Inspired by science:
*Amygdala - Sounds like an extension of "Amy," but it's a brain region involved in fear. Yeah, probably a bad idea for a girl's name.
*Aurora - This is one of several astronomy terms under consideration. I went so far as to peruse the index of my college astronomy text for additional candidates. Aurora Dawn would be a good one.
*Beryl - It's the name of a mineral, but it's also a traditional Jewish name. I knew a girl in college named that. She was a geology major.
*Celeste - As in "Celestial."
*Echo - It's short and everyone already knows how to spell it.
*Flux Magnetic - Or a good name for a band.
*Jade - Another mineral name, though common already (so are Ruby and Opal, incidentally).
*Luna - I thought "Luna Ray" would be a great pairing for a meaningful middle name.
*Nebula - Sounds feminine already.
*Nova - Originally I was thinking of a comic book character (any FF fans here?) although this is what started me on the whole astronomy theme.
*Ovum - I tried shooting for biology-inspired names, but there aren't many good ones. A few made it to the boys' list.
*Solar Nebula - Luna Nova's sister maybe?
*Star - It's been done as a first name before, but I think it could be paired with a good middle name.
*Stella - Short for "stellar" (as in pertaining to a star). Another astronomy one. I was really set on Stella Nova for a while.
*Terra - Earthy! Funny combinatorial name: Terra Bell.
*Aria - We actually went though all the brand/model names of the guitars I own, and this is the only name I cared for. I love Gretsch guitars, so Dani liked the name Gretchen (or another spelling), but I think that's gross. Fender is too obvious, and Katherine (Happy birthday, BTW) and AleC are already Gibsons, so....
*Djanga - Female version of Django, as in Reinhardt.
*Eleven (or Five) - Everyone's going to think of Cylons or the Borg or that girl on "Blossom," but I just thought these sounded nice.
*Fresca - Dani's favorite soda.
*Kayak - A guy I was friends with in college came up with this years ago, and I thought it was hilarious.
*Lyric - Shanna came up with this one.
*Margerine - Come on. It just sounds cute.
*Olive Pimento - We started calling him/her this when that's how big the embryo was, and then it just sort of stuck even after (s)he'd outgrown it.
*Story - You've got to admit this sounds cool.
*Tope - I suggested this one as a joke, but we looked to colors for inspiration and came up with a few others.
*Tumble - I just thought this was cute.
*Valley - Dani said this sounded sexual. (WTF?)
Inspired by science:
*Axon - Part of a neuron (nerve cell).
*Atom - Actually there's already a famous film director named this.
*Blaise - After Blaise Pascal, the mathematician.
*Chitin - It's a molecule similar to cellulose. It makes up cell walls in fungi and the shells of arthropods (i.e., crustaceans, insects, arachnids).
*Echo - I was looking for names ending in "o" to counter a sister's name ending with "a."
*Pascal - See Blaise.
*Prime - Indivisible! I also thought about Megatron, but... nah.
*Rad Awesome - Unit of measurement for radiation, but also short for radical (as in chemistry), and then with that middle name? Epic win!
*Vector - No, not Victor.
*Xenon - The only name I liked from the periodic table.
*Case - I suggested this and then found that people were already using it.
*Cedar - Got wood?
*Circuit - I like electronics.
*Even - Sounded like a name.
*Ever - This too.
*Future - Dani sarcastically suggested Future Circuit.
*Grey - Another color. This one actually sounds masculine unlike most others.
*Leash - Dani hated this.
*Rook - Chess, anyone?
*Salad - But you'd be okay with Sal?
*Gnorm - You know, like Norm, but different.
*Maximus Rex - This is almost as good as Rad Awesome.
*Saxophone - Dani's last name is Reed. Get it?
*Cobalt Blue and Cosmic Berry = The
is the name of the color of the bathroom in the hall. The former
is the color of my side in the wedding (e.g., my tie, the guitar, the
*Xela and Inad = What do these spell backwards?
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