Sunday, August 30, 2015

Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Dora/Dolly/Dotty

I know, it seems weird to group those together. But, Dolly & Dotty were nicknames for Dorothy thanks to that R-to-L/T/D shift that Middle English pulled (see also: Sarah --> Sadie; Mary --> Molly), so I think they could also work for any 'Dora' name. :)
The usual full names for Dora include Dorothy/Dorothea, DorisTheodora, & Isadora, although none are at all common today.
(I would also like you all to know that I now have the "Dora the Explorer" theme song stuck in my head. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah.)

  • Adora (ah-DOR-ah, English, Spanish)--from Spanish adoración. Catalan form is Adoració.
  • Adorinda (ah-doh-REEN-dah, Esperanto)--"adorable"
  • Anesidora (ah-nee-sih-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"sender of gifts"
  • Cassiodora (kahs-see-oh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)
  • Christodora (kris-toh-DOR-ah), [ancient] Greek)--"gift of Christ"
  • Cleodora (kleh-oh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of glory"
  • Devorah (deh-voh-RAH, Hebrew)--form of Deborah
  • Dinorah (dee-NOR-ah, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Diodora (dee-oh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of Zeus"
  • Doralice (doh-rah-LEE-cheh, Italian; doh-rah-LEE-see, Portuguese)--poss. from Greek, "gift of the dawn". Other forms include Doralys (Spanish) & Doralise (English).
  • Doriane (doh-ree-AHN, French)--feminine of Dorian. Another form is Doriana (Italian, Portuguese).
  • Dorina (doh-REE-nah, Hungarian, Romanian)
  • Dorit (DOR-it, Scandinavian)--form of Dorothea
  • Eldora (el-DOR-ah, English)
  • Eudora (yoo-DOR-ah, English)--from Greek, "good gift"
  • Halldóra (HAL-doh-rah, Icelandic)--another form is Aldora (Norwegian)
  • Heliodora (ay-lee-oh-DOR-ah, Portuguese, Spanish)--from Greek, "gift of the sun"
  • Medora (meh-DOR-ah, English)
  • Menodora (men-ah-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of the moon". Romanian form is Minodora.
  • Metrodora (met-roh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of the mother"
  • Midori (mee-doh-ree, Japanese)--"green"
  • Nicodora (nee-koh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of victory"
  • Polydora (pol-ee-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"many gifts"
  • Teodora (teh-oh-DOR-ah, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish, Scandinavian)--form of Theodora. Other forms include Feodora (Russian) and Deodora (Norwegian).
  • Zenodora (zee-noh-DOR-ah, [ancient] Greek)--"gift of Zeus"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

British vs. American, Part 2 (2014)

Time for the next part of my comparison: the "most American" names.
(come on America; don't embarrass me!)

First off: the most popular names in the US that don't appear at all on the full ONS list:

Boys:
  1. Brantley
  2. Jayceon
  3. Collin
  4. Garrett
  5. Waylon
  6. Josue
  7. Lane
  8. Messiah
  9. Trenton
  10. Grady
  11. Barrett
  12. Major
  13. Nash
  14. Gerardo
  15. Brycen
  16. Braylen
  17. Gannon
  18. Landyn
  19. Jamison
  20. Moises

Girls:
  1. Jordyn
  2. Kinsley
  3. Ximena
  4. Londyn
  5. Emery
  6. Kylee
  7. Daleyza
  8. Brynlee
  9. Brynn
  10. Raelynn
  11. Makenna
  12. Journey
  13. Ashlynn
  14. Haven
  15. Leslie
  16. Kyleigh
  17. Alondra
  18. Yaretzi
  19. Addyson
  20. Kamryn

Hmm. Yeah, definitely not what you think of when you think "British"! Here are the most "American" names that were used in England & Wales last year:

Boys:
  1. Jesus
  2. Weston
  3. Easton
  4. Tucker
  5. Iker
  6. Paxton
  7. Bennett
  8. Angel
  9. Landon
  10. Brooks
  11. Grant
  12. Remington
  13. Gunner
  14. Holden
  15. Emiliano
  16. Gage
  17. Braylon
  18. Gunnar
  19. Gael
  20. Kolton

Girls:
  1. Allison
  2. Brooklynn
  3. Adalynn
  4. Makenzie
  5. Haley
  6. Delaney
  7. Lyric
  8. Kinley
  9. Camila
  10. Madilyn
  11. Adalyn
  12. Mckenna
  13. Allyson
  14. Jaylah
  15. Avery
  16. London
  17. Adelynn
  18. Genesis
  19. Hailey
  20. Allie

Surnames and -lyns! Not terribly shocking. ;)
Still too "weird"? The most American names in the British Top 1000:

Boys:
  1. Gavin
  2. Colton
  3. Nolan
  4. Silas
  5. Avery
  6. Brayden
  7. Kenneth
  8. Ian
  9. Wyatt
  10. Giovanni
  11. Colin
  12. Wesley
  13. Emmett
  14. Jayce
  15. Braxton
  16. Maverick
  17. Conner
  18. Ryder
  19. Jace
  20. Julian

Girls:
  1. Addison
  2. Claire
  3. Aubrey
  4. Kaylee
  5. Caroline
  6. Serenity
  7. Zoey
  8. Riley
  9. Brooklyn
  10. Trinity
  11. Aubree
  12. Paisley
  13. Ashley
  14. Kimberly
  15. Jocelyn
  16. Mariah
  17. Melanie
  18. Lillian
  19. Brianna
  20. Audrey


Gavin and Claire surprise me. Perhaps they're rather out-of-date now? It's interesting to see Avery as an "American" boys' name--it's waaaaaaay more popular for girls here!


So far I've been concentrating on differences. For interest's sake, here are the names (from the Top 1500 or so) given to about an equal % of babies in the US & UK. :)

Boys:
  1. Kobe
  2. Solomon
  3. Josef
  4. Devon
  5. Avi
  6. Malaki
  7. Bernard
  8. Dion
  9. Curtis
  10. Lawson
  11. Terence
  12. Kane
  13. Malakai
  14. Kenny
  15. Benjamin
  16. Jaydon
  17. Quinn
  18. Kristian
  19. Chace
  20. Jamil

Girls:
  1. Frances
  2. Farrah
  3. Faith
  4. Mercedes
  5. Kara
  6. Evelyn
  7. Shyla
  8. Alana
  9. Amaya
  10. Sofie
  11. Anita
  12. Sofia
  13. Isabella
  14. Elora
  15. Heather
  16. Nahla
  17. Laila
  18. Ananya
  19. Alissa
  20. Charley
Wow--a list where I actually like the girls' side more than the boys! Yay for both sides of the pond. ;)