Friday, November 20, 2015


Peeta Mellark was a character in The Hunger Games franchise. Peeta lived in District 12 and was chosen as tribute to the 74th Hunger Games along with Katniss Everdeen. Peeta's family owned a bakery and he was a talented baker and cake decorator. Peeta had a crush on Katniss and mentioned it during an interview before the games. Haymitch, their mentor, used the idea of young love to help the two survive the games. Following the games, Peeta and Katniss had to keep up the pretense of their relationship to appease President Snow. When Katniss and Haymitch were slected as tribute to the Quarter Quell, Peeta volunteered to go in Haymitch's place. After the games were sabotaged, Peeta was captured by the Capitol and was tortured and brainwashed.

There is no history for the name Peeta. It has been suggested that it is derived from the English word pita, since he came from a family of bakers. Peeta does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.


In The Hunger Games franchise, Primrose Everdeen was the younger sister of Katniss Everdeen. Primrose lived in District 12, and at the age of 12, she was selected as tribute for the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss volunteered to go in her place. Primrose was a natural healer, taking after her mother, who often provided medical care to District 12 residents. Primrose adopted a cat named Buttercup and she had a goat named Lady. When District 12 was bombed following the 75th Hunger Games, Gale helped Primrose and her mother escape to District 13. There, Primrose began formal medical training to become a doctor. She often went by the nickname 'Prim.'

In The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gangee had a daughter named Primrose.

Primrose is a Middle English word that means 'first rose.' In 2014, 42 girls were named Primrose in the U.S. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


In Marvel's Agents of Shield, Jemma Simmons was a biochemist and was part of Phil Coulson's team. She worked closely with Leo Fitz, and the two were commonly referred to as 'Fitzsimmons.' Jemma had two PhD's and attended S.H.I.E.L.D's Academy of Science and Technology. Grant Ward attempted to kill both Jemma and Fitz. Fitz sacrificed himself to save Jemma, telling her that he loved her as he did so. Fitz survived with some brain damage, but their friendship was never the same due to the guilt Jemma felt for his sacrifice and because she did not reciprocate his feelings. Jemma was sucked into an obelisk that was a portal to another world.

Jemma is a variant of the Italian name Gemma which means 'gem or precious stone.'  In 2014, Jemma was the 637th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Monday, October 26, 2015


In DC comics and televison, Supergirl's name was Kara Zor-El. She was the cousin of Kal-El, aka Superman. She was an inhabitant of Argo City, which survived the destruction of Krypton. The inhabitants eventually died from radiation poisoning, with Kara being the only survivor.  She was adopted by the Danvers family on Earth, and went by Kara Danvers there.

In the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Kara Thrace, aka Starbuck, was a member of Galactica's crew. Her mother, Socrata Thrace was a member of the Colonial Marines and her father, Dreilide Thrace was a pianist. Kara was abused as a child. After her dream of becoming a professional Pyramid Ball player ended with a knee injury, she joined the military and became a pilot. She was romantically involved with Zak Adama, and they were engaged when he was killed. She liked to play cards and tended to drink a lot. She had a strong faith in the Gods. She later married Samuel Anders.

Kara is a variant of the Italian name Cara, which means 'beloved.' In 2014, Kara was the 442nd most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy Johnson was the daughter of Calvin Johnson and an inhuman, Jiaying. Daisy was taken from her parents as an infant, and she went by the name Skye. She joined S.H.I.E.L.D., and worked on Agent Phil Coulson's team. After she was exposed to the Terrigen mist, she gained the ability to cause vibrations in objects. In the Marvel comics, her codename was Quake, and she became a member of the Avengers.

In Pokémon, Daisy was an older sister of Misty. She was the one of the Gym Leaders of Cerulean City.

In the video game Super Mario Land, Daisy was the Princess of Sarasaland.

Daisy is an English name that means 'day's eye.' It is also the name of a flower. It is sometimes a nickname for Marguerite, which is the French word for the same flower. In 2014, Daisy was the 180th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Mars is the fourth planet in our solar system. It is the second largest planet (excluding dwarf planets) in the solar system, after Mercury. It has two small moons named Phobos and Deimos. An abundance of iron oxide gives Mars its red color. Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons.

A list and description of the planet Mars in fiction can be found here.

The name Mars comes from the Roman god of War. In 2014 34 boys were named Mars in the U.S.

Monday, October 5, 2015


In The Legend of Zelda, Princess Zelda was the name of several members of the royal family of Hyrule. In some incarnations she was a child. In others, she was a young adult. Zelda possessed psychic and magical abilities. She often played the role of damsel in distress for the hero Link.

In X-Men, Zelda was a waitress who once dated Robert Drake, aka Iceman.

In the British Sci-Fi series, Terrahawks, Zelda was an android and the primary villain of the series.

In the Batman television series, Zelda the Great was a magician who robbed a bank every year on April Fool's day in order to pay Eivol Ekdol to make her escape devices for her.

Zelda is a diminutive of the Old German name Griselda, which means 'dark battle.' Zelda dropped out of the top 1,000 names for girls in the U.S. in 1967. In 2014, 212 girls were named Zelda.

Friday, October 2, 2015


In Andy Weir's science fiction novel, The Martian, Hermes was the name of the space ship that transported humans between Earth and Mars. Hermes did not land on either planet, however. It launched from earth's orbit and remained in orbit of Mars while the crew transported to and from the surface in other vehicles.

In Futurama, Hermes Conrad was a bureaucrat and accountant at Planet Express. He loved being a bureaucrat and was often concerned about his grade. He was once a professional limboer. He had a wife named LaBarbara and a son named Dwight. He did not like Dr. Zoidberg.

Hermes was the name of Percy Weasley's owl in the Harry Potter series.

In Kino's Journey, there was a talking motorcycle named Hermes.

69230 Hermes is a S-Type asteroid that crosses the orbits of Venus, Earth and Mars.

Hermes was the Greek God of transitions and boundaries. He was known as the messenger God, and was called Mercury by the Romans. In 2014, 8 boys were named Hermes in the U.S.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


In the Star Wars franchise, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi knight. He was Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn, and later took Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan. He became a Jedi Master and served on the Jedi Council. After Anakin turned to the dark side and slaughtered the Jedi, Obi-Wan fought him, gravely wounding him and left him for dead. After Padmé died in childbirth, he took Luke Skywalker to Tatooine and watched over him. When Luke sought him out as an adult, he told Luke that Darth Vader killed his father, and taught him the ways of the Jedi. While on a mission to rescue Princess Leia, he was killed by Darth Vader.

There are many theories out there as to where Kenobi may have come from, but nothing definitive. I think that since you could shorten it to 'Ken', it makes it more wearable, but it might be better in the middle spot, or for a pet. Kenobi does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 2015 Roundup

I haven't posted much this past month, but other blogs picked up the slack! Here's my September 2015 roundup.

Appellation Mountain had a post on Alma, which appears in the Hunger Games series, and Yvaine, from Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, Stardust.

Tulip By Any Name had a list of Moon names. Not to be oustdone, S My Name is Sophie had a list of Moon and Star names. 

Nancy's Baby Names had a story about a baby named Goku, and wondered about Chrome's T-Rex's name.

The Art of Naming talked about Oberon which is a moon of Uranus and a possible source for Oberyn, from a Song of Ice and Fire, aka Game of Thrones.

Friday, September 11, 2015


In Stargate Atlantis, Sora Tyrus was from the Genii homeworld. She served under Acastus Kolya, and was part of a raid the Genii conducted against Atlantis. Sora blamed Teyla for her father's death when she left him behind on a Wraith hive ship, and the two fought over it. Teyla won, and spared Sora's life, ending their feud. She disagreed with Kolya's ruthless methods, and preferred to spare lives wherever possible.

In the video game Kingdom Hearts, the main protagonist is a teenage boy named Sora. I know nothing about this game, so I won't attempt to explain it.. click the links if you want to know more!

Sora is a unisex Japanese name that means "sky." In 2014 it was given to 67 girls and and 25 boys in the United States.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


In Stargate SG-1, Adria was the half-human, half-Ori child or 'Orici' that Vala Mal Doran was forced to carry. She was genetically altered so that she grew to an adult in a few days. She was also implanted with the collective memory of the Ori race. Adria was created to lead the Ori armies to the Milky Way Galaxy and convert the humans that lived there. Adria was captured by the Goa'uld Baal, who implanted her with one of his cloned symbiotes.The Tok'ra managed to remove the symbiote, but not before it released a toxin. Adria was forced to ascend or die. After she ascended, she assumed the power of all the Ori, who had been killed by the Saangral. After SG-1 activated the Ark of Truth, her power diminished enough that Morgan Le Fay was able to stop her.

There is a main belt asteroid named 143 Adria. It was discovered in 1875 and was named after the Adriatic Sea, since the discovery was made on the coast.

Adria is a feminine form of Adrian, meaning 'from Hadria.' In 2014, 59 girls were named Adria in the U.S. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 2015 Round Up

It's time for the monthly round up of geeky names from other blogs.

Nancy's Baby Names suggested Perseid for babies born or conceived during the meteor shower. I love the idea!

Appellation Mountain profiled Clark, as in Superman's first name, and Andromeda.

The Art of Naming talked about Nova.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Galileo Galilei was a scientist that lived during the Renaissance. His astronomical observations fundamentally changed the way we view the universe. Among his contributions was the discovery of the four largest moons of Jupiter, now called the Galilean moons. His support of the heliocentric model of the solar system caused much controversy, and he was tried by the Roman Inquisition. He was sentenced to house arrest on June 22, 1633, a sentence which remained in effect until his death in 1642.

An unmanned spacecraft was named Galileo in his honor. It arrived at Jupiter in 1995 and remained in orbit until 2003. The spacecraft was deteriorating, and it was decided to intentionally crash it into Jupiter itself to prevent contamination of any of Jupiter's moons, some of which may harbor life.

Rocket Shop Galileo was a science fiction novel by Robert A Heinlein.

In Star Trek, several shuttles were named Galileo. Galileo Galilei was mentioned in several episodes, and in one episode title.

The name Galileo is of Latin origin and means 'from Galilee.' In 2014, 20 boys in the U.S. were named Galileo.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


In Futurama, Turanga Leela was the captain of the Planet Express space ship. She grew up an orphan, believing herself the sole survivor of an alien race, but in fact, she was a mutant. She worked at Applied Cryogenics as a Fate Assignment Officer but gave it up to work at Planet Express. She has had relationships with Zapp Brannigan and Fry. She had a pet alien named Nibbler.

In Doctor Who, Leela was a companion of the Fourth Doctor. She was a warrior from the Sevateem. She fell in love with another time lord named Andred. Leela left the Doctor to marry Andred and live on Gallifrey.

Leela is a variant of Leila, which means 'night beauty.' In 2014, 217 girls were named Leela in the U.S.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Dione is one of Saturn's moons. It was discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1684, and was called Saturn IV until 1847. It is approximately two-thirds ice and water. There is a thin layer of molecular oxygen ions in an exosphere. It has been photographed by the space probes Voyager and Cassini.

106 Dione is a main belt asteroid. It was discovered in 1868 by J.C. Watson.

The name Dione comes from Greek Mythology. Dione was a Titaness and the mother of Aphrodite. It means 'Of Zeus', which refers to the word Goddess. It has never been in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. In 2014, 5 girls were named Dione.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


In Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, he added a character that did not appear in the book. Tauriel was an elf, and the captain of Thranduil's guard. She fell in love with Kili, one of the dwarves in Thorin's party. After the dwarves escaped, she left the palace without permission to hunt down the orcs that pursued them. Legolas had feelings for Tauriel and followed her. She fought in the Battle of the Five Armies.

In the elvish language created by J.R.R. Tolkien, Tauriel means 'forest maiden.' In 2014, 20 girls were named Tauriel in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Buran was the name of Russia's space shuttle program and was also the name of the shuttle itself. The program began in 1974, and ended in 1993. The shuttle flew a single unmanned mission in 1988. The shuttle was destroyed in 2002 when the facility it was in collapsed. The program began construction of two other shuttles, Ptichka and Baikal, but they were never completed. The program ended due to lack of funding, and political upheaval.

Buran is the Russian word for 'snowstorm.' Buran does not appear in SSA's name database.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Kelvin is a unit of measurement for temperature. It was named after Scottish physicist William Lord Kelvin, who wrote about the need for an absolute thermometric scale. It's symbol is K.

There is also a Kelvin circulation theorem, a Kelvin equation, and Kelvin functions

Kelvin is an English name meaning 'friend of ships.' I think that K would be a great nickname since it's also the symbol for the unit of temperature. Kelvin has been in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. since 1950. It's been declining in popularity. In 2014, it was the 684th most popular name. 

Friday, August 14, 2015


In The Hunger Games, Finnick Odair was a tribute from District 4 in the 65th Hunger Games. He was the youngest to win the Hunger Games at the age of 14. He was later reaped as part of the 3rd Quarter Quell. Finnick was married to Annie Cresta, also a victor from District 4. He was very close to his mentor, Mags. Finnick was incredibly good looking and charming, and he used it to his advantage when dealing with political intrigues in the Capitol.

The name Finnick was invented by author Suzanne Collins. It's root is the Gaelic name Finn, which means 'white, fair.' In 2014, 38 boys were named Finnick.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


In the television show and video game, Defiance, Irisa was an Irathient, one of the alien Votan races that settled on Earth in the future. She was adopted as a child by Joshua Nolan. She was implanted with a Kelovan or key, which would allow her to mentally control the Kaziri, a Votan ship. She became Nolan's deputy lawkeeper in the town of Defiance.

IRISA is the acronym for the Research Institute of Computer Science and Random Systems in Rennes, France. The acronym is derived from it's French name, "Institut de recherche en informatique et systèmes aléatoires".

Irisa is a variant of Iris, a Greek name that means 'rainbow'. In English, it is a type of flower. In 2014, 8 girls were named Irisa in the U.S.

Monday, August 10, 2015


In Game of Thrones, Jorah Mormont was a knight from House Mormont in Westeros who fled to the Free Cities to avoid execution and became a mercenary for the exiled Targaryens. At first he spied on Daenerys for Varys, the spymaster of Westeros. He developed a deep devotion to Daenerys and became loyal, but when she found out about his past spying, she exiled him.

Jorah is a variant of Yarikh, a moon god in Caanaite relgion. In 2014, 7 boys in the U.S. were anmed Jorah.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Katniss Everdeen was the heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. When Katniss's twelve year old sister, Primrose, was chosen to go to the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to go in her place. Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark, won the Games, only to be caught up in a web of political intrigue following the games.

Katniss is the name of an aquatic plant in the Sagittaria genus.In 2014, 38 girls were named Katniss in the U.S.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


In Star Trek, Tiberius was the middle name of James T Kirk, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Kirk's middle name came from his paternal grandfather, Tiberius Kirk.

In Harry Potter, Tiberius Ogden was a member of the Wizengamot who resigned in protest when Dolores Umbridge was appointed High Inquisitor of Hogwarts.

In the Mortal Instruments, Tiberius Blackthorn was a shadowhunter. Shadowhunters were humans with angelic blood who battled demons and supernatural beings.

Tiberius is an ancient Roman name, borne by a Roman emperor. In 2015, 85 boys were named Tiberius in the United States.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


In the third Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, Alma Coin was the president of District 13. Alma's husband and daughter were killed in a pox epidemic. Coin led the rebellion against the Capitol and used Katniss Everdeen for propaganda to aid the rebellion.

ALMA is an acronym for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, an array of radio telescopes in Chile.

Alma is derived from the Latin word 'almus', which means 'nourishing.' Alma is also the Spanish word for 'soul.' In 2014, Alma was the 680th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015 Round Up

It's time for my monthly round-up of geeky names from other name sites!

Nancy's Baby Names talked about Teela and She-Ra usage in the 1980s.

Bewitching Names profiled Echo. Echo's geeky references include a character in Marvel's Daredevil,
Several characters in the D.C. Comics universe,  a comic book series,  a fantasy novel by Francesca Lia Block, and an asteroid.

Appellation Mountain posted about Joss, from Firefly creator, Joss Whedon, and names from the Wonder Woman comics, and about Vega, which is the name of a star.

S My Name is Sophie had some constellation names.

The Art of Naming had a post on Luna.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


In the original Star Trek, Miri was a child who lived on a planet identical to Earth. The inhabitants of her world invented a virus that would greatly increase their life span. However, it proved fatal to adults. The children of the planet lived for hundreds of years in a long lasting childhood, but when they hit puberty, the virus killed them. Miri was just beginning to reach puberty when the U.S.S. Enterprise found the planet. The landing party became infected with the virus, and Miri developed a crush on Captain Kirk. For awhile she helped them, until she became jealous of Yeoman Rand. She helped the other children kidnap her, but Kirk convinced her and the other children that it was in their interest to help them cure the disease. After Dr. McCoy found a cure, the Federation sent people to provide aid and education to the children.

Miri is a variant of Mira, which is of Latin, Slavic, and Hindi origin. It means 'wonderful, peace and prosperous. In 2014, 27 girls were named Miri in the U.S. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


In Marvel's Ant-Man, Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, used a flying ant for transportation. This ant was originally given only a number, 247, as a designation by Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. When Lang took over control of him, he gave him the name Antony.

In Babylon 5, Antony was a member of the telepath resistance.

Like the name Anthony, Antony is derived from the ancient Roman family name Antonius. Antony hasn't been in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. since 2010. It was at it's most popular in 1970 when it was the 611th most popular name for boys. In 2014, 118 boys were named Antony in the U.S.

Monday, July 20, 2015


In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan the Accuser was a Kree radical. He was part of the Kree military, and he refused to accept the peace treaty between his world and Xandar. He agreed to obtain an orb for Thanos in return for the destruction of Xandar. When he discovered that the orb contained an infinity stone, Ronan broke his deal with Thanos and attempted to destroy Xandar using the stone. He was defeated by the Guardians of the Galaxy.

In Stargate: Atlantis, Ronon Dex was born on the planet Sateda in the Pegasus Galaxy. He was implanted with a tracker and hunted by the wraith for sport. Sheppard's team helped him remove the tracker, and he joined them when he learned that his people had been wiped out by the wraith.

In Harry Potter, Ronan was a centaur that lived in the forbidden forest. He led the centaurs during the Battle of Hogwarts during the Second Wizarding War.

Ronan is a Gaelic name that means "little seal". Ronan entered the top 1,000 names in the U.S. for boys in 2001 and has been steadily climbing ever since. In 2014, it was the 366th most popular name for boys. The name was also given to 9 girls.The alternate spelling Ronon was given to 10 boys.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Orthosie is a moon of Jupiter. It was only discovered in 2001, and is a very small moon, only 2 km in diameter. It is part of the Ananke Group of moons that orbit Jupiter.

Orthosie is from Greek Mythology. Orthosie was one of the Horae, which were the Greek goddesses of the seasons, and nature. Orthosie was the goddess of prosperity. Orthosie does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database. 

I like this name, but I think most people would have difficulty pronouncing it. You can find the pronunciation here

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


In The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis,  Caspian was the name of a series of Kings of Narnia. The most prominent of them was Capsian X. Caspian X was orphaned as a small child and was raised by his uncle, Miraz. Miraz had murdered Caspian's father. When Caspian was a teenager, Miraz had his own son. Caspian's tutor urged him to flee on the night of the child's birth, believing that Miraz would kill Caspian to pave the way for his own son to rule.  He encountered the Pevensies, who had returned to Narnia, and Aslan. After the Pevensies returned to their own world, Caspian was made King of Narnia.

In Highlander: The Series, Caspian was an immortal. He was born around 1300 B.C. and was a member of the Four Horsemen, a group of vicious raiders who were active during the Bronze Age. By the 20th century, Caspian had become a serial killer. He was in an insane asylum in Romania until one of the other Four Horsemen broke him out. Caspian was killed when he and another horseman dueled with MacLeod.

Caspian comes from the name of the Caspian Sea, which is derived from the name of the city Qazvin, which in turn takes it's name from the ancient Cas tribe. In 2014, 87 boys were named Caspian in the U.S.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


In J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, Galadriel was an elf and the Lady of Lothlórien. Her husband was Lord Celeborn. She was one of the most beautiful and most powerful elves of Middle Earth. Her daughter, Celebrían, was the wife of Elrond, and the mother of Arwen. Galadriel assisted the Fellowship of the Ring after they escaped from the mines of Moria. Frodo offered the One Ring to her, but she refused it, knowing that it would corrupt her.

The name Galadriel was invented by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the books, the name was given to her by her husband, and meant "maiden crowned with a garland of bright radiance." The name has seen some occasional use, but has always hovered at the bottom of the SSA's name database. The last time it appeared was in 2006, when it was given to only 5 girls.

Friday, July 10, 2015


In The Hunger Games, Cinna was a stylist and fashion designer. He was the stylist for Katniss Everdeen in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. Following Katniss's victory in the 74th Hunger Games, Cinna became very popular. However, he angered President Snow by altering Katniss's wedding gown to turn into a mockingjay gown on stage. For this, Snow had Cinna killed. Before he died, Cinna designed a mockingjay uniform for Katniss to wear as she lead the rebellion against the Capitol.

Cinna is an ancient Roman cognomen, or third name. Cognomens started out as nicknames, but then became hereditary, and were used to identify a particular branch of a clan. Cinna does not appear in SSA's name database.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


In James Cameron's Avatar, Eywa was a deity of the Na'vi, who lived on the planet Pandora. She was a part of the planet's ecosystem, and was a kind of collective consciousness between all living things. Eywa acted only to keep nature in equilibrium.

Eywa is a variation of the unisex Arabic name Eiwa, which means 'guardian, protector.' Eywa does not appear in the SSA's name database.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


In science and mathematics, an Axiom is a premise that is accepted as fact.

In Pixar's WALL-E, the Axiom was the name of one of the luxury cruise ships where humans lived after the Earth became uninhabitable.

There is a computer algebra system called Axiom.

Axiom does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database. I think it would fit in well with other trendy names that contain the letter 'x'.

Monday, July 6, 2015


In Star Wars, Mace Windu was a Jedi Master who served on the Jedi Council. When Anakin Skywalker interrupted a fight between Windu and Darth Sidious, he stopped Windu from killing Sidious, only to have Sidious throw Windu from a window to his death.

In Game of Thrones, Mace Tyrell was the head of House Tyrell which was an ally of the Lannisters. He was the father of Margery Tyrell, who was Queen of Westeros.

The Mid-Atlantic Convection Expo or MACE, is a gaming convention held yearly in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Major Atmospheric Cerenkov Experiment Telescope (MACE) is a telescope that is currently being built in India. When completed it will be the 2nd largest gamma ray telescope in the world.

Mace is an English word name referring to a heavy club used in Medieval combat. In 2014, 61 boys were named Mace in the U.S.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


In Game of Thrones, Ygritte was a wildling woman that Jon Snow encountered north of the wall. Her scouting party was killed by Snow and the Night's Watch, but Ygritte was spared by Snow. The two had an affair. She was killed while attacking Castle Black with a wildling party.

Ygritte was invented by George R. R. Martin. It does not appear in SSA's name database.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Draco is a circumpolar constellation in the northern sky. It was one of the 48 constellations defined by the astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century. Draco is also the name of a dwarf galaxy. It is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy was a student at Hogwarts and a member of Slytherin house. His father, Lucius Malfoy was a Death Eater. Draco and Harry Potter were rivals throughout school.

In the Star Wars: Legacy comic books, Antares Draco was the leader of the Imperial Knights in the Second Imperial Civil War.

In Xena: Warrior Princess, Draco was a former lover of Xena. It was through him that Xena met Gabrielle.

Draco was the name of the dragon in the movie Dragonheart.

Draco is a genus of gliding lizards.

Draco is the latin word for dragon. In 2014, 42 boys were named Draco in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015 Round Up

British Baby Names had an in depth look at Flynn. Flynn's geek roots include Kevin Flynn from Tron, and his son, Sam Flynn from Tron: Legacy.

The Baby Centre blog had a look at Game of Thrones names

Character Names Galore profiled Moya and Chiana from Farscape.

Hitfix had a post about the popularity of Star Wars names.

Baby Name Pondering had a list of Post-Apocalyptic Names.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Selene was a vampire in the Underworld franchise. She was born in Hungary in the 14th century. She was turned into a vampire by the Vampire Elder Viktor after he killed her family. Viktor told her that her family had been killed by werewolves, or Lycans. She devoted her life to the extermination of the Lycans until she found Michael Corwin and helped him become the first vampire-lycan hybrid. She and Michael were the parents of Eve, who was born and raised in captivity while her parents were held in cryogenic suspension.

In the X-Men comics, Selene Gallio was a mutant an enemy of the X-Men and a was the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club. She has the ability to drain the life of others in order to extend her own life. She was born over 17,000 years ago.

580 Selene is a minor planet of our solar system. It is located between Mars and Jupiter, and it approximately 46 km in diameter.

SELENE was the name of a Japanese lunar orbiter. It was short for Selenological and Engineering Explorer, but was better known by it's nickname, Kaguya, after a legendary moon princess.

Selene Lindstrom was a character in the Isaac Asminov novel, The Gods Themselves. Adam Selene was a character in the Robert A Heinlein novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, Selene was an alias used by Lanfear.

Selene is the name of a genus of fish.

In Dungeons & Dragons, Selene was a name for a moon that orbited the planet Oerth.

Selene is of Greek origin and means "moon." Selene only made the top 1,000 names in the U.S. in four different years, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 2006.  In 2014, 193 girls were named Selene.

Monday, June 29, 2015


In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ulysses Klaue was a smuggler who sold a large amount of Vibranium to Ultron.

In D.C. Comics, Ulysses was the alias for Neil Quinn, who had the ability to absorb and transfer various forms of energy.

In Marvel Comics, Ulysses Bloodstone was an immortal human born 10,000 years ago in Scandanavia. He became immortal when the bloodstone shattered, and a piece of it became imbedded in his chest.

In the Doctor Who novel, The Gallifrey Chronicles, Ulysses was a time lord who married a human named Penelope Gate, an human from the 19th century.

In the Syfy series, Defiance, Ulysses was a bioman who lived in Defiance and worked for Datak Tarr. Nolan defeated him in a fight by deactivating his switch.

In Babylon 5, the Ulysses was a merchant vessel. In a Battlestar Galactica comic book, the Ulysses was a battlestar that along with Galactica attacked Trinity Base. In Star Trek, the U.S.S. Ulysses was a Federation starship.

In a Stargate SG-1 comic series, Fall of Rome,  Ulysses was a Goa'uld who was in a Unas host. He had lived on Earth in Ancient Greece.

In World of Warcraft, Ulysses Rackmore was the captain of the ship Gallant.

The Ulysses of Greek myth made an appearance in the television show Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena and Gabrielle helped him break a curse placed upon him by Posiedon.

Ulysses is the Latin form of the Greek name Odysseus, who was a hero from myth. Ulysses last appeared in the top 1,000 names in 2005, when it was #983. In 2014, 171 boys were named Ulysses in the U.S.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


In the pilot episode of the original Star Trek, Vina was the sole survivor of the SS Columbia when it crashed on Talos IV. The inhabitants healed her, but in a disfigured form, because they had no idea what a healthy human looked like. The Talosians had strong telepathy, which they used to give her an illusion of beauty. They lured the U.S.S. Enterprise to their planet with a fake distress signal in order to find a mate for Vina. They captured Captain Christopher Pike for this purpose. When Pike demonstrated that humans would rather die than live in captivity, they deemed Pike unsuitable. Vina stayed behind because of her disfigurement. Thirteen years later, after Captain Pike was crippled, Spock brought him back to Talos IV so that he could rejoin Vina and live with her in the Talosians world of illusions.

Vina is a Sanskrit name that means 'lute'. In 2014, 12 girls were given the name Vina.

Friday, June 26, 2015


In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of novels, Bellatrix Lestrange is a death eater and cousin of Harry's Godfather, Sirius Black. While at Hogwarts, Bellatrix was a member of Slytherin House. During the First Wizarding War, she used the Cruciatus curse on Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom. She was sentenced to life in Azkaban prison for this crime. She later escaped from Azkaban and joined Voldemort just prior to the Second Wizarding War. She was killed during the war by Molly Weasley.

Bellatrix is the third brightest star in the constellation Orion

The name Bellatrix is Latin, and means "female warrior." In 2014, 9 girls were named Bellatrix in the United States.

Although Bellatrix Lestrange isn't the best character to name a child after, it's a much cooler way of getting to Bella if you like that nickname.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Marvel is the name of a comic book publisher that has turned into a huge entertainment franchise. Among Marvel's superheroes is Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel's real name was Carol Danvers. She joined the United States Air Force where she worked in military intelligence, and later joined NASA. During a battle, she was knocked into a damaged Kree Psyche-Magnitron machine. It altered her genetic structure, turning her into a half-Kree superhuman. She then became a member of the Avengers.

In X-Men, Marvel Girl was the daughter of Cyclops and Phoenix in an possible future. Her real name was Rachel "Ray" Summers. She was the a member of a group of space pirates known as the Starjammers. Her son, Jay Scott Grey Summers was known as Marvel Boy.

In the D.C. Comics franchise, William Batson was known as Captain Marvel. A wizard named Shazaam gave him the powers of six legendary heroes of Ancient Greece. He had Shazaam also give powers to his twin sister who became known as Mary Marvel and his friend Frederick Freeman, who became Captain Marvel Jr. together they were known as the Marvel Family.

In The Hunger Games, Marvel was a tribute from District 1. Katniss killed him after he killed her ally Rue.

Marvel is an English word name that means "a wonderful thing." Marvel was among the top 1,000 names for girls from 1900 through 1941. It's highest rank was in 1901 when it was #519. It never ranked in the top 1,000 for boys. In 2014, 28 girls and 24 boys were named Marvel. The alternate spelling Marvell was given to 12 boys.

Marvel is a bold choice. It's a name that may be difficult to live up to.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Blog!

I just started a new blog talking about names from my other fandom.. Disney! It's going to cover anything Disney owned, so there may be a little overlap with this blog now that Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars, but Disney has so much more that I don't think there will be too much duplication. If you love Disney too, head on over to Disney Baby Names!


In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter Jason Quill, aka Starlord, was abducted from Earth as a child. He became an outlaw, but later redeemed himself by stopping Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xandar with an infinity stone. In the process, he joined a group of misfits called the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the Marvel comics, Peter was an orphan who became an astronaut. He was given the title Starlord by an alien called the Master of the Sun.   

In X-Men, Quill was a mutant that attended Xavier Institute. He had porcupine quills on his head instead of hair, and he could fire them as projectiles. He was mentored by Gambit and wanted to become a thief. He was killed when William Stryker attacked the school.

In Doctor Who, Mr. Quill was a minor character who was an engineer at a off shore gas rig.

In the Transformers franchise, the Quill was an artifact that had the ability to change the future itself.

Quill was an experimental satellite program in the 1960s to test radar imaging from space.

The Quill was a 1983 computer program that one could use to write computer games. QUILL is also short for Quintiq Logic Language, a Dutch programming language.

Quill is an English word that refers to the hollow shaft of a feather, or a pen made from one. In 2014, 5 boys were given the name Quill. 

If you're looking for a name that reflects a love of the written language, Quill is a great choice.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Jadzia Dax was one of the main characters on Star Trek: Deep Space 9. She was from an alien race called the Trill, and she was host of a symbiont with whom she had a shared consciousness. Trill symbionts were long lived and could have several different hosts. Each new host would have the memories of all previous hosts, and the experience of several lifetimes. Jadzia was the science officer aboard Deep Space 9, and she was the wife of Worf, son of Mogh.

Jadzia is a diminutive of the Polish name Jadwiga, which means "safety in battle." Jadwiga was also the name of a famous Polish ruler. In 2014, 19 girls were named Jadzia in the United States.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Alan Turing was a British mathematician, computer scientist, and cryptologist, among other things. He is best known for helping to crack the Enigma machine used by the Germans to encrypt transmissions during World War II. Turing is considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. He was a homosexual, which was still considered a crime during his lifetime. He was convicted of the crime and underwent estrogen injections instead of going to jail so that he could continue his work. Unable to cope with the treatment, he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning.

Turing is a surname of Scottish origin, first appearing in the 14th century as the name Turin. I think this name would be best in the middle spot, as an homage to Alan Turing's life. The name does not appear as a first name in the Social Security Administration's name database.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Clark Kent is the name given to Kal-El, aka Superman, by his human parents. Born on Krypton, he was sent to Earth by his parents to save him from the impending destruction of his home world. Earth's yellow sun gives him abilities far beyond the average human. He lives in the city of Metropolis, and works as a journalist for the  Daily Planet.

In an alternate timeline, Ariella Kent was the daughter of Superman and Linda Danvers. Like her mother, she was also known as Supergirl.

Kent Blake was the protagonist of the 1950's comic book series Kent Blake of the Secret Service.

Kent was a minor character in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Full Alert". He was a member of "The Trust", a group of rogue NID agents.

Kent was a character in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. He was an administrator of the planet Balmorra.

Kent is derived from the name of a county in England, which itself may come from a word that means 'coastal district'. Kent fell out of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States in 2003, when it ranked at #882. The highest it ever ranked was in 1962, when it was #136. In 2014, 148 boys were given the name Kent.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


In Game of Thrones, Melisandre was a priestess of R'hllor, the god of light, heat and life. She supported Stannis Baratheon in his claim to be the rightful King of Westeros, because she believed him to be a reincarnation of a legendary hero, Azor Ahai. Melisandre was born with the name Melony, until she was sold as a slave to the Red Temple. She received visions from R'hllor in flames. She could use magic to create a shadow assassin, and used a sacrifice of King's blood to gain favor from R'hllor.

Melisandre is a variation of the French name Melisande, which itself is a version of the German name Millicent. It means "animal strength." Melisandre does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Kaywinnet Lee Frye was a character in the television show, Firefly, and it's movie sequel, Serenity. She was commonly known by the nickname Kaylee. She was the ship's mechanic. Kaylee was sleeping with the Serenity's mechanic, who could not fix Serenity. When Kaylee showed Captain Reynolds that the ship could be fixed, he gave her the mechanic's job. She was in love with Simon Tam.

The name appears to have been invented by Joss Whedon. It could be a combination of Kay, and the surname Winnett. Kay is a short form of Katherine, which means 'pure'. The surname Winnett is derived from Winthrop, which comes from winn, meaning 'friend' and prop, which means settlement. So, a possible meaning could be 'pure friend'.

Kaywinnet has never appeared in the Social Security Administration's name database.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


In Stargate SG-1, Olokun was a Goa'uld system lord who conducted experiments on humans. After abandoning his experiments, he created the Cursor'va, a group of Jaffa that acted as intelligence agents. His fleet was decimated by Anubis, but he survived, only to later be killed by Ba'al.

Olokun was based on an African god of the sea, worshiped by the Yoruba people.  Olokun does not appear in SSA's name database.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


In Stargate, Janus was an ancient scientist. He lived in Atlantis, and was one of the Lantean survivors who escaped to Earth. Janus used unorthodox methods, and his controversial experiments and inventions were often done in defiance of the Lantean Council.
In I Am Number Four, Janus was a pilot and member of the Lorien Defence Council. He piloted the ship that brought the chosen Garde to Earth.

In Men In Black, Janus was an INS agent that was neuralized by Kay and Dee.

In Warehouse 13, the Janus Coin was used to separate a person's consiousness from their physical form.

The feminist science fiction 'fanzine', Janus, was published from 1975 to 1980.

Saturn has a moon named Janus.

There are two programming languages that bear the nameJanus. Microsoft used the name as a codename for Windows 3.1x, and as a codename for a portable version of Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM). There is a speech recognition program named Janus.

In biology, a Janus-faced molecule can have both beneficial and toxic effects.

Janus particles are nano particles that have two different physical properties.

The name Janus comes from a two-faced Roman God. He looked to the future and the past, and was the god of beginnings and endings. The name for the month of January is derived from Janus. I love this name, but I think the name is problematic for boys because it sounds too similar to the girl's name Janice. It would work well for a pet though. It has never ranked in the top 1,000 names in the U.S., and does not appear in the database for 2014.

Friday, June 12, 2015


Scarlet Witch is a character in the Marvel Universe. Her real name is Wanda Maximoff. She is the twin sister of Pietro Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver. In the Marvel Comics, Scarlet Witch was a part of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants before joining the Avengers.

Will Scarlet is a character in the television show Once Upon a Time.

Scarlet Sharp was a witch who was reported missing on Potterwatch in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

Scarlett Adams was a character in the Power of Five series of novels by Anthony Horowitz. At first, it was believed her power was to predict the weather, but it was later determined that she also had the ability to control it.

Skarlet was a character in the Mortal Kombat video game. She was able to absorb the blood of her prey.

The Scarlet Brethren were a group of nine wizards who wore red robes in  the Dragonlance novel, "The Dying Kingdom."

In Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, a Scarlet-Flower was a breed of dragon of Chinese origin. They were red with a yellow crest, and enjoyed fighting.

In the Star Wars franchise, Scarlet was a term used for art that was not approved by Imperial censors.

The name Scarlet is of French origin, and means 'red'. It can be spelled Scarlet or Scarlett. Scarlett was the 30th most popular name for girls in the United States in 2014.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Dragons of Game of Thrones

Except for a brief introduction, I am going to limit my discussion of these dragons to their physical characteristics to avoid spoilers. If you want to know more about the dragons, click on the links to visit their full descriptions on 'A Wiki of Ice and Fire', my source for this article.

At the start of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the popular television series based on it, dragons were considered extinct. However, they had existed in the past, and were a part of the history of the world. That changed when Daenerys Targaryen hatched three eggs and became the Mother of Dragons.

Daenerys named her three dragons Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. Drogon was believed to be a reincarnation of another dragon, Balerion. He was black with red horns and spines. His eyes were red, and his blood was black. Rhaegal had green and bronze scales. His eyes were bronze and his teeth and claws were black. Viserion was cream colored, with gold on his horns, wing bones and spinal crest. His eyes were gold and his teeth were black. He was called the white dragon.

Other dragons mentioned in the books are:
The Cannibal - A wild dragon that was the color of coal. As his name suggests, he ate his own kind.
Caraxes - Also called the Blood Wyrm, he was a huge red dragon.
Grey Ghost - A grey white dragon, the shade of a morning mist.
Meleys - Also called the Red Queen, she was red with touches of pink and copper.
Meraxes - This dragon had silver scales and gold eyes.
Moondancer - A female dragon, she was pale green with pearl colored horns, crest and wingbones. She was as small as a warhorse.
Seasmoke - A pale, silver-grey colored dragon.
Sheepstealer - This dragon was the color of mud.
Sunfyre - This dragon was gold and pink. He was called Sunfyre the Golden, and was regarded as the most beautiful dragon ever.
Syrax -  This was a yellow colored dragon.
Tessarion - Also known as the Blue Queen, she was cobalt blue and copper. Even her flames were blue.
Vermithor - Also known as the Bronze Fury, he was bronze and tan.

For more inspiration, check out my list of Direwolves in Game of Thrones.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, J.A.R.V.I.S. was Tony Stark's A.I. computer system.  Jarvis was named for the Stark family's butler, Edwin Jarvis, but was also shorthand for "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System". In the Marvel Comics, Edwin Jarvis was retired, but still worked with the Avengers.

In Tron, Jarvis was a program who was an officer in Clu 2's regime.

In Star Trek, Crewman Jarvis was a member of the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager.

Nina Jarvis was a character in the television series, The 4400. She was temporarily the director of NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command).

In Mathematics, the Gift wrapping algorithim is also known as the Jarvis algorithim, after R. A. Jarvis.

Gregory Jarvis was a U.S. astronaut that was killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. There is an asteroid, 3353 Jarvis, and a rocket design called Jarvis that were both named in his honor.

Jarvis is a variant of the French name Gervaise. It's been in and out of the Top 1,000 names from 1902-2007. It's highest rank was in 1988 when it was #347. In 2014, it was given to 153 boys.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


In Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa was from a group known as the Vuvalini of Many Mothers. She was born in a fertile area of the Wasteland known as The Green Place. She only has one arm. She was kidnapped by Immortan Joe and became an Imperator, one of his most trusted warriors.

Furiosa is the feminine version of the word 'furious' in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It's not a great name for a kid, but it would be a cool name for a pet. It does not appear in the SSA name database.

Friday, June 5, 2015


In Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Lyanna Stark was the sister of Eddard Stark. She died before the beginning of the stories. She was bethrothed to Robert Baratheon, but she was kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen. When her father demanded justice from King Aerys II, the King had him and her brother Brandon Stark executed. In retaliation, Eddard and Robert joined with other houses to overthrow the Targaryens. 

Lyanna Mormont was named after Lyanna Stark, and was the Lady of Bear Island, and cousin of Jorah Mormont. In the television series, she pledged what few men she had to support Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in their bid to take back Winterfell from the Boltons. 

Lyanna is also the name of a character in The Chronicles of the Raven by James Barclay. She was the daughter on Erienne Malanvai and the mage Denser.

Lyanna could be a variation of Liana, which has origins in multiple languages. In 2014, 58 girls in the United States were named Lyanna.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


In the Matrix franchise, Niobe was the captain of the Logos and Logos II. At one time she and Morpheus were a couple. She then dated Jason Lock, but she was still in love with Morpheus. She was the best pilot in the Resistance.

In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Niobe was a princess. When Iolaus posed as King Orestes, she married him without knowing his true identity. They two fell in love, and she remained married to him after she learned the truth.

71 Niobe is a main belt asteroid. It was discovered in 1861 by German astronomer Robert Luther.

Niobe is a Greek name that means 'fern'. In Greek mythology, Niobe was a queen of Thebes. After her children were killed by Apollo, she wept so much that she turned into a stone from which water constantly flowed. In 2014, 6 girls were given the name in the United States.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Falcon is the code name for Sam Wilson. He was a test pilot for the EXO-7 Falcon mechanical wings. He left the military after losing his wingman, Riley. He became friends with Steve Rogers and helped him and Natasha Romanoff defeat the hydra agents taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. In the Marvel comics, Falcon was criminal brainwashed by the Red Skull to attack Captain America. In the comics, he had the ability to communicate telepathically with birds, and had a bird of his own, named Redwing. Captain America managed to shake him of the Red Skull's programming, and Falcon became a member of S.H.I.E.LD. He temporarily took over the identity of Captain America when Steve Rogers briefly stepped down.

In Star Wars, the Millennium Falcon was the name of Han Solo's ship.

In Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Falcon was a holodeck character in a secret agent program used by Dr. Bashir.

In the Resident Evil Franchise, Falcon was a former Army ranger, anti-Umbrella activist, and member of Charlie Team.

The Falmouth Falcons are a Quidditch team in Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling.

The Falcon Clan were a tribe of Elves in the Dragonlance novel, Time of the Dragon.

Falcon is an English word name for a type of bird. In 2014, 18 boys were named Falcon.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Elara is the name of one of Jupiter's moons. Prior to 1976, it was officially known as Jupiter VII, although it was sometimes informally called Hera. It is a very small moon, being only 43 km, or 26.7 miles in diameter.

There is a character called Elara Dorne in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game.

There is an elf named Elara in the Great Multiverse video game.

Like many astronomical names, Elara comes from Greek Mythology. Elara was a human princess that Zeus seduced. She died giving birth to Tityos, son of Zeus and a giant. In 2014, 22 girls in the United States were named Elara.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 2015 Roundup

Here's my monthly roundup of geeky names from other name blogs in the month of May!

British Baby names did a very thorough write up on Hermione, and Nolan. Nolan's geeky references include the surname of Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time, Joshua Nolan, the main protagonist in Defiance, and Nolan Grayson, aka, Omni-Man.

Ren's Baby Names talks about Leia.

The Art of Naming discusses names from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Nancy's Baby Names posted a great list of secular names. They also did a write up of Denali, which is the name of a coven in the Twilight series.

Roses and Cellar Doors has a list of Pixar names.

Name News found a great Steampunk Name generator.

MyNamesInTheClouds has an interesting You Tube video where he discusses names from Game of Thrones.

Nameberry has an article that shows the popularity of GoT names.

Once Upon a Time Baby Names goes in depth on the name Gordon.
It's geeky associations include:
Gordon Gould who is widely credited for the invention of the laser
The superhero Flash Gordon
Commissioner Gordon and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) in Batman
A teleporting Inhuman from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Gordon Walker, a vampire hunter in the tv series Supernatural.
Gordon Freeman, a character in Half Life
Byron Gordon of Babylon 5
a friend of Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter
a computer in Red Dwarf< a wraith in Stargate Atlantis
a naval officer in the Temeraire novels
an air force major in the Transformers comics
a professor in Warehouse 13