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.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Oh Good Golly Have I Got Some Unheard of Names Today!


Abenena -

Achsah -

Elmira - variant (according to of Almira and a shortened form of the Spanish Edelmira, which is the feminine variant of Adelmar, which is derived from the Germanic roots 'adal' meaning 'noble' and 'meri' meaning 'famous'. In English this would be said 'ell my ruh' but in Spanish it is 'el mee ruh'. Adelmar would have been brought to Spain by the Visigothic invaders.

Gratia - Not sure if I've featured this name before. It's not wholly new or unknown to me. But to encounter it outside of ancient Rome rather is. Still not the most recent use, I discovered it as a descendant of an American soldier who fought in the War of 1812. What do they call this war in Britain, I wonder? Gratia come from Latin


Savilla -

Sury -

Urania - Greek

Vira - I found this as the name of a granddaughter of a woman named Elvira, so it would seem to be a nickname for that. Elvira, according to, is a Gothic name derived from the elements:

" al meaning 'all' ; ali 'foreign, other' ; gail 'lively' ; wers 'true'. An old form of the name is Geloyra (Gothic). The name is of obscure Visigothic origin; it could be from the first element alali (meaning 'foreign, other') or gailcombined with the second element 'wer'; with al the name is taken to mean 'true to all'. The name has been used by Spanish speakers since the Middle Ages, but English speakers first took it up only in the 19th century.

Willimena - a spelling of Wilhelmina I had not seen before.


Abial -


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Day-After-Christmas List of Less-than-Common Names



Ebeline - 

Eneida - 

Kneila - 

Lovisa - 

Luetta -

Pennille -

Philathes -

Violice - 


Constant - 

Elbridge -

Lefford -

Stimpson -

Zephub - 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Love the lettering style for the title page of this book.