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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Introduced by actress and singer Shawnee Smith (who was inspired by the Verve record label), we’re surprised this hasn’t been picked up, simply because, like Vivian and Viva and other double-V names, it’s bursting with so much—er—verve.

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