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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Thanksgiving often seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas—especially when the stores seem to start putting up their Christmas displays before you’re done with your back-to-school shopping. And it’s a shame, as it’s a pretty great holiday: When else are you encouraged to think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for—and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family? If you’re looking for a baby name that suits the meaning of this particular season—gratitude, friendship and kindness—here are some options for you.
Alden This charming boys’ name makes a nice alternative to Aiden. It means friends.
Amity This sweet virtue name is virtually unheard of, but has a lovely meaning—friendship.
Charity This charming old-school virtue name just cracked the top 1000, and seems particularly perfect for the season.
Concord Considered a boys’ virtue name, Concord is a word that means peace and harmony.
Connelly This Irish boys’ name means love and friendship—and would make a lovely girls’ name, too.
Edwin This old-school variant on Edward means wealthy friend—and makes a winning way to pay homage to an Edward in your family tree.
Dakota is a Sioux name meaning “friendly one,” and has been popular for both boys and girls since the 1980s.
Mercy Another old-school virtue name, Mercy means compassion, and has become one of the more popular virtue names for girls.
Rowena This lovely Welsh name has become more noticed since J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter for the name of one of Hogwarts’ founders. It means famous friend.
Shakir This Arabic name means thankfulness. Shaquille O’Neal gave the variant spelling Shaqir to his son.
Zendaya An African name that literally means “to give thanks.” Its most famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman, who starred on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up and took a spin on Dancing With the Stars that almost netted her the disco ball prize.
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Friday, June 13th, 2014
We all know fanboys and fangirls who picked a baby name based on a favorite character (heck, that explains a lot of the Isabellas and Bellas out there, am I right?). But reader Meghan’s husband is taking his superhero love a little too far with his baby name pick:
My husband and I are expecting our first son after three girls. He is very excited, and I agreed to allow him to name the boy, but now I have some serious concerns for my son’s future, because the middle name he has chosen could lead to him getting picked on. My husband (named Steven Rogers) would like to name his son Steven Rogers as well, because he likes that he shares a name with a superhero (Captain America). That I was fine with, but he would like his middle name to be “The Great.” At first I thought he was kidding, but he is not. I was hoping you might have some alternative suggestions I could offer him that he might enjoy as much, but that would not neccessary lead to my son being picked on, or me having to listen to negative feedback from my relatives. He wants a strong/fun name. Any recommendations?
You kind of have to respect your husband’s dedication to his favorite comic book hero—but I think adding in “The Great” as a middle name may take it a little bit too far. (Okay, a LOT too far.)
Maybe he’d be happy with a name that actually means great? Some options: Magnus, Maximilian and Tai. Or maybe he could pick a virtue name? Consider Valor, Brave, Hero, Honor, or Justice. Or what about a name that means brave? Some ones to consider: Everett (love it with Steven), Hardy, or Wyatt.
Maybe he’d be keen to pick another member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to pay homage to—like Nick Fury or Tony Stark? (It’s still a little out there, but Steven Fury Rogers is cooler than Steven The Great Rogers.) Or is there another superhero he could honor? Some cool options that work with Steven Rogers: Kent (a la Superman’s alter ego), Bruce (Batman), Xavier (X-Men’s Professor X), or heck, even Lex to showcase your son’s dark side.
Since Steven Rogers is a family name, consider looking for a middle within your families. Maybe your father’s or grandfather’s name could stand in the middle spot.
If you lose the battle, at least it’s just the middle name, which you and your child can choose to ignore on all but the most official documents. Good luck!
Tell us: Did you pick a pop culture name for your kiddo? And would you let your husband give your son a middle name like “The Great”?
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Sunday, December 8th, 2013
It wasn’t too hard to come up with the perfect name to honor this week. Nelson Mandela was truly one of the world’s greatest men—fighting tirelessly against apartheid in South Africa, becoming its first black president, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and taking on a number of philanthropic causes before illness clouded his final years. When he passed away this week at the age of 95, the world was left a less kind and honorable place.
But I almost wonder which of his names to choose—Nelson, his first name, has a bit of a fuddy-duddy, old-fashioned air. It’s been on a slow trudge toward the bottom of the top 1000 since the 1950s. The surname name means simply “son of Neil,” which makes it a great choice to honor a Neil in your family as well.
Our friends at Nameberry also suggest that Mandela could be a more interesting and unique choice. They’re considering it for boys, but I like it for girls. It’s a name that could lend itself to a number of nicknames, including Della, Dell, Annie, or Manny.
Nelson, as a more classic name, suggests a more classic middle–like James or Alexander. But if you pick Mandela, I like it with virtue names: True or Honor would be my picks.
Which name would you pick to honor Nelson Mandela? Do you think Mandela’s too exotic for an American audience?
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