SMITH: From the Old English for "hammer worker" or "artisan." This is such a popular surname, it's a wonder it isn't invoked more often for a first name. Relatives: Smyth, Smythe, Smitty, Smits. Namesakes: Bessie Smith, Smith-Barney, John Smith, Smith & Wesson.
SNOWDEN: Old English for "from the snow-covered hill." Because it means so much to their way of life, Eskimoes have hundreds of words for "snow." Relatives: Snowdun, Snow. Namesakes: Lord Snowden, Edgar Snow.
SOLOMON: From the Hebrew for "peaceful." Solomon was a king of Israel famous for his profound wisdom. Relatives: Soloman, Salomon, Salmon, Sholem, Shalom, Sholom, Schlomo, Shlomo, Solly, Sol (Latin for "sun"). Namesakes: Solomon Guggenheim, Salmon Chase, Sholem Aleichem, Sol Hurok, Solomon Brothers, Song of Solomon.
SOMERSET: Old English for "where the summer people settle." A marvelous name with rich poetic undertones. Relatives: Somerton, Somerville, Somer, Summer. Namesake: Somerset Maugham.
SOPHIE: Greek for "wisdom." Once considered a bit dowdy by some, Sophie has rightfully charged up the popularity lists in recent years. Bette Midler selected it for her baby girl. Relatives: Sofie, Sophy, Sophia, Sofia, Sonja, Sonya, Sophronia, Sadhbh. Namesakes: Sophie Tucker, Sophia Loren, Sonja Henie, Sophie's Choice, Red Sonya.
SPALDING: Old English for "from the divided meadow." Relative: Spaulding. Namesakes: Spalding Grey, Spalding sporting goods.
SPENCER: Middle English for "provider." This is a name with integrity and sincerity. Relatives: Spenser, Spence. Namesakes: Spencer Tracy, Spencer Christian, Edmund Spenser, "Spenser for Hire"