Word Names: Names with real meaning

Not since the Virtue Names of the Puritans have so many new words morphed into names. In recent years we’ve seen everything from the ridiculous (Peanut, Pirate) to the sublime (Serenity, Dream), and lately there’s been a rush of new weather, seasonal, and directional names. What’s next? Here are a few possibilities.


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We’ve had River and Forest and Field and Meadow—why not the wonderfully evocative Dune? In addition to its beachy attributes, it has sci-fi vibes via the Frank Herbert novel and film, Dune. Photographer Diane Arbus spelled her daughter’s name Doon.

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