Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eve

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I am back for a little while since I am on winter break. It gives me time to blog and relax. I'm not exactly sure how many posts I will get out while I am on break. Hopefully as many as I am able to. Today, in honor of Christmas Eve, I am featuring the name Eve! Let me know what you think about the name below. 



Meaning
To Live 

Origin
Hebrew 

Rank
#460

Middle Names
Eve Seraphina 
Eve Susette  
Eve Cordelia 
Eve Josephine
Eve Sophia
Eve Winifred 
Eve Noelle
Eve Nicolette
Eve Francesca 
Eve Renee 

First Names
Juno Eve
Willa Eve
Naomi Eve
Rosemary Eve
Lilian Eve
Ramona Eve
Savannah Eve
Madeline Eve
Paloma Eve
Matilda Eve

Nicknames
Evie
And since Eve is already a short name I will list a few form names for Eve
Evelyn
Evette
Evangeline 
Everly
Genevieve 

Famous People Named Eve
Eve from the Bible 
Eve Arden, American Actress 
Eve Plumb, American Actress
Eve Bunting, American Poet 

My Thoughts
I really like Eve. Its short and sweet and to the point. There are so many great full name options out there for it and that's why I love it. The name ages greatly and has a few just different feels to it. 





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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Witches from Tv Shows and Movies

You may have already read my post on witches from books but here is my post of witches from movies and tv shows. I was going to do the two separate but figured it'd be easier to do them together. Let's see what witch names we have today!



Azkadellia
I put this name on the list simply because I thought this was cool and unique. Azkadellia comes from Tin Man. This is probably a name you would only have on your guilty pleasure list. If you really wanted to use it I would say use it as a middle name.

Harmony
Harmony comes from Sex and the Psychic Witch. Back in high school I read a story on Wattled and the main characters name was Harmony. I loved the name because of that. They called her Monie and I would use the name just because I really like the nickname Monie.

Davina Claire
This is a really nice combination together. Davina is so cool and I really like Davi or Vina as a nickname. You can find Davina in the tv show The Originals. Davina is the feminine form of David making it a great way to honor a David.

Endora
Endora comes from Bewitched. I'm sure everyone knows the tv show but I didn't know of this witch's name. I'm usually not a fan of names that end in dora but this one really interest me.

Evanora
On my witches from books post I had the name Nessarose, a combination name, I have another combination name for you and it's Evanora. I think between Nessarose and Evanora I like Evanora more. It's a whole lot prettier and sounds like it belongs on a princess. The witch is from Oz the Great and Powerful.

Prue
Prue comes from Charmed, the tv show. Prue is short for Prudence. I really like the name Prudence but don't think I would have the guts to use it. Prue as a nickname is great too. There were other names from Charmed but I liked Prue the most.

Mortiana
I think you can add Anna to the end of any name and it will sound like a princess name. Mortiana comes from the movie Robin Hood; Princes of Thieves. It reminds me of the name Mortimer but like a girl version of it.

Bridget "Jet"
I put this name on the list because of the nickname they use. I had never thought to use Jet as a nickname for Bridget, although it does make sense. I love it a whole lot too. Bridget or Jet as it says is from the movie Practice Magic. I have only seen the movie once but I really liked it.

Marnie
I had to put this name on the list. Marie is from the movie Halloweentown. I grew up with this movie and still watch it to this day. I loved the name Marnie as a child. I think I like it as a nickname but I'm not sure what full name I would choice.

Winifred
Another name I love from a childhood movie. This time the movie is Hocus Pocus. I've really been thinking about vintage, old lady chic names recently. Winifred is one of those names. I love Winnie as a nickname.

Zelda
Zelda comes from the tv show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Zelda is such a hipster name. I adore it and I know a lot of people love it as well. Zelda is a good witch so I don't think the character is scaring people away.

Mable, Margo, and Mitzy
This sister set comes from Charmed. I had to include it because it not only has the name Margo, which I love, but it also had Mable with a  different spelling and Mitzy that just tops it off. Mable is usually spelled Mabel but I think the spelling they used was cool. Mitzy makes a cool nickname.

So there we have witches from tv shows and movies. If you want to check out my post on witches from books you can find it here. Let me know if you have any witch names that I didn't mention that they like. These aren't even half of the fictional witches out there! I just wanted to wish you guys a happy Halloween!


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Witches of Literature

One of the common symbols of Halloween is witches. They date back many decades. At a time, people believed witches were evil and should be killed. Now they are just fictional characters in movies, books, and tv shows. I originally started out making this post a list of witches from movies, tv shows, and books but soon realized that it was going to be too long. Today I'll feature some witches from books and than in the future I'll talk about some from movies and tv shows.



Lavender
Lavender Brown is a witch from Harry Potter. I'm not a huge fan of Harry Potter so I can't help you a whole ton with who is she but I'm sure some of the superfine out there can help you. I'm such a sucker for the name Lavender. It's just so sweet. Lavender is the English word for the flower and the color, which is purple.

Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna
The witches from the book series, Witches of East End. I just love this sibling set so, so much. They all go together great. I especially love Freya and Ingrid is just so old lady chic I don't know why you wouldn't love it. Freya means lady in Norse. Ingrid means Ing is beautiful in Norse. Joanna is the feminine form of John, Yahweh is gracious.

Minnie
Minnie is a witch in the Goosebumps series. Recently I have been adoring the name Minnie. Growing up I always thought it was too Disney but now I think it is being seem as a vintage nickname. It is believed the Minnie is a diminutive of Wilhelmina but it can be a nickname for so many other names.

Lena, Ridley, and Sarafine
I have another set of sisters only this time they are from the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Gracia. Lena seems like such a witch name to me. It has an exotic feel to it and witches really are mysterious and different. I was surprised to see Ridley on a girl and even went to make sure it was a girl. I think its the coolest thing ever though. Seraphina is a name I plan to use as a middle name to honor my grandmother Sarah. I think Sarafine is just as cool and I can see parents using it more than Seraphina.


Ivalaine
The reason I put this name on the list is because it looks and sounds so cool. I had never seem this name before and I'm sure you guys haven't either. If you have, tell me in the comments below. Ivalaine is from The Last Rune. My research found that it could be pronounced like Evelyn or eye-vuh-line. I really like the second one the best.

Melisandre 
I've never seen Game of Thrones but I wanted to include this name on the list. From what I understand people wouldn't want to name there baby after this character. It's pretty cool and I love this as an alternative to Melissa. Mel is a nice nickname for it.

Keziah
I adore this name so much. It's a biblical name from the Old Testament and the witch is from The Dreams in the Witch-House. It means cassia and cinnamon in Hebrew. More people should use this name!

Nessarose
I have never seen these two names together but I think it's cute. Nessa is to die for and Rose is such a common middle name that I can see these two names being combined together. Nessarose the witch is from Wicked.

Thessaly
Thessaly comes from The Sandman. This is actually a place name. It is a place in northern Greece. It's such a cool name and I can see people liking it. It's a nice fresh place name that I don't think many people know about.


So I picked out only a few of my favorite names. The list goes on and on for days. On a side note I didn't include the Weasleys from Harry Potter or any witches from The Worst Witch. I am going to either do a blog post on them or a instagram post. Stay tune for the witches from movies and tv shows!

xoxo,
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ollie: The Nickname

I've been binge watching season 3 of Arrow and the main characters name is Oliver "Ollie". Hearing Ollie over and over again makes me love it so much. The only thing is I'm not a huge fan of how popular Oliver is and is like a different full name for Ollie. I came up with a list of unique names for the nickname Ollie. 



Orville: Such a classical name that reminds me of popcorn and airplanes. You can definitely get Ollie from Orville. 

Oleander: This is not only an alternative to Oliver but to Alexander as well. I think this is my favorite name for the nickname Ollie. 

Orlando: I've features this name on my Instagram before and I really have a love/hate relationship with it. I love it but I also can't see myself using it. 

Olympio: This is one of the most unique full name for Ollie I have for you. This Greek name can because more common with the nickname Ollie. 

Olson: The Olson twins anyone? I definitely think Olson fits with some more popular names like Mason and Jason. 

Olivander: This is another Oliver/Alexander alternative. Olivander is a little more close to Oliver than Oleander if you like the V and the nickname Ollie. 

Olivier: The French variant of Ollie. My only fear with this name is its only one letter different than Oliver and I'm afraid people will miss it. 

Apollo: I adore Apollo and probably wouldn't have thought of the nickname Ollie but it works nicely, especially since there are many nicknames for it. 

Colin: Although this name is so common using Ollie as a nickname is so uncommon. 

There are so many other names that have the letter combination Ol that you could use. If I featured all of them we'd be here for days! I told you some of my favorite full names for Ollie now tell me yours! 


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Friday, August 7, 2015

Peirson

I normally don't take the name request I get on instagram and bring them over to the blog. They are normally just pictures with the meaning and origin and the occasional fun fact. This time it is a little different. I was asked to make a name picture about the name Peirson. It was a name I had no idea about and even went to the asker to verify the spelling. After a little talk with Cassidy (the asker), I got the spelling right and was determined to find out as much information on the name.

I did some research, which was easier the second time around now that I had the correct spelling, and found more information than I could put in a instagram post. That's why I am over here now!



Surname 
Peirson is most commonly heard as a surname, yet even than it isn't heard very often either. You can find it more in the New York/Pennsylvania/New Jersey area than any where else in the United States. The name dates back to medieval England.

As for where the origin, it is believed to come from either the names Piers or Pierre. With Piers as its origin, Peirson means Pier's son and Piers is a French variant of Peter. Pierre is also a French form of Peter. Peter means stone in Greek. In the end, no matter what name Peirson comes from, it means stone.

There are many variants to the spelling of Peirson. We have Pearson, Peerson, and Pierson.

Given Name
When you look up the name Peirson on baby name websites you are given 3 different origins.

  • English meaning Son of Peter
  • Greek meaning Rock, Stone
  • Form of the name Pearson
With all of those origins, the name leads to the meaning stone just like the name Peter. 

Peirson Name Bearers
I was surprised at how many people I found bearing the name Peirson as either a first name or a surname. The first thing google brings you when you google the name Peirson is Peirson Meyer Wines. The company was named after the 2 founding families. 

Francis Peirson is the second name bearer to pop up on google. He was a British army officer who served during the American War of Independence. He was killed in the Battle of Jersey. Maybe there's a coincidence of his death and the surname Peirson being most popular in New Jersey. 

Peirson Ross is a Canadian alternative folk artist. This is the first and only person I was able to find with the first name Peirson. 

Jimmy Peirson is an Australian cricket player. He is in his early 20's. I wonder if the surname is more popular in other countries besides the United States. 

Pierson Center is a biomedical treatment place for children with down syndrome. I find them at the bottom of the google page. 

I think this is a great name. I really enjoyed doing all the research for the name and am thinking of doing it more often. 



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Monday, July 27, 2015

What's The Count? {Unisex Names Part 1}

Unisex names seem to becoming all the rage lately. Some unisex names are seen strictly as girl names (Taylor and Aubrey) while overs are seen strictly as boy names (Ryan and Carson). There are names out there that seem to be equally popular on boys and girls. I thought it would be cool to look at how popular each unisex name is for boys and girls. We could get an idea as to what gender parents prefer for those names. 

Aaron
  • Boys: #50
  • Girls: 23 Babies 

Addison
  • Boys: 129 Babies
  • Girls: #24

Alex
  • Boys: #128
  • Girls: 157 Babies

Alexis
  • Boys: #302
  • Girls: #64

Angel
  • Boys: #67
  • Girls: #275

Ashley
  • Boys: 40 Babies
  • Girls: #87

Ashton
  • Boys: #143
  • Girls: 165 Babies

Aubrey
  • Boys: 133 Babies 
  • Girls: #20

Austin
  • Boys: #66
  • Girls: 121 Babies

Avery
  • Boys: #186
  • Girls: #13

Blake
  • Boys: #84
  • Girls: #589

Brooklyn 
  • Boys: 68 Babies
  • Girls: #26

Cameron
  • Boys: #53
  • Girls: #578

Carson
  • Boys: #91
  • Girls: 173 Babies

Carter
  • Boys: #27
  • Girls: #785

Casey
  • Boys: #530
  • Girls: #792

Charlie
  • Boys: #225
  • Girls: #229

Connor
  • Boys: #52
  • Girls: 27 Babies

Drew
  • Boys: #322
  • Girls: 208 Babies 

Dylan
  • Boys: #29
  • Girls: #394

Elliot
  • Boys: #217
  • Girls: #256

Ellis
  • Boys: #443
  • Girls: 234 Babies

Emerson
  • Boys: #324
  • Girls: #196

Emery
  • Boys: #687
  • Girls: #161

Ezra
  • Boys: #119
  • Girls: 155  Babies

Most of these names I wasn't surprised to see more popular for that specific gender. What I was surprised about was just how close in popular Charlie was between boys and girls. It was only off by a few places. I went through the names and did a final count of how many names were more popular for girls and for boys. And the final count is...

14 for boys


8 for girls

It looks like unisex names are more popular for boys. We still have a whole other posts coming later in the week so maybe the girls will take over. What gender do you prefer for each of these genders? 


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Name of the Week: Harper



Meaning
Harp Player 

Origin
English 

Rank
#11

Middle Names
Harper Evangeline 
Harper Sophia 
Harper Juliana 
Harper Rosalie 
Harper Amelia 
Harper Coralie
Harper Vivienne 
Harper Beatrice 
Harper Anastasia 
Harper Savannah 

First Names
Audrey Harper 
Nella Harper 
Iris Harper 
Georgia Harper 
Ophelia Harper 
Greer Harper 
Catalina Harper 
Sienna Harper 
Niya Harper 
Willa Harper 

Nicknames
Harp
Harpie
Happy
Harps

Famous People Named Harper
Harper Lee (Author) 
Harper Seven Beckham (David and Victoria Beckham's Daughter) 
Harper Renn (Tiffani Thiessen's Daughter) 
Harper Grace (Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's Daughter) 

My Thoughts 
I've always liked the name Harper for a girl even before it became as popular as it is now. When I was searching for names to feature as name of the week Harper caught my eye. I think the name is really spunky and upbeat. It's an unisex name but I like it better on a girl. That could be because its so popular for a girl. 


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Name of the Week: Corbett



Meaning
Raven 

Origin
English 

Rank
N/A 

Middle Names
Corbett Benjamin
Corbett Nicholson 
Corbett Evander 
Corbett Rafferty 
Corbett Jude 
Corbett Xavier 
Corbett Thayer 
Corbett Antonio 
Corbett Dean 
Corbett Wilder 

First Names
Theodore Corbett
Stone Corbett
Hamilton Corbett
Tanner Corbett
Wilson Corbett
Deacon Corbett
Ignatius Corbett
Phillip Corbett
Harrison Corbett
Simeon Corbett

Nicknames
Cory 
Cord 
Brett 
Orbit 
Orry 

Famous People Named Corbett
No one with he first name 

My Thoughts 

Corbett was my grandma's surname. I was in the shower the other day and was thinking about how I could honor her if I had a boy. Her name was Sarah and there isn't many ways to honor a boy with that name. I thought of Corbett and have been I love ever since. I'm surprised I didn't think of it before. I think this makes for a great middle name. It goes with the English surname trend I seem to see. 


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Instagram Name Spottings {Vol 2}

I did my very first Instagram name spotting last month and thought I would do a Vol 2 today. I am always on the lookout for new names and throughout the month I make a collection for you guys. Here are some of the cool names I've found.



Girls
Zuleykah Leilani: I'm not exactly sure how to pronounce this name but my guess would be zoo-lay-kah
Grey Delphine: A very modern first name paired with a classical middle
Alvah: This reminds me of Alvin and Ava.
Revelynne Hope: I've never heard of this name before but Rev is pretty cute.
Sauntina: Another name I'm not sure how to pronounce but it still looks very pretty.
Aviana Nayeli: Aviana is goregous and Nayeli is cool. I love both names together.

Boys
Ackley Raymond: Ackley is such an unique name. Fits well with other -lee names.
Ashford Drake: I really like this new spin on Asher.
Ransom Alan: Such a cool name! And brave parents too.

Siblings/Multiples
Laylah Angeleigh, Mylah Antoinette, and Bria Adaleigh: I noticed that this mom likes y's and leigh. I think the names fit nicely together.
Cherish Grace and Liam David (twins): The only reason this name is on the list is because of Cherish. It's so different!
Hayden Irene and Bennett Sidney (twins): Mom likes unisex names and classical names.
Brody Easton, Brixley Ella, and Brevyn Elliott (b): A set of siblings with some pretty different names. I wonder what they would name a mother baby?
Laikyn Cree (g) and Lennyn Kate: The names match nicely. I just wish they were spelled a little differently.
Ellerie (g) and twins Aven (g) and Asher: These are some pretty cool names. I like Ellerie and Aven together but I wish Asher was a little bit more unique.
Copelin (b), Wells Kai, and Seve (pronounced Sevy): A set of brother and these parents really know how to name them!
Sloane Emerson, Briggs and Rhodes Evelyn: I was able to find all there middle names except for the little boy :(


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Unique 4 Letter Girl Names

About a year ago I wrote a blog post on 4 letter names. I went and did another search of some unique 4 letter names. Most of the names on this list I haven't heard of and the ones I have aren't one the top 1000 SSA list.

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  1. Coya: Unknown Meaning and Origin 
  2. Avra: Form of Aura (Breeze); Greek 
  3. Dree: Diminutive of Andrea (Strong and Manly); Greek
  4. Sola: She Who is Alone; Spanish 
  5. Gala: Short form of Galina (Calm); Russian
  6. Haia: Nimble, Quick; Japanese 
  7. Joah: Brother of God; Hebrew 
  8. Ziva: Feminine form of Ziv (Bright, Radiant); Hebrew 
  9. Navy: Word Name
  10. Ezri: Helper; Hebrew 
  11. Esha: Desire, Wish; Sanskrit 
  12. Reed: Red, Clearing; English 
  13. Isra: Nocturnal Journey; Arabic 
  14. Onyx: Gemstone Name
  15. Posy: A Bunch of Flowers; English 

Let me know what your favorite names are from this list! Is there any other 4 letter girl names that you love that aren't on this list?


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Minnie The Nickname

Minnie is such a sweet nickname. It might seem very childish for an adult and that is why I am here to bring you some great names that have Minnie as a nickname option.



Wilhelmina: This is such a classical, old lady which name. I adore that you can have the nickname Minnie as well as Willa, Willie, and Mina.

Minerva: Minerva is so unique. Minnie is a common nickname for Minerva too. You works perfectly.

Minka: I think Minka is so cool to say. I really like when names have K's in them. It gives them a sharp sound.

Araminta: Araminta is a name loved by another namer, Kristen. I think this name is adorable and cool. Minnie is a great nickname and so is Minty.

Philomena: I use to have Philomena on my top 10 list. I still love it today just not as much. When it was on my list I had Minnie as the nickname.

Margaret: Margaret is at the top of my list of favorite classical names. I think Minnie gives it a cool, modern feel.

Cosmina: I have really been enjoying Cosmina a lot more recently. I think Minnie makes it even more lovable.

Adamina: I think Ad- names are cool and great. Adamina is so fresh on the ears. I was happy to find this one during my research.

Romina: I think Rom- names are cool just like Ad- names. Romy can be a nickname for Romina just like Minnie can.

I hope you found some new names for the wonderful nickname Minnie. If you have any suggestions on how to get to the nickname Minnie leave them below!

PSA: Things on this blog might be slow for a couple of weeks. I'm trying to find time to do other things besides baby names (blown, instagram, and youtube), so I am cutting into my blogging time. There has also been writers block going on as well.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Name of the Week: Svetlana




Meaning
Light
World

Origin
Russian 

Rank
N/A

Middle Names
Svetlana Joy
Svetlana Eleanor 
Svetlana Kate 
Svetlana June 
Svetlana Peyton 
Svetlana Therese 
Svetlana Evelyn 
Svetlana Blue 
Svetlana Isabelle 
Svetlana Adele

First Names
Penelope Svetlana 
Harmony Svetlana 
Iris Svetlana 
Zoe Svetlana 
Colette Svetlana 
Gloria Svetlana 
Liberty Svetlana 
Kylee Svetlana 
Elaine Svetlana 
Margot Svetlana 

Nicknames
Lana
Ceca
Seka 
Vet
Lettie 

Famous People Named Lana 
Svetlana Alliluyeva (Joseph Stalin's Daughter) 
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Tennis Player) 
Svetlana Khorkina (Olympic Russian gymnast) 

My Thoughts 

This name is used most often by people of Russian nationality. I think it is such a cool name and I love it with the nickname Lana or even Lettie. I listed three famous Svetlanas but there are a ton of famous Russian athletes with the name. I'd love to met a little Svetlana. 




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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fictional Prince Names

A few weeks ago I talked about non-Disney princess names. I couldn't leave the princes out so today I am talking about a list of fictional prince names. Disney princesses are included in this list because it seems that there are not many fictional princes out there.




Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Caspian has an unknown meaning and origin and is a literature and place name. You can find it in the book as well as the name of an Ocean. I think this is such a cool rare name and the nickname Cas is great. 

Prince Eric (Little Mermaid)
Everyone knows of Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. Eric means eternal ruler in Old Norse. I think this name is nice but it sounds dated to me. It was most popular in the 80's and 90's. 

Prince Florian (Snow White) 
Prince Florian is a lesser known Disney Prince, at least to me. I had no idea the prince from Snow White had a name. I think Florian is pretty cool. It means flower in Latin. 

Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
Hamlet is a book many, many people had to read during their high school career. It's known by about everyone. I never had to read the book so I didn't know that Hamlet was a prince. There is little known information on the name but I do believe that William Shakespeare invented the name. 

Prince Shasta (The Chronicles of Narnia) 
The name Shasta is extremely unique name and most people are probably going to associate it with The Chronicles of Narnia series. I think it is cool and different. I know my fellow name sister, Amelia of EverythingBabyNames on youtube likes this name. There isn't much information on it either. 

Prince Edmund (Blackadder) 
I adore the name Edmund. My dad's middle name is Edward and I would use Edmund as a way to honor him. Edmund means fortune protector in English. I have here that Prince Edmund is from Blackadder, a British sitcom, but it is also from The Chronicles of Narnia. 

Princess Naveen (The Princess and the Frog) 
I just saw this movie a few weeks ago for the first time. I thought it was a pretty cute movie. Naveen is a variant of Navin, which means new in Sanskrit. I think the movie brought light to the name. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Zelie and Louis

Source

I thought this post would be great to make today seeing as I just uploaded my favorite saint names video. I had to be patient and wait a whole week to bring this to you but here it is. In my video I said that St. Therese is my favorite saint. She has a ton of meaning to me and I plan to name one of my daughters after her. 

Well I saw on the news last week that Pope Francis has made places to have her parents canonized, or made saints, in October! They will be the first married couple to be canonized together as husband and wife. I got so excited about that and even more excited when I saw their names, especially her mom's name. If you couldn't tell by the title of this post the names I have for you today are.......



Zelie and Louis 



Zelie is actually here nickname. Her full name is Azélie-Marie Guerin Martin. She was a famous lace maker, which sparked my mind and made me think that Lace/Lacey would be a cool name to honor her. 

Azélie is pronounced uh-ZAY-lee and there is little information on it. It could have a few meanings and origins. Those include:
  • Dry in English
  • Flower in Hebrew
  • French form of Azalea 
If I was going to pick one meaning and origin that I believed to be the most correct I would choice the French variant of Azalea. Blessed Zelie is from France and this name as elements of the French language. 

The name Zelie was also the name of Baron Dettmar Basse, the founder of the town Zelienople, which was named after his daughter. Her full name was Friedrike.  



Louis was a watchmaker who wanted to become a monk before he started making watches but was rejected because he did not speak Latin. 

As a name Louis is a French variant of Ludwig meaning famous war battle. My guess is the name is pronounced Loo-EE, which is the French way. 

Besides the Blessed Louis Martin, we also have a ton of kings named Louis from all different countries, a member of a boy band, athletes, a designer, and many, many more. The name is very diverse. 



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Monday, July 6, 2015

Family Tree Names


About 6 months ago I went onto Ancestry.com and started to research my family tree. In my research I came across some names that I didn't know were in my family. Most of these people I never met or knew about. I was only able to find information for my mom's family so that is what all the name are from. Let's see what cool names I have in my tree!

Horace

  • Great Grandfather
  • Meaning: Derived from Horatius; Hour, Time, Period 
  • Origin: English and French 

I'm going to be honest here and say that I did know about this name but I never met him. My uncle wanted to name my cousin this but my aunt said no. I think it's cool and old fashioned. Its unique and I will always think of my great grandfather.

Leroy

  • Great Grand Uncle
  • Meaning: King
  • Origin: French  

I adore the name Roy and think Leroy is even cooler. Its very much a throwback but I think could work nicely in today's time. It means king and my brother's name also means king. I could use this as a way to honor him.

Redman

  • 4th Great Grandfather 
  • Meaning: Unknown 
  • Origin: Unknown 

This is probably the coolest name on my list. I was really surprised to see this name because most of the names in my family are boring and plain. I didn't have many unique names. When I was doing my research I couldn't find much information on him except that he was from Ireland.



Florence 

  • Great Grand Aunt 
  • Meaning: Prosperous, Flourishing 
  • Origin: Latin

I was happy to find this name in my family tree because I already loved the name. Part of the reason why I love the name is because it is the name of the first nurse, Florence Nightingale. My dream is to become a nurse and I would love to name one of my daughters after Florence.

Clara

  • Wide of my Great Grand Uncle 
  • Meaning: Clear, Bright, Famous 
  • Origin: Latin

Clara is such a sweet old lady chic name. This may be kind of weird but I'm proud to see this name on my family tree. I would use this name in a heartbeat if I didn't hear it a lot.

Christiana

  • 5th Great Grand Aunt 
  • Meaning: Feminine Form of Christian 
  • Origin: Latin

This is such a pretty name. At first glance it looks like Christina and I can see that being a problem. I'm a fan of longer names and of names that end in -ana. Christie would be a cute nickname.

Elspeth

  • Wife of 6th Great Grandfather
  • Meaning: Form of Elizabeth; My God is an Oath
  • Origin: Scottish 

I was so, so happy to find this name in my family tree! It was the name of a few women in my family but I choose the one closest to me. I did have an Elspeth Eliza in my family. Its a nice alternative to Elizabeth.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Name of the Week: Reed



Meaning
Red
Clearing

Origin
English

Rank
#317

Middle Names
Reed Everett 
Reed Anderson 
Reed Alexander 
Reed Josiah 
Reed Zachariah 
Reed Dalton 
Reed Abraham 
Reed Olivier 
Reed Charleston 
Reed Franklin 

First Names
Maxwell Reed
Benjamin Reed
Walter Reed
Marshall Reed
Theodore Reed
Vincent Reed
Samuel Reed
Greyson Reed
Evander Reed
Linus Reed

Nicknames
Red
Ree

Famous People Named Reed
Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix)
Reed Robertson (Duck Dynasty) 
Reed Alexander (American actor) 

My Thoughts
I think Reed is a short sweet name. A few years ago I had it on my girl name list because I heard it on a girl and feel in love. Now I much prefer it on a boy. I like surnames and Reed is a pretty common surname. I did find that it was easier to find first names for Reed than middle names. I do think it works better as a middle name. 


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Friday, July 3, 2015

"Rare" R Girl Names

We are slowly but surely finishing this series. I really found some names on this list that I love and a few that I have featured in past or future post and videos. Can you guess any of the future topics?! I guess you'll just have to wait and see. Now on to the names. 



Rae

  • Meaning: Short form of Rachel; Ewe
  • Origin: English 
  • Siblings: Tess and Can

Rae is one of those unisex names I can see on both genders. This spelling makes it a lot more feminine though. You can find Rae most often used in the middle name spot or as a nickname. 

Rafaela

  • Meaning: God Heals
  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Siblings: Mariela and Florian

Rafaela is a gorgeous Latina name. I featured it on my list of great alternatives for Gabriella and Isabella. You can spell this a few ways, Rafaella, and Raphaela. 

Raine

  • Meaning: Queen 
  • Origin: French 
  • Siblings: Eden and Gage

Raine is such pretty nature name. The E on the end makes it much more unique and rare. I personally like it spelled Rain. If you like Rain/Raine but want a longer name Lorraine works perfectly. 

Ramona

  • Meaning: Wise Protector 
  • Origin: Spanish 
  • Siblings: Loretta and Barton

Ramona is such a sweet name. I think of the literary character Ramona Beauzes. The name is fit for a girly girl or a tomboy. She is one of the few names on this list that is truly rare not even ranking in the top 1000 for 2014. 

Randi

  • Meaning: Diminutive of Miranda; Admirable, Wonderful
  • Origin: English 
  • Siblings: Tasha and Dusty

Randi is a nickname that you don't hear very often on either a boy or a girl. It resembles names of the 80s. In today's world, Randi would be a nice nickname for a little girl. It follows the feel of Andi, which I've been hearing more often. 

Reba

  • Meaning: Short form of Rebecca, a snare
  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Siblings: Rosie and Gus

Reba is a great alternative and a great way to honor a Rebecca. We all have at least one Rebecca in our lives. The only down fall to Reba is the high associated with the TV show baring the same name. 

Renata

  • Meaning: Born Again
  • Origin: Latin
  • Siblings: Daria and Carlo

Renata is a name used wide across Europe and is great for the world traveler. It came back tot he US in 2011 after being out of the charts since the early 80s. I think this is a great name and very different. I love the way it looks.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Disney Names A-Z

I'm a huge Disney fan. I love the movies and I also love a ton of their names. A lot of people write post and make videos about Disney names. I wanted to take a little spin on them and find names that aren't in the top 1000 or that aren't seen as Disney names. I turned that idea in a video you can find below.



In this blog post you will find my favorite Disney names from A-Z. There were so many names I wanted to add to my video list but they were either too popular to considered Disney names too much. Note: some of these names were the only name for that letter and there are a few letters (x and y) that had no names.



A
Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Apollo (Hercules)

B
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Basil (The Great Mouse Detective)

C
Charlotte (The Princess and the Frog)
Clayton (Tarzan)

D
Daisy (Daisy Duck)
Dash (The Incredibles)

E
Elsa (Frozen)
Eugene (Tangled)

F
Flora (Sleeping Beauty)
Flynn (Tangled)

G
Georgette (Oliver and Company)
Gideon (Pinocchio)

H
Hera (Hercules)
Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

I
Iago (Aladdin)

J
Jane (Tarzan)
Jack (The Incredibles)

K
Kida (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
Kevin (Up!)

L
Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
Lewis (Meet The Robinsons)

M
Merida (Brave)
Maximus (Tangled)

N
Nani (Lilo and Stitch)
Nigel (Finding Nemo)

O
Olivia (The Great Mouse Detective)
Oliver (Oliver and Company)

P
Pearl (Finding Nemo)
Pascal (Tangled)

Q
Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

R
Rosie (A Bug's Life)
Remy (Ratatouille)

S
Sarafina (The Lion King)
Sebastian (The Little Mermaid)

T
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Timon (The Lion King)

U
Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

V
Violet (The Incredibles)
Vladimir (Tangled)

W
Wendy (Peter Pan)
Winston (Feast)

Z
Zira (The Lion King 2)
Zeus (Hercules)




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Favorite Boy Names From The Name Sisters

Yesterday I featured my favorite girl names from all of the Name Sister's episodes. Today I have a list of boy names. It was so fun to go back and watch all of our episodes over again. You could see the way we have grown over the episodes the more we did. Be sure you check out yesterday's post and our videos after you are done reading this.



Theodore

  • Mentioned by: Amelia 
  • Episode: #4; Yes Your Honor

I have adored the name Theodore for many years. Its been on and off my top 10 name list over those years. There's something about the prestigious sound of the name. It could have something to do with Theodore being the name of a president, a novelist, and a painter. This name is a classic throwback to the early 1900s when it was in the top 50. Any boy with the name Theodore can conquer the world.





  • Mentioned by: Kristen 
  • Episode: #4; Yes Your Honor
Blaine is a cool, bad boy name to me. It's an Irish name meaning yellow. The meaning is a little confusing to me because I can't seem to see the name paired with that meaning. This is a name that isn't very popular. It has stayed below #350 since 1900 and in recent years has been on the decline. I think Blaine is short and sweet.  





  • Mentioned by: Alena
  • Episode: #4, Yes Your Honor

I have seen the name Remington used on both boys and girls but in my eyes it is a boy name. In 2014, Remington was #313 and it just ranked for the first time at #685 for girls. It was used back in the 80s on a detective show called Remington Steele, mostly likely a surprise name to the public. Remi is an adorable nickname.





  • Mentioned by: Alena 
  • Episode: #5; Alternatives That Rock 

Alena mentioned this name in our Alternatives episode and she told us of two ways to pronounce it. I say it like lie-ull. If you use the pronunciation you can also spell it Lyle. This name looks like it could be made up but it has old history behind it. We a little help it could come back to modern times. I do enjoy the spelling of it and the meaning as well.






  • Mentioned by: Amelia 
  • Episode: #5; Alternatives That Rock

A few years back I had the name Evander on my top 10 list. I had a lot of longer, Greek names ending in er on my list at that time. In Roman mythology, Evander fought in the Trojan war and founded the city of Pallantium. The city of Rome was later built never that city. If you like Evan you can use it as a nickname for Evander.





  • Mentioned by: Ren (Me) 
  • Episode: #6; Novel Names 
Atlas is my number one boys name right now and I don't see that changing any time soon. I love everything about this name from the history to the uniqueness to the feel I get. Atlases are books filled with maps. I think that giving a child the name Atlas is like giving them the world at their finger tips. There is just so much to love about this name. 







  • Mentioned by: Alexia Mae
  • Episode: #5; Alternatives The Rock 

Alexia Mae used Mattson as an alternative to Mason and I dig it! Mattson can also be an alternative to Matthew or a way to honor one. I have been watching the tv show Revolution on Netflix for the past few weeks and one of the main characters is called Matheson. Matron and Matheson sound extremely similar so I'm really keen to Mattson. It has never ranked in the top 1000.





  • Mentioned by: Meagan 
  • Episode: #5; Alternatives That Rock 

I've always liked the name Ebenezer but am not a huge fan of the Christmas association. I think Eben would be a great alternative to that. It is a short form of the name to begin with. Meagan told us about this name as an alternative to Ethan in our Alternatives That Rock video and it could also be an alternative to Evan. I first heard Eben on a tv show and I can't remember where.



  • Mentioned by: Amelia 
  • Episode: #9; Hello Again, New Again

Moses is a great biblical name. He is one of the more known men of the bible. We have the Ten Commandments because he went up on Mount Sinai and got them. I have really been loving boy names that end in S. I even did a blog post on them! Surprisingly Moses hasn't been very popular over the years. It has stayed in the 400-500's for the past 60-70 years. You would think with its great association people would use it more.





  • Mentioned by: Alexia Mae
  • Episode: #8; Kiss Me, Irish Names

When we did the St. Paddy's Day episode we all picked an Irish person to talk about. I loved Conan O'Brien because I think the name Conan is so cool. It sounds like Ronan and Roman and is also a great alternative to Connor and Collin. I was surprised when I would out Sherlock Holmes created is named Arthur Conan Doyle. Its a stunning combo.




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