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Names Inspired by the Periodic Table Part 2

Continuing from yesterday, here is the second out of three total posts on names that could "honor" the elements in the periodic table.

31. Galium - Galia, Galiana, Galiena, Galice, Galila, Galina for girls, Galius/Gallius for boys
32. Germanium - Germaine, Germania
33. Arsenic - Arsenio
34. Selenium - Selene, Selenia
35. Bromine - Bromley, Bromwell
36. Krypton - no suggestions
37. Rubidium - Rubin, Ruben, Rubius, Rudy
38. Strontium - Stetson
39. Yttrium - comes from the place name Ytterby
40. Zirconium - Sailor Moon fans will understand why Zirconia should be avoided
41. Niobium - Niobe, the female mythology character from which it was named
42. Molybdenum - Molly
43.Technetium - Techoslav, Techa
44. Ruthenium - Ruthenia was an ancient name associated with Russia for which this element was named, but just Ruth could work
45. Rhodium - this was named for the rose color in one of its compounds, but the etymology is unclear to me. Try Rhoda, Rhodanthe, or Rhoades
46. Palladium - the asteroid Pallas for which the element was named (and the asteroid was named for the goddess), Paladin, Pallavi
47. Silver - while Silver could work well on its own, there's also Silveria/Silverio
48. Cadmium - the male names Cadmael (Welsh), Cadman, Cadmar, Cadmus, or Cadwen for girls
49. Indium - obviously India, Indio, Indigo, or Indra
50. Tin - Tinsley seems to be moderately popular, otherwise there's Tina, Tino and Tindra
51. Antimony - I'd advise against using Antimony itself (even though it has been used as a character name), because it sounds too similar to "alimony," and because this element is very toxic. There's Antony for boys or Antalia/Antalya for girls
52. Tellurium - I did a bit of research on this years ago and discovered the goddess Tellus, "Mother Earth," which this element shares an etymology with, but it is also a butterfly. I can't find the source now but I thought Tellura was a legit name
53. Iodine - Io, from mythology, for girls; Iodoc, a Breton name for boys
54. Xenon - Xenon itself has been used as a Greek boys name, but there's also Xeno or Xenxo, and for girls there's Xena and Xenia
55. Caesium - Caesar, maybe?
56. Barium - pretty much anything Bar- such as Barry, Baria, Barida or Barion
57. Lanthanum - Lantha, a short form of a Greek name (and lanthanum means "to lie hidden" in Greek)
58. Cerium - Ceria, Cerise
59. Praseodymium - Prassede/Prassedes
60. Neodymium - see "Neon" from yesterday's post, but Endymion sounds similar
61. Promethium - obviously Prometheus
62. Samarium - Samar, Samara
63. Europium - Eurwen (f) and Eurfron (f) in Welsh, Eurion, Euros or Eurwyn for boys
64. Gadolinium - no suggestions
65. Terbium - Terra
66. Dysprosium - Dyson
67. Holmium - Holmes
68. Erbium - Erbert
69. Thulium - no suggestions
70. Ytterbium - see #39


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