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I am preparing for a trip to Central America!!! I am unbelievably stoked. As a baby name fanatic, I thought it fitting to round up some beautiful Latin and Spanish baby names!

Adriana– has a trendy sound, yet is completely wearable and not too cute
Amalia– soft and feminine, could yield nicknames Ama, Amy, or Lia
Ana-a sweet, feminine classic
Carolina– glamorous and spunky, could have nicknames Carly, Cara, or Lina
Catalina– I love this one! So pretty. Nickname possibilities include Cat, Calla, Lina, Catie/Katie, and Callie.
Lucia– Pronounced loo-SEE-uh here, I think this name is just gorgeous, and wearable for all ages.
Magdalena– Love this one too! Very glamorous with a touch of youthful charm and spunk. How about Magda, Maggie, Lena, or Mae for nicknames?
Marisol– I find this name so gorgeous and special
Martina– A girly name with the tomboy nickname Marty. Or, call her Tina for something short and sweet.
Selena– A very feminine name that I imagine flowing beautifully with a variety of surnames.
Valeria-A more timeless variation on Valerie, I hope this name becomes more mainstream.
Ximena– glamorous, yet could yield a fun tomboy nickname…Jimmy!

Ambrosio– manly and refined, but can you think of a good nickname? I veto ‘Bro.’
Andres– A cool Andrew variation
Elías– On trend
Jerónimo– Fun and spunky, this one could have nicknames Jerry, Ron, Ronnie, or Jon.
Joaquin– popularized by actor Joaquin Phoenix, this name wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise in English speaking areas, which is great because it’s a sleek, cool name!
Matías– Cute and very wearable
Thiago– Love this one. I think it’s just the right balance of boyishness and manliness. Very cool.

I just LOVE Marisol. What are your favorites?

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S Ending boy names

S endings are hip and cool for boys. Perhaps you’ll fall for a name that sounds like a plural noun (Myles) or perhaps a Latin inspired name (Marcellus). Either way, S endings provide a treasure trove of cool options.

“Plurals” (I love these!)
Ames
Brooks
Myles
Niles
Piers
Rhodes

Other S-ending names
Aldous
Alexios
Alexandreus
Amias
Amos
Andreas
Aris
Atlas
Atticus
Carlos
Charles
Cornelius
Curtis
Cyrus
Dallas
Davis
Dennis
Dimitrios
Elias
Elvis
Francis
Gus (Short for the trendy August, perhaps?)
Hollis
Jonas
Louis
Lucas
Lucius
Marcellus
Marcus
Matthias (Can be pronounced ma-THIGH-us or ma-TEE-us)
Memphis
Morris
Nicholas
Osiris
Otis
Phineas
Rhys
Seamus
Silas
Thaddeus
Thomas
Tobias
Travis
Zacharias

What’s you’re favorite S-ending boy’s name?

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Looking Ahead: Springtime Baby Names

I am ready for winter to be over! I am SO DONE with the permeating cold, the wind, and the ice that is so determined to sweep my feet out from under me and make me look silly. So, to keep us all in the Northern hemisphere looking ahead to the warm breezes, sunshine, and blooming flowers, I’ve compiled a list of sprightly names suitable for springtime!

Girls:

Aileana- ‘from the green meadow’
Alba- ‘dawn’
Aliza- ‘joy’ (pronounced ah-LEE-zah)
Antheia- goddess of flowers
Aurelie- ‘golden; soft breeze’
Aviva- ‘springtime’
Calla
Camellia
Chloe- ‘green shoot’
Cira- ‘sun’
Dahlia
Daisy
Dawn
Flora
Hadley- ‘heather meadow’
Joy
Kore- another name for the goddess Persephone
Lara- ‘cheerful’
Laurel
Lily
Linette- ‘songbird’
Magnolia- nn Maggie or Nola!
Maia- a Roman goddess of springtime
Meridel- ‘joyous’
Persephone- goddess of spring growth
Rae- ‘sunbeam’
Sahar- ‘dawn’
Skye
Soleil
Susanna- ‘lily’
Zaria- ‘sunrise; morning star;” Slavic goddess of morning
Zinnia

Boys:

Apollo- God of sun, light, fertility
Bradley- ‘broad meadow’
Brooks
Cyrus- ‘sun’
Denver- ‘green valley’
Garth- ‘garden’
Keanu
Khenan- ‘rising sun’
Kiele- ‘gardenia flower’ (Hawaiian)
Pascal
Radley- ‘red meadow’
Varden/dan- ‘from the green hill’
Wesley- ‘western meadow’

Personally, I love the names Laurel, Maia, and Wesley, and I’m intrigued by Antheia, Meridel, Garth, and Radley.

What names make YOU think of the cheerful times ahead? Share some names you’d add to the list!

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The long and short of it

It has been a VERY busy couple of weeks, and for the first time in a long time, baby names have barely crossed my mind!  Next week I’ll get back to writing, but to get us through the weekend, here’s a quick post about my personal favorite long and short names.

These sophisticated-sounding long names could easily dress up a short last name, and have tons of potential nicknames, while the cool, sleek short names could balance out a long surname.

Antonella- Feminine and uncommon in English-speaking countries, I find this exotic-yet-accessible name to be a great girly alternative to names like Isabella and Gabriella.

Ariadne- I’ve never been sure what I love about this name, but I just think it’s gorgeous! The mythology reference is…unfortunate, but the name is elegant nonetheless.  Less over-the-top and glamorous than some other long names.

Elizabeth– Timeless and ageless, Elizabeth will always be classy and stylish. I just love Elizabeth and all her variations and nicknames!

Fay– I love the simplicity and softness of Fay.  She’s a bit dated, but she’s so sweet and easy to wear, I think she could make a comeback!

Eve– I think Eve sounds so sophisticated.  Though she’s short, I certainly don’t think she’s boring. She’s a stunning classic, and I like the Wall-E reference, too 🙂

Niamh– She rhymes with Eve, but I think Niamh has a more modern feel while retaining the refined elegance of Eve.  Another gorgeous and chic choice, I think.

Ambrogio– For me, this a family name (Italian origin) and I’d probably save it for the middle spot.  I think he’s intriguing though, don’t you?

Nathaniel– Although he’s getting popular, this name has a classic sound, a la William and Daniel, and a cool, crisp nickname in Nate.

Zachariah– I think Zachariah is a more grown-up, sophisticated alternative to the cute Zachary, and you still get to use Zach/Zack/Zac, etc as a nickname.

Max– Max is a warm, comfy sort of name…and he’s a classic that boasts the trendy X.

Dean– I think Dean is universally wearable, and can work equally well for a cute toddler and a professional adult.  Again, simple but not boring.

Blake– Blake is one of the few names that I find are cute and modern sounding, yet I definitely love.  I think he’s fairly versatile, and isn’t SO cute that he’ll be outgrown.

 

What are YOUR favorite long and short names?

 

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