Category: Baby Names
When I was a child, I had seven children…or so I believed. They may not have actually walked or talked, but I loved them unconditionally in spite of these limitations. Some of you international Berries may not know what I’m talking about, but you American Berries who were children of the ‘80s and ‘90s understand what I mean when I say that my Cabbage Patch Kids were my babies. This American line of dolls has been going strong since the late 1970s, each one coming with a unique set of features, clothing, and best of all, birth certificates, complete with first names, middle names, and birth dates. They were, as the legend goes, born in a magical cabbage patch presumably located in some supernatural corner of America that is birthing plastic-headed, soft-bodied babies to this very day.
Sometimes the changes are subtle. In the late 1800s, Sallie was more popular than Sally. In the 1950s, Kerry, Jimmie, and Lester were ordinary names for little boys, and their sisters were called Toni, Yolanda, and Marlene.
… it makes sense that we constantly adapt and expand our vocabulary to account for new concepts, events, inventions, etc. For example, we may invent new words, give existing words new meanings, or borrow words from other languages.
Looking for truly unusual and distinctive baby names? Then we have an amazing collection for you: thousands of names never in the US Top 1000 collected in the very first Nameberry book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names. Here is a sampling of a dozen of those wonderful names; for thousands more, download your copy of the book today!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Every year, a small number of new names manages to move onto the Top 1000 list for the first time ever. Sometimes this marks the beginning of a climb up the ladder, other times it’s a name that will linger in the nether regions, and sometimes it might prove to be a one-shot wonder—perhaps an eccentric spelling picked up by just enough parents to make the grade.
In 2011, for instance, we saw the debuts of such nouveau names as Elliot for girls, Aviana, Blakely, Juniper, Liv, and Temperance; Bowen, Brecken, Flynn, the musical Crosby and Hendrix, the presidential Nixon and the Ivy League Princeton.
But how about the recently released list? Of the forty-five possibilities, here are the Nameberry Picks for the twelve most promising newbies of 2012.
Azalea—Though there were fewer than three hundred baby girls given this name in 2012, it has now definitely crossed over from the wilder fringes into the main flower garden. Azalea embodies a delightful combination of the fragrant floral with a shot of z-infused energy.
Heartbroken that Addison and Amelia are so popular? Did your best friend just name her daughter Aria Alexandra, stealing two of your long-time favorites? Never fear! Here are some of my favorite A names for girls – and none of them currently rank in the US Top 1000.
Ariadne – In Greek myth, she helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur. Top 100 choices Arianna and Ariana are derived from the same roots, but Ariadne is seldom heard in the English-speaking world. But why not? If Penelope can catch on, why not this clever heroine?