Cool Name of the Week: Willow
It's been nearly a decade since one of my all-time favorite shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, had its final TV episode. But creator Joss Whedon has kept the world of vamps, witches and superhero slayers alive in graphic novel form, so people can continue to follow the adventures of Buffy and her gang of Scoobies (as her close circle of evil-fighting pals was called).
While the series had a ton of amazing characters, my favorite by far was Willow, played on the series by How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan. Over the course of the series, she slowly morphed from Buffy's brilliant and nerdy best pal to the world's most formidable witch (with a totally cool new look to go with her newly discovered confidence).
It felt authentic to me, as someone who followed the same path from awkward teen years to a semi-cool young adulthood. Minus the whole witch thing, of course.
I think Willow makes a beautiful name for a little girl. It's an English word name, after the graceful, water-loving tree, and currently hits near the top 200 names, making it popular enough to not seem weird, but not so popular that you risk having several other Willows in your child's class. (Keep in mind that if you run in very conservative naming circles, this may still seem a little out there compared with Emily and Ava.)
I'd pair it with a middle name that had a natural element to it as well: Names like Rose, Jade, Skye and Spring would be beautiful paired with Willow. If you wanted to go with a more traditional middle name, give Juliet, Jane or Anne a whirl. And I would definitely introduce her, when she's in her early teens, to one of the coolest characters ever to grace the small screen.
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