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It takes an almost conscious effort on my part to ensure I talk about male names as much as I talk about female names.

As hard as it is to say, sometimes coming up with male names to talk about can stump me. However, I luckily received inspiration for this post just the other day when a friend mentioned that he liked the name Alexander, and openly wondered about if there existed names like Alexander, but without the added popularity factor.

Dude, you made that comment in front of the right girl as Aristander and Anaxander were the two names that immediately came to mind for me.

It seemed right to just take the idea, and run with it.

In England&Wales in 2011, the name Alexander ranked at #23, down slightly from the previous year but still a strong showing. At the same time, Alex ranked at a notable #59, whilst Alexandra fell out of the Top 100 for the girls. The name Alexander derives from Greek and means defending man.

History links the name Aristander to Alexander, by way of Alexander the Great and his most favourite seer, Aristander. The seer in question was apparently famed for the accuracy of his interpretations, as well as the many numerous omens and dreams which he had.

The name even shares the second element with that of Alexander, whilst the first element, aristos, means best; thusly, the name means best man.

Unlike Aristander, there is not a massively known Anaxander from history, but there is a well-known Anaxandra. She was a celebrated Greek painter from the 3rd century BCE.

Once more, he shares the second element of his name with the other two aforementioned names. The first part of the name name comes from the Greek anax, which means lord, thus the name means lord of men.

The nice thing about Anaxander is that he also contains an x, like Alexander, so the nickname of Xander remains shgould you so be inclined.

I’ve only been able to track down one other name which begins with Anax, and that is Anaxibia; she’s a female name that means kingly life. The name appears on numerous occasions in Greek mythology.

On the flip side, plentiful names started with Aris, including Aristophanes, the name of the so-called Father of Comedy. Aside from him, there’s also the name of a minor Greek deity, Aristaeus; the name of a 2nd-century saint, Aristides; and a common name from Ancient Greece, Aristion.

So there you have, two quirky (and non-ranking) alternatives to Alexander.

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Scrabble Names

The names of the eldest 4 kids of the Dutch couple

It may have been a few weeks since news broke about the Dutch couple with five kids, who all have four-letter names using the same four letters (Alex, Lexa, Axel, Xela & Xael), but it continues to remain at the forefront of my mind.

That said, it can get a little forced with an increased number of children. Below is just a selection of attempts at the conundrum by myself and those over at Formspring, with some combinations seeming to work better than others:

  • Aidan: Nadia, Diana, Adian, Andia
  • Alice: Celia, Lacie
  • Amy: Mya, May
  • Dolly: Lloyd, Dyoll, Doyll
  • Eden: Dene, Ened, Nede, Need, Ende, Edne
  • Enzo: Zeno, Nezo, Ezon, Onez
  • Inez: Nezi, Enzi
  • Jonah: Onjah, Johan, Johna
  • Leah: Hale, Aleh, Elah, Hael
  • Leia: Alie, Ilea
  • Lena: Nela, Lane
  • Leon: Elon, Noel, Nelo
  • Leona: Elona, Enola, Laneo, Noela, Neola
  • Lia: Ali, Lai, Ila
  • Lucas: Claus, Lacus, Calus, Culas
  • Lyra: Aryl, Lary, Raly, Alry, Ryla
  • Mabel: Belma, Ambel, Embla, Melba
  • Milo: Lomi, Moil, Ilmo, Moli, Imli
  • Myra: Mary, Ramy, Amry
  • Ria: Ira, Rai, Ari, Air
  • Vera: Reva, Raev
  • Zane: Neza, Ezna, Anez, Azne

Anyone have any further contributions?

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Name Spot of the Week: BBC Pundits

The Royal Wedding coverage was interesting for many reasons, but more so when watching the BBC coverage, as they seemed to have chosen pundits based on their names:

Huw Edwards: Main Anchor

Fiona Phillips: Main Pundit

Fearne Cotton: Outside Buck Palace

Sophie Raworth: Inside Westminster

Jake Humphrey: On Board the legendary Lancaster

Paula Reed&Phillipa Lepley: Dress Discussing

Edith Bowman: St. Andrews

Alex Jones: Buckleberry

Anita Rani: Parliament Square

Chris Hollins: The Mall

I have several observations on these names:

  • Huw is welsh, and thus, bears the welsh version of Hugh.
  • Edith is in her mid-30s. Sophie is mid-40s.
  • Alex Jones was born Charlotte Alexandra, but bears a professional name which is gender neutral
  • Fearne’s spelling of her name has always intrigued me, but it suits her, since she is outspokening vegetarian and all things world-friendly.

Then we have the park incident. No, I’ve stopped talking about the Royal Wedding, the local park near me was the location of another ‘name spot’ last week. A lady shouted ‘ Ashbeck’, and there I was, comtemplating the name when I saw a young boy and a young girl running towards her, clearly, she meant to shout ‘Ash, Beck’, but the two got smooshed together in the shout. I have two other observations about this:

  • I late discovered the boy to be named Ashley, due to his father calling him so.
  • Yesterday, whilst shopping, I happened upon a bottle of water branded Ashbeck.

And onto name spot #3: Yesterday on the train, I do get about, I happened upon a gossip magazine, and inside it talked about a Z-Lister (Gary Lucy) who’d just welcomed a son, Elvis, to join big sister India.

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