Category: baby name meanings

By Clare Bristow

Many names in the news this week have more to them than meets the eye.

Some names are so unusual that you just know there’s a story behind them, even if you don’t know what it is. Others can seem perfectly ordinary, but turn out to have special significance.

Here’s my pick of names with meaning – as well as some that are just plain lovely.

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The Virtues of a Virtue Name

By Faith M.

I, for one, am very enthusiastic about the recent rise in less common or renewed virtue names for girls, names such as Verity, Mercy, Peace and Amity. And also for the growing trend to give boys virtue names such as Justice, Chance, True and Noble, to name just a few of the many great choices.

The increased popularity and abundance of word names that now classify as unconventional virtue names has made it an appealing option for people looking for something off-beat as an alternative to such traditional names as Faith, Hope, Grace and Constance.

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How to Reinvent Family Names for Baby

By Abby Sandel

This week brought us two celebrity baby names inspired by loved ones. But they’re not just simple honor names.

Lacey Chabert revealed that her new daughter, Julia Mimi Bella, is named for Lacey’s mom, Julie. Julia is the first child for Lacey and husband Dave Nehdar.

Actor Rob Schneider also welcomed a daughter – his third. Daughter Elle King, from a previous relationship, is now a successful singer. Now he and wife Patricia are parents to Miranda Scarlett and newest addition, Madeline Robbie. Robbie seems like a sweet nod to dad.

Would you name your baby after yourself? How about your mom or dad, or another loved one?

Both the Schneiders and Chabert-Nehdars made some subtle changes to the names before handing them out down to the next generation. If you like the idea of choosing family names, but aren’t sure about the names themselves, there’s no shortage of ways to reinvent them for your children.

Here are nine ways to honor a loved one with names for the newest members of your family.

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Do too many rules make naming a baby impossible, or is a solid list of must-haves the key to finding a great name for daughter number three?

Kate writes:

We are counting down the days until our fifth child and third daughter arrives at the end of June. We cannot wait to meet her, but I’m growing anxious she will arrive nameless.

Our four older children are sons Damian Joseph and Malachi John, and daughters Clara Sophia and Eve Marian.

My husband and I are picky, and I especially have a lot of naming rules. What do we need to let go of to find something we love?

Meaning – This is more important to me than my husband, though it still matters to him. Our daughters have names that mean precious things to me – Clara Sophia (light and wisdom) and Eve Marian (our mother in nature and our mother in grace). If I love a name and find out it has a negative meaning, it is out!

Originated as a girl’s name – This is my rule only, and eliminates Georgiana, Aurelia, Alexandra, Josephine, Caroline, and the like.

No “or” names – Our two-syllable last name has a strong “or” sound on the second syllable. This rules out Laura, Nora, Eleanor, Aurora, Dorothy, Orla, etc.

Traditional Use – This one is stronger with my husband. I like Solana, Seren, Elodie, Elowen, and Roisin, but he prefers names that are more familiar.

No repeats – We have a large circle of family and friends who are excellent baby namers. Because we see these loved ones often, we can’t use Isabel(la), Genevieve, Evangeline, Lucia, Abigail, Anna, Rose, Sarah, Celine, Gemma, or Miriam.

Popularity – We aren’t extreme about this, but definitely no Top Ten.

We have recently talked about Juniper, but don’t know about a middle, and my husband is unsure. He really likes Elizabeth but I am underwhelmed. We both sort of like Thea, but both want to more than ‘sort of’ like the name.

Any advice is so greatly appreciated!

The Name Sage replies:

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Them Are Fighting Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

We’re always spotlighting baby names that have appealing meanings: nature and intelligence, peace and love.

But the fact is that many ancient names have meanings that relate to fighting and war and victory, undoubtedly desirable qualities to parents who feared that their babies might be kidnapped by Huns or eaten by wolves.

In the modern world, parents tend to choose one of these battle-related name despite rather than because of a meaning like “renowned warrior” or “elf spear”. And those who want a fierce-sounding name may opt for something more explicit like Wilder or Gunner, Hunter or Blade.

But a user-created list we recently spotlighted by @nidorina reminded us just how many fighting, war, soldier, protector, and guardian names there are from deep in the traditional naming lexicon. And there are many more than listed there. An overview:

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