Olallie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Chinook (A Native American people inhabiting the Pacific Northwest)

Meaning: “Berries.”

Pronunciation: (oh-LAH-leh); (oh-LAH-lee)

Nicknames: Olla, Olli, Lali, Lala

Detail: The Olallieberry is grown mainly on the Northwest Coast of the United States and Canada. This cross between a Youngberry and a Loganberry has a distinctive, sweet flavor and resembles a large, elongated Blackberry. It’s delicious both fresh and cooked and makes excellent jams and jellies.

Variations:

  • Olalla
  • Olallie
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Huckleberry


Gender: Masculine

Origin: American

Meaning: “Humble.”

Pronunciation: (HUHK-uhl-ber-ee)

Nicknames: Huck

Detail: Both in agriculture and in the American vocabulary, the huckleberry has been humble. In 1800s America, huckleberry meant “a small thing.”

Huckleberry was chosen for the title role in one of the most well-known American novels, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”