Everyone wants their little bundle of joy to be special, to stand out from the crowd. Lots of parents today are opting for giving their child a head start on their individuality by selecting a unique or unusual name, one that sticks out in the mind and the memory. As the mother of ten, I have scoured the Internet, rifled through the stacks at the library, and picked the brains of every friend and family member that could stand it, to come up with the best, most unique name for every one of my little angels. This is a list of some of my favorite and some of the less desirable names and their meanings.
Bliss- (Anglo-Saxon) means joy. Didn’t pick this one cause, I mean come on, seriously, sounds like a stripper name.
Calista – (Greek) means most beautiful, the name of the nymph who was transformed into the form of a she bear and became the constellation of the Great Bear. Also (Latin) cup, from the female form of Calixtus, the cup containing the wine of the Christian sacrament. Also not picked because it sounded more like the name of an exotic sandwich.
Calypso – (Greek) means one who conceals, the name of the Greek sea nymph who held Odysseus captive for seven years and was known for creating great tempests and sea storms to ancient sailors. This name became popular again, recently, after the blockbuster movie Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest was released. I just adored the name, my husband, not so much, he said it brought to mind an image of a voodoo witch dancing around a fire in the middle of the night with a chicken head in her one hand and smoking weed.
Dabria- (Latin) the name of an angel scribe in Christian mythology. (Gaelic) means beautiful and graceful; and (Irish) means handsome. Not picked because it sounded too unisex and made you wonder, what exactly IS a Dabria?
Lucine – (Armenian) means moon. Not picked because there were too many various nicknames that could haunt the poor child, lunacy, lunatic etc. to name a few.
Cerise- (French) means cherry, cherry red, also the name of someone who works with or sells cherries. Not picked because it also, unfortunately sounded too much like the name of a stripper.
Aurora – (Latin) means dawn, also the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn. Very pretty we thought, but a little too old fashioned.
Vashti – (Persian) means the beautiful one. The name of the first wife of the King of Ahasueris of Persia before he married Esther in the Bible’s Old Testament. Not picked because, well, it just SOUNDS like some kind of dirty name for a private part.
Azriel- (Hebrew) means help or helper of God. Not a popular choice for us because it was too close to Arielle, the name of the Disneys little mermaid for us.
Bolton- (English) means of the manor. No really particular objection to this one, it landed at 3 on our name list.
Carver- (English) means sculptor. Predominately a surname. Not picked for obvious reasons, I mean who names their kid Carver Carver?
Paxton – (Teutonic, Scottish and English) means trader, town of peace. The name of settlements in the county of Berwickshire and Cambridgeshire in old England. Interesting, but just didn’t role off the tongue well.
Kermit – (Irish) means free of envy and (Gaelic) means freeman. Not picked. We’ve all heard of Kermit the frog right?
Nebraska – (Native American) means flat water. Also the name of a state in the United States.Not picked because like Montana, Dakota and Carolina, we just didn’t want to seem like we just opened up an atlas and picked our kids name based on where our finger landed on a map of the US.
Dakarai – (African) means happy. Not picked, sounded too much like Dacories. What would people think, are your parents alcoholics?
Osiris – (Egyptian) name of the king of the Egyptian gods, a god of earth, vegetation, death and rebirth. Really considered this one, friend of ours beat us to it.
Eldwin – (German) means old, wise ruler; old friend. Gawain – (Celtic) means a battle hawk, also the name of King Arthur’s knights of the round table. We picked an updated version of this name for one of our little angels, Edwin
Marlon – (Old French) wild, also an Acacia tree. It is also a variation of Michael. Not picked because it sounded too girlish for us. Visions of Maid Marion came to mind.
Albinka – (Latin) means blond. Not picked, there is just such a thing as being a little TOO unique.
Phoenix – (Greek) means dark red. Also a mythological creature of Greek and Egyptian origin. Loved it, but as my husband pointed out, sounded more like something you would name your pet, not your child.
Rowan – (Irish/Gaelic) means little red haired one. Also a type of tree. Liked this one, it made it to number four on our list of possibles.
Sayer – (Welsh, Middle English) means carpenter or woodsman. Not picked, “you sayer what?”.