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Baby Names Inspired By The Sky

Baby Names Inspired By The Sky
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Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman gave their new son an interesting name that we haven't seen in a while: Skyler Morrison Berman. The name Skyler (also spelled Skylar) is on the charts for both boys and girls, and is thought to come from the Isle of Skye or the phonetic spelling of Schuyler. Aside from those origins, we like to think that it can also come from a more heavenly place-- inspired by the sky!

If parents need a sign of what to name their baby, all they need to do is look up. The name Skye has been creeping up the charts towards, well, the sky in the last five years for baby girls and is currently number 501 in popularity in the United States. There is also the straight-forward spelling Sky, such as Sky Masterson from Guys and Dolls, and Skylan, Skylie, Skyden, and Skye as a boy's name.

If parents are more interested in the nighttime sky, the girl's name Celeste is currently number 397 in the United States. The similar name Celestine hit its popularity peak in the 1800s and has been missing from the charts ever since. These names come from the word "celestial", which references both the science of astronomy and the idea of heavenly beings, carrying an interesting balance of science and spirituality.

Stars also make for popular sky inspired names. Calista (like Allie McBeal's Calista Flockhart), Orion (URI basketball player Orion Outerbridge), Andromeda, and Maya (Maya Rudolph) are all names that come from constellation patterns formed by stars. We recently saw Sophie Dahl name her daughter Lyra Cullum, after the constellation shaped like a lyre instrument. And who could forget Danica McKellar's 2010 son named Draco, which is a constellation in the Northern sky, and also a Slytherin in Harry Potter!

Stella is a popular girl's name that means "star" in Latin and is #186 in the United States, as well as the name of Matt Damon's daughter Stella Zavala Damon. Even just the English word Star is being used as a name, and is the middle name of Sean Combs' daughter D'Lila Star Combs and Everclear singer Art Alexakis' daughter Arizona Star Alexakis.

Actress Soleil Moon Frye who played Punky Brewster has a first name meaning "sun", which gives her a name that is as different as day and night. A more recent full sky-themed name comes from Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery, who named their daughter Stella Luna in 2009. Luna-- meaning "moon"-- is another Harry Potter character name, and Stellaluna is the baby fruit bat in an eponymous book and animated series.

Can you think of any other sky inspired names? Do you think it's strange to give a child a fully sky-themed (or fully any-themed) name?

--M.F.

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March 25, 2011 12:22 PM
By Alli (not verified)

Venus is another sky name. Selena, Luna, Yue, Mitena, and Mizuki all mean moon. Sirius is the name of a star. Esther and Aster both mean star. Artemis is the goddess of the moon in ancient Greek mythology.

The moons of different planets have quite a few naming possibilities.
Moons of Saturn:
Rhea
Helene
Janus
Calypso

Moons of Jupiter:
Leda
Callisto
Himalia
Elara
Kale

Moons of Neptune:
Larissa
Triton

Uranus has tons of options: Cordelia, Ophelia, Bianca, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Belinda, Miranda, Ariel, Titania, Francisco, Stephano, Margaret, Ferdinand

March 25, 2011 10:03 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

The only problem with naming children after celestial bodies is that the celestial bodies themselves were named after something--usually something more famous. For example, the name Rhea calls to mind the Titan mother of the Greco-Roman Gods more than a moon of Saturn!

March 29, 2011 3:22 PM
By Britt (not verified)

Oh, somewhat related to this is the lovely name Aurora!

Latin for "dawn," I wish I could have convinced my husband to go with it for our first daughter. :)

March 29, 2011 3:28 PM
By Genie Apple (not verified)

Skye is definitely growing on me, as a girls name. It's adorable! I'm also finding myself draw to Sonny - must be my anticipation for Summer..

March 31, 2011 5:22 AM
By wedding dress (not verified)

it is amazing, but i kown everything is possible.

April 1, 2011 6:44 PM
By ElizabethN (not verified)

Maya is not just a constellation name, it's the brightest star in the Pleiades (spelled Maia). My kids both have star middle names (Dorothy Maia and Howard Antares).

January 13, 2013 2:57 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Also, loosely linked to the sky are names Azura and Azure.

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