Naming after Sol

[name]Hi[/name] Berries! DH and I just found those two magical pink lines and we’re all aflutter! Dr. appointment tomorrow to confirm, but in the meantime, this name nerd needs to get her game on. The challenge? [name]Sol[/name] [name]Levin[/name].

With a name like that, you can probably tell we’re Jewish (ashkenazi) and that means naming babies after the departed. Papa [name]Sol[/name] (as we called him) was my grandfather, a southern lawyer with an outrageous sense of humor who passed away a few years ago. We chose to name after him in particular because all of DH’s grandparents have already been named after and we think it’ll mean the world to [name]Sol[/name]'s wife, my lovely grandmother.

Some name details: [name]Sol[/name] was not short for [name]Solomon[/name] (although his Hebrew name was [name]Shlomo[/name]) and he had no middle name. He was, himself, named after someone in the family tree and he wasn’t a big fan of his name. [name]Nor[/name] did he believe that naming after people had to be strict or rigid. He was cool with getting creative, in other words.

So I’m interested in S- names, So- names for both boys and girls, but I’m not strict about it. [name]Sol[/name] in spanish means sun, so we could play with that meaning. [name]Shlomo[/name] means peace. And [name]Levin[/name] is a derivative of [name]Levi[/name], the Israelite tribe of priests. [name]Levi[/name] means “joined, attached”, while similar [name]Lev[/name] means lion. Stylistically, I love vintage gem names. But I know that a bowl of berries can come up with many more ideas than I can on my own. So thanks for reading and if you have any ideas at all, I’d love to read them!


[name]Annie[/name] - I wish you all the best at the doctors tomorrow. I know that many of these names might not be perfect, but I thought I’d throw them out there. Hopefully they will spark some inspiration in you, and the other Berries. My personal favorite would be [name]Estelle[/name] and [name]Leander[/name] but those might not appeal to you at all.

Girls names that start with So-:
[name]Sophie[/name]/a ([name]Wisdom[/name])
[name]Sonia[/name]/ya ([name]Wisdom[/name]) - I kind of like this one because [name]Sonya[/name] always seemed like a very sunny name to me. [name]Wisdom[/name] and peace also seem to go hand in hand for me.
[name]Sosie[/name] ([name]Lily[/name])
[name]Sonata[/name] ([name]Music[/name])
[name]Sondra[/name] (form of [name]Sandra[/name] ->[name]Alexandra[/name] -> defender of mankind)
[name]Soleil[/name] (sun in french) - this might be a little on the nose.
[name]Solana[/name] (sunshine in spanish) - this might also be a little on the nose.

Girls names that start with S-:
[name]Stella[/name] ([name]Star[/name]) - might be nice since the [name]Sun[/name] ([name]Sol[/name]) is a [name]Star[/name]. Other options would be [name]Estella[/name]/e
[name]Salome[/name] - I like [name]Salome[/name] as it is similar to [name]Sol[/name] and was derived from [name]Shalom[/name].

Themed Girls names:
[name]Eirene[/name] or [name]Irene[/name]/a

Boys names that start with So-:
[name]Sonny[/name] (son)

Boys names that start with S-:
[name]Shiloh[/name] (he who is to be sent)
[name]Sheldon[/name] (valley with steep sides)
[name]Severin[/name] (serious)
[name]Stellan[/name] (meaning unknown - possibly calm)

Themed Boy’s names:
[name]Beacon[/name] (light from sunlight)

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It’s perfect for you, starts with S, ‘sun’ related, he wrestled a lion, and there’s so much to learn from his story! [name]Samson[/name] would be wonderful ^^
And you could call him [name]Sonny[/name]/[name]Sunny[/name].

Thanks for all the responses!

@lexiem, wow what a list. I love [name]Estelle[/name], but DH thinks it’s “too trendy”? Meanwhile, he thinks [name]Stella[/name] is “sounds like an old lady”? I mean, really? Isn’t it the other way around to the average ear? Bizarre. So two more hopefuls are vetoed.

I’ve loved [name]Sofia[/name] for a long time–the meaning (wisdom is nice for a lawyer), the “So-” beginning, the sound. Gorgeous. But I can’t imagine choosing a name that’s that popular. It could make for an incredible middle, though, now that you mention it. And if that’s the case, the first name could be anything at all. That’s fun!

I also think that [name]Sunny[/name] (you mentioned [name]Sonny[/name]) could be a cute nickname for a little girl. Maybe if we went with [name]Sonia[/name]–that could work. Yes, I’m yet another berry with a penchant for hearty vintage-gem names with spunky nicknames. (After all, my name’s [name]Stephanie[/name] and I like to go by [name]Annie[/name].)

For boys, I also love [name]Stellan[/name]. (What is with me and the “stell” names?) But DH vetoed immediately–“That’s not a name”. [name]Le[/name] sigh.

@dearest, [name]Samson[/name] is a great idea too! I’m not in love with “[name]Sam[/name]” or “[name]Sammy[/name]” as a nickname (a little too run-of-the-mill for me, I think), but again it could be a great middle name. I love the meaning. Though it was the name of an ex-boyfriend’s dog. Is that weird?

I have another idea for a boy, maybe you guys can tell me if it is too much of a stretch? [name]Miles[/name] [name]Oliver[/name]. Let’s put it this way: mileSOLiver. His hebrew name could be [name]Lev[/name] [name]Shlomo[/name], an obvious take on [name]Sol[/name] [name]Levin[/name]. And the middle part of O-liv-er sounds like “[name]Lev[/name]”. Of course, the “olive tree” meaning and “peace” go hand in hand. I’d call him [name]Milo[/name] for short. But it’s a huge stretch, any other ideas would be very welcome.

Any ideas for a girlie vintage gem name (that could work with a spunky nickname) that would work with [name]Sonia[/name] or [name]Sofia[/name] as a middle?

[name]Sol[/name] (pronounced “sole” rather than like the beginning of [name]Solomon[/name]) is a Spanish word-name, generally paired with [name]Maria[/name]. I’ve known 2 [name]Maria[/name] Sols who went by [name]Sol[/name] (both were Ecuadorian.)

Is [name]Levin[/name] his surname or your own family surname as well? Because if you’ve got an L- surname, a fn/mn combo with S O initials could give the initials [name]SOL[/name], which would be a different but lovely way to honour.

Something [name]Sophie[/name] [name]Olivia[/name] would be my pick to honour: You’ve got the So- start and the -liv- for the [name]Levin[/name] part, and if you’ve an L- surname then initials work well too. Or if you like [name]Sonia[/name] better, [name]Sonia[/name] [name]Olive[/name].

[name]Miles[/name] [name]Oliver[/name] is a stretch but it’s up to you whether you think it’s too far of a stretch to count as properly honouring or not.

I love [name]Sonia[/name] [name]Olive[/name]! Super cute. And in addition to [name]Sunny[/name], [name]Solly[/name] could be a nickname too–and that’s what close friends and family called my grandfather. And that’s kinda similar to vintage [name]Sally[/name]–so maybe it’s not so crazy as a nn for a little girl? What do you think?

I’m definitely putting that on my list. Brilliant! [name]Sophie[/name] [name]Olivia[/name] or [name]Sofia[/name] [name]Olive[/name] are also gorgeous, but I don’t think I could use a first name that’s that close to the top ten list.

[name]Levin[/name] was actually his surname–I thought referencing that might open the door to more honoring ideas. The baby’s surname will be Katz.

oops–duplicate post!

My oldest has a friend named [name]Sol[/name]. Sweet kid. :slight_smile:

[name]Soleil[/name] for a girl maybe?

Also, [name]Levi[/name] came to mind.