We’re always adding new names to the database, and here are Nameberry’s ten newest baby names 2013:
Sunniva — Thanks, Mom2Seven, for urging us to add the ancient saint’s name Sunniva to the Nameberry database. Â Saint Sunniva was born in Ireland but fled to Norway when an invading heathen king wanted to marry her. Â With her followers, she hid in a cave on a Norwegian island. Â After her death, miracles on the island led to an excavation of the cave, where Sunniva‘s body was found intact. Â Sunniva, pronounced SOON-ee-va, is the patron saint of Western Norway, making this a distinctive choice for a family with Norwegian ancestry. Â That’s her above on a Norwegian stamp.
Swithin — Saint Swithin, whose name is also spelled Swithun, is well-known throughout Britain for his July 15 feast day, which is believed to determine the weather for the next 40 days. Â The original Swithin was the bishop of Winchester, where his remains are interred in the famous cathedral.
Wrecker — We’re resisting indulging actor Cam Gigandet, who introduced this Bad Boy baby name to the lexicon via his kree8tiv spelling Rekker. Â We entered the name in Nameberry under both spellings. Â Proceed with either at your own peril.
KasianiÂ – This has to be our favorite of all the new names we’ve added to Nameberry for a long time. Â Also spelled Kassiani or Cassiane, the ancient Greek saint’s name appeals to the senses in a variety of ways. Â Not only does the name mean cinnamon, but the original Kasiani was one of the few female hymnographers whose most famous hymn is chanted during Easter week.
Maxon — This newly-styled variation on Max highlights the trendy letter X and establishes itself as a cousin of Jaxon. Â But we can’t help preferring the more classic Maxfield, Maxwell, or just plain Max.
Mailer — The rise of occupational names like Archer and Gardener has opened this field wide enough to accommodate choices like Mailer, which signifies an enameler not a postal worker. Â Mailer might also be considered a literary name for fans of macho writer Norman.
New — New is one of the, uh, new middle names with meaning, appropriately enough for a child fresh to the world. Â Might be a good choice for a baby given an ancestral name, with the New signifying that he or she is not a junior or a IV but a brand new individual who happens to carry a family name.