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The Baby Name Nadiya/Nadia

nadiya chocolate covered datesMy husband went to Dubai on business a few months ago. Being the thoughtful guy he is, he returned bearing gifts. One of his gifts was a box of chocolate-covered dates made by a company called Nadiya Dates.

(Our chocolates didn’t look like the chocolates in the photo, though. They were more like melty amorphous globs, thanks to summertime temperatures in the Middle East. But they were delicious nonetheless.)

Anyway…the name of the chocolate company inspired me to write a quick post about the baby name Nadiya and all related names — Nadia, Nadya, Nadiyya, Nadiyah, Nadiah, Nadyah, Nahdia, and so forth.

In the U.S., the most common spelling is Nadia. This version of the name was popularized in the 1970s by Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Her name is a diminutive of the Russian name Nadezhda, which means “hope.”

But Nadia can come from Arabic as well. In this case, it’s based on a word meaning “moist with dew.” As the authors of A Dictionary of First Names note, “in a hot, dry climate, morning dew is highly valued.”

One name, two distinct derivations. Which origin/definition do you prefer, and why?

P.S. Speaking of chocolate, here’s a list of baby names for chocolate lovers.

Source: Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.


Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby Girl #1

Reader Leanne is looking for a name for her baby girl. She says:

Names that have been shortlisted to date are Eliana Heidi and Melanie Jacinta. However, my nieces are Ariana and Stephanie so I would like [a name] that doesn’t sound too similar.

She liked the combination Hayley Melissa at one time as well, but the “-ley” ending doesn’t work with her married name, and she’d like to stay away from an alliterative pairing.

Other favourite names such as “Anneliesa” and “Shay-Lisa” seem to blend awkwardly with [my] surname and almost make it sound like the surname is “Sleazeman”.

That’s not good. Finally, she loves the name Heidi, though she’s “more inclined to use it as a middle name.”

There is German heritage in my husband’s family and whilst it would be nice to reflect that, it isn’t essential.

My first thought was to look for a few feminine-sounding German names. Nadya, Ottilie, Saskia and Tatiana fit the bill, but none of these are as modern-sounding as the names Leanne mentioned, so they may not be of interest.

Other possibilities include:

Alexia
Alyssa
Amelia
Bethany
Bianca
Candace
Cassandra
Chelsea
Cynthia
Delia
Gabriella
Giselle
Jillian
Julissa
Kiara
Lillian
Linnea
Malia
Mia
Michaela
Milena
Olivia
Sabrina
Sierra
Sydney
Tabitha
Trista

What ideas do you guys have? (Please feel free to suggest combinations as well.)

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

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Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

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If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)

Like Symmetry? Try Palindromic Baby Names

Did you know that a handful of baby names happen to be palindromes? Here are some names that can be read the same way in either direction (i.e. both forwards and backwards):

Two of these, Hannah and Ava, happen to be very popular for baby girls at the moment.

Need two names? You could consider a pair of names that become a palindrome when written side-by-side:

Aidan & Nadia
Aileen & Neelia
Alan & Nala
Allan & Nalla
Allen & Nella
Amin & Nima
Ariel & Leira
Arik & Kira
Aron & Nora
Axel & Lexa
Aydan & Nadya
Ari & Ira
Ellen & Nelle
Flor & Rolf
Iris & Siri
Leon & Noel
Linus & Sunil
Miles & Selim

It’s also possible to come up with your own palindromic pairs by flipping traditional names to create brand new names. For instance, I’ve seem James, Kevin, Manuel and Ramon flipped to become Semaj, Nivek, Leunam and Nomar.