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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


With the 6 names you learn today, you will have only 1094 names left to learn this year.


Helisson - Greek, the name of a town in Arcadia (in Greece), it was near the source of the river Helisson (nowadays called Elissonas). This river is a tributary of the Alfeios. The town was founded by Helisson, a son of Lycaon (so technically, Helisson is a masculine name, I just like the looks and sounds of it for a girl more). No one knows exactly where the town is anymore. It was abandoned around 371 BC, though there was still the ruins of a statue of the god Poseidon in the 2nd century AD.

Apparently the name is still in use as a boy name. It is pronounced 'HEL ih son'.

Ia - Greek, meaning 'violet flowers'.



Kaaleppi - Finnish form of the name Kalle, which can be used as a nickname for Karl or for Kaleva. Kaleva is a name from Finnish myth. It 'might' come from the Lithuanian 'kalvis' meaning 'smith' or the Estonian 'kalev' meaning 'red cloth'.




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