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Published April 30, 2012, 11:30 PM

A few ideas for baby names that are good as gold

Of course, we all hope our kids will be good as gold, follow the Golden Rule, find the Golden Mean in life, win lots of gold medals and gold stars, and all that other good golden stuff. So why not give them a leg up by bestowing on them one of these golden names?

By: nameberry.com, all about baby names (MCT), INFORUM

Of course, we all hope our kids will be good as gold, follow the Golden Rule, find the Golden Mean in life, win lots of gold medals and gold stars, and all that other good golden stuff. So why not give them a leg up by bestowing on them one of these golden names?

The most obvious are those with the word front and center. Goldie is an old showgirl name legitimized by and long associated with Goldie Hawn, who was named after a great-aunt. The fact that the name Goldie was recently chosen for her baby by Ione Sky sends out signals that it could make a return a la Sadie and Mabel.

Golda is one step removed, not heard much since the demise of American-raised Israeli Premier Golda Meir, who was, in fact, born Goldie.

Gilda is sleeker and slimmer, linked forever to the sexy image of Rita Hayworth in the eponymous film classic, then lightened by beloved original SNL cast member Gilda Radner.

A lot more appealing today are the names that stem from the Latin Aurelius, meaning gold, and a distinguished name in itself. The female version is Aurelia, a lovely name with bookended “A’s,” the variants Auralia and Auriel, and the pretty French version Aurelie. For boys, there is the engaging Italian and Spanish Aurelio.

Even closer to the Latin oro is a whole group beginning with ‘O’ – the very usable Irish Orla, the poetic Oriana, and others including Ora, Orah, Oralie, Oralia, Orelia and Oriel. There’s even some avian crossover with Oriole, and for the boys, there is the funky Orville, meaning city of gold.

Marigold, one of the flower names that is coming back into bloom, combines the color gold with a reference to the Virgin Mary. Similarly, Crisanta is a Spanish name meaning golden flower.

Paz is a unisex Hebrew name meaning “golden,” and from it comes the attractive, strictly female Pazia.

Cressida – This is a name based on the Greek word for gold, which was borne by a Trojan princess in medieval legend retold by Chaucer and Shakespeare. But though she may not have had the greatest reputation – she was faithless to Troilus – the name Cressida today sounds fresh, crystaline and creative.

Flavia – An ancient Roman clan name meaning golden-haired, has been heard more in literature (e.g. Princess Flavia in “The Prisoner of Zenda”) than in real life. If you’re looking for an unusual Italian name that’s easy to pronounce, this might be a flavorful possibility.

Xanthe – Pronounced zanthe, this Greek name meaning yellow/gold was borne by several figures in classical mythology, including one who was a daughter of Oceanus, and another Xanthe who was an Amazon. Xanthe could make an intriguingly unusual choice.

There is also an exotic group of Z-starting names that relate to gold. Zahava is one such Hebrew girls’ name with variations including Zehava, Zahavi and Zehevya.

Nameberry is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ava and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.” See more at http://nameberry.com

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