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This week’s pick of the week is the enchanting Jessamy.

Jessamy is an obsolete form of Jasmine. It is first found in the English language in 1633, in the variant form Jessamie, and had pretty much vanished by the end of the eighteenth century — but not before the Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith had bestowed it upon a certain Miss Horneck in the 1770s, with whom he was supposedly in love.

It is first found as a given name as the eighteenth century closed, but it wasn’t until 1968 that it shows up on the radar of the SSA’s published data, and it has never made the top 1000 given names in America.

Likewise, in Britain, it has only ever been rare.

Use since the 1970s might sometimes have been influenced by the character of Lady Jessamy MacAthan, a character in Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series of fantasy novels (1970-).

Another attractive old form of Jasmine which has also seen a little use is Jessamine. This was often the preferred form of Jasmine in poetry in past centuries, and also came into use as a given name at the end of the nineteenth century.

Other obsolete spellings of Jasmine which would make deliciously unusual names include: Jacamine, Jasamine. Jasimine, Jesemy, Jessema, Jessima, Jezmin and Josma.

Jasmine itself has seen a lot of popularity in recent years, partly perhaps encouraged by the name’s use for the princess in Disney’s Aladdin (1992).

It is generally regarded as one of the “flower names” adopted at the end of the nineteenth century — but it was actually first used as a given name much earlier than that — as far back as the sixteenth century.

Although like Rose and Lily, it was early associated with the flower, its initial use probably came about as a late variant of Ismenia.

This curious name is often derived from the Greek Ismene, from ismê “knowledge.”

However, evidence suggests its true roots are Celtic, although its meaning is obscure. It may possibly be ultimately connected with the Common Celtic *moyni- “treasure,” which became muin in Old Welsh, and mwyn “worth” and “value” in Middle Welsh.

Another late variant of this intriguing name is probably Jesmond, found in Lancashire in the Early Modern period in a number of spellings, such as Jessimond, Jismond, Jesmaine and Gismond.

As for jasmine (or jessamy or jessamine) the evergreen climbing shrub, it is understandably much loved. With its delicate flowers and sweet scent, it is particularly associated with love. Even today, Witches still use it in love spells.

The essential oil has been used since ancient times, as a medicine, ritual ungent and aphrodisiac. It is still valued today for its ability to relieve depression, promote relaxation, not to mention ease childbirth. When used in a carrier for massage, it is also used to heal scarring.

The ultimate derivation of the word “jasmine” is the Arabic yās(a)mīn “jasmine,” itself from the Persian yāsmīn, which probably originally was used of the oil. Yasmin is also a popular girl’s name in the Islamic world, and has also sometimes used by non-Muslims since it was introduced to the West in James Elroy Flecker’s 1922 play Hassan.

A well-known bearer is the model Yasmin le Bon (b.1964), who is half-Iranian.

Jessamy, Jessamine and Jessimond are all perfect if you like Jess as a nickname, but think Jessica is just too tired. All have long histories, rich meaning and symbolism which make for thumping good names.

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In Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names: For Pagans, Witches, etc, etc, I recommend that when you’re in the process of choosing a name, you keep your eyes peeled and look for inspiration everywhere. I happen to be in the middle of choosing some new paint colors for my bedroom and hall, and while pondering whether to plum for Arsenic or Faded Malachite, Chartreuse or Garden City, it struck me that some of the names which the paint companies have come up actually have great potential as names for other projects too…

Some really are quite weird, like Crew Cut Cream and Elephant’s Breath, whil many are very humdrum, standard colours, like plain Cream and Beige, but there are some absolute gems. A great many do actually feature in The Book, but not all, by any means (I’ll leave you guessing which!), and some are definitely better suited to pets than people (I’ll leave that to your discretion!).

The colors below are all the part or full name of paints currently on sale in the UK, manufactured by Crown Paint, Craig and Rose, Dulux, Farrow and Ball, Fired Earth and Little Greene — only a tiny fraction, therefore, of all the paints out there. If you’re stuck for a name for someone or something non-commercial (many of these names are registered, so you couldn’t use them for a retail product), you might find more than what you were after down your local DIY store!

Absinth, Absinthe, Aconite, Acorn, Acre, Adriatic, Adventurer, Alabaster, Alizarin Earth, Almond, Alouette, Amber Gris, Amber Spirit, Amethyst, Andaman Sea, Antimony, Antique, Antique Earth, Apple, Apple Mist, Apple Tree, Apricot, Aqua, Aqua Source, Aquamarine, Archive, Arctic Grey, Armagnac, Armoise, Arsenic, Ashes of Roses, Aspen Silver, Aubusson, Avantgarde, Babouche, Bamboo Leaf, Bamiyan Blue, Barley, Basket, Basswood, Beauty Queen, Beauvais, Beeswax, Belladonna, Berber, Berry, Bespoke, Bianco, Biscotti, Black, Blazer, Blossom, Blue Ashes, Blue Ciel, Blue Grass, Blue Gravel, Blue Monday, Blue Moon, Blue Mosel, Blue Reflection, Blueberry, Bone, Bone China Blue, Bonnet, Botanic, Box Tree, Brassica, Brinjal, Brioche, Bronze Red, Brown Sugar, Burgundy, Burnt Juniper, Buttermilk, Button, Caenstone, Café au Lait, Calamine, Calico, Calke, Calluna, Calvados, Cane, Canton, Canvas, Carbon Blue, Carnaby, Carragheen, Cascade, Cashmere, Celadon, Celebrity, Celestial Blue, Chalk, Chalk Violet, Chamois, Champagne, Charcoal, Charleston, Chateau, Chelsea Girl, Chemise, Cherry, Chestnut, Chic Shadow, Chiffon, China, China Clay, Chocolate Chaude, Chocolate Comtesse, Chocolate Fondant, Chocolate Suede, Chrome, Chromium, Churlish Green, Cinder Rose, Cinnabar Red, Cirrus, Citrine, Citron, Clay, Clay Pale, Clove, Clunch, Coastal Glow, Cobble, Cochineal, Cocoa, Coffee, Copper Canyon, Copper Mine, Coral, Coral Flair, Coraline, Cord, Cornfield, Cornflower, Cornforth, Cotton Field, Cotton Twill, Coumarin, Cream Silk, Crimson Kiss, Crimson Silk, Crochet, Custard, Cyan, Daffodil, Damson, Day Dream, Dazzle, Dead Salmon, Deep Ivy, Delicate Cream, Denim, Desert Wind, Diamond Dust, Dimity, Dorset Cream, Dragon’s  Blood, Dragonfly, Dramatic, Dream Time, Drummond, Dusted Damson, Eastern Light, Eau-de-Nil, Echo, Ecru, Enamel Green, Espresso, Essential, Etiquette, Etoile, Etruscan Red, Euphoria, Expectation, Fairy Dust, Faithful, Fallow, Fawn, Fawn Suede, Felt, Festival Orange, Fine Silk, Firefly, Fireside, First Dawn, First Frost, First Light, Flake, Flame Red, Flamingo, Flawless, Flawless Faun, Folly, Footprint, Forest Pine, Free Love, Fresco, Frosted Dawn, Frothy Coffee, Full Moon, Gallery, Gamboge, Garden, Garnet, Gauze, Gentian Violet, Gentle, Genuine, Gesso, Glass Samphire, Gold Dusk, Gold Leaf, Gold Sparkle, Golden Glow, Golden Silk, Golden Suede, Granite, Graphite, Grey Lace, Gypsum, Hague, Hammock, Happy Daze, Hardwick, Hay, Heavenly Haze, Hedgerow, Hemp, Herb Garden, Hessian, Hollyhock, Honesty, Honey, Honey Cream, Hound Lemon, Incarnatino, Incarnadine, Incense, India, Indigo, Innocence, Intense Aqua, Ivory, Ivory Lace, Ivory Pearl, Ivory Shimmer, Ivory Suede, Jack Black, Jade White, Jardin Vert, Jasmine Shimmer, Jersey, Jet Black, Juniper Ash, Just Plum, Lady Jayne, Laguna Bay, Lait, Lake, Lancaster, Lapis, Lavender, Lemon Pie, Lemon Punch, Lichen, Lido Blue, Lilac Echo, Lime Green, Lincoln Green, Linen, Linnet, Liqueur, Lola Plum, London Stone, Lotus, Lulworth, Lunar Falls, Lupin, Luscious Lime, Mackintosh Mauve, Madder Red, Mademoiselle, Magnolia, Mahogany, Maison Blanc, Malachite, Malm, Malt, Mambo, Manna Ash, Marble, Marine Blue, Marram, Mascarpone, Mean Mustard, Mellow Green, Mellow Sage, Melon Sorbet, Menthe, Mercury, Mezereon, Middleton, Midnight Kiss, Milliner, Mimosa, Mineral Mist, Mink, Mint Whisper, Mirage, Mischief, Mizzle, Mocha, Mojito, Moonlight Bay, Moonstone, Morning Light, Morris Blue, Mortlake, Moulin Rouge, Mulberry, Mushroom, Natural Wicker, Nickel, Nordic Spa, Normandy Grey, Northern Lights, Nursery Rhyme, Nutmeg, Oak Apple, Oak Fern, Ocean Ripple, Ochre, Olive, Opal, Ophelia Plum, Orange, Orange Aurora, Orangerie, Orangery, Orchard Pink, Orchid Leaf, Orchid White, Osborne Maroon, Oxford Blue, Oxygen, Oyster, Pacific Breeze, Palatine, Pale Citrus, Pale Gilt, Pale Gold, Pale Hound, Palest Blue, Palladian, Palm Honey, Papyrus, Parchment, Parfait, Parma, Parsley, Parthenon White, Pashmina, Passion Flower, Pavillion, Pea Green, Peachblossom, Pearl, Pearl Ashes, Pebble, Pelt, Penny Black, Perfectly Taupe, Perfume, Periwinkle, Persian Rose, Pewter, Pigeon, Pink Sugar, Pitcairn, Platinum, Plum Suede, Plummett, Polar Blue, Polished Pebble, Pompadour, Porcelain Blue, Porphyry Pink, Portland Stone, Powder Blue, Prairie Gold, Pretty Pink, Primrose, Primrose Yellow, Pumice, Purity, Purple Heart, Purple Pearl, Purple Pout, Quince, Ra Ra Red, Race, Radicchio, Raspberry, Raspberry Bellini, Raspberry Diva, Raw Earth, Rebel, Red Dark, Red Earth, Red Ochre, Redcurrant, Regal Blue, Regency Fawn, Regent Green, Ringwold, Rocky, Rodeo Drive, Rolling Fog, Roman, Roman Ocher, Rosaraie, Rose Mallow, Rose Pink, Rosy Cheeks, Royal Gala, Ruby Starlet, Rusling, Russet, Safflower, Sage Green, Sahara Star, Sail White, Salix, Sanctuary, Sand, Sapphire, Saracen, Sari, Sash Red, Satin Bow, Satin Jade, Savage, Saxe Blue, Saxifrage, Saxon, Scarab, Scarlet Ribbon, Scooter Red, Sea Blue, Sea Lavender, Secret Shell, Sepia, Serpentine, Serrano Red, Seville Orange, Shell, Sienna Earth, Silica, Silk Gown, Silt, Silver Heather, Silver Lustre, Silver Mine, Siren, Skimming Stone, Sky Blue, Sky High, Skylon Grey, Slate Grey, Smalt, Smock, Smoke Blue, Smoky Mist, Smoulder, Snowdrop, Snowfall, Soft Peach, Sorbet, Soya, Spire, Spring Blush, Stargazer, Starling, Starlight, Steel, Stock, Stone, Stony, Straw, Striking, Stucco, Sudbury, Summer Lichen, Summer Pudding, Summer Yellow, Sumptuous Silk, Sun Yellow, Sunday Best, Sunlight, Sunrise, Surpar Red, Sweet Almond, Sweet Cicely, Sweet Pink, Tallow, Tan Suede, Tanner, Tapestry, Taupe Suede, Teal Tension, Tempting, Terra Cotta, Terra di Sienna, Terre, Thai Sapphire, Tibetan Gold, Timeless, Tiramisu, Toffee Apple, Travertina Crema, Trellick, Triomphe, Truffle, Tudor Rose, Tufa, Tundra, Turquoise, Tuscan Earth, Tuscan Olive, Tuscan Red, Tuscany, Tusk, Twiglet, Tyrian Rose, Ultramarine, Umber, Urban Obsession, Vanilla, Vellum, Velvet, Velvet Plum, Venetian Red, Verd Antique, Verdigris, Verdilith, Verditer, Vert de Terre, Violet Slate, Vivid, Walnut, Wasabi, Wax Myrtle, Weald Green, Welcome Pale, Weld Yellow, Welkin Blue, Wellbeing, Wheatgrass, Wharf, Whisper of Pashmina, Whisper of Snowfall, Whisper of Sunrise, White Mist, Wild Olive, Wild Primrose, Wildwood, Willow Tree, Wimborne, Winchester Green, Wind Chime, Windsor Blue, Winterbloom, Woad Blue, Woodbine, Zangar, Zenith Blue, Zinc

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I love burning essential oils — I find them more potent and pure than incense  — and smoke-free, which is a distinct advantage. The names, too, are rich and evocative. Of course, many essential oils share their names with herbs, but there are some which are found purely as essential oils, and they certainly make a good hunting ground for  wonderful names!

So here are some essential oil names. Most of these feature in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, but there are a couple which I missed. Fear not! They’ll get an entry here at Nook of Names erelong!

Anise, Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajaput, Cardamon, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coriander, Cypress, Dill, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Litsea, Mandarin, Manuka, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Niaouli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Parsley, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Ravensara, Rose Geranium, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood,  Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Tagetes, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Valerian, Vanilla, Vertivert, Violet Leaf, Yarrow, White Birch, Ylang Ylang.

If some of these essential oil names are a little ‘strong’, why not consider their botanical names?  One part or the other (or sometimes both) may have potential!

  • Benzoin — Styrax benzoin
  • Bergamot — Citrus bergamia
  • Black Pepper — Piper nigrum
  • Cajaput — Melaleuca cajaputi
  • Cardamon — Elettaria cardamomum
  • Carrot Seed — Daucus carota
  • Cedarwood — Cedrus atlantica
  • Clary Sage — Salvia sclarea
  • Clove Bud — Eugenia caryophyllata
  • Dill — Anethum graveolens (Anetha, maybe?)
  • Frankincense — Boswellia carteri
  • German Chamomile — Matricaria recutica
  • Ginger — Zingiber officinale
  • Grapefruit — Citrus paradisi
  • Lime — Citrus aurantifolia
  • Marjoram — Origanum marjorana
  • Niaouli — Melaleuca viridiflora
  • Nutmeg — Myristica fragrans
  • Parsley — Carum Petroselinum (tweaks to Cara Petroselina rather well!)
  • Peppermint — Mentha piperata
  • Pine Pinus — Pinus sylvestris
  • Roman Chamomile — Anthemis nobilis
  • Rose Otto — Rosa damascena
  • Rosemary — Rosmarinus officinalis (why not Rosmarina?)
  • Rosewood — Aniba rosaeodora (while rosaeodora has perhaps a bit much going on, Rosadora or Rosodora are food for thought!)
  • Sandalwood —  Santalum album (Santaly, perhaps?)
  • Spearmint — Mentha spicata
  • Spikenard — Nardostachys jatamansi
  • Tea Tree — Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Thyme — Thymus vulgaris
  • White Birch — Betula alba
  • Valerian — Valeriana officinalis
  • Vetivert — Vetiveria zizanoides
  • Violet Leaf — Viola odorata
  • Yarrow — Achillea millefolium
  • Ylang Ylang — Cananga odorata

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