Haven Garner Warren

August 15th, 2011

Yes, you read that right!  In a surprise announcement that was not predicted for another month or so, Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have welcomed a baby sister for Honor Marie:

Haven Garner.

Cash’s alma mater is Yale.  Yep, that’s right.  He’s no dummy.  Know where Yale is?  In New Haven, Connecticut (incidentally, if you ever go there, it’s not pronounced NEW Haven like we say NEW York, but they put the emphasis on Haven, as in New HAVEN — I digress).  Cash’s middle name is Garner too, so it seems dad got a double does in there.  It’s appropriate for them.  She’s always struck me as very private, and I imagine her family is her safe haven.

At first glance, the name is also rife with religious meaning, especially when negotiated around Honor.  But I can’t help but see a rebellious future for little Haven.  Honor was so old world, but at one letter off from Heaven, this, the new “New Haven”, just misses the mark.  It perfectly mirrors Honor… almost.

What do my readers think?

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Christmas seems to arrive sooner every year.  Once again, I am running frantically to cross things off the list, get the baking done, trim the tree (first we have to get that tree…), and find the ever elusive Christmas stockings before it’s too late.  Some may have bigger –or smaller– things on their minds this season.  An impending birth, perhaps?  If your new child shares a birthday with the most famous baby in the world, you may be tempted to incorporate the season somehow into their name.  There’s a lot more to holiday baby naming than Nicholas and Noel.  Here are a few ideas that might help broaden the list:

 

Names related to the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus:

Balthasar, Balthazar- One of the Magi

Casper/Gaspard/Jasper- While he doesn’t appear in the Bible, this is also said to be one of the three wise men

Christian, Christine, Christina, Christopher, Christabel (girl) and Cristobal (boy) - Followers of Christ

Emmanuel for a boy, or Emmanuelle, for a girl

Epiphany- For the celebration just following that commemorates the visit of the Magi

Estelle, Estella, Esther, Seren, Stella- All have meaning related to “star”

Eve- For the night before

Jesus

Joseph, Josepha, Josephine (also cognates Giuseppe and Jozef)

Yeshua- Other versions of the name Jesus

Maria, Mary- The mother.  Miriam is also etymologically linked to this name

Melchior- The third king to visit Jesus

Natalia, Natalie- Derived from natal which means “birth”, Natale is the Italian word for Christmas; Natasha is an Eastern European nickname for Natalia

North- After the guiding North Star?

Theodore/a, Dorothea, Dorothy- “Gift of God”

Virginia- There are any number of names that represent the Virgin Mary.  Plus you can say to her, “yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

 

Names connoting light:

Claire

Clara- Also the little girl in the Nutcracker, who in some versions is referred to as Mary or Maria;  her brother is Fritz 

Eleanor, Eleanora, Leonor, Lenora, Nora

Helen

Lucia, Lucian, Lucius, Lucy, Lux

 

The Angelic:

Angel, Angela, Angelica, Angelika, Angelina

Gabriel- Angel who broke the news to Mary that she was pregnant; Gabriella, Gabrielle

Hermione- “The messenger”

Malachi- “My messenger” or “my angel” in Hebrew

Michael- Another of the seven archangels, and a good choice if your loved one is away in battle, as he is patron saint of soldiers

Serafina, Seraphine- From the highest order of angels, the seraphim, and with the slightly ironic meaning “fiery”


Names that recall the spirit of the season:

Faith, Fidelity

Felicia, Felicity and Felix

Gloria, Glory

Hope

Joy

Merrily, Merry

Pax

 

Meaning “dove”, the symbol of peace:

Colombe

Columba

Dove

Jemima

Paloma


Greenery:

Berry

Cedar

Celyn- Welsh for “holly”

Elm

Holly

Ivy

Juniper

Pine

(Mistletoe and Poinsettia are other possibilities, though I can’t get behind either one)


Related to the season, as it is in the northern hemisphere:

Bianca, Blanca- “White” in Italian, Spanish

Blanche- French for “white”

Eira- Welsh for “snow”

Lumi- Finnish for “snow”

Neige- “Snow” in French 

Nevada- “Snow-capped” in Spanish

Nieves- “Snow” in Spanish

Robin

Snow

Solstice

Winter

Yuki, Yukiko- Japanese, “happiness + snow”, and “happiness + snow + child”

Yule- Winter festival

 

For Posterity:

Bell, Belle

Carol

Christmas

Claus, Nicholas, Nicola, Nicole- For jolly old St. Nick

December

Noel, Noelia, Noelle

Rudolf  ;-)

 

I wish you all the best if you are naming your little one this Christmas.  A great name is one of the best gifts you can bestow.  It’s a start, anyway.  Happy Holidays!

 

For more comments on this article and other name news, please refer to nameberry.com, where we are simultaneously publishing this post today!  Nameberry is the brainchild of the mothers of modern baby naming, Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, authors of Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana, The Baby Name Bibleand Cool Names for Babies.

Faith, Hope, and Modesty?

November 26th, 2008

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In honor of Thanksgiving, let us remember our Puritan forebears with a nod to their fondness for virtue names.  They believed that one’s name could help shape who they become as a human being, and were certainly creative in some of their best efforts to form the perfect appellation for their young one. 

Some virtue names are still in widespread use today, particularly in the middle spot– Faith, Hope, and Joy are all perennial favorites.  Yet the spectrum offers many intriguing choices that sound very modern. A few could be used on males– Noble, Justice, Prosper, Ardour, Worth?  Perhaps Submit and Chastity may be best left to rest in peace.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  And many thanks to T.S., who helped inspire this post.  ;-)

 

VIRTUE NAMES

Amity

Ardour

Blythe

Charisma

Charity

Chastity

Clarity

Clemency

Comfort

Constance

Courage

Desire

Destiny

Endurance

Exuberance

Faith

Felicity

Fidelity

Grace

Harmony

Honesty

Honor

Hope

Humility

Joy

Jubilant

Justice

Liberty

Love

Loyalty

Makepeace

Mercy

Mirth

Modesty

Noble

Obedience

Patience

Piety

Prosper, Prosperity

Prudence

Purity

Remember

Serenity

Submit

Temperance

True, Truth

Unity

Valor

Verity

Worth