Earth Day Baby Names

April 22nd, 2011

Milkvetch.  Wallflower.  Toothwart.

Yes, the Earth is indeed a wellspring for baby names.

Actually I skipped those.  Here are a few favorites culled– believe it or not– from endangered species lists.  Morbid as that may seem, I promise they’re quite nice!  Famous conservationists and a few other notables help bring it back down to Earth I’d love to see Audubon or Fossey as firsts or to meet an all-American infant Sigurd.

Truly though, the names are of minor importance.  Gasp!  The most we can hope for is that our children do better than we did.

FAMOUS CONSERVATIONISTS

John James Audubon

Rachel Carson

Jeff Corwin

Jacques Cousteau

Dian Fossey

Buckminster Fuller

Jane Goodall

Julia Butterfly Hill

Steve Irwin

Aldo Leopold

Chico Mendes

John Muir

Frederick Law Olmsted

Sigurd F. Olson

Peter Simon Pallas

Henry David Thoreau

EMBLEMS OF THE EARTH

GIRLS

Anona- Roman goddess of the harvest

Avani- Sanskrit, “earth”

Ceres- Ancient Roman, “to grow”, Roman goddess of agriculture

Demeter- Greek, “earth mother”, Greek goddess of agriculture

Flora- Roman goddess of flowers

Gaia- Greek, “earth”, and the goddess of the earth

Georgia, Georgina, Georgianna- Greek, “farmer”

Kun- Chinese, “earth”

Luna- Roman goddess of the moon

Maia- Roman goddess of Spring

Perpetua- Latin, “continuous”

Terra- Latin, “earth”

Zoe- Greek, “life”

BOYS

Adam- Hebrew, debated meaning; man formed from the Earth

Asa- Hebrew, “healer”

Chayim- Hebrew, “life”

Enki- Sumerian, “lord of the earth”, god of water and wisdom

Francis- Italian saint reknowned for his connection to animals

George- Greek, “farmer, earthworker”

Pax- Latin, “peace”

Vitus- Ancient Roman, from the latin for “life”

Zephyr- Greek god of the west wind

ANIMAL (proceed with caution)

Akialoa

Anemone

Bear

Bison

Caribou

Condor

Crane

Delphine

Eagle

Eider

Gazelle

Lynx

Nightingale

Ocelot

Peregrine

Rhea

Warbler

Wren

Wolf


VEGETABLE

Aster

Azalea

Banyan

Birch

Briar

Bryony

Cicely

Clementine

Clover

Columbine

Crocus

Cypress

Elm

Fern

Hazel

Huckleberry

Hyssop

Indigo

Juniper

Maple

Oak

Phlox

Plum

Primrose

Reed

Rosemary

Rosette

Sage

Sedge

Sorrel

Spruce

Thistle

Verbena

Willow

Yarrow

MINERAL (a rather Soap-Operatic category)

Bay

Coral

Earth, Eartha

Flint

Jasper

Marina

Obsidian

Ocean, Oceane

Onyx

Peter, Petra

Reef

Ridge

Slate

Solstice

Stone

There are so many Earth names, this could go on for days.  Did I miss your favorite?

Image by Andy Goldsworthy

Kentucky Derby Names

May 2nd, 2009

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Couldn’t pass up this chance to talk about Kentucky Derby Names.  Perhaps it will help us name our dogs, cats, and hamsters…

Nah, mostly duds in the name department if you ask me.  Such missed opportunity!  I am kind of liking Midshipman, Nowhere to Hide, and Dunkirk.  I for one, am betting on The Pamplemousse.

 

Contenders:

West Side Bernie

Musket Man

Mr. Hot Stuff

Advice

Hold Me Back

Friesan Fire

Papa Clem

Mine That Bird

Join in the Dance 

Regal Ransom

Chocolate Candy

General Quarters

I Want Revenge

Atomic Rain

Dunkirk

Pioneer of the Nile

Summer Bird

Nowhere to Hide

Desert Party

Flying Private

 

Off the Trail

Old Fashioned

Beethoven

Vineyard Haven

The Pamplemousse

Mafaaz

Take the Points

Square Eddie

Win Willy

Stardom Bound

Midshipman

Quality Road

 

Who would you place your bet on?

 

Kentucky Derby Horse Racing

Names for Earth Day

April 22nd, 2009

 

Milkvetch.  Wallflower.  Toothwart.  

 

Yes, the Earth is indeed a wellspring for baby names. 

Actually I skipped those.  Here are a few favorites culled– believe it or not– from endangered species lists.  Morbid as that may seem, I promise they’re quite nice!  Famous conservationists and a few other notables help bring it back down to Earth I’d love to see Audubon or Fossey as firsts or to meet an all-American infant Sigurd.  

Truly though, the names are of minor importance.  Gasp!  The most we can hope for is that our children do better than we did.  

 

NOTE:  This post is simultatneously appearing at Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran’s wonderful nameberry.com, where I am a guest blogger.  If you haven’t done so already, please enter their contest to guess the top 10 names for boys and girls for 2008.  Be the first to guess correctly and you could win four amazing books including and advanced copy of their brand spanking new Beyond Ava and Aiden:  The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.  Think the 2008 changed radically?

 

FAMOUS CONSERVATIONISTS

John James Audubon

Rachel Carson

Jeff Corwin

Jacques Cousteau

Dian Fossey

Buckminster Fuller

Jane Goodall

Julia Butterfly Hill

Steve Irwin

Aldo Leopold

Chico Mendes

John Muir

Frederick Law Olmstead

Sigurd F. Olson

Peter Simon Pallas

Henry David Thoreau

 

EMBLEMS OF THE EARTH

GIRLS

Anona- Roman goddess of the harvest

Avani- Sanskrit, “earth”

CeresAncient Roman, “to grow”, Roman goddess of agriculture

Demeter- Greek, “earth mother”, Greek goddess of agriculture

Flora- Roman goddess of flowers

Francis- Italian saint reknowned for his connection to animals

Gaia- Greek, “earth”, and the goddess of the earth

Georgia, Georgina, Georgianna- Greek, “farmer”

Kun- Chinese, “earth”

Luna- Roman goddess of the moon

Perpetua- Latin, “continuous”

Terra- Latin, “earth”

Zoe- Greek, “life”

 

BOYS

Adam- Hebrew, debated meaning; man formed from the Earth

Asa- Hebrew, “healer”

Chayim- Hebrew, “life”

Enki- Sumerian, “lord of the earth”, god of water and wisdom

George- Greek, “farmer, earthworker”

Pax- Latin, “peace”

Vitus- Ancient Roman, from the latin for “life”

Zephyr- Greek god of the west wind

 

ANIMAL

Akialoa

Bear

Bison

Caribou

Cheetah

Condor

Cougar

Crane

Delphine

Eagle

Eider

Gazelle

Lynx

Nightingale

Ocelot

Peregrine

Rhea

Warbler

Wolf


VEGETABLE

Anemone

Aster

Azalea

Birch

Buttercup

Cicely

Clover

Columbine

Crocus

Cypress

Elm

Fern

Huckleberry

Hyssop

Indigo

Juniper

Maple

Oak

Phlox

Plum

Primrose

Rosemary

Rosette

Sage

Sedge

Snowdrop

Sundrop

Sorrel

Spruce

Thistle

Verbena

Willow

Yarrow

 

MINERAL

Bay

Earth, Eartha

Jasper

Marina

Obsidian

Ocean, Oceane

Onyx

Peter, Petra

Ridge

Slate

Solstice

Stone

…and finally Montana… much to the chagrin of Pam and Linda I’m sure.

 

Above:  Oil on paper painting by Elisabeth Wilborn (that’s me).  ;-)