Thursday, November 2, 2017

Word-Names, All of Them (2016, girls)

You know what we need more of? Word names! I decided to go back to just listing them all again this year, but in order of most-->least common instead of alphabetically.
Also, although I removed imported names that just happened to be spelled like English words, as well as some jargon & archaic words, I left in some more obscure terms--mostly botanical, zoological, or musical--because I found them interesting (did you know kora is a musical instrument or that zander is a fish? I didn't!).

  • Harper (SSA #10, 10733 girls born)
  • Grace
  • Aria
  • Lily
  • Savannah
  • Stella
  • Paisley
  • Violet
  • Hazel
  • Genesis
  • Autumn
  • Aurora
  • Piper
  • Ruby
  • Serenity
  • Luna
  • Willow
  • Faith (SSA #100, 3035 girls born)
  • Ivy
  • Bailey
  • Jade
  • Jasmine
  • Emery
  • Nova
  • Trinity
  • Ariel
  • Melody
  • Rose
  • Molly
  • Iris
  • Daisy
  • Harmony
  • Summer
  • Destiny
  • Parker
  • Sienna
  • Rowan
  • Hope
  • Sawyer
  • Journey
  • Olive
  • Lyric
  • River
  • Jordan
  • Haven
  • Ruth
  • Phoebe
  • Ember
  • Angel
  • Heaven
  • Joy
  • Juniper
  • Sage
  • Felicity
  • Aspen
  • Alexia
  • Amber
  • Cadence
  • Scarlet
  • Miracle
  • Dahlia
  • Carmen
  • Daphne
  • Veronica
  • Rosemary
  • Phoenix
  • Carter
  • Eve
  • Liana
  • Samara
  • Justice
  • Lacey
  • Raven
  • Celeste (SSA #495, 625 girls born)
  • Winter
  • Angelica
  • Magnolia
  • Henley
  • Wren
  • Holly
  • Royalty
  • Liberty
  • Savanna
  • Gloria
  • Pearl
  • Crystal
  • Azalea
  • Bailee
  • Royal
  • Ivory
  • Laurel
  • Collins
  • Kora
  • Marina
  • Mara
  • Meadow
  • Penny
  • Poppy
  • Princess
  • Sky
  • Mavis
  • Mercy
  • Briar
  • Erica
  • Reign
  • Heavenly
  • Hunter
  • Bonnie
  • Jewel
  • Belle
  • Calliope
  • Rhea
  • Cherish
  • Ally
  • Heather
  • Chandler
  • Treasure (SSA #1001, 262 girls born)
  • Mollie
  • Opal
  • Legacy
  • Carina
  • Spencer
  • Sailor
  • Palmer
  • Robin
  • Jenny
  • Shea
  • Temperance
  • Scout
  • Diamond
  • Jubilee
  • August
  • Viola
  • Emerald
  • Drew
  • Honesty
  • Promise
  • Sally
  • Sunny
  • Indie
  • Patience
  • Karma
  • Noel
  • Coral
  • Queen
  • Charity
  • Kyrie
  • Flora
  • Blessing
  • Halo
  • Rowen
  • Clover
  • Nori
  • Sapphire
  • Calla
  • Tesla
  • Amethyst
  • Joey
  • Navy
  • Abbey
  • Loyalty
  • Majesty
  • Pepper
  • Essence
  • Symphony
  • Margarita
  • Jersey
  • Sterling
  • May
  • Carol
  • Dream
  • Althea
  • Stormy
  • Alba
  • Cooper
  • Cattleya
  • Indigo
  • Donna
  • Lacy
  • Zinnia
  • Unique
  • Maple
  • Ester
  • Glory
  • Gentry
  • Tiara
  • Precious
  • Desire
  • Colleen
  • Honor
  • Rebel
  • Echo
  • Love
  • Aura (SSA #1987, 99 girls born) [tie]
  • Lux (SSA #1987, 99 girls born)
  • Rain
  • Empress
  • Terra
  • Marigold
  • Ani
  • Sol
  • Star
  • Lotus
  • Mason
  • Perry
  • Divine
  • Fern
  • Sandy
  • Acacia
  • Lane
  • Storm
  • Ever
  • Nirvana
  • Brook
  • Dawn
  • Mahogany
  • Venus
  • Lavender
  • Ocean
  • Birdie
  • Brandy
  • Eternity
  • Prudence
  • Toby
  • Camellia
  • Miller
  • Serene
  • Hosanna
  • Marguerite
  • Brie
  • Jean
  • Verity
  • Arrow
  • Legend
  • Crimson
  • Maven
  • Timber
  • Story
  • Chase
  • Ebony
  • Harbor
  • Linden
  • Andromeda
  • Grey
  • Sparrow
  • Cassia
  • Denim
  • Lovely
  • Sequoia
  • Amie
  • Charisma
  • Primrose
  • Ginger
  • Lindy
  • Nada
  • Onyx
  • Porter
  • Beautiful
  • Gala
  • Snow
  • Tanner
  • Vesper
  • Dynasty
  • Max
  • Xenia
  • Alaska
  • Madden
  • Rosy
  • Sherry
  • Amen
  • Honey
  • Silver
  • Sunshine
  • Boston
  • Candy
  • Vale
  • Lady
  • Sora
  • Valkyrie
  • Amaryllis
  • Moxie
  • Vail
  • Victory
  • Fay
  • Marly
  • Rogue
  • Chevy
  • Divinity
  • Galilee
  • Gray
  • Truly
  • Arbor
  • Cypress
  • Lake
  • Misty
  • Pandora
  • Passion
  • Pilar
  • Praise
  • Wisdom
  • Adore
  • Amity
  • Shalom
  • Beau
  • Dolly
  • Jasper
  • Seven
  • Zori
  • Bliss
  • Blossom
  • Cedar
  • Cherry
  • Christen
  • Eugenia
  • Lark
  • Delta
  • Jewels
  • Novella
  • Remedy
  • Sincere
  • Goddess
  • Reed
  • Wilder
  • Camelia
  • Valentine
  • Clarity
  • Favour
  • Gabby
  • Lumen
  • Shelly
  • Envy
  • Lamia
  • Messiah
  • Paradise
  • Rue
  • Auburn
  • Bertha
  • Era
  • Heiress
  • Jo
  • Salina
  • Archer
  • Bay
  • Vanity
  • Amour
  • Chance
  • Island
  • Merry
  • Unknown
  • Celestine
  • Kit
  • Lee
  • True
  • Brooks
  • Lira
  • Saffron
  • Unity
  • Mesa
  • Savvy
  • Fanny
  • Loyal
  • Rhythm
  • Aster (SSA #4954, 27 girls born) [7-way tie, Aster - Roman]
  • Atlas
  • Bo
  • Charm
  • Henna
  • Infinity
  • Roman (SSA #4954, 27 girls born)
  • Angelic
  • Azure
  • Cyan
  • Darling
  • Griffin
  • Lemon
  • Lively
  • Paw
  • Senna
  • Camber
  • Chastity
  • Freedom
  • Julienne
  • Maverick
  • Breeze
  • Brogan
  • Forever
  • Georgette
  • Tempest
  • Turner
  • Vita
  • Zowie
  • Aide
  • Alley
  • Carlin
  • Ginny
  • Harvest
  • Lexis
  • Rainy
  • Truth
  • Basil
  • Belladonna
  • Callee
  • Damiana
  • Favor
  • Honour
  • Sari
  • Allee
  • Arietta
  • Beretta
  • Gypsy
  • Lyrical
  • Nana
  • Pacey
  • Ray
  • Rivers
  • Sable
  • Dove
  • Fawn
  • Hero
  • Mora
  • Page
  • Prim
  • Van
  • Zephyr
  • Zeppelin
  • Baker
  • Beaux
  • Kindle
  • Koi
  • Marvel
  • Mica
  • Odyssey
  • Peace
  • Shariah
  • Sibyl
  • Spirit
  • Aerial
  • Ailed
  • Calypso
  • Chapel
  • Cole
  • Galaxy
  • Holiday
  • Jazz
  • Sonny
  • Allure
  • Ambrosia
  • Cannon
  • Caprice
  • Elan
  • Lilac
  • Mercer
  • Nixie
  • Purity
  • Reverie
  • Teal
  • Bless
  • Blue
  • Cicely
  • Contessa
  • Golden
  • Kris
  • Man
  • Mana
  • Marlin
  • Memory
  • Patsy
  • Prairie
  • Roux
  • Sham
  • Torah
  • Abri
  • Diva
  • Garnet
  • Levy
  • Linsey
  • Modesty
  • Noble
  • Rainbow
  • Safari
  • Spring
  • Tucker
  • Valley
  • Breezy
  • Cory
  • Duchess
  • Dusty
  • Gem
  • Jagger
  • Mariposa
  • Pierce
  • Reata
  • Teddy
  • Valor
  • Walker
  • Zamia
  • Analyse
  • Anise
  • Bailie
  • Beauty
  • Blaze
  • Blessed
  • Brier
  • Czarina
  • Dash
  • Epiphany
  • Evergreen
  • Fable
  • Gorgeous
  • Mar
  • Maxima
  • Mazy
  • Melena
  • Nyala
  • Riven
  • Secret
  • Artemisia
  • Benjamin
  • Blessings
  • Cash
  • Conner
  • Dally
  • Davy
  • Decker
  • Fox
  • Graham
  • Henry
  • Providence
  • Reeve
  • Roselle
  • Seraphim
  • Smith
  • Starlet
  • Wells
  • Apple
  • Bijou
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clary
  • Copper
  • Cricket
  • Destine
  • Fortune
  • Foster
  • Girl
  • Jessamine
  • Maranatha
  • Merlin
  • Miles
  • Nature
  • Pax
  • Rand
  • Roe
  • Shanty
  • Shine
  • Summit
  • Tam
  • Temple
  • Terry
  • Thatcher
  • Axel (SSA #10040, 10 girls born) [20-way tie, Axel - Zeta]
  • Dharma
  • Fairy
  • Kamala
  • Kindred
  • Luxe
  • Merit
  • Missy
  • Olivine
  • Poetry
  • Posy
  • Price
  • Rejoice
  • Riot
  • Roan
  • Sultana
  • Tailor
  • Talon
  • Tawny
  • Zeta (SSA #10040, 10 girls born)
  • Ash
  • Avian
  • Baby
  • Believe
  • Beryl
  • Bray
  • Carver
  • Cashmere
  • Celestial
  • Coda
  • Crista
  • Gardenia
  • Greenly
  • Happiness
  • Haze
  • Holy
  • Honest
  • Innocence
  • Morgen
  • Oasis
  • Omega
  • Parish
  • Pixie
  • Poet
  • Revel
  • Sonnet
  • Soul
  • Storey
  • Aerie
  • Alpha
  • Amazing
  • Ambry
  • Canyon
  • Cayenne
  • Chaise
  • Collier
  • Dean
  • Domino
  • Eyra
  • Fancy
  • Gage
  • Harbour
  • Hart
  • Kestrel
  • Knowledge
  • Lumina
  • Manna
  • Marvelous
  • Medley
  • Meridian
  • Milia
  • Nebula
  • Orchid
  • Rarity
  • Rosary
  • Rye
  • Sacred
  • Shadow
  • Shiny
  • Solace
  • Steely
  • Stone
  • Sunset
  • Theory
  • Tulip
  • Velvet
  • Admire
  • Agape
  • Alee
  • Alyssum
  • Aqua
  • Arena
  • Bennet
  • Carman
  • Channel
  • Cove
  • Dale
  • Day
  • Eider
  • Exodus
  • Faithful
  • Falcon
  • Fantasia
  • Fate
  • Fauna
  • Feather
  • Galena
  • Gracious
  • Horizon
  • Jazzy
  • Jet
  • Jovial
  • Kauri
  • Kitty
  • Knightly
  • Lean
  • Lis
  • Lolly
  • Louie
  • Lucky
  • Madonna
  • Marry
  • Moon
  • Patty
  • Peony
  • Pippin
  • Pretty
  • Reminisce
  • Sailer
  • Shy
  • Siren
  • Sovereign
  • Success
  • Sundae
  • Sunflower
  • Tansy
  • Testimony
  • Trust
  • Winner
  • Ace
  • Alec
  • Angle
  • Bijoux
  • Billy
  • Bravery
  • Brilliance
  • Brindle
  • Briony
  • Bryony
  • Cade
  • Calvary
  • Celesta
  • Chosen
  • Comfort
  • Daily
  • Dory
  • Edelweiss
  • Epic
  • Finely
  • Forest
  • Geisha
  • Hallelujah
  • Harlequin
  • Hyacinth
  • Independence
  • Jay
  • Lyrics
  • Maize
  • Majestic
  • Manning
  • Mars
  • Mayan
  • Mercury
  • Million
  • Mystery
  • Nemesis
  • Peregrine
  • Prosperity
  • Radiance
  • Rhapsody
  • Seraph
  • Serine
  • Sojourner
  • Southern
  • Sparkle
  • Stellar
  • Sway
  • Texas
  • Tomorrow
  • Victorious
  • Ward
  • Windy
  • Adorable (here and below, 5 girls born)
  • Aero
  • Alchemy
  • Alder
  • Aloe
  • Amaranth
  • Artist
  • Aviary
  • Bailor
  • Banner
  • Brightly
  • Caliber
  • Calyx
  • Cameo
  • Canna
  • Cerise
  • Cire
  • Dearie
  • Earth
  • Excel
  • Fisher
  • Flourish
  • Flower
  • Garland
  • Garner
  • Gift
  • Glorious
  • Jacky
  • Jinx
  • Jones
  • Joyful
  • Julep
  • Kaiser
  • Lay
  • Lazuli
  • Lehua
  • Lei
  • Magenta
  • Marshall
  • Mays
  • Melanin
  • Melodia
  • Merely
  • Mini
  • Myna
  • Myrtle
  • Mystic
  • Nation
  • Pace
  • Petal
  • Pristine
  • Psalm
  • Reality
  • Redding
  • Riata
  • Rowdy
  • Rumor
  • Serin
  • Sincerity
  • Ski
  • Snowy
  • Solstice
  • Starling
  • Stoney
  • Tequila
  • Timothy
  • Trillium
  • Victor
  • Whisper
  • Zander
  • Zenith
  • Zing


Monday, October 30, 2017

Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name: Bess/Beth/Betty

I originally started this post looking for new full forms for Beth, but it struck me that most could also work for Bess and/or Betty as well! All three are, of course, traditionally nicknames for Elizabeth, and generally considered "outdated", but Beth did have a bit of a revival in the 80s/90s thanks to Bethany.

Chances are, a lot of new babies today have a Bess, Betty, or Beth somewhere in their family line, and there are plenty of other names one could use to get those nicknames. :)

  • Bestla (BEST-lah, Icelandic, Norse mythology)--from Old Norse, poss. "wife" or "tree bark"
  • Bethan (BETH-an, Welsh)--diminutive of Elizabeth.
    Other forms include Besseta (BESS-et-ah, [archaic] Scottish), Betha (BETH-ah, [archaic] English), Betheline (BETH-eh-lyn, [archaic] English), Betsan (BET-san, Welsh), Bettan (BET-tan, Swedish), Bettina (bet-TEE-nah, German), Bettis (BET-tis, Swedish), Bettline (bet-LEE-neh, [archaic] German), Lisbet (LIS-bet, Scandinavian), and Lisbeth (LEEZ-bet, German).
  • Bethania (beth-AHN-yah, [Biblical] Latin & Greek; bet-AHN-yah, Spanish)--form of Biblical Hebrew Bethany, poss. "house of dates".
    Other forms include Betania (bet-AHN-yah, Italian, Swedish, Spanish), Betânia (bet-AHN-yah, Portuguese), and Béthanie (bay-tah-NEE, French).
  • Bethel (BETH-el, [Biblical] Hebrew)--"house of God"
  • Bethia (BETH-ee-ah, [Biblical] Hebrew)--"daughter of God"
    [more commonly transliterated as Bithiah; sometimes used as an 'Anglicization' of Scottish Beathag, "life"]
  • Bethsabée (bet-sah-BAY, French)--from Biblical Hebrew Bathsheba, prob. "daughter of oath".
    Other forms include Betsabá (bet-sab-AH, Portuguese), Betsabé (bet-sah-BAY, Spanish), Betsabea (bet-sah-BEH-ah, Italian), & Betsabeia (bet-sab-AY-ah, Portuguese). 
  • Bethuela (bet-oo-EL-ah, Spanish; beth-WEL-ah, beth-yoo-EL-ah, [archaic] English)--from Biblical Hebrew, prob. "man of God".
    Another (very rare) form is Bethuelle (bet-oo-EL, French).
  • Betlinde (bet-LEEN-deh, Germanic)--prob. "bright & soft" [possible source of the name Belinda]
  • Betony (BET-ah-nee, English)
  • Betrys (BET-ris, Welsh)--form of Beatrice
  • Betsaida (bet-SYE-dah, Spanish)--from Biblical Hebrew Bethsaida, prob. "house of fishing"
  • Bettina (bet-TEE-nah, Italian)--diminutive of Elisabetta or Benedetta.

Of course, many international forms & contractions of Elizabeth also work, especially for Betty:
  • Arisbeth / Elibeth / Elisabet / Isabet (Spanish)
  • Elisabet /Elsebeth / Elsebet (Scandinavian)
  • Elisabete (Portuguese)
  • Elisabetta (Italian)
  • Elizabeta (Croatian, Slovenian)
  • Elsabeth / Lilibeth (English)
  • Erzsébet (Hungarian)
  • Ilsebet / Ilsebeth (German, Danish)

And even more! Elizabeth has been used to form new combination names all over the western world (many overlapping between multiple languages), quite a few of which could also lead to Beth or Betty. Here's a small sampling:
  • Annabeth / Annebet 
  • Elínbet
  • Embeth
  • Evabeth
  • Ingebeth
  • Kajsabet
  • Lillibeth / Lilibet / Lilybeth
  • Marybeth / Maribeth / Maribet
  • Rosabeth / Rosbet
  • Sarabeth
  • Ullabeth