
Actual number names? Nah, I’m a word person, not numbers (and somehow though 7 is my favorite number, it sounds scary as a name).
on September 9th, 2016 at 12:07 am
Elva is the Swedish equivalent of Eleven, could perhaps work as a name?
on September 9th, 2016 at 12:54 am
In Greek penta- has derived from πέντε (pente), which means five (see pentathlon, Pentecost, pentagon etc.). Four in Greek is τέσσερα (tessera)
on September 9th, 2016 at 9:24 am
I like Ivy and Nina as names and possibly Octavia but some of them (seven, eleven) aren’t real names and just sound awkward.
on September 9th, 2016 at 12:01 pm
Octavia is one of my favorites! I like many of the suggestions as a middle name.
on September 9th, 2016 at 2:20 pm
@Germanstar beat me to it. Penn (penta-) would mean five, whereas Tetra would mean four.
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on September 9th, 2016 at 5:23 pm
Thanks @clarels and @Germanstar – Penn has moved to the entry for five!
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on September 9th, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Love, Svea – great addition to the list!
on September 9th, 2016 at 11:47 pm
I don’t understand why the comments always have to be on a different page. Sometimes I would like to refer to the article…
No, don’t use number names in your own language for your child’s name. I think that some are cute but only on tv or on celebrity babies.
on September 10th, 2016 at 12:29 pm
Good article, Abby. I like that you came up with some unusual ideas, beyond the usual Secundus, Septimus, Octavius, etc.
I just had to say something about the interminable ads, though. There were one or two ads for every slide, certainly more than necessary, and enough to make me reconsider whether I really wanted to continue reading.
Also, I agree with @NatanyaLavigne: it would be nice to be able to refer to the article when making comments.
on September 10th, 2016 at 4:40 pm
I hate to derail the comments, but I’m not sure where else to provide feedback. I totally agree with @tiffanys — there are so many ads popping up that it took me three attempts just to log in, because they were interrupting my typing. I totally support the site’s need to make money, but there’s got to be a limit.
on September 11th, 2016 at 10:29 pm
REMEMBER ME button doesn’t work. I have to sign in every day. Today was the worst!! I accidentally hit a pop up which took me to another site. I had to go back to the email just to get back here, then fight the pop up about your newsletter which I do get and enjoy!
So now I’m here I’ll just say I had a great aunt named Sexta and she WAS the 6th child of 12. As a child, I thought it was odd to only number ONE child! LOL But in the 1800s it was common to wait a year before naming a baby (to see if it lived) and Sexta followed a run of non surviving (& not named) siblings. In that light, I guess I can sympathize.
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