Looking for a pair of baby names that are mirror images of one another? If so, check out this long list of palindromic name pairings.
What’s a palindrome? It’s a word or phrase that can be read the same way in either direction, i.e., both forwards and backwards. For instance, the words “level,” “refer” and “pop” are all palindromes.
Each of the hundreds of pairings below features two names that contain the same sequence of letters, just written in opposite directions. (Nearly all of these names were collected from the SSA’s huge database of U.S. baby names.)
Texas-born actress Anjanette Comer. She began popping up in small roles on TV in 1962. In 1964, she appeared in her first feature film (Quick, Before it Melts) and was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress” (an episode of Arrest and Trial).
In her earliest TV roles, she was credited as “Anja Comer.” And, toward the end of 1964, popular Hollywood columnist Dick Kleiner mentioned that Anjanette was called “Anja” by friends and family. So it’s not surprising that the first two years we see Anja creep into the data are 1962, followed by 1964:
1966: 20 baby girls named Anja
1965: 41 baby girls named Anja
1964: 11 baby girls named Anja
1962: 7 baby girls named Anja [debut]
Which name do you prefer, Anjanette or Anja?
Kleiner, Dick. “Anja Comer Rated a ‘Comer’; May Hit Jackpot in ’65.” Philadelphia Daily News 18 Nov. 1964: 32.
A reader named Kathy is expecting a baby girl in December. She’d like some help coming up with a name. She writes:
I have a 25 month old named Ethan. I have loved that name but am sad to see it’s become so popular. I would like suggestions for a feminine, unique girl name if you have some.
Kathy does like the name Ava, but feels it’s too popular to use.
She also mentions that the baby will be of German/Irish extraction and have a 2-syllable surname that starts with an h (think Hofler).
Ethan and Ava are short, simple, traditional names. But they both happen to be very popular right now. So I looked for girl names that have a similar profile, but that aren’t quite as popular (i.e. none are top 20).
Alice Amy Anna Clara Cora
Elsa Gemma Heidi Ivy Laura
Leah Lucy Lydia Marie Mary
Naomi Paula Ruth Sarah Susan
Now, Kathy did use the word “unique” in her e-mail. None of the above names could be described as unique. In fact, I don’t think any baby name is unique in a literal sense. But here are some names that weren’t popular enough to make the top 1,000 in 2009.
Which of these names do you like best with Ethan? What other names would you suggest to Kathy?
Looking for a set of baby names with something in common? If so, here are some 4-letter anagram names for you to check out!
Anagrams are words that contain the same set of letters, but not in the same sequence. For instance, the words “race,” “care,” and “acre” are all anagrams of one another.
Anagram names can be a neat option for siblings — particularly multiples (like twins and triplets). They’re also a clever way to connect a baby name to the name of an older relative (e.g., grandpa Gary, grandson Gray).
Below are hundreds of four-letter names (collected from the SSA’s huge database of U.S. baby names) that happen to be anagrams of other names.
Four-letter anagram names
Adir, Adri, Ardi, Dair, Dari, Diar, Dira, Dria, Riad, Rida