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  • Name advice from Jennifer Moss,
    founder of BabyNames.com

New Names: Nathana and Veina?

Hello Jennifer,

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.

Thank you,

Emilee D.

Dear Emilee,

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.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Daenerys
Hi Jennifer!
 
I’ve recently gotten into the show “Game of Thrones” and I have fallen in love with the name Daenerys. I know it’s made up, but I can’t seem to find a meaning of it anywhere! Do you have any ideas? I’m all out except for asking George R.R. Martin himself!
 
Thanks,
GoT lover.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Dear GL,
I’ve just recently finished the first season, myself, and do love the creative names of the characters! (List coming soon)  As far as I’ve researched, many of the character names were inventions of Game of Thrones’ author George R. R. Martin. Including Daenerys.  He’s done a great job naming his characters, clearly following our advice to make the names easy to pronounce and easy to spell. Well, most of them! The name Daenerys does follow standard Gaelic naming conventions. So unless you contact George R.R. Martin to ask him about his naming thought process, there really is no “meaning” per se.

Since the popularity of the HBO series, there have been baby girls named Daenerys–at least 400 documented!  So if you do decide to use it, she won’t be alone.

Sincerely,
Jennifer
Blending Surnames

Hi Jennifer!

I’d love to hear your advice about blending my last name, Rothschild, (ROTH-child) with my fiance’s last name, Meyer (MY-er). The readily available options are Rothsmeyer and Meychild, (although we’d probably do Rothmeyer or Mychild, to spare our kids the trouble of spelling it over and over for people). Which of those do you think makes the better last name? We are partial to Mychild for some reason, even though it sounds like “my child.” What are your thoughts?
 
Thanks in advance!
Chelsea
Hi Chelsea,
Interesting question. I’ve heard of couples doing this instead of hyphenating. I think it’s a good alternative, since hyphenating can get long and tedious. As for your question, I will apply my tip on first naming to say that Mychild would be the easiest to spell and pronounce.
 
For what it’s worth,  I also kind-of like Mythchild–it sounds like a name from a fantasy novel! Rothmeyer is also perfectly acceptable, and I don’t believe your kids would have any problem with that.
 
Good luck and let me know what you decide!
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Created name: Sameric

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I are trying to decide on a middle name for our son. We were thinking of honoring both of our fathers. Samuel & Eric. I came up with Sameric. Is this a terrible made up name or is this somewhere in the past an acutal name? What do you think?

Thanks

Emily T.

Hi Emily,
Whereas Sameric can be a totally made up name, in which you combine the names Sam and Eric, it is also a rare Arabic last name based on the name Samir/Samer.
Samir means “Companion in Evening Talk.” Kind of a cool idea, isn’t it?

I say if you both love the name, go for it!
Sincerely,
Jennifer

A new, cool name

Hi Jennifer,

Here is a name I didn’t see in ANY of hundreds of sites was a name I thought of myself: Zandophen.  To me it means “exceptional talent.” I think it’s kinda cool to have–I mean, I’d want it. Email me back and tell me what you think. gotta go to school.

Thanks,

Benjamin Boyes

Dear Benjamin,

That is a cool name! I’ll make sure to add it to our website as a created name. It’s great that you are so creative, you have “exceptional talent” in the naming department. Have fun at school.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

The name Evanlea

Dear Jennifer,

My husband and  I know were expecting a girl. We wanted something different, so we came up with Evanlea. We combined her both of her godparents name together.

Is Evanlea to different or unique of a name?

-Cat

Dear Cat,

I like the name Evanlea. It is a perfect choice for a created name because it meets two of my name criteria: it’s easy to spell and easy to pronounce.  The only possible problem I foresee is that people may confuse it with Avonlea, the fictional town from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, Anne of Green Gables.  Other than that, I’d say go for it.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Created Name: Atalie

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you for taking my question.
I would like to get your opinion on the name “Atalie” for a girl?

Thanks,
Lewis H.

Hi Lewis,

I think Atalie (Natalie with no N) is actually a beautiful name. Although you have to realize that because it’s a unique name–and sounds so much like Natalie–that if you use it as a baby name, your daughter will be forever explaining “Natalie without the N.”

Thank you for the new name! I will add it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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