|Zuni Pueblo, 1873 byTimothy H. O'Sullivan|
Jotted down between bug inspecting and dinosaur petting, these names were found on a recent trip to the Natural History Museum —
Mimus — from the scientific name of the Northern Mockingbird
Olivella — a name-smush I can totally see working, a combination of Olive + Ella, I found this in a collection of seashells. It's also the name of a village in Catalonia
Ovis — from the scientific name of the Dall's sheep
Semele — another one taken from the shell section, Semele was also the mother of Dionysus in Greek mythology. The name is derived from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning "earth"
Skolai — the name of an alpine pass in the Wrangell Mountains of southeastern Alaska
Velero — taken from a species of sea snail, this is the Spanish word for "sailboat"
Violacea — shells again. This one was named for its resemblance to violet flowers
Zuni — from the name of a tribe of Pueblo Native Americans. This particular exhibit focused on their beautiful, netsuke-like fetish carvings