Zach Flanagan


Zach Flanagan

About Me

Hi, my name is Zach! I have a passion for names. Check out our Instagram, @worldnamehistory, for some super-cool names and super-fun games! Also visist our blog,, for a unique look into historical naming, as well as name alternatives and some interesting names that you might not have heard. If you need name help, feel free to email us at, or DM us @worldnamehistory on Instagram.

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October 5, 2018 10:35 PM
In Response to Evangeline?

Thank you! That's super helpful.

October 5, 2018 10:25 PM
In Response to The Short(er) List


So many lovely names on this list! Have you worked on pairing these with your last name and middle names? Ideally, the name shouldn't end with the same sound the last name and middle name start with - ex, Tobin Nash sounds like Tobin Ash or Tobih Nash.

Adelaide is so lovely! It's a mn on my list. You want to be aware of the fact that she will probably be called Addie, unless you have a nickname previously worked out!

Beatrix is super cute, and unlike Adelaide, doesn't have an automatic nn. Bea? Trixie? Even full Beatrix would work, and likely wouldn't be shortened most of the time.

Matilda is so adorable. Nns include Mattie and Tilda or Tilly, but like Beatrix, the full form works just as wonderfully! It reminds me of the Roald Dahl book, which you can interpret as a pro or a con. (To me, it's a pro.)

Hazel and Freya don't have any obvious nickname options, although I like the idea of initials as nns - Hazel Augusta Lowell could be HAL, or Hallie as a cute nn!

Alistair is so cool, but it has a lot of spelling variations - I've been seeing Allister a lot recently. Alistair IS the most common one, though, so you probably won't encounter too many issues with that. It will probably be shortened to Ali a lot.

Colwyn is super cute, but people will probably spell it as Colwen/Colwin a lot. However, it has a lot of adorable nn options, like Cole, Ollie, or Wyn!

I love Emrys, and although I've seen it on a few girls, I think it's still mostly a boy's name. It's actually the Welsh form of Ambrose! Rhys makes a cute nn, but Emrys doesn't need one, which is also pretty cool.

Tobin is an adorable Irish name and will probably be frequently shortened to Toby. If you don't like Toby, you could always use Bo or even Ben.

Good luck! I hope this helps!

September 29, 2018 06:30 PM

Congratulations! Frederick, nn Fritz, is adorable, and I love all your mn choices.

I adore the name Florian! It's on my list as a mn. Although alliterative, Frederick and Florian are different enough that it doesn't matter much.

Francis is super cute, but Frederick and Francis are similar enough (both starting with Fr) that it seems a little clunky put together that way.

Frederick Robert is adorable - I actually really like Robert, mostly because of the nn Robbie, but if it seems boring to you, don't use it! It's worth remembering that it's only a mn, so although it will be used, it's not as big a deal to have the initials FFT as it would be to have alliterative first & last names.

If I had to choose, I'd go with Frederick Florian. It's so cute!

September 24, 2018 09:26 PM

Cordelia - so cute! On my list as a fn, with the nn Cora (although Delia & Ellie make cute alternatives, or even Ella!)

Clementine - super cute and vintage, but I wouldn't use it.

Xanthe - this is such a cool name, but I think you'd run into spelling errors.

Zinnia - I adore this name! It is so cool.

Juniper - this is one of my favourites on this list. I love it with the nn June!

Octavia - I love this name! Super cute.

Ariadne - it's ok, but it reminds me of spiders (arachnids)

Wilhelmina - this is adorable & I wish it was more common. I also love Willa, which is on my list!


I think my favourites would be Cordelia and Juniper! Good luck - lots of cute name options here!

September 24, 2018 09:19 PM

Keep: Madeline Piper

Switch: Tessa Bethany

Change First: Beatrix Ida

Change Middle: Cara Nicoline

Initials: Harper Rosalia


Keep: Ezra Jude

Switch: Parker Elliott

Change First: Macsen Theodore

Change Middle: Frederic Ace

Initials: Lucas Henry

July 28, 2018 09:12 PM

It's so hard to choose! There are a lot of great names on this list. But I guess I like Harper the best! I like that the sounds aren't too feminine but it still sounds nice. I also love that it's occupational. Harper means a harp-player or musician!

Abby, Adina, Aggie, Alice, Alicia, Alix, Amal, Amber, America, Amira, Amy, Ana, Anaka, Anastasia, Angelina, Anja, Annie, Aphrodite, April, Arabella, Ariel, Arielle, Arizona, Ash, Asia, Astra, Audrina, Aurora, Austine, Avril, Azalea, Belinda, Beth, Bevin, Bijou, Blake, Britta, Brittany, Brooklyn, Caitlin, Carey, Carmen, Carter, Cassedy, Cathy, Channing, Chantal, Charla, Chloe, Christinna, Cindy, Cinnamon, Claudine, Constance, Courtney, Dahlia, Daisy, Dakota, Danielle, Debbie, Demetria, Desiree, Dillon, Elaine, Electra, Erika, Erin, Eve, Evvie, Faith, Fallon, Fawne, Faye, Freja, Gabrielle, Gal, Giada, Gilda, Gina, Ginger, Giovanna, Glimmer, Gloria, Godiva, Gretchen, Gweneth, Haley, Harley, Haven, Hayden, Heather, Hera, Honor, Hunter, India, Irene, Jasmine, Jem, Jill, Jo, Joni, Journey, Joy, Kelly, Kelsey, Kiki, Kimber, Kristen, Laurel, Lauren,  Leah, Leslie, Lidia, Lillian, Lily, Lisa, Loretta, Lorna, Louise, Madeline, Madison, Mandy, Marion, Marjorie, Marnie, Mary, Mckenna, Megan, Mercedes, Millie, Mimi, Ming, Mira, Misty, Monet, Monica, Noel, Normani, Opal, Padma, Paloma, Payton, Portia, Priscilla, Rebel, Reece, Renee, Rikki, Rina, Robyn, Rue, Sailor, Sarah, Selene, Sheri, Shimmer, Sia, Sofia, Solange, Solstice, Song, Sonja, Stacy, Starla, Stevie, Storm, Sue, Sunny,Talia, Tammy, Tawny, Taylor, Teigen, Temperance,Tia, Tiana, Tilly, Tina, Tinsley, Toni, Trixie, Twila, Vanessa, Venus, Veronica, Waverly, Wendy, Whitney, Winnie, Yvette, Yvonne, Zanna

July 28, 2018 09:06 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Felix (my favourite on this list!), Jackson, Mark

Like: Cooper, Austin, Macklin

Lose: Xander, Zeke, Levi

Felix, Cooper, David, Jackson, Austin, Saxby, Mark, Macklin, Arthur

July 28, 2018 09:00 PM

Chloe Joanna - I don't like Chloe at all and prefer Joana with the "yo" sound.

Greta Hermione, Juliana Selene, Lilly Martina, Maya Sofia, Melody Edith, Zoe Violetta

July 28, 2018 08:59 PM

Tucker - just not really a name you can actually give a kid for several reasons, even though I know a few. Also, I love the others!

Alex, Alfie, Charles, Jack, Lachlan, Malcolm, Oscar, Pablo, Sebastian

July 27, 2018 10:06 PM

Saskia Grace, Claudia Jane, Anabelle Sophia, Layla Aubrey, Rebel Macie

Keep: Saskia Grace

Switch: Jane Claudia

Change First: Katherine Aubrey

Change Middle: Rebel Jean

Initials: Alessia Sigrid

July 27, 2018 10:02 PM

Jack Walton, Emmett Viggo, Arthur Finnegan, Milo Alexander, Pablo Diego

Keep: Arthur Finnegan

Switch: Alexander Milo

Change First: Zachary Diego

Change Middle: Jack Louis

Initials: Everest Vaughn

Arthur Finnegan, Alexander Milo, Zachary Diego, Jack Louis, and Everest Vaughn

July 27, 2018 09:59 PM

Felix Adam, Cameron Jeremy, Cedric Ronan, Blake Oscar, Anthony Connor

Keep: Felix Adam

Switch: Oscar Blake

Change First: Ceallach Ronan

Change Middle: Anthony Richard

Initials: Charlie James

July 27, 2018 09:54 PM
In Response to The Build a Name Game

Oscar Edward

Jessabelle Winifred

Sophia Maristela

Clay Nolan

Mary Beatrice

Carlos Victor

July 27, 2018 09:51 PM
In Response to How Old?

Harriet is 67

How old is Rhys?

July 27, 2018 09:50 PM
In Response to Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls

Drop: Winnie and Josie

Add: Teagan

Teagan & Louisa

July 27, 2018 09:48 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Elizabeth, Jane, Gabriella

Like: Ava, Lucy, Audrey

Lose: Sarah, Felicity, Emery

New List: Elizabeth, Ava, Penelope, Jane, Lucy, Ottoline, Gabriella, Audrey, Ingrid

July 27, 2018 09:43 PM
In Response to Middle Name

Rosalie is one of my favourites! I actually love all the "ros" names.

People have already suggested some great ones: Rose, Rosa, Rosemary, Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosaline, Rosabel

Others that come to mind: Rosie, Rosetta, Rosalia/Rozalia, Rosette, Rosella, Rosalina, Roisin, Rosina, Rosaria

Names that mean rose: 

Bryluen - rose (Cornish)

Golbahar - spring rose (Persian)

Golnar - rose, flower, pomegranate (Persian)

Golnaz - flower, rose, pride (Persian)

Golshan - rose garden (Persian)

Kolab - rose (Khmer)

Kulap - rose (Thai)

Mawar - rose (Malay, Indonesian)

Nasrin - wild rose (Iranian)

Raisa - rose (Yiddish)

Rhoda - rose (Greek)

Rhosyn - rose (Welsh)

Rois/Roisin - rose (Irish) (Pronounced ro-SHEEN)

Rosa - rose (Latin)

Rosalba - white rose (Italian)

Roza - rose (Slavic)

Rozenn - rose (Breton)

Ruzena - rose (Slavic)

Sarnai - rose (Mongolian)

Vered - rose (Hebrew)

Names derived from species of roses: Alba, Alexandra, Alpina, Angel, Anne, Arvensis, Briar, Cecile, Coryana, Cymosa, Darby, Eden, Elina, Flora, Floribunda, Forrestiana, Gallica, Glauca, Ingrid, Julia, Line (LEE-nuh), Lucida, Lutea, Mollie, Molly, Noisette, Nutka, Omissa, Penny, Phylla, Polyantha, Primula, Rosa, Stellata, Violet, Xanthina

If none of these are right for you, check out this link! It has every name with "ros" in it anywhere:

July 22, 2018 10:33 PM
In Response to Thoughts on these

Cormac Jack - I love both names but I think they rhyme a little too much to put together. Alternatives: Corvin, Macsen, Corbin, Maxwell, Cortland, Macallister

Bernard Jack - I like it!

Marcel Jack - Interesting! The only issue is Marcel & Jack feel very different. Otherwise, I like it!

Cyprian Jack - This is my favourite on this list. I love Cyprian and Jack, and they sound lovely together.

Raphael Jack - I like this a lot too!

July 22, 2018 10:12 PM
In Response to Help me name Baby B

Congratulations! I love Nova May! Such a good combination.

Russ, Fraizer, Blake, Blaise, Edison, Ember, Jameson, Marcus, Micah, Ben, Fable, Baxter, Jamie, Alex, Caleb, Noble, Leo, Quest, Ash, Elliott, Cove, Monty, Solace, Atlas, Poe, Darwin, True, Everest, Wave, Poet, Rafe, Magnus, Lexington, Brave, Eli, Cade, Reed, Asher, Ace, Orion, Apollo, Hugo, Poem, Everett, Hector, Hugh, Arthur, Max, James, Jude, Julian, Charlie, Isaac, Frederick, Thomas, Neil, Bo/Beau, Vance, Calvin, Xavier, Zander, Luca, Kais, Joshua, Harry, George, Forrest, Dylan, Seth, Amos, Parker, Ollie, Irving, Ty, Reggie, Evan, William, Quinn, Omar

Nolan, Noam, Nixon, Nevan, Newton, Niall, Nelson

Max, Moe, Mel, Mike, Miller, Mick, Mo, Moss, Maddox, Mal, Maverick, Mav, Monty, Marshall, Morton

I hope this helps!

July 18, 2018 04:23 PM

I pronounce most of these as "line," as in, a line to buy tickets. However, there are a few weird ones I naturally pronounce as leen or lin. 











This is such an interesting question - I'm particularly curious about Evangeline! I love the name, but I'm not sure how I would pronounce it. I am leaning towards "leen" though.