Aug 11, 2014 by Jennifer M.
I just have to say I love your site. My husband and I are really banking on having a girl & I heard the name Eviana (Ev-E-Annah) the other day, but could not find it in your database. I was wondering what the meaning of this name was or if it was just made up? And although I love the name, I keep thinking of the Evian water brand and wonder if she would then get made fun of? Thank you so much!
Thank you for the kudos! Eviana is a beautiful name. There are many names that are derived from other, more common names. Derivative names can come from changing a letter, adding a letter or combining two names.
Eviana is one of these names. It could be a combination of Eve/Evelyn and Ana or a derivation of Evana or yes, Evian. I do not think an Eviana would get teased, as there is no negative connotation to the water brand Evian.
I will add it to the BabyNames.com database.
New Name: Vahn
Aug 11, 2014 by Jennifer M.
I have named my son Vahn, I noticed it was not in your database, I have found it to be a male form of Siobhan and some of its meaning to be Justice. It was a name of a character in Legends of Legaia. I’m not sure of the origin, but I liked it as opposed to John (another male form of Siobhan). I thought you might want to add it to your database, so others can view it as an option. Maybe you can find its origin also.
The Irish female name Siobhan is a form of Joan, which is a feminized version of John. Therefore the meaning of Vahn would be “God is Gracious.” Vahn could also be a variation of the name Vaughn, an English surname meaning “small.”
Thank you for the submission, we will be adding it to the database.
Embedding Dad’s Name
Jun 9, 2014 by Jennifer M.
I’ve been a long time lurker on BabyNames.com, even before I was married or expecting. Now I’m pregnant with my first child and would appreciate your help; I love the name Declan and the meaning ‘full of goodness.’ My husband’s name is Clay and I was trying to make the baby’s name more meaningful by adding a ‘Y’ to produce the title “Declayn.” My husband thinks that everyone will mispronounce the name and it will cause confusion. How do you think others would interpret this particular spelling of the name?
Good question! I think people would pronounce it as they see it. De-CLAY-n. If that’s not what you are intending, then use the traditional spelling and tell your child that by using a “D” name, you were honoring his father. I’m not a big fan of naming a child after his/her parent, anyway, so I would recommend just plain Declan!
Thank you for being a loyal member of the site!
Creating a New Name
Jun 9, 2014 by Jennifer M.
Well, I like the name Tavia, but I don’t want to name one of my kids after someone I know who’s name is Tavia. So I added a suffix, “anna”. I looked on your site, and “Tavia” was listed as an abbreviation of “Octavia”, meaning eight, and “anna” was listed as “gracious, merciful”. So the name I made up, Tavianna, would mean “gracious, merciful eighth”??? Any thoughts on any other meanings this name could have?
I love the name Tavianna, great job! It is easy to pronounce and easy to spell. Yes, I would combine the meanings, but I would say “The Eighth / Gracious, Merciful.” I will add it to our site.
Created name: Nicora
May 15, 2014 by Jennifer M.
I just came across the baby name Nicora, and thought it was very unique but not too outlandish for a baby girl (albeit a bit more exotic than other daughters names’, Claire and Morgan). The name is not in your database. Is Nicora a known first name for a girl or is this a made up name?
Sounds to me like this is a created name, combining the two names Nicole and Nora (or Cora). I’d be wary, since I first associate the name with Nicorette, the anti-smoking gum. Not sure how others feel about that.
I’d get some other choices onto your list…
Nadia+Aria = Nadaria
May 6, 2014 by Jennifer M.
I was messing around with names recently and came up with Nadaria, a mix of Nadia and Aria.
I was thinking it could mean hopeful melody and am now thinking about using it for my first daughter.
What do you think?
I think Nadaria is a great name. I really like when people create names, especially when they are easy to spell and easy to pronounce. If you think about it, all names were “created” names at one point, right?
If you love it, use it!
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.
Feb 12, 2014 by Jennifer M.
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!
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
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.
Jan 29, 2014 by Jennifer M.
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!
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!
Created name: Sameric
Dec 9, 2013 by Jennifer M.
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?
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!