Valentine’s Day Names: Sweets to the sweet
Dulcie - Dulcie could be a sweeter spin on new retro favorites like Sadie, Hattie, and Winnie. From a Latin word meaning sweet, it’s found in romantic elaborations like Dulcibella and Dulcinea - Don Quixote’s true love. The Spanish Dulce has been more popular in recent years, originally associated with the Virgin Mary, but now just as likely to bring to mind the caramel flavor of dulce de leche.
- Dulcie - Dulcie could be a sweeter spin on new retro favorites like Sadie, Hattie, and Winnie. From a Latin word meaning sweet, it’s found in romantic elaborations like Dulcibella and Dulcinea - Don Quixote’s true love. The Spanish Dulce has been more popular in recent years, originally associated with the Virgin Mary, but now just as likely to bring to mind the caramel flavor of dulce de leche." >
- Honey - Over 700 girls have been named Honey - just Honey - in the past ten years. Were they thinking of the nectar, or Honey Rider of James Bond fame? Kate Winslet named her firstborn Mia Honey. If Honey seems too insubstantial, it could make a great nickname for Honor, Honora, or Honoria." >
- Mia/Brielle smoosh. It makes the list because miel is the French word for honey, from the Latin mel. Spell it miellé, and it means honeyed or honey-colored. Drop the accent, and Mielle brings to mind Gabrielle, Brielle, Arielle, and lots of other ends-in-elle names for girls." >
- Charleston - Think sweet names only work for girls? Not so! The Charleston Chew has been around since 1922. The chocolate-covered nougat was named after the dance craze, and the dance was named after the South Carolina city. This makes Charleston a place name possibility, too, one with all the friendly nicknames of Charles, from Charlie to Chuck." >
- Clark - Another great possibility for a son, Clark qualifies as a Hollywood name (Gable), a superhero one (Kent), and a candy one, too. The Clark Bar was created by David L. Clark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania back in 1886. Or maybe it was named after a pet chinchilla kept by one of the D.L. Clark Company’s early employees. Either way, the name is now on a rebound in the US, currently ranked Number 456 and rising." >
- Heath - Handsome Heath has been a candy name since 1914. The candy bar’s story is packed with great names. Brothers Bayard and Everett Heath took over the family business in the 1920s. The duo promoted the combination of milk chocolate and English toffee as a health food. Today Heath is undeniably a sweet treat, and it’s also a nature name, used to refer to a type of field." >
- Sullivan and Leland, or maybe a substitute for girl favorites like Harper and Hadley. Haviland Thin Mints aren’t quite as well known as some of the candy brands on this list, but it’s a striking name - and one that you should be able to find in many a candy aisle. One more bonus? Olivia de Havilland - two Ls - starred in many a Hollywood classic, including Gone with the Wind as Melanie." >
- Kit and Kat - Maybe not for siblings, and certainly not for twins! But the crunchy Kit Kat bar combines two great nicknames. Both Kit and Kat are used for Katherine, while Kit has stood in for Christopher. While the candy always appears in a red wrapper today, it originally came in blue. As for the origin of the candy’s name, it originally referred to a mutton pie, served by a cook named Christopher Catt to an assembly of eighteenth century political and literary notables. The notables became known as the Kit-Kat Club." >
- Ruth - Officially the Baby Ruth candy bar is named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, born in 1891. But the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago was just down the street from Wrigley Field. They introduced the Baby Ruth in 1921, when a certain baseball player was attracting quite a lot of attention. Since Ruth is an enduring, Biblical classic, it would be a very subtly sweet choice." >
- Mary Jane - Sweet Mary Jane is familiar to many as the little girl on the wrapper of the peanut butter taffy, ever since its creation in 1914. This time the name is no mystery. Creator Charles Miller named them after his Aunt Mary Jane. Once the perpetual #1 name for a daughter, today Mary has left the US Top 100. Mary Jane feels sweetly vintage in 2015." >
- Godiva - Back in 1926, Belgian chocolatier Joseph Drap named his confectionary after the legend of Lady Godiva. She rode through town dressed in nothing but her hair to protest excessive taxes. With Genevieve and Evangeline so popular, Godiva might be a wild, daring alternative." >
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on February 13th, 2015 at 12:12 am
on February 13th, 2015 at 12:48 am
My great aunt’s name was Dulcie and my grandmother stepmother’s name too. I love it!
on February 13th, 2015 at 12:53 am
The only ones I truly like are Dulcie and Mielle, but even those are awfully nickname-y. 🙁 Similar to Mielle is Miette, which means “crumb” in French. We considered naming our dog this. 🙂
on February 13th, 2015 at 1:30 am
Oh and I really like Charleston, but I think it may sound too snobby to others. It may be the perfect name for a dog though.
on February 13th, 2015 at 7:53 am
My favorite from this list is Heath, but not because of the candy bar association! I also love the names Mary and Jane but please do not name your daughter Mary Jane – it is no longer just a candy bar!
on February 13th, 2015 at 8:49 am
I am partial to Dulcie as it is my cat’s name, but I could see equally see this on a girl. I pronounce it DULL-SEE and sometimes shorten it to Dulce.
on February 13th, 2015 at 3:57 pm
I came here so sure that Reese would be here – as in, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups of course 😀
on February 13th, 2015 at 4:01 pm
I looove Heath…because of the delicious candy, I’m sure.
And Mary Jane, but not because of the candy.
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on February 13th, 2015 at 8:22 pm
Some of the names are cute, like Dulcie, Mielle, Kit, and Kat. But Mary Jane, as one name, is not a good idea. Separate they’re classics, but together they are no longer just a candy.
on February 13th, 2015 at 9:21 pm
Glad to see Charleston getting some love! I like it as a way to get to Chaz. Also like Clark(e) for both boy and girl. Also Kit for both boy and girl (Kitson/Katherine). And Ruth (Ruthie) is great.
Maybe because I worked for many years as a counselor in a Treatment Center, but I don’t seem Mary Jane making a coming back any time soon…
on February 14th, 2015 at 1:41 pm
Oh, I love Dulcie and Charleston and Clark and Kit. Good ideas.
on February 15th, 2015 at 11:13 pm
Wait I’ve read historical write up tell a different tale.. Godiva/Godgeve/Godgifu was naked of royal garbs not in her birthday suite. Beautiful name, daring though. I’ve fancied Charleston Easton as a name.
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