Reversible Names: The palindromes Hannah, Otto and Nan

September 5, 2013 Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a name with perfect symmetry and balance, nothing could fit the bill better than a palindromic appellation, meaning one that reads the same backwards and forwards. Granted, that’s a pretty limited field, and a lot of the choices begin and end with the letter ‘a’ with only one consonant in-between, but there are a few others as well. Here are the most usable:


A sweet turn-of-the-last century favorite that’s recently returned, climbing more than 350 places in the past decade, partly as a replacement for the overused Ava. Notable namesake: Ada Lovelace, mathematician daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who worked on the forerunners to the calculator and computer.


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