Friday, September 26, 2014

5 ways to get Sadie as a nickname

Sadie, meaning "princess," comes as a nickname from Sarah. Here are five ways you can use Sadie without Sarah.


Sandra, a short form of Alexandra, meaning "man's defender."

Saranda, an Old Greek word meaning "forty."

Sadira, a Persian name meaning "lotus."

Sadia/Sadiya, meaning "lucky" in Arabic.

Saida, pronounced SAY-duh, a variant of Zaida meaning "lucky, fortunate" in Arabic.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Names that can't be spelled wrong

Unless you try really, really hard. It seems like it would take too much effort to turn Nancy into Nansie or Alexander into Alyxzandurr. But these are the kinds of names that most everyone is familiar with and knows how to spell correctly.


Well known Biblical names such as Ruth, Paul, Daniel, Jacob, Hannah, Rachel and Rebecca.

One-syllable names such as Kay, Ace, Belle, Jean, May, Lee, Flynn, Jack and Rue.

Word names such as Peace, Arrow, Fable, Charisma, Hope and Faith.

Plant/natural world names such as Fern, Ruby, Clover, Snow, Pearl, River, and Willow.

Traditional nicknames such as Beth, Sue, Joe, Bob, Tom, Mike, and Ben.

American staples such as Nancy, Carol, Ronald, Gregory, Rose, Marie, Mary and Alexander.

Hollywood classics such as Ava, Audrey, Humphrey, Clark (and Gable), and Shirley.

Top ten names such as Emma, Isabella, Mason, Noah, William, Emily and Elizabeth.

Pop culture names such as Casper, Isis, Leia, Neo, Gatsby and Ziggy.

International favorites such as Gabriella, Nina, Stefan, Maria, Adriana, Elsa, and Marco.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Catkin

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Catkin (KAHT-ken, CAT-kin) is a name that, at first, might seem entirely made up for the sole purpose of its cute two-syllable combination. It has a fun and pleasing sound, yet it is a botanical word name (much like Katniss) used to define the flower clusters on some types of trees, including oak, birch, hazel and willow. It came about from the late 16th century Dutch word katteken, meaning "kitten," and probably in reference to the kitten's poofy tail.

Catkin is also a literary name, as seen in Antonia Barber's children's book Catkin, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, and Where is Catkin by Janet Lord. There's another in Cloud Atlas, the book and movie.

If you are into flower fairy art, it is worth checking out Cicely Mary Barker's illustration from 1923 entitled "Hazel Catkin Fairy" from the book Flower Fairies of the Winter. (Hazel Catkin would be a cute combination, as would Willow Catkin or Birch Catkin - any of the tree names on which catkins cluster.)

Catkin is also a Kilcher name, of "Alaska: The Last Frontier" fame. Yule and Ruth are her parents, and she was a Marine. Her daughter is Ecatrina, sons are Anthony and Edwin. Stellavera is another unique name in her family, and recent movie star Q'orianka is also in the family tree.

Catkin remains so rare and hardly ever given that there are no statistics for its usage, although White Pages claims there are at least two - one likely Catkin Kilcher. However, this name is not a one-person name, and, like its botanical flower seeds, needs to be spread!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Polaris

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Polaris from the X-Men comics

Polaris (po-LAR-iss or po-LAIR-iss - to each his own) is known as the North Star in the night sky, the Lodestar, traditionally also known as the "guiding star" or "pole star." The name means "of the [north] pole" in Latin, while the Greek name for it meant "dog's tail" in mistaken reference to the constellation Ursa Minor in which Polaris resides. Many believe it is the brightest star in the sky, but it is actually the 45th brightest. It does, however, play an important role in navigation because it remains nearly motionless.

Polaris has been used in some fiction, although nothing very recognizable. It was used three times in the DC Comics universe for the fictional Polaris star system or Polaris Galaxy, on a Super Mario Galaxy character, in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and for three computer games. Polaris aka Lorna Dane was an X-Men character with the power of magnetism (fun fact: Magneto is her dad, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are her siblings).

Because this name has only been used for the star and not typically on people, it can be considered unisex. Nicknames on a girl might include Pola, Polly or Priss, while boys could be Poe or Polo.

Polaris was recorded just once - in 2010 on 5 baby girls. That's it, although nothing is recorded under 5 births so there are likely more, and that's exactly what White Pages says when listing 30 in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A selection of names given to 5 boys in 2013

Anchor - word name
Anthem - word name
Bayard - French meaning "auburn-haired" - lots of history here
Beric - English meaning "grain farm"
Brandell - Old Norse meaning "sword"
Briscoe - Old Norse meaning "birch wood"
Chaplin - English occupational name for a clergyman
Connery - Irish meaning "dog-keeper/keeper of the hound"
Gent - word name
Gracian - prn. GRAY-shen, a variant on Graciano, "grace/gracious"
Gresham - English, "village surrounded by pasture/grazing homestead"
Helix - word name
Hyram - phonetic spelling of Phoenician/Hebrew name Hiram, "exalted brother"
Kline - variant spelling, German, "small"
Lucan - historical, Roman poet
Moxon - English surname, "son of Margaret"
Murdoc - Celtic meaning "sea, seaman"
Oaken - literal spelling of what Aiken means
Obsidian - cooled lava/volcanic glass, "stone of Opsius," possibly "power"
Phillipe - variant spelling of Greek Philip, meaning "lover of horses"
Pollux - star name and mythology name, Roman meaning "very sweet"
Quill - word name
Quintan - rare spelling of Quentin, meaning "fifth"
Roble - Spanish word name meaning "oak"
Ruffin - transferred use between personal name and surname, from Rufus
Seaver - variant of Severus, Latin, meaning "stern"
Sherwood - English place name meaning "bright forest/luminous woods," of Robin Hood fame