Recently I came across a collection of poetry called A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now, edited by poets Willis and Aliki Barnstone. (They are father and daughter.)
Aliki is the name of a village on the Greek island of Paros. Willis Barnstone began his teaching career in Greece and has translated the works of ancient Greek poets and philosophers — I wonder if that’s where he found the inspiration for his daughter’s name.
The book is full of wonderful poems and wonderful names. Here are some standouts —
Beatritz — I love this unusual form, and that extra “T”
Claude — who says unisex names are automatically bad? I like both Cecil and Claude on girls
Gloria — ready for a comeback, I think