If you had to name your child after a…

Years before having children, my husband and I entertained ourselves with a naming game where we had to pick our child’s name from a category like types of trees or any inanimate object in our livingroom.  For us, it was a fun way to discuss names and naming styles without the pressure of having to agree on a name for a real person. 



-Choose a boy name and a girl name from two previous categories and one new one. 

-The name must be the actual English word for something in the category.  For example, if the category is tree, the challenge is to pick a name of a type of tree like Cedar or Evergreen, not Daphne (Greek for “laurel”) or Ashley (“ash tree clearing”).

-You can suggest a nickname, e.g., Tina for Argentina (category=country), but the name on the (hypothetical) birth certificate has to come from the category.

-The rest of the world is naming their children like usual. You are sending your dear little Argentina, nn Tina, into the same naming landscape as you are sending (would send) your real children. 


Here are three categories to start.  If I had to name my child after…

A type of tree: B- Ash; G- Magnolia, nn Maggie

A country: B- Israel;  G- India, nn Indy

A type of spice: B- Sage; G-Anise, nn Annie


April 1, 2015 5:15 PM

Okay, here goes :)


Tree: B - Douglas (as in "douglas fir") G - Lilac

Spice: B - Thyme G - Rosemary

Biblical name: B - Asher G - Rachel

April 5, 2015 9:36 PM

Tree: B- Hawthorn, G- Willow

Spice: B- Bay, G- Sage

Mineral: B- Emery, G- Ruby


April 5, 2015 11:56 PM

Tree: B- Aspen G- Willow

Spice- B- Mace G- Ginger

presidential: B- Lincoln G- Reagan

April 15, 2015 12:29 PM


Boy: Hawthorn

Girl: Willow (Sorry to be a copycat but I do love that name)


Boy: Harrison

Girl: Madison

Canadian Provinces-

Boy: Edward  (Prince Edward Island)

Girl: Nova   (Nova Scotia)

April 15, 2015 9:04 PM

A type of tree: B- Aspen ; G- Hazel

A country/City/Place : B-  Brooklyn ;  G- Montana, nn Tanah

A type of spice/food : B- Kale; G- Chilli

Nature Inspired : B- North; G- Sky


April 25, 2015 12:25 PM

A City/Country/Place: B - Israel. G - Ireland

Nature Inspired: B - Wren. G - Skye (Love this spelling!!!)

Direction/Map: B - West. G - North nn Nori

May 10, 2015 9:34 PM

Spice: Coriander (M, nn Andy), Marjoram (F, nn Marj)

Mineral: cobalt (m), emerald (f)

Bird: Jay (M), Raven (F)

September 27, 2015 8:46 AM

Mineral: Flint (b) and Ruby (g)

Bird: Jack (b) and Ava (g)

Plants: Rowan (b) and Lily-Rose (g)

September 27, 2015 10:41 PM

Tree Names

B: Joshua Ash

G: Holly Pear

The 60's

B:Cosmic Skye

G: Paisley Windsong


B: Sebastian Oliver

G: Luciana Regan


B: Theodore Grant

G: Mackinley Delano


October 1, 2015 11:17 PM

Tree: Aspen and Acacia

Country: Canada and China

Spice: Bay and Cinnamon

New category - days: Friday and Wednesday


June 28, 2018 10:43 PM

Tree: Ashe & Willow

Spice: Yarrow & Rosemary 

Lastname: Shepherd & Copeland 

July 6, 2018 1:11 AM

A type of tree: Rowan (b), Juniper (g)

A country: Zealand (b), Georgia (g)

A type of spice: Sage (b), Rosemary (g)

July 14, 2018 6:45 PM

A type of tree: Fraser & Willow

A country: Israel & India

A type of spice: Basil & Rosemary

A mineral: Cornelian & Ruby

Bird: Fiach ("raven" in Irish) & Aderyn ("bird" in Welsh)

A colour: Sage & Violet