"international Style" Boys + Nature Reference


I love reading here, so many insightful people and fellow name nerds! Ive always loved names and now after a lifetime of naming stuffed animals and pets,  my husband and I are contemplating baby names though not yet pg.  

Last name is two syllable Germanic starts with L and ends in ett.  The family is dutch but lost the "von" and a few letters at ellis island.  My side is anglo and latino.  I would really like either first or middle name to be easily spelled and pronounced in both english and spanish. If possible i also hope for some nature connection. 

Girl first name will be Fern, leaning toward Cecelia for middle.  I also like Elena. 

Boy names are more diffucult.  I love Adrian (esp in spanish) but it's really popular and we live in CA.   What are your thoughts on Damian?  I should like but dont: sebastian or dominic. I like Gabriel but would prefer it not end in L. Lucas same problem as Adrian. 

English only names I like are Cyrus, Nathan, Garrett (cant use), John, Wesley

In short i would love some suggestions for less common international boy names and ones with nature connections. 



January 3, 2014 10:02 AM

I think Fern Cecilia is lovely! I like the boy names Damian, Gabriel, Cyrus, and Garrett, and like you, I do not care for Sebastian. Let's see about some more name ideas for you...

Boy Name Ideas:

Dante, Israel, Nolan, Gideon, Nikolai / Nico, Samuel, Julian, Silas, Raphael, Ian, Alec, Elias / Ellis, Waylon 

Nature-Related Boy Name Ideas:

Basil, Forrest, Reed, Everest, Lief / Leif, Sedge, Ash / Aston, Pyrus (pear tree), Palmer, Burnet (flowering plant), Jacinto (hyacinth), Sol (sun), Hawthorn, Indigo, Herb, Talon, Colt, Finch, Marlin / Marlon

Constellation Boy Name Ideas:

Aries, Caelum, Cetus, Dorado, Fornax, Leo, Orion

By EmRo
January 3, 2014 2:31 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions!  I like Samuel and it hits the eng/esp mark but it is really strangely popular in our circle. Im adding Elias to the list! I like Silas but I like Cyrus more. 

Wow you had a lot of creative nature names!  Im adding  Forest, Reed and Jacinto to middle name option list. 


January 3, 2014 11:46 AM

Not sure if these are the kinds of names you're looking for, but using what you have above as inspiration I thought of:

Adrian.... Adan - Spanish form of Adam, red earth

Damian.... Delmar - from the sea

Nathan.... Navarro - plains

Also thought of Ivan - Spanish for Archer maybe?

Not sure if that helps. I'm also not a Spanish speaker so if anything is incorrect I apologize in advance!

By EmRo
January 3, 2014 2:43 PM

Thank you! I really like Adan, and it sounds great in Spanish but in English i think people would think it was Aidan. 

I am actually liking Damian and wondering if others think it is too reminiscent of the omen movie? Delmar has a great meaning but in California it's a common place name and i cant get behind Del as a nn

Ivan is a popular Spanish speaking name (ee-VAHN) but Ivan in English is nms. 

January 3, 2014 3:55 PM

Yea, the first thing I thought of was Omen but I didn't want to say that : / sorry. 

Because of that movie I always think "Damian the Demon"... but I don't know any Damians in real life to offset that association. 

January 3, 2014 7:28 PM

I second this and I've never actually seen The Omen. I had someone recently suggest Damon as a name to me (pretty much because I was gushing about how adorable Matt Damon is), but I think Demon with that as well. However, maybe not everyone does? And if that's the case, it might be a good alternative to Damian. 

January 4, 2014 4:38 AM

Just some ideas.


Boys names:  Rafael (Rafa), Tobias, Danilo, Dante, Leon, Mario, Paulo, Jairo, Cruz.

Nature:  Silvan, Espen, Stellan


You already have girl names that I like.

Nature/Latina:  Paloma, Aurora, Marisa

By EVie
January 4, 2014 5:31 PM

I like Damian, and I think the movie association is old enough that it shouldn't be too much of a problem going forward. I adore Gabriel, but I agree that the L ending isn't ideal with your surname. Otherwise, Spanish names aren't really my wheelhouse, so I'll let others make specific suggestions. I will say, though, as someone who was raised bilingual, that it doesn't really matter if a name is pronounced and/or spelled exactly the same way in both languages, as long as there's an analogue in the other language—an Anthony will very easily learn that his name in Spanish is Antonio, and will identify with both versions of the name depending on which language he's speaking.

On the girls' side, I would strongly encourage you to use the spelling Cecilia, if you use that name. It's both the original spelling in English and the correct spelling in Spanish, so there's no reason to use the other one.