Part I.: Birds This is part 1 of a 3-part series on nature names that aren’t plants. It seems like tree and flower names dominate the nature category, but there are lots of non-botanical nature names that I think deserve a little more recognition. In my research for this post, I noticed that Abby at […]Read more "Nature Names That Aren’t Plants"
Part 12/26 Lazuli- Lapis Lazuli (pictured) is a semi-precious stone prized since ancient times for its brilliant blue color. The name comes from the Latin version of the Persian name for the stone, which is also the root of the word azure. Pronounced LAH-zu-lee, it shares the rhythm of Emily and Avery and the double […]Read more "Fascinating L Names"
Cross-gender names are a hugely debated topic among name nerds. I tend to see a lot of reaction against them- it seems in most naming circles, James is for boys and Jade is for girls. But some name enthusiasts see no problem with borrowing a name from one gender to bestow on another. Like it […]Read more "10 Candidates for Crossover"
Most names that become popular have a decade or two in the spotlight, then fade. They’re labeled “dated” and dumped for more current picks. Some return generations later, others remain obscure. But dated names have a lot to offer. Because they were once popular, they’re generally easy to pronounce and spell. They may not be […]Read more "Dated Names Worth A Second Look"
In the past month, I’ve seen a 17-year-old environmental activist pop up everywhere. He’s been on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, addressed the U.N., and received the United States Community Service Award from President Obama in 2013. He’s undoubtedly a very gifted and accomplished young man, and he wears a highly unusual […]Read more "What’s That Name?: Xiuhtezcatl"
I’m a big fan of common names with unusual nicknames and vice versa. A common nickname can take a “weird” name and make it wearable, while an unusual nickname for a common name can serve as a distinguishing feature. Today, I’ve taken nicknames from the top 50 and offered alternative formal options for more adventurous […]Read more "Unusual Names with Trendy Nicknames"
Part 11/26 Khadija- I’ve loved this name since I learned about it in world religions class in high school. In Islam, Khadija was Muhammed’s wife. But she did more than just follow him around- she was a successful businesswoman and supported herself after she was widowed (Muhammed was her second husband). About 800 years later, […]Read more "Fascinating K Names"