Due this month and completely lost!

[name]Hi[/name] there everyone” you might have seen my previous post where I was looking for tree/wood names, and I hope it”s O.K. but I decided to start a new one because I need much more help than I ever even realized! My hubby and I are having an impossible time choosing a name for our baby girl, due [name]January[/name] 31. It is tradition in both of our families to give names that have strong personal meaning to the parents. Here are some of our options:

  • Italian names
  • Names related to the months of [name]December[/name] or [name]January[/name] (specifically New Year”s [name]Eve[/name] and/or New Year”s itself, but that seems pretty impossible to come by)
  • Names related to winter
  • Names that mean something along the lines of special, one of a kind, etc.
  • Tree or wood names
  • Names containing as many of the following letters as possible:
    a, c, e, h, i, j, m, n, o, s, t, w, y

So far our strongest contender is [name]Amethyst[/name], but somehow it doesn”t seem right” does anyone have additional suggestions?

That’s a tall order! The best I can help with are Italian and Tree/Nature names:

  1. Italian Names- [name]Siena[/name], [name]Allegra[/name], [name]Caprice[/name], [name]Valentina[/name], [name]Ottavia[/name], [name]Andrea[/name] (and-ray-uh) [name]Kaylin[/name], [name]Marta[/name], [name]Paolina[/name], and [name]Giulia[/name].
  2. Tree Names- [name]Leaf[/name], [name]Iris[/name], [name]Aspen[/name], [name]Ash[/name], [name]Laurel[/name], [name]Adair[/name], [name]Willow[/name], [name]Sage[/name], [name]Sequoiah[/name], [name]Juniper[/name], and Lindin.
    Those are my suggestions! My Personal faves:
  3. [name]Sienna[/name], [name]Giulia[/name], and [name]Paolina[/name]
  4. [name]Willow[/name], [name]Juniper[/name], and [name]Sage[/name]
    hope this helps! best of luck!

Italian names - I love so many! I’ll get around to posting a list a little later, hopefully :slight_smile:

[name]December[/name]/[name]January[/name]/winter names :
[name]Demeter[/name] - the grieving Greek goddess who caused winter
[name]Nieves[/name] - Spanish name meaning ‘snows’
[name]Nova[/name] - new
In a blog a little while ago, Nameberry suggested using the month gems for [name]December[/name] and [name]January[/name] ([name]Turquoise[/name] and [name]Garnet[/name]), the flowers ([name]Narcissa[/name] and [name]Camellia[/name]), or any name meaning red, which strikes up [name]Christmas[/name]-esque feelings ([name]Scarlett[/name], [name]Ruby[/name], [name]Garnet[/name] again, [name]Sienna[/name] at a stretch, and the lovely [name]Poppy[/name], which can also be a nn for [name]Penelope[/name]).

Special/one of a kind :
Abeni - an [name]African[/name] name meaning “we asked for her, and behold, we got her”
I think names invented for literature could be used to convey this, too, as they are very rarely used on real people - examples are Belphoebe, [name]Undine[/name]/[name]Ondine[/name], Eponine, [name]Fantine[/name], [name]Cosette[/name], [name]Lalage[/name], [name]Orinthia[/name] and [name]Pollyanna[/name], but there are many more.

Tree/wood names :
[name]Arethusa[/name] - a wood nymph
[name]Daphne[/name] - in Greek mythology she turned into a laurel tree in order to escape [name]Apollo[/name]
[name]Ilana[/name] - means oak
[name]Melia[/name] - Greek for ash tree
Ornella - a name from Italian literature (La Figlia di Jorio), meaning flowering ash tree

Names containing some of the letters :
(Italian names which I could think of off the top of my head)
[name]Mona[/name] (nice as a nn for [name]Ramona[/name] or [name]Pomona[/name], in my opinion)
I can’t say that I’m particularly enthralled with any of them, though …

Good luck!

[name]Angelica[/name]: Italian, Meaning: angelic, Angels= [name]Christmas[/name]= [name]December[/name]
[name]Angelina[/name] would be the same…

[name]Antonella[/name]: Meaning: “first born”

[name]Ariana[/name]: Meaning: “most holy”

[name]Bianca[/name]: Meaning: “white”, white = snow!

[name]Carina[/name]: Meaning: “dear little one”

[name]Eleonora[/name]: Meaning: “bright, shining one” (like the lights around christmas time)

[name]Gemma[/name]: Meaning: “precious stone”

[name]Honora[/name]: Meaning: “woman of honor”

[name]Lucia[/name]: Meaning: “light”

[name]Milana[/name]: Meaning: “from [name]Milan[/name]”

[name]Rosa[/name]: Meaning: “rose, a flower”

[name]Serafina[/name]: Italian version of [name]Seraphina[/name] (an angel)

[name]Viviana[/name]: Meaning: “life”

I think you are making it unnecessarily difficult by having SO many rules. Are there any names you just like? Maybe do [name]Amethyst[/name] as a middle very pretty.

I like [name]Giada[/name] for you. It means [name]Jade[/name] so does double duty on a nature plus Italian theme.

[name]Giada[/name] [name]Neve[/name] would be my choice!

I ditto [name]Arethusa[/name], the way I pron. it is [name]Air[/name]-eh-THOO-suh although I could be totally off base as I don’t speak Latin! :slight_smile:

[name]Cedar[/name] and [name]Sequoia[/name] are both trees with red wood. Also the [name]Holly[/name] tree, which has a very wintry feel. [name]Arethusa[/name] [name]Holly[/name] is, [name]IMO[/name], very pretty :slight_smile:

Other names dealing with woods:
[name]Berkeley[/name] - of English origin, “From the [name]Birch[/name] [name]Wood[/name]”
[name]Brazil[/name] - Spanish origin, a type of wood
Emsley - English origin, “From the [name]Elm[/name] Woods”
[name]Huon[/name] - a type of Japanese pine, pron. “HUE-on”
Mulan - Japanese origin, “[name]Wood[/name] orchid”
[name]Sawyer[/name] - English origin, “Woodcutter”
[name]Timber[/name] - literally means [name]Wood[/name]
[name]Waverly[/name] - English origin, “From the Brushwood [name]Field[/name]”
[name]Yardley[/name] - “From the [name]Wood[/name] [name]Field[/name]”

Shakespearean names (satisfying the letter requirements):
[name]Desdemona[/name] - beautiful, but a sad meaning…
[name]Hermia[/name] - I like this a lot.
[name]Hero[/name] - [name]Love[/name] this!
Hippolyta - the beginning (Hippo-) might be problematic…
[name]Perdita[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name] this!

For names related to [name]December[/name]/[name]January[/name]/winter, I ditto:
[name]Garnet[/name], [name]Narcissa[/name], and [name]Camellia[/name].

I would add:
[name]Wynne[/name] (meaning white)
[name]Winifred[/name] ([name]Winter[/name], [name]Winifred[/name], same thing :wink: )
[name]Aviva[/name] (means [name]Spring[/name], Renewal) *
[name]Evangelia[/name] (bringer of good news) *
[name]Neo[/name]/[name]Neola[/name]/Neona (meaning New) *
Saveria (meaning New Home in Italian) *

    • I think these would work best in Italian.

Italian names:
[name]Cosima[/name]/[name]Cosma[/name] - Order
[name]Domani[/name] - Tomorrow (kind of New Year’s-y)
[name]Fiammetta[/name] - [name]Little[/name] [name]Flame[/name] (Flames = [name]Red[/name] = Holidays, especially Jewish because of the Menorah but works for Xmas too)
[name]Loretta[/name] - [name]Laurel[/name] (tree)
[name]Mirra[/name] - MEE-rah, meaning Myrrh (the herb brought before [name]Jesus[/name])
[name]Natalia[/name] - [name]Born[/name] on [name]Christmas[/name] day
[name]Renata[/name] - Reborn (New Year’s-y)
Rossa - [name]Red[/name]
[name]Rufina[/name] - [name]Red[/name]-headed
[name]Verdi[/name] - [name]Green[/name] (Christmassy)


I agree with this!

I understand that you have considerations that are important to you in picking a name (we all do), but I also think there’s a more visceral level to the name selection process; you either take to a name or you don’t. I think in many ways, you’re working in the wrong direction. You’re starting an analytical search for names that meet certain criteria on paper and then feeling disappointed when those names don’t speak to you. I recommend starting over: throw out the list of rules and forget about it. Start looking and listening for names and start a new list of names that you’re drawn to for whatever reason, even if it doesn’t seem like they have any personal significance to you whatsoever. Let those names lead you to new, related names. Have fun with it; if you’re in doubt about a name, add it to the list anyway. Then, when the list feels long enough, sit down with it and see what really stands out. Then come back to the parameters you laid out here and see if you can’t find a good combo to pull it all together. You might be surprised to find the name you come to love coincidentally ends up having that personal significance you weer looking for in the first place, even if you didn’t know it.

[name]How[/name] about an Italian word with meaning?

[name]Annata[/name]- “year’s time”
[name]Nevata[/name]- “snowfall”
[name]Violetta[/name]- “violet”
[name]Callaia[/name]- “passage”
[name]Calia[/name]- “gold dust”
[name]Cala[/name]- “cove, bay”
[name]Aria[/name]- “air”
[name]Cielo[/name]- “sky”

I also love Italian place names:
[name]Italia[/name](nn [name]Tali[/name] or [name]Talia[/name])

And my favorite Italian girls’ names:

[name]Carina[/name]-means “dearest”
[name]Cara[/name] [name]Mia[/name]- means “my dear”

[name]Hope[/name] that helps! :slight_smile: