Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Sam

I was surprised to find that Samuel & Samantha are currently ranked #25 & 29 in the US (for boys & girls, respectively, of course). Admittedly, they peaked 20-30 years ago, and have been dropping since, but still--30 years is decent staying power for a girls' name! Most don't stick around that long.
Of course, all this means that you probably know a Sam or two of either gender (or both), so finding new ways to get to spunky, solid Sam is understandable.
(note: I did start to delve into boy-Sam possibilities on a previous post, so if you feel a bit of déjà vu, you're not crazy)

Boys:
  • Bassam (bah-SAHM, Arabic)--"smiling"
  • Isamu (ee-sah-moo, Japanese)--"courage"
  • Salman (SAL-mahn, Arabic)--"safe"
  • Samad (sam-AHD, Arabic)--"eternal"
  • Samang (sahm-ANG, Khmer)--"lucky"
  • Samay (sam-EYE, Khmer)--"daydream"
  • Sambor (SAM-bor, Polish)
  • Samir (sah-MEER, Arabic, Hindi)
  • Samson (SAM-son, English)--from Hebrew "sun". Another form is Sampson.
  • Samuli (SAH-moo-lee, Finnish)--form of Samuel
  • Stamatis (stah-MAH-tis, Greek)--another form is Stamatios.

Girls:
  • Belisama (bel-ee-SAH-mah, Gaulish mythology)--poss. "brightest one"
  • Gethsemane (geth-SEM-ah-nee, [Biblical] Greek)
  • Ibtisam (ib-tee-SAM, Arabic)--"smile"
  • Psamathe (SAM-ah-thee, [Ancient] Greek)--"sand goddess". Another form is Psamathea
  • Salima (sah-LEE-mah, Arabic)--"safe"
  • Samar (SAM-ar, Arabic)
  • Samara (sah-MAHR-ah, sam-EHR-ah, English)
  • Samaria (sah-MAHR-ee-rah, sah-MEHR-ee-ah, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Samika (SAM-ik-ah, Hindi)
  • Samina (sah-MEEN-ah, Arabic)--"healthy"
  • Samira (sah-MEER-ah, Arabic)
  • Samiya (sah-MEE-yah, Arabic)--"sublime, supreme". Also transliterated as Samia.
  • Samuela (sam-WEL-ah, Italian)--feminine of Samuel
  • Samuline (sah-moo-LEE-neh, Norwegian)--feminine of Samuel
  • Stamatia (stah-MAH-tee-ah, Greek)

Unisex:
  • Masami (mah-sah-mee, Japanese)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vowel-Names for Boys

It occurred to me the other day that I do a lot of 'names by construction' posts for girls, but not really many for boys. So then I had to think of what I could do--besides the overplayed -aidens, and surname-y -sons & -tons, boys' names don't really have a lot of distinct patterns.
However, while vowel-y names for girls are in abundance, there aren't a lot for boys....

  • Abijah (ah-BYE-jah, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Adamo (ah-DAH-moh, Italian)--form of Adam. Other forms include Adão (ah-DOW, Portuguese) and Akamu (ah-kah-moo, Hawaiian)
  • Adino (ah-dee-noh, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Adlai (AD-lay, AD-lye, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Aimo (EYE-moh, Finnish)--"good, real"
  • Aldo (AHL-doh, English, Italian, Swedish)
  • Alejo (ah-LEH-hoh, Spanish)--form of Alexis. Other forms include Aleksey (Russian), Aleksi (Finnish), & Alessio (Italian)
  • Arlo (AR-loh, English)
  • Asa (AY-sah, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Elio (EL-yoh, Italian)--from Greek, "sun"
  • Eliseo (eh-lee-ZEH-oh, Italian; eh-lee-SEH-oh, Spanish)
  • Eloy (eh-LOY, Spanish)--from Latin, "chosen". French form is Éloi (AYL-wah). 
  • Ezio (ETS-yoh, Italian)--from Latin, "eagle"
  • Iago (ee-AH-goh, English, Portuguese; YAH-goh, Welsh)--form of Jacob. Spanish form is Yago
  • Ibai (ee-bye, Basque)--"river"
  • Ingo (EEN-goh, German)
  • Ithai (ith-EYE, [Biblical] Hebrew)--"with me". Also transliterated as Ittai or Itai.
  • Ivailo (ee-VYE-loh, Bulgarian)--prob. "wolf". Also transliterated as Ivaylo.
  • Obadiah (oh-bah-DYE-ah, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Obi (OH-bee, Igbo)--"heart"
  • Omri (AHM-ree, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Orsino (or-SEE-noh, Italian)--from Latin "bear". Another form is Orso.  
  • Otto (AH-toh, English, Danish, German, OH-toh, Swedish)--from Germanic, "wealth". Other forms include Ottone (Italian) & Udo (German). 
  • Yermolai (YEHR-moh-lye, Russian)--also transliterated as Ermolai.