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.

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