Category: word names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The dictionary and the thesaurus have invaded the baby name universe big time, especially if you include all the nature and color and virtue names. Journey and Genesis, Forest and Faith, Maverick and Melody, Ace and Chase, Sage and Summer—I’m sure we could all go on forever.
And celebrities are far from immune to this trend. Let’s take a look at the word names they’ve chosen just in the past year, some of them newly introduced to the baby world.
By Abby Sandel
Word names have boomed in the 21st century. Some are revived from the past – welcome back, Ruby and Jasper. Others have some history of use but have never enjoyed so much popularity. Even more word names feel brand new.
Over the last week, word names were in the air. The WWE’s Brie Bella shared that she plans to name her new daughter Birdy. Expectant ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder’s older daughter is called Scout. And Names for Real spotted a baby Pepper in New York.
Let’s take a look at word names that are popular on Nameberry – far more popular than in the US. None of these appear in the current Top 1000, but every one of them could crack the list soon. Given the popularity of choices like River and Chase, Autumn and Lily, any one of these could be the next big thing.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Most of us have memories of hours spent coloring with crayons, long before it became an adult fad. Not only were we mesmerized by the dazzling array of varied hues, but we were also introduced to some exotic color names. Now some of them have found their way onto birth certificates, in this new anything-goes baby name world.
The first Crayolas debuted in 1903, with eight basic colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown and black—all for the price of a nickel. By 1949, the number had increased to 48, and by 1958, there were 64 colors in the “stadium seating” box. And the names became more and more varied and fanciful (Purple Pizzazz, Atomic Tangerine, Inchworm), eventually reaching a total of 120 colors, though 50 would be retired..
Here are 12 Crayola colors that could work for your baby.
They’re looking for a bold name for baby number two! Can you help brainstorm unusual baby names–word names or vintage gems that are seldom heard in real life – but still sound like names?
My daughter will be 2 years old when this baby is born in late October.
Her name is Arliss Lorraine. I have a great aunt named Arlys but never really met her … that was random! I got the name from the little boy in Old Yeller. I knew that was THE name when I saw the movie as a child. It is unisex and we didn’t find out the sex of the baby so it was perfect. Lorraine is a family name on both sides, but honestly, I just like it – it’s a bonus that people thought it was in honor of them!
Our second child is another delivery surprise.
Roane is a family name on my side. It’s pronounced row – ane, like Jane or rain. It was my late grandfather’s name, but I think it would work for a boy or a girl.
If it is a girl, we like Maple, Mabel, Ardelle – another family name, but just like Arliss, not really naming her after anyone, and Mora Gene, a Southern double name. (We live in the South.) Another middle name option is Story.
Rudolph is our last name. Yup, like the reindeer.
Having a name that no else has is a big thing for me. I’m not a huge fan of nicknames.
I love that I have a story about naming Arliss, and I’m kind of sad that I don’t have that for this one!
The Name Sage replies:
By Gay Cioffi
As the youngest in my family of five, I am the only one who was not named for a grandparent or beloved aunt or uncle. As it happened, I was named for a fondly remembered childhood acquaintance of my mother.
While not only was breaking from that family tradition the cause of a bit of a stir, and it wasn’t a saint’s name to boot (also an expected practice) nothing prepared my parents or me for the fallout to come as I grew up with the name “Gay” in the fifties and sixties.
I remember hearing my mother’s account of the reaction she got from family members regarding her disregard for how children in the family were traditionally named. I also recall that she wavered a bit between the names Gay and Joy, but again the real controversy began in my later teens when the word “gay”, came to represent more than a synonym for happy or carefree.