By Linda Rosenkrantz
We haven’t quite kissed 2013 goodbye yet, but we’re close enough to have gotten a pretty good picture of the year’s celebrity baby naming landscape, enough to pick out our personal faves—and to give you the reasons why. Here are our Top 12 choices—some from A-list celebs, others who are not so well known—from the worlds of film, TV and sports.
Winnie Rose—Jimmy and Nancy Fallon went up to the attic to pick this vintage treasure. Turns out the name was chosen by the couple in honor of the lake where they frequently vacationed and even got engaged at: New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, but, said Fallon, ‘Winnipesaukee’s a little long, Also, she’s a ‘win’ for us. He added that the Wonder Years connotation makes the name even better –“Winnie is the coolest girl on TV ever.”
If you’re expecting a baby anytime during the end-of-year holidays, you can’t help but at least muse on the idea of using a holiday-themed name.
Less widely-known are names that connect to other December holidays. Names that mean light, such as Zohar and Eleora, relate to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Kwanzaa names include Nia and Imani.
There are names that announce the holidays loud and clear: Solstice, say, or Christmas or Holiday. Or you might prefer names that reference the holiday season more subtly: Hope, for instance, or Balthazar.
Recently we brought you our Top 100 picks for the best cool unusual girls’ names; today it’s the boys’ turn.
Our criteria: The boy names here had to be given to ten or fewer boys in the U.S. in the most recent year counted, 2012. Beyond that, we were open to names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they were cool.
It’s amazing how many great names there are that are truly unusual. Among the 100 best are several names that are among our all-time favorites: Barnaby and Birch, Jupiter and Rafferty, Osias and Witt.
And there are many more great choices on the bottom rungs of the extended popularity list. You can download the complete list here.
Our picks for the Top 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names are:
The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain
Royals are out, television characters are in.
No, that’s not it.
Celebrities are out. Family names are in.
As we look back at baby name news from 2013 and ponder what’s to come in 2014, it is tempting to wrap it all up in a few sentences. But names are as diverse as the children who wear them.
Baby naming in our age is creative, and we’re welcome to find inspiration anywhere, borrowing and reinventing until we find the perfect name.