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Artful baby names inspired by patterns and designs

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon named their son Morrocan, which is a classy, geometric pattern that is seriously popular in modern design. And you might not consider naming your baby Zig Zag, but who can forget beloved motivational speaker Zig Ziglar (whose given name was Hilary Hinton Ziglar)? Check out our list of fun pattern names for artful inspiration:

Argyle — This bold print is often found on men's socks and sweaters but can easily be incorporated into home design. It features layers of intercrossing diagonal lines across solid diamonds.

Checker — Pay tribute to the classic board game and memorable musician Chubby Checker with this inspired name.

Chevron — There's Chevron Corporation and Chevy Chase the actor. And there's the hugely popular chevron pattern that features bold, alternative colors of v-shaped stripes.

Damask — This elegant pattern can be traced back to the early Middle Ages. Silk, wool, cotton or linen is woven with a design that is entirely reversible.  Damask is also a fictional character from the Marvel Comics Universe.

Fleur de Lis — Fleur Delacour was the beautiful visiting competitor in Harry Potter's Tri-Wizard Tournament. Fleur de Lis is the traditional pattern that features a lily with three sword-shaped petals on the top and bottom.

Floral — Floral is any pattern that features a recurring display of flowers. Tiny, delicate floral prints are feminine and romantic, while bright bold florals evoke images of the 1970s.

Fret — Fret is a Greek-inspired geometric pattern associated with Greek symbols. It's frequently used for border designs.

Ikat — Found primarily Indonesia and India, ikat is a special dyeing technique that results in elaborate, multicolored patterns. It's pronounced ee-kat.

Ogee — This onion-shaped motif is particularly whimsical when featured in a colorful palette.

Paisley — The kidney-shaped pattern is of Indian and Iranian origin but was named for the West Scotland town of Paisley, a textile production center. Consider an alternate spelling, Paisleigh, for a girl.

Plaid — The crossed horizontal and vertical bands featuring two or more colors are also referred to as Gingham, Madras, Tartan and Tattersall.

Polka DotDot is a nickname for Dorothy and the polka is a popular Central European dance. And polka dot, of course, is the playful pattern of filled circles that first became popular in the U.K. in the late 19th century.

Toile de Jouy —Toile, pronounced twal, is a neutral background with a repeated (typically pastoral-inspired) pattern. Picture a white background with a black print of young lovers sitting among flowers near the lake. In French, Toile de Jouy means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas," which is a town in France.

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