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In June of 1982, the Toledo Blade ran a short article about two local brothers who “enjoy the distinction of having initials which spell their names.” One was Thomas Owen Matzinger (T.O.M.), the other was James Irvin Matzinger (J.I.M.). Their dad Mike said it was “just as well” that he didn’t have any more kids, because he couldn’t think of any other sets of names to fit the pattern.
My guess is that Mike was joking, because there are several other sets of initials that could work with an M-surname like Matzinger, one of which, T.I.M., is just a letter away from T.O.M.
In fact, there are at least a couple of combinations that would work with every type of surname.
So today, in honor of the Matzingers of Toledo, I’ve come up with a long list of name-spelling initials. They’re sorted by third initial (that is, the first letter of the last name) so you can scroll straight to the set that matches up with your own surname.
Initials that Spell Names & Nicknames
|Surname starts with:
||Potential full initials (& example combo):
||A.D.A. (Adelaide Diane A.)
A.N.A. (Anastasia Nadine A.)
A.S.A. (Asa Scott A.)
A.V.A. (Ava Virginia A.)
B.E.A. (Beatrix Elaine A.)
E.V.A. (Eva Veronica A.)
G.I.A. (Gia Idonea A.)
I.D.A. (Idabelle Daria A.)
I.N.A. (Ina Nigella A.)
I.R.A. (Ira Ralph A.)
I.S.A. (Isabel Simone A.)
K.I.A. (Kia Ianthe A.)
L.E.A. (Leah Elizabeth A.)
M.I.A. (Mia Imelda A.)
N.I.A. (Nia Ilona A.)
O.D.A. (Odalys Delfina A.)
O.R.A. (Ora Ruth A.)
U.M.A. (Uma Magnolia A.)
U.N.A. (Una Normina A.)
||D.E.B. (Deborah Ethel B.)
J.E.B. (Jeb Evan B.)
L.I.B. (Libbie Ione B.)
R.O.B. (Robert Orville B.)
S.E.B. (Sebastian Everly B.)
S.Y.B. (Sybil Yvette B.)
T.A.B. (Tabitha Araminta B.)
Z.E.B. (Zebulon Ezekiel B.)
||B.E.C. (Becky Eowyn C.)
M.A.C. (Mackenzie Anne C.)
N.I.C. (Nicole Isabelle C.)
V.I.C. (Victor Ivan C.)
Z.A.C. (Zackary Arlo C.)
||J.E.D. (Jedidiah Easton D.)
R.O.D. (Rodney Orrin D.)
T.E.D. (Theodora Eugenia D.)
Z.E.D. (Zedekiah Ezra D.)
||A.B.E. (Abraham Benjamin E.)
A.C.E. (Ace Corbin E.)
E.V.E. (Eve Violet E.)
F.A.E. (Fae Adina E.)
I.K.E. (Isaac Keith E.)
J.O.E. (Joseph Owen E.)
L.E.E. (Lee Ethan E.)
M.A.E. (Maebelle Alice E.)
M.O.E. (Morris Oscar E.)
R.A.E. (Raelene Alicia E.)
S.U.E. (Susan Ursula E.)
Z.O.E. (Zoe Ocean E.)
||A.L.F. (Alfred Leonard F.)
D.U.F. (Duffy Ultan F.)
J.E.F. (Jeffrey Elliott F.)
||M.E.G. (Megan Emiliana G.)
P.E.G. (Peggy Elise G.)
R.E.G. (Reggie Elmo G.)
R.O.G. (Roger Olav G.)
||A.S.H. (Ashton Samuel H.)
||A.B.I. (Abigail Bailey I.)
A.L.I. (Alison Layla I.)
A.M.I. (Ami May I.)
A.R.I. (Ariana Rafaela I.)
A.V.I. (Avi Vincent I.)
E.D.I. (Edith Daisy I.)
E.L.I. (Elijah Logan I.)
E.V.I. (Evie Venetia I.)
J.O.I. (Joi Olivia I.)
K.A.I. (Kai Alexander I.)
O.L.I. (Oliver Lennox I.)
||R.A.J. (Rajesh Ajay J.)
||M.A.K. (Makayla Ashley K.)
O.A.K. (Oakley Atlas K.)
||C.A.L. (Callum Audley L.)
D.E.L. (Delaney Estelle L.)
G.I.L. (Gilbert Ishmael L.)
H.A.L. (Harry Archibald L.)
L.I.L. (Lillian Iva L.)
M.A.L. (Malcolm Angus L.)
M.E.L. (Melanie Eloisa L.)
M.O.L. (Molly Odette L.)
S.A.L. (Sally Angelica L.)
S.O.L. (Solomon Osborn L.)
V.A.L. (Valerie Annette L.)
W.I.L. (Willy Ingo L.)
Z.E.L. (Zelda Erin L.)
||C.A.M. (Cameron Aidan M.)
D.O.M. (Dominic Orson M.)
J.E.M. (Jemima Eleanor M.)
J.I.M. (James Irvin M.)
K.I.M. (Kimberly Imogene M.)
L.E.M. (Lemuel Emerson M.)
P.A.M. (Pamela Alys M.)
R.A.M. (Ramsey Archer M.)
S.A.M. (Samuel Aaron M.)
S.I.M. (Simon Isidore M.)
T.A.M. (Tammy Anita M.)
T.I.M. (Timothy Isaac M.)
T.O.M. (Thomas Owen M.)
||A.N.N. (Annie Nuala N.)
B.E.N. (Benjamin Ellis N.)
C.Y.N. (Cynthia Yelena N.)
D.A.N. (Daniel Avery N.)
D.O.N. (Donovan Oliver N.)
F.I.N. (Finley Ivor N.)
J.A.N. (Janice Andrina N.)
J.O.N. (Jonathan Octavian N.)
K.E.N. (Kenneth Eric N.)
L.E.N. (Leonard Earl N.)
L.Y.N. (Lynnette Yasmin N.)
N.A.N. (Nancy Azalea N.)
R.E.N. (Renato Elian N.)
R.O.N. (Ronald Ormond N.)
V.A.N. (Vanessa Athena N.)
W.I.N. (Winifred Inez N.)
Z.E.N. (Zenobia Evelyn N.)
||F.L.O. (Florence Lily O.)
L.E.O. (Leo Elton O.)
||C.A.P. (Caprice Amity P.)
K.I.P. (Kip Indigo P.)
||J.A.Q. (Jaquan Anthony Q.)
R.A.Q. (Raquel Alaiah Q.)
||G.A.R. (Gareth Alfie R.)
||C.A.S. (Caspian Atticus S.)
G.U.S. (Gustavo Ulises S.)
J.E.S. (Jessica Esther S.)
L.E.S. (Lester Edward S.)
R.U.S. (Russell Upton S.)
W.E.S. (Wesley Elwood S.)
||A.R.T. (Arthur Roland T.)
C.A.T. (Catherine Aveline T.)
D.O.T. (Dorothy Olive T.)
M.A.T. (Matthew Alastair T.)
N.A.T. (Nathan Arnold T.)
P.A.T. (Patricia Ainsley T.)
||L.O.U. (Louisa Ophelia U.)
P.R.U. (Prudence Rhoda U.)
S.T.U. (Stuart Tucker U.)
T.R.U. (Trudie Rose U.)
||B.E.V. (Beverly Evangeline V.)
L.I.V. (Livia Indiana V.)
N.E.V. (Neville Eldon V.)
V.I.V. (Vivian Ingrid V.)
||L.A.W. (Lawson Amos W.)
L.E.W. (Lewis Edgar W.)
||B.A.X. (Baxter Andrew X.)
D.A.X. (Dax Alec X.)
D.E.X. (Dexter Edison X.)
J.A.X. (Jaxon Antony X.)
L.E.X. (Lexie Eliza X.)
M.A.X. (Maximus Alvin X.)
P.A.X. (Pax Amelia X.)
R.E.X. (Rex Elias X.)
R.O.X. (Roxanna Opal X.)
T.E.X. (Tex Emmanuel X.)
||A.M.Y. (Amy Michelle Y.)
G.U.Y. (Guy Urban Y.)
I.V.Y. (Ivy Verity Y.)
J.A.Y. (Jay Adam Y.)
J.O.Y. (Joyce Ondina Y.)
K.A.Y. (Katherine Addison Y.)
M.A.Y. (May Augusta Y.)
R.A.Y. (Raymond Adrian Y.)
R.O.Y. (Royce Oberon Y.)
S.K.Y. (Skylar Kerry Y.)
||H.E.Z. (Hezekiah Ellery Z.)
J.E.Z. (Jezebel Eulalia Z.)
L.I.Z. (Lizzie Iris Z.)
K.I.Z. (Kizzy Isla Z.)
R.O.Z. (Rosalind Olga Z.)
Can you come up with other good ones? If so, please leave a comment!
Source: “So Named.” Toledo Blade 29 Jun. 1982: P-1.
Years ago I posted about Livonia, a baby both born on and named after a Pullman car. Recently I wondered: What other Pullman car names would have made good baby names?
So I downloaded a big spreadsheet of over 12,000 Pullman car names from The Pullman Project and was slightly surprised to see that thousands of them could have been baby names, if we allow for the splitting of compound car names (like Fort Miley, Glen Norman, Meredith College, and West Willow).
Here are a handful of examples. On the left are relatively common/familiar names, and on the right are some unexpected choices.
|Alana, Archer, Arnold
||Adriatha, Arundel, Arvonia
|Baxter, Becket, Bradley
||Bantry, Bellonia, Besco
|Calvin, Catalina, Clyde
||Cadesia, Clarnie, Clymer
|Dana, Deborah, Dwight
||Darlow, Dathema, Dodona
|Edith, Eileen, Elmo
||Edminster, Emalinda, Etherley
|Finley, Flavia, Floyd
||Fithian, Flaxton, Florilla
|Gary, Georgette, Grayson
||Gavarnie, Gilia, Gloxinia
|Harper, Harriet, Hector
||Harista, Humela, Hythe
|Iona, Isabella, Ivan
||Irvona, Isleta, Ixion
|Jessica, Jordan, Julia
||Jacelia, Jathniel, Justitia
|Kara, Keith, Kenneth
||Keinath, Kenia, Kittson
|Laurel, Lewis, Linden
||Lauveta, Leolyn, Lysander
|Madison, Marco, Maude
||Mardonia, Mayence, Morganza
|Nicola, Noel, Nora
||Narinda, Nasby, Norlina
|Olivia, Omar, Otis
||Oaklyn, Olanda, Oxus
|Parker, Perry, Philippa
||Penlyn, Pipila, Pixley
|Rebecca, Riley, Ronald
||Rexis, Risley, Ruxton
|Sarah, Scott, Susanne
||Salphrona, Sarver, Sibley
|Thora, Tracy, Tyler
||Tascott, Tilden, Tisonia
|Vanessa, Vernon, Victoria
||Varick, Vinora, Vivita
|Wesley, Wilson, Wren
||Welby, Wescott, Wexford
Which of the names above do you like best?
Avast! Did you know that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day?
“Arrr” itself doesn’t make a great name — even for pirates — but here’s the next best thing: over 120 names that feature the “ar”-sound.
Which of the “ar”-names above do you like best? Did I miss any good ones?
(Image from Pixabay)
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
- Acadia for Acadia National Park.
- Angel or Angela for Grand Canyon National Park’s Angel’s Window.
- Arrow for the NPS emblem, the arrowhead.
- Archer for Arches National Park.
- Barbara for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Barbara Island.
- Bathsheba for Hot Springs National Park’s Bathhouse Row.
- Bay for any of the parks featuring a bay, such as Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Biscayne National Park, etc.
- Benda or Bendrick for Big Bend National Park.
- Bona for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Bona.
- Bristol for Great Basin National Park’s bristlecone pines.
- Bryce or Brycen for Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Cadden or Caddie for Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain.
- Cade for Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cades Cove.
- Canyon for any of the parks featuring a canyon, such as Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, etc.
- Capitola for Capitol Reef National Park or for Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.
- Carl or Carla for Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
- Caven for Mammoth Cave National Park.
- Cedar for Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek.
- Cinder for Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Cinder Cone.
- Clark for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.
- Clifford or Clifton for Mesa Verde National Park’s Cliff Palace.
- Cruz for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Cruz Island.
- Delica for Arches National Park’s Delicate Arch.
- Denali for Denali National Park & Preserve.
- Denison for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Denison.
- Domenica or Domenico for Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.
- Douglas for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Douglas.
- Elias for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve.
- Elliott for Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key.
- Ever or Everly for Everglades National Park.
- Faith for Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser.
- Forest for Petrified Forest National Park.
- Garland for Garland County, Arkansas, where Hot Springs National Park is located.
- Gates for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.
- Guadalupe for Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
- Gunnison for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
- The park was established in 1999, and Gunnison debuted on the baby name charts the very same year. Did one event cause the other?
- Harding for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Harding Icefield.
- Hassel for Virgin Islands National Park’s Hassel Island.
- Jackson for Jackson Hole, where much of Grand Teton National Park is located.
- Jarvis for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Jarvis.
- Jefferson for Dry Tortugas National Park’s Fort Jefferson.
- John for Virgin Islands National Park’s St. John Island.
- Joshua for Joshua Tree National Park.
- Kenai for Kenai Fjords National Park.
- The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
- Kingston or Kingsley for Kings Canyon National Park.
- Lake for any of the parks featuring lakes, such as Crater Lake National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, etc.
- Lamar for Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch.
- Lata for the National Park of American Samoa’s Lata Mountain.
- Lehman for Great Basin National Park’s Lehman Caves.
- Lewis for Glacier National Park’s Lewis Range.
- Livingston for Glacier National Park’s Livingston Range.
- Manning for Saguaro National Park’s Manning Cabin.
- Mara for Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis of Mara.
- In the Serrano language, Mara means “the place of little springs and much grass.”
- Martin for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Martin.
- Maui, where Haleakalā National Park is located.
- Mauna for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Mauna Loa.
- Miguel for Channel Islands National Park’s San Miguel Island.
- Norris for Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.
- North for North Cascades National Park.
- Olympia for Olympic National Park.
- Parker, Parkyr, Parks, Park, or Parke as a tribute to all national parks.
- Pele as a symbol of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
- Prairie for any of the parks featuring a prairie, such as Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, etc.
- Pratt for Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s Pratt Cabin.
- Rainier for Mount Rainier National Park.
- Ranger as a tribute to all national parks and park rangers.
- Reef for Capitol Reef National Park.
- Rhodes for Biscayne National Park’s Old Rhodes Key.
- Rocky for Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Roosevelt for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
- Rosa for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Rosa Island.
- Royale or Royal for Isle Royale National Park.
- Sandy for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
- Sanford for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Sanford.
- Sequoia for Sequoia National Park.
- Shenandoah for Shenandoah National Park.
- Sherman for Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree.
- Sky or Skye for any of the parks featuring a night sky program, such as Big Bend National Park, Great Basin National Park, etc.
- Talus for Pinnacles National Park’s talus caves.
- Theodore for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
- Valley for any of the parks featuring a valley, such as Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Kobuk Valley, etc.
- Verda or Verdell for Mesa Verde National Park.
- Virginia for Virgin Islands National Park.
- Windy for Wind Cave National Park.
- Wolfe for Arches National Park’s Wolfe Ranch.
- Woodrow or Wilson for Woodrow Wilson, who signed the act that created the NPS.
- Woodson or Woody for Redwood National and State Parks.
- Yosemite for Yosemite National Park.
- Zion for Zion National Park.
For all you national park lovers out there: What other park-inspired names can you come up with?
Sources: List of national parks of the United States – Wikipedia, History (U.S. National Park Service), NPS Site Designations (pdf), Kenai Fjords National Park Profile 2015 (pdf)
Image: Adapted from Zion National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service – LOC
Update, 2/2017: Here’s a related name: Lolo, inspired by the Lolo National Forest. “Lolo” was probably derived from Lawrence (3rd quote).
According to data from the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2014 were Emily and Oliver.
Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Emily, 204 baby girls
2. Ava, 199
3. Charlotte, 186
4. Olivia, 181
5. Amelia and Mia, 180 each (tie)
6. Ella, 171
7. Isla, 166
8. Sophie, 164
9. Chloe, 162
10. Grace, 157
1. Oliver, 254 baby boys
2. Jack, 239
3. Noah, 216
4. William, 198
5. Lucas, 183
6. Thomas, 182
7. James, 175
8. Ethan, 170
9. Liam and Jacob, 147 each (tie)
10. Mason, 146
The girls’ top 50 includes Zara (18th), Evie (19th), Imogen (23rd), Indiana (39th) and Indi (49th).
The boys’ top 50 includes Harrison (16th), Jaxon (21st), Flynn (40th), Archer (41st) and Jai (48th).
One article also noted that Frozen name Elsa “saw a small, but noticeable, boost from three in 2013 to 17 last year.”
Here are Western Australia’s rankings for 2013 and 2012.
Sources: Popular Baby Names – Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Oliver and Emily WA’s most popular baby names for 2014 while Disney’s Frozen inspires some parents