My husband’s cousin’s name is ‘Chainie’. I have never heard of this name before until I met her. As far as I know this is not a nickname and is her actual first name. I could not find it on your website so I was wondering if you could shed some light on her name’s origin and/or meaning.
Sometimes you just have to sound it out! Chainie is an alternate spelling of the surname Cheney. (Remember, our Vice President under G.W. Bush?)
According to the Surname Database, the surname Cheney is from the Old French words “chesne, chesnai” meaning oak tree, oak grove. It is most likely a geographical surname, indicating that the family comes from a certain area of that name or where the oak trees grow.
I’ve come up with two new unique girl names. The names are Veina and Nathana. I think I came up with Veina because I was thinking about the name Reigna which is beautiful as well. Nathana is derived from Nathan but has a feminine side to it. Both names are feminine yet strong willing. For the name Nathana, you can shorten it to Ana or Athana (Athena) along with Natalie.
Please consider adding these names to your site.
I love when people create new names from existing names. (See my article on Game of Thrones Names, where author George R.R. Martin does this a lot!) I really like the name Nathana. Not so sure about Veina, though, as it conjures up a vision of someone with a lot of veins! Since a vein is a part of the body, I don’t think it would work so well as a name.
Apr 9, 2014 08:53 AM
I am a 66 year old grandma. I have two grandchildren right now, however, my youngest son just got married. Your website provides not only information and fun facts to the expectant parents, but a wonderful resource for me. I can have a conversation with my daughter-in-laws and feel comfortable that they find the info as rewarding as I do. My two grandsons: Noah Christian and Jackson Cooper. Really great names, aren’t they??
Dear Grandma Sally,
What a nice email to wake up to! It’s rewarding to hear that the site I started 18 years ago is still informative and helpful to so many people. Noah Christian and Jackson Cooper are fine names.
Congratulations and thanks for visiting!
Game of Thrones Names
Mar 31, 2014 11:45 AM
Jon Snow played by Kit Harington
Fan of the HBO Series Game of Thrones? In honor of Season Four debuting this Sunday, I have done a full analysis of Game of Thrones Names on our sister site, CharacterNames.com!
Check it out!
Kreatyve Name Feedback
Mar 12, 2014 03:03 PM
I wanted to add some input to Jennifer’s request for information on people’s experience with common names that required spelling out.
I am an unfortunate victim of just such a name, KATHRYN. I have never liked my name and never felt like it fit me – however the worst part about my name is constantly having to spell it out for people. Even when I spell it out for people, it is still often written wrong! I have to spell my name out EVERYWHERE I go for EVERYONE – it is the biggest pain!
There are so many variations on how to spell it: Kathryn, Catherine, Katherine, Katharyn, Katharen, Cathryn, Catharin, etc etc. it’s usually hard to ever find anything personalized with my spelling, also. I can appreciate that I don’t have a very weird or unusual name that might cause ridicule, but having this type of name has caused me to want to change it entirely when I get married.
a VERY frustrated K-A-T-H-R-Y-N.
Thank you for your input! I can imagine your frustration.
My husband is first generation American and his last name is Guerrero. We are expecting (unsure of the sex) and we simply can’t agree on a name. Every name he suggests is Hispanic and quite frankly, hard for me to say or spell. I would like the first name to be American but he says that won’t flow well with his last name.
Am I be inconsiderate of his heritage? Is there any compromise here? ☹
I, myself, have a half-Hispanic child. I also wanted to honor my husband’s heritage and had the same concerns as you (his mother’s name is Guillermina!) When he told me his mother’s maiden name was Miranda, I said “That’s it!” Miranda was one of those names that works in both Spanish and English.
There are many other names like Miranda–take Christina Aguilera, for example. Maybe you, too, could look into your husband’s family tree to see if you can find such names. The fact that you use a name from his side will show that you do want to honor your child’s ethnic heritage.
If you still can’t find what you like, do the Advanced Search on our site and see if any of these names strike your fancy. I’m sure you’ll find something acceptable to the both of you.
A Natural Name
Mar 11, 2014 03:44 PM
My husband and I have been talking about names ever since we first found out we were expecting our second child. We had decided on Maggie for a girl, and now that we know for certain that we are expecting a daughter, Maggie it is. However, I recently read a celebrity baby name article where someone named their daughter Magnolia and called her Maggie for short. I LOVE the idea!-but, my husband isn’t sure because our last name is Cobb. He fears she might be teased for being a Magnolia Cobb.
Does this name sound too “nature inspired”?
I absolutely love the name Magnolia and LOVE LOVE LOVE it combined with your last name. Magnolia Cobb is easy to spell and pronounce but put together is so distinctly unique it sounds like a very important person.
My opinion: Magnolia Cobb is an A+++ baby name. Run with it! And if you don’t, let me know. I’ll use it for a character in one of my books