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Weekend Post: Good, Fresh, Uncomplicated Names

Eat’s ethos

Since I shared this photo in last week’s Spot post, I’ve been thinking about the Eat ethos, which is good, fresh, uncomplicated food.

What would be the naming equivalent?

Let’s break it down.


Fresh is often used (and I’m particularly guilty of this one) as another way to say unusual, but one could also see it as a name that hasn’t been overexposed.

In the end I settled for 4 set criteria for a name to pass this category and go on to the next category. For a name to be fresh in my eyes, it must not be:

  • A name that has been in the Top 100 for 10 years at some point in time
  • A name that ever been #1
  • A name that has been given to a high profile celeb offspring
  • A name that has risen more than 100+ places in the Top 500 since 2000

Taking this into consideration, names that fail this category include:

  1. Amber
  2. Amelie (up 1420 since 2000)
  3. Chloe
  4. Harry
  5. Jack
  6. Kayden (up 1326 since 2000)
  7. Lexi (up 1949 since 2000)
  8. Oliver
  9. Suri
  10. Thomas


For a name to be good, I believe it has to have little negative connections such as an evil forebearer (whether fictional or not) or less-than-lovely meaning.

8 names that would fall down at this hurdle, but would’ve passed the previous category include:

  1. Adolf – self explanatory
  2. Azrael – aka The Angel of Death
  3. Bellatrix – think Harry Potter
  4. Dolores – means sorrows + think Harry Potter
  5. Gretel – Hansel&Gretel tale
  6. Louhi – name of a death goddess in Finnish mythology
  7. Memphis – the US city known for crime
  8. Mordred – rival of Arthur in Arthurian legend
  9. Nuala – the Nuala in Irish mythology was less-than-nice
  10. Persephone – means murder /to destroy


What makes a name complicated? One could say it is a name which causes little spelling/pronunciation issues, such as James and Ruby.

8 names that fail this test, but passed the previous two include:

  1. Caoimhe – pronounced KEE-va
  2. Ceridwen – pronounced ke-RID-wen
  3. Eluned – pronounced EH-lee-ned
  4. Heliodoro – just generally a mouthful of a name
  5. Joachim/Joaquin – just generally a name that causes me a headache when it comes to pronunciation
  6. Schuyler – pronounced SKY-ler
  7. Solveig – pronounced SOL-vay
  8. Xanthe – pronounced ZAN-the

So, without further ado, here’s the list of  some of the names I think  pass all three tests:


  1. Angus
  2. August
  3. Barnaby
  4. Bruno
  5. Caspian
  6. Cosmo
  7. Ever
  8. Ezra
  9. Fergus
  10. Gray
  11. Indigo
  12. Ivor
  13. Rio


  1. Avalon
  2. Blossom
  3. Coral
  4. Gwen
  5. Hero
  6. Ingrid
  7. Josie
  8. Lux
  9. Nova
  10. Orla
  11. Roma
  12. Rosemary
  13. Vera

Do you dispute any of these choices? Are there any names you think qualify too?

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Today, as many of you should hopefully be aware, is the 6th March. It’s a mostly unimportant day in terms of my life, but since I’m a fan of the number 6 we’re going to mark it by delving into the depths of the female 2010 data for England&Wales at 6 names given to 6 girls. To start with, it’s interesting to note that there were several name blog favourites given to 6 girls in 2010 in England&Wales:

Araminta, Eugenie, Juniper, Rosamund, Tate, ScoutVictoire and Vida

But then there are the slightly more interesting picks; names less often heard, but just as pretty. Infact, a few of the select 6 are deceptively similar to other blog favourites.

1. Beata (be-AH-tah)

This name has origins in the same source as Beatrice: the Latin beatus, which means blessed. This name is most often used in Germany and Poland, and can also be spelt Beate.

2. Ginny

There used to be a debate as to whether Ms. Weasley’s name was short for Virginia or Ginevra; we now know it is the latter. I guess a problem here is her slight connection with the alcoholic beverage, gin – but I think the Harry Potter connection comes first and foremost for many, so I’m not sure if it’s worth creating a fuss about it. You could alternatively spell it Jinny, at which point it starts to resemble Jenny which may cause a whole new box of potential issues.

3. Gretel

Not unlike Greta, and both do come from Margaret. Well known thanks to a fairy tale about siblings Hansel and Gretel – but everything turns out fine in the end and I fond memories of reading the story as a child, which can only ever be viewed by me as a good thing.

4. Mica

There is a Latin word mica, which means crumb and mica is also the name of a mineral. One could alternatively spell this name Mika, whereon it takes a different meaning, becoming a Japanese name meaning beautiful incense.

5. Raphaelle

Raphael is mostly popular for lads at #239, but not this French feminine form of the name. It means God has healed and it easily one of my most favourite names from fair France.

6. Zuri

Despite looking like power-celeb name Suri, this name has a different origin: she means beautiful in Swahili. A new show has appeared on the Disney channel called Jessie, which prominently features a little girl from Africa with the name. It could help the name, equally it may have no effect at all.

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