In the hunt for the perfect name, where does one start? Back in April, I dedicated an entire post to different methods for choosing a baby name (here). One of those methods was choosing a name based on its meaning. While there may be an infinite number of names, there are only about a dozen names that mean generous and a half dozen that mean sublime. By searching for the meaning instead of the name, the choices are greatly narrowed.
What characteristics do you wish for your future child? Brainstorm your favorite words and your most sought after traits. Get creative. Use a thesaurus. Websites like babynames.com and thinkbabynames.com allow you to search names by their meaning. Perhaps a "strong" and "happy" boy? Or, a "wise" and "joyful" girl? Maybe you want a unisex name that means friendship for your gender-unknown-baby-to-be?
"Healthy" boy names - Ken, Valentine, Valerian
"Happy" boy names - Asher, Caius, Faine, Felix, Gauis, Said, Tate
"Wise" girl names - Athena, Bena, Safe, Sophronia, Ulima
"Joyful" girl names - Alizah, Joy, Merry, Rinah
Unisex "Friendship" names - Achava, Drury, Icnoyotl, Mitali,
Celebrities are famously choosing their children's names based on meaning. Pink and Carey Hart named their daughter Willow Sage because willow means flexible and sage means cleansed. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's second daughter, Faith Margaret, was named for the faith they kept while awaiting her arrival by surrogate. Natalie Portman named her son Aleph, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, which means leader.
While I'm not a proponent of us non-celebrity civilians modeling our lives after the stars of Hollywood, I think this trend is worth considering. And, more importantly, it's a trend that narrows down the overwhelming number of choices. There are about a bazillion names that start with "A", but only a half billion names that start with "A" and mean beautiful.
What other stories behind the celebrity baby name have you heard? Any friends or family members that chose a name based on its meaning?