A collection of lovely names

Not sure what I'll do with these. Maybe they'll be become characters, maybe one day they'll make it onto my top favourite name list for my future children.
  1. Abra
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Abraham, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "father of multitudes"
    • Description:

      Abra is soft, sensitive feminine form of Abraham that was the name of a soft, sensitive character in the John Steinbeck book and movie, "East of Eden." In the bible, Abra was a favorite of King Solomon and it was a popular name in seventeenth century England. Abra is also a West African name used for girls born on Tuesday. The magical 'abracadabra' is thought to have originated in the Aramaic language.
  2. Aldrich
    • Origin:

      Germanic
    • Meaning:

      "old, wise ruler"
    • Description:

      In an era with so many created, modern names, Aldrich oozes history and substance. But it is also fit for modern times, given its surname-as-name status and the nickname potential (Al, Richie, etc).
  3. Anwen
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "very fair, beautiful"
    • Description:

      Anwen is one of the simplest and best of the classic Welsh girls' names, more unusual than Bronwen but with the same serene feel.
  4. Ardith
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "flowering field"
    • Description:

      Ethereal combination of Arden and Edith, with a sweet naturey meaning.
  5. Arista
    • Origin:

      Greek or Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the best; ear of corn"
    • Description:

      From the root for aristocrat, an upwardly mobile choice -- or if you go by its other meaning, an earthy delicious choice.
  6. Cathal
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "battle rule"
    • Description:

      The name of an ancient Irish saint is in the contemporary Irish Top 50. While it's one of the rare Irish names for boys that hasn't immigrated to the U.S., it may follow brothers Aidan and Declan to our shores. The t is not pronounced.
  7. Charis
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "grace"
    • Description:

      Reference to the mythological Three Graces of womanly charm, this one representing charity. Pronounced in Greek as starting with a back-of-the-throat H sound, most English-speakers would translate that to something closer to KAR-is. It's also the name of a girl who lived in Atlantis in the novel Taliesin, and appears in the Margaret Atwood novel The Robber Bride.
  8. Cyra
    • Origin:

      Persian or Greek
    • Meaning:

      "sun or throne, or lord"
    • Description:

      Cyra is an unusual name that can be pronounced either SEER-a or SI-ra, rhyming with Keira or Tyra. This name may be a feminine variation of Cyrus but is also a Persian name that stands on its own. One noted bearer is writer Cyra McFadden.
  9. Eachna
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "horse"
    • Description:

      Eachna is the name of an Irish goddess renowned for her beauty, brains and stylishness; in early legend, a Connacht princess named Eachna was deemed to be one of the loveliest and cleverest women int he world.

      Eachna is pronounced ahk-na, so despite its nice namesake story, it would provide a pronunciation challenge outside the Irish culture.

  10. Eaton
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "riverside"
    • Description:

      Eaton's similarity to Eton gives it an upscale Old School feel, though in the U.S. a name that sound like eatin' could have teasin' potential. Eaton could also sound like the much-more-familiar Ethan with a tough-guy accent.
  11. Eir
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "peacefulness, mercy"
    • Description:

      So airy, it's almost not there.
  12. Eyre
    • Origin:

      Literary name and Old Norse
    • Meaning:

      "gravel bank river"
    • Description:

      This lovely name -- Eyre sounds just like air -- is best-known as the surname of eponymous Bronte heroine Jane, and would make an appealing and distinctive middle name for the child of fans of that book. While the surname Eyre is found mainly in England, its origins are Norse and it's thought to derive from Norse settlers. Still, the status of the classic books means Eyre deserves to stand proudly among English baby names.
  13. Faolan
    • Origin:

      Irish Gaelic
    • Meaning:

      "little wolf"
    • Description:

      Properly spelled with a fada in Gaelic (Faolán), this name is the origin of the Irish surname Phelan. It derives from the Gaelic fáel "wolf", plus a diminutive suffix, making this a handsome hidden nature name.
  14. Hereswith
    • Origin:

      Old English
    • Meaning:

      "Strength of the army"
    • Description:

      Hereswith is a rare name that comes to us from the dark ages. She was a Northumbrian saint, whose more famous sister, Hilda, was the Abbess at Whitby and patron of the first English poet, Caedmon. The name has a soft, lispy sound that is more wearable than its spelling would suggest.
  15. Iola
    • Origin:

      Greek or Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "violet; beautiful lady"
    • Description:

      Isla is hot, Iona is cool – maybe it's time Iola got a second look? Last heard from on Carol Burnett's Mama's Family show, Iola feels like just the sort of uncommon, vowel-rich, vintage name that should be ripe for rediscovery.
  16. Isle
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "small island"
    • Description:

      Isla is newly popular, so why not Isle?
  17. Ismene
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "knowledgeable"
    • Description:

      Sister of Antigone and daughter of Oedipus in Greek mythology, Ismene's name is unlikely to make it in modern times because of its teasability factor. Ismay or Esme would be better bets.
  18. Katell
    • Origin:

      Breton variation of Katherine
    • Meaning:

      "pure"
    • Description:

      Original twist on this classic.
  19. Keir
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
    • Description:

      Keir is a single-syllable name that packs a lot of punch, might suggest -- thanks to its similarity to the word care -- a caring person. Sir Keir Rodney Starmer is a British politician and head of the Labour Party since 2020. Keir Dullea is an American actor who starred in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  20. Laszlo
    • Origin:

      Hungarian
    • Meaning:

      "glorious ruler"
    • Description:

      The Hungarian classic Laszlo, with its zippy 'z' middle and energetic 'o' ending, has become something of a hipster option, beginning to be considered by cutting-edge parents.