Posts Tagged With: Callisto


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One of the names to watch at the moment is Lily. Not so much watch, as to charge after at full speed. She’s popular, really popular – at #4 in England&Wales in 2010 and odds are she’ll rise further.

Part of Lily’s success not only comes from the multiple ways people are finding to spell her, or the dozens of combinations, but the fact that she can also work as a  nickname, whilst not technically being one. We’re thinking Lillian and Lilith as key examples of Lily’s nickname career. but it’s not just Lil- names that could shorten to Lily.

1. Callista/Callisto

Callista is a slight variant of Callisto, which comes from Greek and means most beautiful. My sister openly disagrees with me putting both of these names on this list, insisting that Lola is a better short form to consider, but I think the option of Lily is there should you wish to have the option.

2. Cecily

Perhaps Cecelia and Cecilia apply here too, but Cecily ends exactly the same way as Lily does so she gets full honours. The name Cecily was the usual form of the name in English in the Middle Ages. The name derives from the Roman name Caecilius, which means blind.

3. Endellion/Eulalie

I just couldn’t decide between these two E- names, so they share a spot on the list. Endellion is a Cornish pick championed by David and Samantha Cameron, and the name of a once obscure saint. The father of St. Endellion is usually listed as St. Brychan, who reportedly had as many as two dozen offspring.

Eulalie is a charming French name I’m seeing more and more mentioned by many. Indeed, and rather aptly, she means well spoken. Like Endellion, the name Eulalie also has connections to a saint of Spanish origins from circa the 4th century.

4. Libellule/Lullaby

The two wordy names of the list have joined forces for the purposes of this list, since I wasn’t convinced on either of them initially. Libellule is a French word meaning dragonfly, whilst Lullaby is the dreamy sister of Reverie.

5. Romilly

A French origin place name currently catching many a parent-to-be eyes. This name also has history of being both a male name and a surname; a Welsh painter by the name Augustus John welcomed a son named Romilly in 1906, whilst Emma Thompson welcomed daughter Gaia Romilly in 1999. The origins of the name Romilly remain undetermined.

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A Little Less Usual


Yesterday we talked about some of my favourite names inside the England&Wales Top 100, so now for a complete change of tune. Today we’re talking about a selection of less-than-usual names I’ve come across these past few days.

Soren – The name I intended to cover yesterday seems a fitting way to start today’s post. I covered the name Sora as a name of the week not too long ago, and I recently stumbled across the name Soren twice in one day. It seemed a sign at the time.

Now, in Nortern Europe this name is seen as Sören in Sweden and Germany, whilst he’s Søren in Norway and Denmark. The former is simply a cultural variation of the latter, whilst the latter himself in the Danish form of Severinus. If you thought we’d go a post without mentioning Harry Potter, you were wrong (ironically, Harry was the first name in yesterday’s post). The name Severinus, or Severus, means stern, serious or strict. It’s Italian and Spanish offshoot is Severo, whilst the Finnish prefer Severi and the Frenchies opt for Séverin. There’s several other relations which can be found here. One that did catch my eye is Sévèrine – the French feminine form which seems oddly appealing in a French accent.

That means, therefore, that Soren isn’t technically related to the name Sora, which means sky in Japanese.

Papaya – A recent addition to the crop of British celeb babies, born to Alicia Douvall late last year. It’s the name of the fruit of a Papaya tree, so in a way it’s like the 21st century version of Peaches. Which reminds me, the original Peaches [Geldof] recently announced that she plans to name her unborn son Astala. It rather reminded me of the name of musician Pete Doherty’s son: Astile.

Paprika – I used to watch this kids show called Blues Clues as a child, where many characters were household items. ‘Lo and behold, the salt and pepper shakers (Mr Salt and Mrs Pepper) had a daughter named Paprika, who was a Paprika shaker. The happy couple also had another ‘child’ named Cinnamon, who was a boy. If you think this is confusing, I used to think that Blue the dog was male, because blue is a boy’s colour, so the character must be a boy. There was a another dog named Magenta, who clearly must be a girl because pink is a girls colour. Turns out both were female dogs, and Periwinkle the cat was a boy and there’s also his friend Plum the parrot which I think must be male, too, but I remain unsure. Either way, this all added up to a very confused me.

Callisto – The name derives from Greek and means most beautiful. She was a fair maiden in Greek mythology, and was a favourite of Artemis. After attracting the attention of Zeus, he then transformed her into a bear to protect her from the wrath of Hera. She was later placed amongst the constellations in Ursa Major – which is also known as the Great Bear. Similar name Calliope also exists in Greek mythology, being the name of one of the muses. Her name means beautiful face. A lesser known name from Greek mythology is Callirhoe, which means beautiful stream. Two daughters of river Gods from Greek mythology wore this name.

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