Okay, I'm still mulling around for a name for myself/my business for doula care, midwife homebirth assistant, crochet toys, and snooty art. I like the idea of having a name and then having 'divisions,' as it were, for each offshoot of my business.
So far, helpful suggestions have steered away from Bumpin sMels, and towards name meanings. I can't find a translation website that will give me the english phonetic sound of a word from another language that doesn't have the cyrillic alphabet. Here is my list so far:
Adero-African-She who creates life
Aamira-Arabic-full of life
Ayla-oak tree/related to the moon
Alina-bearer of light
Chandrima-light of the moon
And then there are plants that I like; I love the name Olive for a business but I have an acquaintance who is an artist and has a soap making and photography business she has named Olive. So no dice. Arnica (healing plant). Bamboo appeals to me: Bamboo shoots? Bamboo baby? Moon Bamboo? Bamboo moon?
I also like trees (bamboo is technically the largest species of grass). Oak, birch (too close to bitch), Ash, cedar, Arbutus: Arbutus shoots, arbutus leaf, arbutus branch, arbutus blossom, Arbutus bark, Arbutus baby? Arbutus birth (doula care), Arbutus baby (toys), Arbutus blossom/branch (midwifery assistant), Arbutus root/arbour (snooty art)?
I love dogwoods but who wants a baby catching business name with the word 'dog' in it? Seriously. Magnolia (Steel Magnolia, anyone?). And Mag sounds like hag, not the sound I'm going for.
Cedar is cool, too. But is Arbutus cooler? It's southern coastal specific, since they don't grow throughout the province, whereas cedars do.
Trees denote strength, loyalty, dependabiltity, ability to withstand storms, etc.
I should really go back to my homework, but I would LOVE your input: votes? Suggestions?