In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Though, These are for Thursday


Vanda - a form of Wanda in a few different languages. Wanda means "wanderer". Vanda is also a species of orchid.


Bedinger  this was the middle name of an American female poet, which is why I thought it was a female name. It is just a surname stuck in the middle after all. It is German and derives from the city of Budingen.

Budingen coat of arms
*side note genealogy-wise. This lends credence to my idea that the name Dellet is a surname indicating the town that family was from. I have now come across at least a few German surnames of this sort.
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Calceolaria- Latin, from 'calceolus' meaning 'small shoe', this is a genus of plants, a kind of orchid. I thought it might make a nice name. It's more commonly called lady's slipper.


Elbert -  Old English, meaning "noble, bright.




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wait! What? It's Wednesday Already?


Nevaehtnes - this name is along the lines of the name Nevaeh, which is Heaven spelled backward. The last part of the name is sent spelled backward, so "heaven sent". I do not know how it is said.

Omolara - Benin, meaning "child born at the right time".



Rodolfo -Spanish and Italian form of the German name Rudolph, which means "famous wolf".


Avin - I'm not sure of the origin of the name for the person I met with this name. But since I do not find a separate etymology for it, I'm classifying it as a variation of Haven. It sounds similar and follows the name patterning that is current. Haven is Dutch and comes from the Old English 'haefen' which comes from the old Norse 'hofn', which means "harbor". There is Avon, which comes from the Welsh 'afon' meaning 'river'. But Avin is pronounced 'ay vin' and therefore is closer in sound and spelling to haven than Avon.



Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

7 Names at the end of the day (though really they're for tomorrow)



Aikaterini - Greek, some think it may derive from Hekaterine which comes from 'hekateros' meaning "each of the two". Hekateros was the 'daimon' spirit of the rustic dance of quickly moving hands and possibly of the skill of hands in general. Hekateros' name is connected with the Greek words hekateris, a dance of swiftly moving hands (kheirôn kinesis) and hekatereô, meaning to kick the rump with one heel after the other in a dance. Hekateros was also a word meaning each of two, or with both hands. Alternatively the name might mean "the marvellous hundred", from the words heka, hundred and teras marvel, and refer to the hundred skillful fingers (daktyloi) of his ten sons and daughters.

It may come from Hecate, the name of the goddess of witchcraft, tombs, crossroads, demons, and the underworld which may derive from 'hekas' meaning "far off".

Aikaterini might be related to 'aikia' meaning 'torture'.

 It might also be Coptic, rather than Greek, meaning "my consecration of your name" (I like this option since Katherine is believed to come from Aikaterini and St. Katherine of Alexandria was an Egyptian saint of the early Christian church). For a long time Katherine has been associated with 'katharos' meaning 'pure'.

St. Katherine of Alexandria 

St. Katherine's wheel - shown broken in the painting - was the torture device that broke when she touched it, the sword represents the one used to behead her (since the torture wheel did not work), and her unbound hair her unmarried status. She was one of the saints that advised Joan of Arc. Her finger bones are preserved in Rouen, France and her head and other relics at St. Katherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Egypt.

Beehive Peak which is near Mt. Catherine, where I grew up in UT
Another possible origin is the Armenian word 'gadar' meaning 'peak' or 'summit'. The Armenian form of Katherine is Gadarine and the ending, if combined with the meaning 'peak' or 'summit' would be "she is the summit" (or "she is the peak").







Saturday, April 26, 2014

Adrizzle With Names










Friday, April 25, 2014

A Sprinkling of Names










Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Breath of Fresh Names

I have only met one person with any of these names. I probably could come up with Florabell and Guillermino on my own, but I honestly would never have dreamed of the others. Do you know anyone with any of these names?











Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Gust of Names






Ausias- Catalan, a variant of Oseas, which is a Latin version of the Hebrew name Hosea, which means "salvation".




Dencie (?girl)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Names # 731-737











That's how many names we have left to learn this year, after today's 7 names.


Zenta - according to Nordic Names this is a nickname for the German Kreszentia, which comes from the Latin name Crescentia, which derives from the word 'crescens' meaning 'growing'.

Earline - feminine form of the English name Earl, which comes from the title of a nobleman. It was a word 'eorl' which meant 'nobleman, warrior'. It can also be a form of the Irish name Arleen, which means "a pledge".

Falina - as a variant spelling of Felina, it relates to the masculine name Felinus, which is Roman and means "cat-like" (or feline).


Godofredo - Spanish form of the German name Godfrey or Gottfried, which is known in English as Geoffrey. It means "traveller" or "peaceful one".

Honecle -  perhaps a spelling of Henkel or Hinkle.

Ifan - Welsh form of the Hebrew name John, which means

Jabari -

723 Names Learned this year, including today's 7 names










Sunday, April 20, 2014

Names for Easter Sunday









Asabel - I can think of 2 or 3 possible origins of this name. I can only say for certain that it IS found as a man's name in the early history of Colonial and post-Colonial America, especially in New England. Some think it is just a corruption of Asahel, which is a Hebrew name meaning something like 'thank God for what he has made or done'. El is the part of the name referring to God so Asah would refer to God's acts. Asahel is in the Bible.

But there are a number of Biblical names with the element 'bel' in which that last syllable refers to the Semitic god Ba'al. Asa means 'healer' or 'physician' in Hebrew. So Asabel might be 'healer of Ba'al' (or 'healer of God").

Another possibility is that it is tied to the names Asa and Abel. Asa meaning "physician" or "healer" and Abel, a Hebrew name which might come from "hebel" which derives from "hevel" meaning "breath" or "vapor". Not sure if this would mean something like "breath healer" (and no, I'm not picturing someone equipped with Tictacs, but rather someone who helped with physical ailments, such as asthma and other health issues related to breath or else someone who healed the spirit, as breath and spirit were seen very much the same in ancient times or perhaps more just the meaning of a spirit healer, someone who healed with spiritual powers. It also seems it could mean something like someone who used breath in their healing, perhaps there were certain rituals or ways of healing that required the healer to, I don't know, breathe on the patient or follow certain breathing patterns themselves) or not.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Relative of the Day - Frances Virginia Carper

Frances was the 5th child of Sarah Welch and Alfred Carper, who are my 3rd great-grandparents. So Frances was the sister of Martha Elizabeth Carper, my 2nd great-grandmother. Which makes Frances my 3rd great-aunt. Martha was her younger sister. Altogether there were 9 girls and 1 boy in that family, so Frances was the 4th girl born and Martha was the 6th girl born.

I picked Frances because her birthday was April 18, 1837. She was born in Frederick County, Virginia, but died in Philadelphia (4 Jan 1919). She has been dead almost 100 years! She would have been 77 years old 100 years ago today. Can you imagine what Philadelphia was like in 1914? Women did not vote, most people did not have a car, many people did not have telephones (though I'm sure many did by 1919). Most people did not go to college and many never finished high school. Most people DID get their news from the newspaper or word of mouth. Groceries were delivered to your home. Most children were born at home, NOT at the hospital. Abortion was illegal. The KKK was nearing the height of its power. It was NOT a good time to not be white in the U.S. World War I had not started yet so Great Britain was still the greatest country in the world, not the U.S.

But for Frances she would not be noticing the things WE would notice about 1914. When she was born slavery was legal, there had never been a Civil War, or a Mexican-American War or a Spanish War. Native Americans still lived in most parts of the U.S. People rode horses or carriages or walked. They did not ride bicycles. There were many more roads by 1914, and railroads and ferries and canals, bridges and dams. People had electricity in their homes and cooked on stoves, not over a fire or in an outdoor oven. In 1914 the Frontier was Alaska and the West was New Mexico and Arizona. But in 1837 the West was much farther east. Indiana and Illinois and Missouri were the Frontier then, and Texas. Arizona and New Mexico were still part of Mexico. Mexico had only barely become its own country, rather than part of Spain. But in 1914 Mexico was in turmoil, in the midst of the Civil War (just think how many Civil Wars have been fought. I can only think of 4 - that just shows my ignorance - the U.S., England, Mexico, and Spain).

Frances was married Dec 29, 1853 in Washington County, Maryland to John R. Fugitt (I don't know hardly anything about him). They had 5 children- all boys! And she had come from a family of almost all girls. What a change. I only have birth dates for two of them - 1855 and 1865. Imagine, she was raising young children and pregnant during the Civil War, and living in Frederick County they were in the midst of War just about all the time. Even if Confederates held the area many people still suffered as both armies commandeered supplies from the people. Wars were fought in a place, not on a map, so their crops were trampled, cannons were fired near their homes and the roads they needed to travel on. Going hunting in the forest you could encounter a scout or spy from one of the armies. McNeill's raiders were active in the area as well, so there were the regular armies and soldiers, but there were also paramilitary groups. And the people firing guns and cannons that might damage your home or barn or kill your cattle or horses or you were your relatives. Maybe your brother or cousin was in the Confederacy, but you might have a brother who had moved to Ohio or an uncle in Pennsylvania who wore blue.

Back then a woman named Frances often had the nickname Fanny, not something we use nowadays. I think it's rather cute, though. One of Frances' boys died before he was 20 years old. After the War, but during Reconstruction, when penalties were imposed on Southerners. They could not vote and experienced other hardships (of course, nothing compared to the hardship of people who had been enslaved and were now free - but even when your suffering is less than someone else's, you still suffer). Her son Wesley died in 1874, but the year before Frances had to bury his younger brother Augustus, who was only 8. I cannot imagine what strength this woman must have had by the time she saw all the novelties of 1914. I wonder how much a World War matters to someone who has given birth while an army camped in their backyard (no, literally. I read about a church that Union soldiers turned into a stable).

Name Question of the Day - 7th in the Series

What do you think about middle names? Do you like having a middle name? Do you like some names best with no middle name? Do you think the middle name should fill some special role (i.e. honor someone, use a family surname)? Do you think girls should not have a middle name? Or boys? What about going by the middle name instead of the first name? Do you like that idea or not or not care? Do you think the middle name should 'match' the first name in some way? Or does it matter how it sounds with the last name? Tell me all your thoughts about middle names!

Basket of Names


Jean d'Arc


La Vell

Not sure of gender 

Nevette (? girl)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Finish with a Flourish of Names!!









Winding Down the Week With a Few Good Names







Arad - Hebrew, meaning "wild ox".



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mid-week Names










Keep your spirits high with these 7 fascinating names!










Monday, April 14, 2014

Begin the week with 7 new names!



Willa Mae



Anakin - according to Wikipedia the name of Luke Skywalker's father, Anakin, was based on the last name of a friend of George Lucas. But I also came upon the following trying to research this name. In the Old Testament a race of giants are called the Anakim - they are descendants of Anak and their name may come
from a root meaning "strength" or "stature". Personally I find this to be the perfect meaning to be associated with the Anakin in Star Wars, as Darth Vader is known for both his strength and stature. In addition the giant Goliath is supposed to be a descendant of the Anakim. The battle between Luke and Vader seems to me a David and Goliath type battle, in fact the entire rebellion could be seen as David and the Empire as Goliath. The Anakim were supposed to have dwelt in the Holy Land
before the Hebrews came there from Egypt.

Anak (the ancestor of the Anakim) is considered by some to be related to the Sumerian god Enki (who is also known as Ea among the Akkadians and Babylonians), patron god of the city of Eridu and also the god of crafts, mischief, water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence, and creation. He was associated with the southern band of constellations called the stars of Ea, and also the constellation As-Iku or "the field" (known as the Square of Pegasus in modern times) and he was also associated with the planet Mercury. He appears in the earliest texts - cuneiform - and was important at least 3,000 years before Christ. He was known as "Lord of Earth". He was considered the master shaper of the world and god of wisdom and all magic. Enki casts a spell on his grandfather, Abzu, the 'begetter' of the gods and then takes over his roles.

Anak is also associated with Anax. In Greek Anax means "king" or "lord" or "leader", in the sense of a tribal king or military leader. It comes from the stem 'wanakt' and sometimes appears as 'wanaka' or 'wanasa'. As the term is used in the ancient Greek texts, an anax (such as Agammemnon) is a kind of high king, or a king in charge of other lesser kings. Anax is also a term used to refer to Zeus who is the king of the gods and 'overlord of the Universe'. Even in the ancient Homeric writings Anax is not a term used for just any king, but reserved for legendary kings and gods. It is hypothesized that this term originates with the Proto-Indo-European 'wen-ag' meaning 'bringer of spoils'. It appears as part of other terms, Hipponax (king of horses), Anaxagoras (king of the agora), Pleistoanax (king of the multitude), etc. The plural, Anakes meaning "kings" was used to refer to the 'heavenly twins' Castor and Polydeuces whose temple was called the 
Anakeion and their festival the Anakeia.

Not that Georgie had any of this in mind when naming Anakin Skywalker. Still, it is interesting to me that the name could be seen to be related to these ancient figures.

Baldric -from the German roots "bald" meaning "brave" or "bold" and "ric" meaning "rule". This name was brought to England by the Norman invaders and was common in the Middle Ages.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Name Question of the Day -7th in the series

Let's see how good you are at coming up with name combinations with 2 or more middle names. I'll do a few to give you an idea and then contribute a combo (or more, if you'd like).

Belle Havilah Ingrid
Ginger Persephone Alannis
Elizabeth Jane Philippa

Frederick Simon Andrew
Sawyer Ethan Hayes
Oscar Cyrus Lucian

Name Question of the Day-6th in the series

What sort of name fascinates you?

Some people want to know what the celebrities are naming their babies, some people are curious about names from their ethnic heritage, others like to make up their own names or create unusual spellings of names, and others like names chiefly based on their meaning (or how they sound, what they look like written, etc.)

Tell me what sort of name fascinates you.

Obviously, I am fascinated by obscure names.

Sunday's Set of 7








St. John


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Names for the weekend - Saturday









Not sure of gender


Friday, April 11, 2014

Name Question of the Day- 5th in the series

April is a nice name, I think. Not used as much as it was in the 80s. And I think it is one of the names that would make a great middle name. I'm curious what  names you think April would work well with.

Here are a few of my ideas:

Katherine April
Calista April
Rose April
Gwendolyn April
Victoria April
Jessamy April
Portia April
Isabella April
Georgetta April
Odette April

Names #639-646




Agurtzane - Basque, from 'agurtza' meaning 'salutation'.






Thursday, April 10, 2014


This is how many names we have to learn after you learn the new names for today. Admittedly you may have heard of Sutton, Tyrese, or Vittorio before. You can probably guess that Vittorio is the Italian version of Victor - I just wasn't sure if you would know the spelling. In Spanish Victor is just Victor with a Spanish accent. Tyrese is the name of a famous model so maybe a lot of you already know this name. But I thought it would be good to activate more than one center in the brain when you hear this name. And Sutton surely you already know as a last name. But have you ever met anyone with Sutton as a first name? With today's new trend of using last names as first names, this name would still feel fresh and not overdone. But would it feel too forced? Or does it only work if 7 figures is the amount you make each month?










Name Question of the Day - 4th in the Series

Do names conjure different images for you? When asked to picture an Alice, for instance, do you see the same sort of girl as when asked to picture a Jennifer? Do names make you think of things unrelated to people? For instance, when you hear Hal do you think of psychotic computer? Or does Annie make you think of a German Shepherd (my friend had one - named Annie - lovely dog)?

Why do you think one person hears Alice and pictures a girl in a dress playing with dolls with long blond curls, gentle, kind, and nice and another person has a completely different image? Why do we have the SAME images of someone?

Maybe it's more understandable with names everyone has heard, such as Jennifer, Alice, or Annie. But what about a name you have never heard before? Why do you think some people think of the same thing with that name or why, if they do not, is that?

Since today's question had several parts, I think it can count for yesterday's missed question.

Today's Names Bring us to 632 New Names Learned This Year!









Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Relative of the Day - Mary Ann Oates Whitacre

Mary Ann Oates is the sister of my 3rd great-grandmother Mahala Oates. This makes her my 4th great-aunt. She was the 11th child of 14 children born to Daniel Oates and Mary Noel. She was born Sep 8, 1830 in Hampshire County, Virginia (this is now in West Virginia but West Virginia would not exist for more than 30 years at this point). She gets to be relative of the day because she was married Apr 9, 1855 - also in Hampshire County. She married Enoch Whitacre. I don't really know much about him and would like to know more about her. I haven't done any Oates research for a while, though.

To put things in perspective a bit, she was MARRIED 5 years before yesterday's relative of the day was even born. She was from the same generation or time period as Aljourn Davidson's parents, only 2 years younger than his mother Mary Catherine Clark.  She was married 159 years ago today and was born 184 years ago.

There were 31 states in our country when she was married, the first bridge across the Mississippi was opened for crossing, my alma mater Penn State had just been founded, 

7 Not So Mundane Names









Not sure which gender


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Relative of the Day

Let's see if I can keep this series going as well as my Coldplay Song of the Day series went or the 2,014 Names in 2014 series.

Today's honoree:

Aljourn Hunter Davidson

111 years ago today he was married to Emma E. Campbell in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. I know that Aljourn died leaving no children and also that he remarried in 1917. But I don't have much information on Emma at all. When or where she was born or died, who her parents were, etc. Aljourn was from Morgan County, West Virginia, and died in Winchester. His name is unusual, it is a form of the more familiar name Algernon. His parents are my 3rd great-grandparents David Davidson and Mary Catherine Clark. His sister Mary Malissa Davidson is my 2nd great-grandmother. So he is my 3rd great-uncle. I look forward to learning more about you sometime, Aljourn!

Name Question of the Day - 3d in the series

What do you think of giving a child more than one middle name?


We have 1,403 names left to learn this year (I've introduced you now to 611 names, minus that from 2,014 and you get 1,403). Here are 7 new names. That means after today you will have learned 618 new names and will only need to learn 1,396 more!







Caesar Augustus
Aku - Finnish, a form of the Latin name Augustus meaning "inspiring awe or admiration". It's interesting to me that Aku Ankka is the name for Donald Duck in Finnish (I suppose because of its rhythmic quality).

Benoni- Just encountered this as a first name yesterday. It seems more like a last name to me, and Italian. But boy am I wrong!! Ben Oni is the original form of the boy name Benjamin and means "son of my sorrow" - this being a Hebrew name. Turns out I am not the only person to think this way - as I came across an article written by someone who, when they also encountered the name Benoni while conducting genealogy research in early New England thought it was Italian and out of place. They found that a couple of the children named Benoni had been born under the same situation as that described in the Bible when Benjamin is born to Rachel (she dies shortly after). It's such a fascinating article that I'm including the link here. This person found 100 different Benonis born during that time period and in that region. Fantastic, right? They were so curious about this phenomenon that they also looked for details about the circumstances of birth of those people and they were usually (not always) born "under a cloud" or some unfortunate thing their family experienced.

I also found in Wikipedia that Benoni can mean "the intermediate one". This is again Hebrew and related to the theology of Hasidic Jews.

There is a St. Benoni in Canada. It is a place but I have not been able to find information on a saint named Benoni.

**Note--- Since I originally posted this I came across my own Benoni in my family's past, New Englander and died young. Benoni Rust born to Henry and Hannah Rust of Hingham, Massachusetts.In the late 1640s. We are distant relatives mainly because of how long ago he lived. He is my 8th great-granduncle.
My Rust line from them goes like this:
Henry and Hannah Rust
Israel Rust - born in 1643, so just a small child when Benoni was born
Nathaniel Rust - his wife Mary (or Mercy) Atcheson had at least one brother also named Benoni - this is one of the Benonis discussed on the website I gave a link to above. Benoni Atcheson was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts in 1677.
Nathaniel Rust
Rebecca Rust
James Kingsbury - his wife Eunice Waldo's sister Hannah married a Benoni Thomson in New Hampshire in 1801
Nancy Kingsbury
Mary Ann Baldwin
Richard Wilson
Junius Wilson
My father

Some of these Benonis also have their name written as Benomi or Benomey, etc, which seems like something someone might say easily rather than Benoni.

One of the Benonis referred to in the article was a Benoni Clough born in 1675 in Massachusetts and I have a Benomey Clough who married a Hannah Merrill who was born in Massachusetts in 1672. The Benoni in the article was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts and my Hannah Merrill died in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Her brother Nathaniel is my 8th great-grandfather, so she is my 9th great-aunt and Benomey Clough, then is my 9th great-uncle through marriage to her. So far that is 4 Benomis (or Benonis) I can count myself related to.

Not sure on gender

Zhivargo  - I could see someone using this for a boy, the character Dr. Zhivago was male. But it 'could' be used for a girl. It's a strange name to use as a first name, I think, but someone in love with the book or movie might use this to name their child. I came across it as an actual first name someone had - I just don't know if it was a man or a woman's name. The fictional character's name is spelled Zhivago, not Zhivargo. I googled this and found at least one man named Zhivargo, though, so maybe it's never been used for girls.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

J thru P, Seven Names for Thee









Saturday, April 5, 2014


So far this year I've introduced you to 597 new names. With the 7 from today you have now learned 604 new names. Our goal is to learn 2,014 names this year, so subtracting 604 from that leaves us with 1,410 names still to learn this year.










Something to Sip on Should You So Desire, This Saturday







Ajuwon Nigerian, probably used in Ogun State. Not sure of the language of origin or meaning. However, I was able to find that Ota, in Ogun State has a family by the name of Ajuwon who is allowed to present candidates for the 'enforcer' of the tribe, a 'generalissimo' type, who carries a sword. The people in this tribe speak Yoruba, so perhaps Ajuwon is a Yoruba name.

Baltzer - German, form of "Balthasar", from the Phoenician "Balat-shar-usur" which means "Baal protects the king".  Balthasar is a name used for one of the three wisemen that visited the Holy Family after Jesus' birth. It can also be used as a form of Belshazzar, which is a Babylonian king in the Bible. It is also a form of Belteshazzar, which is a name that was given to the Biblical Daniel by the Chaldeans.

Not sure which gender

Zavan - maybe boy?

A Few Names For Friday










Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another Name Question of the Day

This is a basic, 'get to know you' type question. What is your favorite name? And why?

My favorite is James. It's handsome, I guess. I like the sound. There was a character in a book I read as a teenager that I really identified with and so I've just always rather loved the name. The Book of James in the New Testament has some rather profound concepts. Of the Founding Fathers I always rather liked James Madison.

James Matthew is the first and middle name pair I like best. Ironically, though it's my favorite name, it hasn't always been my favorite and I just don't like it as a middle name at all. And the only nickname I really like is Jamie, though I guess you could use Jack and that's nice.

These Names Give Us Food For Thought This Thursday :) I'm Always agreeable to alliteration










New Feature!! Name Question of the Day

Rosa virginiana
It may not run every day, but I am curious what you think about things besides just these interesting and unusual names I've come across.

So today's name question is a result of a trip to the hair salon. I thumbed through a rose catalog while I was having my hair colored and was thinking, what if you gave your daughter the scientific name of a rose? (or other flower/plant, etc) What do you think of that idea?

Rosa arkansana

I happened on it when I saw 'rosa virginiana' and thought of my mom and just what that means to be a wild rose and especially the wild Virginia rose and it seemed like a nice way to honor her if I had a daughter. Rosa Virginiana. But I wondered if people would think a name like that was cool in the way that it was unique. And more so, what would my child think of having a name like that? Wild roses are my favorite kind and the rosa virginiana is a perfect example of the type of wild rose I like best.

Rosa bridgesii
There is the rosa arkansana or wild prairie rose that you could use as a name, if you want to honor your Midwestern roots, or if you don't want to name your child Prairie Rose (which I think is pretty, but it might be a bit harder in middle school to be known by Prairie or Prairie Rose than to be called Rosa).

Rosa carolina or Carolina Rose
The rosa bridgesii is a native California rose, also called the Sierra ground rose as it grows in the Sierra Nevadas and close to the ground.Would Rosa Bridgesii be a good name for a child? It seems better than Sierra ground rose. Though I suppose you could use Sierra Rose, but saying those r's so close together doesn't sound great to me.
Rosa canina or Dogrose

Some rose names already work as a girl's name, like Rosa carolina, or even just Carolina Rose. And some, no matter how pretty the rose, just do NOT work as a child's name, like Rosa canina - the dogrose.

Rosa chinensis or China Rose
Rosa damascena or Rose of Castile
Rosa phoenicia
Rosa woodsii or Mountain Rose
I thought Rosa alexandrae would work as a name. China rose probably works better than Rosa chinensis. Rosa coryana, Rosa damascena (the Damask Rose or Rose of Castile - one of the reasons I fell in love with the idea of Damascus as a girl's name. But what about just Damask Rose or Rose of Castile, or maybe Rosa castellana), Rosa xanthina (I don't like the similar sounds with the s - which some people say more like a z, and the x in xanthina which definitely sounds like a z - but xanthina is so pretty it might be worth it), Rosa gentiliana, Rosa giraldi, Rosa rubrifolia (for how fun it is to say! sometimes similar sounds aren't a bad thing), Rosa helenae, Rosa laevigata ( I also like Cherokee Rose or Camellia Rose-this one works especially well as a name, I think), Rosa luciae, Rosa lutea, Rosa persica (maybe one of my favorites to use as a child's name), Rosa phoenicia, Rosa villosa (does the rhyming bother you too much?), Rosa primula, Rosa seraphinii, Rosa sericea, Sweetbriar (it's not the scientific name but it definitely sounds like a plant name and not a person's name. Does it work? to me it's refreshing. Maybe you could just as well do Briar Rose or Rose Briar), or what about Evergreen Rose or Mountain Rose? I remember driving past a town called Mountain Laurel in Pennsylvania and thinking that would be a nice thing to name a girl

Wednesday's Whatsits









Aias- Greek, perhaps derived from 'aiastes' meaning "mourner". Ajax is a form of Aias and so either can be used to refer to the famous hero of the Trojan war. Aias is pronounced 'eye us'.