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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Names of the Week

Adelaide

Female
Nickname: Addy
Pronunciation:
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Of Noble Kin; Nobility
Well-Known Adelaides: Adelaide Brooke (Doctor Who), Adelaide Langdon (American Horror Story), Adelaide Anne Procter (English Poet), Adelaide Crapsey (American Poet), Adelaide Clemens (Actress)

Berlyn

Unisex
Alternate Spelling:
Nickname: Lyn
Pronunciation: Ber-lyn
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Son of Berl
Well-Known Berlyns: Berlin (Pop Band, 1980s), Ava Berlin Renner (Daughter of Jeremy Renner)
*These are the only ones I could find, but if you know of others let me know and I’ll add them to the list!*

Elise

Female
Alternate Spelling: Elize
Nickname: El; Ellie
Pronunciation: eh-lees
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Consecrated of God
Well-Known Elises: Elise McKenna (Somewhere in Time), Elise de la Serre (“Assassin’s Creed: Unity), Elise Rainier (Insidious), Elise Neal (Actress), Elise Crombez (Model)

Jaeger

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jager; Jaegar
Pronunciation: jay-ger
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Hunter
*Common Last Name**
Well-Known Jaegers: Jaeger Willis (“The Willis Clan”), Werner Jaeger (German Classicist), Hans Jaeger (Norwegian Writer), Gustav Jaeger (German Painter), August Jaeger (English Music Publisher)

Otto

Male
Pronunciation: aw-toe
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Wealth
Well-Known Ottos: Otto Klopp (Leviathan Series, Scott Westerfeld), Otto Octavius (Marvel Comics), Otto (Sons of Anarchy), Otto Graham (Football Player), Otto von Bismarck (Politician)

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Names of the Week

Aiko

Female
Alternate Spelling: Ayko (Though this may change pronunciation)
Pronunciation: Ah-ee-ko
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Beloved ChildWell-Known Aikos: Aiko Senoo (Ojamajo Doremi), Aiko (Naruto), Aiko Tanaka (Oyasumi Punpun, Inio Asano), Aiko Sato (Novelist), Aiko Fukumorida (Manga Artist)

Amaya

Female
Alternate Spelling: Amaia
Nickname: Maya
Pronunciation: Ah-MY-uh
Origin: Japan; Arabia
Meaning: Night Rain
Well-Known Amayas: Amaya Alonso (Swimmer), Amaya Salazar (Artist), Amaya Uranga (Singer), Amaya Garbayo (Swimmer), Amaya Valdemoro (Basketball Player)
*Thought it was interesting that Amaya has Japanese and Arabic origins, but the name seems to be most popular in Spain and Mexico*

Emmi

Female
Alternate Spelling: Emi; Emmy
Nickname: Em
Pronunciation: em-ee
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Blessings
Well-Known Emmis: Emmi (Blood Red Road, Moira Young), Emi (Finnish Singer), Emmy Slattery (Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell), Emmy Hennings (Poet)

Sora

Female
Pronunciation: sor-uh
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Sky
Well-Known Soras: Sora (Kitchen Princess, Miyuki Kobayashi), Sora (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tetsuro Sayama), Sora (Digimon: Digital Monsters), Sora (Escaflowne: The Movie), Sora (“Kingdom Hearts”

Tora

Female
Alternate Spelling: Torah
Pronunciation: Tor-uh
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Tiger
Well-Known Toras: Tora (The Dark Light, Mette Newth), Tora Aasland (Politician), Rota Berger (Olympic Biathlete), Tora Teje (Actress), Torah Jane Bright (Olympic Snowboarder)

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Names of the Week

Abraham

Male
Nickname: Abe
Pronunciation: Ay-bruh-ham
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Father of Multitudes
Well-Known Abrahams: Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula, Bram Stoker), Abraham Ford (The Walking Dead), Abraham Kenyatta (Zoo), Abraham Woodhull (American Revolutionary Spy), Abraham “Bram” Stoker (Novelist)

Chloe

Female
Alternate Spelling: Cloe
Pronunciation: klo-ee
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Blooming; Young Green Shoot
Well-Known Chloes: Chloe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe), Chloe (Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson), Chloe Tousignant (Zoo), Chloe Ardelia Wooford (Toni Morrison’s birth name), Chloe Grace Moretz (Actress)

Jackson

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jaxon
Nickname: Jack
Pronunciation: Jak-sun
Origin: England
Meaning: Son of Jack
Well-Known Jacksons: Jackson Brodie (Case Histories, Kate Atkinson), Jackson Belleville (Gilmore Girls), Jackson Oz (Zoo), Jackson Rathbone (Actor), Jackson Pollock (Painter)

Kristen

Female
Alternate Spelling: Krystin
Nickname: Kris
Pronunciation: Kris-tun
Origin: England; Danish
Meaning: Christ-Bearer
Well-Known Kristens: Kristen Gregory (The Clique, Lisi Harrison), Kristen Green (Gone Too Far, Natalie D. Richards), Kristen Stewart (Actress), Kristen Connolly (Actress), Kristen Nygaard (Soccer Player)

Mitch

Male
Pronunciation: mi-ch
Origin: England
Meaning: Who is Like God?
*Often a short form of Mitchell*
Well-Known Mitchs: Mitch Morgan (Zoo), Mitch Albom (Author), Mitch Grassi (A Capella Singer), Mitch Pileggi (Actor), Mitch Ward (Soccer Player)

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