Theoccoles: Over the Top, Too Death-Themed?

Grace asked: Thoughts of the name Theoccoles? Our first son is Lazarus, and we found it crazy that when looking into the name Theoccoles it means “bringer of death” I don’t know if I like this whole death theme for my boys but we do love the name Theoccoles but worry about it being a little too over the top?

My first impression is that it is a cool name. It’s not popular, and if desired, Theo becomes a great nickname. I think it goes very well with Lazarus. Considering both Lazarus and Theoccoles have somewhat darker (potentially, anyway) themes, it seems cohesive and styled.

However, Theoccoles does not mean “bringer of death“. Well, not directly! Simply, Theo means “God“. I’ll get more into the meaning possibilities in a second, but Theoccoles (or Theokoles) is very much a gaming and series name. Maybe certain characters bearing the name are known as bringers of death, but I wouldn’t say that’s a literal translation. Right now I’m under the impression that the name is mainly a modern craft. Theoccoles definitely looks like a legitimate Greek name.

Theokoles in “Spartacus”

If we were to use a death meaning, though, perhaps “thanatos” would be part of the name (think “euthanasia”). “Bringer” is typically “phoros” (think Lucifer, Christopher— “light bringer“ and “Christ bearer“, respectively). “Bringer of death” in Greek might be something like Thanasephor, as a name.

Theos in Greek naming can be about God/god, and can even refer to might, or a placer of something (“bringer“?). That’s if you consider Theos to be loosely about might and not God, maybe relating to the name Thetis (disposer, placer, to set up, to establish). Usually though, Theos in naming is just making a statement about God (think Theodore, “God’s gift”). I guess God does bring death, so maybe the name is trying to say that God is the bringer of death, but the name bearer himself might not be.

With this in mind, the root “kolos”  (meaning “dwarf”) may be the ending root word here. That root is used in Greek words to show cutting something short, striking a blow, mutilating or punishing. Cutting life short would be bringing death, if this is the metaphorical intention of the name. “God cuts short” could then be the meaning. Of course, you could also say “God’s dwarf“, if you like– that’s more literal.

If you take the “placer” meaning seriously, “placer of punishment” could be cutting life short, and maybe in that way Theoccoles could be a “bringer of death”.

So anyway, a death theme itself can sometimes be cool, but all things considered, I would probably leave this one alone. It is pretty negative, kind of holds a geek status presently, and may be loosely interpreted (giving us debatable meanings). Other than that, it wasn’t too over the top in my opinion.

2012 Names Released; How Trendy is Your Style?

It wasn’t too long ago that the Social Security Administration released their data on the most popular baby names this year. This kind of information can be helpful and interesting, because it tells us the rising and falling trends. When you see the most popular choices you can stay far, far away from those.

This past year, the top ten in the USA was:

  1. Jacob               Sophia
  2. Mason             Emma
  3. Ethan              Isabella
  4. Noah                Olivia
  5. William             Ava
  6. Liam                Emily
  7. Jayden           Abigail
  8. Michael         Mia
  9. Alexander      Madison
  10. Aiden              Elizabeth

Now, I’ll admit that a few of those are on my own list. For the most part, though, we can look at the top 10, or even the top 100, as a sure sign of what is becoming overdone and what to maybe avoid.

You may in fact enjoy checking out the very bottom of the Top 1000 list. Usually only a couple hundred babies in that year will receive these names, at most.

991 Karsen Devyn
992 Jarrett Geraldine
993 Apollo Analia
994 Denzel Hayleigh
995 Foster Landry
996 Gilbert Sofie
997 Jaylon Tess
998 Kylen Ashtyn
999 Augustine Jessa
1000 Dangelo Katalina

Okay, only 2 of those are on my list. Hmmm…

But what about those of us who want to avoid the Top 1000?

Here is a sampling of some of the least popular names in 2012. Very few babies received these names, but they were used.

GIRLS

Axelle
Bezawit
Cyara
Dreah
Ellyot
Falicity
Georgi
Haadiya
Ifeoma
Jullisa
Kindal
Lexci
Myrissa
Noralyn
Orlandria
Phia
Quantavia
Roen
Skiler
Taeler
Uzuri
Vritika
Wiam
Xavianna
Yanel
Zmya

Lucifer

BOYS

Adrianne
Bowan
Cohyn
Demitrus

Ezri
Faraji
Gahan
Hanz
Iason
Jyson
Krispin
Lucifer
Myler
Nyaire
Owain
Peregrin
Quinntin
Rhome
Sunnie
Theryn
Uchenna
Vasiliy
Weslie
Xachery
Yavier
Zylin

What you see here is a mix of dusted off classics, names from minority languages, kre8tyv spellings of well-known names, “new” compounds, “new” nicknames, and invented names. No matter your style, you are bound to find some names above that are totally usable, and others which are totally unfortunate.

Maybe you prefer something more middle of the road? Say you’re looking for something not near the Top 1000, but not near as… exotic, as the above samples. Try some of these on.

GIRLS
Annica
Briony
Conley
Deidra
Emilija
Faryn
Gianelle
Hartlyn
Irish
Judea
Kanon
Lyda
Metzli
Niyonna
Onna
Paz
Quynn
Rhythm
Sophina
Takia
Urijah
Venezia
Wania
Xara
Yarexi
Zen

BOYS
Angelito
Berk
Creedence
Detrick
Eladio
Fareed
Geo
Henryk
Izzak
Jesaiah
Khyron
Lukasz
Mykael
Netanel
Olaf
Philopateer
Qadir
Raef
Seiji
Tuck
Ulyses
Vash
Woodson
Xane
Yomar
Zeno