so what are some really unique girls names ? back stories, meanings and origins appreciated..
Be careful with unique - she'll spend the rest of her life spelling it...
is certainly a consideration. Actually when Jennah looks through baby name books/lists and asks me how to pronounce something, I answer by saying that it doesnt matter because that name is now off the list !
some that we were considering - but none really have made it for us yet
Xylia (zyla) (xyla)
i like many that have been suggested and my opinion is probably not going to win if we dont actually agree on something that really calls us
I was planning on showing her this thread after it grew a bit
For a boys name we had been decided! Kavik Michael , or Malichai michael ...it seems girls names are much harder
Mariah...Means my love...I like teh name very much..
Do you want any special type? like English, Greek etc..
I like Sophia knowledge and then Beautiful -- gold lira --
or Sophia Lyera
macie lynn --- i had a lil boy in my class that became attached to me quickly and his sister macie did too -- lynn because one of my closest friends middle name is lynn
My daughter's name is Janessa, I think I've only heard it 2 or 3 times after having her. My husband and I came up with it. Other unique girls names....Neveah (na-vey-ah), Shaanti (was told it means "a good feeling" ?) Emilyn, Kalea (bright in Hawaiian)....
Shanti (or Shaanti)- with "a" as in "are" and "t" pronounced softly, means PEACE/TRANQUILITY. It is a Sanskrit word.
Neveah isn't very unique anymore, no offense. I know about six women who have named their daughters Neveah in the last year.
I like the names:
Oleysia: Not sure of the meaning.
Calysta: Most beautiful.
Brianna: Strong, Pure, Virtuous.
I've always felt that it is important to remember that you are naming someone who will someday be an adult.
Isn't it Malachi not Malichai (see wot I mean!).
If you like Emma, how about Amelie or Aimee (both French) or even Emily.
Just be careful how you combine names. I had a friend in school called Nicholas Anne. It was bad enough part of her name was a boy's name, but try saying it quickly.
Come to think of it, only the Brits are likely to get it. Americans talk about panties, not knickers,don't they?
Translating, say her name with an English accent and you get Nickerless Ann...you can imagine what she had to put up with in the playground.
yep, knickers is reserved to literature and british comedies and gangster movies, I dont think many (at least in my age group and likely in subsequent generations) even know of any association to knickers. At least here in nY, slang and usage varies alot across the regions of the US
your spelling of malachi is correct (biblical origin) ..im just a horrible typer ... the plan was to call him 'kai" anyway
I will be careful of names that will lead to torment...since I was a terrible little tormenter myself, i think i still have an ear for it.
"marijuana pepsi" really! well, im more of a Coke guy (see how that works on two levels, but I kid..its 4am getting loopy
Just don't give them a name they will be tormented for. Some parents have no idea what they could be subjecting their childern to by naming them some off the wall crazy name. My uncle likes Ford cars and trucks..named his first son "Justin Edsel" Just an Edsel...
I recently read of a woman named Marijuana Pepsi. I can't remember where she worked but they had a picture of her office and a sign on the door read "If waiting for Marijuana have a seat"...Quite misleading!!
I personally like Aviva. It means springtime in Hebrew, and it's especially cool because it's a palindrome (and almost impossible to misspell/mispronounce).
that is nice...and im strangely fascinated by palindromes
ana and eve were in the list ...
I'm not sure I would want to name my kid after one of the worlds largest insurance companies
(some are goddess names and some are casual names)
did you notice my affinity for goddess names? - great selections, thanks!
Abrianna " Mother of many nations or
Jala which means a kind person.
I also love the name Paige and Adriana
I am so excited you are having a girl!!!!
hey sunforged we could always use more Lacey's in the world...
yes I have given it away my real name is Lacey
I think some consideration should be given to the fact that the name given will actually be someone's name, rather than just what is 'interesting' to the parents at one particular time.
One of my grandaughters is Chrysten Aliyah and the other is Ireland Victoria.
A newborn baby that I photographed the other day had a beautiful name:
My niece uses the place of conception for her kids middle names, Claudia Paris (conceived in Paris) is one example.
We had several names picked out for both boys & girls as we did not know what we were having, as soon as we saw her, we chose her name & it fits her to a T! I could not have imagined naming her anything else. Same goes for my son...I don't think I could have named either of them before I saw them.
SF, I have this fascinating book about names, not just what they mean. it was written by Roy Feinson and is called Secret Universe of Names. It has to do with language and sounds and how they evoke feeling. I found it at a barnes & noble on the bargain table, took it to work and everyone wanted one. so we wiped out all of their copies.
sample of your own name, Joshua: he takes the JSH phonemes and comes up with, internal. insightful, thoughtful, determined, introspective, and intuitive when it comes to interacting with the world.
extraordinarily loyal worker, flexes mental muscles. mixed-brain dominance, both right and left.
your romantic life, you want to be the shining star in her universe.
the JSH sound has a nice, calming effect.
how did he do?
if you want, give me a name that you love and I'll see if it's in here.
the mixed brain dominance factor is intriguing..Im an artist and a statistician, I tend to get "whole brained" when I take the little mensa style quizzes and related books on types of intelligence
Life is probably easier with a clear one side dominance
It sounds like a fun read. Ill look for it.
Thanks for sharing that with me. is it immodest to say, i think that pegs me eerily well!
I thought so too, at least what I know about you.
there's much more info on each name.
you can order it off amazon, or check out your local bookstore and see if they have a copy. I was lucky and found this hardcover book for 5.00
it's a fun book to look up all your friends and family members names.
your girl is lucky, it says you are a steady source of support and dependability in your love life. once you take the leap, you're in it for better or worse.
Thanks everyone for sharing so many great names with me !
As a general response, yes, im well aware that the new life form will carry the weight of its name throughout its life. I do believe (as Rebekkah pointed out) that a name and its connotations on the listener/speaker are reflected back on the development and personality of the one who is named.
Its hard to imagine a grumpy, "Moonbeam" or "Summer" On the opposite spectrum... I cant envision a light-hearted Mordechai or Ichabod. Who would you take more seriously in a position of responsibility, "Ivy" or "Irene"?
My current leanings ( although very permeable)
I like the strong meanings and perceived power of Greek Names (Goddesses and Mythology) I also think such myth isnt well known anymore and just may be too difficult to spell and pronounce for most americans.
I think arabic and Hawaiian names sound very beautiful and I would enjoy saying them frequently.
I also seem to be leaning towards shorter names or names which I dont think will be naturally shortened by others.
Like Arianna is nice..at least i think so, but Ari ...is an angry charcter in a HBO sitcom.
Hardest decision ever at least for now
I, too, really wanted short names for my girls that wouldn't - or couldn't - be shortened by others. My daughters are Emma Rose and Kate Lily.
Funnily enough, a couple of years ago I stumbled upon a book at the library called Emma Kate - it turned out to be a very cute and clever children's book. I ordered two from Amazon so each of my girls could have one to keep! Sorry I got a tiny bit off-topic there!
Can't wait to hear what you decide on!
That is one thoughtful father. I can't wait to know your choice.
Well, no, Im irish, so irish isnt out, But pronounceable, spellable irish female names are hard to find.
Lacy is a great name. I will be attending the wedding of very good friend named Lacy very soon, but alas, as I have a close Lacy already, it will not be my choice.
it fits all my requirements though..short, pretty, suggestive ..I think its french in origin but is a common irish name
I remember Luciendasky wanting to knit a lacy-something and you chose it, because your name was in it.
These are names of some of my sister's and nieces.
I looked them up to see what they mean:
The meaning of the name Caitlyn is Pure
The origin of the name Caitlyn is American
Alternate spellings: Kaitlynn
The meaning of the name Ceara is Black
The origin of the name Ceara is Irish
Notes: Alternate spelling of CIARA
India This is my sister's name and I like it a lot.
The meaning of the name India is Person From India
The origin of the name India is English
Notes: Became popular as a name after the character in Margaret Mitchell's GONE WITH THE WIND.
The meaning of the name Indiya is Form Of India
The origin of the name Indiya is American
Samara This is my sister's name I like
The meaning of the name Samara is Result,Reward
The origin of the name Samara is Arabic
The meaning of the name Lauren is Laurel
The origin of the name Lauren is American
Alternate spellings: Lauryn, Laurynn
Notes: Lauren Hutton, fashion model/actress.
The meaning of the name Darla is Dear,Loved One
The origin of the name Darla is English
Notes: Character in the "Our Gang" Little Rascals movie short series.
I'm planning on naming my daughter Sierra Lee thought of the Irish spelling Ciara but decided on the Mexican spelling since we want the boy to be the Irish named child and the girl the Meixcan named child...hehe
Found my book and intantly opened it to the 'R's...the ones that interested me were Reyna (greek for peaceful), Rhea (greek for brook, stream and also says mythology: mother of Zues.
Okay this is my last post..gonna get off because hubby is home...but sunforged I found a few nice Hawaiian names for you..one of them is one of my middle names too
Alana (Alanna)- (Irish) Attractive; peaceful. (Hawaiian) offering
Kalei- (Hawaiian) Beloved; flower wreath
Lani- (Hawaiian) heaven, sky
Leia- (Hawaiian) child of heaven
Nani- (Greek) charming (Hawaiian) Beautiful
I went with Emily for my last child then found out the year prior (2005) that was the number one name. I really wanted a special name due to the numerous Jennys I know that hate their name because everyone else has it.
My first daughter's name is Dusty (father's choice) but I was going to go with Dakota. We also liked Audrey Rose. I don't know about meanings but they are pretty.
You also don't hear alot of Leona or Louise anymore: Leona is Spanish for female lion and Louise is Spanish for female warrior.
My great aunt is named Leona. I think it means heart of a lion or something similar. It is truly a dying name though, and that's too bad as Leona is a nice name.
I hated it growing up because all my friends had all those preprinted dog tags and bike plates and door tags and necklaces and such and I had to get the ones with the stickers you had to make yourself! As I got older I appreciated having such an 'old' name, it set me apart to a certain degree.
Well, creating those stickers yourself certainly made you creative! So maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I hate having such a common name, actually.
My real name is Heather. Heather Lee with my middle name. Within my family, there are two Heathers, one of which is also named Heather Lee. There were three Heathers in my grade, one of which was also named Heather Lee. And I met six Heathers while I was in treatment.
Every Heather I ever met, except for me, was blond with brown eyes and an amazing body, but a really superficial personality. I really dislike my real name, which my parents drew out of a hat anyway. I prefer to go by Pani
I like both the names Emily and Dakota.
I like my name but I have always liked my sister India's name.
Dakota is very cool.
This may sound strange to some but you should consider the numeric results of a name and the spelling.
Summer=26/8 8 may bring good things but also not good in all things
Arianna=31/4 The 4 isn't a good number but could be spelled differently
Ariana=26/8 Spelled this way the 8 may bring good things but also not good in all things
Abrianna=24/6=This one as suggested by AEvans has good numbers.
The 6 is good for marriage, healing and health
19/10/1 are the best numbers for a name.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
So Sunforged? How does the search for the perfect baby girl name going?
Its kind of funny, but when we were looking at boys and girls names, prior to knowing the sex, my suggestions and ideas for a boys name were taken into consideration and agreed with much more by my partner!
For a girls name, I seem to be getting shot down.
Jennah is currently favoring:
Adia - swahili - gift / german- noble
If I accept 'Adia" then I get full naming rights for the middle name.
One could write entire books about the mechanations ( <--- hmm, apparently this isnt a word) of name choice and the related internal relationship power struggles
Hmmm maybe you should write a hub about the hard decision making of baby name choosing
Just to toss a stone in the water:
Does anyone see anything...odd...about choosing a name for a baby that is clearly from, of, or related to a people or ethinic group to which the baby and/or her parents have no connection?
I do a little, But in Britain that kind of things is definitely 'chav culture' we tend to stick to pretty traditional names.
Lol, How so?
1. PostModern world -
2. I certainly aim to be not a person created by my direct environment and time but rather a person who can find worthwhile knowledge from all times and places...
But He is:
Born of Native American/californian Botanist and Scotch/Irish Polish Air Force Investigator in Germany.
Raised by Irish Grandparents and Baptist Minister father - majored in political thought with enough credits to easily surpass requirements for a double major in Political science, religious thought and philosophy...oh yeah and fine arts. oh yeah ..Fine arts minor just so they would let me take the courses. Ended up a buddhist leaning vegetarian living in the region of Cornell (major multi-cultural community) in an area of NY where everything is named after the Greek and Roman culture placenames of the original founders
So with a love of knowledge and ancient to modern history culture and thought...what pray tell is my "people" ...and who should do the blood test to figure out my ethnicity? I speak german and read latin (or did, when studying often) and can manage with some pidgin spanish - am I not allowed to appreciate elements of these cultures?
In a nod to Oli's britishness - I have been watching alot of football hooligan movies - so Sab Oh - Go ahead and "jog on" join the bluebloods and ethnic purists they always do great things in the world
Isnt the british royal family purebred? or is that inbred? sorry but I cant find any positive associations with being pigeonholed into an ethnicity or culture - and after all..obviously, Im a robot
"so Sab Oh - Go ahead and "jog on" join the bluebloods and ethnic purists they always do great things in the world "
What the heck is that supposed to mean, and why was it directed at me?
And, you seem to be saying that profession, interests, or course schedule equates to ethnicity for some reason. That's interesting.
In a completely unrelated anectdote, I've some familiarity with certain neighborhoods in NY and MA where the homes are multi-million dollar 'new money' brickabrack collections whose owners are if anything reflexively hostile to religion. They never fail to sport at least one stone Buddha or museum-quality Hindu statue inside or out in front of the home. They play with other peoples' cultures as fashion statement or curiosity. Some of the more 'sincere' ones take a very luke-warm stab at pretending to be Buddhists because they recognize that they are lacking something important in their lives but long ago decided their own family's religious heritage wasn't cool enough for certain social circles.
Oddly enough, some of these people choose to saddle their children with names that are of great significance to the cultures they originated from but just sounded nice and 'unique' to the parents at one time.
Not related to anything said here, just thought I'd share.
Friends of mine had a son called Sam. When the second child arrived it was a girl, and they were quite keen on the name 'Ella' until someone pointed out that the two names made an unfortunate combination (Here are my children, Sam 'n Ella!) LOL!
Personally I'm fond of the names Tamsine and Keziah for a girl, but both got vetoed by my husband when our daughter arrived.
for years I wanted my first born girl to be called Vada mia I completely hold the film my girl responsible for that choice.
When I was pregnant I went over loads of names
Harmony runa - the flow of sound as she was always calm when I played music
I decided on Chloe Tabitha in the end, & she is definitely a Chloe beautiful & cheeky
If she had been a boy originally it was: Dante Loki - as me & the father where a little bit morbid heavy metallers Dante sold hid soul to the devil & Loki is the angel of death as friend & family didn`t appreciate the thought behind it, she would of been Aidan lewis or Aidan Conner - meaning little fiery warrior.
If I ever had another girl I would want Alexia
I always thought if I had a little girl I'd name her Desiree' which means long time desired. But I never did and never will. ohhhhhhh.
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