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4-Letter, 1-Syllable Word Names


A rather specific title, but there’s a reason for that. I noted down a few names a few days ago, and they all complied to these specific criteria. Odd, huh? A post about these types of names was therefore necessary, because one mustn’t dismiss such a coincidence.

In truth, the original post was going to look at many, many of them, but there are hundreds to consider. So instead we’re turning this into a Top 10 post, consisting of mainly names that captured my imagination and interest. The only main filter I used was omitted potentials which had less-than-lovely meanings, since they’re more obvious when using English words as names, than say, using a name derived from Latin, such as Claude which means crippled. The definitions used are courtesy of my long-suffering Cambridge Dictionary. That, and the original list was heavily biased in favour of female names, so Soul and Bell ended up on missing out in favour of names not necessarily masculine, but more in the way of unisex-ness (#5&#9).

1. Lace

a decorative cloth which is made by weaving thin thread in delicate patterns with holes in them

2. True

(especially of facts or statements) right and not wrong; correct

3. Wren

a very small, brown bird

4. Dove

a white or grey bird, often used as a symbol of peace

5. Jazz

a type of modern music with a rhythm in which the strong notes are usually not on the beat and which is usually improvised

6. Plum

a small round fruit with a thin smooth red, purple or yellow skin, sweet soft flesh, and a single large hard seed

7. Arch

a structure consisting of a curved top on two supports, which holds the weight of something above it

something that has the shape of this structure, often used for decoration

the raised curve on the bottom of your foot

8. Glow

to produce a continuous light and sometimes heat

to look attractive because you are happy or healthy, especially with eyes that are shining

9. Sage

wise, especially as a result of great experience

10. Maze

a complicated system of paths or passages which people try to find their way through for entertainment

an area in which you can get easily lost because there are so many similar streets or passages

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Low down on low

Gary Barlow, from

As a word, low is rather negative; I wrote an essay today linking low self-esteem with high conformity rates. However, I am starting to explore names ending with -low, and there are plenty of interesting names to consider.

First off is Willow, probably the most popular name in this class; in 2010, she jointly ranked at #112 with Eve. The name Willow derives from the Old English word welig. Willow is also a nature name, the name of a tree which belongs to the Salix genus. The Wind in the Willows is a classic children’s book, written by Kenneth Grahame and first published in 1908. I’ve also seen an increased interest in the phonetically similar name Willa, which is the female form of the name William.

Another female name which has been on the receiving end of much interest recently is Harlow, following it’s use by Nicole Richie and Joel Madden for their daughter, Harlow Winter Kate in 2008. A famous namesake aside from this is the actress Jean Harlow, who was born Harlean Harlow Carpenter. For her, Harlow was her mother’s maiden name. The name Harlow derives from Old English and means either rocky hill or army hill.

There are several other -arlow names to consider:

  • Barlow. The surname of Gary Barlow, famed singer-songwriter in the UK and member of Take That. Means either barley hill or barley clearing.
  • Darlow. Means secret love, and has been covered by lovely Nook.
  • Farlow. Means fearne mound, and again, covered by lovely Nook.
  • Marlow. Heather Armstrong of Dooce has a daughter named Marlo. The name means remnants of a lake.

Speaking of bloggers, Rubyellen of Cakies welcomed a little girl she named Glow in September 2011. Another word name is Hallow, first spotted in July 2011 by Elisabeth over at You Can’t Call It ‘It’!

I personally love the name Winslow, and my local news bulletin has two regular reporters working for them with the surnames Pentelow and Shardlow. Aside from these, there are several other surname-esque -low names out there:

  • Brownlow. Means brown hill. Mr Brownlow is a character in Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Oliver Twist.
  • Henlow. Means hen hill.
  • Huntlow. Means wolf hunt.
  • Kellow. With Kelly having experienced popularity, this name certainly seems a plausible choice.
  • Parslow. Means cross the water.

Finally, we’re ending with a few more suggestions, courtesy of Marginamia’s fantastic list of O names:

  • Billow
  • Cello
  • Cielo
  • Fallow
  • Flow
  • Gallo
  • Kahlo
  • Laylo
  • Valo/ Vallo
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