I've decided to do a monthly Roundup feature on the last day of every month. In it, I'll compile links to other name sites that profiled geeky names during the month. I've done these posts before, but I feel it would be better to do them on a more regular basis. So, here are the Geeky names I've found across the web during the month of February!
Bewitching Names profiled Romulus. While she focused on it's historical origins, it's best known to geeks as the home planet of the Romulan race in Star Trek. Romulus was also a super villain in the Marvel universe, and a main belt asteroid is also named 10386 Romulus.
Naming the Fishes listed the names found in the video game Dragon Age 2.
Mer de Noms suggested Benzene as a unique way to get to 'Ben'. It also has that trendy 'z' sound. The more I think about it, the more I like it!
Name Freak profiled Colm, the name of the actor who played Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Colm is also the name of a character in the video game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
I recently discovered Nameholics Anonymous's series of posts on Harry Potter Names. She's going alphabetically, and I didn't find it until recently, so I was a few letters behind! Her most recent post is 'F is For Filius'. Previous posts include A is for Alastor, B is for Bathilda, C is for Cedric, D is for Draco, and E is for. I think she forgot to add a name to the last one!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Inara comes from a deity in Hittite mythology. She was the goddess of the wild animals of the steppe. She was a protective deity, and was involved with the Puruli spring festival. In the Greek pantheon, she was known as Artemis. Some name websites claim that Inara is of Arabic origin and means 'Ray of Light' or 'Heaven sent', but I can't find much else to back up that claim. In 2011, the name Inara was given to 108 girls in the United States.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Delenn is an invented name. It's a few letters off from the Cornish name Dellen, but I think that may just be a coincidence. In 2011, 5 girls were named Delenn.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
In Marvel's Stormwatch series, Apollo was one of the first openly gay superheroes. He was able to absorb solar energy and convert that energy into strength, speed, flight, and laser blasts from his eyes.
In Star Trek, Apollo was a member of an alien race with God-like powers. He kidnapped the crew of the Enterprise and tried to force them to worship him.
In the real world, Apollo was the name of the NASA program whose goal was the human exploration of the moon.
Apollo's origins come from Greek Mythology, where he is the god of many things, including light, the Sun, music, poetry, prophecy and healing. Apollo has never ranked in the top 1000 names in the United States. In 2011, 142 boys were named Apollo, and 9 were given the alternate spelling, Apolo.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Pluto's three existing moons are Charon, Nix, and Hydra. Charon was the ferryman of Hades. Nix was the goddess of the night, and mother of Charon. Hydra is named after the nine-headed serpent that Hercules battled. Pluto itself is another name for Hades, god of the underworld.
I voted for Cerberus, the three headed dog that guarded the gates of the Underworld, and his two headed 'brother' Orthrus. I'd love to hear what names you guys have voted for!
The official ballot can be found here: http://www.plutorocks.com/
Saturday, February 9, 2013
In the D.C. Comics universe, Ion was created from the Green wavelength of the emotional spectrum, and was kept secret for eons. It gave the Green Lantern corps a portion of it's power. Ion was set free when Hal Jordan destroyed the Central Battery, and it chose Kyle Rayner as it's host.
Ion was also a character in the Marvel Comics Universe, where Ion was a super villain. Ion was the alias of Voletta Todd, a nuclear physicist who was turned into a cloud of ionized gas during an experiment gone wrong.
Ion was also the name of a short lived Japanese Manga published in 1997.
Since Ion is only one letter off from Ian, I think it would work as a first name. In 2011, 5 boys were named Ion.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Dresden Codex is an ancient Mayan text that is the oldest book ever found in the Americas. It contains astronomical tables of great accuracy, and is famous for it's Lunar Series and Venus Table. It is housed at the Royal Museum in Dresden, Germany, which is where it got it's name.
Dresden comes from the capital city of Saxony, and would fit in well with the current trend of place names as first names. In 2011, 48 boys were given the name Dresden, as well as 8 girls.