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Incredible -ina Names

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Names that end in the letter -a often have a softer, more traditionally feminine sound. If you like names that end in the sweet -a sound, you may enjoy these ultra-feminine names that end in -ina. Many names ending in -ina have a bit of an exotic flare and lend themselves to delightful nicknames.

Audrina
I grew up with a generation of teenage girls who obsessed over V.C. Andrew’s novels, and so Audrina always reminds me of the book My Sweet Audrina. Audrina may also remind you of reality TV star Audrina Partridge. With Audrey quickly rising in popularity, Audrina, which shares the same roots, its a lovely less popular alternative at Number 738.

Celestina
Babies truly are little angels and so you may consider using Celestina, a Spanish and Italian name meaning heavenly, for your little angel. Celestina is a variant of Celeste and would work well to honor a Celeste or even a Tina. A melodic and ethereal name choice, only 22 little girls were named Celestina last year.

Evangelina
Evangelina is striking, angelic, and packed full of adorable nicknames from Angie to Evie to Lina. A Latinate variant of the Greek Evangeline, Evangelina means bearer of good news. A lovely name with a lovely meaning to bestow upon any little girl. Last year 170 girls were named Evangelina.

Georgina
Georgia has been steadily rising in popularity the past few years. Why not consider her sister Georgina? Georgina is an English feminine form of George meaning farmer and was only given to 133 girls last year. Georgina Sparks is a character in the popular Gossip Girl series.

Jamesina
If you’re obsessed with what names celebrities are using like I am, then you’ve noticed the huge trend of James for girls. James is also on the rise for boys, currently ranked at Number 5. Jamesina is not only a fun name to say, it’s also a fun form of James, meaning supplanter. Jamesina is so rare that it was given to 5 or less girls last year.

Katarina
Katarina is a stunning Czech form of Katherine meaning pure. An exotic sound yet totally usable here in the US, Katarina is a great way to honor a Kate, Kaitlin, or Katherine. You may recognize Katarina as a character name used in Dr. Who and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Marina
A poetic Latin and Shakespearean name, Marina means of the sea. If you want a name that people will recognize but isn’t overly used, then Marina fits the bill, currently ranked at Number 685. Actor Matt LeBlanc used the lovely combo Marina Pearl for his daughter.

Seraphina
A name on many namers guilty pleasure list, Seraphina has Latinate and Hebrew roots meaning fiery. A large and grand name, Seraphina could easily be shortened for Sera and of course then honor a Sara or Sarah. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner helped give this name some attention when they used it for their daughter. 209 girls were named Seraphina last year.

Valentina
Truly a romantic choice, Valentina peaked in popularity last year when it reached spot Number 106. Valentina is a Latin feminine form of Valentine meaning strong and healthy. Selma Hayek chose the name Valentina Paloma for her daughter.

Wilhelmina
Wilhelmina is on the brink of shedding it’s formerly frumpy vibe. William which Wilhelmina shares its origins with has long been in the Top 10. Wilhelmina is made all the sweeter by the nicknames Mina, Willa, and Willie. 114 girls were named Wilhelmina last year.

Loving these -ina Names? Here are a few more to tickle your naming fancy:

Alexandrina
Alina
Angelina
Carina
Carolina
Christina
Emmelina
Evelina
Josephina
Justina
Katrina
Irina
Martina
Nina
Paulina
Regina
Sabrina
Thomasina
Tina
Trina
Zarina

What are your favorite names that end in -ina?

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Lovely Lithuanian Names

lithuanianI love learning about names from different cultures and countries. There are many stunning Lithuanian names, here are a few of my favorites!

Elžbieta – Elizabeth is one of my favorite names in just about any language. Elžbieta is a beautiful, Lithuanian form of Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”.

Lilija – A Lithuanian and Latvian form of Lily. Lily is a popular and beautiful flower name associated with youth and purity. Lilija has a rich, feminine sound and lends itself to the nickname Lily.

Kotryna – Katherine, like Elizabeth, is a beautiful classic with many variations. Kotryna is a striking Lithuanian form of Katherine, meaning “pure”.

Lėja – The name Leah has been rising. If you like Leah, you might consider the Lithuanian form Lėja, meaning “wearly”.

Many female Lithuanian names end in the letters a, e, or ia.

 

Andrius – Andrius is my personal favorite name from this list. A Lithuanian form of Andrew, meaning “manly”, Andrius is a name used in many countries. I think it would wear well in the U.S.

Matas – I love the look of Matas.  It would fit in well with other male names ending in the letter S that are trending, like Silas and Tobias.  Matas is a Lithuanian form of Matthew, meaning “gift of God”.

Kasparas – A strong and handsome name, Kasparas is Lithuanian form of Jasper, meaning “treasurer”.  Fans of the name Casper might enjoy this grand name.

Mykolas – Mykolas is a cool Lithuanian form of Michael, meaning “who is like God”? Mykolas would be an awesome way to honor a Michael.

Many male Lithuanian names end in the letters as, is, ius, us, or ys.

 

Viso gero,
Meagan

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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 ❤
~Meagan