Unclaimed Names for Stories

Exactly what it says on the tin.
  1. Arianne
    • Origin:

      French, from Latin Ariadne
    • Meaning:

      "very holy one"
    • Description:

      Soft and delicate French name rarely heard here.
  2. Cai
    • Origin:

      Vietnamese
    • Meaning:

      "feminine"
    • Description:

      Cai, as distinguished from the boys' name Kai, is international, simple, unusual.
  3. Cressida
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "gold"
    • Description:

      Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct.
  4. Finn
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "white, fair"
    • Description:

      The most enduringly popular hero of Irish myth was Finn McCool, whose name is one of the coolest ever. When used for the female protagonist of How to Make an American Quilt, it established its hipness for girls as well.
  5. Jin
    • Origin:

      Japanese or Chinese
    • Meaning:

      "tenderness, gentleness; gold"
    • Description:

      Similarity to the English name Jean could be a plus in a Japanese-American or Chinese-American family.
  6. Joana
    • Kai
      • Origin:

        Hawaiian
      • Meaning:

        "sea"
      • Description:

        Kai is an internationally flexible name with many possible origins and meanings, growing in popularity in the US and a diverse range of European countries.
    • Kathleen
      • Origin:

        Anglicized form of Irish Caitlin
      • Meaning:

        "pure"
      • Description:

        Kathleen is the early Irish import version that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and which hasn't been used in so long it's almost beginning to sound fresh again. It was a surprise pick by one of the hip Dixie Chicks, Martie Maguire. Kathleen was a Top 10 name from 1948 to 1951, and it is the subject of several old sentimental songs, such as "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen."
    • Kitty
      • Origin:

        English, diminutive of Katherine
      • Meaning:

        "pure"
      • Description:

        This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century. With the current mini-craze for animal-related names, Kitty is sounding cute and cuddly again—she's already jumped back onto the U.K. list, at number 199.
    • Milo
      • Origin:

        Latin and Old German
      • Meaning:

        "soldier or merciful"
      • Description:

        Milo is most commonly considered to be Germanic name derived from the Latin word miles, meaning "soldier." However, there is evidence to suggest it also may have independently spawned from the Slavic root milu, meaning "merciful." Milo predates brother name Miles, a variation that evolved when the name immigrated to the British Isles in the Middle Ages. Mylo is an alternate spelling.
    • Neve
      • Origin:

        Anglicized spelling of Irish Niamh or Italian and Portuguese
      • Meaning:

        "snow"
      • Description:

        Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his daughter.
    • Niamh
      • Origin:

        Irish Gaelic
      • Meaning:

        "bright"
      • Description:

        Niamh, derived from the Old Irish Niam, is an ancient Irish name that was originally a term for a goddess. In Irish myth, one who bore it was Niamh of the Golden Hair, daughter of the sea god, who falls in love with Finn's son Oisin and takes him to the Land of Promise, where they stayed for three hundred years. Niamh can be Anglicized as Neve, Nieve, or Neave.
    • Quill
      • Origin:

        Irish, diminutive of Quillan or Quiller; also English word name
      • Description:

        Quill is a unique possibility for the child of writers -- even if they do use computers rather than pens; could also serve as a rhyming tribute to an ancestor named Gil, Phil, or Bill (or Jill).
    • Rain
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        Among a small shower of rain-related names, this pure version can have a cool, refreshing image.
    • Sanna
      • Origin:

        Swedish, Finnish, Inuktitut
      • Meaning:

        "lily"
      • Description:

        If you're ready to move beyond Anna and Hannah, consider this traditional Scandinavian short form of Susanna, historically very popular in its native lands.
    • Senna
      • Origin:

        Botanical name; Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "brightness"
      • Description:

        Senna is a flowering bush common in the tropics, with bright yellow flowers. In herbal medicine, Senna has gained some notice as the active ingredient in so-called "dieter's teas," which works mainly as a laxative. While that is a less-than-savory association, Senna has a pretty sound and is a fresh entry in the flourishing botanical names genus.