Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

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