Name List

10 Pokémon Names That Could Work IRL

I’ve been a fan of Pokémon since the original series back in the first region of Kanto. Since then the series has steadily worked through Johto; Hoenn; Sinnoh; Unova; and Kalos of the most recent Gen VI.

A friendly discussion exists between myself and another friend who enjoys the games of the merits of naming your captured pokémon: naturally, I do, whilst he firmly believes it to be a waste of his time.

Either way, I as was working my way through a Nuzlocke challenge in Leaf Green, I couldn’t help but wonder if any pokémon names could actually pass for ‘actual’ names.

1. Amaura

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Both Maura and Amaury are names – but not Amaura. This pokémon was only introduced in the latest games – X & Y – and evolves into Aurorus.

2. Roselia

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We can never have too many Rose names, right ? This one fits in amongst Rosie, Rosalie and Rosell. Roselia was introduced in Gen III, and also part of her evolution line are Budew and Roserade.

3. Magby

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A few years back I had a major crush on the name Magda, and this pokémon has a name that resembles my one-time love. Introduced in Gen II as a new Baby Pokémon type, Magby evolves into Magmar and then Magmortar.

4. Swanna

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People are starting to consider names such as Bear, Lion and Swan right now, but Swanna feels all the more appealing. Swanna was introduced in Gen V and evolves into Ducklett.

5. Marill / Azurill

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I’ve heard people refer to this pokémon as ‘Pikablu’, since it was Gen II’s answer to Pikachu. Azurill is the first form in the evolution line, followed by Marill (pictured) and then Azumarill.

6. Munna

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I know people are fond of Minna, so maybe they could love Munna ? This Gen V pokémon evolves into Musharna.

7. Chespin

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Chespin is the Grass started pokémon for Kalos (the region you can explore in Gen VI games X & Y); he evolves into Quilladin and then Chesnaught.

8. Starmie / Starly

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A joint ranking for Gen I Starmie and Gen IV Starly, for obvious reasons. Starmie is one of my favourite Gen I pokémon, but due the team constraints is often left in the PC in favour of my water starter, Squirtle; Starmie is the evolved form of Staryu.

Starly is Gen VI’s answer to Gen I’s Pidgey, and evolves into Staravia (stunning name) and then Staraptor (less stunning name).

9. Floette

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This pokémon comes from the newest generation, and is also part of the newest type of pokémon: fairy-type. Floette evolves from the hard-to-pronounced Flabébé, and will eventually evolve to Florges.

10. Delphox

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This name to me rather resembles a less delicate Delphine. Delphox is the final form of Gen VI fire starter Fennekin, with the middle evolution being Braixen.

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5 Awesome Double L Names


These kinds of posts are one of my favourites, even though it’s always hard to whittle down the names to the final five. This time around we’re looking at some names that have two of the letter ls in them, which is a wide open category so in the first instance I threw out the usual suspects, i.e. Lily ; Ellie ; Isabella.

1. Laurel

I have a close friend with this name and she is fiercely proud of it, and this has very much endeared the name Laurel to me. The name is ultimately a floral one, inspired by the laurel tree. The name of the laurel tree comes from the latin word, laurus.

There was an ancient practice, originating in ancient games occuring in Delphi, involving weaving bay leaves into crowns to place upon the heads of victors. This imagery was alluded to during the 2004 Summer Olympics when medal winners were presented with crowns made of olive branches.

The name Laurel sits in the 2012 England&Wales list at #1809, with only 7 girls given the name.

2. Molly

For me, there’s something very endearing about the name Molly, perhaps due to the Harry Potter character, Molly Weasley.

It also related to one of my all-time favourite words: mollycoddled, which means to treat someone in an overprotective way. Of course, when you look into the origins of the word, it doesn’t give us many reasons to like the name Molly:

  • the word originate from two parts circa the 19th century, the first being molly, which has a dual meaning of girl/prostitute.
  • the second, coddle, is older (suggested from as far back as the 16th century), most probably deriving as a dialect version of the now-obolete word caudle, which meant hot drink.

The name Molly is a mainstay favourite in England&Wales, having consistently ranked within the Top 50 since 1996, although she sadly seems to be tailing off at the moment, having fallen from a peak of #15 in 2001 to #46 in 2011 but, happily, she rose 7 places in the 2012 list, so she will be sticking around for a while longer.

The name Molly still has one over the name she originates from, given that Mary is now sitting down at #241. That’s a long way from her glory days, although Mary was last in the #1 spot in 1914, which is nigh on a century ago now. Sound-alike Polly sits just behind at #250 in the 2012 England&Wales data.

3. Camille

In some circles in the UK, the name Camilla still doesn’t carry much weight given the current Duchess of Cornwall. All the controversy surrounding Camilla is mostly before my time though, which is actually a long time ago now given I’ve recently hit the two decades mark.

I have a soft spot for Camille though, specifically the French pronunciation of the name: kah-mee. That rather negates the purpose of the list, given that the ls are actually silent, but most people in the English-speaking world will say them.

Of the two, Camilla is the more popular, sitting at #639 with 65 girls givne the name, compared with Camille’s ranking of #887, with 42 girls given the name.

4. Lila

One of my closest friends has this name, proving this name ages better than you might think given she is also almost 20. Growing up with Lila, I know she often had trouble with people pronouncing her name wrong: most teachers went for lee-lah, rather than lie-lah. And to be fair to the teachers, this was an honest mistake – especially when you consider that the German word for purple is Lila, and they use the former pronunciation.

Lila as a name could derive as an offshoot of Lily, or even Leila. It also has origins as an Indian name, which derives from Sanskrit and means past-time, play.

The name ranks at #265 with 188 girls given the name in 2012.

5.  Romilly

She may not look it, but Romilly is a prolific place name, with several towns in France called Romilly, plus another place in England, and then another district in Wales. It’s also a surname in both countries. Despite this, it’s origins are rather mystifying, and it’s usage as a first name is less common than you might think, ranking in England&Wales in 2012 at #934 with 39 girls given the name. It shares a rank with the likes of Patricia, Peggy and Paisley.

The possibilities for the origins of the name includes her deriving from the Latin name Romulus, which means of Rome. It could also come from the Old English word romen, meaning to roam.

The pronunciation is of note, since it’s usually given as ‘RAH-mi-lee’, whereas I’ve always pronounced it ‘ ROH-mi-lee’

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Indian Names

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I’ve been playing Pokemon quite a bit recently, and in my current Leaf Green game the above is my current line up of Pokemon. As you can see, bar James the Pikachu who is specifically named after a good friend, I’ve taken to giving them all names with an Indian flair to them.

Following on from that thought, here is a list of some of my favourite Indian names:


As many Indian names are, Amala is derived from Sanskrit and means clean, pure.


This name comes from Sanskrit and means minuteness.


The first male name of the list, he means supreme, paramount in Sanskrit.


The name of a Hindu ritual; in Sanskrit this names means honouring, praising.


She means earth in Sanskrit.


This name means moon and derives from a Sanskrit word meaning to shine.


Meaning prayer in Sanskrit, this is the name of a Hindu god who is seen as the creator and director of the universe and the balance between the opposing forces of Vishnu and Shiva.


Derived from Sanskrit and meaning god.


Spelt either way this name means row of lamps in Sanskrit.


This name means divine, heavenly in Sanskrit.


She means desire, wish in Sanskrit.


She means beauty in Sanskrit and was the name of India’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi. It is also another name for the wife of Hindu god Vishnu, also known as Lakshmi.


This name has perhaps one of my favourite meanings: he means possessing drops of rain in Sanskrit. It is also the name of an ancient Hindu warrior god associated with the sky and rain.


She means queen of Indra in Sanskrit. It is also the name of the Hindu goddess of jealousy and beauty.


A unisex name which means Indra of the thunderbolt.


She’s the Hawaiian form of Sarah, but she also means art form, virtue in Sanskrit.


She means lotus/ pale red in Sanskrit and is also the another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and Durga.


She means desired, beautiful in Sanskrit.


She means miracle in Sanskrit.


This is the name of a river in the south of India.


A unisex name, of which I actually know a girl who wears it. The name is derived from a Sanskrit word which can mean either dust, thread or sunbeam. 


This name means dark/ black in Sanskrit and is the name of a Hindu god.


Perhaps easily mistaken for popular restaurant franchise Nandos, Nanda means joy in Sanskrit. Various characters in Indian texts, including Vishnu and the foster father of Krishna are known by this name. There was also the 4th century BC King Nanda who founded a dynasty in the Magadha region of India.


I have a lot of time for this name, which means lotus in Sanskrit. The symbol of the lotus is immensely important in the Hindu tradition and is primarily associated with beauty and non-attachment. The goddess Lakshmi and Rama were known by the name Padma in Hindu texts.


This name means spurting/ spilling in Sanskrit. According to Hindu beliefs, it is the name of the god of war who was also known by Kartikeya and Murugan.

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5 Super Cool Theo Names (But Not Theodore)


Growing up, I knew of a guy named Matt my age. Interestingly, he was always referred to as Matt, and I always assumed that Matt was short for Matthew.

Turns out his name was Matthias, and I was none the wiser for this.

I also knew a Theo, but I’m pretty certain that his name is just Theo, not Theodore. This train of thought took on a life of it’s own after a brief conversation with a French friend the other day, who during the course of this aforementioned conversation mentioned the psychologist Théodule Ribot.

I love the name Theodore as much as the next person, and indeed the same can be said for Theo, but it’s fun to look at some other names which could give rise to the nickname Theo.

The name Theodore comes of Greek origins and means gift of God. He’s relatively popular in England&Wales, having ranked at #124 in 2011 – but you’re more likely to meet a baby Theo than Theodore these days as Theo ranks higher at #50.

1. Théodule

The top name since he inspired this post, and as you might guess from the accent, is used in the French-speaking word, deriving from Greek and meaning slave of God.

2. Theodoric

Unlike the name above, this one has no connections to either Greece or France, instead being of Germanic origins and meaning ruler of the people.

3. Theodotus

This name does come from Greek, and means given to God. Notable for belonging to a handful of early saints and martyrs, but this hasn’t transferred into him being a popular name for the modern child.

4. Theophanes

Another name of Greek origin, this one means manifestation of God. We have both a 14th century Greek painter and an 8th century saint.

5. Theokleia

This is one for the girls, said either thee-oh-KLAY-ah or teh-oh-KLEH-ah. She also comes from Greek, meaning glory of God. An alternative version of the name is Thekla.

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Alls Wells

Today is the 3rd November, which means it’s Day 3 of NaNoWriMo. This year I was talked into taking part by one of my many friends from the 2012 Games.

Predictably, I’ve dived right in without so much as a plan and thus have been naming characters the first thing that pops to mind, which is exactly how my main character came to be known as Wells.

What exactly Wells could be short for remains a mystery to me, but here are some intriguing possibilities:

Aleswell, Allewell, Anniwell, Ashwell

Bakewell, Bardwell, Barnewell, Baskwell, Benwell, Beswell, Bonwell, Bowell, Bramwell, Brightwell, 

Brookwell, Brumwell

Cadwell, Caldwell, Careswell, Caswell, Chadwell, Chiswell, Conwell, Cresswell, Cromwell

Ellwell, Ewell


Hallawell, Haswell, Hatwell, Hawkswell, Holywell, Hopewell, Horwell, Hywel

Kanwell, Kedwell, Kenewell, Keniwell, Kennewell, Kerswell, Kingswell

Lathwell, Lovewell, Lowell, Luckwell, Ludwell

Makeswell, Manwell, Markwell, Maxwell, Medwell, Mundwell

Newell, Norwell, Nowell

Oakwell, Orwell

Pedwell, Penwell, Plowell, Popplewell, Powell, Presswell, Pretswell, Proswell

Radwell, Rockwell, Rookwell, Rosewell, Rothwell, Rowell, Rudwell

Samwell, Saywell, Seawell, Sewell, Shemwell, Sherwell, Shimwell, Sidwell, Snozzwell, Sparkwell, Sparwell, Swallwell

Tanswell, Tennewell, Thirwell, Thornewell, Tigwell, Tredwell, Treswell, Trigwell, Truswell, Tuckwell, Twell

Waywell, Welland, Wellard, , Wellbelove, Welldrake, Wellen, Weller, Wellesley, Wellington, Wellwood, Westwell, Whatstandwell, Whitwell

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One Syllable Loves

Today I had some free time, so spent it looking once more through the 2011 data. In the end, I found myself compiling the below list which is of the most popular one syllable name for each letter (save for the vowels and y).

It’s an intriguing list, with less nicknames than you may initially think.

B – Blake, #79 – Brooke, #50

C – Charles, #60 – Claire, #817

D – Dean, #341 – Drew, #1327

F – Finn, #136 – Faith, #63

G – George, #12 – Grace, #8

H – Hugh, #349 – Hope, #167

J – Jack, #3 – Joy, #645

K – Kai, #56 – Kate, #267

L – Luke, #41 – Lea, #629 (debatable, I know)

M – Max, #20 – May, #414

N – Niall, #298 – Niamh, #81

P – Paul, #263 – Paige, #70

Q – Quinn, #381 – Quinn, #804

R – Rhys, #70 – Rose, #76

S – Seth, #101 – Skye, #84

T – Tom, #197 – Tess, #530

V – Veer, #528

W – Will, #269 – Wren, #1096

X – Xin, #2892 – Xin, #937

Z – Zac, #123 – Zi, #1545

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Quirky, yet Popular names in France

Originally this post was dubbed Names like Capucine, a perhaps more zippy title than the one it was eventually bestowed. The name Capucine was in the French top 100 in 2010, but isn’t the most well known of French names, comme Angelique et tout ça.

That is, essentially, the brief for all the names in this list: names which are popular in France, but ones which you may remain unfamiliar with.

For the purposes of this post, I used Behind the Name’s list of the Top 500 names in France in 2010. I also made a point to only include names of legit French origins, i.e. names like Clelia (Italian), Manel (Spanish), Sakina (Arabic) and Enola, whilst remarkably popular in France, sadly had to go.

Garance (#129)

The French name for a plant, it appears as a character name in the film Les Enfants du Paradis.

Lison (#114)

In a similar style to the more popular Manon, Lison is a French pet form of Elizabeth.

Zélie (#88)

An intriguing name of multiple possible origins. The name could be a diminutive of either Solène or Azélie. Equally, the name could be the French form of the name Zelia, which itself could either derive from Zillah or Celia. The name Zillah is a Hebrew origins and means shade, whilst Celia is of Latin origins and means sky (almost the complete opposite!)

Bertille (#360)

The French form of the slightly outdated Bertha, a name which derives from Old German and means bright.

Cyrielle (#298)

The French feminine form of Cyril, a name that means lord.

Louison (#274)

Another name like Manon, Louison is a French pet form of Louise and is also popular for boys.

Aliénor (#444)

The original Provençal form of Eleanor.

Alizée (#208)

Although this name looks to be a variation of Alice, it is in fact a modern French name. Alizée derives from the word alizé, which means trade winds.

Ludivine (#301)

Possibly derives from Leutwin, which means friend of the people, but that’s not certain by any means. It’s popularity in France is most likely due to the French TV series Les Gens du Mogador, which was on air in the 1970s.

Agathe (#58)

Mostly on the list because who’d have thought the French form of Agatha could be so popular? Remember the French taxi girls I mentioned the other day? One of them was called Agathe, said a-GAHT, and her names means good.

Nesrine (#251)

A rather fascinating French form of the Turkish name Nesrin, a name which derives from Persian and means wild rose.

Tiphaine (#303)

In french folklore, Tifaine was said the be the mother of the fabled Three Kings. The name is closely related to Tiffany, and both are said to derive from Theophania, a Greek name meaning a vision of God.

Philippine (#458)

A rather elaborate French feminine form of Philip, which also just so happens to coincide with the name of the country, The Philippines. The name Philip means friend of horses.

Athénaïs (#496)

This name is the French form of Greek name Athenais, which itself derives from Athena.

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7 Unexpected -er Names

I realise that I’ve been missing recently, and I apologise about that. Turns out moving many miles down south steals all your time and I’ve only just started to get things sorted out.

The list this time looks into names ending -er, but more specifically ones that you may not have come across before – because isn’t it always so nice to hear about new names?

1. Gwener

A Welsh pick to start us off, which comes from the Welsh word for Friday: Dydd Gwener. Despite looking like it might have something to do with lovely Gwen, it actually derives from the Latin phrase die Veneris, which means the day of Venus.

2. Jeniver

Like a weird crossbreed of Jennifer and Oliver, but with a bit more back story to her – so it’s totally ok to like her. She’s an almost obsolete name for juniper. Thus, with Juniper finding favour as a name right now, it’s worth considering Jeniver.

3. Peller

Another one of those Cornish word names we seem to really be digging, he means enchanter.

4. Papaver

A nod back to our post last week on Poppy, as this name derives from the Latin word papaver, which means poppy.

5. Semper

In Latin, the word semper means always, forever.

6. Solifer

Another Latin word name, this time meaning sun-bringer.

7. Stellifer

We love Stella, so what about Stellifer? The names relate to each other in meaning, but derive from slightly different Latin words: Stella comes from stella and means star; Stellifer comes from stellifer and means bearing stars.

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10 Wonderful International Variations of Mary

The only two cookbooks you’ll ever need. The Hamlyn one is placed that way to prove Mary did indeed contribute to it’s writing.

Like many Brits, I am currently obsessed with The Great British Bake Off. It’s so wonderfully simply in premise, and it features the wonderful Mary Berry as a judge.

We have many cookbooks in the house, but really, only the above two are ever used (especially since someone accidentally glued the BeRo book to the counter with golden syrup and ruined it). Infact, some of the more used pages in the newer book (the pink one) are smudged with all manner of cooking ingredients. And the older book? Tatty beyond belief, but never purposefully mistreated.

It’s hard to believe that the Hamlyn book came out in the 1970s, and I actually had an argument with my mother just the other day about whether or not Mary Berry was the author.

She is.

I have for a long time admired the name Mary. It’s a good, solid name that has served ladies well for centuries. I mean, what’s not to like? However, some level accusation at her that she is essentially a boring name (perhaps due to the gazillion ladies who answer to it), so I’ve put together this little list of some fabulous international versions of Mary that may just perk your interest. Quite by chance, the majority are from completely different parts of the world, rather than just throwing at you name from the usual suspects (holla France, Ireland & Wales).

1. Mitzi

At the top of the list is this intriguing German name; she’s the German diminutive of Maria. For me, she rocks as an alternative to the popular Maisie since she does not rank at all (I know, crazy right?).

2. Manon

One of the top names for girls in France, Manon is the French diminutive of Marie. Last Halloween, I met a sibset of Manon & Matisse at my local cricket club. The name Manon ranked at #1729 in England&Wales in 2011.

3. Moirrey/Voirrey

A pick from my own shores – or thereabouts – Moirrey is the Manx form of Mary, whilst Voirrey is simply a variation.

4. Marzena (mah-zhe-nah)

The Polish diminutive of Maria, which contains that wonderful zippy z letter.

5. Mareike (mah-rie-ka)

A name shared between two languages – Frisian and German – where in both she is a diminutive of Maria.

6. Máirín

An Irish diminutive of Mary that is said mostly the same as we would Maureen; there is also the variant Mairenn.

7. My

They say it’s the simple things in life, and this Swedish name encompasses that. She’s their diminutive of Maria, and in their most recent  data release she ranked at #73. The thing to note is that this name isn’t pronounced the same as the English word, and it’s more said like the word me (see here).

8. Mhairi (VA-ree)

Scottish form of Mary, by way of Màiri. We had an athlete in Team GB with the name, Mhairi Spence, who competed in the modern pentathlon. The name ranked at #3549 in England&Wales in 2011.

9. Maricruz

A darling smoosh name, courtesy of our Spanish friends. Hopefully you’ve spotted that the names in question that have been smooshed together are Maria and Cruz.

10. Masha

To end, a visit to our Russian friends. You’ve heard of Sasha; I’ve previously mentioned Pasha and now we’re on to Masha. Unlike the other two, Masha is solidly female, by way of being their diminutive of Mariya. Masha ranked at #5785 in England&Wales in 2011.



All that said, I still think Mary rocks and is not in the slightest bit boring.

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Kooky Finds

Why yes, that is a chandelier made of wine bottles.

I spend an impractical amount of time searching for new names to faun over. You’d think that I’d have heard them all by not, but that isn’t so – I’ve come across plenty new finds in the past 3 months or so and have collected them together here especially for you.

There is certainly an element of whether many of these names are truly usable, but I think they make for a fascinating list of names.

Araxieriver that inspires poetic talent (Armenian)

Audefledanoble beauty (Old English)

Avdotyato seem well (Russian)

Azzarose of spring (Arabic)

Duvapitching one (Norse)

Dyvekelittle dove (Dutch)

Essylt – Old Irish form of Isolde

Esyldshe who is gazed at (Cornish)

Fialkaviolet (Ukrainian)

Fyviefrom the wilderness by the river (Gaelic)

Gomeisableary-eyed one (Arabic)

Gwennol – [the bird] swallow (Cornish)

Lodema compass, guide (English)

Melyonenviolet (Cornish)

Menodoragift of the moon (Greek)

Noníndaisy (Irish)

Nwyvreenergy, sky (Welsh)

Pasiphaewide shining (Greek)

Sansanainner structure of a palm leaf (Hebrew)

Sevistrawberry (Cornish)

Sinopedaughter of Ares (Greek)

Terpsichore pleasure in the dance (Greek)

Vollabountiful (Norse)

Zorya rising star (Ukrainian, I do know a Zoryanna however)

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