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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Special name meanings for girls.

A few days ago I did a post on names with special meanings for boys.
For many parents, the meaning of a name is a significant or the total factor in choosing out a name for their precious child, so here are some idea's and cute meanings for little girls.


Special meaning: feelings for your child.
Names representing your love and feelings for your child in the meaning.
  • Abigail, meaning "fathers joy" in Hebrew.
  • Adesina, meaning "my arrival opens up the way for more", given to girls from West Africa from parents who previously had no children.
  • Aida, meaning "reward" in Arabic.
  • Amanda, meaning "worthy of love" and "lovable" in Latin.
  • Amorette, meaning "beloved", "sweetheart" and "little dear" in Latin. For a little girl you adore.
  • Amy, meaning "love" in Latin.
  • Annabelle, meaning "lovable" in Latin.
  • Bo, meaning "precious" in Chinese.
  • Cara, meaning "beloved" in Italian.
  • Carys, meaning "love" in Welsh.
  • Charmaine, meaning "joy" in Greek.
  • Chere, meaning "dear" and "beloved" in French.
  • Darleen, meaning "darling" and "beloved" in Old English.
  • Davina, meaning "beloved" in Hebrew.
  • Edwina, meaning "happiness" in Old English. For a baby girl who brings great happiness.
  • Farah, meaning "happiness, joy" in Arabic.
  • Faustine, meaning "fortunate"in Italian and Spanish.
  • Filomena, meaning "beloved" in Greek.
  • Frayda, meaning "joy" in Yiddish.
  • Gayle, meaning "source of joy" and "fathers joy" in Hebrew. Perfect for a daddy's little girl.
  • Gemma, meaning "precious.
  • Gila, meaning "joy" in Hebrew.
  • Grainne, meaning "love" in Irish.
  • Hana, meaning "bliss, happiness" in Arabic.
  • Hulda, meaning "beloved" in German.
  • Imelda, meaning "wishful" in Latin. For the little girl you've been wishing for.
  • Inoke, meaning "devoted" in Hawaiian.
  • Jamie, meaning "I love" in French.
  • Jessie, meaning "a gift" in Hebrew.
  • Jessica, meaning "a gift" in Jewish.
  • Kalila, meaning "beloved" in Arabic.
  • Meave, meaning "joy" in Irish.
  • Mia, meaning "mine" in Latin. For the little girl who belongs to you.
  • Mina, meaning "love" in German.
  • Mona, meaning "wish" in Arabic.
  • Myfanwy, meaning "my treasure" in Welsh.
  • Naama, meaning "good fortune" in Arabic. For a baby girl you're lucky to have.
  • Tatum, meaning "dear" in Old English.
  • Winona, meaning "blissfully happy" and "joy" in Old High German and Old English.

Special meaning: surviving through hardship.
This is for babies who have been born premature, through complications or have disabilities but are looking positive, enduring it or hanging in there.
Some ideas:
  • Abira, meaning "strong" in Hebrew.
  • Aisha, meaning "alive and well" in Arabic. For a baby girl who went through complications in pregnancy, but was born healthy.
  • Bridget, meaning "strong" in Celtic.
  • Khadiya, meaning "premature baby" in Arabic.
  • Rita, meaning "brave, strong" in Indian.
  • Valentina, Valerie, meaning "healthy, strong" in Latin.

Special meaning: nice characeristics
Names simply with positive characteristics such as "happy" or "good looking".
  • Aditi, meaning "unbounded creativity" in Sanskrit. For parents with artistic talent and flair.
  • Angelique, meaning "like an angel" in Latin.
  • Belle, meaning "beautiful" in French.
  • Bella, meaning "beautiful" in Italian.
  • Bonita, meaning "pretty" in Italian.
  • Calista, meaning "most beautiful" in Greek.
  • Celina, meaning "always smiling" in French. For a little girl who's always happy.
  • Charity, meaning "grace" in Greek.
  • Delwyn, meaning "pretty" in Welsh.
  • Dilys, meaning "genuine", "perfect" and "true" in Welsh.
  • Dulcie, meaning "sweet" in Latin.
  • Farah, meaning "beautiful" in Middle English.
  • Ferelith, meaning "perfect princess" in Scottish and Old Irish. For your little princess.
  • Gaye, meaning "merry, cheerful" in English,
  • Gwyneth, meaning "happy" in Celtic.
  • Hilary, meaning "jovial, cheerful" in Greek.
  • Hulda, meaning "gracious" in German.
  • Ilona, meaning "beautiful" in Hungarian.
  • Imogen, meaning "innocent" in Latin.
  • Indira, meaning "splendid" in Hindi.
  • Jamelia, meaning "beautiful" in Arabic. For your pretty little girl.
  • Jolie, meaning "pretty one" in French, and "jolly" in Middle English.
  • Joy, meaning "merry" and "happy" in Old French.
  • Kalila, meaning "sweetheart" in Arabic.
  • Kamila, meaning "perfect" and "perfect one" in Arabic.
  • Kanani, meaning "beautiful" in Hawaiian.
  • Karen, meaning "pure" in Greek.
  • Karima, meaning "noble" and "generous" in Arabic.
  • Karis, meaning "graceful" in Greek. For a girl who shows grace.
  • Katherine, meaning "pure" in Greek.
  • Keeley, meaning "beautiful girl" and "graceful" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Kiara, meaning "bright" in Italian.
  • Kyna, meaning "wisdom" and "intelligence" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Lalita, meaning "charming" in Sanskrit.
  • Lana, meaning "cheerful" and "darling" in Irish Gaelic. For a little girl who's sweet and precious.
  • Larissa, meaning "playful" and "cheery" in Latin.
  • Leilani, meaning "heavenly child" in Hawaiian.
  • Latifah, meaning "gentle" in Arabic.
  • Leticia, meaning "joyful" in Latin.
  • Lyzelle, meaning "beautiful".
  • Marini, meaning "pretty" in Swahili.
  • Meera, meaning "radiant" in Hebrew. For a little girl who shines.
  • Merle, meaning "bright" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Milan, meaning "grace" in Czech.
  • Mirabelle, meaning "marvelous", "admirable" and "lovely" in Latin, and "beautiful" in Spanish.
  • Miranda, meaning "wonderful" and "admirable" in Latin.
  • Mona, meaning "noble" and "angel" in Gaelic. For your little angel.
  • Morgan, meaning "bright" in Welsh.
  • Naama, meaning "beautiful" in Hebrew.
  • Naomi, meaning "delightful", "pleasant" and "charming" in Hebrew.
  • Ngaire, meaning "clever" in Maori.
  • Reagan, meaning "wise" in Hebrew and Old German.
  • Sophia, meaning "wisdom" in Greek.
  • Tatum, meaning "cheerful" in Middle English. For a happy baby girl.
  • Vashti, meaning "beautiful" in Persian.
  • Yoshiko, meaning "good" and "respectful" in Japanese.
Special meaning: naming after a loved one.
Names which can be used to name after a loved one, or used in combination with a family or friends name to create a great name.
  • Alvina, meaning "friend" in Old English.
  • Cara, meaning "friend" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Delta, meaning "D" in Greek. For naming after people who's names starts with a 'D'
  • Omega, meaning "O" in Greek.
  • Shannon, meaning "descendant of Sean" in Gaelic. Cute for a little girl who's daddy is named Sean.
Special meaning: Physical Feature
This is a name which has a literal meaning to describe your daughters. Features such as hair color or gender are good examples for this, the feature you chose is more factual than bias such as "good-looking" ;)
  • Blanche, given to girls who were blonde or fair-haired in Old French times.
  • Colleen, meaning "girl" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Delwyn, meaning "white, fair" in Welsh.
  • Doreen, meaning "daughter" and "white, fair" in Irish.
  • Fenella, meaning "white, fair" in Gaelic.
  • Fiona, meaning "white, fair" in Celtic.
  • Jillian, meaning "soft-haired" and "fair-complexioned" in Greek.
  • Halina, meaning "likeness" or "resemblance" in Hawaiian. For a little girl who looks like someone in the family.
  • Imogen, meaning "likeness" in Latin, and "girl" and "daughter" in Celtic.
  • Julia, Juliana, Julie, Juliette, meaning "fair skinned" in Old Roman.
  • Keira, meaning "little dark one" and "dark-haired" in Celtic.
  • Kiara, meaning "dark-one" or "dark-haired" in Celtic.
  • Layla, meaning "dark-haired" in Arabic. For a baby girl with dark hair.
  • Martha, meaning "lady" in Aramaic.
  • Olwyn, meaning "white, fair" in Welsh.
  • Paige, meaning "child" in Greek.
  • Paula, meaning "small" in Latin.
  • Rowan, meaning "red-haired" in Gaelic.
  • Yoko, meaning "female" in Japanese.
  • Zita, meaning "child" in Italian.

Special meanings: Misc, other cute meanings.
Other cute meanings which don't fit in other categories!
  • Adelpha, meaning "sisterly, sisterhood" in Greek. For little girls who have an older sibling, especially a sister.
  • Aine, meaning "little fire" in Irish Gaelic. For parents who are fire fighters!
  • Amalia, meaning "toil" and "hard work" in Latin. For babies who parents worked for, e.g through problems conceiving or IVF
  • Arden, meaning "sparkle", "dazzle" and "glitter" in Latin. For little girls who shine.
  • Aubrey, meaning "elf-ruler" in Germanic. For a little girl with elfish ears!
  • Beatrice, meaning "voyager" in Latin. For little girls conceived while on travels.
  • Bijou, meaning "jewel" in French.
  • Cecelia, meaning "sixth" in Welsh and "blind" in Latin. For the sixth child in the family! Or if you're not quite that broody, the sixth grandchild or female grandchild. Or for girls born on the 6th of a month.
  • Charity, meaning "brotherly love" in Latin. For a little girl with one or more big brothers.
  • Cicely meaning "blind" in Roman. Not just for girls who are blind, but when combined with a name such as Carys, like Carys Cicely with a final combinations meaning "blind love"
  • Daria, meaning "royalty" in Persian. For your little princess.
  • Delma, meaning "of the sea" in Spanish. For a little sea baby.
  • Dervla, meaning "daughter of a poet" in Gaelic.
  • Erin, meaning "peace" in Irish.
  • Estelle, Estella, meaning "star" in Old French.
  • Ella, meaning "fairy maiden" in Old English.
  • Fay, meaning "fairy" in Old French.
  • Hoshi, meaning "star" in Japanese.
  • Kamila, meaning "complete" in Arabic. For a little girl who completes your family!
  • Keisha, meaning "favorite" in African.
  • Kimi, meaning "best" in Japanese.
  • Lavern, meaning "springtime" in Latin. For little girls born in spring.
  • Lucinda, meaning "to shine, glitter" in Latin.
  • Maybelle, meaning "worthy of love" in Latin.
  • Malu, meaning "peace" in Hawaiian.
  • Maria, Mariah, Mary, Marilyn, Marissa, Marylou, May, Moira, Molly, meaning "longed for child" in Hebrew. For a little girl you've been waiting for, for a long time
  • Marini, meaning "healthy" in Swahili.
  • Merle, meaning "sea" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Morag, meaning "princess" in Hebrew.
  • Morgan, meaning "sea" in Welsh.
  • Morwenna, meaning "a maiden" in Welsh.
  • Myfanwy, meaning "rare one" in Welsh.
  • Natalie, meaning "anniversary" and "birthday" in Latin. For a little girl born on a special anniversary or birthday.
  • Nona, meaning "ninth" in Latin.
  • Nova, meaning "new" in Latin.
  • Octavia, meaning "eighth" in Latin.
  • Orla, meaning "golden princess" in Irish.
  • Phillipa, meaning "someone who loves horses" in Greek.
  • Quintana, Quinn meaning "fifth" in Latin.
  • Salome, meaning "peace" in Hebrew.
  • Sarah, meaning "princess" in Hebrew.
  • Stella, meaning "star" in Latin.
  • Tamsin, meaning "twin" in Arabic. For a little girl who's a twin.
  • Tatiana, meaning "fairy queen".
  • Winona, meaning "first born daughter" in Native American.
  • Zara, meaning "splendor of the dawn" in Arabic. For little girls born in the morning.
DISCLAIMER: Many names have more then one meaning, or the meaning is derived from a word or not a 100% certain. I have only added in relative meanings for this article, and while the meanings have come from an accurate source I apologize for any mistakes.

Have a question for Annie-Kate? A suggestion for the blog? Want advice naming your child? Email me at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thumbs up: Chris O'Donnell

There's been a few celebrity babies born lately, but none that have been that remarkable, either positive or negative. But I saw this a few days ago and fell in love!

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2007/12/chris-odonnell.html


Actor Chris O'Donnell wife gave birth to a baby girl, Maeve Frances.

Grade: A +

Comments: Two very sweet, charming and not overly common names added together to make a very beautiful name. I love it! (Looking at there other children's names Lily, Christopher "Chip", Charles "Charlie" and Finley I fell in love all over again. Gorgeous names.)


What to work on for next time: Not sure if there'll be a next time for these two, considering they now have 5! But clearly, nothing. They're doing everything right!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Special name meanings for boys.

Many parents like to consider the meaning of a name to help them or completely decide on what name to choose for their child. Names with special meanings can even be used as a middle name to supplement a name you've already chosen as a first name.

Here are some of my favorite nice and cute meanings, with hints and tips on when they could be used.

Special meaning: Physical Feature
This is where you choose a name which has a literal meaning to describe your son. Features such as hair color or gender are good examples for this, the feature you chose is more factual than bias such as "good-looking" :).
Some ideas:
  • Abel, meaning "son" in Hebrew. A cute idea maybe for a first son.
  • Aelwyn, (arl-wein), meaning "white, fair" in Welsh.
  • Boyd, meaning "yellow hair" in Gaelic.
  • Caesar, meaning "dark hair", "long hair" and "head of hair" in Latin. For a baby boy born with a nice bit of hair!
  • Carl, Cary, Charles, meaning "man" in Old German. Cute for parents who call their sons their "Little man", especially if paired with a first name that means "little/small"
  • Cecil, meaning "blind" in Latin.
  • Cormac, meaning "son" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Crispin, meaning "curly" in Latin. For a little boy with Curls!
  • Darren, meaning "small one" in Gaelic.
  • Derry, meaning "red-headed" in Gaelic. For all the carrot-topped cuties.
  • Dexter, meaning "right-handed" in Latin.
  • Dwayne, meaning "dark little one" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Dwight, meaning "white, fair" in Old English.
  • Elvis, meaning "elf-like" in Old English. For baby boys with cute little ears.
  • Farley, meaning "fair" in Old French.
  • Finbar, meaning "fair-headed" in Gaelic.
  • Finn, meaning "fair" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Julian, meaning "fair-skinned" in Latin.
  • Kane, meaning "dark" in Celtic.
  • Keir, meaning "dark-skinned" in Irish Gaelic
  • Kieran, meaning "dark one" in Irish.
  • Kumar, meaning "son" in Sanskrit.
  • Paul, Pablo, meaning "small" in Greek.
  • Poco, meaning "little" in Italian. This one would be cute as a nickname for a baby.
  • Rory, meaning "red-haired one" in Gaelic.
  • Rufus, meaning "red-haired one" in Latin.
  • Russell, meaning "red-haired" in Old French.
  • Sven, meaning "boy" in Norse.
  • Vaughn, meaning "little" in Old Welsh, and "small" in Celtic.
Special meaning: surviving through hardship.
This is for babies who have been born premature, through complications or have disabilities but are looking positive, enduring it or hanging in there.
Some ideas:
  • Abir, meaning "strong" and "heroic" in Hebrew.
  • Archibald, meaning "noble" and "bold" in Germanic.
  • Ardal, meaning "high valour" in Irish.
  • Bernatd, meaning "as brave and bold as a bear" in Germanic.
  • Bjorn, meaning "sterngth" in Germanic.
  • Brian, meaning "strong" in Irish Gaelic and Greek.
  • Caleb, meaning "brave" in Hebrew.
  • Felix, meaning "lucky" in Latin.
  • Ferdinand, meaning "bold", "courageous" and "gallant" in Latin.
  • Fergal, meaning "man of valour" in Gaelic.
  • Hal, meaning "safe", "sound", "healthy" and "whole" in Old English.
  • Harding, meaning "hardy", "bold" and "strong" in Old English.
  • Helmut, meaning "strong" in Old French and "brave" in Teutonic.
  • Kalle, meaning "strong" and "manly" in Scandinavian.
  • Keane, meaning "brave" and "strong" in Old English.
  • Maynard, meaning "strong" in Old German.
  • Owen, meaning "lucky" in Greek.
  • Rolf, meaning "renowned for bravery" and "courage" in Old German.
Special meaning: naming after a loved one.
Naming your child after a family or friend but are stuck for a first or middle name? Don't like there name at all? These meanings are cute in certain situations (As another idea, names with 'characteristic' meanings can work well when naming after loved ones. Your dads name is Mark at you hate it? But he's a real nice guy and you want to use it as a middle name? Something like Allan (meaning 'cheerful' in Irish Gaelic) Mark would be cute, meaning Cheerful Mark). When naming after a good friend, a name meaning "friend" used as a middle name can be cute, or using a name with the meaning "friend" when you don't like your friends name is another option!
  • Aelwyn, meaning "noble friend", "elf friend" and "friend to all" in Old English.
  • Baldwin, meaning "courageous friend" in Old German.
  • Barry, meaning "son of Harry" in Welsh. Cute when trying to name a boy after Dad.
  • Bonamy, meaning "good friend" in French.
  • Cary, meaning "son of the dark one" in Irish. For little boys with a daddy with dark hair or coloring!
  • Cody, meaning "descendant or a helpful or cheerful person" in Irish.
  • Edwin, meaning "happy friend" in Old English.
  • Fitzgerald, meaning "son of Gerald" in Ireland.
  • Flynn, meaning "son of a red-headed man" in Gaelic. Son of a daddy carrot-top.
  • Harrison, meaning "son of Harry". Lots of options for Daddy Harry's. This ones cute, and a little different to "Harry jnr" and He could be called Harris which is very sweet.
  • Kalil, meaning "good friend" in Arabic.
  • Kelvin, meaning "friend" in Old English.
  • Nelson, meaning "son of Neil" or "son of Nell" in Old English
  • Quinn, meaning "descendant of Conn" in Irish.
Special meaning: nice characeristics
Names simply with positive characteristics such as "happy" or "good looking".
  • Aelwyn, meaning "great child" in Welsh.
  • Allan, meaning "good looking" and "cheerful" in Irish Gaelic. For little boys who are cute and well tempered.
  • Albert, meaning "noble" and "bright" in Old High German.
  • Argus, meaning "highly observant" and "bright eyed" in Greek. Cute name for little boys who notice everything after they're born.
  • Arthur, meaning "noble" in Welsh.
  • Asher, meaning "happy" in Hebrew. For a little boy who is sweetly in temper.
  • Auberon, meaning "noble" in Germanic.
  • Augustus, meaning "magnificent" and "great" in Roman.
  • Beau, meaning "handsome" in French.
  • Brian, meaning "noble" in Old Celtic.
  • Bert, meaning "bright" in Old English.
  • Cahil, meaning "naive" in Turkish.
  • Clement, meaning "kind", "gentle", "calm" and "merciful" in Latin. For mellow little baby boys.
  • Constantine, meaning "loyalty" in Latin.
  • Cosmo, meaning "beauty" in Greek.
  • Daniel, meaning "attractive" and "charming in Welsh.
  • Darren, meaning "great" in Gaelic.
  • Declan, meaning "good" in Irish Gaelic.
  • Edward, meaning "happy" in Old English.
  • Elan, meaning "friendly" in North American. For a little baby boy who never minds who's holding him.
  • Ellis, meaning "benevolent" in Welsh.
  • Elmer, meaning "noble" in Old English.
  • Esmund, meaning "grace, beauty" in Old English.
  • Eugene, meaning "noble" in Greek.
  • Fadil, meaning "virtuous" and "distinguished" in Arabic.
  • Fahey, meaning "happy" in Old English.
  • Farley, meaning "beautiful" and "pleasing" in Old Norse.
  • Felix, meaning "happy" in Latin.
  • Fulbert, meaning "very bright" in German.
  • Gamal, meaning "beauty" in Arabic.
  • Guy, meaning "lively" in Latin. For a baby boy who kicked a lot in your tummy and is always moving and making noise.
  • Hassan, meaning "handsome", "good" and "pleasant" in Arabic.
  • Irvin, meaning "handsome" in Gaelic.
  • Jamal, meaning "handsome" in Arabic.
  • Kalil, meaning "beautiful" in Greek.
  • Kamal, meaning "perfection" in Arabic.
  • Kamil, meaning "perfection" in Arabic.
  • Kane, meaning "lovely" in Welsh.
  • Karim, meaning "generous" and "noble" in Arabic.
  • Keane, meaning "wise" and "clever" in Old English. For a little boy who is quiet and seems to observe the world.
  • Kenneth, meaning "handsome" in Gaelic.
  • Kushal, meaning "clever" in Indian.
  • Milo, meaning "grace" in Old Slavic.
  • Naaman, meaning "beautiful" and "pleasant" in Hebrew.
  • Niall, meaning "champion" in Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
  • Philmore, meaning "loving" in Greek.
  • Phoebus, meaning "bright" and "shining" in Greek.
  • Sancho, meaning "thoughtful" in Spanish, and "pure" in Latin.
  • Tate, meaning "cheerful" in Middle English. For a little boy merry in spirit.
  • Xavier, meaning "bright" in Arabic.
  • Zakkai, meaning "pure" and "innocent" in Hebrew.

Special meaning: feelings for your child.
Names representing your love and feelings for your child in the meaning.
  • Ahmed, meaning "greatly adored" and "praised the most" in Arabic.
  • Anthony, Anton, meaning "priceless" in Roman.
  • Axel, meaning "divine reward" in Scandinavian.
  • Benedict, meaning "blessed" in Latin.
  • Cary, meaning "much loved" in Latin.
  • Damon, meaning "fate" in Greek.
  • Dante, meaning "to be patient" in Italian. For parents who have wanted a long time for their baby boy.
  • David, meaning "beloved" in Hebrew.
  • Didier, meaning"great longing" and "wish" in Latin.
  • Dorian, meaning "gift" in Greek.
  • Eamon, meaning "happiness" in Old English.
  • Erasmus, meaning "beloved" in "desired" in Greek.
  • Ernest, meaning "intense desire" in Germanic.
  • Fahey, meaning "joyful", "glad" and "happy" in Old English.
  • Felix, meaning "happy" and "lucky" in Latin.
  • Fergus, meaning "best choice" in Gaelic. For adoptive parents of little boys.
  • Gil, meaning "joy" in Hebrew.
  • Hoffman, meaning "man of influence and flattery" in German. For little boys who wrap their parents and relatives around their fingers and get a lot of compliments.
  • Hugh, meaning "inspiration" in Hebrew.
  • Kamil, meaning "complete" in Arabic. For the little boy who completes your family or lives.
  • Malachi, meaning "my angel" in Hebrew.
  • Naaman, meaning "good fortune" in Arabic.
  • Nathan, meaning "gift" in Hebrew. For a little boy who's a treasure, or perhaps one born on Christmas or a Birthday.
  • Noam, meaning "joy", "delight" and "pleasantness" in Hebrew.
  • Owen, meaning "lucky" in Greek.
  • Raja, meaning "anticipated" and "hoped for" in Arabic.
  • Thaddeus, meaning "desired" in Aramaic.
Special meanings: Misc, other cute meanings.
Other cute meanings which don't fit in other categories!
  • Aneurin, meaning "little one of pure gold" in Welsh.
  • Amir, meaning "prince" in Arabic.
  • Augustus, meaning "majesty" in Roman.
  • Basil, meaning "royal" and "kingly" in Greek.
  • Baxter, meaning "baker" in Old English. For parents with this profession! Or if you're naming after someone who works as a Baker.
  • Bryson, meaning "sea" in Irish Gaelic. For lovers of the Sea.
  • Cecil, meaning "sixth" in Welsh. For the sixth child in the family! Or if you're not quite that adventurous -- the sixth grand child or grandson, or for little boys born on the 6th or in June!
  • Cole, meaning "trust" in Welsh. For your baby boy who puts his complete trust in you.
  • Connor, meaning "lover of hands" in Gaelic. Perfect name for all dog lovers.
  • Darwin, meaning "lover of the sea" in Old English.
  • Dean, meaning "ten" in Greek.
  • Delmar, meaning "of the sea" in Latin. Good for water birth babies or just babies who love water or live close to the beach
  • Dylan, meaning "sea" in Celtic.
  • Earl, meaning "prince" in Old English.
  • Elroy, meaning "the king" in Spanish and French.
  • Ethan, meaning "permanent" in Hebrew. For your little boy who will be with you forever.
  • Eugene, meaning "well-born" in Greek.
  • Francis, meaning "little Frenchman" in Italian. For little boys with French blood!
  • Gavin, meaning "falcon of May" in Welsh. For little boys born in May.
  • George, meaning "farmer" in Greek. For boys born out on the Farm.
  • Hyam, meaning "life" in Hebrew. For the new little life you've brought into the world.
  • Irvin, meaning "sea" in Old English.
  • Jason, meaning "to heal" in Greek. For a little boy who heals your past hurts.
  • Kumar, meaning "prince" in Sanskrit.
  • Leroy, meaning "the king" in French.
  • Llewellyn meaning "resemblance" in Welsh. For a little boy with a close resemblance to some one special.
  • Murdoch, meaning "sailor" in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. For a little boy with close relatives or ancestors who were sailors.
  • Nahum, meaning "comforting" in Hebrew. For a little boy who comforts your past hurts.
  • Namid, meaning "star dancer" in Native American.
  • Naresh, meaning "king" in Sanskrit.
  • Octavius, meaning "eighth" in Latin.
  • Omar, meaning "long life" and "first born son" in Arabic.
  • Owen, meaning "well-born" in Greek.
  • Philmore, meaning "lover of the sea" in Greek.
  • Quentin, Quintas, meaning "fifth" in Latin.
  • Raja, meaning "prince" in Arabic.
  • Reuben, meaning "behold, a son" in Hebrew. For your first little boy.
  • Ryan, meaning "little king" in Gaelic.
  • Samson, meaning "as bright as the sun" in Hebrew.
  • Trey, meaning "three" in Latin.
DISCLAIMER: Many names have more then one meaning, or the meaning is derived from a word or not a 100% certain. I have only added in relative meanings for this article, and while the meanings have come from an accurate source I apologize for any mistakes.

Have a question for Annie-Kate? A suggestion for the blog? Want advice naming your child? Email me at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cute Combinations, Girls, K-O

Some more cute combinations!
K
Classic: Kate Elizabeth
Conservative: Katherine Michelle
Pretty and sweet: Kayla Rose
Modern: Kayley Raine
Unusual: Kaylen Alessia
Unique: Katia Eve
Unisex: Kendall Hope

L
Classic: Lillian Kate
Conservative: Lauren Elise
Pretty and sweet: Layla Evelyn
Modern: Leilani Rose
Unusual: Laurel Madeleine
Unique: Lucinda Deanne
Unisex: Laine Alexandra

M
Classic: Maggie Rose
Conservative: Mary Jane
Pretty and sweet: Melody Joy
Modern: Makenna Grace
Unusual: Marley Reese
Unique: Maegan Gabrielle
Unisex: Morgan Anastasia

N
Conservative: Nicole Andrea (I like the English pronunciation- Ann-dree-uh)
Pretty and sweet: Natalie Anne
Modern: Natalia Lynn
Unusual: Naomi Grace
Unique: Noreen Celeste

O
Classic: Octavia Rose
Pretty and sweet: Olivia Lorelei
Unique: Odessa Jane

What do you think about these? Comment below!

Got some comments in the blog? Some suggestions for me? Want advice naming your child? Email me at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Top Australian Boys Names

As a follow on from the Top Australian Girls Names
I am proud to present, the Top Australian Boys Names. The most accurate list of name popularity taken from Australia as a whole (While many websites show Australian name popularity from one state alone, this list takes popularity from all states)

This list was compiled from:
The top 100 list from Queensland
The top 100 list from South Australia
A top 10 list from the Australian Capital Territory (with estimated numbers)
A top 20 list from the Northern Territory
A top 100 list from New South Wales
A top 100 list from Victoria. (My State :)!)
And, a top 50 list from Western Australia.
(Unfortunately no data from Tasmania could be found after countless Google searches)

And can be replicated on other sites with permission from Annie-Kate at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au

So, here they are:
No.
Name. Amount
1
Jack 2402
2
Lachlan 2034
3
Joshua 1969
4
Thomas 1862
5
William 1850
6
James 1576
7
Ethan 1340
8
Samuel 1257
9
Noah 1253
10
Ryan 1245
11
Daniel 1236
12
Liam 1221
13
Benjamin 1206
14
Matthew 1133
15
Cooper 1113
16
Luke 1107
17
Riley 1094
18
Alexander 1050
19
Nicholas 1029
20
Jacob 1009
21
Oliver 998
22
Harrison 886
23
Lucas 875
24
Dylan 857
25
Jake 815
26
Max 802
27
Bailey 787
28
Jackson (700), Jaxon (83) 783
29
Charlie 740
30
Aidan (380), Aiden (356) 736
31
Mitchell 731
32
Tyler 727
33
Jayden 678
34
Connor 673
35
Blake 669
36
Jordan 668
37
Isaac 664
38. #
Harry 663

Michael
40
Nathan 662
41
Zachary 593
42
Angus 586
43
Oscar 562
44
Cameron 557
45
Hayden 543
46
Adam 531
47
Seth 524
48
Joseph 516
49
Xavier 511
50
Jesse 501
51
Caleb 496
52
Brodie 489
53
Christian 474
54
Logan 470
55
Patrick 435
56
Alex 409
57
Kai 406
58. #
Sebastian 405

Cody
60
Joel 386
61
Henry 373
62
Andrew 357
63
Callum 355
64
Charles 333
65
Christopher 324
66
Anthony 314
67
Ashton 306
68
Hunter 305
69
Aaron 303
70
Darcy 301
71
Hamish 297
72
Zac 289
73
David 281
74
Jonathan 265
75
Flynn 263
76
John 254
77
Jamie 250
78
Marcus 249
79
Tyson 248
80
Sam 245
81. #
Elijah 243

Toby
83. #
Luca 236

Jai
84
George 216
85
Tristan 212
86
Owen 207
87
Sean 206
88
Jett 202
89
Edward 199
90
Peter 189
91
Brayden 184
92
Dominic 181
93
Declan 174
94
Finn 173
95
Levi 170
96
Mason 169
97
Brock 160
98
Tony 154
99
Brandon 150
100
Beau 144
101
Will 133
102
Tom 115
103
Corey 113
104
Taj 111
105
Zane 107
106
Archie 106
107
Justin 105
108
Austin 93
109
Jeremy 90
110
Rhys 90
111
Ali 86
112
Julian 76
113
Kyle 72
114
Lincoln 55
115
Ben 50
116
Bryce 45
117
Hudson 22
118
Bradley 22
119
Jay 21
120
Jason 18


For Parents from Australia i'd suggest to stay away from the top 25, or even the top 50 if you'd like an uncommon name.

How does the top 15 here compare to the top 15 in America? (Top 15 lifted from: http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/top06xy.html which gives a more accurate list which incorporates spellings)

No
Aus
USA
1
Jack
Aiden
2
Lachlan
Jacob
3
Joshua
Michael
4
Thomas
Joshua
5
William
Matthew
6
James
Christopher
7
Ethan
Ethan
8
Samuel
Nicholas
9
Noah
Daniel
10
Ryan
Andrew
11
Daniel
Anthony
12
Liam
William
13
Benjamin
Alexander
14
Matthew
Jayden
15
Cooper
Joseph

Which list is your favorite? Let me know and comment below!

Whats different from Australian boy names and American boy names? And what can we learn from that.

Names which Americans (and others) can steal from the top Australian names (cause they aren't too popular in the US!).
Lachlan
Bailey (no.635 in the US)
Charlie (no.337)
Mitchell (no.275)
Harry (no.593)
Angus
Callum
Darcy
Hamish
Zac
Flynn
Jamie (no.583)
Tyson (no.276)
Sam (no.463)
Toby (no.509)
Luca (no.349)
Jai (rhymes with eye)
Jett (no.535)
Declan (no.364)
Finn (no.456)
Brock (no.261)
Beau (no.438)
Tom
Will (no.533)
Taj
Archie
Rhys (no.915)
Ali (no.360)
Lincoln
Ben (no.555)
Jay (no.351)


Some interesting features of Australian boys names:
The name Aaron, is not pronounced air-run, but a-ron with a sharp 'a' sound.

Shortenings of names such as "Ben", "Sam" and "Will" are common as names on their own.

Variants of spellings are rare, and traditional spellings are nearly always used.

Names such as Bailey and Riley are seen as boys names alone, and are very rarely used for girls.

Scottish and Irish names which are rarely used in the US such as Lachlan, Angus and Callum are popular and have been for a long time.

Names Aussie parents should steal from the US top list and run! (theres a lot, grab your pen and paper!)
Cayden
Brian
Gabriel
Landon
Isaiah
Gavin
Eric
Evan
Adrian
Nathaniel
Devin
Jeremiah
Carter
Ian
Sebastian
Colin
Cole
Wyatt
Chase
Damian
Carson
Allan
Timothy
Richard
Derek
Brady
Vincent
Payton
Mark
Colton
Josiah
Preston

(And there are many other names at http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/top06xy.html)

Have a suggestion for the blog? Some advice you think I need? What help naming your child? Email me at anni.ekate@yahoo.com.au