|golden raspberries by laliseuse, via Flickr|
Here's one half of the last installment of 2011 Rarities. There were too many great finds to fit in one post, so the boys section will be up soon. Enjoy!
Afifah — love the happy sounds in this one. From Arabic male name Afif, meaning "chaste"
Amaranta — the striking Italian and Spanish variant form of Amarantha, which is a flower name referring to the amaranth genus of herbs. The word itself comes from Greek elements meaning "unfading flower"
Aviance — I'm thinking this is a Beyonce-esque "French-ish" name used for its similarity to popular Ava. It's also the name of a beauty brand sold in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East
Bhoomi — another fun one. Bhoomi means "earth" in Prakrit and is also the name of a Bengali "urban folk" band. Urban folk? Must look into that immediately
Bryony — it was a surprise to see Bryony was used only 5 times in the US last year. It's more popular in the UK (used 67 times in England & Wales in 2010) and is the name of a flowering vine used in herbal medicine, from the Greek bryo, meaning "to swell"
Devery — saw this one in Part Three of this series, used 8 times for boys
Evienne — one of the names given by writers to the "Lady of the Lake" of Arthurian legend. Her other names include Nimue, Viviane, Niniane, Nivian and Nyneve — all so pretty!
Future — not for everyone, right? I, however, dig it
Jeremia — a form of Jeremiah, a traditionally male Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh has uplifted"
Kerala — the name of an Indian state on the Malabar coast. The word means "hill country"
Lianet — also found as Liannet or Lianette, this seems to be a smushing of elements Lia and the suffix "-net/-nette," used in Spanish-speaking countries (model Liannet Borrego is from Cuba). I like its fresh, light sound
Malone — a surname meaning "descendant of St. John," this, weirdly, ranks highly in France (as a boy name), probably for its similarity to Malo, a Breton name meaning "shining hostage." Its use for girls seems odd to me, but it's along the lines of other long-O surnames like Monroe, Harlow and Marlow, so I guess it could jump on the trendwagon
Minelly — along the lines of Lianet, a name smush using sounds popular in Spanish-speaking places. I wonder if the similarity to Minelli is intentional or unintentional
Navieen — probably a variant of Navin or Naveen, a masculine Indian name meaning "new." I think the sounds work nicely on a girl
Nebula — yes, please. Call her Nebby?
Omolara, Omolola, Omotola — the "Omo-" prefix (meaning "child") is typical of names of the Yoruba people of West Africa. I love the look and sound and the idea that a prefix can be paired with so many potential endings — wouldn't it be interesting if English names were like that? Omolola is my favorite of these 3
Oneida — the (mispronounced, English) name of a Native American tribe, meaning "people of the standing stone." Whether or not you think its gauche to use it as a modern girls' name (especially if you aren't of Oneida descent) I think the name itself is lovely
Poetry — we've seen Poet and Story used, why not Poetry?
Rand — 5 really dedicated Objectivist parents?
Selby — an English surname from Old Norse elements meaning "willow farm"
Theda — a short form of Theodora, meaning "gift of god." Actress Theda Bara is the most popular namesake — her birth name, Theodosia Burr Goodman, is pretty great too
Vennela — a Telugu (a language spoken in primarily in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh) word meaning "moonlight"
Wells — super preppy-rific choice. Though it rings masculine, I prefer it on a girl