Monday, October 5, 2015

Name Crush Monday: Azariah

The Hello everyone! Sorry for the unexpected absence! We've had a busy last couple of weeks! Anyway, Beloved Baby Names is back with a new name crush Monday!

                   "Helped by the Lord"
          Ranked #838 for boys in 2014

Azariah was popular back in biblical days but it fell out of favor for quite a while. It's gaining popularity again, though, and is in the bottom half of the top 1000. In the Bible, Azariah is a man's name but these days, people are using it for boys and girls. Personally, I only like it for boys and the pronunciation I like is azz-ahr-EYE-yuh. There are several Azariahs in the Bible but the one that's most notable to me is one of Daniel's three friends in the book of Daniel who are better known by their Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I think they deserve to be known by their Hebrew names. Their Babylonian names refer to pagan gods but their Hebrew names honor the God of Heaven that they risked their lives to follow. (I talk more about that in my post about the name Hananiah.) Azariah certainly was helped by the Lord, like his name means, in the fiery furnace. I think he makes a great namesake for a modern boy. 

God bless you and thanks for reading!

What names are you crushing on lately? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Name Crush Monday: Eve

                      Ranked #460

Eve is a name that I've been thinking more and more about lately. I believe it's the most popular name I've ever features as a name crush but despite the fact that it's somewhat well used, I've never met anyone named Eve. To me, Eve gives off a vibe of mystery and class. The nickname Evie is also adorable! In the Bible, the first human being we ever see receiving a name is Eve, and she receives it from her husband Adam (we don't get to hear his name story). Adam gives his wife the name Eve "because she will become the mother of all the living." I think that's a really cool story. There is, of course, the stigma attached to this name from Eve being deceived by the serpent in the garden, eating the forbidden fruit, and allowing sin and death to enter the world. That's a pretty big deal and it could attract some unwanted attention for a little girl named Eve . However, Adam sinned as well in the account of the garden and the name Adam has enjoyed quite a bit of popularity, seemingly with no stigma attached. I wonder why that is? Anyway, I think Eve is usable and lovely. What do you think?

What names are you crushing on lately?

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ways to Get to Evie

Hello everyone! It's time for another article in the nickname series we've been doing here on Beloved Baby Names and this time we're looking at the darling nickname Evie that many parents are favoring these days. Let's jump right in with soe of the popular ways to get to Evie, and some of my personal favorites!

Ranked #501

I was somewhat surprised to see Evie ranked on its own.  Although it is one of my favorite nicknames, it seems more like a nickname to me. Obviously other people feel differently as it is almost in the top 500.

Ranked #460 in 2014

I think Eve is probably the most obvious way to get to the nickname Evie.  In the Bible, the first man, Adam, blesses his wife with the name Eve, because she will become the mother of all the living. In my opinion, Eve is a really underrated name. It will always be classy and retain an air of mystery. 

English from French "Aveline"
"hazelnut tree"
Ranked #16 in 2014

Evelyn is the full name I hear most often for the nickname Evie and the most popular name on this list at #16. Evelyn, too, is a very classy old-fashioned name that has made a resurgence. Fun fact: Evelyn originated as a man's name but is now exclusively for girls. Despite Evelyn's current popularity, it's a name that you really can't go wrong with.

"bringer of good news"
Ranked #276 in 2014

Evangeline is a gorgeous, classy name (I keep saying that about Evie names, don't I? It's just the truth). It's more popular than I expected it to be and it's on the rise. I really love the meaning of this name. The English word we translate as "gospel" comes from a similar Greek word ("evangelion"), so Evangeline definitely has religious significance. I have Evangeline on my list as a middle name option. For those who want something even more flowing, there's the longer version Evangelina.

"evening star"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

If you're really looking for something under the radar, try Yvaine. I adore this name! I heard it for the first time on the movie Stardust, which was based on a novel by Neil Gailman. Yvaine could be related to the male's name Yvain, who was one of the knights of the round table, in Arthurian legend.  You could possibly spell Evie Yvie in this case, but I might just stick with Evie.

English from French
"tribe woman"
Ranked #210 in 2014

Genevieve is a simply stunning name that's overflowing with class and charm. Genevieve was also more popular than I expected it to be but it makes since, given that it fits in well with he "princessy" names (Isabella, Sophia, etc) that parents are favoring these days. Genevieve is well used but still a refreshing alternative to some of the mega-popular "princessy" names.

Irish, phonetic spelling of Caoimhe
"beautiful, gentle, precious"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Keeva is my other top contender for my favorite on this list. The authentic Irish spelling Caoimhe has been in the top 20 in Ireland but if you're using this name outside of the U.K., I'd recommend this spelling to avoid confusion. While some authentically spelled Irish names such as Siobahn are more familiar and usable in the U.S., I think Caoimhe would be a hassle (I'm speaking from the experience of growing up with a very confusing Irish maiden name). Keeva, however, is lovely and easily accessable in North America. I especially love the meaning! Keeva is also a great way to honor a dad, uncle, cousin, etc. named Kevin, as Keeva is the feminine form of Kevin (which is authenically spelled Caoimhin).

Those are some of the most common and some of my favorites but there are plenty more! Here's the long list:


What's your favorite way to get to Evie? Are there any that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

God bless you and that's for reading!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Beloved Baby Names: Summer Name Wrap-Up

Hey everybody! Today I wanted to do a wrap-up of all the names we've discusses here on Beloved Baby Names from June, July, and August. The summer is coming to a close and I wanted to do a review in case you missed out on any of these great names and discussions we've been having here! If you want to read more about any of these names, click the links or the pictures! (And remember to pin names for later if you like them!)

Something I've been doing lately is Name Crush Monday, where I share just a random name that I've been crushing on every Monday. Here are the ones featured in June, July, and August:



Obviously, I didn't do this every Monday but I'm hoping to in the future.

I haven't been doing Names of the Week for the last month or so but it will come back hopefully next week! These names of he week are from June and one from July:

Names of the week will hopefully return in mid-September.

I've been doing a nickname series here on Beloved Baby Names and this summer I added two articles to this series this summer. I started off with How to Get to Liv and my article on How to Get to Ben was featured on Appellation Mountain.

The next article in this series will be a girls name and on my list of girls names that I want to include at some point are Addy, Bella, Kate, Ally, Anna, Evie, Madi and Emmy (feel free to leave me more suggestions in the comments of more nicknames that could work for more than one given name). Boys names that I want to include in this series are Max, Cal, Ash, Leo, Ali, Cole, and Will. Some unisex nicknames that I'd also like to include are Lee, Ari, Alex, Cam, Cory and Quin. 

In June I featured two articles about some of my personal favorite names, my favorite biblical boys names and my favorite biblical girls names:

I really enjoyed putting this list together and have been thinking of doing another one soon with my favorite word names. 

I did something a little different on National Dog Day and talked a little bit about my dogs' names, which of course are Dallas Dakota and Pax Midnight Donatello. I share what they mean and why I chose them.

If you want to read more about my adorable dogs and see more cute pictures, go to Beloved Blog, where I blog about life, faith, and things that make me smile. Pax and Kota are frequent features.

Another big article I did this summer was Fashionably Old Fashioned Girls Names, which are "old lady names" that have come back around to being popular again:

Fashionably Old Fashioned Boys Names is in the works! I hope to have it out sometime soon!

One of the most exciting things for me this summer was getting to do my very first Q&A here on Beloved Baby Names! I love discussing baby names and I'm so honored when someone wants my help with naming or just wants to talk about a particular name!

Please feel free to leave me a comment with any question you want answered regarding baby names, whether your expecting and need help naming a baby or a writer looking for a character name or just a name enthusiast looking for someone else's opinion! 

I am also on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest if you want to follow me on any of those sites!

Thanks for visiting Beloved Baby Names and for discussing baby names with me this summer! I hope the fall and winter months are just as exciting, however, we do have some pretty big family changes coming up soon, so I'm giving myself the permission to take a break or not do as much (as I have in the past for health reasons... I always try to bite off a little too much!). Again, thanks for reading and God bless!

What was your favorite name that I featured this summer? Are there any names you'd like to see me feature this fall? Don't forget to leave questions for future Q&A!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Name Crush Monday: Zephaniah

It's name crush Monday, everybody! Today's name crush is a biblical name I'm really loving these days!

                "Treasured by the Lord"

Zephaniah is a really cool name that is tragically underused, in my opinion, especially given the popularity of other Z names like Zecheriah. The meaning "treasured by the Lord" is absolutely amazing! I used to think Zephaniah lacked usable nicknames but Zeph is actually really cute. Zephyr is another name on its own but it could also work as a nickname for Zephaniah. Another reason why I love the name Zephaniah is because my favorite verse in the Bible is Zephaniah 3:17. I love how much this verse shows that God loves his people.

What names are you crushing on lately? 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Dogs' Names

Hello everyone! Happy National Dog Day! I wanted to talk to you about my dogs names and the reasons behind them to today in honor of national dog day!

My 9 year old husky/shepherd mix is named "Dallas Dakota", which when made into a name sentence means "gentle friend" or "gentle ally". Dallas was the name that the animal shelter gave him before I adopted him when he was 8 weeks old but I had already decided to name him Dakota. I chose Dakota because in baby name books, the name meaning is always listed as "friend", and that's what I wanted in a dog. I've since read that it means more along the lines of "ally", but he's been that to me too. I kept Dallas ("gentle") as his first name because it flowed better but he's always been called Kota. The gentleness took time but he's always been an amazing friend.

Pax is my 7.5 month old husky/lab mix. I chose Pax because it's the Latin word for peace and it was my sincere hope that Pax would offer me some peace and comfort when Kota passes on (but hopefully not for several years). I also wanted to have part of his name mean "gift of God" and I decided on Donatello, because other names that mean that (Nathanael, Theodore, Jonathan) are ones I'd possibly consider for a human child. Read "A Puppy and a Prayer" to find out how Pax became a part of our pack. Midnight is a name that Michael suggested because of his jet-black fur. I really like what Midnight adds to the name sentence. "Peace at night is a gift from God" is a profound spiritual truth---and also the meaning of  my dog's name!

You can read more about my sweet puppies at Check out these articles:

God bless and thanks or reading!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Name Crush Monday: Maven

It's Monday and that means it's time for name crushes! I normally try to alternate boys and girls names, but I'm going break that pattern this week because I'm totally crushing on the name Maven!

"One who understands"

I fell in love with the name Maeve watching Criminal Minds a few seasons ago but I really don't care for the meaning. Then a few weeks ago, I came across the name Maven and I really love the sound. After looking up the meaning, I'm officially swooning! Maven comes from Hebrew, meaning "one who understands" and has become an English term meaning "expert". I'm not sure Maven really goes with my overall style, but I might consider it as a middle name. 

What do you think of Maven? What names are you crushing on lately? Let me know in the comments!