Baby name ideas
Today the Mama Jeanius team are revisiting a blog about some baby name ideas. The team have chosen some baby names that we like and are maybe a little different or traditional. There are so many names to choose from that we thought we would put our top picks together for both girls and boys and the names meaning to hopefully help you choose a wonderful name for your little one. If you just can’t decide how about giving your child two middle names?
It also looks like names from the decades are making a come back. Checkout the list from the lovely people at Babyology
- Abigail – from the Hebrew, Avigayil, ‘father of joy’, ‘source of joy’. Used in Britain since the 16th century. Variants of Abby, Abbe, Abagail
- Aleria – from the Latin, alerio ‘eagle’, thus implying strength, swiftness and high-flying
- Beatrice – from the Latin, Beatrix, ‘bearer of happiness and blessings’. Popular in the Middle Ages as the unattainable heroine who personified spiritual love in Dante’s epic poem, La Divina Commedia. Variants include Bee, Bebe, Trixy
- Belle – from the French, ‘beautiful’. This and the Italian form Bella
- Charlotte – French female form of Charles. Introduced into England by the wife of the 12th century Earl of Derby. Lovely variants of Lola, Lolita and Lottie
- Clemence – female form of Clement. In Roman mythology, the goddess of pity. Nice variants of Clementia and Clemmy
- Daisy – from the Old English, doegeseage, ‘day’s eye’. European plant, some species of which open their flowers to reveal yellow discs in the morning and close up again at night. Also a form of Margaret, because the daisy was the symbol of St Margherita of Italy
- Darcey – from the old French meaning ‘dar’. The name has recently become popular in the UK after the ballet dancer Darcey Bussell
- Ella – from the Old English, aelf, ‘fairy maiden’ or the Old German, alja, ‘all’. Popular with the Normans, and later with the Victorians
- Esme – from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘protector’, this name is the feminine form of Edmund
- Flora – from the Latin, floris, ‘flower’, implying a person who will flourish herself and also bring out the best in others. The French form is Fleur
- Frayda – from the Yiddish, ‘joy’
- Grace – from the Latin, gratus, ‘pleasing, attractive, effortlessly charming’
- Georgia – female form of George
- Harriet – female form of Harry, from Henry. developed during the Middle Ages, when Harry was highly popular. Variants include Hatty, Henrietta, Etty
- Hope – from the Old English, hopian, ‘to wish with optimism’
- India – a popular girls’ name that reflects British ideas about the romance of this continent
- Ilona – Hungarian, meaning ‘beautiful’
- Jemima – from the Arabic, jonina, ‘dove’. Its peak of popularity was in the last century
- Joy – from the Latin, jocosa, ‘merry’. Found in medieval Britain, then revived first by the Puritans and then the Victorians
- Kaya – Native American meaning ‘older sister’
- Kiku – Japanese, meaning ‘chrysanthemum’. A Japanese symbol of longevity
- Lara – In Roman mythology, the nymph daughter of the god of the river
- Leala – from the Old French, loiol and leial, ‘faithful to obligations, loyal’
- Milly – variation of Mildred. From the Old English, milde, ‘mild’ and thryth ‘power’
- Molly – variation of Margaret, with an ancient Persian meaning of ‘child of light’
- Nuala – from the Irish Gaelic, fionnghuala, ‘fair-shouldered’
- Nixie – from the Old High German, nihhus, ‘nymph, sprite’
- Ola – from the Old Norse, ala, ‘nourisher, protector’
- Pia – from the Latin, pius, ‘dutiful, careful, faithful’
- Poppy – from the Latin, papavar, ‘poppy’. In botany, a tall plant with bright red blooms, whose pale milky juice has narcotic properties
- Quinta – from the Latin, quinta, ‘fifth’
- Ria- from the Spanish, ‘small river’
- Rose – from the Latin, rosa, ‘rose, wreath of roses’. The name may also be related to the Old High German, hros, ‘horse’, the sacred animal
- Robyn – from the German, meaning famed and bright
- Scarlet – from the Old French, escarlate, ‘rich, vivid reddish-orange colour’
- Sophia – from the Greek, sophia, ‘wisdom’
- Tabitha – from the Aramaic, ‘gazelle’
- Thea – from the Greek, thea, ‘goddess’
- Uma – Hebrew/Sanskrit name meaning ‘the nation’
- Violet – from the Latin, viola, ‘violet or stock gilly flower’
- Willow – from the English name of a tree that grows near water
- Xanthe – from the Greek, xanthos ‘yellow’
- Yakira – from the Hebrew ‘precious’
- Zara – from the Arabic, ‘dawn’
Baby name ideas for Boys
- Albert (Bertie) – From the Old High German name, Adelbrecht, from adal, ‘noble and beraht ‘bright’, thus ‘noble and illustrious
- Archibald (Archy) – From the Germanic name Ercanbald, ‘very bold’. It entered England through the East Anglian royal family in the 7th century
- Beau – From the French, ‘beautiful, handsome’; the male form of Belle
- Blythe – From the Old English, blithe, ‘joyful, frivolous, carefree’
- Christian – From the Greek, Kristos, ‘anoited one’
- Conrad – From the Old High German, conja, ‘bold, wise’ and rad, ‘counsellor’. A name introduced to Britain from Germany during the Middle Ages
- Dominic – From the Latin, dominicus, ‘belonging to a lord or master’
- Dylan – From the Welsh , ‘the sea’
- Edward – From the Old English name, Eadward, from eadig, ‘happy, fortunate, rich’, and weard, which, like mud, means ‘guardian, protector’
- Ewen – Welsh form of John
- Fergus – From the Gaelic, ver qusti, ‘manly choice, best choice’
- Frederick (Freddy) – From the Old High German, frithu, ‘peace’ and rik, ‘king, ruler’, thus peaceful ruler
- Gabriel – Name of the archangel who told the Virgin Mary she would be the mother to Jesus
- George – From the Greek, georgos, ‘farm labourer
- Harvey – From the Breton name, Haerveu, ‘worthy of battle’, implying a mature, strong and well-trained man
- Hugh – From the Old High German name, hughberht, from hugu, ‘spirit, mind’, and beraht, ‘shining, illustrious’, thus ‘intelligent and noble-spirited; or from the Celtic names, Hu and Hew ‘fire, inspiration’
- Ivar – From the Old Borse, ‘archer’
- James – English for of Jacob. A thoroughly Christian and royal form of name
- Julian – Probably from the Greek, ‘soft-haired, fair-complexioned’
- Keane – From the Old English, cene, ‘wise, clever, brave, strong’
- Kim – Possibly from the Greek, kymbalon. Or from the old English ruler, Cymbeline or Cunobelinus, ‘high and mighty’. The form of Kim was popularised by the clever, all-knowing hero of Rudyard Kipling’s novel set in India
- Leo – From the Greek, leon, ‘lion’, implying strenght of character, will and physique
- Luke – English form of Lucius, or ‘man from Luciana’, after St Luke. The Greek physician, saint and evangelist
- Morgan – From the Welsh name, Morcant, from mawr ‘great’, and can, ‘bright’, thus ‘brilliance’
- Murphy – From the Celtic, muir, ‘from the sea’
- Nathaniel – From the Hebrew name, Nathan, ‘he gave’, thus ‘gift of God’
- Nicholas – From the Greek, nike, ‘victory’ and laos, ‘people’, thus ‘people’s victory’. In Greek mythology, Nike was the winged goddess of victory
- Oliver – From the Old Norse name, Anlefir – variants include Ollie
- Otis – From the Greek, ous, ‘ear’, implying someone who not only has a good ear for music and literature but who takes and gives advice
- Patrick – From the Latin, patricius, ‘patrician, memebre of the Roman nobility’
- Pius – From the Latin, pius, ‘dutiful, devout, loyal, kind, conscientious, respectful’
- Quentin – From the Latin, quintus ‘ fifth’, and thus the male form of Quinta
- Ralph – From the Old English, raed, ‘counsel, advice’ and wulf, ‘wolf’, thus ‘fearless adviser’
- Rory – The Irish version of the Gaelic name, Ruadidhri, from ruaah ‘red’; the Scottish version is Roderick. Roger is another translation
- Salvador – From the Latin, salvus, ‘perserved, saved, unharmed, well’
- Samson – From the hebrew, shemesh, ‘sun’, thus ‘child of the sun’
- Theobald (Theo) – From the Olf German name, Theudobald, from theuda, ‘people’, and bald, ‘bold’
- Troy – Accoriding to Greek legend, the great city of the Trojans, rules over by King Priam whose son, Paris, abducted the beautiful Helen, thus precipitating the 10 year long war with the Greeks that ended in the city’s destruction
- Umberto – From the Italian, terra d’ombra, ‘umber’, an earthy colour
- Vernon – From the Latin, vernalis, ‘vernal, belonging to spring’, implying a blossoming youth
- William – From the Old French name, Willaume, and the Old High German name, Willahelm, from wilja, ‘desire, hope’ and helm, ‘helmet, guardian’ thus ‘resolute protector’
- Winston – From the Old English, winnan, ‘to win, gain by working, defeat, conquer’, and tun ‘ town, villiage’, thus ‘victorious town’
- Xavier – From the Arabic, ‘bright’
- Yardley – From the Old English, geard, ‘enclosure, residence’
- Yves – French form of the Welsh name, Evan, from John
- Zachariah (Zach) – From the Hebrew, ‘remembrance of God’
- Zebulun (Zeb) – From the Hebrew, ‘to honour, praise’
Source: The Best Baby Name Book by Louise Nicholson
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Day out ideas for the whole family
No matter what the time of year or which part of the country you live in, there is always somewhere the entire family can go to enjoy a great day out. Whether you are into white-knuckle rides, historic castles and stately homes, picnics, zoos and wildlife parks or sporting events such as football, rugby, motor racing or horses, a quick search on the internet will almost certainly uncover a range of options.
Of course, much depends on the age of your children, whether they are boys or girls and what they are most interested in; are you looking to attend an event as spectators or do you want to participate; do you prefer a walk in the countryside or a city centre museum visit? Here is just a small selection to whet your appetite and set your imagination running.
There are theme parks all around the country, some specialise in white-knuckle rides, for example Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, while others such as Legoland and Gulliver’s World cater for younger members of the family. Aquariums are a good choice during the winter months and if the weather is bad. They are suitable for children of all ages, and companies like Sea Life and Blue Reef operate aquariums in cities around the country. In a similar vein, the UK has some superb zoos, many of which are open all year round. Consider purchasing a family season ticket; you only need to make three or four visits for them to be financially worthwhile and it means you can spend an hour or so in a nice warm butterfly or tropical house during the winter or when it’s raining, without feeling you have wasted your money.
If you and your family are football or rugby fans why not take a stadium tour? Twickenham, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and Premier League teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea offer organised, behind the scenes visits. Alternatively, you might prefer to go and watch a game; tickets are widely available on the internet.
There are motor racing circuits across the country; some put on low-key race days for local motor clubs while others cater for international events. If you are new to the sport, take the family to your local track where you can spend an entertaining day strolling from viewpoint to viewpoint. Most of these events admit children under 16 years of age at no cost. For the ultimate in atmosphere, excitement and celebrity spotting, the annual British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone cannot be beaten. The UK has produced World Champion drivers like Jim Clark, Graham and Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, James Hunt, Jenson Button and current champion, Lewis Hamilton. What’s more, between 1999 and 2003, the president of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, whose website is fia.com, was Englishman Max Mosley. A former racer himself, Max has been influential in promoting road safety around the world and introducing green technology into both the sport and motor industry. In 2006, he was awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’ in recognition of his contribution to road safety and motorsport.
Horses are a favourite with most youngsters so why not check out when your next local pony club event, point-to-point, polo match or horse racing event is taking place? Pack sandwiches and refreshments and enjoy a picnic while you are there.
As with any family outing it always pays to plan well in advance; however, it is also worth remembering that there are times when the best days out are those that are completely spontaneous.
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Winter style for your first family ski trip
Hello from Mama Jeanius!
As we near the tail end of the ski season we decided to look at fashion style for you and your family on the slopes.
Are you planning your first family ski trip? Wondering which ski styles are hot enough to melt snow right now? When you and your family shoot down those slopes you want to be noticed for great technique and great skiing apparel. Here’s a rundown of the styles and fashions rocking the snow circuits to make sure you and your brood truly look the part.
Nothing boosts confidence on the slopes better than a fabulous ski outfit. Bearing this in mind, here are some ideas to consider when you hit the slopes.
Blind them with style on the nursery slopes and they’ll forgive your beginner’s tumbles. The most fashionable female looks on the piste right now are trimmed with faux fur. Look out for fitted, quilted jackets with snug, cozy hoods decorated with a range of different colored, imitation furs. The on-trend parka style popular in street fashion has been adapted for the slopes, and you can coast downhill like a really cool ski-momma if you wear one of these cool jackets. Much of the sharp ski wear for ladies such as thermal leggings and mountaineer’s pullovers, Merino wool insulated over-jackets and all in one fur-trimmed snowsuits look good enough to transfer to the après-ski activities – vin chaud anyone?
Ice cool dad
One of the leading outdoor gear garments for ski dudes are men’s Spyder jackets. You can see them here; made in hi-tech, four way stretch fabric that is both comfortable and breathable, these aggressively good-looking, highly styled jackets are deservedly bestsellers. Featuring Thinsulate insulation and available in a range of colors, there’s bound to be a jacket in the Spyder range to catch dad’s eye.
For more low-key dads, the trend in ski wear styled around workwear themes has been taking off. Donning a super-insulated waterproof outfit that looks like mechanics overalls may not be your idea of vacation clothing, but for the more sober fellow it may be just the encouragement he needs for donning his skis and pounding the piste.
For kids, ski wear not only has to be super safe, it needs to be really practical and good-looking. Fortunately, ski wear designers are on the case with some really great options for skiers of the small persuasion. Keeping them warm and dry is the top priority, but they will want to look good as well – they can choose from styles in single block colors or a wide range of multicolored, highly patterned ski wear, which will make them easy to spot on the slopes. For really small children, consider the ease with which they can pull on/pull off ski wear for bathroom visits. Many ski styles for older children are influenced by snowboarding culture, which has a more edgy take and can easily double for après-ski activities. Don’t forget to top off their outfits with the coolest looking pair of goggles and a high quality safety helmet.
By wearing ski wear that looks good and performs well, you will be increasing your chances of a successful vacation. Your first family ski trip together will be a memorable event for you all, so why not make sure you do it in style?
The Mama Jeanius Team: Designer Maternity Jeans, Design for life