A Blog For Name Lovers Everywhere
I thought I might share with you today some of the names that I simply adore. These are the names that I cannot stop myself pondering about: their sounds, spellings, meanings and the overall feeling. It might surprise you, with some of the choices, as I’m always posting about really unusual names. Perhaps I’m a semi-conservative at heart.
Susanna |This is a long term favorite, I love the sprightly and classy nature of this name. It has plenty of nickname options, a big bonus for me: Susie, Suki, Sanna, Annie, Sunny etc etc. I also love the meaning “lily” or “rose” depending on your interpretation. Before Susanna, for a long time the name Lily was my favorite but that feeling slowly waned after hearing it all the time. So it was nice to carry a little bit of that into Susanna. It is also awesome to know that William Shakespeare had a daughter called Susanna (who created my name Olivia). The biblical story doesn’t hurt too.
Eleanor | There is a quiet strength in Eleanor, perhaps influenced by namesakes like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Elinor (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen). The spelling and pronunciation is also quite quaint, there doesn’t seem to be many feminine names ending with a ‘r.’ And yes it may seem that the popular nicknames Ellie and Elle are inevitable, but I actually don’t mind them. They are sweet, Nory might be my pick though.
Daisy | Okay this is a recent favorite, but it doesn’t really matter. At first I did not particularly like Daisy because she felt too childish? But couldn’t I say the same about other names that I like, for example Bridie and Essie. It did not make any sense. However after researching the history of the name I became quite enamored of it. I mean “day’s eye” is kind of cool and daisies are a symbol of innocence and gentleness. Plus the flowers are pretty, I’m a sucker for pretty things.
Honorable Mentions: Niamh, Essie, Clara, Miri and Tamar.
Alistair| Yes I first heard this in a video game, and I particularly enjoy the name because of the character among other things. But it has to come from somewhere. Alistair, in my opinion, is very handsome. I love its connection to Alexander “defending men”and the Scottish variant Alasdair. I might prefer Alasdair though, unfortunately I cannot pronounce that ‘d’ in the middle just right. It also satisfies my desire for all things English.
Ezra | I’m honestly not a fan of most masculine names ending in -a, but I’ll make the exception for Ezra. Its fun to say, has a rich history with the great meaning “help.” Although the seed of adoration might have been planted when I first saw Ezra Miller on screen, that isn’t so bad. He is a good actor.
Kit | I actually like this for both sexes, it is rather dashing on a guy. And I would definitely use it on its own, I honestly don’t care that it is a nickname (I’m rather fond of nickname names). I love its 1920s vintage vibe. I know, I know it has been used in other decades! But hey I cannot help but associate it with the roaring 20s, a decade full of flapper girls, jazz and great literature.
Honorable Mentions: Gideon, Tobias, Dimitri and Leo.
So what are your favorite names? And why?