Names of the Week

Benji
Male
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nicknames: Ben
Pronunciation: Ben-G
Origin: England
Meaning: From Benjamin
Well-Known Benjis : Benji Applebaum (Pitch Perfect), Benji Dunn (Mission Impossible), Benji Healy (American Gothic), Benji Madden (Musician), Benji Aflalo (Actor and Writer)

Claudia
Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nicknames: N/A
Pronunciation: Claw-dee-uh
Origin: Latin-America
Meaning: Lame
Well-Known Claudias : Claudia Tapper (The Tapper Twins, Geoff Rodkey), Claudia Arlex (Incarceron and Sapphique, Catherine Fisher), Claudia da Forti (A Knight of the White Cross, G.A. Henty), Claudia Parr (Baby Proof, Emily Griffen), Claudia Salinger (Party of Five), Claudia Kishi (The Babysitters Club)

Delilah
Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nicknames: Lila; Lilah
Pronunciation: Duh-lie- luh
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Delight
Well-Known Delilahs: Delilah Hannaford (Fixing Delilah, Sarah Ockler), Delilah Bard (Shades of Magic, V.E. Schwab), Delilah S. Dawson (Novelist), Delilah Beasley (Newspaper Columnist)

Forrest
Male
Alternate Spelling: Forest
Pronunciation: For- ess – teh
Origin: England
Meaning: Of the Woods; Dweller near the woods
Well-Known Forrests : Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, Winston Groom), Forrest Kline (Musician), Forrest Bird (Inventor), Forrest Tucker (Actor)

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Names of the Week

Clemence
Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: Clem
Pronunciation: Clay-mahns OR cleh-mence
Origin: France
Meaning: Forgiveness
Well-Known Clemences: Clemence Posey (Actress), Clemence Dane (Pen Name for Novelist, Winifred Aston), Clemence Annie Housman (Novelist), Clemence Royer (French Scholar), Clemence Grimal (Snowboarder)

Dominique
Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: Dom; Niki
Pronunciation: Dom-in-eek
Origin: France
Meaning: Of God; Female Variation of Dominic\
Well-Known Dominiques: Dominique Weasley (Harry Potter), Dominique Francon (The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand), Dominique de Lombre (The Court of the Stone Children, Eleanor Cameron), Dominique Deval (James Bond: Thunderball), Dominique Deveratux (Dynasty)

Eleanor
Female
Alternate Spelling: Elinor; Elonor; Elenor
Nickname: Ellie; Nell
Pronunciation: Ell-ih-nor
Origin: France
Meaning: Shining Light
Well-Known Eleanors: Eleanor Douglas (Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell), Eleanor Arroway (Contact, Carl Sagan), Eleanor “Nell” Crain (The Haunting of Hill House), Eleanor “Ellie” Nash (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Eleanor Bishop (Heroes), Eleanor Henstrige (The Royals), Eleanor Porter (Novelist)

Lucien
Male
Alternate Spelling: Lucian
Nickname: Luc (Pronounced Luke)
Pronunciation: Loo-see-en OR Loo-she-en
Origin: France
Meaning: Light
Well-Known Luciens: Lucien (The Supernaturalists, Eoin Colfer), Lucien Vanserra (A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas), Lucien Dubenko (ER), Lucien Castle (The Originals), Lucian Graymark (Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Lucian Gregory (The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton), Lucian Kiggs (Seraphina, Rachel Hartman)

Benedict
Male
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: Ben
Pronunciation: Ben-ih-dict
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Blessed
Well-Known Benedicts: Benedict of Amber (Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny), Benedict Copeland (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers), Benedict Cumberbatch (Actor)

 

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Aria

Female

Alternate Spelling: Arya (pronunciation may vary with this spelling)
Pronunciation: Are-ee-ah

Origin: Italian
Meaning: song; melody

Well-Known Arias: Aria Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars, Author), Aria (Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi), Aria Torres (Grey’s Anatomy), Aria Johnson (Singer), Aria Wallace (Actress)
Fabian
Male
Alternate Spelling: Fabien
Pronunciation: Fab-ee-ann OR Fab-ee-awn

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Bean Grower

Well-Known Fabians: Fabian (Twelfth Night, Shakespeare), Fabian Prewett (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Fabian Rutter (House of Anubis, Author), Fabian Cancellara (Cyclist), Fabian Marco Johnson (Soccer Player)
Giovanna
Female
Alternate Spelling: Giovana
Pronunciation: joh-van-ah OR jee-oh-van-ah
Origin: Italian

Meaning: The Lord is Gracious
Well-Known Giovannas: Giovanna Fletcher (Author), Giovanna Ralli (Actress), Giovanna Trillini (Olympic Fencer), Giovanna Amati (Racing Driver), Giovanna Marini (Singer)

 

Lucia
Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Pronunciation: loo-see-ah OR loo-sha
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Light
Well-Known Lucias: Lucia Honeychurch (A Room With a View, Author), Lucia Damora (Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes), Lucia Lucas (Mapp and Lucia Series, E.F. Benson), Lucía Etxebarríe (Novelist), Lucia Joyce (Daughter of Author, James Joyce)

Names of the Week

Ah, February, the month of love. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (though if you walked into any department store it’s been approaching since mid-January when all the red hearts and decorations came out.

This month, all names will be of French origin! As France is often called the city of love this seemed appropriate and was a lot of fun to find all these different names.

Amelie

Female
Alternate Spelling: Variation of Amelia
Nickname: Amy/Ami
Pronunciation: Am-ell-lee
Origin: France (Form of Amelia)
Meaning: Hard Working
Well-Known Amelies: Amelie (Morganville Vampires, Rachel Caine); Amelie Leslie (Bonnie Prince Charlie, G.A. Henty); Countess Amelie de Laville (St. Batholomew’s Eve, G.A. Henty); Amelie Nothomb (Belgian Novelist); Amelie Rives Troubetzkoy (American Novelist)


Beau

Male
Alternate Spelling: Bo
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: Bo
Origin: France
Meaning: Beautiful; Handsome
Well-Known Beaus: Beau Wilkes (Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell); Beau Hutton (Country Strong), Beau Berkhalter (The  Client List); Beauregard “Beau” Langdon (American Horror Story: Murder House); Beau Bokan (Lead singer of Blessthefall)


Charlotte

Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: Charlie; Lottie
Pronunciation: Shar-lot
Origin: France
Meaning: Feminine
Well-Known Charlottes: Charlotte Lucas (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen); Charlotte DiLaurentis (Pretty Little Liars); Charlotte York (Sex and the City); Charlotte Honoria Holmes (Charlotte Holmes, Brittany Cavallaro); Charlotte Bronte (Novelist), Charlotte Armstrong (Author)


Noel

Male
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: No-L (Holiday pronunciation, hard L), nol (one syllable, soft L)
Origin: France
Meaning: Christmas
Well-Known Noels: Noel Kahn (Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepherd); Noel Crane (Felicity), Noel Fisher (Actor); Noel Coward (Playwright), Noel Fielding (Comedian)


Clara

Female
Alternate Spelling: Considered a variation of Claire in some places
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: Clah-rah
Origin: France
Meaning: Bright; Clear
Well-Known Claras: Clara Radley (The Radleys); Matt Haig; Clara (Der Sandmann, E.T.A. Hoffman); Clara Boden (White Teeth), Zadie Smith); Clara Oswald (Doctor Who); Clara Bishop (Royals, Geneva Lee)


Fleur

Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: flur
Origin: France
Meaning: Flower
Well-Known Fleurs: Fleau Delacour (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling); Fleur Forsyte (Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy); Fleur (Being Human); Fleur Jaeggy (Author); Fleur van Eeden (Stuntwoman)


Giles

Male
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: jiles
Origin: France
Meaning: Pledge; Young Goat
Well-Known Giles’: Giles Fletcher (St. George for England, G.A. Henty); Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Giles Coren (Novelist); Giles Scott (Architect)


Juliet

Female
Alternate Spelling: Julliet; Juliette
Nickname: Jules; Julie; Julia
Pronunciation: Ju-lee-ett
Origin: France
Meaning: Youthful
Well-Known Juliets: Juliet Capulet (Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare); Juliet (“The Transformation”, Mary Shelley); Juliet (Love Actually); Juliet Burke (Lost); Juliet Grey (Novelist); Juliet Moss (Water Polo Player); Juliet Turner (Singer-Songwriters)

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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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