2013 has been and gone and it is a time of new beginnings, and for those of you with a new baby in 2014, a hunt for the perfect baby name. This year the trends are showing that many parents are looking back, far back, and bringing some very beautiful, very noble sounding ancient names back to life. These names have their roots in the time of the great warrior Queen, Boadicea, Vikings and long-dead Anglo-Saxon Kings and Queens. So expect to hear a lot of your children’s contemporaries to sound very un-contemporary like with names like Ethel, Ethelred, Winifred, Wilhelmina, and Edna. These names were also popular in England in the 1900’s, so it could be that you will be proudly naming your baby after a much loved Grandma or Grandpa. They also sound terrifically perky when shortened to become names like Edie, Mina, Winnie, and Red. It is possible of course, that this trend stems from the hugely popular ‘Game of Thrones’, which is another source of inspiration if you like the sound of Anglo Saxon names but would prefer something unique.
From pages of Ancient history, we flick to a more fictional type of literary character. We are seeing a trend towards other literary inspired names with the favourites being taken from the Game of Thrones books by George R R Martin. If you haven’t been under a stone for the past two years you will know that this author’s books have been one of the most stupendously successful series of books for years, and have been made into an Emmy award winning TV series which is ongoing, and has a huge, dedicated following. So those of you that have been impressed with names from this inspired sci-fi/historical drama could be drawn to naming your baby after the ‘Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi’. Below are a list of the names.
Game of Thrones names for girls
Here is a selection of the favourite girl’s names from Game of Thrones:
Arya: Third child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark – spunky little girl, known for her bravery and cheekiness!
Brienne: A member of Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard (rather butch but dignified and brave female soldier)
Catelyn: Lady of Winterfell, wife of Lord Eddard Stark – noble, dignified, compassionate.
Cersei: Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros,
Daenerys: Exiled princess of the Targaryen dynasty, also known as “the Stormborn” and ‘Mother of Dragons’ – Beautiful, warm-hearted, yet strong and supernatural
Lysa: Mistress of the Eyrie and sister of Catelyn Star
Osha: A Wilding woman held captive at Winterfell
Sansa: Second child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark – Sweet, innocent natured and good hearted. Bit of a dark horse.
Shae: Handmaiden to Sansa and love interest of Tyrion. Beautiful, brave with a mysterious air about her
Game of Thrones names for boys
Drogo: Warlord of the Dothraki people
Eddard: Eddard, known also as Ned, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North
Jaime: The ‘Kingslayer’, and twin to Cersei.
Joffrey: Son of Cersei Lannister, Crown Prince of the Seven Kingdoms
Jon: Bastard son of Eddard Stark
Jorah: Loyal knight in the service of Daenerys Targaryen
Petyr: Also known as “Littlefinger,” is the Master of Coin on the king’s Small Council
Robb: Eldest son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark
Samwell: A member of the Night’s Watch
Tyrion: Dwarf brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister
Viserys: Exiled prince and heir of the Targaryen dynasty
Sugar and Spice and all things nice….
Another ‘hot’ trend has seen celebs recently naming their newborns after names from the spice rack – Cinnamon, Sage, Poppy, Cayenne – all get a mention. Perhaps the cookery programs are having more of an impact than we realised? These are beautiful, soft sounding names and are experiencing a revival. Other ‘Spice’ names;
Bay, Juniper, Poppy, Lavender, Rosemary, Juniper and Cassia.
Coolest baby names – Unisex
An unusually unique yet very hip trend is to use boy’s names for girls middle names, a cute example comes from Maggie Gyllenhal, who named her baby girl Gloria Ray. Bruce Willis named his daughter Mabel Ray, especially sweet. Other great unisex names for girls could be:
James, Jaymes, Adrian, Arron, Blaine, Carson, Dylan, Easton, Glen, Drew, Adrian, Arron
For the religiously inclined of you out there – perhaps an unexpected but welcome influence comes in the form of Pope Francis I. Many variations of this name are the current hot potato, with favourites like, Frances, Francesco, Frankie, Francine and Francis.
Back to Nature
Some of the most beautiful names are the names that come from the extraordinary but everyday things that we take for granted – in this case – the environment. As we become more eco-friendly we are looking for names to reflect the way we live our lives. Here are some examples of the names taken from the greatest inspiration – Nature:
Sky, Rain, Ocean, Ayre, Moon, Sunny, Blossom, Ash, Field, Leaf, Birch, Rock.
Something old, Something new
The re-emergence of old-fashioned names that were last heard of in the 1800’s are finally receiving some attention. Perhaps if you had a curmudgeonly great Aunt Flo you may have heard of names like this. Other names to consider are the lovely Violet, the romantic Rose, sweet sounding Maud and Nora. They have an old fashioned charm reminiscent of a more innocent time. Perhaps it’s time to bring some of that magic back.
In the words of Lorde, ‘We’ll never be Royal’…
But we can certainly give the children the benefit of a regal name. Popular ones that Kate Middleton considered are: Albert, George, James, Henry. Girls names are Diana, Elizabeth, Alexandra. Good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, good enough for us!
Like a Phoenix from the Ashes…Ethnic names that are on fire
Some of the most beautiful and noble sounding names that have been around for a millennia are rising from the ashes. We have feline yet heroic sounding names, Penelope, Persephone, Olympia, and Calliope. Theodore with the Theodora female equivalent. If you really want to go for it – Hercules, Apollo, Adonis, Cyrus and Elias for the boys.
So it seems that with all the above information with names, 2014 could prove to have the most unusual and beautiful names for generations to come. We have variations of names that combine to bring to mind the fantasy and the sci-fi with quintessential English quaintness or the stoic bearing of a regal name. The harder-edged unisex names that find completeness when coupled with the softness of a nature inspired name. This is the year of inspired naming.