Category: ancient baby names

Magical Medieval Names: Aelyth to Wystan

By Theresa Elsmore

Looking for something further back in history and different than the current vintage naming trend? Since The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Vikings, we think it’s time some really Olde World classics get some attention.

It’s a common misconception that medieval namers drew from a very small stock of choices. From the Anglo-Norman period in England of the 13th and 14th centuries, there’s a wide variety of hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered. They bring to mind the warmth of a blacksmith’s hearth, the trotting of a horse, the romance of forbidden love, and chivalry. Here are some favourite medieval names poised to be awakened from their slumbers.

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21 Great Greek Baby Names for Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Greek baby names are the perfect focus on March 25th, which is Greek Independence Day–a major Hellenic holiday. Today we commemorate it with some wonderful but neglected Greek names for girls drawn from both the rich treasure trove of ancient mythological appellations and names found in modern Greece which have not made inroads this country.

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Ancient Baby Names

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By Kara Cavazos, The Art of Naming

Many vintage names are coming back into style today but there are also plenty of old gems out there that very few people are considering. It begs the question, what makes certain names desirable and others not?  Here are ten perfectly viable names with history and beauty that are being virtually ignored for modern babies:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The Roman Empire reigned for more than five hundred years, led by 140 different emperors. In modern times, though, with a couple of exceptions, the names of these august figures were considered far too august and imposing for a twentieth/twenty-first century kid. But the times they are a-changin’ and lately several of these appellations have ridden into the realm of possibility.

AugustusAugustus, Julius Caesar’s adopted son, who was born Octavian and given the name Augustus by the senate in honor of his great achievements, was the first of the Roman emperors. Augustus is a perfect example of a name that was well used in the 19th century, then deemed too fusty for decades, and now is back at Number 688 and a high 123 on Nameberry, recently modernized by the character nicknamed Gus in The Fault in Our Stars.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the mythologies of ancient Greece and Rome, most of the deities had shared lineages, dominions and attributes—but not appellations.  I thought it might be fun to pit the names of the two cultures against each other and let you see if your taste ran more to the Greek or Roman.  The one major exception to this rule is Apollo—recently chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale—whose name stayed the same.

Here they are, with Greeks on the left, the Romans to the right.

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