Friday, May 22, 2015

Jinora

In Avatar's The Legend of Korra, Jinora was a master airbender from Air Temple Island. Jinora was one of a few that could see and communicate with the spirits. She successfully fought the Equalists who attacked Air Temple Island, but more came, forcing Jinora and her family to flee. They were captured, but eventually freed, and later able to return home. Because of her spiritual abilities, Jinora guided Avatar Korra into the spirit world. She was captured, and trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls, until rescued by her father.

Jinora is an invented name, possibly derived from Jinorasa, a male Sanskrit name that means "Essence of Victory". In 2014, 9 girls were given the name.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dejah

Dejah Thoris was the title character of the 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs and it's sequels. She was the granddaughter of the Jeddak (King) of Helium. She was the wife of an Earth man, John Carter, with whom she had two children, Carthoris and Tara.

Dejah Duare was a character in the Star Wars novels Coruscant Nights, parts II and III. She was a Zeltron living on Coruscant. Her lover, Ves Volette, was murdered. After she found his murderer, she joined Whiplash, an anti-Galactic Empire resistance group. 

Dejah is a variant of the French name Deja, and means "remembrance or before". It is also sometimes used as a nickname for Dejanira, a variation of Deianeira, who was the wife of Hercules. Dejah made it into the top 1,000 names in four different years, 1996 (#982), 1998 (#784), 1999 (#671), and 2000 (#927). In 2014, 33 girls were named Dejah, and 118 were named Deja.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Diaval

Diaval was a character in Disney's Maleficient. He was an update of the raven, Diablo, that appeared in the animated movie Sleeping Beauty. In Maleficient, Diaval pledged to be Maleficient's servant after she saved his life. Maleficient transformed Diaval into various creatures, including a human, wolf, horse and dragon, but she used him mostly to be her wings, since she no longer had hers. 

Diaval is an invented name. It has never appeared in SSA's name database. It's a little too out there for a person, but I think it would be an awesome name for a pet, especially a black one.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Maximus

In Star Trek, Flavius Maximus was an alien from the planet 892-IV, which bore a striking resemblance to Ancient Rome. He was a gladiator who rejected the Roman way of life to follow the Children of the Son. He was recaptured and forced to fight in an area battle, and died trying to prevent the execution of Captain James T Kirk

Maximus was a dragon in the Temeraire series of novels by Naomi Novik. He was a Regal Copper, and was large even for that breed. He was in the same formation as Temeraire.

In Doctor Who, Maximus Pettulian was a lyre player from Corinth that plotted to kill Emperor Nero. He was assassinated before he could carry out the act. The First Doctor later discovered the dead Maximus. The Doctor took his lyre, and assumed his identity while in Rome.  

In the Marvel universe, Maximus was a schizophrenic genius and an Inhuman.

Fortress Maximus was the name of several characters in the Transformers universe.

In Caprica, Maximus was a judge who was bribed to prevent Joseph Adama's clients from going to prison.

In the J.K. Rowling book, Quidditch Through the Ages, Maximus Brankovitch III was a seeker for the Fitchburg Finches, an American Quiddich team from Massachusetts.

In the Star Wars universe, the Maximus was a star cruiser that appeared in several novels. 

Maximus is used in taxonomy in the Latin binomial abbreviations for many different species.

Maximus is Latin for "the greatest". Maximus first appeared in the top 1,000 names in the United States in 2000. In 2014, it ranked at #192.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gilina

Gilina Renaez was a character on the Sci-fi television show, Farscape. She was a non-combat Peacekeeper, who was a technical specialist in maintenance and engineering. She was part of a salvage crew sent to an ancient derelict ship, the Zelbinion. They were attacked, and she was the sole survivor. She was found there by Crichton and the crew of the Moya. She helped them to repel the same attackers, and had some romantic moments with Crichton. She stayed behind to be rescued by the Peacekeepers, rather than join the crew of the Moya. She later encountered Crichton and Aeryn at Gammak Base, where she helped them get past security, and later flee the base. She was mortally wounded in the process, and died on the Moya.

Gilina is an invented name, and has never appeared in the SSA's name database. Gilina is a unique alternative to Gillian, and I think it's a perfect example of a unique name that is not too weird.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Logan


The name Logan can be found all over the sci-fi/fantasy world. The most prominent use is in the Science fiction novel turned film, Logan's Run. In the novel, people's lives were terminated once they reach the age of 21 in order to prevent overpopulation. The character Logan, was charged with enforcing the rule, by killing those who run. When Logan turned 21, he became a runner himself, and used an underground railroad to reach Sanctuary, a colony on Mars. 

Logan is also the name of Wolverine, of the X-Men. Wolverine was born James Howlett, the son of a wealthy landowner, John Howlett, in the 1880s. However, his biological father was the groundskeeper, Thomas Logan. Thomas killed John Howlett, and Wolverine in turn killed Thomas with his bone claws. Cast out by his mother, he adopted the name Logan.

Logan Cale was one of the main characters in the television series Dark Angel. Logan is a hacker/journalist, who transmits his untraceable broadcasts under the pseudonym "Eyes Only". He helped Max track down her fellow genetically engineered soldiers.

There were two characters in the tv series, Warehouse 13 with the name Logan. Kate Logan was a secret service agent who once had a relationship with Pete Lattimer.  Logan was an individual who used an artifact to disrupt a banking convention. He killed several bankers before he was stopped. 

Logan Gyre is the High King in The Night Angel Triolgy by Brent Weeks.

Logan Willowine was a Kender Mystic in the Dragonlance novel, Citadel of Light

Lieutenant Logan was an engineer on the U.S.S. Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Garfield Mark "Gar" Logan, is the real name of the comic book character Beast Boy.

Logan is the main character in the video game Fable III. Gabriel Logan is a character in the video game, Syphon Filter. Logan was a character in the video game Star Wars Galaxies.

In Farscape, Douglas Logan was an avatar used by Rygel in a simulation. 

The name originates as the name of a Scottish Clan. It means "little hollow". Although it is mostly used for boys, Logan is also used for girls. In the United States, Logan ranked as the 13th most popular name for boys, and ranked at #391 for girls in 2014.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia is a constellation named for a queen in Greek mythology.  Cassiopeia was the mother of Andromeda, and her boasting about their beauty incurred the wrath of Poseidon.

In Battlestar Galactica, Cassiopeia was a medtech, and former prostitute.

In Transformers, Cassiopeia was a reporter for Around Cybertown.

Cassiopeia was a mage in League of Legends video game.

In the Harry Potter series, Cassiopeia Black was the daughter of Cygnus Black II and Violetta Bulstrode.  She was the grand-aunt of Sirius Black

The name is Greek in origin, and means "cassia juice." In 2014, the name Cassiopeia was given to 12 girls in the United States. Cassiopeia is a more unique way to get to the nickname 'Cassie'.