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Names of the Week – Stella & Cillian


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.

Learn more about these names, middle name ideas, & alternatives:

A wonderful end of February to you,

Too Many Names


What do you do when you like too many names?

As an avid lover of names, I have an appreciation for a wide array of names.  If you handed me a pen and paper and asked me to write down 50 names that I like my only problem would be which 50 names to pick.

There are so many wonderful names!  It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes time to choose a name.  I find that people in the baby name community sometimes have a hard time honing in and choosing a name.  It could be that we love too many names, have too much knowledge, or realize the weight of what a name means.  Most of us will have/do have a couple of children.  That means we’ll only get to use a few precious names.

So, how do you narrow it down and choose a name perfect for your little one?

Make a big list

Don’t limit yourself, write down every name that comes into your mind. Pull out your books, surf your favorite name blogs, and allow yourself a full mental dump of every name you might ever consider.  Once you’ve got a huge list of potential names down, start separating it out by names you like vs names you love.  There are so many names that I think are brilliant and would recommend in a heartbeat, but I don’t know that I like them enough to actually use them. Add names that clash with your surname over to the pile of “like, but won’t use” list.

Run names by your partner

Even if your partner isn’t a name enthusiast, everyone has an opinion about names they like and don’t like.  Although it is a bummer when your significant other scrunches up their nose at one of your favorite names, it is important that you use a name you both love.

You might also ask your partner to make his/her own list without seeing your list of names.  Then you can compare the two and see if there are any names that appear on both of your lists.

Would you or your partner want this name?

There are many grand and glorious names that I treasure but I’m also glad my parents didn’t give me.  It’s a good rule of thumb to use a name that either you or your partner would have liked to have been named.  Can you picture it on yourself at 6? 36? 96?

Look to names you’ve loved forever

Many of my favorite names are the names of characters in books I read as a child.  There are a handful of names that I’ve loved most of my life.  I feel as though I’m always on the hunt for a new name to love, but  I often comeback to names I’ve loved forever.  There’s less chance for name regret when you go with a name you’ve enjoyed for a long time.

Name Significance/Family ties

When I look at my own list of name loves, certain names stand out.  These are names that have significance to me for an array of meanings.  They may be a twist on a family members name, the name of a place where you met your partner, or perhaps the name of a heroine in your favorite childhood story. Using a name with meaning adds to the story behind it.

Enjoy the naming process!

Names that say their letter


My boyfriend’s name is Omar and many people call him “O”, for short.  I was thinking about how interesting it is that in some names, the first syllable makes the same sound as the starting letter.  Here are some names that say their letter.  A little disclaimer, this list is based of the most common pronunciation in the United States.

  • Abel
  • Abraham
  • Abram
  • Ada
  • Adrian/Adrienne
  • Aiden
  • Ava
  • Avery
  • Avis
  • Beatrice/Beatrix
  • Bianca
  • Deacon
  • Deanna
  • Deena/Dina
  • Elizabeth
  • Enid
  • Eva/Eve
  • Gia
  • Gina
  • Giana
  • Iris
  • Isaac
  • Ivy
  • Jada
  • Kailey
  • Olivia
  • Omar
  • Tiana
  • Tina
  • Zena

Does the first letter of your name say it’s letter?

Names of the Bennet Sisters

bennsistersI grew up watching film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels with my Mom long before I could read them.  I love literature, period pieces, and classic names.  One of my favorite sibling sets is that of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.  All five of these names are classy, beautiful, and usable.

jbennJane is the eldest of the Bennet sisters. She’s kind, shy, and sensible. I’ve always thought of her as a sweet character.
An English name, Jane means “God’s gracious gift”. One of my least favorite name sayings is “plain Jane”. Jane is a simple, classic, beautiful little name. As a fan of Austen, I also like that Jane reminds me of the author. Austen used the name Jane in several of her stories.

lizzebenElizabeth, also known as “Lizzy” or “Eliza” is the protagonist in Pride & Prejudice. She’s intelligent, witty, and one of the most beloved literary characters.
Elizabeth is the epitome of a timeless name. It worked in 1813, when this novel was published, and it was the 10th most popular name for girls last year. Elizabeth is a Hebrew name, meaning “pledged to God”. I love all the potential nicknames that stem from Elizabeth.

marbennetMary is the plain sister. She’s often off by herself and probably the least memorable of the five sisters.
An important name in the Christian faith, Mary is Hebrew, meaning “bitter”. There are many lovely names that come from the name Mary, such as Molly, Mae, and Mariel. There are also tons of beautiful variations of Mary in other languages.

Catherine “Kitty”
kittybennettKitty is a silly, frivolous young woman. she’s often giggly and imitating her younger sister, Lydia.
Catherine is a classic Greek name, meaning “pure”. There are numerous literary and historic women named Catherine. There are also many popular variations and nicknames to this classic. Kitty has youthful, playful feel, fitting for this Bennet sister.

lydia bennetThe youngest, least sensible, and headstrong on the Bennet girls is Lydia. The only thing that I don’t like about this name is that I associate it with this self-absorbed character.
Lydia is one of my favorite names. Greek, meaning “woman of Lydia”, Lydia has been climbing back up the charts in popularity. It’s a lovely name with a Victorian feel that easily lends it’s to the cute nickname, Liddy.

P.S. I also love the name Bennet

Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Curl up with a good book ❤

Word to you baby – Juicy Word Names


Word names as given names are popping up all over! There are all sorts of word names – virtue names, nature names, seasonal names, color names, and more! Today I made a video on my personal favorite word names (watch at the end of this post), but there are so many juicy word names out there!

Some of these names may be better suited for the middle name spot or a character.  Then again I went to school with girls named Sunset, Echo, and October, so what ‘s considered brave for one isn’t brave for all. Here are 7 unexpected word names:

Alchemy was a science used in the Middle Ages. A word name with a bit of mystery and magic to it.  A cool choice for a New Age parent or a lover of the book The Alchemist.

Bliss means, “extreme happiness”. A lovely name with a virtuous vibe. Bliss would be a fresh alternative to names like Joy or Grace. Ellen Page played a character named Bliss in the 2009 roller derby movie Whip It.

The surnames Daley and Daly share the same sound but feel a bit less quirky than Daily. Daily means an occurrence done everyday. There are many popular two syllable names that end in the “lee” sound, which make this name feel a bit more familiar.

Harvest feels very grounded and like a Puritan name to me. The Harvest is the time or season of gathering. Harvest would make a neat name choice for a baby born in the fall or on Thanksgiving. It would also be a great way to honor someone named Harvey.

I’m always surprised that Peace isn’t used more often. Peace means contentment, a great meaning to a word name that would make a fabulous middle name for a boy or a girl. Peace is pretty cool in other languages to – think Pax or Paz.

Relic sounds a bit like a movie hero to me. I could see this name on a future Indiana Jones type character. A relic is an object or artifact with historic or sentimental value.

Timber is wood prepared for carpentry. It’s also a saying used to warn lumberjacks of falling trees. As a name, Timber has a bit of a whimsical sound.

My personal favorite word names:

Word out

Famous February Birthdays

febbadyA month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

February 1st – Heather Morris
Heather Elizabeth Morris – Actor and Dancer, born in the United States on February 1, 1987.
Heather is a botanical name and the title of the 80’s cult classic film Heathers.

February 2nd – Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol – Singer, born in Colombia on February 2, 1977.
Shakira is an Arabic name, meaning “woman of grace”.  Shakira is one of those iconic names, like Beyonce or Oprah, that needs no last name.

February 3rd – Warwick Davis
Warwick Ashley Davis – Actor, born in England on February 3, 1970.
Warwick isn’t a name you hear everyday, is it? An old English surname, Warwick means “dairy farm”.

Rosa Parks Feb 4th

Rosa Parks
Feb 4th

February 4th – Rosa Parks
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks – Civil Rights Activist, born in the United States on February 4, 1913.
A lovely namesake, Rosa is a variation of Rose.  Rosa doubles as a color name, meaning “pink” in Spanish.

February 5th – Darren Criss
Darren Everett Criss – Actor and Musician, born in the United States on February 5, 1987.
Darren falls in the middle of the top 1,000 at #467 in the U.S.  An Irish name with the cute meaning, “little great one”.

February 6th – Babe Ruth
George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. – Baseball player, born in the United State on February 6, 1895.
Most of my generation learned Babe Ruth’s name whilst watching The Sandlot. George is a classic Greek name, meaning “farmer”.

February 7th – Ashton Kutcher
Christopher Ashton Kutcher – Actor, born in the United States on February 7, 1978.
(Christopher) Ashton has a twin brother named Michael. I’ve seen this name used on both boys and girls. Ashton is an English name, meaning “ash trees place”.

Bethany Hamilton Feb 8th

Bethany Hamilton
Feb 8th

February 8th – Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Meilani Hamilton Dirks – Surfer, born in the United States on February 8, 1990.
Bethany has a very warm, friendly sound to me. Bethany is Hebrew and a Biblical place name that means, “house of figs”.

February 9th – Gypsy Rose Lee
Rose Louise Hovick – Burlesque dancer, born in the United States on February 9, 1911.
Rose, like Rosa is also a lovely flower name. Gypsy means “wanderer”, if you are brave enough to use it.

February 10th – George Stephanopoulos
George Robert Stephanopoulous – TV journalist, born in the United States on February 10, 1961.
Don’t you just love Greek surnames? I’m anxious to see the new name stats in May to see if the name George has risen since the birth of little Prince George.

February 11th – Damian Lewis
Damian Watcyn Lewis – Actor, born in England on February 11, 1971.
Damian used to be a name clouded by the association to the devil child in The Omen. Parents are now taking notice of this Greek name, meaning “to subdue”.

Abraham Lincoln Feb 12th

Abraham Lincoln
Feb 12th

February 12th – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln – U.S. President, born in the United States on February 12, 1809.
In the Old Testament Abraham was originally named Abram. Abraham is a Hebrew name, meaning “father of many”.

February 13th – Stockard Channing
Susan Antonia Williams Channing – Actor, born in the United States on February 13, 1944.
Stockard Channing was ahead of her time in her choice of a stage name.  Stockard is an English name, meaning “tree stump”, much less common than Susan, which means “lily” and was very popular the year of Channing’s birth.

February 14th – Florence Henderson
Florence Agnes Henderson – Actor, born in the United States on February 14, 1934.
Florence is the name of a beautiful Italian city that doubles as a Latin name meaning, “flourishing, prosperous”.

February 15th – Greer Grammer
Kandace Greer Grammer – Actor, born in the United States on February 15, 1992.
I love Greer as a middle name.  Greer is derived from the Scottish name Gregor, meaning “watchful, alert”.

Sonny Bono Feb 16th

Sonny Bono
Feb 16th

February 16th – Sonny Bono
Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono – Musician and Politician, born in the United States on February 16, 1935.
Salvatore feels like the name of a mysterious romantic man in a novel.  An Italian form of the name Salvador, Salvatore means “savior”.

February 17th – Paris Hilton
Paris Whitney Hilton – Socialite, born in the United States on February 17, 1981.
We had Florence, now we have Paris. A Shakespearean male name, Paris is a place name associated with love.

February 18th – Vanna White
Vanna Marie Rosich – TV Personality, born in the United States on February 18, 1957.
Vanna White is known for turning letters and for her iconic name. Vanna is a diminutive of many names such as Giovanna, Savannah, or Ivanna.

Benicio Del Toro Feb 19th

Benicio Del Toro
Feb 19th

February 19th – Benicio del Toro
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez – Actor, born in Puerto Rico on February 19, 1967.
As a lover of “Ben names”, I have to say Benicio just oozes coolness.  A Spanish name, Benicio has the wonderful meaning, “blessed”.

February 20th – Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain – Musician, born in the United States on February 10, 1967.
I’m surprised there weren’t more 90’s kids named after Cobain.  Kurt is a German name that stems from Kurtis or Conrad.

February 21st – Rue McClanahan
Eddi-Rue McClanahan – Actor, born in the United States on February 21, 1934. 
Today’s kids will recognize the name Rue from The Hunger Games trilogy.  Rue has a sweet little sound with the unfortunate meaning, “regret”

February 22nd – Drew Barrymore
Drew Blyth Barrymore – Actor and Producer, born in the United States on February 22, 1975
Drew is on my guilty pleasure list as a girls name all because of Ms. Barrymore. Drew comes from the name Andrew, meaning “strong and manly”.

Aziz Ansari Feb 23rd

Aziz Ansari
Feb 23rd

February 23rd – Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 23, 1983.
The Z factor always gives names a cool edge to me. Aziz is an Arabic name, that I think wears well in the U.S., meaning “powerful and cherished”.

February 24th – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd Joy Sinclair – Boxer, born in the United States on February 24, 1977.
Floyd was a popular name about 100 years ago.  A Welsh name, meaning “gray”, Floyd has lost its luster in the U.S.

February 25th – Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Joy Handler – Comedian and Writer, born in the United States on February 25, 1975.
Chelsea is a place name that also means, “limestone”. Most popular here in the early 90’s.


Levi Stauss Feb 26th

February 26th – Levi Stauss
Löb Strauß – Buisnesman, born in Germany on February 26, 1829.
Levi sounds like a cowboy and a pair of jeans to me – both good associations,by the way.  Levi is a Hebrew name, meaning “joined’ that has been rising in popularity.

February 27th – Joanne Woodward
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward – Actor, born in the United States on February 27, 1930.
A French form of Joanna or Joan, Joanne means “God is gracious”. A familar name though it’s no longer in the top 1,000.

February 28th – Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 28, 1955.
This is where I must give an obligatory shout-out to my beloved fictional character, Gilbert BlytheI can’t seem to resist bringing up Anne of Green Gables whenever humanly possible.  Gilbert is a German name, meaning “shinning pledge”.

Love to all the February babies ❤

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Character Names



Roald Dahl wrote some of the most magical stories. One of his most famous books is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The vibrant characters in this tale come with names perfectly suited to them.

Willy Wonka
Wonka is a fun eccentric character that Dahl described as having movements “like a squirrel”. Willy is a nickname for William, meaning “resolute protection”.  Willy isn’t such an odd or whimsical name until you pair it with the alliterative and quirky Wonka. It’s such an iconic surname that I can’t imagine Wonka by another name.

Augustus Gloop
A greedy little glutton, Augustus like most of the children in this story, is not too likable. Augustus is a Latin name, meaning “magnificent and great”, quite the opposite of this character.  Augustus used to be looked at as a dusty, heavy name, but it’s now coming into fashion.  I suspect the character of Augustus Waters, from The fault in Our Stars, will give this name a boost.

wilderwonkaViolet Beauregarde
“Violet, you’re turning violet!” Violet is the obnoxious, gum chewing girl, that turns into a blueberry.  Her name is so  perfectly suited given her fate in the story.  Violet is a lovely Victorian color and flower name that has been rising in popularity.  Beauregard is one of my favorite guilty pleasure names.

Veruca Salt
Veruca still kind of scares me.  If little girls are supposed to be sugary and sweet, it’s quite fitting that her last name is Salt.  The epitome of a brat, her name in pop culture is now synonymous with a spoiled child. Veruca is a Latin name, with the unfortunate meaning, “wart”. There is a rock band called Veruca, which is the best use of this name that I can recommend.

Mike Teavee
Mike is a child obsessed with television, hence his surname which fittingly sounds like T.V.  His character is really a social commentary on an average but bright child who’s potential is wasted away on clocking hours of television.  I imagine that this is why Dahl gave him the familiar name, Mike. Mike is a diminutive of Michael, meaning “who is like God”.

Charlie Bucket
Finally, we have our protagonist, Charlie. A kind boy in this sea of nasty children.  Charlie is poor and ordinary prior to entering the Chocolate Factory.  His name is familiar, inviting, and friendly.  Charlie is a diminutive of Charles, meaning “free man”.  Interestingly, Charlie as a given name is almost as popular with girls now as it is boys in the U.S.

I’m craving a chocolate bar now..


Lovely Latin Word Names


Word names are definitely in fashion.  If you’re looking for a word name that doesn’t feel so “wordy” you might consider using a Latin word name. Here are some lovely Latin word names that would be perfect for your little lady.

Aurora is a popular name in Italy. It’s also the name of both a Disney Princess and a Roman Goddess. Latin for “dawn”, Aurora is currently #145 for girls in the U.S. I love that this name is ultra feminine and easily lends itself to the lively nickname “Rory”.

Avis is the name of a popular rental car company, but if you can get passed that association, it’s actually a pretty cool name. Latin for “bird”, Avis makes a great alternative to the much more popular Ava. Avis also gets added cool points for being the name of a spell in the Harry Potter series.

Clara is a sweet name with old fashioned charm. I always picture the little girl in The Nutcracker when I hear this name. Latin, meaning “bright, clear”, Clara is currently #131 in the U.S. for girls. Clara is also a popular name in several European countries.

Felicia comes from the male Latin name Felix, meaning “successful or lucky”. I really love the name Felicity, which comes from Felicia. One draw back to this name would be the pop culture saying, “Bye Felicia”. Otherwise, an underused name with a great meaning.

If you love the name Emma you might consider the similar sounding, less popular name, Gemma. Latin, meaning “jewel”, Gemma is currently #316 in the U.S. Perfect for your little gem!

I think Gloria is a name on the verge of making a comeback. I’m waiting for the hipster crowd to take notice of this one. Latin, meaning “glory”, Gloria is currently #525 in the U.S. Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal used the name Gloria for one of their daughters.

I love the sound, I love the meaning, and I love the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood. Latin, meaning “moon”, Luna is currently #185 in the U.S. for girls. Romantic, whimsical, and feminine, Luna makes a lovely first or middle name.

Lux has a unisex sound and ends with the powerful letter X. Latin, meaning “light”, Lux would make for an unusual yet easily usable name choice. I always think of the character Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides when I hear this name.

Does this name sound serene to you? Fittingly, Serena is Latin, meaning “serene, tranquil” and ranks at #411 for girls in the U.S. A name with a lovely, melodic tone, Serena may also remind you of the tennis player, Serena Williams.

Stella made a huge comeback, up 310 spots in the past 10 years. Stella is currently #70 for girls in the U.S. A Latin name, with the the lovely meaning, “star”. I can’t help but think of A Streetcar Named Desire when I hear this name.


alis volat propriis
one of my favorite Latin phrases “she flies with her own wings”

10 Great Underused Names!


Name hunting is one of my favorite sports.  I’m always scanning movie credits and magazine pages on the lookout for a great little name gem. Can we just have a moment to marinate on the fact that in 2013 five baby boys were named Rambo. There were also eight baby girls named… wait for it… Babygirl. Sigh.

21,075 girls were named Sophia and 18,090 boys were named Noah in 2013 . Here are 10 usable names that are underused in the U.S.

Coralie is a delightful little French name, meaning “coral”.  Only 58 babies were named Coralie last year.  I suspect that Coralie is a name-lover’s name, it ranked #235 on Nameberry.com.  Much more popular in French speaking countries, Coralie has a soft, feminine, melodic flow.

If you like the G sound in Griffin or Gavin, then you might consider the underused Gareth.  A Welsh name, meaning “gentle”, only 51 boys were given the name Gareth last year.  I feel like people would easily be able to spell and say this name, making it uncommon but very usable.

Daria may remind you, as it does me, of the late 90’s MTV cartoon.  A lively little name that was only given to 84 girls last year. Daria comes from the name Darius, meaning “to posses well”.  I’m surprised hipsters who watched the show Daria haven’t given this name more use!

Rafferty is definitely my favorite name on this list to say.  I love a good, hearty, Irish name and Rafferty definitely fits that bill. An anglicized version of an Irish surname, Rafferty means “flood tide”, and was only given to 12 boys last year.

Helene is to chic and has an understated glamor.  A French variant of the Greek name Helen, meaning “bright, shining”, Helene was given to 41 girls last year.  Maybe Helene is just too old but not quite old enough to be a vintage comeback.

Here I go again with another fabulous, yet underused Irish boys name! Kiernan is a surname name, meaning “little dark one”, that only 33 boys received last year.  A great alternative to the similar sounding Kieran, I love the repeating N sound.

With the popularity of the name Jordan, I’m always surprised that Jordana isn’t more utilized.  A Hebrew name, meaning “flowing down”, only 50 girls received this name last year.  A beautiful bearer of this name is actress Jordana Brewster.

Part Old Hollywood (Clark Gable) and part Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), this name delivers a lot of vintage charm! 14 boys were given this name last year.  Gable is a French name with a distinctive sound, meaning “triangular feature in architecture”, fit for a dashing leading man.

Fans of the Shaytard family on YouTube will recognize this name, that of the eldest Butler daughter, Avia. A wonderful alternative to Ava, only 66 girls were named Avia last year.  Avia may come from the name Abijah, meaning “my father is Yahweh”, or Avis, meaning “bird”.  Either way it’s a lovely name with a familiar sound.

I love “Max” names.  Maxfield makes for a less expected Max name and was only given to 10 boys last year. Maxfield feels at home with the surname trend.  It’s an English name, meaning “Mac’s field”.

Please check out my friend Aléna’s facebook page Unusual But Usable Names, for more underused name gems!

Happy name hunting!

Names from the King Family


Martin Luther King Jr. was an African-American Civil Rights leader. A pastor and advocate for nonviolence, King’s words of peace and freedom are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. On Monday, January 19th we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day.

When I hear the name Martin, I immediately think of Martin Luther King Jr. I’m filled with emotion as I hear his name and think of his legacy and powerful words. What a powerful thing a name can truly be. Today I thought it would be interesting to look at names from the King family.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin King Jr. was in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929

Martin was the middle child of Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.  His older sister is Christine King Farris, and his younger brother was Alfred Daniel William King, better known as A.D. King.
Martin is a Latin name, meaning “of Mars” or “warlike”. Used both as a first and a surname, Martin was #83 in popularity in 1929 when King was born.  Martin is currently #263.

Martin Sr. changed both his name and his son’s name to Martin Luther in 1934 in honor of the Protestant leader, Martin Luther. Luther comes from a German surname, meaning “solider of the people”.

King is a strong English word name, meaning “monarch”. King is quickly rising in popularity, currently #193. King could make a neat middle name to honor Martin Luther King Jr.


King married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953

Martin Luther King Jr. married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953

King married Coretta Scott at her parents home in Heiberger, Alabama

Coretta Scott was born April 27, 1927 to Obadiah “Obie” Scott and Bernice McMurray Scott.  I’ve always thought Coretta was such a wonderful name.  Coretta is a diminutive of the Greek name Cora, meaning “maiden”.  Martin often called her “Corrie”. An activist and author, Coretta Scott King has a beautiful and memorable name.

 The King Children

The King Family Dexter, Yolanda, Bernice, and Martin Luther III  (left to right) with their Parents

The King Family
Dexter, Yolanda, Bernice, and Martin Luther III
(left to right) with their Parents

Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King had four children

Yolanda Denise King
The eldest of the King children, Yolanda was an artist, activist, and actress.  She sometimes went by the nickname “Yoki”.  One of the few names that begin with the letter Y, Yolanda is a Greek name, meaning “violet flower”.

Martin Luther King III
The eldest son and eldest living child of the King.  Named for his father and grandfather, Martin followed in their footsteps as a community leader and human rights advocate.  He married Andrea Waters and had a daughter, the only King grandchild.  Born a year after his sister’s death, Martin III choose to name his daughter Yolanda in honor of his late sister.

Dexter Scott King
The third of the King children, Dexter is an actor and film maker.  Dexter is an Old English surname and occupational name, meaning “one who dyes”.  It also has Latin roots, meaning “right handed”. Dexter King married Leah Weber in 2013.

Bernice Albertine King
The youngest of the King children, Bernice is the CEO of the King Center.  Bernice is a variation of Berenice, a Greek name, meaning “she who brings victory”.


May we live out his dream of peace,