Ysa Rises from the Land of the Dead

January 30, 2010

I’m pretty ashamed that I let this blog die out after only about 2 months. Pathetic. I’ve decided to breathe life into it again. Here’s the new plan:

As I’m an active member of a name forum, In The Name Of, I won’t so much be posting hypothetical name combos here as making posts on new names I’m interested in and their histories, name trends around the world, thoroughly name nerd-type things. However, here are my list of v favorite girls’ and boys’ combos if you are interested in my style (which has changed distinctly over the last 9 or so months). Be warned, it’s a long list:


Rosalind Vera Cecile

Hestia Josephine Sarai

Paloma Doris Aveline

Rosalba Hero Pauline

Olive Calypso Pearl

Cecilia Anne Melantho

Freya Lilias Hannelore

Florence Coppélia Plum

Norah Juniper Vashti

Clarice Padma Beatriu

Zillah Jean Marigold

Susanna Mehetabel Jane

Dorothea Hazel Isatou

Eudora Alice Leontine

Lucretia Iris Gwendoline

Winifred Portia Valentine

Olympia Betony Maxine

Rohana Sylvie Melusine

Maeve Zenobia Frances

Petra Calliope Ingram

Constance Emily Lucasta

Pearl Vera Madelief

Enid Jocasta Saffron

Ruzena Lucy Dagmar

Boys (not nearly so many here, and not so elaborate, though I love them all the same):

Malcolm Ferdinand

Lloyd Edwin

Bertram David

Anselm Douglas

Quentin Alphonse

Clyde Antony

Donovan Maurice

Lysander Ambrose

Christopher Gabriel “Kit”

Peter Sigmund

If you read through that, I commend you! ūüėõ Next up, I get down to business with a name of the day!


The Lovely Miss Hestia

May 11, 2009

hestiaYsa, you dope.

You’re not allowed to take enormous breaks from blogging until you’re settled down! You start one, then take a wee month-long break? Bah!

Ok, I’m so sorry everyone. I’ve been consumed in such activities as crunch time, orchestra performances, and all round madness, so I’ve neglected to keep up the blog. I am hopefully ¬†back to posting for the time being, up until finals in two weeks, and then it’s smooth sailing.¬†

And guess what else? I lied about Lucasta; we’re doing Hestia instead! She’ll appear in a different post, I think.

So, on to Hestia. She’s the Greek goddess of the hearth and home- daughter of Chronos and Rhea. In Rome, she was known as Vesta, where she had this grand temple constructed in her honor. It was the place for keeping wills of estate and such, guarded by the vestal virgins. (Yay, ancient civ! I didn’t need to look that up.) Too domestic for today’s empowered women? Eh, I think not. It’s like the lack of culinary education in schools: people are striving so hard to get away from that docile image of the housewife, and we miss out on a lot. I don’t mind a bit of domesticity nowadays!

Hestia sounds far from tame; borderline wildchild, even. I think of hexagons, quirky shapes with their own style. Also, that hefty “H” up at the front adds tons of oomph to the name, yet quickly feminises at the end with the more delicate -tia ending. She does sound quite quirky, and less streamlined than Vesta (which is also ever-awesome).

So, here are the combinations I pulled from my head. It’s a mad assortment of names with personal meaning and complete and utter GPs. So, here we go!

Hestia Calliope Myrtle

Hestia Josephine Sarai

Hestia Lilias Hydrangea/Hestia Lilias Eugenie

Hestia Pauline Elowen

Hestia Morag Yael

Hestia Emmeline Pearl

Hestia Meredith Colette

Hestia Julianne Eluned

As a post-script: Is it tacky to mention other sites? I’ve been hanging out at inthenameof.freeforums.org recently (they finally gave me my account!). There’s tons of traffic, and inspiring name choices. I recommend you check it out! (I’m Ysabeau over there).

Little Felicity is doing well. She’s finally weaned, which took her long enough! Very stubborn kitten, but sweet as can be. I’ll try to have a picture of her up sometime before she goes. I’ve also got two new fosters who I need to name. I’ll update when I find the proper monikers.

Thanks for being so patient with this frazzled teenager.


Super-Short Post

April 13, 2009

Ah, drat. I’m back in school, meaning I can’t blog my little heart out as I’d like to.

Just stopping by to say that I got to name something! We’re fostering a 2.5 week-old kitten- she has longish fuzzy black fur with a white chest and paws, and round blue eyes! (I’m enjoying the eyes for now. Once they get older, they narrow and turn green or yellow, and then direct them at you and glare..) I’ve named her Felicity. It’s a pretty name, and I feel giving her a name with a positive on-the-surface meaning will inspire good feelings toward her and get her adopted more easily. Yeah, I’m weird.

Anyway, next post will be on Lucasta! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on her.



April 6, 2009

white-rose1I am¬†infatuated¬†with Rosalba. She’s floral (meaning “white rose”), lush, yet not overly frilly and feminine. The ‘-ba’ ending is so unusual and kicky, and even slightly sultry. Along with Rosalind she’s my favorite of the Rose names. I’ve got some combinations for her; one relatively old, and six new creations.

Rosalba Melantho– ¬†Ah! I want to break out in song when I see or say her. So utterly lush, she’s like dark chocolate¬†ganache¬†cake with raspberries. I’ve had her on my short list for a month or two, and I’m liking her. ¬†Melantho may sound sinister, as she was a very minor villain in The Odyssey, but I don’t think most will make the connection. Nontrendy girls’ “O” endings are so hard to come by! Melantho is possibly for one of my mother’s best friends, Melanie, who is very kind to us. Another thing I just noticed- the names are slightly

Rosalba Ursuline– Is this taking the villain thing to far, with Ursula the Sea Witch? Even without the connection she may be a little dark for a girl to carry, but she’s graceful and pretty to look at.

Rosalba Valentine– She does look very cutesy, and the only significant connection I have to Valentine other than her sound is the character from Ender’s Game. *Blushes at blatant geekiness* Too much?

Rosalba Georgianne– Significantly lighter than the previous three, Georgianne reminds me of Jane Austen and the countryside (I think this is because of Mr. Darcy’s sister, Georgiana).

Rosalba Leonore– Leonore is for my grandma Nora, which has more meaning than nearly all of my other combinations here. Leonore reminds me of Poe’s Lenore, a bit broodin. She’s also a little medieval; I think castles and chivalry and the like!

Rosalba Constance– Here, Constance does what she appears to be- constant and stabilizes Rosalba. Another slightly medieval one, she’s really cool too. Constance was the mother of King Frederick II Hohenstaufen, whom she left with Pope Innocent III for his own protection. Minor character in history, yes, but as we learn more in Ancient Civ I’m finding a greater appreciation for some of these names!

Rosalba Julianne- Everyone will agree with me when I say this is the most “normal” and mainstream of the options. Julianne is my auntie’s name, so I think it would be great to include her in there. Perhaps too mundane?


German Clunkers (The Jungen!)

April 4, 2009

Jungen is “boys” in German, if that wasn’t too clear.. I cheated on this one and asked my mom for a few vocabulary words, since she lived in a German speaking country for a number of years. Short (-er) post today, in a few minutes I’m off to the Turkish Festival and then on to ride elephants at the zoo! Ah, spring break.¬†

So! I’ve been investigating a few German boys’ names, and I’ve been really drawn to them. I quite like their solid clunkiness and -m and -and endings. First up is Anselm. Well, he’s probably one of the less clunky here, really polished. He reminds me of light colored wood like oak. A thought came to me last night- since I’m trying to pair Malcolm correctly, why not Malcolm Anselm? They both end in “m,” but is it that bothersome? Additionally, Anselm seems to be the most wearable options of these.

Then we’ve got Bertram. The question is, Bertram or Bertrand? Frankly, I find either to be awesome. I’m just not sold on the “Burt” part. Can you creative namers think of something more appealing as a nickname, or am I stuck here?

Ferdinand! Yes, he is German, in fact, though familiar to people as Spanish because of the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The name is distinctly red. This is probably because I associate him with Ferdinand the Bull in a children’s story I used to read, leading me to the red flags they wave in front of bulls to get them angry. A lively sort of name! Another one that is difficult to nickname, however. Ferd? Ach, I’m not good at this. Any suggestions?

And the rest- Alphonse and Armand are quite sleek and handsome. Then Lothar, which is so very cool and fun to say- “LO-tar.” Reminds me a little of Reptar from the Rugrats from when I was younger, but that shouldn’t get in the way of using it!¬†

As a little experiment, what do you think of these as middles for Malcolm? I’m still working on him.

Malcolm Anselm

Malcolm Bertram/Malcolm Bertrand

Malcolm Ferdinand

Malcolm Alphonse

Malcolm Lothar

Malcolm Armand


I think I may be on to something here… thanks for reading, and I’d love some thoughts and advice!


Name Trends in the Netherlands

April 1, 2009


The tulip, inches above the rest! Could it be a sign for the Netherland's naming style?

The tulip, inches above the rest! Could it be a sign for the Netherland's naming style?

I got thinking about the Netherland’s names about a year ago, actually. My dear friend Semna was visiting with her father who was on a student exchange here in America. Before she went back to Amsterdam, she had a few of her friends from home come to visit her. By coincidence, both of their names were Isa! Being an Ysa, I thought it most peculiar to have a sudden onslaught of girls sharing my name, when I had ever only known one other Isa. Well, turns out Isa is nearly the counterpart to Isabella here in America, popularity-wise. Take a look at the top names:



1. Sophie

2. Julia 

3. Lieke

4. Emma

5. Sanne

6. Anna

7. Lotte

8. Eva

9. Anne

10. Lisa

11. Isa

12. Noa

13. Maud

14. Jasmijn

15. Fleur

16. Sara

17. Iris

18. Anouk

19. Tess

20. Amber


Well, it hasn’t reached Isabella status yet. But #11, I never knew! So let’s look at the boys, too.



1. Daan

2. Tim

3. Sem

4. Jayden

5. Thomas

6. Thijs

7. Jesse

8. Ruben

9. Lars

10. Milan

11. Lucas

12. Stijn

13. Finn

14. Sven

15. Luuk

16. Bram

17. Levi

18. Nick

19. Max

20. Sam


It’s pretty clear that there is a huge using short, sweet nicknames for full ones trend going on there. From the girls- Sanne for Susanne, Lotte for Charlotte, Isa for Isabel, and I believe Tess is a nickname as well. For the boys, we’ve got Daan which seems like it should be from Daniel, Tim for Timothy, Finn for one of his many full names, Bram I assumed to be from Abraham, Nick from Nicholas, Max from Maximillian or similar, and Sam from Samuel. Phew! I really like some of these short forms of names, and I would use them in a flash (Sanne and Lotte come to mind), but only as nicknames for their full counterparts. But you know, this gets me thinking. What do people think of names like Molly, Ruby, Kate, and Lily which used to be nicknames as well, but are now used as is? The nicknames for names sector has expanded in America, too.¬†

It was interesting to see names like Lisa and Amber up there, which are thoroughly dated in America, right up next to modern sounding Jayden (Gah! That one stuck out like a sore thumb! Tryndeeeee!), Jasmijn, Iris, Noa and Finn, also alongside ancient Maud and Bram! It’s a very interesting compilation of sweetness from a variety of time periods.¬†

I thought that the Dutch and Scandinavian names on the list were some of the most charming. If only I could use something like Daan or Luuk, with their interesting double vowels… sigh. I find Lars to be super cool as well, along with Sven, which sound like they could pass as some sort bird. Anouk was my very favorite on the girls list. She manages to be enchanting while ending in a “k” sound, which I’ve never seen a name pull off (I think? It’s fairly rare). She’s the Dutch form of Anna/Anne. How funny, then, to see both Anna and¬†Anne on the list, yet both significantly more popular!

I read a very interesting source on the patterns of naming in the Netherlands, which is right here:

It’s very interesting, and if you’re into linguistics I would definitely take a look. Here is are the naming trends according to their survey and calculations (all very fancy stuff):

24% Foreign

12% Traditional Dutch

11% Pre-Modern

11% Short

6% History and Culture

2% Frisian

This corresponds to the top names quite well. In addition, my own Netherlandic friend, Semna, has a Foreign name, too- her parents say it’s Egyptian. I can’t verify this, since Google has failed to find it’s origin and meaning (ah, how lazy I am). If it’s true, she certainly fits into the 24% with foreign names!


Thank you for reading!


Susan, Susanna, and Azucena

March 30, 2009

I’ve got three names with the same meaning. I’m not considering Lily, which is the English meaning of the names, but way too popular and not nearly as interesting! Which to choose?

First runner up: Susan. I’ve had her on my short list for ages as Susan Mimosa Thayer (Thayer being a family last name). But is she too musty? I know I would call her Sanne, Sanna, or Sukie most of the time, but Susan in full is quite nice, too. Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia is a pleasant connection.¬†

Next is the one all the revolutionaries are raving about, Susanna. She seems considerably more light and floral than Susan, like a breezy Summer’s day. The connection everyone is familiar with is the song “Oh, Susanna,” which is a cheery, light hearted Southern song. Upon wikipedia-ing the name (the¬†notoriously¬†not-so-trusty online encyclopedia), I found out that Willie Shakespeare named his first daughter Susanna. Very random, but based on the characters in his plays, I’d say he has great naming taste! On my list, I’ve got her down in some new brain babies- Susanna Judith Morag, Susanna Ceridwen Morag, and Susanna Bronwen Morag. I don’t believe there is any family or personal connection to any of the names, they’re for fun and I like them. :] As for nicknames, I like Susanna alone, but Sanne and Sanna are two popular Dutch nicknames that I’m starting to really like.¬†

Here’s one I had never heard of until very recently: the Spanish form, Azucena. I think she’s muy bonita! Really funky, I could call her Zuzu, Azu, or similar. Cena is “dinner” in Spanish, no? ;] What do you think of her? Too far fetched? Maybe even more so with the middle names I’ve been toying around with- Azucena Melisande and Azucena Ursuline!¬†


Once again, thanks for reading! I’d love feedback on some of my options.