I have been honing my obsession with names since I was a little girl – when I was about 9 years old, I decided to give myself 10 middle names and regularly recited them to people: Penelope Noelle Winnie Stroda Data Eliza Mae Marie Claire Hillary. Yeah…who knows where I got half those names from! But I still love a few. Point being, I’ve been passionate about names since I was a wee lass. Eventually I accepted that my three given names were enough for me, but my fascination with names has never stopped. I love studying names and discovering new ones (that is, finding deliciously rich, meaningful and storied words that would make great names.)
This blog is called Boheminames for a reason: all of the names I truly love have a decidedly bohemian sensibility. What do I mean by “bohemian”? There is no true definition for bohemianism, which is related to but distinct from the Romani people and the historical region of Europe which was called Bohemia. The Bohemia I refer to is more of a mindset, a culture, a phenomenon. A bohemian is unconventional, free, creative, intellectual, all of which I strive to be. Some people call me a hippie, but that doesn’t quite fit. I just love names that stem from “unconventional” places – names which are perhaps idealistic, poetic, romantic, folksy, reckless, meditative, spiritual, wanderlustful… These are the types of names which capture my attention and evoke a unique flavor which is all their own, something which I feel is important for a name.
So I’m venturing into the blogosphere for the first time to attempt to list, categorize, define, and explore these types of names. I’m not calling this a “baby name” blog, because that phrase has always kind of irked me…after all, babies grow up into living, breathing, independent adults someday – and they take their names with them! So let that name reflect the rich tapestry of humanity that they’re joining! Names are a celebration of life.
Another reason for this blog is because I’ve never quite understood my passion for names. I’ve labored over the naming of stuffed animals, pets, Sims (so so so many sims…), and other dream-people. I guess that by creating this blog, which theoretically is being put out there to the public/blogosphere/internetzland, I’m hoping that these names may actually latch onto real people, or at least influence people who are naming real people! If not, at least I hope to connect with others who share my absolute love of creative names.
There are already some great sites out there that provide searchable databases where you can easily look up the basic origins and meanings of a name. I do not even aspire to the level of breadth and depth that these sites are able to provide! What I’d like to do is pull together names from one point of inspiration (a particular book, film, or other category) and provide names I find interesting with a brief description and perhaps my opinion of the name; when I think it’s appropriate, I’ll provide a meaning, origin, or other salient information too. What I am attempting to provide here is a way to discover names and think about words in a new light. I trust that if you are considering bestowing one of the names I provide on a little human being, that you will look to other sources for more in depth information on it as well, but I hope this site will serve as a jumping off point for those on a name search, as well as a fun addition to the wealth of great blogs out there for us name-enthusiasts.