Origin: Russian from Greek
Nicknames: Uli, Ula, Una, Iana
Russian form of Julius, possibly derived from Greek ιουλος (ioulos) “downy-bearded”.
Meaning: “Pledge; hostage.”
Nicknames: Hom, Homie
Detail: A Greek name derived from homeros meaning “hostage” or “pledge”.
Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the ‘Iliad’, about the Trojan War, and the ‘Odyssey’, about Odysseus’ journey home after the war.
This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series ‘The Simpsons’.
Meaning: “Noble Wolf.”
Nicknames: Ado, Dolf, Alf, Alfie
Detail: From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant “noble wolf” from the Germanic elements adal “noble” and wulf.
Is Adolf forever off limits? Middle name? How about his variations? How strongly do you feel about this name?
I think he is very handsome, however some people have gone as far to say that they would “doubt the morality of such a person” who would bear this name onto a child. I find this a bit on the extreme side.
Will this forever be my tainted love?
As name lovers we are certain to develop our taste and style. We have our favorites, lists, and combos.
My question is have you found the perfect name/sibset? Is this the name you know you are going to use? Or do you have a favorite of the moment and it changes occasionally? How long have you loved this name?
Also, do you have favorite list of names or do you have the sibset planned ahead?
I’d love to hear your approach to naming.
Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,
Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.
This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.
It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.
Meaning: “Little bear.”
Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla
Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.
In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)
Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.
This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.
Meaning: “Able to survive.”
Pronunciation: (ZOH-suh-muhs) Listen
Nicknames: Zo, Zosi
Detail: A Greek name derived from zosimos meaning “viable” or “likely to survive”.
This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
Nicknames: Eki, Coco
Detail: Means “echo” from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek eche “sound”.
In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
Meaning: “River that inspires poetic talent.”
Pronunciation: (ah-RAHK-see); (AH-rah-zee)
Nicknames: Raxi, Ara, Ari
Detail: Feminine form of the male Arax, from the name of a river (also called the Aras) which flows through Armenia, said to inspire poetic expression.
Meaning: “Below the Forest.”
Nicknames: Susi, Suvi, Suki, Silvi
Detail: Susilva is a main belt asteroid, named for Susi, schoolmate of the discoverer.
Possibly from the combination of the Latin sus meaning “below” and from the Latin silva “wood, forest.”
Meaning: “Sapphire, blue gemstone.”
Pronunciation: (sah-FEER-ah); (sah-FAHY-rah)
Nicknames: Saph, Saphi, Safa, Phira
Detail: Sapphira was a character in Acts in the New Testament.
In the book Eragon, the main character’s blue dragon is named Saphira.
Sapphire gemstone is the birthstone for the month of September.