Friday, March 25, 2011

Names I've Been Thinking About

Lately I've found and been thinking about the names below. I like the sound of these and thought I'd just share them here. I'd love to know if you've heard of any of these names and what you think of them!


  • Niobe - I found this today and really didn't know how to pronounce it or anything about it! So I looked it up on Behind the Name (my one stop source for names). It's pronounced nee-o-bee or nye-o-bee (similar to Naomi). It's a name from Greek Mythology and the meaning is unknown. To me it sound similar to Phoebe which I love so I'm really starting to like this. I can at least add it to my very short list of N names that I like.
  • Nimue - another name I just didn't know anything about! This one is from Welsh Mythology so I like it because of that already. Some people pronounce it nee-moo but it's really pronounced nih-moo-way. I have a hard time pronouncing it and I'd love to hear a Welsh person pronounce it because I'm sure it's beautiful! Meaning unknown.
  • Gwendlyn - this name I found in a name game I played and thought it was rather pretty. I can't find any info on it so it's probably a misspelling of Gwendolyn but I thought it looked pretty anyway.


  • Colm - on St. Patrick's Day I watched a TV program where a man from Ireland had this name. I enjoyed hearing it used because I don't think I'd heard it used before. I really like the short sound and like that's it's less popular than Callum which I love. It's in the same family as Callum and means 'dove'.
  • Leith - this is an English name which has ties with Scotland and is also the name of a river that runs through Edinburgh, Scotland. I kind of liked it because it's similar to Keith but different.
  • Imre - I'd heard this name before but ran across it again. I love the sound! It's pronounced EEM-re. It's actually a Hungarian form of the German names Emmerich, but to me it sounds Welsh or Celtic. I like it!
  • Aloysius - every time I run across Aloysius it surprises me how much I like the sound. It's just a fun name to say - al-oh-WISH-us! It's related to the name Louis which I also like right now. These old-fashioned names are delightful!
  • Jason - I usually don't like this name but the few Jasons I have met are really nice and make me want to like this name even though it is well known and popular. 

I'm also falling in love with the name Colin again! It's my dad's name and my brother's first name (but he goes by his middle name) and I really don't hear it often enough. If my brother doesn't use it then I'm going to because I do love it! My dad doesn't have a nickname but I'm kind of liking the nickname Col (like call) right now. What do you think, on a little boy?

Opinions on all of these names? What you heard of them before? Have you met people with these names?

Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Name Game

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! This is a Create-A-Family (CAF) game I posted on Behind the Name's Game Board. In honor of the day here are some Irish names to create a family with. Use the names in the namebanks to give the family members first names and middle names. Each name is linked so you can click on it and find out how the Gaelic names are pronounced and their meanings. You can add or subtract children if you want.

Note: DH = Dear Husband, DW = Dear Wife, DS = Dear Son, DS/DS = twin dear sons, DD = dear daughter



Girls Namebank: 
Aideen Ailbhe Aileen Ailis Aine Aislin Aisling Aislinn Aithne Alannah Aoibhe Aoibheann Aoife Bebhinn Bedelia Bevin Biddy Bree Brianna Brid Bride Bridget Brigh Brighid Brogan Bronagh Caitlin Caitria Caitriona Caoimhe Cathleen Catriona Ciannait Ciara Cleena Cliodhna Cliona Clodagh Dairine Darina Dearbhail Deirbhile Deirdre Derval Dervila Dervla Devin Doireann Dorean Eabha Eadan Eavan Edna Eibhlin Eileen Eilis Eimear Eireann Eireen Eithne Emer Ennis Enya Erin Ethna Finnuala Finola Fiona FlannFlannan Gobnait Gobnet Gormlaith Grainne Grania Granya Honora Isibeal Kathleen Keavy Keelan Keelin Keeva Kelly Kennedy Kiera Laoise Liadan Lile Luiseach Maeve Maire Mairead Mairin Mallaidh Maura Maureen Mavourneen Meabh Moira Moirin Mona Mor Moreen Moyna Moyra Muireen Muirgel Muirgen Muriel Murphy Myrna Nainsi Naomh Neasa Nessa Neve Niamh Noirin Nola Nora Noreen Onora Oona Oonagh Orfhlaith Orla Orna Patsy Reagan Riona Rois Roisin Rosheen Sadb Sadbh Saoirse Saraid Searlait Shavonne Shea Sheila Shevon Sibeal Sile Sinead Siobhan Siofra Sive Slaine Sorcha Talulla Toireasa Treasa Una 

Boys Namebank: 

Abban Aengus Aidan Ailbhe Ailin Aindreas Alastar Alby Angus AodhAodhan Aonghus Aran Ardal Ardghal Bairre Barra Barrfind Barry Berach Braden Brady Brendan Brennan Brian Brodie Brody Brogan Cadogan Cainneach Cairbre Calvagh Caoimhin Caolan Carbrey Carey Carroll Carson Cathair Cathal Cathan Cavan Ceallach Cearbhall Cian Cianan Ciar Ciaran Cillian Cinaed Clancy Cody Coilean Coleman Colin Colm Colman Comhghall Conall Conan Conley Conn Connor Conor Cormac Cuan Cowal Daire Daley Dara Daragh Declan Dermot Desmond Devin Diarmaid Donal Donovan Doran Dougal Doyle Eamon Edan Eibhear Ennis Eoghan Eoin Faolan Farquhar Fearchar FergalFergus Fiachra Finbar Finbarr Finley Finnegan Finnian Fintan Fionn Gallagher Gilroy Grady Keane Keefe Keegan Keenan Kennedy Kevin Kieran Killian Laoghaire Leary Liam Lorcan Malachy Mannix Murphy Murdoch Naoise Neil Niall Ninian Nolan Oisin OrrinOsheen Padraig Patrick Riordan Ronan Rory Rowan Ryan Seamus Sean Seanan Searlas Shane Somhairle Sorley Sweeney Tadhg Teague Tiernan Tierney Tomas Torin Uilliam Uinseann

Example: This is the family I created.

DH: Ciaran Seamus 
DW: Orla Mairead 

DS/DS: Aodhan Daragh / Ardghal Diarmaid 
DD: Eimear Laoise 
DS: Oisin Tadgh 
DD: Caoimhe Roisin 
DD: Dearbhail Sadbh
DS: Colm Laoghaire 
DD: Saoirse Doireann 
DD: Meabh Caitriona 
DS: Finbarr Cillian 

Ciaran & Orla
Aodhan, Ardghal, Eimear, Oisin, Caoimhe, Dearbhail, Colm, Saoirse, Meabh and Finbarr

I hope someone might take the time to do this game on here. I love Irish names! :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Random Lovely Names

Here's a few names I've encountered today. 

I met a beautiful Christian young lady and her husband from France today, her name is Virginie. I've seen the name before but never met anyone with this name. I think it's lovely and I really like the sound! It's pronounced veer-jeh-nee. Any suggestions for middle names for Virgine? The girl pictured above looks a little like Virginie that's why I posted it. 

I also heard this morning sibling set on the radio today. Their last name McClellan:
Sophia (g)
Maria (g) [pronounced mah-ry-uh like Mariah]
Asher (b)

I really like their names with the last name, especially Asher McClellan. I don't really like Asher in general but I love this!

What do you think of these names?


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Funny Quote

“The young man waited impatiently for the lady to finish with the drugstore telephone directory. After she had turned page after page he said, “Madam, can I help you find the number you want?” “Oh, I don’t want a number,” she replied, “I’m looking for a pretty name for my baby.”
— Bell Telephone News

Well that's one way to find a nice name! It would probably just be easier to buy a name book from that same drugstore. This sounds like an older quote, I thought it was cute!