Names of the Week

Alessandra

Female
Alternate Spelling: Alexandra (Alessandra is the Italian and Spanish Version)
Nickname: Alex, Ales (Pronounced Alice), Ally/Allie
Pronunciation: Ah-Leh-Sahn-Dra
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Defender of Mankind
Well-Known Alessandras: Alessandra Cullen (The Devil’s Advocate), Alessandra Ambrosio (Model), Alessandra Torresani (Actress), Alessandra De Rossi (Actress)

 

Elena

Female
Alternate Spelling: Alena, Eleena, Eleana
Nickname: El; Lena
Pronunciation: Ee-Lay-Na
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Shining Light
Well-Known Elenas: Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries, L.J. Smith); Elena Lincoln (Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James); Elena “Helene” Vasilyevna Kuragina (War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy); Elena Galathynius Havilliard (Throne of Glass Series, Sarah J. Maas); Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding (Singer)

 

Horatio

Male
Alternate Spelling: Horacio
Nickname: Ray
Pronunciation: Huh-Ray-Shee-Oh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Man of Time
Well-Known Horatios: Horatio (Hamlet, Shakespeare); Horatio Hornblower (Hornblower, C.S. Forester), Horatio Caine (CSI: Miami); Horatio Alger (Novelist)

 

Sienna

Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: None that I am aware of
Pronunciation: See-En-Ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Reddish Brown
Well-Known Siennas: Sienna Martin (The Lifeboat Clique, Kathy Parks); Sienna Blake (Hollyoaks); Sienna Rosa Diana Miller (Actress and Model); Sienna Tiggy Guillory (Actress)

 

Enzo

Male
Alternate Spelling: Enzio
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: N-zoh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Short Form of Lorenzo
Well-Known Enzos: Enzo Valenciano (The Young Elites, Marie Lu); Enzo (The Vampire Diaries); Enzo Knol (Dutch Youtuber); Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (Founder of Ferrari)

Francesca

Female
Alternate Spelling: Franncesca; Fransesca
Nickname: Frankie, Frannie
Pronunciation: Fran-Ches-kah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Free
Well-Known Francescas: Francesca (Torment, Lauren Kate); Francesca Altifiorla (Kept in the Dark, Anthony Trollope); Francesca “Franky” Fitzgerald (Skins UK); Francesca Isabella Simon (Author); Francesca Gregorini (Writer/Director)

Isabella

Female
Alternate Spelling: Izabella; Isabela
Nickname: Bella; Issy; Isa
Pronunciation: Iz-ah-bell-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Devoted to God
Well-Known Isabellas: Isabella “Bella” Swan, a fictional character in Stephenie Meyer’s, Twilight, series; Isabella Knightly (Emma, Jane Austen); Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen); Isabella Linton (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte); Isabella (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare)

Mara

Female
Alternate Spelling: Marra
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: Mar-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Of the Sea; Bitter
Well-Known Maras: Mara Jade Skywalker (Star Wars Extended Universe); Mara (Clockwork Forest, Doug Macleod); Mara Amrita Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, Michelle Hodkins); Mara Carlyle (Spontaneous, Aaron Starmer); Mara Wilson (Actress and Author); Mara Liasson (Journalist)

 

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Names of the Week

I spend a lot of time choosing names for my characters.

I can spend hours browsing different websites looking at the top names for different countries, searching up the meanings of less common names, and seeing what names people have invented.

As a result, I’m going to be posting four names along with some info about them every Friday! I tried this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to continue and this year, each month has a theme surrounding the names.

For January, all the names chosen are of Italian Origin (or at least one of the origins of the name is Italian).

Now, without further ado, here are the first Names of the Week of 2018!

Clarissa

Female
Alternate Spelling: Clarisa; Clairissa
Nickname: Clara
Pronunciation: Clare-iss-ah
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Brilliant; Bright
Well-Known Clarissas: Clarissa Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf), Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson), Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (Found of Red Cross), Clarissa Eshuis (New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
*Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (English Novelist)*

Emilio

Male
Pronunciation: em-ee-lee-o
Origin: Italy
Meaning: To Strive or Excel or Rival
Well-Known Emilios: Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emilio Estevez (Actor), Emilio Pucci (Designer)

Lorenzo

Male
Nickname: Enzo
Pronunciation: lore-en-zo
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Laurel
Well-Known Lorenzos: Lorenzo Belli (“Haunting Ground”), Lorenzo Brino (Actor), Lorenzo Botero (Colombian Photographer), Lorenzo Ferrero (Italian Composer), Lorenzo Costa (Italian Painter), Lorenzo James Henrie (Actor)

Salvatore

Male
Alternate Spelling: Salvator
Nickname: Sal
Pronunciation: sal-vah-tor
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Saviour
Well-Known Salvatores: Salvatore ‘Sal’ Paradise (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Salvatore (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco), Salvatore Cantori (The Orphan on Ellis Island, Elvira Woodruff), Salvatore ‘Sal’ Romano (Mad Men), Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Poet)

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Supernatural Names of the Week

Anna

Female
Alternate Spelling: Ana
Pronunciation: an-uh; ah-na
Origin: Hebrew; England
Meaning: Favour of Grace
Well-Known Annas: Anna Milton (Supernatural), Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy), Anna Watson (The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins), Anna Oliphant (Anna & The French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins), Anna Fitzgerald (My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult), Anna (Frozen), Anna Kendrick (Actress), Anna Paquin (Actress), Anna Trebunskaya (Ballroom Dancer), Anna McPartlin (Novelist)

Ash

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Ashe
Pronunciation: ash
Origin: England
Meaning: From the Ash Tree
Well-Known Ashs: Ash (Supernatural), Ash Fisher (Black City, Elizabeth Richard), Ash Matthews (Mindbender, Veronica Slemp), Ash Ketchum (Pokemon), Ashley ‘Ash’ Baron-Cohen (Filmmaker)

Balthazar

Male
Pronunciation: Bal-thuh-zar
Origin: Phoenician
Meaning: Baal Protects the King
Well-Known Balthazars: Balthazar (Supernatural), Balthazar (Character in various Shakespeare plays), Balthazar (Novel by Lawrence Durell), Balthazar Getty (Actor)

Bobby

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Bobbi
Nickname: Bob
Pronunciation: bah-bee
Origin: America
Meaning: From Robert
Well-Known Bobbys: Bobby Singer (Supernatural), Robert ‘Bobby’ Pendragon (Pendragon, D.J. MacHale), Bobby Drake (X-Men), Bobbi Morse (Marvel), Bobby McFerrin (Singer), Bobby Lockwood (Model), Bobby Robson (Football Player)

Chuck

Male
Pronunciation: chuh-ck
Origin: American; French
Meaning: Form of Charles; Free ManWell-Known Chucks: Chuck Shurley (Supernatural), Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl), Chuck Lorre (Writer and Director), Chuck Jones (Animator)

Ellen

Female
Pronunciation: eh-len
Origin: England
Meaning: Light
Well-Known Ellens: Ellen Harvelle (Supernatural), Ellen Foster (Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons), Ellen (Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison), Ellen Rosen (Number the Stars, Lois Lowry), Ellen Degeneres (Comedian), Ellen Page (Actress), Ellen White (Author), Ellen Lupton (Graphic Designer)

Jo

Male
Alternate Spelling: Joe
Pronunciation: Jo
Origin: England
Meaning: From Joseph
Well-Known Jos: Jo Harvelle (Supernatural), Josephine ‘Jo’ march (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott), Joe Hardy (Hardy Boys, Franklin W. Dixon), Jo Qesem Ayela Aleh (Olympic Sailor), Jo Frost (Nanny), Joe Sugg (Youtuber), Joe Hill (Author), Joe Jonas (Musician)

Ruby

Female
Pronunciation: roo-bee
Origin: England
Meaning: Jewel
Well-Known Rubys: Ruby (Supernatural), Ruby Daly (The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Brackens), Ruby Gillis (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery), Ruby (Once Upon a Time), Ruby Florene Murray (Singer), Ruby Ferguson (Children’s Author), Ruby Aldridge (Supermodel)

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Names of the Week

Andrea

Female
Nickname: Andy; Andie
Pronunciation: An-dree-uh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Brave
Well-Known Andreas: Andrea (Yesterday’s Child, Barbara Wood), Andrea (The Walking Dead), Andrea ‘Andie’ McPhee (Dawson‘s Creek), Andrea ‘Andy’ McNally (Rookie Blue), Andrea Joy ‘AJ’ Cook (Actress), Andrea Russett (Youtuber)

Carol

Female
Alternate Spelling: Carole
Pronunciation: Care-uhl
Origin: French
Meaning: Song of Happiness
Well-Known Carols: Carol Danvers (Marvel Comics), Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead), Carol Ross (ER), Carol Baldwin (Coronation Street), Carol Higgins Clark (Novelist), Carol Ann Sheilds (Novelist)

Glenn

Male
Alternate Spelling: Glen
Pronunciation: Glen
Origin: Celtic
Meaning: From the Wooded Valley
Well-Known Glenns: Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead), Glenn Masters (Star of Babylon, Barbara Wood), Glenn Danzig (“The Misfits”), Glenn Worf (Country Music Bassist), Glenn Lee Beck (American TV Host)

Hershel

Male
Pronunciation: Her-shul
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Deer
Well-Known Hershels: Hershel Greene (The Walking Dead), Hershel Agasa (“Case Closed”), Hershel McGriff (NASCAR Driver), Hershel Layton (“Professor Layton”

Judith

Female
Nickname: Judy; Jude
Pronunciation: Joo-dith
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: He Will be Praised
Well-Known Judiths: Judith Grimes (The Walking Dead), Judith Miller (American Journalist), Judith Butler (American Philosopher), Judith Shakespeare (Daughter of William Shakespeare)

Lizzie

Female
Alternate Spelling:
Nickname: Liz
Pronunciation: lih-zee
Origin: Isreal
Meaning: Form of Elizabeth
Well-Known Lizzies: Lizzie Samuels (The Walking Dead), Lizzie McGuire (Lizzie McGuire), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bennet (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen), Lizzie Lakely (Emmerdale), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Lillian Marvelly (New Zealand Singer-Songwriter), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Mickery (British Writer)

Merle

Male
Pronunciation: Merle
Origin: England; France
Meaning: Blackbird
Well-Known Merles: Merle Dixon (The Walking Dead), Merle Haggard (Country Singer), Merle Evans (Circus Band Conductor)

Mika

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Micah
Pronunciation: mee-kuh; my-kuh
Origin: Isreal
Meaning: Humble
Well-Known Mikas: Mika Samuels (The Walking Dead), Mika Grainger (Waterloo Road), Mika Boorem (American Actress), Mika Abdalla (American Actress), Mika Brzezinski (TV Host and Journalist), Mika (Singer)

Morgan

Unisex
Pronunciation: mor-guhn
Origin: Celtic
Meaning: By the Sea
Well-Known Morgans: Morgan Jones (The Walking Dead), Morgan le Fay ‘Morgana’ (King Arthur Legend), Morgan Flynn (“The Sims 3”), Morgan York (American Actress), Morgan Freeman (American Actor)

Rick

Male
Nickname: Ricky
Pronunciation: rik
Origin: England
Meaning: Brave Ruler; Diminutive of Richard
Well-Known Ricks: Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead), Rick Blaine (Casablanca), Rick (“Portal”), Rick Riordan (American Author), Rick Springfield (Australian Singer)

Sasha

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Sacha
Pronunciation: Sah-shuh
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Defender of Mankind; Diminutive of Alexander (Russia)
Well-Known Sashas: Sasha (The Walking Dead), Sasha (Absolute Friends, John le Carre), Sasha Braus (Attack on Titan), Sasha Filippov (Enemy at the Gates), Sasha Issenberg (American Author), Sasha Skenderika (Bosnian Poet)

Shane

Unisex
Pronunciation: Shane
Origin: Ireland
Meaning: Gift From God
Well-Known Shanes: Shane Walsh (The Walking Dead), Shane Collins (Morganville Vampire, Rachel Caine), Shane McCutcheon (The L Word), Shane Botwin (Weeds), Shane Edward Smeltz (New Zealand Footballer), Shane Dawson (Youtuber)

Tara

Female
Pronunciation: tar-uh
Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: Tower; Hillside
Well-Known Taras: Tara Chambler (The Walking Dead), Tara Duncan (Tara Duncan, Sophia Audouin-Mamikoian), Tara Brennan (13 Gifts, Wendy Mass), Tara James (Chrissa Stands Strong), Tara Knowles (Sons of Anarchy), Tara Reid (American Actress), Tara Gilesbie (Apparently an Infamous Fanfiction Author)

Tyreese

Male
Alternate Spelling: Tyreece; Tyrese; Tyrees
Nickname: Ty; Reese
Pronunciation: Ty-reese
Origin: America
Meaning: Enthusiastic
Well-Known Tyreeses: Tyreese (The Walking Dead), Prince Tyreese (Dirt), Tyrese Darnell Gibson (American Singer), Tyrees Allen (American Actor)

The Walking Dead returns tomorrow and I decided to celebrate with some Walking Dead names! I’ve also been celebrating quite a bit over on my other blog with a Top 10 Favourite Episodes countdown which you can find here!

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Supernatural Names of the Week

Castiel

Male
Nickname: Cas, Cass
Pronunciation: Cas-tee-el
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Angel of Thursday
Well-Known Castiels: Castiel (Supernatural), Former name of a municipality in Switzerland, Angel of Thursday
*Often thought to be an alternate to the name Cassiel*

Dean

Male
Pronunciation: deen
Origin: England
Meaning: Leader
Well-Known Deans: Dean Winchester (Supernatural), Dean Thomas (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Dean Moriarty (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Dean Forrester (Gilmore Girls), Dean Koontz (American Novelist)

Jared

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jaryd
Pronunciation: jair-uhd
Origin: Israel
Meaning: Down to Earth
Well-Known Jareds: Jared Grace (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black), Jared Booth (Bones), Jared Howe (The Host, Stephenie Meyer), Jared Scott Gilmore (American Actor), Jared Padalecki (Actor)

Jeffrey

Male
Nickname: Jeff
Pronunciation: jeff-ree
Origin: England; Germany
Meaning: Divinely Peaceful
Well-Known Jeffreys: Jeffrey Tifton (The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall), Jeffrey Sinclair (Babylon 5), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (American Actor), Jeffrey Eugenides (American Novelist), Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Buckley (Singer-Songwriter)

Jensen

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jenson
Nickname: Jay
Pronunciation: jen-suhn
Origin: Scandinavia
Meaning: God is Gracious
Well-Known Jensens: Jensen (Days of Our Lives), Jensen Ackles (Actor), Jensen Button (Formula One racing driver), Jenson McKenzie (German Rock Band)

Mary

Female
Nickname: Mare
Pronunciation: mare-ee
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Bitter
Well-Known Marys: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers), Mary Malone (His Dark Materials Series, Philip Pullman), Mary Winchester (Supernatural), Mary margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time), Mary Jane Watson (Spiderman), Mary Read (English Pirate), Mary Pope Osborne (Children’s Author)

Misha

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Michsa
Pronunciation: mee-sha
Origin: Russia
Meaning: Like God
Well-Known Mishas: Misha Collins (Actor), Mischa Barton (Actress), Misha B (British Singer), Misha Gabriel Hamilton (American Actor)

Sam

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Samuel
Pronunciation: Sam
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: From Samuel/Samson
Well-Known Sams: Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien), Sam Roth (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, Maggie Stiefvator), Sam Evans (Glee), Sam Claflin (English Actor)

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Names of the Week

Abby

Female
Alternate Spelling: Abbie
Nickname: Ab
Pronunciation: ab-ee
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Gives Joy
Well-Known Abbys: Abby Warner (The List, Siobhan Vivian), Abby Stafford (Neighbours), Abby Lockhart (ER), Abby Sciuto (NCIS), Abby Mavers (British Actress)

David

Male
Nickname: Dave; Davey
Pronunciation: day-vid
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Beloved
Well-Known Davids: David Gamut (Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper), David Charleston (The Reckoners Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson), David Rossi (Criminal Minds), David Camden (7th Heaven), David Nolan (Once Upon a Time), David Tennant (Actor), David Beckham (Soccer Player)

Ivy

Female
Pronunciation: I-vee
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: A Vine
Well-Known Ivys: Ivy Alisha Tamwood (The Hollows, Kim Harrison), Ivy Wilson (The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck), Ivy Dickens (Gossip Girl), Ivy Wentz (Good Luck Charlie), Ivy William Wallace (English Author and Actress)

Jair

Male
Pronunciation: Jay-eer
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: He Shines
Well-Known Jairs: Jair Picerni (Brazilian Footballer), Jair Marrufo (Referee), Jair Francoise Jurrjens (Baseball Pitcher), Jeremiah ‘Jair’ Willis (“The Willis Clan”)

Malachi

Male
Nickname: Mal
Pronunciation: mah-luh-ky
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: My Messenger
Well-Known Malachis: Malachi Hennesey (Mr Dooley in Peace and War, Peter Finlay Dunne), Malachi Constant (The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut), Malachi Trenglos (“Malachi’s Cove”, Anthony Trollope), Malachi Boardman (Children of the Corn)

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Names of the Week

Anders

Male
Pronunciation: An-ders
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Son of Andrew
Well-Known Anders’: Anders Johnson (The Almighty Johnsons), Anders (“Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening), Anders du Plessis (Wild at Heart), Anders Abraham Grafstrom (Poet), Anders Holm (Writing)

Freya

Female
Pronunciation: Fray-uh
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Goddess of Love
Well-Known Freyas: Freya Morris (The Tricking of Freya, Christina Sunley), Freya Eilif Beauchamp (The Witches of East End, Melissa de la Cruz), Freya (Merlin), Freya Mikaelson (The Originals), Freya Stark (Explorer and Travel Writer)

Gyda

Female
Pronunciation: gee-da
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Gods
Well-Known Gydas: Gyda (Vikings), Gyda Hansen (Actress), Gyda Christensen (Actress), Gyda Enger (Ski Jumper), Gyda Ellefsplass Olssen (Sport Shooter)

Olaf

Male
Pronunciation: oh-loff
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Ancestor
Well-Known Olafs: Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket), Olaf Johnson (The Almighty Johnsons), Olaf (Frozen), Olaf Stapledon (Novelist), Olaf the White (Viking Sea-King)

Skylar

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Skyler; Skylor
Nickname: Sky
Pronunciation: sky-ler
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Learned One
Well-Known Skylars: Skyler White (Breaking Bad), Skyler Wyatt (Numb3rs), Skyler White (Novelist), Skylar Laine (Pop Singer), Skyler Melody Wexler (Actress)

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