Names That Mean Water
Description:Hurley is a possibility as a unisex surname-name ending with the "lee" sound. It is perhaps most associated with British actress Elizabeth Hurley, and is much rarer than Harley, because the "ur" sound is currently out of fashion (and the word "hurl" may put some off).
Description:The Spanish and Portuguese word for "sea" is a Top 100 name in Spain. In America, it's sometimes used as a nickname for names like Martina and Marina, but it could also plausibly stand on its own.
Description:This Indian name with a Slavic sound definitely has potential.
Origin:Celtic, goddess of fruitfulness
Description:This sprightly Irish mythology name would make an attention-grabbing choice.
Meaning:"from the island in the river"
Description:Possible middle name for devotees of detective Sherlock.
Origin:Variation of male name Lachlin, Gaelic
Description:This phonetic spelling of a traditional Scottish male name wasn't seen until used by Vince Vaughn for his daughter. As Lachlan becomes more of an established boy's name in the US, more parents are turning to the Locklyn spelling on the girl's side.
Meaning:"spring of water"
Description:Many Americans will misunderstand it as Maya, but Maayan (also stylized as Ma'ayan) is a popular Israeli name used for both sexes.
Description:A geographical name of Celtic origin, which is borne by two British rivers: the Afon Wyre in Wales and the Wyre in Lancashire.
Origin:Hebrew or Greek
Meaning:"burning light or ocean spirit"
Description:A simple but unusual name with roots in disparate cultures, Neri appears in the Bible as a male name and is still sometimes used for boys as well as girls. The appeal of Neri are its deep roots combined with its simple, upbeat, modern feel, ala Peri and Rory.
Description:A name that has many close, more familiar relatives, like Mira and Myra.
Description:Oceanus was the Titan in ancient Greek mythology who rules what they thought was the body of water that surrounded the Earth. Oceanus was, appropriately enough, the name of the baby born on the Mayflower. Modern variations include Ocean, Oceana, and Oceane, a popular French name for girls.
Description:Cary Grant's debonair image has stood the test of time - he is still rated as one of the most handsome and admired men in Hollywood. There are not many other names that can combine good-looks, wit and such decency all in two little syllables.
Description:One of the rarer names to come from the Bible, Cherith has a fresh and modern sound despite its ancient roots. Cherith was the name of the stream that kept Elijah alive during the three years' drought which he announced to King Ahab. In English, Cherith pleasingly reminds one of the word cherish which is another plus to this underused girls' name.
Origin:Diminutive of Dwynwen
Description:Short, but still kind of a mouthful.
Origin:Welsh river name
Description:This Welsh river name has possibilities as a place name and nature name that is rare and uncommon.
Description:Zenebe is an appealing name well-used in Ethiopia but rarely heard outside its native land. But it translates easily into English and Zen makes for a cool and attractive nickname. A winning choice for those looking for an African boys' names that bridges cultures.
Meaning:"of the fishing place"
Description:An original choice for a fisherman's child.
Description:Mythological water spirit with the more common spelling of Ondine, heroine of an Edith Wharton novel.
Description:This highly unusual name -- the Halycyone was a mythic bird who could calm the seas -- conjures up images of utter peace and tranquility because of the phrase "Halycon days"...and the sleeping pill.