From different cultures to different movies they love, having a name for your baby that has a connection to yourself can be extra meaningful.
One of the most exciting and
difficult parts of becoming a new parent is finding the right name. With so
many choices out there, there is a never ending list of names to filter
through. After all, you just want the very best name to suit to the baby you are
going to raise.
Many people find inspiration in
other sources when looking for names. From different cultures to different
movies they love, having a name for your baby that has a connection to yourself
can be extra meaningful.
For those lovers of fairy tales and
history, looking for a name for your baby beyond Disney movies is a good way to
go. Before the animated cartoons, there were tales written by the Grimm
Brothers’, who gathered folklore stories around the Germany area in the 1800s.
These tales not only have sweet morals and interesting social values, but are
also littered with beautifully unique names.
Find some inspiration for your
baby’s name with these unique and interesting baby name ideas.
from Clever Elsie is soaring in popularity, just like the counterpart Elsa
from the Disney film Frozen. This sweet, old-fashioned name has a lovely ring
Elsie was actually originally a
Scottish nickname for young lasses named Elspeth. The name means ‘my god is
bountiful’ in Scottish Gaelic culture. Although it was most popular during the
late 19th and early 20th centuries, this unique name has its place in modern
from The Goose Girl tale is a beautiful and timeless name. It comes from
the tale published in 1851. The name is originally spelled Konrad because of
its Proto-Germanic roots.
This is a lovely name for boys and
there are many variations on the spelling. It was very popular back in Medieval
France and England before it went out of fashion. It become trendy again around
the 19th century.
from The Singing, Springing Lark is a name with as much bounce in its step
as the title of the tale. The cute boy’s name can be spelled Griffin, or more
uniquely Gryphon which comes from its Greek roots.
The name comes from a mythical
creature. In many folklore tales, a griffin is a mythical bird-dragon hybrid.
It definitely has a magical ring to it.
Rolandfrom Sweet Roland is a gorgeous
boy’s name that summons the image of a hero to mind, and for good reason.
This name was immortalised in the
French epic La Chanson de Roland and has been used in other forms of
literature, such as the Grimm Brothers tales.
from The Hazel Branch is a stunning girl’s name. Although it is quite
popular and common today, it still has a certain unique air about it. This
lovely name is English, derived from the colour found on hazel trees.
The name is used beautifully in this
Grimm Brothers’ tale, not as a name of a girl but as actual hazel branch. The
branch, in the story, protects a young baby boy from harm and danger.
from The Fisherman and His Wife is a fairy tale twist on Isabelle or
Isabella. Since these names soared in popularity thanks to the Twilight book
series, perhaps a more unique fairy tale version will one day too.
This name has origins somewhere in
the 17th or 18th century, perhaps with a loose connection to the English name
Elizabeth. It is most likely Germanic or Scandinavian.
from The Valiant Little Tailor is a sweet name that works very well for
both boys and girls. Although not entirely unique in its popularity, there are
many unique ways to spell different versions of Taylor.
From Taylah to Taelor, this is a
timeless name. It originally came from English roots and was a surname for
those who worked as tailors back in the olden days.
from Fair Kaltrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie has lovely, unique spelling and
isn’t as much of a mouthful as the full title of the tale it is from! This
interesting name is an old Germanic twist on Katrina or Katharina.
It has a very magical ring to it and
it certainly something out of a fairy tale. The best thing about it, although
the letters look daunting, is that it is a phonetic name so not too many
pronunciation errors await.
from The Frog King is a unique way to bring a little Henry into the world
without the standard English version of the name. The Grimm Brothers used this
name a lot, given its strong Germanic connection.
Heinrich has a unique and elegant
twist on it, but it is easily shortened back to Henry for the schoolyard fun.
from Little Briar Rose, which is the Grimm Brothers original tale of
Sleeping Beauty, is the name of the original princess in this tale. Many know
her now as Aurora thanks to Disney, but this was her first name.
Rosamund is a beautifully elegant
and unique in its presentation. It is a great choice for girls as it can easily
be shortened to Rose or Rosie when the time is right.
from Maid Maleen is another gorgeous girls name with that classic fairy
tale sound to it. The name appears in the Grimm Brothers tale about a young
maid who falls in love with a prince.
This name is similar to Melanie or
Melina, but has a unique Irish sound to it, making it very pretty for little
from Puss in Boots has a lovely Slavic sound to it. The name conjures
images of a fierce and brave young lady, which is exactly how the character in
the Grimm Brothers’ version of Puss in Boots is.
This name can have many nicknames
and shortenings, including Ivy, Ivanka, or Ivie. In fact, there is an
international celebration day of the name Ivana on April 4.
from Fitcher’s Bird is a cute name for boys that actually has French roots.
It was originally a French surname and meant ‘fissel’ in old French, which
roughly translates to an ‘iron pointed instrument’.
Fitch is on the same level as Hudson
or Harlen - names that were originally surnames but sound great as first names.
These are becoming increasingly popular, but are still unique in their own way.
from the Seven Swabians is a name that is beautifully timeless and works
very well for both boys and girls. There are many variations of the name, such
as Marlee or Marley. Either way, it always sound cute and sweet.
Originally, Marli was the pet name
of the English name Marilyn. However, now it is used as a name in its own right
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