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As 2011 draws to a close, I thought I’d take a look back at my top pick of names here at the Nook and elsewhere in Baby Name Blogland.
Today it’s the turn of girls’ names at the Nook:
- Amanita – I featured Amanita back in late August, and I still love it; it’s feminine, quirky, and very witchy. While some might be put off the thought of naming a child after a mushroom, Amanita muscaria is one of the most beautiful and evocative, and perhaps associated with fairies more than any other…
- Betony – Betony was another of my August loves; it’s such a lovely herb, and as a name has a great contemporary ring to it.
- Circe – Ijust love Circe, the mythological witch-Goddess and the name.
- Elvy – Elvy only got a brief mention as a little used surname-as-first name, but I think it’s got a lot going for it. With the variants Elvey and Elvie, it slips in comfortably alongside all those lovely resurrected Victorian -ie names, many of which are already in favor in the UK (such as Evie, Millie, Maisie, etc) and others like Elsie and Edie on the rise. Unlike many of these, however, though it has the ring of a pet-form about it, and certainly can be used as a nickname for names such as Elvina and Elvira, Elvy is a bona fide name in her own right.
- Fuchsia – Fuchsia’s such a stunning name, it has that same bright, slightly rebellious edge as names like Ruby and Scarlett
- Guinevere – Queen Guinevere, Arthur’s May Queen is such a magnificent character with a name to match; why oh why isn’t it seen more?
- Hermione – ah, Hermione, Hermione, Hermione! Probably my number one of the year; I can’t champion Hermione enough. I suggested her as a possible sibling for Peregrine in early December, and tipped her as the number one girl’s name in America in 2035. Grab her now, while she’s still such a rarity!
- Hesper – another of my Harry Potter picks, but much less known, Hesper’s a step away from the familiar Hester, and only a couple of steps away from uber-voguish Harper. A discerning but contemporary choice.
- Ishtar – Ishtar is another of those names which has had a number of mentions, but hasn’t really been properly featured in her own right yet. Ishtar is probably the most famous of the Goddesses of Mesopotamia—equated with Aphrodite and Ashtoreth, and it may be her name which lies behind Esther. In Egyptian texts, she appears as ‘Astar-Ḫūru. The etymology is unknown for certain; many theories abound, ranging from (rather far-fetched) connections with Eostre (see Easter) to a shared root with Aster, but evidence is too flimsy to say anything with absolute conviction. What can be said is that it is a most beautiful and evocative name.
- Leveret – I love this unusual word-name, the little heard name for a baby hare. It oozes Pagan, witchy, Wiccan charm, and is one the source of the surname Leverett, which makes a nice variant.
- Lilou – one of my Provençal finds, I think it gives a fetching, zingy twist on the ubiquitous Lily.
- Merewen – A very soft, attractive Old English name.
- Tigerlily – I just adore Tigerlily; it is a name bursting with life and color, and has considerable versatility. Would be a travesty for her not to make this baker’s dozen of mine!
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More gems among the surnames of English, Anglo-Norman and Norse origin, which have so far seen little use as given names. Today is E.
- Ede — from the Old English girl’s name Eda from ēad ‘rich’, a name in its own right in the early Anglo-Saxon period, although later it was used more as a short form of Edith.
- Eaglen — from the Norman-French Egelina, the feminine of Egil, an ancient Germanic name of uncertain meaning.
- Eames — from Old English ēam ‘uncle’.
- Easterby — from the Old Norse áustr í bý meaning ‘east of the village’.
- Eastley – from Old English ēast ‘east’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Edbrough — from the Old English girl’s name Edburg; ēad ‘rich’ + burh ‘fortified place’.
- Edis – from the Old English girl’s name Edusa, a name of uncertain meaning, but probably a short form of Eadgifu or Edith. Var: Eddis.
- Edney, Edoney — from the Old Norse name Idhunna ‘love-work’, the name of the Goddess of Youth. Var: Idony.
- Effemy — from Euphemia, a Greek name meaning ‘auspicious speech’. Also Effeny and Effeney.
- Elberry — from Elberry, Devon. Probably Old English elle(n) ‘elder’ + burh ‘fortified place’.
- Elion — from Helléan in Brittany, a place of uncertain meaning, possibly connected with Breton huel ‘high’ or Middle Breton haelon ‘brows’.
- Ellerby — from Ellerby. Old English personal name Ælfweard ‘elf-guard’ + Old Norse bý ‘farmstead’, ‘village’ and ‘settlement’. Var: Ellaby.
- Ellery — from the personal names Hilary (originally a male name). Latin hilaris ‘cheerful’ and Eularia, a form of Eulalia, a Greek name meaning ‘sweetly-speaking’.
- Elmley — from one of the places of the name. Old English elm ‘elm’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Elver — from the Old English personal name Ælfhere – ælf ‘elf’ + here ‘army’.
- Elvery — from the Old English personal name Æthelfrið — æthel ‘noble’ + frið ‘peace’.
- Elvey, Elvy – from the Old English girl’s name Ælfgifu ‘elf-gift’.
- Embra — probably from Emborough, Somerset. Old English emm ‘flat-topped’ + beorg ‘mound’ and ‘hill’. It may also be a variant of Amery.
- Emeney, Emmony — from Ismenia, a medieval name of uncertain origins.
- Emley — from Emley, Yorkshire. Old English personal name Em(m)a (probably here a male name) + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Ensor — from Edensor, Derbyshire (home to the famous Chatsworth House). Old English personal name Eadin (from ēad ‘rich’) + ofer ‘sloping bank’ and ‘ridge’.
- Esgar, Esger — from the Old Norse name Ásgeirr ‘(a) God-spear’.
- Eveleigh – from a lost village called Eveleigh in Devon. Old English male personal name Eafa or Eofa + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’. Eafa/Eofa are short forms of names beginning with eofor ‘boar’.
- Everley — from Everley, Yorkshire. Old English eofor ‘boar’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Eversley — from Eversley, Kent. Old English eofor ‘boar’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
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