sábado, 12 de abril de 2014

Names In Spotlight: Space Names

Don't you just love to gaze into space, or look at some of it's beautiful pictures? Well, space also possesses some incredible names, that could perfectly be used on a child. A lot of space names are inspired by mythology, so they are old names that were then applied on space objects. A few are just modern space names and terms that have some serious potential as baby names, and a few have space related meanings. Overall, there are hundreds of them, so I had to pick and choose and select some that I think are ready to use, and some that I feel are too interesting to go unnoticed. So sit back, and enjoy the ride, because it's a long one!


Andromeda - Surely you've heard this one before. Andromeda is of course, our nearest galaxy, it is of greek origin, and means "leader of man". It's quite a grand name for a little girl, but if you want a strong legit girl name, this one is perfect.

Astrid - This was the name used by two swedish microsatellites to study some space features. Astrid is of scandinavian origin and means "beautiful goddess". I adore this name, there aren't many female names ending with the letter "d", and I feel this is one of the most usable ones.

Aurora - Some of the most beautiful space pictures feature the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere, with its sci-fi green lights, truly magical. Aurora of course means "dawn", and is the name of the roman goddess of sunrise. This name has a lot going for it, from its roman roots, to its nature and space meanings, to its Disney connection, to its many possible nicknames. You really can't go wrong.

Aysel - Meaning "moonlight" in turkish, Aysel is definitely one of the most obscure choices here, but it is used as a female names in certain european countries. One of the Eurovision winners recently is named Aysel, and she hails from Azerbaijan. I think it's got a nice ring to it, similar to Rachel and Mabel.

Bellatrix - You want your daughter to be a star? Then how about naming her an actual star name. Bellatrix looks really futuristic with it's quirky "x" ending, but if you break the name down it's actually not that over the top. First of all, it starts with "bella", so it could be seen as a valid alternative to that name. Second, it's not too different from Beatrix, a pretty classic girl name. Bellatrix just pushes it a bit further, spicing those names a bit.

Calypso - Girl names ending in "o" are hard to find, much harder than boy names ending in "a" because those are common in many languages. However these types of names are out there, and nothing better than to look at the jovian system to find them. Calypso is one of the main moons of Jupiter, meaning "she who hides", and is of greek origin. Calypso is fun to say, it has the cute nickname Callie built right in there, and is just unlike any other common name, girl or boy.

Celeste - This wont come as a surprise to many, the term "celestial body" should give you a hint. Celeste is of latin origin and means "heavenly", and was quite common with early christians - there is a male equivalent, Celestin. Celeste is not a common name, but hardly unknown, its been consistently used for a while now. It's classy and age appropriate, and you're not taking a huge risk. A safe choice.

Elena & Elaine - Both of these names are of greek origin meaning "ray of sunshine", and they are both variants of Helen. Personally I like Elena much better than Elaine, but it is getting quite popular and has given birth to some questionable alternative spellings. Elaine is less common, but I wouldn't bet on it staying underused for long. Both are really sweet names, well known, and timeless. 

Eris - The new millenium has been an incredible era for discovering new space objects in our solar system. It's also been kinda revolutionary by shaking up some of the concepts we thought were fact. Remember when Pluto was a planet? Well thanks to the discovery of Eris, and after her several other similar small objects beyond Pluto's orbit, the international space community decided to demote Pluto to dwarf planet status. Don't be sad, he now has several brothers and sisters, Eris being one of them. The name is of greek origin, and in mythology Eris was the goddess of discord, which seems appropriate considering the debate that went on surrounding Pluto's status. Eris is quite similar to Erin, so the usability is super high, and would be a cool way to honor an Erin or an Aaron. Personally, I find it quite pretty.

Esther - This is a persian name, and one of its meanings is "persian star". Esther is one of those old lady chic names that hasn't really been away, but it hasn't been getting popular either. So if you're looking for a name that is well known, but isn't going to blow up anytime soon, this is a good choice. I think it sounds like a strong baby girl name, and one that will age well.

Gaia - A lot of people ask if Earth has a name, and the answer is, it does. This is one of them, another one will be appearing further down. Gaia means "the earth" and it is of greek origin. I'm gobsmacked that this name is still so unpopular considering how well used Maya, Kaia, Isla, are. Gaia can also be a place name, it is a city in Portugal, home to port wine. This is a lovely name and is a great alternative to the names I mentioned beforehand.

Galaxia - Well the connection here is obvious right? Galaxia is the spanish and italian name for "galaxy", and would make a fun name, even as a middle. Of course you could go with Galaxy, for a girl or a boy, but I feel Galaxia is less likely to cause a reaction if you're wary of what others might think. Still, Galaxia is hardly a safe choice, and is one for the brave namers out there. For a boy I suggest Galax, the swedish name for it.

Gamma - Yes, i'm talking about those deadly cosmic rays, named after a greek letter. Think about it, Gamma does sound like a cute girl name right? Sort of a cousin to Gemma and Emma. If you want a name that probably no one else in the country has, a real unique choice, Gamma is definitely one to keep your eyes on.

Halley - Your first thought might be Halle Berry, but spell it with a "y" at the end, and its a surname that eventually was used on a comet. The name actually spiked for girls and boys at the time of the comet's passage. Today this name fits perfectly in the schoolyard, with all the Callie's and Molly's running around. I think this particular spelling looks a tad masculine, but it works for both genders I suppose.

Juno - As a girl's name (there are male roots too), Juno is of latin origin and means "queen of heaven". In space, Juno was the attributed name to one of Jupiter's moons. This is a great, fresh, spunky alternative to June, and it's rarely used in the US. I do hear about it more nowadays, but it seems to be making a very slow impact.

Luna - This is one of the most common names on the list, but it's a great one. Luna is the spanish term for "moon", and again, if you feel that our "moon" deserves its own name to distinguish itself from other moons, remember, she has several, including Luna. It's even used in certain english terms, like "lunar eclipse". This is a fun, short name, and a rising star in the rankings.

Maia - It's a greek name and it has 2 meanings, "mother" and "brave warrior". Up in the sky, it's the name of a star. Spell it with a "y", and its an incredibly popular first name, but it also loses is space link. Personally, I feel this spelling is the best, it just looks better. But that of course is just my opinion. Of course, they are all the same name when you say them out loud, so you'd be picking a very common one. But if that doesn't bother you, go for it!

Nebula - In astronomy, a nebula is basically an interstellar cloud composed of various gases. They produce some amazingly beautiful space pictures. As a name, it is of greek origin meaning "mist", so it is also a nature name. Nebula has everything going for it, it looks and sounds great, easy to spell and pronounce, and is a crazy cool moniker. I've got to admit this is one of my favorites.

Nova - A nova is an explosion that occurs in a star, of cataclysmic proportions, producing a very bright light while it releases energy. More notoriously, it's the latin name for "new". This is a name that has been getting buzzworthy recently, after being absent from our minds for a very long time. It was recently featured as the name of one of the babies on Teen Mom, so it might be making a potent return to the SSA charts, which is just so fitting given its astronomical meaning.

Nysa - This is a greek name meaning "ambition", and it is also the name of a group of asteroids. It rhymes with Alyssa, and not with Lisa or Liza. It's short and sweet, and very usable. The only problem might be pronunciation issues, but that's just a small bump on the road. Once people learn your name, they'll say it correctly from then on.

Odyssey - Well we all know about Homer's Odyssey, but what about man's space odyssey? It really is discovering a new world, or more accurately, new worlds. Our journey through space is the pillar of 21st century exploration, an ongoing experience that will continue for as long we exist as a species, since space is said to be infinite. Our odyssey in space has opened our horizon to new worlds, new concepts, and even new knowledge about our very own home here on Earth. As a first name it might be a bit over the top, but as a middle?  Flawless.

Ophelia - Surprised to see this name here? We all know about this name's tragic roots in Shakespeare's Hamlet, but there are many other sources of inspiration that are more fortunate. It's a greek name with a positive origin, meaning "help" or "helper". And in the sky, it's the name of one of Uranus' moons. I love this name and its latin counterpart Ofelia (which to me sounds slightly different, "oh-fell-ee-uh"). It's incredibly underrated, but it's usage has been rising in recent years, even though its not anywhere close to debuting in the top 1000 SSA list. It would make a great name to pay tribute to someone who spent their life helping others - whether they were a nurse, doctor, firefighter, soldier, etc - without being obvious.

Rhea - Mia is so popular, why not be a little bit more creative and go with Rhea? Yes, they rhyme. It's a greek name meaning "flowing", and it's one of Saturn's moons. It also has a connection to nature, being the name of a river in Wales. I think this name is gorgeous, but I guess the pronunciation might cause a problem. Not even the pronuncation per se, but more people spelling it differently, like Ria or Rea (both legit names by the way). Still, it's a charming name.

Sedna - This is the name of one of the most distant and coldest objects in our solar system, most likely a dwarf planet. It was named after the Inuit goddess of the sea, thought to live at the bottom of the frigid Arctic ocean. This would make a great name for a baby born in Winter time, given it's strong bond to the coldness, or maybe for a baby born in a traditionally cold city or region. I feel this one could fit right in with today's naming styles, but still stand out amongst a crowd of safer names.

Seren - Do you think naming your daughter Star or Starr is too tacky? Well why not go for a less obvious route, and pick Seren? It means "star" in welsh. Dont confuse it with Serena since they share no connection. I feel this name could be used to spice up Sarah, since they sound very similar. Or maybe as a way to honor someone named Sarah. Regardless, it would make an interesting girl name, and it's frills-free.

Soleia - Love the name Soleil but feel it's just too much? How about Soleia then. It's a variant of Soleil, and more credible as a female name. Most of us know Soleil is the french name for "sun", and that's a male noun. Soleia makes for a more legit female variant, and sounds much prettier imo. It's just absolutely stunning, and has numerous nickname oportunities, from Sol, to Sollie, to Leia, like the princess. If you choose the nickname Sol, that is the portuguese and spanish name for "sun", so you'd be keeping the space connection whether you opted for the full name, or the nickname.

Stella - Meaning "star" in italian, this name has really taken off recently and has become extremely popular. The -ella ending makes it blend in with several other popular girl names, which is part of the reason why it's become trendy this decade. I feel Seren would be a cooler way to get to "star", but if you prefer a safer choice, Stella is spot on.

Terra - Remember when I said there was another name for our Earth coming up? First was Gaia. Now meet Terra. It is the latin equivalent of "Earth", also used in portuguese to designate our home planet. This would make a fabulous name for someone who wants to give Theresa a little twist, or honor a grandpa Terrence. The only iffy thing about this name would be people mistaking it for Tara, because they share the same pronunciation for a lot of us. Personally I pronounce Tara differently, like "tar-uh". Other than that, Terra is a ready to use name, if Sierra can take off, why not Terra?

Thebe - This is another one of Jupiter's moons, named after a mythological nymph. I really like Th- names for girls, and Thebe is no exception. People might mistake it for Phoebe, but other than that it's a very easy name, and quite soft sounding.

Ursa - Surely you've heard of Ursa Mino and Ursa Major. Those are constellations. As a name, it's a variant of Ursula which means "little she-bear". The constellation of Ursa Major has been seen as a bear by many civilizations. In greek mythology, it is believed that Ursa Major was Callisto, a girl who was turned into a bear by jealous Hera, and then put in the sky by Zeus along with her son Arcas, known as Ursa Minor. If you feel Ursula these days is too much of a sea witch, then Ursa is a great option for you.

Vela - It is the name of a constellation in the southern sky, and a latin name for "sails of a ship". In portuguese, it also possesses the meaning of "candle". I find this one extremely usable considering how everyone loves and uses Bella in droves. Vela is a great alternative without compromising too much, and it starts with the letter V, which I feel is gaining momentum right now, at least for girls.

Xia - In chinese, this name means "glow of the sunrise", so its essentially related to Aurora and Dawn. Mia is kinda overdone, so why not jump on the Xia train? You could pronounce this name like "see-uh" or "shee-uh", since the chinese pronunciation lies somewhere between both sounds. If you go with the "see-uh" pronuncation, remember there is a singer that is becoming well known amongst the public named Sia, so you might get the S spelling when you say it to other people.

Zirka - Dont you just love Z names? I just had to find one for girls that somehow connected to space. There were quite a few ones actually, but Zirka ended up being my favorite. It means "star" in polish, and again, would be a subtle way to get that meaning without using the name Star. Of course if you prefer the english equivalent, go for it, it's your baby and it's up to you. Zirka is supposedly pronounced with a long "ee" sound, but I guess in the US you could choose what pronunciation you prefer / feel more comfortable with.


Apollo - This was the ancient greek name for the planet Mercury, but it's connections to space dont end there. Several american space missions were named Apollo, as well as the spacecraft used for them. It is the name of a crater on the moon, and of an asteroid. Now, it's also a celeb baby name thanks to Gwen Stefani naming her son Apollo Bowie Flynn, which I totally love (especially Bowie). It is a greek name, meaning "destroyer", and in greek and roman mythology Apollo was the god of music, light and poetry, and he used to drive the sun across the sky in a carriage - another space connection. Apollo is not a name that I love, but it's fresh and fun, surrounded with history and mythology. I suspect we'll be hearing this one a lot more in the future.

Astro - Look no further than the root of the word "astronomy", to find a fun name for your kid. As a prefix, astro means "pertaining to the stars or celestial bodies", hence astronomy being the actual study of those celestial objects. If you love surprising -o names that are flying under the radar, then this one is a great choice.

Atlas - An atlas is of course a map of the Earth, but there are other atlases of other planets in the solar system. As a given name, Atlas is of greek origin meaning "to carry". I used to think this name was a bit too out there, but recently people have come around to embracing Atlas, so it's not as over the top as it used to be, and it can be taken seriously. Of course your kid might get a snarky comment at school when they study maps, but I feel they will find it really interesting and wish they had a cool name like Atlas, rather than being one of many of their own name in the class.

Blazar - These are jets blasted directly towards Earth from the center of active galaxies. Do you like Blaze or Blaise but want to give it a little something more? Blazar would make a very cool choice. The only problem might be confusing this name with blasers (jackets), or even blazers (a type of rifle). Still, it just sounds so badass in my opinion. This name is blazin' hot.

Comet - I think you know what comets are, but in case you dont, they are icy bodies from our solar system that, when passing close to the sun, they heat up and outgas, leaving a visible tail. It might seem a bit too much to be used as a first name, but think about, it's just a word name. Kids are named River, Rain, Sky (cough), heck even Star, Rocket and Sun, so Comet isn't that much of a stretch. I think it's cool, in a quirky kind of way.

Cosmo - This is an alternative word for the universe, hence why cosmology is the study of the universe. It may also mean "space travel" and "outer space" according to some sources. Cosmo as a given name is of italian and greek origin meaning "order, harmony, beauty". The first thing a lot of people will think is Cosmo Kramer, the odd character from the sitcom Seinfeld. But since that show is hardly a reference for today's kids, a boy named Cosmo will probably get no references to that character.

Cygnus - As a constellation in the northern sky, it was named after a character in greek mythology. The name is derived from the greek word for "swan". I feel this name has some potential: similar monikers like Cyrus, which is taking off in the charts, and Magnus, which is getting some Hollywood love, are proof of that. It could be part of a new naming trend a few years down the road.

Dara - This is the cambodian term for "star", used for both genders. As a biblical name, Dara was a descendent of Judah known for his wisdome. This name is really underused in the US, but in Northern Ireland it's in their top 100 for boys. At first it might seem too feminine sounding for american ears, but a lot of male names end in the "ah" sound, and even lookalike Dana was used on men. I think its usable.

Draco - No, it's not related to Dracula. As a space moniker, it is the name of a constellation, and also of a dwarf galaxy orbiting our very own Milky Way. It is a variant of Drake, and it means "dragon". A few years ago, it also became a celeb baby name, thanks to Danica McKellar. I've gotta say, not a big fan of this one, I guess for me it's just too close to Dracula in sound. But if you don't get the same vibe from the name, and you love it, go ahead.

Eclipse - An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an object passes in front of the other, having it temporarily obscured. The two most known events related to this are the solar eclipse and the lunar eclipse. This one is definitely for an adventurous namer, or for a parent who is passionate about astronomy and the eclipses. However as a middle name choice it definitely becomes more usable for most people.

Galileo - Even if you aren't a space lover, you have probably heard this name around. And why, you may ask? Well, because Galileo Galilei was the name of one of the most famous astromers. He built the first astronomical telescope and confirmed Copernicus' theory that the planets revolve around the sun, amongst other achievements. There is also a spacecraft that has been baptized after him, as well as several items related to astronomy. I'm surprised the female counterpart Galilea has experienced a recent boost but Galileo, who has so much going for it, hasn't. Heck even the nickname possibilities seem endless, from spunky Gal to plain Leo (also a space name).

Ganymede - The moons of Jupiter are wondefully named, don't you think? Ganymede is a majestic name, fitting for the largest moon in our solar system, and the only of Jupiter moons to be named after a male mythological figure. It's not the most usable space name out there, but it's definitely not too much to handle. It sounds quite spunky.

Harlow - What's this name doing in the male section you ask? Well, that's because it used to be a male name. And no better evidence than astronomer Harlow Shapley, who correctly estimated the size of our galaxy and the position of the sun within it, back in the 20th century. Harlow does sound masculine to my ears, and is very similar to Marlow, also used as a male name. I feel adding and extra "e" makes both these names look more feminine, "ow" vs "owe". But of course, many disagree and that is why Harlow is now taking off for girls, mostly because of Nicole Richie used it for her daughter. However, because this is entirely a space name because of a real man, I just couldn't place the name on the female section, it would be quite disrespectful. If you like unisex names, Harlow can work on a boy.

Jericho - This name has one of the coolest meanings: "city of the moon", and it's of arabic origin. Don't you just love the meaning? When I found out it made me love this name even more. Jericho is trending upwards for boys, but it's still very underused, and could use with some appreciation. I feel a lot of people say they like or love it, but few end up using it. It's too bad, because it's a very interesting name, with loads of nickname options, from playful Echo, Ricko and Jecko, to plain old Jo, Eric and Jeri. All styles in one name.

Jupiter - Yes, this is the only planet name I've included on this list, simply because I feel everyone is already aware of the planet names and so they're less suprising. However, I had to include Jupiter because I think it's the most usable one out of all the planets. It is a latin name meaning "supreme god", and in roman mythology he was the sky god, equivalent to the greek Zeus. How cool would it be to name a little boy Jupiter? It's just fabulous. Grand for sure, but definitely not a name to be embarassed by, more likely it would be a name to feel empowered by. And if you think there's no similar name out there that's currently being used by people, think again, the flower name Juniper is currently turning heads and getting more popular.

Kale - It is the name of another one of Jupiter's moons, and no, they didn't name it after the vegetable. Kale is of english and old germanic origin, and it means "free man". There seem to be 2 common spellings of this name in the top 1000, Kale and Kael. The first is more straightforward, but if you don't want people to connect the name to a herb, Kael might be a better option. Either way, Kale is extremely usable, short, simple and fresh.

Kuiper - Pronounced "kai-per", not "kooy-per", the Kuiper Belt is a very large region in space between Neptune and our nearest star, consisting of small celestial bodies like asteroids and dwarf planets. It was named after the astronomer Gerard Kuiper. As a name, its roots are dutch, and it's a occupational name for a cooper. Pronunciation might be an issue, but some people still spell the name Skyler the original way, Schuyler, so I guess it can be usable.

Lynx - An animal name and a space name? Actually it's 2 in 1, because this constellation was named after the feline. Most animals names stay unnoticed, unless they are birds. You may hear of a guy named Lion or Tiger, but they are very rare. Still, there is something about Lynx that to me makes it more usable than the rest. Maybe its that fabulous "x" at the end that I just love. Regardless, it would make one ferocious baby name.

Meteor - Everyone knows what a meteor is, also known as "shooting star". They are also blamed for the extinction of the dinosaurs. When these rocks enter the Earth's atmosphere, it may look pretty in the sky, but if they hit the Earth, it can cause some damage (and are then named meteorite). I think this name is quite appealing, but again, like kids named Stone or Cliff, it's not for everyone, and it will certainly cause an impact, no pun intended.

Neutron - A neutron star is the name given to the stellar remnant that resulted from the gravitational collapse of a massive star during a supernova. Sounds complicated right? Well, imagine the mass of a huge sun being compressed to the size of a city. Because of that, they are the smallest stars in the universe, but have huge masses. Neutron is a very well known name for cientists, and all kids will hear this name once they start learning chemistry and physics. However, if that causes no issue for you, the light should be green.

Orion - Definitely up there as one of the most usable space names, Orion is the name of a constellation, and its a name of greek origin meaning "rising in the sky, dawning". How space appropriate. Personally there really is nothing about this name that I think could cause problems, even the pronunciation seems to have become common knowledge for most people, as its a somewhat common boy name. Could be used as a name to honor someone named Ryan, given how similar they sound.

Phoenix - I just love this name, so I had to see if there was something space related to this name, and there was. Phoenix was the name of a robotic spacecraft used on a space exploration mission to Mars. Its a greek name meaning "dark red", and also widely known as a mythical bird that rises from its own ashes after dying, symbolizing immortality. Last but not least, it's also the name of the capital city of Arizona. Therefore, it's a space name, a nature name, a color name, a spiritual name, and a place name. And you still ask me why I love Phoenix? It's just wholesome.

Quasar - Known to scientists as the brightest objects in the sky, quasars are compact starlike celestial bodies with a power output greater than our whole galaxy. They are also believed to be the oldest and most distant objects in the universe, which makes their brightness even more impressive. Fascinating stuff, right? Good Q names are hard to discover, but I think I hit the jackpot with this one. It's the epitomy of badass and cool. It even sounds like a proper real name, you know what I mean? I definitely recommend using it.

Razzo - Ever wanted to say "rocket" in italian? Well, it's "razzo". It's not the most conventional name out there, but I definitely think there are some great qualities in it. Raz makes a fabulous nickname, and who doesn't love that zippy double "z" in there? And the cherry on top - it ends in a bright "o" sound. Very bubbly name.

Titan - This is a big name for sure. In space, it's the name of one of Saturn's moons, the only moon with liquid seas on the surface. It was named after the titans, who in mythology were a race of powerful deities, descendants of Gaia and Uranus. As a noun, it means big or large, and is applied to mean a person or thing with great strength, intellect or importance. So this is the grandest of grand names. No wonder it is also getting more used lately, debuting in the SSA list in 2012, keeping up with his "big" brothers: Major, Messiah and King.

Uzay - The turkish language has some great space names, and Uzay is one of the them, meaning "space". So really, there is nothing on this list that comes as close to being a space name, like Uzay. Saying it out loud, it sounds similar to Jose, but with a twist. A twist so big that they happen to share no letters in common. Still, if you like the sound of Jose, but dont want your kid to be one of many in his class, then Uzay is a terrific substitute.

Vega - This is the name of a star, and as a given name it is of spanish origin, meaning "meadow". It is also the name of a popular Street Fighter character, from Spain. I really like this one, it has several features that appeal to me. I like its nature connection, making it a light and sweet name, but then it's also a fictional fighter's name, making it hard and tough. The best of both worlds I suppose. Plus it ends in "a", which I really like on boys, because there aren't many of them being used in America.

Wakusei - Looks really exotic don't you think? It's the japanese name for "planet". Pronunciation might be an issue, but I quite like the way it looks. Japanese names are normally very vowel heavy, which I appreciate, it makes them sound youthful and fun. I guess if you want to pay homage to someone japanese, or if you simply love japanese names or japanese culture, it could be one for you to consider.

Xenon - This is a gas that occurs in minimal quantities in our atmosphere, although it is more common in other areas of our universe. This environmentally friendly gas is used for a variety of things, from anesthesia to lights, and it's the preferred propellant for ion propulsion of spacecraft, being recently used for NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Xenon is a simple name, but it has something special: it starts with the letter X. If you're like me, that makes it extra special. Basically it's Lennon with an "x", and if that name can become popular, why can't Xenon? I think it's ultra cool.

Ymir - It is one of saturn's irregular moons, and it's named after a character is norse mythology, with many connections to ice and frost. A possible meaning may be "giant", which makes the name of the moon quite appropriate given the massive size the planet it orbits. The only issue I think this name might have is people might spell it with the letter "i", but again, it's the case of correcting them once, and they'll know from then on how to spell it. It sounds like Amir, but looks cooler and it's certainly more unique.

Zeke - You're probably questioning yourself "how is this name space related"? Well, apart from being a common nickname for Ezekiel, it's also the arabic name for "shooting star". Isn't that wonderful? Now you can use this name and not allow yourself to be harassed by some people that love giving parents a hard time for using nicknames (not that I care, some nicknames are great and work well by themselves). In case anyone asks, just say it's word name for a celestial object. I've always liked Zeke on it's own, but finding out this new meaning just made me like it even more.

Zenith - A few years ago I featured this name as one of my Name In Spotlight, and now it's back again in another feature. Zenith is of arabic origin meaning "the highest point". In english, it's used in geography and astronomy as a point in the sky that is directly above you. It can also be used to designate when a celestial body, like the sun, reaches its highest point during its apparent orbit across the sky. It's quite an inspirational name, ambitious too. It's wanting the very best for your kid, for him to reach the highest highs and accomplish amazing things. Only 8 boys received this name in 2012, shocking. I'm still in love with this name like I was back when I wrote about it 4 years ago.

If you want to search for more space related names, I can guarantee you, there are a gazillion more you could use. Fortunately our scientists have been picking interesting names to describe space phenomena, or to baptize new objects in our universe. This gives us a really fascinating list of possible baby names, and if you're like me and always loved everything about the universe, they make some serious candidates for a future kid.

Which ones were your favorites? Do you have any other space names you like not featured here? Share them with me please.

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