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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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Posh Names for your Princess

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These feminine names age well and have a distinctly upper-crust vibe. Consider one of these 10 sophisticated choices for your little lady.

Bianca
Bianca is one of the many Shakespearean character names that easily fits in to this category. An Italian name meaning white, Bianca has a much more refined sound than her sister Blanche. Currently ranked at 379, Disney fans will love the connection to the prim little mouse Bianca in The Rescuers.

Claudia
A common name in ancient Rome, Claudia still feels sophisticated and current at Number 741 in popularity. Fashion model Claudia Schiffer and the eternally young vampire Claudia from Interview with a Vampire are two well-known bearers of this name. You could also kick up the posh level a bit by using the name Claudine.

Francesca
It doesn’t get much more posh or Princess-worthy than the grand name Francesca. A flowery Italian form of Frances, meaning french man or free man, Francesca currently ranks at Number 428. Nickname lovers will delight in the numerous nickname options including; CeCe, Fanny, Fran, Francie, Frankie, and Franny.

Georgiana
Jane Austen fans will instantly recognize this as the name of Mr. Darcy’s sister in Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana is one of the many attractive feminine forms of George meaning farmer. Whether you pronounce it gor-gee-AH-na or gor-JAY-na its simply magnificent.

Lavinia
A great alternative to the much more popular Olivia, Lavinia was only used by 63 little girls last year. A fun way to get to Liv or Livie, Lavinia is a Latin name meaning from the ancient Lavinium. There were characters named Lavinia in A Little Princess and Downtown Abbey.

Margot
We could easily fill this list with lovely posh French names for girls. Margot is a french form of Margaret meaning pearl. At 593 in popularity Margot is on the rise, up nearly 150 spots last year. Margaux Hemingway changed the spelling of her name from Margot to Margaux after learning Margaux was the name of the wine her parents consumed the night of her conception.

Natasha
There is something exotic, alluring, and appealing about the name Natasha. A Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning born of Christmas, Natasha currently ranks at Number 666. Barack and Michelle Obama named one of their daughters Natasha, though she goes primarily by the nickname Sasha.

Octavia
Another great Olivia alternative, Octavia is a striking Latin name meaning eighth. Oscar winning actor Octavia Spencer helped bring attention to this Victorian name. Only 173 baby girls were named Octavia last year.

Portia
Portia has an super sophisticated sound though it derives from a Roman family name meaning pig or hog. Perhaps the Porsche car association is too strong since only 42 babies were named Portia last year. Actress Portia de Rossi, born Amanda, chose the prim Portia in renaming herself.

Sophie
Sophie is sweet and chic French form of Sophia, meaning wisdom. A very wearable name, currently ranked at Number 104, Sophie is in the Top 3 in Austria, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

Which of these posh names would you use?

Names of the Week – Tatiana & Tobias

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This week our names are Tatiana & Tobias

Tatiana – is Russian, derived from Tatianus, an old Roman family name.  A beautiful, grand name with a very regal feel, Tatiana is definitely princess-worthy.  Tatiana was the name of one of the Romanov grand Duchesses (pictured below).

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia Actor Tobias "Tobey" Maguire

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
Actor Tobias “Tobey” Maguire

Tobias – is a Greek form of the name Tobiah, meaning “God is good”.  Tobias lends itself to the nickname Toby/Tobey (see actor Tobey Maguire pictured above).  I also enjoy Tobin as a way to get the nickname Toby.  Tobias follows a growing trend of male names ending in the letter S – Silas, Elias, Julius, to name a few.

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

Here’s to terrific T names,
~Meagan

Briar Rose by any other Name

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Names from Sleeping Beauty

A few weeks ago I was up late, flipping through channels, when I stumbled across an old childhood favorite, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.  I was flooded with warm memories and I was reminded of the great names in this film! Let’s explore the names used in Sleeping Beauty.

Aurora
Princess Aurora’s features were modeled after the timeless beauty, Audrey Hepburn.  A Latin name, meaning “dawn”, Aurora is also the Roman goddess of the morning.  Aurora is a name that floats on and off my personal top 10 baby names list.  It can be a bit of a mouthful for young children to say.  I love the spunky, unisex nickname “Rory” for the this feminine and grand name.  Aurora was #145 last year in popularity in the U.S.

Briar Rose
Aurora’s alias was delightful nature name Briar Rose. Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen used the name Briar Rose for their daughter in 2014. Too Disney to use together? Perhaps. Briar is English, meaning “thorny patch”. Rose is also an English name for the rose flower. I enjoy both names individually. I think Briar would make a fabulous middle name.

Phillip
Prince Phillip was the first Disney Prince to be given a proper first name.  A wearable name used by many real life royals. Phillip is Greek and has one of my favorite name meanings, “lover of horses”. Currently #364 in U.S popularity, I’ve heard more buzz lately about Philippa than Phillip.

Maleficent
One of the most distinctive names of a Disney villain, Maleficent has Latin roots, meaning “diabolical, malevolent, and causing harm”. Angelina Jolie portrayed this character, giving us a great insight to the Sorceress in the 2014 film Maleficent.  This is a name best used as a character name.

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Everyone needs a fairy godmother! Princess Aurora was lucky enough to have three! Flora, who wears red or pink, bestows the gift of beauty onto baby Aurora. A Latin name, meaning “flower”, Flora is also the Roman goddess of springtime.  A charming vintage name, only 144 girls were named Flora in the U.S. last year.

Fauna
Fauna wears green and gives Aurora the gift of song.  My fairy godmother forgot to give me a great singing voice. Fauna is a Latin name and the name of the Roman goddess of fertility.  Flora and Fauna were also the names of conjoined twins in The Addams Family.

Merryweather
Merryweather is is the tenacious little fairy godmother that wears blue and in gifts baby Aurora the gift of sleep to be awoken by true loves kiss, to combat Maleficent’s curse.  An English surname, meaning “full of blithe”, this meaning fits the tiny fairy.  Merryweather is a fun, quirky name for this little character, but part of me wanted her to have a name that starts with the letter F like the other two fairy godmothers.

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Leah
Queen Leah, Aurora’s mother, is never actually called by name in the film. She is simply referred to as “fair queen”. Currently #33 in the U.S., Leah is a popular name in many countries.  Hebrew in origin, meaning “weary”, Leah was the first wife of Jacob in the Old Testament.  Queen Leah is called Leila is the film Maleficent.

Stefan
King Stefan is Aurora’s father.   Stefan is a form of the Greek name, Stephen, meaning “crown”, a fitting meaning for a king.  A minor character in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, King Stefan the ruthless villain in Maleficent.

Hubert
King Hubert is the funny father of Prince Phillip. Only 32 boys were named Hubert last year in the U.S. A German name, meaning “bright heart”, Hubert has fallen out of fashion.

Samson
Samson is Prince Phillip’s loyal horse.  He has my favorite male name in the film.  A Hebrew name, meaning “sun”, Samson is currently #671 in the U.S. With the familiar nickname “Sam”, I expect to see this name rise in years to come.

A Magical 2015 to you!
~Meagan

Royal Baby Name Predictions

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A little Prince or Princess is on the way! The whole world will be watching and guessing what he or she will be named. Last week I asked my instagram followers (you can follow me @tulipbyanyname) what their names predictions were.  Here were the guesses:

Princess Name Predictions:

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Alexa
Alexandra
Anne
Caroline
Cecilia
Charlotte 5
Denise
Diana 5
Eleanor 3
Elizabeth 8
Eloise
Georgia
Grace
Lauren
Lindsay
Louise
Madeleine
Marceline
Marie
Mary
Matilde
Regina
Rose
Ruby 2
Victoria 3

Prince Name Predictions:

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Royal Family

Alexander
Albert 4
Alfred
Arthur 4
Charles 3
David
Edward 5
Frederick
Henry 3
James 5
John
Jonathan
Kayde
Lewis
Louis
Luke
Philip 3
Spencer
William 3

* the above predictions include middle name guesses
* the number next to the name indicates how many times that name was guessed

I found these name predictions were really interesting!

Elizabeth, Diana, and Charlotte were the front runners for a future Princess. James and Edward took the lead in future Prince Predictions.

My Predictions

Princess : Victoria
I do think that Elizabeth will be a middle name.

Prince : Albert
I think that James has strong chance of being a middle name.

What are your royal name predictions?

Adieu
~Meagan