Monday, June 11

2011 Rarities: Part Three

photo by TURKAIRO, via Flickr
Here are some of the stand-out names used on only 8 children born in the US in 2011 —  

Artist  future accountants?
Bridges  generally found as a surname. There's Bridger and Bridget, why not Bridges? It has that sort of rugged sound that a lot of parents go for when naming their sons
Crockett  another one usually found as a last name. I can see this working as a first name  I first thought of one of my daughter's favorite books, Harold and the Purple Crayon, written by a man named Crockett Johnson. The Davy connection will appeal to some 
Devery  related to the French name Devereux. The 8 parents who used it for their babies may have been inspired by football player Devery Henderson of the New Orleans Saints
Ferney  an ancient Scottish surname. I like the sweet and innocent vibe
Hamsa  from the Arabic word for "five," this name refers to a hand-shaped amulet said to protect against the evil eye
Hermes  from the name of the Greek messenger god, may come from herma, meaning "stone," or eirein, referring to the power of speech 
Jabe  all I can think of for this one is that it's some form of Joab or Japheth
Laker  refers to someone, something or some-fish associated with a lake, though I'm sure most parents are thinking of the basketball team, here 
Neville  wow, an actual non-made up, usable name this low on the list? Means "new town"
Osmany  from the Turkish name Osman, which derives from Uthman, the name of the founder of the Ottoman empire. Uthman means "baby bustard" (a bustard is a type of bird)
Rafa  I've always been partial to this nickname for Rafael
Rondo  a musical name, a rondo is a musical refrain form and a rondò is a type of operatic vocal solo
Seton  another Scottish surname, belonging most notably to the first native-born American saint, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Sora  a Japanese unisex name meaning "sky"
Surafel  a place name and personal name from Ethiopia, it's from seraph, meaning "burning one," and referring to a type of angel
Taio  a place name in northern Italy and Brazil, English rapper Taio Cruz brings it into pop culture
Tialoc  the Aztec god of rain, fertility and water, controller of thunder and lightning. His name derives from the Nahuatl word for "earth," and its meaning has been interpreted as "path beneath the earth," "he who is made of earth," or "one that lies on the land," referring to a type of cloud. Wicked
Valiant  a virtue name, I suppose. Something appealing about it

Amorina  the name of a 1961 Argentine tango-dancing musical based on a play by Eduardo Borrás. Also the name of an Elton John song (spelled Amoreena
Damilola  a unisex Yoruba name used mostly in Nigeria, which means "prosper me" 
Domino  from the Latin dominus, meaning "lord" or "master." Sometimes found as a nickname for Dominique, made most famous in pop culture by English bounty hunter Domino Harvey
Ernestine  feminine form of Ernest, meaning "serious." It would be hard for a girl to pull of the nickname Ernie, but I always fall for fusty old "-tine" names
Evelette  modern made-up choice combining elements of Eve and the "-ette" ending from names like Charlotte and Violet. May be inspired by Evolet, a name used in the film 10,000 BC
Fable  popular in blog land thanks to Girls Gone Child, who used it for her firstborn daughter
Fey  fans of Tina? Probably an alternate Fay/Faye spelling, this one carries the added meaning of being vaguely supernatural
Halston — I wonder if the parents naming their girls Halston chose it for its fashion connection (named for its creator's middle name) or are using a family surname
Jessamine  I've always wondered why Jessamine hasn't seen more use. It seems a fresh, sweet alternative to popular Jessica
Lahari  the Soundarya Lahari (meaning "waves of beauty") is the title of a famous Sanskrit tantra textbook/poem. Lahari means "waves"
Lovette  you could extract the meaning "little love" from this one. It's most commonly found as a surname
Mahlet  I really like this one. I don't know much about it other than it's used mostly in Ethiopia
Mavery  Avery-with-an-M?
Rigby  I'd go with Eleanor if we're talking Beatles names here. Rigby seems a little more suited to a cat or a dog
Say — another one found as a surname, and impossible to research!
Solomia  perhaps a feminine variation on the Italian phrase "'o sole mio," meaning "my sun"
Svara  reminds me of Norwegian boys name Sverre, which means "wild, swinging, spinning"
Vesta  Roman goddess of the hearth and home, also the name of an asteroid group that contains the second largest asteroid in the solar system (4 Vesta)
Zeltzin  an Aztec name meaning "delicate"


  1. I've wanted to name a dog Rigby for close to 5 years now. I agree that Eleanor works better on a kid and Rigby on an animal.

  2. Vesta is a personal favourite of mine, she's gorgeous.

  3. Jessamine is a name I've loved since for always ... although I prefer Jessamy.

    Domino is also the name of one of the Bond girls - I think Kim Basinger played her in one of the later movies.

  4. What I know about these names...

    Jabe -- form of Jabr/Jaber, Jabril, Dzhabe, & Yahweh [source: ]

    Mahlet -- form of Machalat/Mahalath, & Eve, an Ethiopian hymn, perhaps related to this:

    Say -- sa'y/sa'i/sa'ee/sa'yee is the ritual trek between Marwah and Safa in Mecca, as part of Hajj/Umrah

    Solomia -- form of Salome, & Sollemnia


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