Backwards/Reverse and Palindrome Baby Names: Best and Worst of
Palindromic baby names are those that read the same in either direction, for example, Hannah, Anna, and Ana. Popular reverse names are taken from common words spelled backward, for example Nevaeh is "heaven" spelled backward. Backward/Forward name pairs are ideal for twins because if you spell the name of one twin in reverse, you get the name of the other twin. The most common example for twin names is Nadia and Aidan. Many people think such names are cute, while others find them absolutely hideous. Peruse the lists below and make your own judgments.
Palindrome Names N-Z
Palindrome Names A-M
Names From Words Spelled Backwards
- Nevaeh (Heaven). Variants that lend themselves to easier pronunciation include Neveah and Nevae.
- Nevah (Haven)
- Doog (Good). I guess it's supposed to be pronounced like Doug.
- Evol (Love)
- Efil (Life)
- Remmus (Summer)
- Traeh (Heart)
- Eruza (Azure)
- Reeba (A Beer)
- Raeb (Bear)
- Rehtaeh (Heather)
- Rorrim (Mirror)
- Niar (Rain)
Twin Set Names: Forward/Backward Pairs
Balancing Love of Word Play and Usability
Parents who find these names clever often don't realize the implications of having a name that is hard for others to pronounce or spell. If your child says her name is NUH-VAY-UH, people will probably spell it "Nevea" and your child will always be in the awkward position of correcting people to spell it "Nevaeh."
How do you pronounce the name spelled "Eiryk," is it like "Eric" or like AY-RICK?
Rather than straight-up reversing the order of the letters in a word or name, you can try permuting them. For example, the names
Sonja, Jason, Jonas, Janos
are all common names (in some parts of the world) and are simply permutations of the five letters A, J, N, O, and S. In the English-speaking world, Jonas and Jason make cute names for twins. The names Oliveta and Violeta are also permutations of the same set of seven letters.
Do you know any unusual backward names?
Share any unusual names you've heard of in the comments!
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