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August 29th, 2013 02:56 AM #1
Petrichor, and other things you wish were names
Just how awful would it be to name a little boy Petrichor?
I'm not REALLY considering it, since I'm firmly of the "established, preferably very very old, names" persuasion... but how I wish this fell into that category!! Do you have any words like that?
(I first encountered Petrichor a few months ago, when I was looking to adopt a rabbit by that name. It means "the smell of earth after rain." Gorgeous. <3 The scent has always been one of my very favorite things, but I never knew there was a word for it.
Then I saw a Doctor Who episode where "petrichor" was a minor plot point. I looked it up on Wikipedia and learned:
"The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning stone + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology."
Add that I've always loved Peter, but feared/disliked the nn and slang possibilities...)
Hm, what else?
I wish that Clover was a more established name (on the level with Rose).
Generosity (nn Gen)
Of course any and all of these COULD be names, and I would love them, but I am not brave enough to use them myself- so perhaps the question is, which names do you wish were more established?
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August 29th, 2013 09:31 AM #3Senior Member
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I think all of these could fit well in the middle spot.
As far as I'm concerned, if one word can be a name so can any other, as long as its a decent word. It doesn't make sense to me that Reverie would be considered a name and Petrichor not.
I don't really have any word names i super love that aren't already established...i like Solace for a middle name, but that's been used historically as a virtue name, even though it doesn't appear on nameberry.
I've also seen Briar, Haven, and Fjord as names.I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.
My apologies for any typos; i post from my mobile phone.
August 29th, 2013 10:03 AM #5Senior Member
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August 29th, 2013 12:00 PM #7
You all are braver than me! I'm sure that if I asked for names that people wish were LESS popular/established, I'd get tons of responses.
Also, I'm aware of the historical usage of a few of these (esp Solace; I read about that here), but I still feel that if I were to use them, people would think I'd just been inventive. Oh well- maybe by the time we finally have our first baby, I'll be of a more courageous mindset!
I like Petrichor as a middle and really would consider it, but my style is usually to put a longer/fancier name (with nn possibilities) in front, and a simple classic/honor name in the middle.
Nevertheless, I kind of like Silas Petrichor. Man of the forest + the scent of earth after rain. Perfect for a modern day mountain man.
Also... I don't think Petrichor *has* ever been done before (I've looked and looked), and I'm not immune to the allure of being the very first. If you're going to be original, best go all the way, I suppose.
July 10th, 2015 06:50 PM #9
I know this is an old thread, but I just recently came across "Petrichor" and I absolutely love it. When I suggested it to my hubby and a close friend of mine, they both sort of chuckled about it. At first I was joking with it...but then it grew on me! I love it! I would definitely use it as a middle name. To me it sounds really Greek. Or hero-like. It has a beautiful meaning. If people think naming their children after seasons (Autumn, Summer), or after the weather (Stormy, Rain, Skye, Sunshine), then Petrichor shouldn't be excluded!
I love the sound and meaning of Silas Petrichor. Very curious what you ended up deciding if anything yet!
I am personally attached to the name Kyler (meaning archer), but am wanting to play with the spelling to make it a little more unique...so that is doesn't just look like we took "Kyle" and added an "r" to it!
Kuyler Petrichor.... it is my own variant of Cuyler, which is Norse for archer/bowman. I'm finding I really like Norse names.