Thursday, April 17, 2014

Word Names. All of Them. (girls)

Okay, definitely not all of them. But by comparing the full SSA list to a dictionary text-file, I was able pull out all the word-names used in 2012. Some are quite lovely & unexpected! Others.....I'll leave that up to you. ;)

Caveats: I mostly removed obscure & archaic words that happened to coincide with modern names. I also removed outdated professions, as well as foreign names that coincide with English words (if I missed any, I do apologize; please let me know!). And yes, some are "creative" respellings that aren't pronounced like the dictionary word. Blame the parents.

(Okay, I might have left some obscure word-names in, just because I find them amusing.)

  • Abbey
  • Acacia
  • Admire
  • Adore
  • Aerial
  • Aerie
  • Alexia
  • Alley
  • Allure
  • Ally
  • Amaryllis
  • Amazing
  • Amber
  • Ambrosia
  • Amen
  • Amethyst
  • Amir
  • Amity
  • Amour
  • Anally
  • Analyse
  • Anemone
  • Angel
  • Angelic
  • Angelica
  • Angle
  • Anise
  • Any
  • Apple
  • Aqua
  • Arbor
  • Archer
  • Arena
  • Aria
  • Arietta
  • Arrow
  • Aspen
  • Astasia
  • Aster
  • Atlas
  • Auburn
  • August
  • Aura
  • Aurora
  • Autumn
  • Avian
  • Aye
  • Azalea
  • Azure
  • Baby
  • Bailee
  • Bailey
  • Baker
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Beau
  • Beautiful
  • Beauty
  • Bell
  • Belladonna
  • Belle
  • Beloved
  • Beretta
  • Beryl
  • Birdie
  • Blaze
  • Bless
  • Blessed
  • Blessing
  • Blimy
  • Bliss
  • Blithe
  • Blossom
  • Blue
  • Bobby
  • Bonnie
  • Brandy
  • Breeze
  • Breezy
  • Briar
  • Brie
  • Brier
  • Brighten
  • Brindle
  • Briony
  • Brogan
  • Brook
  • Brooks
  • Bryony
  • Cache
  • Cadence
  • Calla
  • Calliope
  • Calypso
  • Camelia
  • Camellia
  • Cameo
  • Candida
  • Candy
  • Cannon
  • Canyon
  • Caprice
  • Carlin
  • Carol
  • Cash
  • Cashmere
  • Cassia
  • Cayenne
  • Cayman
  • Cedar
  • Celestial
  • Celestine
  • Cerise
  • Chaise
  • Chance
  • Channel
  • Chapel
  • Chardonnay
  • Charisma
  • Charity
  • Charm
  • Chase
  • Chastity
  • Cherish
  • Cherry
  • Child
  • Christen
  • Chyles
  • Cicely
  • Clarity
  • Clary
  • Clover
  • Coda
  • Colby
  • Cole
  • Colleen
  • Comfort
  • Conner
  • Contessa
  • Copper
  • Coral
  • Cory
  • Couture
  • Cricket
  • Crimson
  • Crystal
  • Cyan
  • Cypress
  • Czarina
  • Dahlia
  • Daily
  • Daisy
  • Dally
  • Darling
  • Dawn
  • Day
  • Dearie
  • Delaine
  • Delta
  • Denim
  • Desire
  • Destine
  • Destiny
  • Dharma
  • Diamond
  • Diva
  • Divine
  • Divinity
  • Dolce
  • Dolly
  • Domino
  • Dove
  • Dream
  • Drew
  • Dusty
  • Dynasty
  • Ebony
  • Echo
  • Elan
  • Ember
  • Emerald
  • Emery
  • Empress
  • Envy
  • Epiphany
  • Era
  • Essence
  • Ester
  • Eternity
  • Eve
  • Ever
  • Fable
  • Fairy
  • Faith
  • Fancy
  • Fanny
  • Fantasia
  • Fate
  • Favor
  • Favour
  • Fawn
  • Fay
  • Feather
  • Felicity
  • Female
  • Fern
  • Fey
  • Flora
  • Flower
  • Forever
  • Fortune
  • Foster
  • Free
  • Freedom
  • Gabby
  • Gage
  • Gala
  • Galaxy
  • Gardenia
  • Garland
  • Gemma
  • Genesis
  • Geneva
  • Genie
  • Gentry
  • Gift
  • Ginger
  • Girl
  • Gloria
  • Glorious
  • Glory
  • Goddess
  • Golden
  • Goodness
  • Gorgeous
  • Grace
  • Gracious
  • Gray
  • Grey
  • Griffin
  • Gypsy
  • Halo
  • Happy
  • Harbor
  • Harlequin
  • Harmony
  • Harper
  • Harvest
  • Haven
  • Hazel
  • Heart
  • Heather
  • Heaven
  • Heavenly
  • Heiress
  • Henna
  • Hero
  • Holiday
  • Holly
  • Honesty
  • Honey
  • Honor
  • Honour
  • Hope
  • Hosanna
  • Hunter
  • Hyacinth
  • Indie
  • Indigo
  • Infinity
  • Innocence
  • Iris
  • Island
  • Ivory
  • Ivy
  • Jack
  • Jade
  • Jasmine
  • Jasper
  • Jay
  • Jazz
  • Jazzy
  • Jenny
  • Jersey
  • Jessamine
  • Jet
  • Jewel
  • Jewels
  • Joey
  • John
  • Journey
  • Joy
  • Joyful
  • Joyous
  • Jubilee
  • Juniper
  • Justice
  • Kale
  • Karma
  • Kersey
  • Kestrel
  • Kindle
  • Kindred
  • Kismet
  • Kit
  • Kitty
  • Koi
  • Lacey
  • Lacy
  • Lady
  • Lake
  • Lam
  • Lamia
  • Lanai
  • Lane
  • Lark
  • Laurel
  • Lavender
  • Lea
  • Lean
  • Lee
  • Legacy
  • Legend
  • Levee
  • Levy
  • Lexis
  • Liana
  • Liberty
  • Lilac
  • Lily
  • Linden
  • Linsey
  • Lively
  • Lotus
  • Love
  • Lovely
  • Loyal
  • Loyalty
  • Lucky
  • Luna
  • Lunette
  • Lyric
  • Lyrical
  • Lyrics
  • Lyssa
  • Madden
  • Madonna
  • Magenta
  • Magic
  • Magnolia
  • Mahogany
  • Majestic
  • Majesty
  • Mana
  • Mandolin
  • Manna
  • Maple
  • Marigold
  • Marina
  • Marine
  • Marlin
  • Marry
  • Marvel
  • Marvelous
  • Mason
  • Maven
  • Maverick
  • Mavis
  • Max
  • May
  • Maya
  • Mayan
  • Meadow
  • Melena
  • Melody
  • Memory
  • Mercy
  • Meridian
  • Merit
  • Merlin
  • Merry
  • Messiah
  • Mica
  • Milady
  • Miles
  • Miracle
  • Mirage
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Modesty
  • Mollie
  • Molly
  • Money
  • Moxie
  • Music
  • Myna
  • Mystery
  • Mystic
  • Mystique
  • Nana
  • Navy
  • Nirvana
  • Nixie
  • Noble
  • Noel
  • Nova
  • Novella
  • Oasis
  • Ocean
  • Odyssey
  • Olive
  • Olivine
  • Omega
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Orchid
  • Page
  • Paisley
  • Pal
  • Pandora
  • Paradise
  • Parish
  • Passion
  • Patience
  • Patsy
  • Patty
  • Paw
  • Peace
  • Peaches
  • Pearl
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Peregrine
  • Petal
  • Phoenix
  • Pierce
  • Pilar
  • Pink
  • Piper
  • Pixie
  • Poetry
  • Poppy
  • Porter
  • Praise
  • Prayer
  • Precious
  • Pretty
  • Price
  • Primrose
  • Princess
  • Pristine
  • Promise
  • Providence
  • Prudence
  • Psalm
  • Psalms
  • Purity
  • Queen
  • Quetzal
  • Radiance
  • Rain
  • Rainbow
  • Rainy
  • Raven
  • Ray
  • Real
  • Reason
  • Reata
  • Rebel
  • Reed
  • Reef
  • Reeve
  • Reign
  • Rejoice
  • Remedy
  • Reveille
  • Reverie
  • Rhea
  • Rhythm
  • Riata
  • Rim
  • Riot
  • Riven
  • River
  • Rivers
  • Roan
  • Robin
  • Rogue
  • Roman
  • Rosary
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Rosette
  • Rosy
  • Rowan
  • Royal
  • Royalty
  • Ruby
  • Rue
  • Rye
  • Saber
  • Sable
  • Sabra
  • Sacred
  • Safari
  • Saffron
  • Saga
  • Sage
  • Sailor
  • Saki
  • Sally
  • Samara
  • Sandy
  • Sapphire
  • Saree
  • Sari
  • Sarin
  • Savanna
  • Savannah
  • Savvy
  • Say
  • Scarlet
  • Scout
  • Season
  • Secret
  • Seely
  • Seneca
  • Senna
  • Sequoia
  • Seraphim
  • Serene
  • Serenity
  • Seven
  • Shade
  • Shady
  • Shaley
  • Shalom
  • Sham
  • Shanty
  • Sharia
  • Shariah
  • Sherry
  • Shine
  • Shy
  • Sienna
  • Sierra
  • Silver
  • Sincere
  • Sincerity
  • Siren
  • Sissy
  • Ski
  • Sky
  • Smith
  • Snow
  • Sojourner
  • Solace
  • Sole
  • Solstice
  • Sonata
  • Song
  • Sonnet
  • Sonny
  • Sparkle
  • Sparrow
  • Spirit
  • Spring
  • Star
  • Starlet
  • Starling
  • Starlit
  • Steely
  • Stellar
  • Sterling
  • Stone
  • Stoney
  • Storm
  • Stormy
  • Story
  • Sultana
  • Summer
  • Summit
  • Sundae
  • Sunny
  • Sunshine
  • Sway
  • Symphony
  • Tabor
  • Tailor
  • Talon
  • Tam
  • Tansy
  • Tawny
  • Teal
  • Teddy
  • Temperance
  • Tempest
  • Temple
  • Tenia
  • Terra
  • Terrace
  • Theory
  • Thistle
  • Tiara
  • Timber
  • Tory
  • Treasure
  • Trinity
  • True
  • Truly
  • Trust
  • Truth
  • Tulip
  • Unique
  • Unity
  • Unknown
  • Valencia
  • Valentine
  • Valkyrie
  • Valley
  • Valor
  • Vanity
  • Velvet
  • Verity
  • Vesper
  • Via
  • Victor
  • Victorious
  • Victory
  • Viola
  • Violet
  • Whisper
  • Willow
  • Win
  • Windy
  • Winter
  • Wisdom
  • Wren
  • Zephyr
  • Zeta
  • Zinnia
  • Zowie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fictional Places

The earliest name-nerd-ish experience I can recall is being charmed by a little Lorien. I'm sure she said "No, not Lauren, Lorien. It's from The Lord of the Rings." quite a bit, but half a lifetime later, I still remember her name.
I've seen Avalon & Avonlea bounced around quite a bit--probably prompted by the popularity of Ava & similar names, just like Lorien was made more usable by the popularity of Lauren/Laura--and it's got me thinking. I know I generally dislike place-names as given names, but for some reason, mythological & literary place-names seem so much more usable. Does that make me a snob? :p

  • Aaru (AH-roo)--Egyptian mythology. Alternate transliterations include Yaaru & Aalu.
  • Arda (AHR-dah)--Lord of the Rings 
  • Brocéliande (broh-say-lee-AHND)--Arthurian mythology
  • Elysia (eh-LEE-see-ah, eh-LOO-see-ah)--Greek mythology [Elysian/Elysium Fields]
  • Lyonesse (lee-oh-NES)--Arthurian mythology
  • Magrathea (mag-rah-THEE-ah)--Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Nysa (NEE-sah, NOO-sah)--Greek mythology
  • Paravel (pehr-ah-VEL)--Chronicles of Narnia [Cair Paravel, technically]
  • Terabithia (tehr-ah-BITH-ee-ah)--Bridge to Terebithia
  • Tirith (TEER-ith)--Lord of the Rings [Minas Tirith, to be exact]
  • Valinor (VAH-lin-ohr)--Lord of the Rings