Greek mythology; goddess of the hunt, wild animals, etc.
French, place name
Welsh; place name related to the myth of King Arthur
Hindi; meaning “man from the red earth”
Latin; meaning “person of earth”
Hindi; meaning “sandalwood”
Greek mythology: goddess of flower
Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
Latin; place name
Greek mythology; meaning “earth mother”
Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
Greek mythology; a “dryad” i.e. tree nymph
Chinese; meaning “earth”
Roman mythology: goddess of flowers and the spring
Greek mythology; meaning: “earth”
English; meaning “hollow valley”
Sanskrit; meaning “small earth”
German; meaning “yew wood”
Welsh; meaning “person of earth”
Hawaiian; meaning “heavenly flower”
Japanese; meaning “land + person”
English; meaning “wood, forest”
Roman mythology; deity of the woods
English; meaning “land, earth”
Slavic mythology; god of earth/waters/underworld
Celtic mythology; god of vegetation…
Latin; meaning “earth”
Ebner: German; meaning
“dweller on a flat piece of land”
Garland: English; meaning
Harlan: English; meaning
Yarley: English: meaning
Zeman: Czech; meaning
Not a complete list, but hopefully good for
I didn’t add every single flower or plant or animal,
etc.—the list would be ridiculous—just my favorites. Feel free to look up any
others you may like (example: food, minerals, flowers, animals except birds),
and add them on here!
Actual white people baby names I have encountered in the wild, part 1
(to preface, I am in no way trying to make fun of the children. white people just have this really, really odd tendency to come up with really, really peculiar names. i am a white people. i understand we are ridiculous with the way we choose names. please enjoy the cringe as much as i have, but never, ever mock a child for their name. they didn’t pick it.)
Vanellope (i kid you not, like the girl from Wreck-It Ralph)
Kili (yes, like the dwarf)
Kylynn (encountered this twice)
and my favorite
siblings Cagalli and Athrum, which are apparently based off anime characters who are lovers, except Athrum is supposed to be with an “n” not an “m”?
Y’all, as a white people who will one day name babies, I’m sorry on behalf of white people who name babies.
Hannah - Hannah wanted a child and begged the Lord to give her one. In return she promised to raise the child dedicated to the Lord. He answered her prayer and gave her a son. She followed through on the promise - and her son grew up to be Samuel, one of the most influential and godly men in the Bible.
Abigail - Abigail was married to a self-centered, wicked man named Nabal. He denied hospitality to David and angered him. Abigail went to David trying to calm him to prevent a fight (and thus protect her household) and was successful. After hearing that it was his wife and not himself who saved his household, Nabal died of shock and Abigail married David who saw her for who she was, a very strong woman.
Esther - Esther was a Jewish woman married to a king. The King chose her through a contest and did not know she was a Jew, neither was she allowed to go before him without invitation. In fact, doing so without invitation meant death. The King’s right hand, a wicked man called Haman, planned to kill all Jews. When Esther found out, she bravely decided to go before the king uninvited to save her people. She did so cleverly by inviting him for a meal and was successful.
Lois - see Eunice
Eunice - Eunice was the mother and Lois the grandmother of Timothy. While they’re only briefly mentioned in the bible, we know that Timothy learned many things from them and can conclude that they were caring, loving women who raised him to be a faithful student of God’s word.
Mary - You are likely familiar with her story: An angel appeared to her, announcing she had been chosen to give birth as a virgin and she gave birth in a stable - to Jesus!
Ruth - Ruth’s first husband died before they had a child. She loved her mother-in-law and left her homeland to follow
her, declaring “Your people will be my people and your God my God “. Her loyalty to Ruth and to God brought rich rewards and attracted Boaz who marries her. Through her family line came King David and ultimately Jesus.
Elizabeth - As a childless woman, Elizabeth prayed for a baby. The Lord answered her prayer and she gave birth John the Baptist, whom Jesus called the greatest of all men. Remarkably, she recognized the unborn Jesus as the Messiah while the pregnant Mary visits her!
Hagar - Hagar was a surrogate for the infertile Sarah. After she gave birth, Sarah chased her away into the wilderness. But God provided for her and her son and she kept her faith despite her difficult life circumstances.
Magdalena - Jesus delivered Mary Magdalena from seven demons. She became a devoted follower of Him and supported His ministry financially. Later, she was the first who saw Him after He had risen from death!
Puah - See Shiphrah
Shiphrah - She and Puah were two midwives who feared God, and helped prevent the murder of Hebrew male children by the Egyptians, and thus the genocide of the Hebrew people!
Keziah - The bible doesn’t tell us much about her except that she received a equal inheritance from her father which was unusual at that time, so many see her name as a symbol for equality as it’s likely that she was a strong woman who fighted for it!