December 8, 2015

O'er the Fields We Go: Baby Names Inspired by Wide Open Spaces

The third part in my series based on the opening lyrics of Jingle Bells offers an impressive variety of names. They are beautiful choices inspired by the countryside, and while some feel like a laid-back nature name, others have a distinguished prim and proper flair. That's because lots of these names come from Old English, where the hills and valleys of the country became surnames that are proving to be an on-trend choice in given names today.



  • Ainsley ~ Wood clearing ~ Scottish, Old English
  • Arista ~ Ear of corn ~ Latin
  • Bentley ~ Clearing covered with bent grass ~ Old English
  • Blair ~ Plain, Field ~ Scottish
  • Brandon ~ Hill covered with broom ~ Old English
  • Bryn ~ Hill, mound ~ Welsh
  • Camden ~ Enclosed valley ~ Old English
  • Crofton ~ Settlement with a small field ~ English
  • Forbes ~ Field ~ Scottish
  • Glyn ~ Valley ~ Welsh
  • Gwenyth ~ Wheat ~ Welsh
  • Hadley ~ Heather field ~ Old English
  • Harley ~ Hare clearing, field ~ Old English
  • Hayden ~ Hay hill ~ Old English
  • Hayley ~ Hay clearing, field ~ Old English
  • Knox ~ Round hill ~ Old English
  • Meadow ~ Old English
  • Reed ~ Clearing ~ Old English
  • Riley ~ Rye field ~ Old English
  • Royle ~ Rye hill ~ Old English
  • Vale ~ Wide river valley ~ Old English
  • Wesley ~ Western clearing, meadow ~ English
  • Whitaker ~ White field ~ Old English
  • Winslow ~ Wine hill ~ Old English

These names are wonderful any time of the year, of course! For more inspiration, follow the whole series below.

Part One
Part Two

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