8 Daredevil Baby Names for Your Little Superhero
Many children are daring little people who seem absolutely fearless; they’re daredevils who try things that they shouldn’t, and often enjoy themselves even if they fail. Parents, too, seem to be reaching for more daring and creative baby names, like the slew of obscure old biblical names coming back in a sea of Isabellas and Aidans, and the older Greek and Roman names like Titus and Athena that are rising on the name lists. Here is a list of famous people who never outgrew their intrepid childhood tendencies. Perhaps you can find a baby name for your own potential daredevil here.
1. Felix: A Latin name meaning “happy, fortunate.” The namesake is Felix Baumgartner, who will be attempting a Stratos jump, in which he’ll fall from 23 miles up and break the speed of sound. He’s also BASE jumped from the Brazil Christ statue and Taipei 101. Felix is also the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints, is in the bible, is scattered throughout a variety of books, and is rapidly becoming popular all over the world — now at 262 in the US, 26 on Nameberry, and in the Top 100 of Germany, Sweden, England, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.
2. Jeb: A shortening of the Hebrew Jebediah, meaning “beloved friend.” Jeb Corliss jumped in a flight suit through China’s 100-foot-wide Tianmen Cave, and from the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle. Jeb has had a long history in literature, movies and TV Westerns. Currently, the most well-known bearer is Jeb Bush (born John Ellis Bush); Confederate General in the American Civil War Jeb Stuart was christened James Ewell Brown Stuart.
3. Tanner: An occupational name meaning “leather tanner.” Tanner Foust is a stunt driver who currently holds three world records. Tanner dropped about 20 places this year, but I’ve met a lot of little Fletchers, Masons and other such occupational babies. Maybe it’s time Tanner went back up?
4. Glen: A Scottish name meaning “a narrow valley.” Glen Plake was a freeskier well known for his death-defying leaps and thrilling runs. Glen works for both genders, but (also spelled Glenn) is more popular for girls right now. For boys, Glen has been attached to an American country singer, an Irish singer/actor, a jockey in Australia, a sci-fi writer, a basketball player and a musician.
5. Alain: The French version of Alan, meaning “handsome, cheerful.” Alain Robert has free climbed the world’s three tallest buildings and various other landmarks. The name is soft and dashing, a nice international update of Alan. There are several notable French Alains who are film directors, writers and actors, and Alain Marie Juppé was the prime minister of France. Stephen King used it for a character in his The Dark Tower series.
6. Karina: The Scandinavian variation of Carina, meaning “dear little one.” Karina Hollekim is a freeskier and BASE jumper who defied death in 2006 when a jump went wrong and she hit the ground at 60 miles per hour. Despite being told she’d never walk, she did, and she is now the only woman to ever complete a ski BASE jump. Karina is a sweet and spunky name, easy to wear and with nicknames for any type of girl. There are several Karinas throughout the singing world and in sports (there are three Olympic medalists by the name), and Karina Beteta is a Peruvian politician.
7. Mapelli: This is a different sort of entry from the others on this list, in that Mapelli is the last name of Sarah Mapelli, a performance artist who covers herself in 12,000 bees and then dances, following the flow of the bees. I chose her surname, Mapelli, because it feels exotic, has the trending ee sound at the end, and because surname names have become popular for girls too. Her first name, Sarah, is a timeless classic, of course.
8. Laia: The Catalan diminutive of Eulalia, meaning “sweet speaking.” Laia Sanz is a Catalan sportswoman who has won thirteen world titles on her motorcycle and is attempting to win even more. Saint Eulalia is the patron of Barcelona, so it and its diminutives are popular there. Laia is a name that seems to be all over the sports world, with a basketball player, sprinter, hurdler and swimmer all bearing the name.
Do you have any favorite daring hero names that didn’t make this list? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!
This post was previously published on Nameberry by Dantea.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)