Inspire Me! [Based on Interests/Hobbies - Girls]

Hi berries!

I’m in a bit of a name slump of what feels like epic proportions–I have not gone this long without feeling inspired by new names. It may, in part, be due to how long I’ve been around name forums like Nameberry, or maybe I’m just not as obsessed with names anymore, I couldn’t say? I got to thinking, though, that maybe inspiration was much more likely to come if I search by things and interests I truly love, rather than just a specific style. [name_f]My[/name_f] name list is more organized by this anyway–love of family, hobbies, interests, religion, etc.–so it stands to reason that it would be a much more successful approach. (And if it flops, well, I’m no worse for wear, lol.)

So, what names would you suggest for someone who has these interests, hobbies, and affinities:

Languages (Portuguese, [name_u]French[/name_u], Russian, Danish, and Hebrew have extra significance)
Literature (think [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m], [name_u]Austen[/name_u], [name_m]Dumas[/name_m], [name_m]Hugo[/name_m], Dickens, [name_u]Wilde[/name_u], etc.)
Classical [name_f]Music[/name_f]
Christianity (big inspiration here–I love both rare Bible names and names that have meanings reminiscent of my faith, like [name_f]Tessa[/name_f], [name_f]Liliana[/name_f], [name_f]Evangeline[/name_f], [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f], and [name_f]Arabella[/name_f], and even reformers, missionaries, martyrs, etc.)
Family (this would be uber hard to predict, but any unexpected ways to honor the names K@ren, J0hn, R0bert, Arl3ne, R3becca, E!leen, Gr@ce, N@talie, [name_f]Rut[/name_f].h, Ma3, etc. are welcome)
Wild adventures (think epic adventures like LOTR/Narnia, swashbuckling sword fights…)

Anyway. Pick one interest, pick them all, and suggest a some fun and unexpected ways to honor them? Looking forward to your ideas, berries!

Thank you!


So sorry you hit a slump, it can be so annoying. Here are some suggestions. [name_f]Hope[/name_f] it helps!

[name_f]Alice[/name_f] - [name_u]French[/name_u] and literary
[name_m]Bastien[/name_m] - a character from one of [name_m]Mozart[/name_m]'s operas, common in [name_f]France[/name_f]
[name_f]Lyra[/name_f] - means lyre (musical instrument) and a constellation
[name_f]Elinor[/name_f] - [name_u]Austen[/name_u] character an common in northern Europe (winter feel for me)
[name_f]Daphne[/name_f] - means laurel tree
[name_f]Dahlia[/name_f] - a flower name
[name_m]Edmond[/name_m] - [name_m]Dumas[/name_m] character (one of my favorites!)
[name_m]Edmund[/name_m] - a character in [name_f]Narnia[/name_f] and in one of [name_u]Austen[/name_u]'s stories
[name_f]Charlotte[/name_f], [name_f]Florence[/name_f] - cities
[name_f]Eva[/name_f] - Portuguese and biblical
Marianne - Hebrew and French, biblical, Austen’s character, name of the figure that symbolizes the France and therefore represent the values of freedom, equality and fraternity

[name_m]Just[/name_m] realized I dit boys and girls on the same post, sorry

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Ren for [name_f]Karen[/name_f]? :slight_smile:

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Hope these help.

  • [name_u]Aki[/name_u] - means autumn in Japanese
  • [name_u]Alani[/name_u] - could honor Arl3ne; means orange tree in Hawaiian
  • [name_f]Ana[/name_f] - could honor Gr@ce; means gr@ce; Spanish
  • [name_f]Ann[/name_f] - could honor Gr@ce; means gr@ce
  • [name_f]Annika[/name_f] - could honor Gr@ce; means gr@ce; Swedish
  • [name_f]Anya[/name_f] - could honor Gr@ce; means gr@ce; Russian
  • [name_f]Apricity[/name_f] - means the warmth of the sun in winter
  • [name_f]Calanthe[/name_f] - [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] orchid in Greek
  • [name_f]Carina[/name_f] - could honor K@ren; [name_f]Carina[/name_f] is a Constellation in the [name_u]Southern[/name_u] sky, one of the four parts of the [name_m]Argo[/name_m] (ship) constellation; means dear little one, beloved, pretty, cute, pure, keel of a ship; Karina is the Scandinavian, German, Polish & Russian form of K@ren
  • [name_f]Edelweiss[/name_f] - type of flower
  • [name_f]Eira[/name_f] - means snow in Welsh
  • [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] - could honor E!leen; means elm, elm tree in Cornish
  • [name_u]Everest[/name_u] - could represent nature, wild adventures, travel, literature, history
  • [name_f]Gwyneira[/name_f] - means white snow in Welsh
  • [name_f]Hannah[/name_f] - could honor Gr@ce; means gr@ce; Hebrew
  • [name_f]Lena[/name_f] - could honor E!leen & Arl3ne
  • [name_f]Lumi[/name_f] - means snow in Finnish, Estonian; means river in Albanian
  • [name_u]Matsu[/name_u] - means pine tree in Japanese
  • [name_f]Naomi[/name_f] - could honor N@talie & M@e
  • [name_f]Olympia[/name_f] - could represent nature, wild adventures, travel, literature, history
  • [name_f]Rena[/name_f] - could honor K@ren; Hebrew
  • [name_f]Rina[/name_f] - could honor K@ren; means peace; Italian, Dutch, Russian
  • [name_u]Robin[/name_u] - could honor R0bert; type of bird
  • [name_f]Talvi[/name_f] - snow in Finnish
  • Wïnïkᴀ - [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] orchid in Maori

Oooh, here are some random ones I can think of, may or may not have already been considered, but:

[name_f]Araceli[/name_f] (“altar in the sky”)
[name_u]Halley[/name_u] (;))

I’m sure I’ll be back with more!


Oh, yes, yes, yes! Thank you berries! Definitely not out of the slump yet, but this has been much more successful than previous “inspire me!” attempts. :rofl:

@Camelia - Thank you! [name_f]Lyra[/name_f] is one I’ve definitely been toying with. I love the tie to the constellation. I identify with [name_f]Elinor[/name_f] Dashwood more than any other [name_u]Austen[/name_u] character–I love her!–but am already pretty committed to the [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] spelling. Either way, love the name, though! [name_f]Eva[/name_f] is already on the list as a nn for [name_f]Evangeline[/name_f]; I may need to reconsider [name_m]Bastien[/name_m]/Bastian/Sebastian and [name_f]Daphne[/name_f]. :heart: (Ugh, oh how I wish I loved [name_m]Edmond[/name_m]/Edmund because I absolutely adore all three of those ties.) Thanks again!

@shells15 - [name_f]Calanthe[/name_f] [name_u]Maria[/name_u] [name_f]Noelle[/name_f] is in consideration, nn [name_f]Annie[/name_f]. I like it a lot but it almost seems to ethereal for me? I’m not as keen on [name_f]Carina[/name_f] but love [name_f]Cara[/name_f], which has a similar principle. :heart: [name_f]Hannah[/name_f] is a big, big honor name, but I’d only ever use it as a middle. Thank you!

@leafsgirl44 - thank you dear. :heart: [name_f]Plum[/name_f], [name_f]Eliza[/name_f], [name_f]Mireille[/name_f], [name_f]Maddalena[/name_f], [name_u]Halle[/name_u], [name_f]Ksenia[/name_f], etc. are my favorites. I so need to fit [name_f]Plum[/name_f] in as a middle somewhere. :heart: You know (at least I think you do!) that [name_u]Eden[/name_u], [name_f]Adele[/name_f], [name_u]Aquila[/name_u], Lærke, etc., are big favorites. I’m reconsidering [name_f]Ariela[/name_f], [name_f]Odette[/name_f], [name_f]Plum[/name_f], and [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] because of you! :heart: And maybe [name_f]Galilea[/name_f] as a middle!

@Greyblue - thank you, love! Big big yes to [name_f]Adele[/name_f] (too bad she’s already on my list, and I can’t add her multiple times! haha), [name_f]Vienna[/name_f], [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] (crushing so hard on her lately!), . I’ll be considering [name_f]Cosette[/name_f], [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f], [name_m]Cornelius[/name_m] (eh, [name_f]Cornelia[/name_f] just doesn’t do it for me, le sigh), and [name_f]Mira[/name_f], too. [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] and [name_f]Eleni[/name_f] are already on my list, too. :heart:

I welcome anyone else to jump in; [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], [name_f]Odette[/name_f], [name_f]Vienna[/name_f], [name_f]Calanthe[/name_f], and [name_f]Lyra[/name_f] are now maybes. :heart:


I hope you feel inspired by some of these! Sorry for any repeats.

I only know names in the other languages that you most likely already know and have an opinion on, but having lived in Denmark for eight years, I know a few that may inspire you:

  • Elsebeth - Danish version of [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]
  • Gro (Gr-O with the O as in the word “over”) - Viking name common in Denmark meaning to grow
  • Hanne (Han-EH) - Danish version of [name_f]Hannah[/name_f].
  • Henriette - Danish feminisation of [name_m]Henry[/name_m]
  • Mette (MET-eh) - Name of current Danish PM
  • Liv (means “life”)
  • Revna - Viking name meaning “[name_u]Raven[/name_u]”. Connected to Norse god [name_m]Odin[/name_m] and his two ravens, and thereby associated with wisdom and leadership.
  • Saga
  • Tommelise ([name_m]Tom[/name_m]-er-lease-eh) - Name used by [name_m]Hans[/name_m] [name_u]Christian[/name_u] [name_m]Andersen[/name_m] in one of his fairytales.

[name_f]Amaya[/name_f] - One meaning is “mother city” or “capital”
[name_f]Brigid[/name_f] - Patron saint of travelers
[name_f]Freya[/name_f] - After explorer and cartographer [name_f]Freya[/name_f] [name_u]Stark[/name_u]
[name_f]Gaetana[/name_f] - Place name
[name_f]Genoveva[/name_f] - Place name
[name_f]Georgia[/name_f] - Place name
[name_f]Hester[/name_f] - After adventurer [name_f]Hester[/name_f] Stanhope
[name_f]Iona[/name_f] - Place name
[name_u]Jeanne[/name_u], [name_u]Jean[/name_u], [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f], [name_u]Joan[/name_u] - After explorer [name_u]Jeanne[/name_u] [name_u]Baret[/name_u]
[name_f]Milana[/name_f] - “From [name_u]Milan[/name_u]”
[name_u]Peregrine[/name_u] - Means “traveler”
[name_u]Romilly[/name_u]/Romy - “From [name_u]Rome[/name_u]”
[name_f]Venetia[/name_f] - Place name
[name_f]Viatrix[/name_f] - Means “female traveler”

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourite literary names:

  • Agatha ([name_f]Agatha[/name_f] [name_u]Christie[/name_u])
  • Alba (The Time [name_u]Traveler[/name_u]’s Wife)
  • Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Arwen (LotR)
  • Bella (Twilight)
  • Ceridwen (Meaning: “beautiful as a poem”)
  • Charmian (Shakesperian)
  • Daisy (The Great [name_m]Gatsby[/name_m])
  • Esme (after [name_f]Esme[/name_f] [name_m]Ross[/name_m]-[name_u]Langley[/name_u])
  • Galadriel (LotR)
  • Ginevra ([name_u]Harry[/name_u] [name_m]Potter[/name_m] Series)
  • Guinevere ([name_u]Legend[/name_u] of [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m])
  • Hester (The [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f] Letter)
  • Isolde ([name_u]Tristan[/name_u] and [name_f]Isolde[/name_f])
  • Jane ([name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u])
  • Millay (after [name_f]Edna[/name_f] St. [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] [name_f]Millay[/name_f])
  • Olwen ( Cuthwch and [name_f]Olwen[/name_f])
  • Ophelia (Shakesperian)
  • Rosalind (Shakesperian)
  • Sappho
  • Scarlett (Gone with the Wind)
  • Virginia ([name_f]Virginia[/name_f] [name_m]Woolf[/name_m])
  • Zola ([name_m]Emile[/name_m] [name_u]Zola[/name_u])

Classical [name_f]Music[/name_f]
[name_f]Amadea[/name_f] - Means “God’s beloved” and honours [name_m]Mozart[/name_m]
[name_f]Odette[/name_f] - From Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan [name_u]Lake[/name_u]

[name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] - After [name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] Gentilleschi
[name_f]Raphaela[/name_f] - Honours [name_m]Raphael[/name_m]

[name_f]Alma[/name_f] - Means “soul”
[name_f]Amadea[/name_f] - Means “God’s beloved” and honours [name_m]Mozart[/name_m]
[name_f]Arianell[/name_f] - Welsh saint with a very interesting backstory
[name_f]Inez[/name_f] - Honours the Virgin [name_f]Mary[/name_f]
[name_f]Iris[/name_f] - Means “rainbow” and is thereby reminiscent of God’s promise to [name_u]Noah[/name_u]
[name_f]Lucia[/name_f]/Lucrezia/Luz - Mean “light”. [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] is also a saint.
[name_f]Paloma[/name_f] - Means “dove”
[name_f]Solange[/name_f] - After the [name_m]Saint[/name_m]
[name_f]Xenia[/name_f] - [name_m]Saint[/name_m] Name
[name_f]Zipporah[/name_f] - Hebrew name, wife of [name_m]Moses[/name_m]

[name_f]Araluen[/name_f] - “place of the water lilies”
[name_u]Cataleya[/name_u] - “Cattley’s [name_f]Flower[/name_f]”
[name_u]Demeter[/name_u] - [name_f]Goddess[/name_f] of the [name_u]Harvest[/name_u]
[name_f]Gaia[/name_f] - “[name_f]Earth[/name_f] Mother”
[name_f]Idalia[/name_f] - “Behold the sun”
[name_f]Ilana[/name_f] - “[name_u]Oak[/name_u] Tree”
[name_f]Leilani[/name_f] - “[name_f]Heavenly[/name_f] [name_f]Flower[/name_f]”
Rasia - one meaning is “rose”
[name_f]Roisin[/name_f] - “[name_m]Little[/name_m] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]”
[name_f]Rosenwyn[/name_f] - “White [name_f]Rose[/name_f]”
[name_f]Shoshana[/name_f]/Susannah - Hebrew for “[name_f]Lily[/name_f]”
[name_f]Soleil[/name_f] - [name_u]French[/name_u] for “[name_f]Sun[/name_f]”
[name_u]Sora[/name_u] - [name_u]Sky[/name_u] or Conch [name_u]Shell[/name_u] (depending on language)
[name_f]Tama[/name_f] - "Date Palm Tree"¨
[name_f]Thallo[/name_f] - “Bringer of blossoms”
[name_f]Varsha[/name_f] - “[name_u]Rain[/name_u]”
[name_f]Winslet[/name_f] - “[name_u]Wynn[/name_u]’s [name_f]Channel[/name_f] or Stream”

[name_f]Anastasia[/name_f] - Russian [name_u]Royal[/name_u] Name
[name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] - [name_u]Painter[/name_u]
[name_f]Arsinoe[/name_f] - Name used by the Ptolomeian dynasty
[name_f]Azenor[/name_f] - 6th Century [name_m]Breton[/name_m] [name_f]Princess[/name_f] and mother of a saint
[name_f]Dido[/name_f] -
[name_f]Palantina[/name_f] - [name_m]Roman[/name_m] Tribe
[name_u]Seneca[/name_u] - [name_m]Roman[/name_m] Senator
[name_f]Semiramide[/name_f] - Assyrian [name_f]Queen[/name_f]
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f] - Russian [name_u]Royal[/name_u] Name


[name_f]Ianthe[/name_f] (“Purple [name_f]Flower[/name_f]”)
[name_f]Ione[/name_f] ([name_f]Violet[/name_f] gemstone)

[name_f]Winika[/name_f] - “[name_u]Christmas[/name_u] [name_f]Orchid[/name_f]”

Wild Adventures
Odyssea/Odysseah - Female version of the name [name_m]Odysseus[/name_m], reminiscent of the Odyssey.



Wow, wow, wow, this is above and beyond, lol, thank you!

I lovelove [name_f]Hanne[/name_f]–I feel like [name_f]Hannah[/name_f] would work much easier in [name_u]America[/name_u], but I love the Danish roots, and [name_f]Hannah[/name_f] itself honors my grandma and mom. I honestly should see if I can fit her in somewhere. Tommelise is interesting, too! I also love [name_f]Amaya[/name_f], [name_f]Brigid[/name_f] (I’ve been considering this already; I just don’t know where to put her, lol), [name_f]Georgia[/name_f], [name_u]Peregrine[/name_u] (although I’m considering this for a boy), [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] (recently re-added to my list!), [name_f]Esme[/name_f], [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f], [name_f]Odette[/name_f], [name_f]Ksenia[/name_f]/Xenia, [name_f]Ilana[/name_f], [name_u]Juniper[/name_u], [name_f]Tatiana[/name_f] (by relation, [name_f]Anastasia[/name_f] may be under consideration too), [name_u]Halle[/name_u] (love this, and I love that this is the first five letters of “hallelujah”, which I think is such a lovely sentiment!), etc. I’ll have to give these more thought, but I really appreciate your thought into this!

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Sorry for any repeats!

Madelyn - For M@e

Senna - For E!leen (Similar meanings of brightness and bright)

Lana - For @rl3ne

Anouk - For Gr@ce (Meaning grace)

Amara - Same thing as Anouk

Milena - Same thing as Amara, could also honor M@e as it contains all the letters

Rowena - For R0b3rt

Alya - For N@tal!e

Amorette - French, could honor M@e

Cordelia - Character in King Lear (Literature), meaning jewel of the sea (Nature), flower (Nature)

Kennedy - For K@ren

Ophelia - Character in Hamlet (Literature)

Luna - For @rl3ne, Astronomy related meaning, goddess of the moon (Roman mythology) (Nature)

Amaryllis - Flower, Winter (Christmas is during winter time), Christmas (Flower associated with it), Mythology (Roman mythology)

Violet - (Purple), (Flower), Means purple (French)

Bree - For R0bert

Druscilla - For Ruth

Arianna - For Arlene

Acacia - Nature, for Gr@ce

Lavender - Nature, Purple

Snowdrop - Nature, Winter/Snow

Hope this helps!

Thank you! Almost all of those honor names I’m not seeing the connection, but I appreciate the thought! :joy: [name_f]Anouk[/name_f] is the most likely of your suggestions, though; I’ve long loved it to honor my grandma (whose MN was Gr@c3). I like [name_f]Milena[/name_f] and [name_f]Amara[/name_f], too, but they don’t really feel like me? [name_f]Acacia[/name_f] is fascinating but I think I like [name_f]Acadia[/name_f] more. [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] and [name_f]Violet[/name_f] are lovely, but already on my list in [name_f]Ayla[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] and [name_f]Violet[/name_f] [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] _____ “[name_f]Lottie[/name_f]” atm. :heart:

Andromeda - constellation
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - fruit!
[name_f]Cordelia[/name_f] - Shakespearian heroine
[name_u]Echo[/name_u] - nymph in Greek mythology
[name_u]Hero[/name_u] - Shakespearian heroine
[name_f]Morgana[/name_f] - Arthurian legend
[name_u]Nevada[/name_u] - reminiscent of infinitive ‘to snow’ in Portuguese (nevar) and travel
[name_f]Venus[/name_f] - planet, [name_m]Roman[/name_m] name for [name_f]Aphrodite[/name_f], Birth of [name_f]Venus[/name_f] by Botticelli

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Thank you! [name_u]Echo[/name_u] and [name_u]Hero[/name_u] are definite options for middles. I also like [name_f]Clementina[/name_f], even though [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] itself isn’t something I am wowed by. I like [name_f]Morgana[/name_f] but I hear she’s not the best association? I’m still working my way through [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] haha.

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