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Monday, February 2, 2009

What’s In A Name?


By Rachel H

Some of you have had your baby’s name chosen since the day you got married. Some of you bought books, asked friends, and chose a name while you were pregnant. Others of you delivered your child, brought him or her home, and still did not know what name you would choose! If you are pregnant or plan on having another child anytime soon, we thought you would enjoy this list of children’s names and their meanings. Who knows, maybe one will strike you as the right one for your newborn!

A – Aidan. The name Aidan is a baby boy name. The name Aidan comes from the Celtic origin. In Celtic The meaning of the name Aidan is: Little fire. Commonly used as a female name as well.

B – Brianna. The name Brianna is a baby girl name. The name Brianna comes from the Celtic origin. In Celtic The meaning of the name Brianna is: Strong. She ascends.

C – Connor. The name Connor is a baby boy name. The name Connor comes from the Irish origin. In Irish The meaning of the name Connor is: Strong willed or wise 'Hound-lover.' Also from the Irish 'Coachuhhar', meaning high desire.

D – Dane. The name Dane is a baby boy name. The name Dane comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Dane is: Brook.

E –Ella. The name Ella is a baby girl name. The name Ella comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Ella is: Abbreviation of Eleanor and Ellen: Beautiful fairy.

F – Finley. The name Finley is a baby boy name. The name Finley comes from the Irish origin. In Irish The meaning of the name Finley is: Variant of Finlay: Fair hero.

G – Grace. The name Grace is a baby girl name. The name Grace comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Grace is: From the word 'grace', derived from the Latin 'gratia', meaning God's favor.

H – Haley. The name Haley is a baby girl name. The name Haley comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Haley is: Field of hay.

I – Ian. The name Ian is a baby boy name. The name Ian comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Ian is: Gift from God.

J – Jordan. The name Jordan is a baby boy name. The name Jordan comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Jordan is: To flow down. Flowing down.

K – Keira. The name Keira is a baby girl name. The name Keira comes from the Irish origin. In Irish The meaning of the name Keira is: Feminine of the Irish Gaelic Kieran. Dusky; dark-haired.

L – Landon. The name Landon is a baby boy name. The name Landon comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Landon is: From the long hill.

M – Madeline. The name Madeline is a baby girl name. The name Madeline comes from the French origin. In French The meaning of the name Madeline is: Diminutive of Madeleine: Woman of Magdala. Tower.

N – Nathaniel. The name Nathaniel is a baby boy name. The name Nathaniel comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Nathaniel is: Gift of God; God has given.

O – Orsen. The name Orsen is a baby boy name. The name Orsen comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Orsen is: Ormond's son, Bear-like.

P – Piper. The name Piper is a baby girl name. The name Piper comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Piper is: Piper.

Q – Quinn. The name Quinn is a baby boy or girl name. The name Quinn comes from the Gaelic origin. In Gaelic The meaning of the name Quinn is: Counsel.

R – Riley. The name Riley is a baby girl or boy name. The name Riley comes from the Irish origin. In Irish The meaning of the name Riley is: Rye. Form of Ryley. An Irish surname that has become a very popular girl's name.

S – Samuel. The name Samuel is a baby boy name. The name Samuel comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Samuel is: Name of God; asked of God; heard by God.

T – Tate. The name Tate is a baby boy name. The name Tate comes from the English origin. In English the meaning of the name Tate is: Cheerful, Derived from the Old English name Tata.

U – Una. The name Una is a baby girl name. The name Una comes from the Native American origin. In Native American The meaning of the name Una is: Remember.

V – Victoria. The name Victoria is a baby girl name. The name Victoria comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Victoria is: a variant of Victorius. Borne by Queen Victoria of England.

W – Wyatt. The name Wyatt is a baby boy name. The name Wyatt comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Wyatt is: Guide; wide; wood.

X – Xandra. The name Xandra is a baby girl name. The name Xandra comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Xandra is: Defender of mankind. Feminine of Alexander.

Y – Ysabelle. The name Ysabelle is a baby girl name. The name Ysabelle comes from the Italian origin. In Italian The meaning of the name Ysabelle is: Italian form of Isabel: conseacrated to God.

Z – Zane. The name Zane is a baby boy name. The name Zane comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Zane is: Variant of John, God has been gracious.

What are some of your favorite baby names? Or why did you choose the names that you did?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We used family names for all three of our children, two of which unfortunately became very popular over the past few years. Not that it is a bad thing, but I wish we would have chosen names that were a little more unique. I love some of the ideas you listed here.

I am really having fun reading posts on this site. Thanks for starting this. I am passing it along to friends.

Kelly G. said...

We had a really hard time choosing names for our two boys. We wanted something that was not too strange, but also something that wasn't "trying too hard" to be different. I had four other Kellys in my elementary classes and found it aggravating, so we didn't want to pick anything in the top 10 or even the top 100. eventually, the names we chose are in the top 350 and 450—not too odd, not trendy, and not too overused. And yes, three out of their four names (first and middle) are family names.

I recommend the Baby Name Wizard Web site to see where a name has been and where it's going.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the idea of pinning a gender to a name. You have labeled Finley a baby boy name. My daughter's name is Finley. We realized this was traditionally a boy's name, but many names that are now thought of as girls' names began as names for a boy - Kelly for example. Just something to think about...

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