Winter Baby Names: A blizzard of cool choices
By Meredith Testa
There was a major snowstorm where I live recently, which of course got me thinking about names for babies born in a blizzard. I couldn’t find any examples that mean “terrible timing, little one,” but some of the names below may work.
Eira, Eirwen– Both names come from the Welsh word meaning “snow.” They’re gentle, airy names, almost like snow itself. Other variants are Eiry, Eiriol (AYR-yol) and Eirlys (AYR-lees).
Pyry– This Finnish male name means “blizzard.” The y’s are pronounced like the u sound in the words “rue” or “uber,” so phonetically, Pyry is more like “pue-rue.” I would expect most Americans to say Pie-ree.
Boris– This Eastern European name may be so far out it’s in. Its origins are uncertain, but it’s believed to come from the word for “wolf” or “snow leopard.” Boris is now most popular in the Netherlands, where it’s Number 104. Boris Pasternak was the author of Doctor Zhivago; Frankenstein star Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt.
Nieves– Translate snow into Spanish and you’ve got a thinly disguised snowy baby name. Nieves is a common Spanish surname, especially in Puerto Rico. It’s a first name bestowed in honor of the Virgin Mary. The Portuguese version is Neves; Neve, as in actress Neve Campbell, is the Anglicized spelling of the Irish Niamh, all of which mean snow, and Neve was chosen by Conan O’Brien for his daughter.
Primrose– The primrose (prime rose) was so named because it is among the first plants to flower after winter. It could make a good option for a girl born at the end of a hard winter, literally or metaphorically. Primrose is one of the Rose variations beginning to trend, especially after being the name of the sister of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy and a Lord of the Rings character as well.
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on February 16th, 2017 at 10:02 am
As a native Welsh speaker Id like to add that Eira being the word for snow and Wen meaning white, the name Eirwen literally means Snow White! A pretty cool way to give your daughter a Princess name without being obvious!
Definitely considering Eira for a girls middle name, I’m not a fan of Welsh names generally, I find them clunky but I like Eira and my eldest daughters middle name is Arianwen meaning Silver-White so I feel Eira would go nicely with it.
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