Baby Names Inspired by the Desert
Give Your Creation (Real or Imagined) A Desert Name To Make Them Stand Out
Coming up with a unique name is quite the rage these days, so using the desert as inspiration, I've made a list of names that may be a little different than the ones normally used. Basically, anything related to the desert was fair game, whether it be the names of the deserts themselves, desert towns, language translations, plants / animals found in the desert or feelings the open sands may evoke. I must admit that it was a little harder than I expected, as not everything inspired by the desert make cool baby names. I've even put the meanings or origins behind the names on some of those listed below, but felt that doing this for all of them would just dilute the purity of the article.
If you're someone who has always been fascinated by the shifting sands or rocky outcrops of the hotter regions of our planet, this may be the perfect names list for you. My plan is to keep adding to it on a regular basis, so check back every once in a while for new ideas. I hope you enjoy the list and find it a useful starting place on finding that perfect first name for your child or for that character your trying to come up with. Thank you for taking a look. Enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Pat McDonald / flickr.
A Quick Word About Boy And Girl Names
At one point I thought about making separate name lists - one for girls and one for boys. After seeing how difficult it was to come up with good names, I decided to group them into one list. So, in short, you're going to find both boy and girl inspired desert names below.
A Celebration Of All Things "Desert"
Using the desert as inspiration for a good name may seem a little ironic because a name is seen as a permanent thing, whereas most deserts are always changing. Water (when it comes) and wind erode the ground and rock. In alluvial (or sand) deserts they are always in constant motion. Look close enough at the most barren desert and you will discover life. Life always seems to be permanent. Like a name.
A List of Unique Names Associated With The Desert
Abalos (sand dune on Mars)
Ahote (Hopi for “restless one”.)
Amaterasu (Japanese goddess of the sun.)
Anasazi (A Navajo word which means "enemy ancestors".)
Aranda (My Great Aunt was given this beautiful name.)
Ari (Hebrew for “lion”.)
Arid (Someone with a dry sense of humor would be very ironic.)
Aridisol (arid soil)
Arizona (A fitting, albeit, obvious name.)
Ar Ramlah (the sand)
Aster (After the Mojave Aster plant.) (Also Greek for "star".)
Atacama (a desert in South America)
Baja (A great desert themed baby name.)
Barren (A name that most mothers wouldn't want to use.)
Bast (Egyptian goddess associated with protection and cats. She was also the daughter of Ra the sun god.)
Bloom (Deserts come alive with color every time it rains.)
Bosa (Derived from Old English meaning "clearing or glade".)
Brick (You can't make these pillars of construction without sand.)
Cactus (The trees of the desert.)
Camel (A ship that needs no water.)
Chaya (Hebrew for “life”.)
Cleopatra (perfect desert name for a girl)
Creo (after Creosote Bush)
Crimson (after the Crimson Hedgehog Cactus)
Darwin (The strongest survives.)
Datura (A summer perennial of the desert.)
Desert (A bit on the spot, but still a good name.)
Dune (A great name with a Sci-Fi feel.)
Dykuma (Lithuanian for desert)
Dyssodia (desert plant)
Edan (Celtic for fire.)
Eolian (wind activity)
Ezra (An old Hebrew word that means "help".)
Gila (After a venomous lizard native to the southwestern U.S. Also a river running through New Mexico and Arizona.)
Gobi (This was my great Uncle's name.)
Grannus (Celtic god of fire and the sun.)
Hammada (rocky desert)
Hesperia (An ancient Greek name of Italy that means 'land of the setting sun'.)
Hopper (Named after the locusts that populate this arid world.)
Hotness (Although, not all deserts are hot.)
Not All Deserts Are Hot
A lot of people only associate deserts with heat, which is incorrect. The global environments are defined by their lack of rainfall (how dry they are). As a result, many different regions all over the world are classified as deserts. Some are cold, some are hot, all are harsh and all have life there. I bet you never thought that you could freeze to death in a desert, but you can.
Jalal (great; majestic)
Johona (Navajo name meaning Sunny)
Khufu (great Egyptian Pharaoh)
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune; sees nothing; hears nothing; yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
Character Circumstances or Personality Quirks That Go With Desert Inspired Names
- A person nearly dies from exposure only to be save by a nomadic desert tribe. He or she is reborn and given a new name by the tribe.
- Someone who raised by desert people only to have them slaughtered one day by a group of barbarians. He vows revenge in the name of his or her people.
- A character or characters who can manipulate the desert sands. As such they never leave their place of power and are practically unbeatable on their own turf. A large oil discovery makes things even more interesting as many powerful nations now want their lands.
- A person with a giant scorpion tattoo on their back is found wandering the Nevada desert and is brought to a casino to recover. They recover, win a bunch of money and buy the very casino that they found refuge in.
Kuuma (Finnish for hot)
Lawrence (a solid desert name for a boy)
Lithop (living stones)
Maracanda (modern day Samarkand)
Marrram (a desert grass)
Mex or Mexico
Molopo (river running through Klahari desert)
Neema (born in prosperity)
Ordos (a desert in China)
Oryx (a gazelle that lives in some deserts)
Papago (desert people)
Wonderful Things Can Be Found In The Sands - Stark reminders of frightening creatures that once roamed the earth.
Many people don't realize that at one time the deserts used to be lush, green areas of land with rivers and lakes. Some of them were were even centers of civilization or large communities. As today, our ancestors had to share the land with a variety of animals, and if you go back far enough- reptiles. Is it any wonder that if you dig deep enough beneath the desert sands that odds are good that you'll find something quite interesting and some of those interesting items can be quite large. All you have to do is tolerate the heat - and itchy sand.
Pyla (largest sand dune in Europe)
Red (there are a few desert sands that are deep red in color)
Rocky (the majority of desert lands are rock)
Sadzi (sunny; happy)
Sage (After Desert Sage, which is a very common plant in a lot of deserts.)
Sahara (the largest hot desert in the world)
Sand (A strange, but unique name that would fit a boy.)
Senna (From Arabic name "Sana" which means "brilliance, radiance, splendor".)
Seri (Indian tribe associated with Sonoran Desert)
Sunshine (Although not all deserts have it.)
Takla Makan (A desert in Western China.)
Tequila (made from a desert plant - agave)
Ute (Indian tribe of Arizona and New Mexico)
Vegas (A friend named their child this one because she was born there.)
How Can Something So Beautiful Be So Deadly? - The Namibian Desert In Southern Africa
All you have to do to realize there is beauty in everything is to look at a desert. At first glance most of these areas seem to be a barren, uninhabitable landscape that you wouldn't want to be stranded in. Spend a little time in one and you will completely change your mind. Before doing this, however, it is wise to study the place where your going and be prepared, for this beautiful entity can torture or even kill those who aren't ready for it.
Coming up with creative names for a child, fictional character or for even a pet is not as easy as it would seem . I hope this article has helped you do that in some way. Thanks for paying it a visit.
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