By E. Wittig
Asherah – Scorpio joins Cancer and Pisces as one of the Zodiac’s three water signs. Amphitrite is a Greek goddess and queen of the sea. Her son Triton has oceanic power as well. Hindu mythology has a water god named Varuna and Asherah is a Mesopotamian mother goddess, called, “she who walks upon the sea.”
Crispin – The sign of the scorpion stretches across the middle of autumn, a month of crisp air, harvests, and spooks. For a name heavy with this autumn imagery, consider choices like Crispin, Bruno, Hazel, and Sage. Hallow, Fae, Dragomir and Lore are all evocative of Halloween.
Evening – Scorpius is one of the brightest constellations and has featured as various symbols across cultures. Hawai’ian myth ties the fishhook constellation to demigod Maui; Scorpius is part of the Azure dragon in Chinese astrology. Scorpio’s brightest star is Antares, also called Vespertilio, which comes from the Latin word for “evening.” If Vespertilio is too much name for you, try word name Evening instead.
Gardenia – Flowers Gardenia, Orchid, and Dahlia represent those born under Scorpio. The deep red of gardenias matches the scorpion’s inner passion as well; red shades Burgundy, Garnet, and Crimson make excellent Scorpio names.
Kaimana – Scorpions are intense and mysterious people; they rarely care what others think of them. While seeming cool and unemotional at first, they are brimming with power and passion just below the surface. Kaimana combines the Hawai’ian words for “ocean” and “power.” In Hinduism, divine feminine power is personified as a creator goddess, Shakti. Other powerful names include Oswald, Godric, Valencia, and Jabbar.
Nix – The scorpion is ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, though prior to the dwarf planet’s discovery Mars took on that role. Pluto has five moons; of these, Charon and Nix work best as names. Pluto’s largest moon has a dark place named Mordor Macula after a land in Lord of the Rings.
Samhain – The majority of Scorpio takes place in November. Nova and Ember are obvious but lovely derivatives. In Irish, the word for November is Samhain; Arazoa is the Basque name. Noa, Novi, and Nona are other November monikers. Finally, Autumn is a tamer seasonal name for more traditional parents.
Steel – While aquamarine is most strongly identified with this birth sign, beryl, obsidian, and topaz are other Scorpio gemstones. Of these, Beryl and Topaz are the most name-like. The strength and compound nature of steel applies readily to the Scorpio, making Steel another earthy name for a Scorpion. Benjamin Huntsman and Sir Henry Bessemer were inventors who greatly aided the steelmaking process. Borrow their names for a November baby.
Sylvia – Many Scorpios have spent time in the public eye. From modern celebrity scorpions, such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Willow Smith, to historical figures, there is inspiration for namers of all tastes. Poet Sylvia Plath, French philosopher Voltaire, and President Theodore Roosevelt are a few of these. Also look to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and actresses Tilda Swinton, born Katherine Matilda, and Tatum O’Neal.
Thorell – Scorpions symbolize passion, protection, and the love of solitude. In ancient Mesopotamia, Ishhara was a goddess associated with the scorpion. Later, the Egyptian goddess Serqet, or Selket, was both an embodiment of and protection from scorpions. A scorpion features in a Greek myth involving Orion and Artemis. Names Thorell, Alacran, Mordax, Lindo, and Angelena come from the taxonomy and common names of various scorpion species.