Saturday, March 04, 2006

Behind the name


If you enjoy choosing names by meaning, Behind the Name is not only a useful site but an accurate one. (Both my name and my daughter's name (Joyce and Kathryn) are often misdefined in baby name books as being related to "joyous" and "pure", neither of which is correct. This site traces both back accurately.)

Name Translator translates a name into a different nationality (with lots of options to choose from).

Random Name Generator generates names from the database for many nationalities, historical periods and structures (eg, first name with 0, 1, 2, or 3 middle names).

Name Themes gives you a list of names based on meaning or other connection (musicians, sports stars, etc.)

For example, here's the list for "blue":
AZURE f English
AZZURRA f Italian
CYAN f English
KHAJAG m Armenian
LIVIUS m Ancient Roman
NEELA f Indian
NILA f Indian
QING f Chinese
SHYAM m Indian, Hindu Mythology
SINI f Finnish
SUNIL m Indian
THANH m & f Vietnamese
and "firey":
AODH m Irish, Scottish
AZAR f Iranian
BASTET f Egyptian Mythology
BRENTON m English
CINÁED m Scottish
CONLETH m Irish
FIAMMETTA f Italian
FINTAN m Irish
HOURIG f Armenian
HUO m & f Chinese
IGNATIUS m
JOASH m Biblical
NINA (3) f Native American
OGNYAN m Bulgarian
PLAMEN m Bulgarian
PYRRHUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
SHULA f Arabic
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