Friday, October 16, 2015

Names with "an"


I recently got an email from a reader asking for some naming inspiration.

Fiona writes:

My first 2 children both have a theme of "an" - Marianne and Kassandra. It happened accidentally, but the more we think about future names, the more we seem attracted to this sound. It would be great to have some help and inspiration please! 
Our second child was only born this year, so we are jumping the gun a little but we do plan a 3rd child (hopefully, as obviously thanks to mother nature's blips, having a child is not in our complete control!) and our experience is that it is never too early to start thinking about names.

With many thanks,
Fiona 

Past the page break I have put together an exhaustive list of names with -an in them. I've italicised the ones I think work best with Marianne and Kassandra. Feel free to leave your thoughts or suggestions for Fiona in the comments. If you have a naming question that you would like me to post on the blog, feel free to email me at skihm (at) hotmail (dot) com. 


Girls
Abrianna
Acantha
Adriana
Alana
Albany
Alejandra
Alessandra
Alexandra
Alexandria
Alianna
Almandine
Amanda
Amandine
Americana
Ana
Anais
Anastasia
Andrea
Andromeda
Aneko
Anemone
Angel
Angela
Angelica
Angelina
Angeline
Angelique
Angelou
Angie
Anina
Anisa
Anita
Ann
Anna
Annabel
Annabella
Annabeth
Annalie
Anneliese
Annette
Annie
Annika
Annora
Anouk
Answer
Anthea
Antigone
Antoinette
Antonia
Anwen
Anya
Arianna
Armani
Ashanti
Atlanta
Aubriana
Bethan
Bethany
Bianca
Bibiana
Blanca
Brandi
Brianna
Brittany
Calandria
Candice
Chanel
Chantel
Chantilly
Christiana
Chrysanthemum
Constance
Dana
Dania
Danica
Daniela
Danielle
Danita
Delancey
Delaney
Diana
Diane
Duana
Eleanor
Emanuelle
Esperanza
Evangeline
Evanthe
Fabiana
Feliciana
Flannery
Frances
Francesca
Francine
Francisca
Frankie
Francoise
Georgiana
Gianna
Giovanna
Hanita
Hannah
Holland
Iana
Ireland
Jana
Jane
Janelle
Janine
January
Jean
Jeanette
Jillian
Joan
Joanna
Joanne
Jordan
Jordana
Julianna
Keegan
Landry
Langley
Leanna
Leanne
Liana
Liliana
Lillian
Liviana
Louisiana
Luciana
Madigan
Mandala
Mandy
Megan
Melanie
Merrigan
Milania
Miranda
Morgan
Nancy
Nanette
Noelani
Oceane
Pandora
Quiana
Reagan
Rhiannon
Romana
Roseanna
Roxanne
Samantha
Sandy
Santana
Savannah
Shannon
Shoshanna
Silvana
Sloane
Solange
Stephanie
Susan
Susanna
Svetlana
Swan
Tatianna
Teagan
Tiana
Tiffany
Topanga
Urbana
Vanessa
Viviana
Wanda
Xanthe
Xanthippe
Yolanda
Zanna

Boys
Adrian
Aidan
Alan
Alban
Alessandro
Alexander
Anakin
Anchor
Anders
Anderson
Andre
Andrew
Andy
Angus
Ansel
Anthony
Antoine
Anton
Anwar
Arman
Armando
Ballantine
Banfield
Banning
Bannon
Banyon
Bastian
Bertrand
Bevan
Brandon
Brandt
Brennan
Brian
Buchanen
Callan
Cannon
Canton
Canyon
Caspian
Chance
Chandler
Channing
Christian
Clancy
Cordovan
Crane
Cullan
Curran
Damian
Dane
Daniel
Declan
Django
Donovan
Dorian
Duane
Dylan
Egan
Emanuel
Evan
Fabian
Ferdinand
Fernando
Finnegan
Finnian
Florian
Francesco
Francis
Francisco
Frank
Franklin
Garland
Giovanni
Hank
Hanson
Herman
Indiana
Janson
Jonothan
Jordan
Julian
Kane
Keegan
Kellan
Kieran
Killian
Kylan
Lachlan
Lancaster
Lance
Landon
Lane
Langston
Leander
Leland
Logan
Loudan
Lucian
Manny
Milan
Nathan
Nathaniel
Ogdan
Oran
Orlando
Osman
Portland
Quillan
Quinlan
Quintan
Randall
Randolph
Ranier
Rowan
Sander
Santino
Sean
Sebastian
Shane
Sheridan
Sherman
Soloman
Stanley
Stefan
Stellan
Sullivan
Tanner
Taran
Terrance
Thane
Tristan
Truman
Urban
Van
Vance
Wolfgang
Xan
Yancy
Yannick
Zander
Zane
Zorian

I think my favorites for this sibset are Amanda, Christiana, Daniela, Frances, Joanna, Miranda, Vanessa, Adrian, Caspian, Christian, Damian, Julian, and Nathaniel.

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