Thursday, October 10, 2019

10 Names Given to 10 Babies

Happy 10/10/19! I was at a lost as to what to post today and when I saw the date I knew I had to do a play on 10/10. Below I have 10 names (5 girls and 5 boys) given to just 10 babies in 2018. These are all names with background and meaning and history.

Hildegard- Battle Enclosure; German
Saint Hildegard was famous for her writings and poetry. This exotic name is a nice spin on Hillary and Heidi even. In Disney's Sophia the First there is a minor character bearing the same name. I adore the nicknames Hildie, Hilda, Garry, and Dede.

Cressida- Golden; Greek
This name comes from Medieval times as a Trojan woman who leaves her lover for a Greek hero. Shakespeare wrote a play about the lovers called 'Troilus and Cressida'. In modern times the name was used in The Hunger Games and is the author of How to Train Your Dragon.

Aleta- Truth; English
The name first appeared in 1937 in the comic 'Prince Valiant' as the wife of the lead character. She was a queen. A real life Aleta is Aleta St. James, an American healer and new mother at 57. There is so much to love about this name; the sound, the spelling, the pictures it brings to mind.

Ioanna- Form of Joanna (Yahweh is Gracious); Greek
Pronounced ee-oh-ah-nah the may be a little tongue twister with all of the vowels. I think once you hear it a few times the name is beautiful and different. Its a nice way to honor a John or Joan.

Olivette- Feminine Form of Oliver (Olive Tree);French
The name comes from the French opera Les notes d'olivetti" by Emond Audran. The name is a wonderful, beautiful alternative to Olivia. She falls right in line with other -ette names as well. There is a city in Missouri with the same name. 

Basilio- King; Italian and Spanish
Basilio is the Italian and Spanish form of Basil. The name is used as both a given name and a surname along with the name of a few places particularly in Italy. A Famous Basilio is Carmen Basilio, a hall of fame boxer.

Caldwell- Cold Spring, Stream; English
This English surname turn first name is a part of the two great grounds, the Cals and the Wells. I could see Caldwell on the playground with Calvins and Maxwells. There is a university in New Jersey with the name as well as town.

Prometheus- Foresight, Forethought; Greek
In Greek myth Prometheus was the Titian who gave knowledge of fire to mankind. Zeus punished him for doing this by chaining him to a rock but he was eventually freed. This is a cool unexpected fire name. Some nickname options include Theo, Prom, Prommie, Matt, and Rome.

Neville- New Town; English
The name is very British sounding and more often used across the pond. For me the name jars up a picture of Neville Papperman from the Nick tv show called iCarly. Others may think of Charles Dickens unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Rutherford- Cattle Ford; Scottish
The first name of the 19th president of the United States as well as a surname. Another famous Rutherford is Ernest Rutherford, a physicist who helped with radioactive substance understanding. Rudy, Ford, and Ruthie are all good nicknames. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Female Version of Male Names

Do you have a dad or brother or grandfather you'd like to honor but are having a girl? There are so many ways to honor a person and one of which is picking a variant of that name. There are many names out there that have feminine versions of boy names and vice versa. Below I have a list of female variants of male names.

Joseph- Josephine, Josepha 
Stephan- Stephanie 
Eric- Erika/Erica 
Andrew- Andrea
Philip- Philipa, Pippa
George- Georgia, Georgine, Georgina 
Christopher- Christine, Christy, Christa 
Justin- Justina, Justice 
Michael- Michelle, Michaela
Nicholas- Nicolette, Nicole, Nicola
Peter- Petra
William- Willa, Wilhelmina

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sweet Spot Boy Names {2018}

Sweet spot names are names that rank in the middle of the top 1000 names. They are names that are not too popular and not too uncommon. Often times they are names that you have heard before but rarely, if ever, hear the name in person. I did the girls posts a few weeks ago so here is the boys version!

Dexter (#476)- One Who Dyes; English
Dexter has that "X" factor element. It is a name used in pop culture most notorious for the Showtime show by the same name. Some people may say that bad association turns them away from Dexter but there are a number of other better associations such as Dexter from the DC comic or Dexter from the tv show Dexter's Laboratory.

Rocco (#481)- Rest; German
Boy names ending in O are something I think more and more people are loving. Theres a special feel to them. It has the cool nicknames like Rocky and Rock. Give the nickname Rock and you have a nature name on your hand!

Davis (#507)- Beloved; English
This name has 2 factors I see in the name world a lot; ends in -S and is a surname turned first name. It is a nice, modern alternative to David. It was used in the popular tv show One Tree Hill as a first ahem after the character's maiden name.

Apollo (#517)- Strength; Greek
Apollo has a similar feel to Rocco; a 2 syllable name ending in -O. Most famous for the space mission that put the first man on the moon. The name is also the name of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry. The name has a lot of history and depth to it.

Wilder (523)- Untamed; English
The name didn't enter the top 1000 until 2015 and has already made it into the 500s. The name is on the list for fast rising boy names. The name is more familiar as a surname for some famous people such as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Douglas Wilder. I guess you could say this is also a surname name.

Conrad (#543)- Brave Counsel; German
Conrad has been around for many years even appearing on the top 1000 charts for the 1920s and 1930s. The famous Hilton hotel was founded by Conrad Hilton. The name is also geared by saints. German royalty.

Callum (#557)- Dove; Scottish
Scottish names are not overly popular but there are some great ones to like and Callum is one of them. The name is symbolic of peace and comfort. It can double as a christian name for its meaning. What I love about the name is that it doesn't sound like a lot of the other boy names out there.

Forrest (#571)- Forest; English
The increase in popular to the name can be thanks to the movie Forrest Gump in the 1990s. It started out as a surname and has moved to first name status. The name has been on a roller coaster of popularity since 1910s. It seems to be coming back to style because of its nature, word feel.


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