Yikes! I’ve just finished my first semester of graduate school and I’m WAY busier than I ever thought I’d be. Namesplash has certainly been neglected over the past few months, but since I have a short break for the holidays, I have the time to give it some much-needed attention! I’ll put an end to the Namesplash drought with some of my favorite noun names.
I, personally, am not a big fan of most noun names. I feel that they often have too much meaning attached to them for the wearer to make the name his/her own. I do, however, have a soft spot for the nature inspired variety, and I’m sure many of you more open-minded readers can find appeal in others, from flowers to virtues to occupational names. So here are a few unusual noun names I think are lovable:
Atlas- Stemming from Greek mythology, Atlas would make a great alternative for those who love the sound of Silas but find it too common (Silas was #116 in 2013).
Colt- Slick and boyish, Colt is a cool, modern choice.
Flint- Isn’t Flint adorable? He’s a great alternative to Finn, I think.
Justice- One of my favorite virtue names, Justice is a stylish choice, and at #475 in the US in 2013, he’s uncommon but not unheard of. Do you prefer Justice for a boy or a girl?
Reed- My favorite nature name for boys, Reed has a sleek sound and will age well.
Shade- Cool and slightly enigmatic, Shade would fit in with common sounds like those in Shane and Caden.
Thane- As you might have noticed, I love the simplicity of single syllable boys’ names, but simple isn’t synonymous with boring. Thane would make a very unique pick.
Thatcher- This occupational surname has an appealing, on-trend sound.
Warren- A more subtle nature name, I think Warren is perfectly on-trend with his n-ending, and I love that he has more of a classic feel than many modern choices.
Ambrosia- A glamorous floral name that’s a bit over the top for me (I lean toward Iris and Lily), but would sound amazing with a single syllable surname.
Camellia- This frilly flower name is easily balanced out by the tomboy nickname Cam or even sweet and simple Mia.
Echo- An adorable addition to the o-ending trend.
Ember- While Amber is outdated, I think Ember has a completely different feel and could easily take off. The similarity to popular Emma allows Ember to fit in easily.
Joy- Perhaps she’s outdated, but doesn’t the name Joy just make you feel happy? I think she’s ready for revival.
Laurel- Another floral choice, uncommon Laurel combines the sweetness of a flower name with the familiarity of Laura and Lauren.
Magnolia- With the timeless Maggie as a nickname, Magnolia makes a wearable, classic nature name.
Mesa- I think Mesa would make a truly stand-out choice and would age well.
Perry- I think Perry has a uniquely adorable sound, but would you associate it with singer Katy Perry?
What are your favorite noun names? Would you ever use one? Share your thoughts here!