*So at the last minute I had a change of heart 😉
I like short and simple names as a rule. Maybe simple isn’t the right word to use, rather, uncomplicated names. Two such names have been on my mind quite a bit recently so it seems apt to talk about them now. Like the names, this particular post is a short and sweet guide through these short and sweet names.
The first name I want to talk about is Aminta.
We were likely first formally introduced to this name in Torquato Tasso’s 1573 play, Aminta – but it’s worth noting that the eponymous character was male. Tasso was likely influenced by the the Greek male name Amintor, which is a slight variation of the Ancient Greek name Amyntor. This name is likely to derive from the Greek amuntôr, which means defender. One of the first times this name was given to a female was in 1701 when she used used for a character in a poem.
Many do peg the name Aminta as a short form of, or related to the name Araminta – a name oft seen in the London Telegraph Birth Announcements.
A similar name to Aminta is Amini, which is a Swahili name meaning fidelity, reliability and devotion.
As for our second name, it’s Lotte. The name Charlotte is pretty popular right now – especially in the States – and I’ve seen Lotte a few times on the Continent. Last year the Dutchman Jaap Fresco welcomed a daughter named Lotte Esmee, whilst Heidi Lanaerts welcomed a little girl named Bonnie Lotta.
Lotte is the short form of Liselotte and Charlotte. Pronounced either LAH-tee, LAH-tah; the latter pronunciation being similar to how you would say Lottie. A slightly similar name to Lotte is Lotus, a flower sacred in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
The name Lot is a Biblical name, deriving from Hebrew and meaning wrap closely. In the Bible, Lot was a male, moreover the husband of a lady who was turned into a pillar of salt when she glanced back at Sodom.
A potential problem is that the assumed spelling would likely be Lottie, rather than Lotte. In a recent episode of Pointless, there was a lady named Lotti – but still likely to be a short form of Charlotte. Either way I’m kind of attracted to Lotte, more so thatn I have ever been to Charlotte.