Fascinating L Names

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 […]

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10 Candidates for Crossover

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 […]

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Dated Names Worth A Second Look

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 […]

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What’s That Name?: Xiuhtezcatl

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 […]

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Fascinating K Names

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, […]

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Latin Word Names

I’ve done quite a few posts about word names (like this, and this, and this flowery one, and this one on my favorite type of word name) and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the topic. Today, I’m looking  at names borrowed from Latin. Nova/Neo, “New”- Nova, along with variants Novalee and Novalie, is catching […]

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