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November Babies: Xander and Aurianna

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Belly Ballot is here to introduce the new winners of our monthly naming contest. Get that turkey out of the freezer and celebrate the new November babies: Xander Ezra and Aurianna Nicole!

Unusual, innovative names have become our fixed star of the contest and this month’s names are obviously no exception to the rule. So again, we hope to be enlightened by the parents about this unconventional choice of names for their offspring.

Originally from Greek, Xander is a short form of Alexander and it means “defender of man”. Formerly it was mostly used as a masculine given name in the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, but within the last decade its popularity has been growing in the United States as well. The spelling variant Zander is also possible, though not so frequent. The name might have been popularized thanks to the action/horror TV series in the late 1990s and early 2000s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, where Xander was one of the main fictional characters, portrayed by Nicholas Brendon. Recent famous bearers include the American actor Xander Berkeley, as well as Boston Red Sox baseball player Xander Bogaerts.

As unusual as Xander might sound, Aurianna is by all means a harder nut to crack in this month’s duo. Some sources suggest that it’s a modern twist on the name Arianna, ultimately derived from Greek Ariadne and meaning “the most holy”. Other sources prefer the variation on the name Aura whose meaning “breeze” comes from Greek and Roman mythology, where Aura is the divine personification of breeze. Last but not least, some sources mention the combination of a Portuguese word ‘aureo’, which means “golden”, and the name Ana. Whichever meaning you find most fit, the name Aurianna is undoubtedly still waiting for its spotlight on the US popularity charts.

So, dear moms and soon-to-be moms, where did you get your inspiration to name your babies in such an unorthodox way? Could it be the love for vampires and antique myths?

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