low fantasy/AU names

  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.
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    • Amari
      • Origin:

        Hebrew, Sanskrit, Latin, Yoruba
      • Meaning:

        "eternal, goddess, loved, strength"
      • Description:

        Amari is a name that's rising in popularity for both boys and girls in the US, used last year for about 2000 baby boys and 1000 baby girls. It's among the Top 20 gender neutral names.
    • Ara
      • Origin:

        Armenian
      • Meaning:

        "king"
      • Description:

        Ara is a unique boys' name that one of the most melodious in the Armenian name pool, familiarized by Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian. In Armenian mythology, Ara was a king so handsome that a rival queen went to war in order to make him her own. The name Ara is also known in the Arabic and Hebrew cultures.
    • Aram
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "high elevated"
      • Description:

        Aram is a popular Armenian name with a pleasing sound that became known in this country through the works of William Saroyan, namely the 1940 book of short stories, My Name in Aram, centering on Aram Garoghlanian, a boy of Armenian descent growing up in Fresno, California. Saroyan also named his son Aram.
    • Arlen
      • Origin:

        English surname
      • Meaning:

        "hare land"
      • Description:

        Arlen is a surname long used as a first name: It ranked on the US Top 1000 from the late 1920s until the late 1960s. Originally, Arlen was a variation of Harlan which came from Harland, a place-name which means "hare land" – a place with lots of rabbits. The name today is occasionally used for both genders, boys twice as often as girls. That may increase with the fashion for two-syllable n-ending boys' names.
    • Asa
      • Origin:

        Hebrew; Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "healer; born in the morning"
      • Description:

        A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.
    • Aura
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "soft breeze"
      • Description:

        Aura is a New Age-y word turned name turned contemporary slang for karm. In Greek and Roman mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus.
    • Aya
      • Origin:

        Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "colorful, bird, sign"
      • Description:

        Aya, barely more than a breath, is an international favorite, with origins in several languages and cultures. Popular throughout Europe, It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2012.
    • Barrett
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "bear strength"
      • Description:

        Barrett is one of many surname names that are up and coming for boys in recent years. Barrett joints Bennett, Beckett, and others in the trend of "-tt" ending boy names taking over the charts.
    • Bellamy
      • Origin:

        English and Irish from French
      • Meaning:

        "fine friend"
      • Description:

        Bellamy is a surname name with an admirable meaning and upbeat rhythm, similar to jovial choices like Rafferty, Barnaby and Willoughby.
    • Bliss
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Description:

        A sweet, uplifting and still fairly uncommon modern virtue name. Its single syllable makes it especially good as a middle name, but it would also make a big impact in the first spot.
    • Caius
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "rejoice"
      • Description:

        Caius is classical and serious but also has a simple, joyful quality. There was a third century pope named Caius, as well as an early Christian writer, several Shakespearean characters, and a Twilight vampire. We would pronounce the name to rhyme with eye-us though at Cambridge University in England, where it's the name of a college, it's pronounced keys.
    • Calla
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "beautiful"
      • Description:

        Calla is a lily name that is much more distinctive and delicate than Lily. Rarely heard today, it did appear in the popularity lists in the last decades of the nineteenth century.
    • Carlin
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "little champion"
      • Description:

        Stronger and more contemporary twist on Carla or Carly, Carlin was used just about equally for girls and boys in the US last year.
    • Chan
      • Origin:

        Cambodian
      • Meaning:

        "sweet-smelling tree"
      • Description:

        Common Asian surname also works as a first, as with the singer Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power (and born Charlyn).
    • Cleary
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "cleric"
      • Description:

        This Irish surname-name certainly feels brighter and fresher than the English equivalent, Clark.
    • Curtis
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "courteous, polite"
      • Description:

        Best-selling Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld made this one of the many boy names for girls" gaining in popularity and acceptability.
    • Dream
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        Singular and serene noun name that's been used by a couple of celebs.
    • Early
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        A word that's been used, very infrequently, as a name for hundreds of years. Interesting sound and meaning.