Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rare Butterfly Baby Names

male mazarine blue
Male "Mazarine" Blue

Aegeria
Aeria
Amata
Ariadne
Atala
Athalia
Aurinia
Baltia
Belladonna
Berania
Berinda
Berylla
Brigitta
Briseis
Callicore
Calyce
Caria
Carilla
Castalia
Chrysea
Cleopatra
Corinna
Danae
Elara
Emerantia
Etrida
Eulalia
Evelina
Fausta
Galathea
Harina
Harmonia
Hecabe
Hesperia
Ilithyia
Indra
Jezebel
Junonia
Leonina
Libythea
Lucilla
Lybissa
Lycorea
Marpesia
Mazarine
Miyana
Megera
Nadina
Nerissa
Niobe
Olena
Oleria
Olferna
Pandita
Peloria
Perdita
Peria
Phisadia
Polyxena
Pomona
Pontia
Riodinella (possibly a prehistoric butterfly)
Rohana
Rumina
Sasakia
Sevenia
Teuta
Tullia
Valeria
Vila

* These are only the names that resemble existing female names, were previously existing female names, or share etymological roots with existing names, leaving out names you'd find in other major categories (like Aphrodite, which would be filed under the major goddess category). And of course, only the most beautiful; nothing like Daplydice. This list is not comprehensive (there's seriously a trillion different butterfly names).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Loredana

Loredana (lor-eh-dah-nah) is a sweet Italian girl's name meaning "laurel grove." Have you ever seen a laurel grove? They're pretty.

This literary baby name may have been invented by Italian novelist Luciano Zuccioli for "L'Amore de Loredana" (1908) as a spin on the Italian surname Loredan, though a few Laur- and Lor- names already existed, so it would be similar to "inventing" Mirabeau or Gwendolena. Others say George Sand invented it for her 1833 novel "Mattea." Similar in sound is the Madonna di Loreto's title, Loretana, "woods of the laurel." And because of Madonna di Loreto the name Loredana is considered a saint name. Her name day is December 10th.

There are a few pop culture references from Romania and Italy - multiple several actresses and pop stars, and a noblewoman named Loredana Marcello, the Dogaressa (Italian duchess) of Venice born in 1572, who was a writer and botanist, and she was regarded a scholar, which was exceptional for the time.

Loredana has been used in the U.S. since at least 1959, starting with only 5 births per year and rising to no more than 12. The last recorded year of use was 2001, making it a very rare name. Besides Italy, the name is also used in Romania.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

French Top 10 of the 80's and 90's

1980's
Boys                      Girls
1. Nicolas              1. Aurelie
2. Julien                 2. Emilie
3. Sebastien           3. Elodie
4. Guillaume           4. Celine
5. Alexandre          5. Julie
6. David                6. Marie
7. Romain              7. Stephanie
8. Thomas             8. Audrey
9. Anthony            9. Laetitia
10. Cedric            10. Virginie


1990's
Boys                       Girls
1. Thomas            1. Marie
2. Kevin               2. Laura
3. Alexandre        3. Camille
4. Nicolas            4. Marine
5. Maxime           5. Manon
6. Julien               6. Julie
7. Quentin           7. Pauline
8. Romain           8. Lea
9. Anthony          9. Anais
10. Florian         10. Marion

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Italian Top 30 Baby Names 2011

Boys                              Girls
1. Francesco                  1. Sofia
2. Alessandro                 2. Giulia
3. Andrea                       3. Martina
4. Lorenzo                      4. Giorgia
5. Matteo                       5. Sara
6. Gabriele                     6. Emma
7. Mattia                        7. Aurora
8. Leonardo                   8. Chiara
9. Davide                       9. Alice
10. Riccardo                 10. Alessia
11. Federico                  11. Gaia
12. Luca                        12. Anna
13. Giuseppe                 13. Francesca
14. Marco                     14. Noemi
15. Tommaso                 15. Viola
16. Antonio                    16. Greta
17. Simone                    17. Elisa
18. Samuele                   18. Matilde
19. Giovanni                   19. Giada
20. Pietro                       20. Elena
21. Christian                   21. Ginevra
22. Nicolo                      22. Beatrice
23. Alessio                     23. Vittoria
24. Edoardo                   24. Nicole
25. Diego                       25. Arianna
26. Filippo                     26. Rebecca
27. Emanuele                 27. Marta
28. Daniele                    28. Angelica
29. Michele                    29. Asia
30. Christian                   30. Ludovica

Names that appeared in the 2010 top 30 but not 2011: Federica, Ilaria.
2008 & 2007 but not 2010/11: Valentina, Giacomo
2006 included Alessandra, Maria and Manuel

Friday, November 1, 2013

Quirky, Fun, Unusual Middle Name Ideas

Girls:
Canary
Velvet
Vivendel
Whisper
Allifair
Aleydis
Tempest
Temple
Posy
Polly
Charm
Coral
Coralie
Heather
Indigo
Iselin
Bluebell
Nightingale
Fern
Tempany
Ivory
Ivelisse
Jade
Jessamyn
Jessamine
Belphoebe
Caspienne
Coraline
Jewel
Bijou
Tigerlily
Tigris
Bellamy
Ellery
Valentine
Juniper
Iris
Kestrel
Lavender
Lilac
Maiden
Mandolin
Charis
Cherith
Cherish
Clover
Blossom
Petal
Briar
Briony
Burgundy
Snow
Rosaline
Calypso
Cascade
Thistle
Seawillow
Amethyst
Amoret
Ember
Ceridwen
Gwenyth
Hallow
Lilikoi
Cerys
Cherry
Cheryth
Artemis
Avalon
Swan
Solace
Sonnet
Avis
Feather
Vesper
Bardot
Meadow
Romilly
Reverie
Saffron
Dove
Starling
Emerald
Eris
Wintress
Lyonesse
Strawberry
Plum
Poppy
Primrose
Fable
Frostine
Raven
Waterlily
Glow
Guinevere
Maeve
Mahogany
Maple
Savvy
Sable
Wendy
Windy
Circe


Boys:
Orchard
Oleander
Cove
Bay
Oriole
Knight
Cobalt
Robin
Theron
Tanner
Rousseau
Garneau
Monroe
Auburn
Clove
Reeve
Heath
Stellan
Indiana
Orion
Davey
Finch
Milan
Midnight
Equinox
Rio
Caradoc
Maverick
Cirrus
Copper
Orpheus
Caspian
Harvey
Samoset
Samhain
Venture
Hale
Alasdair
Dashiell
Cyprian
Loxley
Falcon
Hawk
Hawthorn
Malachite
Cloud
Rainier
Baylor
Dodge
Merlin
Marduc
Rune
Vega
Pegasus
Dante
Django
Escher
Calcedon
Forest


Unisex:
Shadow
Bayou
Ash
Rowan
Garnet
Crimson
Seven
Silver
Fifer
Linden
March
Sparrow
Quill
Ramsey
Cameo
Weaver
Rain
River
Sage
Caraway
Tatum
Marvel
Kit
Quenby
Crescent