She’s a Lithuanian nature name first noticed in the US thanks to a controversial reality show.
Thanks to Macie for suggesting Miglė as our Baby Name of the Day.
Back in September 2007, we were all talking about CBS’ decision to air a reality series about kids aged 8 to 15 who were sent off to live on a New Mexico ranch with minimal adult supervision. Would it be Lord of the Flies or would they succeed in creating a model society? Kid Nation lasted just one season.
The 40 kids who vied for cash prizes during the series mostly answered to pretty ordinary names: Mike and Madison, Nathan and Sophia. But there were some stand-out appellations among the cast: a boy called Pharaoh and another named Blaine. But the most arresting girl’s name was certainly Miglė.
Pronounced ME glay, the name is Lithuanian and comes from their word migla – mist. The sound and the meaning are both attractive – modern, unexpected, neither flimsy nor clunky.
Other names that mean mist include:
- Kasumi, from Japanese
- Noelani, from Hawaiian
- Terhi, from Finnish
Any of those would be stunningly unusual in the US. There’s also Misty, a Top 100 pick from 1973 through 1984. She’s since fallen completely out of favor, along with choices like Dawn and Brandy.
Back to Miglė Drąsutavičiutė, the Lithuanian-born reality star. Her IMDb profile is mostly empty, but several of the series’ tweenaged alums have set their sites on show biz careers. Should Miglė strike it big, we could meet more girls called Miglė and Miglea and choose your respelling, a cousin to other ends-in-e picks like Esme.
Or maybe another Miglė will make her name known in the English-speaking world. I can’t navigate through the Lithuanian national stats site, but she seems on trend, along with picks like Ugnė – fire and Aušra – dawn.
But chances are that this will remain a rarity, a quirky international borrowing nicely suited to those seeking a heritage pick, but tough to imagine entering into general use.