Category Archives: Names of the Week

Names of the Week – Violet & Winston

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This week our names are Violet & Winston

Violet – a Victorian flower and color name. Violet is a lovely name that is quickly climbing the charts.  There are many characters in literature and film that bear this purple name. Maggie Smith plays the sharp tongued character, Violet Crawley  in the Downton Abbey Series, and who can forget the gum-chewing, blueberry fated Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Violets & Winston Churchill

Violets & Winston Churchill

Winston– for years vintage girls names have been making a comeback, and I suspect we’ll start seeing old names, like Winston, begin to climb for boys.  An English name, meaning “wines town” or “joy stone”, many people, myself included, associate this old charming name with Winston Churchill.

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Beginning next week, The Names of the Week will no longer have a video companion.  You can expect to see more through weekly name blogposts!
~Meagan

Name of the Week – Penelope & Arlo

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❤ This week our names are Penelope & Arlo ❤

Penelope – a Greek name, meaning “weaver”. Penelope has quickly been rising in popularity. Penelope was the name of the wife of Odysseus in The Odyssey. There are many fun, spunky nicknames for Penelope – Pep, Pippi, Penny, Penna, Poppy, Nell, and Nellie, just to name a few.

Penelope Cruz & Arlo Guthrie

Penelope Cruz & Arlo Guthrie

Arlo – a Spanish name, possibly meaning “barberry tree”. Arlo, like Penelope, has also been moving up the charts in popularity. Arlo has an old, yet modern sound, coupled with a smooth “o” ending.

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Happy Spring!
~Meagan

 

Names of the Week – Felicity & Declan

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This week our names are Felicity & Declan

Felicity – a beautiful Latin name, meaning “happiness and good fortune”.  In addition to it’s delightful meaning, Felicity is an underused virtue name.  The sweet, Colonial, red-headed American Girl doll introduced me to this beautiful name.

Felicity Huffman & Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus).

Felicity Huffman &
Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus)

Declan– an anglicized version of an Irish name, meaning “man of prayer”, Declan would be a great name for a baby boy born on St. Patrick’s day! In fact, Elvis Costello’s birth name was Declan Patrick.  I’d be willing to bet that the world welcomes a few new little Declan Patrick’s this St.Patrick’s Day!

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Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day,
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Lorelei & Casper

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This week our names are Lorelei & Casper

Lorelei – is a German name, meaning “alluring temptress” or “luring rock”. Legend has it that the Lorelei was a beautiful maiden living in the rocks by the sea.  Her beautiful voice lured sailors to their death.  Perhaps not the best meaning, but Lorelai (yep, different spelling) is also the name of the lovable characters from The Gilmore Girls.

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Casper – may possibly be a Dutch name meaning “treasurer”, a variation of the Persian name Jasper. The alternative spelling, Caspar is also well loved.  Many people associate this name with the lovable character, Casper the Friendly Ghost.

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A wonderful week to you,
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Evangeline & Hayes

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This week our names are Evangeline & Hayes

Evangeline – a grand Greek name, meaning “bearer of good news”.  Actress Evangeline Lilly, born Nicole Evangeline Lilly, brought awareness to the name Evangeline.  Evangeline has the word angel built right into it – Evangeline – a great name for a Christmas baby or to honor an Angela.

Evangeline Lilly & Hayes Carll

Evangeline Lilly & Hayes Carll

Hayes – is an English surname possibly derived from a Gaelic name, meaning “hedged area”. Country singer Hayes Carll was born Joshua Hayes Carll.  Hayes has a really interesting sound.  I can picture it on a distinguished gentleman, or a handsome cowboy.

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Happy March,
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Stella & Cillian

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This week our names are Stella & Cillian

Stella – a lovely Latin name, meaning “star”.  Sir Philip Sidney was first credited with using this name in a sonnet.  A strong, beautiful name, made iconic by Marlon Brando in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire.  Names ending in “ella” are quite popular for girls.  Stella is currently #70 in popularity in the U.S.

Stella McCartney Cillian Murphy

Stella McCartney & Cillian Murphy

Cillian – is a handsome Irish name, meaning “church”.  The phonetic spelling, Killian, is much more popular in the U.S. If you can get past the first syllable “kill” sound, Cillian makes for a wonderfully charming and underused Irish name in the U.S.

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A wonderful end of February to you,
~Meagan

Names of The Week – Asa & Zora

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Two short but strong little names!

Asa – Asa is a Hebrew name that means “healer”, wouldn’t that be perfect for a doctor in a novel? A small little palindrome name, Asa is currently #554 in popularity in the U.S.  Asa was most popular here in 1881 when it reached #178.  Used for both boys and girls, Asa is definitely more popular men.  Actor Asa Butterfield (pictured below) was born Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield – sounds like his parents were name lover’s to me!

Actor Asa Butterfield & Author Zora Neale Hustron

Actor Asa Butterfield & Author Zora Neale Hurston

Zora – Zora comes from a Slavic word, meaning “dawn”. Z makes for an interesting initial and adds a cool flare to most names.  Zora spelled Zorah is a Biblical place name.  The most notable barrier of this name is author Zora Neale Hurston.  Only 96 babies were given the name Zora in the U.S. last year.  Zora has a familiar sound, without being popular.

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I hope you had a great 2014!
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Shepherd & Noelle

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This weeks names are: Shepherd & Noelle

Happy Hanukkah & Merry almost Christmas!
Here are two names inspired by Christmas holiday.

Shepherd – A surname and an occupational name that relates to “one that rears and tends to sheep”.  Shepherd would make for a cool choice for a baby born on or around Christmas.  Without an obvious tie to the holiday, the term shepherd, and the phrase “the Lord is my shepherd” are often used in Christianity.  The name Shepherd works for any faith or season and lends itself to the nickname, “Shep”.

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy and Actress Noelle Beck

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy
and Actress Noelle Beck

Noelle – Noelle has a more obvious connection to the holiday as it is a French name meaning, “Christmas”.  What could be more fitting for a little Christmas baby? People are definitely attracted to the “elle” sound in many female names right now.  Noelle could easily be shortened to the popular nicknames Elle or Ellie.  Additionally, Noelle also pairs well with many names and is well suited in the middle name spot.

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Looking for names inspired by Hanukkah :
https://tulipbyanyname.com/name-lists/hanukkah-names/
More names inspired by Christmas
:
https://tulipbyanyname.com/name-lists/christmas-names/

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Maverick & Larisa

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This weeks names are: Maverick & Larisa

Maverick – Maverick is a car, a roller coaster, and a name on the rise!  From Tom Cruise in Top Gun to Mel Gibson in Maverick, Maverick has a solid place in pop-culture.  A word name used to describe someone unorthodox, Maverick means “independent, nonconformist”.  Up 459 spots past 10 years, Maverick is currently #273 in the U.S.  I wonder if Maverick will loose it’s edgey appeal if it becomes too popular.

Tom Cruise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun.   Actress Larisa Oleynik

Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun.
Actress Larisa Oleynik.

Larisa – Larisa is recognizable without being overused.  Most popular in Slovenia and Bosnia, Larisa is a Greek name, meaning “citadel”.  Feminine and familiar, Larisa makes a great alternative and way to honor someone named Alyssa, Melissa, or Marissa. A popular name in Eastern Europe, Larisa reminds me of the actress Larisa Romanovna Oleynik – now that’s a name!

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Happy Monday!
~Meagan

Names of the Week – Levi & Delaney!

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This weeks names are: Levi & Delaney

Levi – when I hear this name I think “cool guy”.  A Hebrew name, meaning “attached”, Levi has been climbing the charts and is currently #50 in the U.S.  Several celebrities have used this name for their cool little dudes.  Here are just a few, I’ll include their middle names too:
* Levi Alves – son of  Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves McConaughey
* Levi James – son of Sheryl Crow
* Levi Hank – son of Sara Gilbert & Allison Adler
A cool name for a little boy, I picture Levi on a jean-clad cowboy.

Levi Strauss & Delaney Gibson

Levi Strauss & Delaney Gibson

Delaney – is a surname that makes for a likeable first name.  An Irish name meaning “dark challenger”, Delaney is currently #249 in the U.S. Delaney first entered the top 1,000 in 1991. Martina McBride & John McBride’s oldest daughter is named Delaney Katharine.  Singer Delaney Gibson (pictured above) was actually named Jessica Delaney Gibson. I picture the name Delaney on a spunky girl with curly hair and a face gently painted in freckles.

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Happy December,
~Meagan