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Rad is the fifth letter of the Runic Alphabet. As with others, its name varies depending on which Runic Alphabet is being used:

Rad is quite unusual in the Runic alphabet, in that they all agree that it means “ride” and “journey.”

Similarly, the emphasis in the poems is all pretty much in agreement, focusing  on the hard work of horses, which makes traveling for their riders so much easier.

Modern rune-users interpret Rad as signifying journeys, both physical and spiritual, and either such journey with a specific goal — a quest, or a pilgrammage. And as journeys inevitably take us from one place or state of being to another, it also stands for change and growth.

A journey also involves a certain level of control over one’s destiny; it is a pro-active, not a passive state of being.

As a name Rad could work — although it has a distinct “short-for-something” air about it which some dislike. There are some interesting long form options though:

For boys, there’s Caradoc, Conrad, Nostradamus, Radagast, Radamisto, Radomil, Radoslav, Radulf and Rhadamanthus.

For girls, how about Angharad, Aradia, Paradise, Rada, Radegund, Radiance, Radiant, Radmila, Radoslava, and Sharada.

None of these names are related etymologically to Rad, but they all shorten nicely to it.

Meanwhile, I think Raido and Reith make great names on their own, both have very contemporary vibes.

But there are also plenty of other names to choose from inspired by Rad. Here are just a few:

  • Christopher — Greek: khristophoros “bearing Christ.” The famous patron saint of travelers.
  • Eachann — Old Irish: each “horse” + donn “brown.”
  • Éowyn — Old English: eoh “horse” + wynn “joy.” The name of a princess of Rohan in Lord of the Rings; the Rohirrim (“Riders of Rohan”) are famed horsemen.
  • Epona — Common Celtic: *ekwo- “horse.” The name of a Gaulish Goddess of horses, and probably also of sovereignty.
  • Euodia — Greek: euodia “good journey.” Ancient name (crops up in the New Testament).
  • Faramond — Old German: fara “journey” + munda “protection.”
  • Farilda — Old German: fara “journey” + hildi “battle.”Ferdinand — Germanic: fart “journey” + nanþ- “courage.”
  • Garnet — a stone long used as a protective talisman for travelers.
  • Geoffrey — one source of this name is the Old German valha “traveler” + frithu “peace.”
  • Hermes — one of Hermes’s roles was to protect travelers.
  • Hippolyta — Greek: hippos “horse” + luô “to set free.” Hippolyta was an Amazon queen, and the mother of Hippolytus.
  • Ingrid — Old Norse; one interpretation of the name is Ing (the God) + rida “ride,” referring to the symbolic first ploughing of the year by Ing on a golden boar.
  • Isra — Arabic: “night journey.”
  • Journey — self-explanatory!
  • Llywarch — Welsh: llyw “leader” + march “horse.”
  • Marcán — Old Irish: marc “horse” + diminutive suffix –án.
  • Marshall — Old French: mareschal; used originally of someone who looked after horses.
  • Peregrine — Latin: peregrinus “traveler,” “stranger.” Often shortened to Perry, or, in the case of Tolkien’s character, Peregrin Took, to Pippin.
  • Philip — Greek: philos “friend” + hippos “horse.” Not forgetting its feminine form Philippa, popularly shortened to Pippa.
  • Pilgrim — the word “pilgrim” derives from the same source as Peregrine.
  • Pushan — Sanskrit: “cause to thrive.” The name of a Hindu God of journeys, who protects travelers from bandits and wild animals.
  • Rhiannon — Common Celtic: *r-gan- “queen.” In mythology, Rhiannon is an otherworldy woman closely associated with horses. It is quite likely she represents the survival of the Goddess Epona.
  • Rider — English surname meaning simply “a rider.” Also spelled Ryder.
  • Rosalind — Old German: (h)ros “horse” + linde “serpent” or lindi “gentle” and “soft.”
  • Rosamund — Old German: (h)ros “horse” + mund “protection.”
  • Rose — Old German: (h)ros “horse.”
  • Séadna — Old Irish séadna “traveler.”
  • Steed — Old English stēda “stud-horse.”
  • Xanthippe — Greek: xanthos “yellow” + hippos “horse.”

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This week’s pick of the week is the romantic Rosamund.

It is a name which isn’t quite what it seems.

Even in medieval times, the name was associated with the Latin rosa “rose.”

It was taken one step further, with mund interpreted as the Latin munda “pure” or mundi “of the world” — thus “pure rose” or “rose of the world.”

As a result it even became an epithet of Mary.

But they were wrong.

In fact Rosamund is an Old German name, a combination of (h)ros “horse” and munda “protection.”

It was taken to the British Isles by the Normans.

An early, but significant bearer was the tragic Rosamund Clifford (bef. 1150-c.1176), the mistress of King Henry II.

Known as “Fair Rosamund,” many legends surround her.

Henry was said to have kept her in a house surrounded by a maze which only he could penetrate. Unfortunately, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, managed to breach it too.

She ensured that Rosamund was sufficiently mistreated that she died not long after – a tale distincitly reminiscent of the Greek myths surrounding Zeus and Hera.

Whether she bore Henry any children or not is still disputed.

Other bearers include the British actress and Oxford graduate Rosamund Pike (b.1979), who played Jane Bennet in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, and British novelist, Rosamunde Pilcher (b.1924).

Variants include Rosamond, Rosamunde, and Rosemonde, and it shortens comfortably to Rose, Rosie, Rosa, Ros and Roz, as well as the more unusual Mundy or Romy, and quirky Momo.

Rosamund has never been in the US top 1000; Rosamond featured a little in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but never got into the top 500.

In 2010, less than three baby girls in America received the name — if any at all — in any form.

The name fares a little better in Britain, where six little girls were called Rosamund in 2010.

Why this beautiful, classic and romantic name has been so long neglected is anyone’s guess, but surely it is ripe for resurrection?

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British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall caused a bit of a bruhaha last week over eating puppies (or rather, not eating them).

In a nutshell, he highlighted the hypocrisy rampant in society, which finds it acceptable to raise some animals for meat, but not others, stating that eating puppies is, theoretically, “no worse than pork.”

Naturally, some sections of the press twisted his words to increase their sensationalism — ironically drawing attention to the hypocrisy still further.

Personally, I agree with him.

I’m not saying that people who eat meat should eat all animals — including puppies — but they should at least acknowledge that the distinction made between animals raised for meat and other animals is actually largely an arbitrary and socio-cultural construct.

After all, dogs and cats are bred for meat in parts of China, just like cows, pigs and sheep are in the West.

The whole business highlighted the dichotomy between society’s supposed “love of animals” and the contempt so frequently shown to them — often unwittingly — and not just for those animals destined for the table.

For, despite all the knee-jerk howls of outrage at Hugh’s comments, most of those people decrying the very thought of eating dogs, cats and horses almost certainly use words like “dog,” “bitch,” “horse,” as terms of contempt and mockery.

So much for man’s “best friends”.

This dichotomy, I’m sad to say, is just alive and well when it comes to names.

Take Caleb, for instance, a Hebrew name meaning “dog,” and Portia, which comes from the Latin porcus “pig.”  It is clear from comments made on many a messageboard and blog that their meanings put some people off using them.

And these are names from the standard “name pool.”

Despite the growth in the use of vocabulary words, and the fact that the names of some animals and birds are in occasional, if unusual use — like Bear and Wolf — most would still not even consider (not in a million years) bestowing Dog, Horse, Cow, Pig, Boar, Sow etc as a name on their child.

Stallion is actually on the banned list in New Zealand.

But things were not always so.

In many past societies, the attitude towards animals was rather different.

Their value was such that their names were considered more than suitable for the names of people. They were worn with pride.

Among the Greeks the word for “horse” incorporated in a name was even a sign of nobility or royalty.

Philip, for instance, a name popular in the Macedonian royal house, means “horse-friend.” And to an ancient Macedonian, it really sounded like “horse-friend” too; it was not just an academic gloss.

While in Northern Europe, the esteem in which horses were held led to the words use as both a male and female name. Horsa “horse” and Hengist “stallion” (again, to the ears of those early Saxons, these would be the equivalent of “Horse” and “Stallion”) were the legendary leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon settlers.

But it was as a girl’s name that Horse became established. Not in the form “horse”, of course. The Old High German forms were hros and ros, and the name in the medieval period occurred as Roese and Rohese, Latinized as Roesia and Rohesia.

It later became Rose.

By this stage, of course, its equine roots had been forgotten, but when it was first used, to the ears of its bearers, they were called  “Horse.”

It was a name full only of respect, honor and affection.

Meanwhile, Old Welsh texts testify to the status of the pig and the boar among the Brythonic Celts. “Pig” is attested in more than one name, from the hero Culhwch “thin pig” to Banna, a name found on an inscription on a set of scale pans in Suffolk, which derives from the Common Celtic word for “little pig.”

But above all, the Celts revered the dog, and it was a common element in personal names. Although among the Welsh names, it is  sometimes unclear whether a name contains the word for “dog” or “chief”, there are examples when it is absolutely clear which is in use, such as Maelgwn, a sixth-century king of Gwynedd, whose name means “prince of dogs.”

In Ireland, it is even more unambiguous. Cú Chulainn — the “dog of Culann” is probably the most famous bearer of a “dog” name, but there are actually many others, such as Cú Roí “dog of the battlefield,” Cú Choille “dog of the wood,” Cú Dubh “black dog,” Cú Mara “dog of the sea,” and Cú Meda “mead dog.”

Meanwhile, the Gaelic Munghu “my dog” — Latinized as Mungo — seems to have been used for a time as a term of endearment, like “darling” or “my dear.”

All these are usually translated “hound” rather than “dog” — for some reason, “hound” seems to be considered less “offensive.”

Nevertheless, there is no distinction in Irish and Welsh. and ci mean “dog.”

It all demonstrates very clearly the very different attitude of our ancestors towards animals.

Our ancestors still ate them or put them to them work — they even sacrificed them (so much worse than sending them packed in trucks “like cattle” to a slaughterhouse to have a bolt through the head, wasn’t it?). But they truly respected, honored — even venerated them.

Fact is, being so much more in tune with nature, our ancestors were more ready to embrace the natural world. They truly recognized and appreciated the immense worth of animals, their innate nobility, the unique strengths of each and every one, and thus considered their names worth appellations for themselves and their children.

Really, isn’t it time we thought the same again?

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For the last month, I have been in France — for much of that time, in Provence.

It is a region with a much deserved reputation for spectacular scenery and picturesque villages. In the region where we stayed, these clung as though by magic to impossibly steep hillsides gazing idly down dramatic gorges, draped in pines, evergreen oaks, olives and vines.

It is also an exceedingly historic region, always set a bit apart from the rest of France. Once, the people didn’t even spoke French, but Provençal, a dialect of Occitan — a language closer to Catalan than to French — although Provençal is sometimes used to refer to Occitan in general, and the langue d’Oc of medieval troubadours.

Unsurprisingly, it has a whole collection of names and variants of names unique to the region.

And it was in Provence that names like Isabella and Eleanor first arose.

During our stay, I kept my ears open, but was disappointed that, by and large, the names I encountered — particularly among the children — were little different to the rest of France. The fashion in France at present is for names of foreign origin, and the favored region for more unusual native monikers is Brittany.

But we did encounter some, especially among my own generation.

I love the fact so many Provençal girls names end in -o; it makes a refreshing change, and is very contemporary.

Here is a selection of my personal favorites. Some, like Zouè, are relatively recent — others, like Azalaïs, are medieval.


  • AgatoAgatha
  • Aïs — diminutive of ANAÏS and/or ALAÏS
  • AlaïsAlice (features in Kate Mosse’s 2005 novel Labyrinth); ultimately from Adelaide
  • AlienorEleanor
  • Anaïs — in Provence, used as a form of Anne or Agnes — not actually found prior to the nineteenth century
  • Anetoun — a double diminutive form of Ano (Anne)
  • AzalaïsAdelaide (Alice)
  • Babeleto — diminutive of Eisabèu/Isabèu (Elizabeth/Isabella)
  • BergidoBirgitte
  • Bielo — diminutive of Gabrielo (Gabrielle)
  • BregidoBridget
  • CelinoCeline
  • Chantaloun — diminutive of French Chantal
  • Clareto, Claroun — diminutives of Claro
  • ClaroClare/Claire
  • CloutildouClotilda
  • Delaïdo — diminutive of Adelaïdo (Adelaide)
  • Eliso — diminutive of French Élisabeth (Elizabeth)
  • EstefanoStephanie
  • Fanfan — probably a diminutive of ESTEFANO. Made fairly well-known (at least in France) by the 1952 film Fanfan la tulipe (remade in 2003) — in which Fanfan is a man — and Alexandre Jardin’s 1985 novel Fanfan, filmed in 1993.
  • Fino — diminutive of Delfino (Delphine) and/or JÒUSEFINO
  • FlourFlora/Fleur
  • GlaudioClaudia
  • IoulandoYolande
  • Janetoun — double diminutive of Jano (Jane/Jeanne)
  • JòusefinoJosephine (the name of our villa’s housekeeper!)
  • Jóuselet — variant/diminutive of JÒUSEFINO
  • Laïdo — diminutive of DELAÏDO
  • Lali, Lalìo — diminutives of Eulalìo (Eulalia/Eulalie)
  • Laloun — diminutive of LALI
  • Lìo — diminutive of names ending in -lìo, such as Eulalìo (Eulalia/Eulalie), Natalìo (Natalie), Rosalìo (Rosalie)
  • Lisoun — diminutive of ELISO
  • Lodi, Loudi — diminutive of Eloudìo (Elodie)
  • Madaloun — diminutive of Madaleno (Madeline)
  • Magali, Magari — probably Magaret, but possibly a variant of Madaleno (Madeline — from the original Magdalene)
  • Maïoun — diminutive of Marìo (Mary/Marie)
  • Marioun — diminutive of Marìo (Mary/Marie)
  • MelioEmilia
  • Mirèio — coined by the poet Frederic Mistral for his poem Mirèio (1859). From the Occitan mirar “to admire.”
  • Naïs — diminutive of ANAÏS
  • Ninoun — pet-form of Catarino (Katherine)
  • Rieto — pet-form of Enrieto (Henrietta)
  • RosoRose
  • SoufioSophia/Sophie
  • SoulanjoSolange
  • Talìo — diminutive of Natalìo (Natalie)
  • Teldou, Tildeto — diminutives of names containing –tild– or –teld-, like CLOUTILDOU
  • VitòriVictoria
  • ValorìValeria/Valerie
  • Zeto, Zetou — diminutives of JÒUSEFINO
  • Zouè Zoe


  • Amiel – said to be the Provençal form of French Emile
  • AudouardEdward
  • BartoumiéuBartholomew
  • BerenguiéBerenger
  • Calendau — from the Latin kalends, used of the first day of a month and, in Provence, for Christmas Day.  The hero of Mistral’s poem Calendau (1867)
  • CharleCharles
  • Charloun — diminutive of CHARLE
  • Ciprianet — diminutive of Ciprian (Cyprian)
  • DàviDavid
  • Deri — diminutive of Frederi/Federi (Frederick)
  • Dovi — dimunituve of Ludovi (Ludovick/Louis)
  • Estève, EstièneStephen
  • GabrieùGabriel
  • Glaude, GlàudiClaude, Claudius
  • JaufretGeoffrey
  • Jaume James
  • JòrgiGeorge
  • LuLuke
  • Luquet — pet-form of LU
  • Maïus — curious name of uncertain origin. In use in Provence since at least the late nineteenth century. Possibly conceived as a masculine form of MAÏOUN.
  • MasMax
  • MiquèuMichael
  • OuliviéOliver
  • PascauPascal
  • PèirePeter/Pierre
  • Pierroun — diminutive of French Pierre
  • RafèuRaphael
  • RoubinRobin (yes, the English Robin — one of the foreign names embraced by the French in the twentieth century)
  • Savié — probably Xavier, but possibly Savior (best known as a name in the Spanish form Salvador)
  • SilvanSilvanus
  • SimounSimon
  • TeoudorTheodore
  • Titoù – Either Titus or a diminutive of Batit (Baptist)
  • Titoun — diminutive of TITOÙ
  • ToumasThomas
  • Ugue, UguesHugh
  • VincènVincent
  • VitourVictor
  • Zavié — variant of SAVIÉ
  • — diminutive of Joùseù (Joseph)

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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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