Sunday, October 21, 2007

Feel The Excitement Of The Baby Boy Names And Baby Girl Names From The Roaring 1920s

The 1920s came in with a roar and new parents chose baby boy names and baby girl names to match the excitement around them.

The war was over, and the "doughboys," or soldiers, were home again. Everyone cheered on every street corner. They had just been through the war to end all wars.

The lights on Broadway were brightly lit. The smash hit musical, "Show Boat" by Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach was playing to packed houses. The air was filled with music. People were singing, "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and "Only Make-Believe."

Just down the lane, Eugene O'Neill's plays, "Desire Under the Elms" and "Beyond the Horizon" were pulling in the crowds.

Moms and dads chose good solid names for their babies that would serve them well in uncertain times. A couple of new entries that appeared on the list of the most popular baby names and their meanings are Richard and Donald. Among the 10 top baby boy names from 1920 to 1929, in order of popularity, were Robert, John, James, William, Charles, George, Joseph, Richard, Edward, and Donald. They are Christian saints' names. They are royal and stalwart names, and have strong protective power.

Robert (English) means "brilliant;" John (Hebrew) means "honorable;" James (English) means "steadfast;" William (English) means "staunch protector;" Charles (German) means "well-loved;" George (Greek) means "loving the land;" Joseph (Hebrew) means "supported by God;" Richard (Germanic) means "strong ruler;" Edward (English) means "defender;" and Donald (Scots Gaelic) means "world ruler."

The top baby girl names of 1920 to 1929 were happy-sounding names that fit the tenor of the day. At the same time, they were elegant and classical. Many were biblical names and names of saints. They were also royal names that stretched back for centuries. New entries include Betty, Catherine and Doris.

These names, in order of their popularity, are Mary, Dorothy, Helen, Betty, Margaret, Ruth, Virginia, Doris, Mildred, and Frances.

Mary (Hebrew) means "spiritual;" Dorothy (Greek) means "gift of God;" Helen (Greek) means "beautiful;" Betty (Hebrew) is the short form of "Elizabeth" from the 18th Century and means "God-loving;" Margaret (Greek) means "treasured pearl; Ruth (Hebrew) means "loyal friend; Virginia (Latin) means "purity" and is derived from the "Blessed Virgin Mary;" Doris (Greek) means "sea nymph;" Mildred (Old English) means "gentle;" and Frances (Latin) means "free spirit."

The 1920s that started out with so much hope and joy ended badly, though. In 1929, the bottom fell out of the stock market. The depression had begun. There were moments of brightness, however, such as Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic.

Children born in the 1920s were lucky to have such strong baby boy names and baby girl names. The names had a long history, and may have been meant to see the child safely through the tough times that were to come.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Musical Baby Names

Music has become an important part in our daily life. Music will inspires and touches daily lives in any culture. Eventually, many parents will turn to music in finding the perfect baby names.

Musical baby names are more common on female baby names. The more common examples are Aria, Carol, Grace, Harmony, Jazz, Melody, Lyric, Rhapsody, Serenade, Sonata, Song, and Viola.

Aria is a solo opera performance. The single performer sings solo that is accompanied by an elaborate melody. The shorter version of Aria is Arietta which is also a pretty good musical baby name.

Carol is English and French baby name which is derive from Latin word Choraula or Greek word Choraules. In Latin, it means choral song, or accompanist. In Greek, it means chorus. Thus, the Choral and Chorale was derived. The common variants of Carol are Carola, Carolan, Carolina, Carolann, Carolanne, Caroline, Carole, Carolyn, Carolyne, and Carolynn.

Grace is a one of the virtuous baby names which made it thru the baby names. Grace is also derived from a Latin word Gratia. It means effortless beauty. We often attach Grace after an excellent performance from singers, bands, orchestras, choirs, or groups. The common variants of Grace are Gracelyn, Graciela, Gracious, Grata, Gracielle, Gracina, and Gracie.

Harmony means the notes, instruments, and lyrics that work in perfect coordination and timing. Originally, Harmony came from Latin. The common variants of Harmony are Harmonia, Harmonica, Harmonee, Harmonie, Harmoney, Harmoni, and Harmonita. In Greek Mythology, Harmonia is also a Greek goddess of order and daughter of Aphrodite.

The song consists of lyric, and melody. Eventually, Lyric and Melody has become a baby name. Lyrics are the actual words spoken on a song, while Melody is the sweet succession of sounds from a song.

The musical instruments play a big role on baby names. Like Viola, the baby name may have come from violin. Chime is another baby name meaning the edge of a drum. And, Rebec is a three string instrument that the body is pear-shaped and neck is slender.

The different rhythmic music pattern and sound also became baby names like Cadence (rhythmic flow of sounds in language), Carillon (sound of tuned bells), Euphony (sweet acoustic sound of words), Jazz (ragtime and blues music), Rhapsody (musical recitation of poems), Sonata (three to four movements in contrasting forms), Tala (traditional South Asian rhythmic pattern), and Madrigal (complex polyphonic sound of a voice in secular text).

The terms and notes on music inspire for cool and unique baby names. For example, Fermata is a musical baby name which means prolonged musical note.

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Dennis Estrada is a webmaster of unique baby names, how to convert from male baby cames to female baby names, and origin of a baby name websites.