I know, I know, surnames for girls is kind of taboo in the naming world. I do understand some of the hate, but I also think there are some exceptions. I also love it when the maiden name is used, either as a first or middle. If my own surname sounded nice enough for a name, I would use it in a heartbeat; unfortunately it doesn't. But here are some that I think wear especially nice on little girls.
Tilda Swinton as Jadis in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" I have an admission to make. I love evil Queens. I've always liked the villains, both male and female, and often find them to be more interesting, especially when it comes to storylines. Some of these aren't exactly Queens, but do fit into the archetype. So here is a list of names, taken from evil Queens from literature, television, movies, and real life. Regina - Once Upon a Time Grimhilde - Snow White Isabella - Isabella 1st of Spain Claudia - Snow White: A Tale of Terror Arpazia - White as Snow Elspeth - Snow White: The Fairest of Them All Jadis - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Narissa - Enchanted Dorothea and Hekatah - The Black Jewels Trilogy Bathsheba - The Bible Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman Ivi - Fairest Anne - Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Rodmilla - Ever After Alice - The Grimm Brother's Snow White Clementianna - Mirror Mirror A
The mice of Brambly Hedge at the naming ceremony for Poppy's babies Brambly Hedge is a gorgeous series of eight books for children, all written and illustrated by Epping-born Jill Barklem. They feature anthropomorphic animal characters, mostly mice, and they all have such adorable names, so I thought I would list them all here! At the bottom, I added a list of names that I think fall into that Brambly Hedge "style". Bonus question, for fun: if you lived in Brambly Hedge with your mouse family, what would your names be? You can use names I've listed below or from your own imagination! Let me know in the comments. Brambly Hedge Characters: Alf Toadflax Betony Toadflax Clover Toadflax Catkin Toadflax Wilfred Toadflax Teasel Toadflax Lord Quercus Woodmouse Lady Daisy Woodmouse Primrose Woodmouse Dusty Dogwood Poppy Eyebright Rose Dogwood Buttercup Dogwood Pipkin Dogwood Pip Apple Flora "Flo" Apple Basil Brightberry Names inspired by Brambly Hedge: Angelica Aste
Art by Elsa Beskow Origin: Finnish Gender: Male Meaning: "Bear" Pronunciation: ott-SOH Other Forms: N/A Today's name is a favorite nature name of mine -- Otso! In Finnish mythology, Otso, also sometimes called Ohto, Kontio, mesikämmen (honeypalm), or metsän kuningas (the king of the forest), is a bear spirit that is never given an official name. Some traditions remembered the bear spirit as a relative that fled into the forest and was transfigured by its powers. If a bear was to be killed, a sacred ritual called Peijainen was performed, wherein a feast was held for a slain animal. It's skull, which was believed to house its spirit, would then be kept in a sacred clearing, where it would bring tributes to it. The bear was the most revered figure in ancient Finnish culture. Throughout history bears have been both worshipped and feared. In several Native American cultures, the bear is a symbol of rebirth because of its long hibernation and eventual re-emergence. I