Unlike the saying, all these glittering baby names are gold! Whether it’s the mane of a lion, the sun setting over the ocean, or one of the nuggets themselves, baby names that mean “gold” really do. They reach the part of the brain looking for warmth in the sun’s rays and the comforts of shining satin. No matter which way you look at it, gold has a multi-millennia-deep connotation with human society worldwide. These names come from all over the world, giving you the perfect opportunity to represent baby’s heritage and that ancient love simultaneously.
What made gold so popular?
Since well before written history, gold has been used to identify social class, worship deities, and adorn the people themselves. Going back as far as the Paleolithic era, gold was used for social standing—that’s a whopping 42,000 and counting years ago. This love of gold only grew over time, making worship spaces filled to the brim with gold icons, gilded frames, and anything that could add a glint to show how dearly beloved the gods were. For several millennia after, gold was used for currency as well as decoration, leading to it becoming even more of a prized possession. Strikingly, this emphasis only reached a near-breaking point with the gold rushes of California, Australia, Canada, and more in the mid-1800s.
Is gold rare?
Previously, gold was not a rare metal to find around the world. But thanks to the obsession that lasted millennia and the boom of the worldwide Gold Rush, this earthly glitter is increasingly rare. However, the fallen number in amounts of gold pulled from mines is also due to lack of demand. Between the exhaustion of the resources and through the rushes and the general decrease in per-person wealth, gold just isn’t on the forefront of the average buyer’s mind.
Why do humans love shiny things?
Though it’s a silly question on the surface, the human love of things that shine is one deeply embedded in human biology. Like most things humans are innately attracted to, having your eye caught by something that shines likely comes from the instinct to spot water. Water, of course, is an essential part of human existence, even going so far as to link more directly to survival than eating. Because human technology and societal advancement have evolved much more rapidly than human instinct and nature ever could, now shiny things glinting from the odd window display trigger a biological response.