Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

Nicknames: Squid, Squido

Detail: Formed from the combination of the English squid and from Old English weard meaning “guard”.

This name is now associated with Squidward Tentacles, one of the sea creatures from Spongebob Squarepants.

… April Fools 😉

Sufjan


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Armenian

Meaning: “Comes with his sword.”

Pronunciation: (SOOF-yahn)

Nicknames: Suf, Sufi

Detail: Famous bearer of this name is Abu Sufyan ibn al-Harith, a figure from early Islamic history and Sufjan Stevens, an American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Nootka


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Native American

Meaning: “Circling around.”

Pronunciation: (NOOT-kah)

Nicknames: Noot, Nutella

Detail: When James Cook (British explorer) first encountered the villagers at Yuquot in 1778, they directed him to “come around” (in their language “nootka”) with his ship to the harbour. Cook interpreted this as the name of their tribe. In 1981 the term Nuu-Chah-Nulth (meaning “all along the mountains”) was chosen as the new name of the tribe.

Kermit


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Son of one without envy; Son of a freeman.”

Pronunciation: (KUR-mit)

Nicknames: Kerm, Kermie, Kurt

Detail: From the Irish surname Mac Dhiarmaid, which means “son of Diarmaid”. Diarmaid (DEER-mid) means either “freeman” or “without envy” in Irish. Dermot would be English speaker friendly spelling of Diarmaid.

This name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.

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.”

Arlo


The Half Holiday, Alec home from school by Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English / Spanish / Germanic

Meaning: “A man, barberry tree, fortified hill.”

Pronunciation: (AR-loh)

Nicknames: Ar, Arl, Lo

Detail: There are several origins of the name:
An Italian variant of the German Charles meaning “man”
The Spanish word for the “barberry tree”
An Old English variant of Harlow, derived from the Anglo-Saxon words here and hlaw meaning “army hill”