Category: Baby Names
Since the Social Security Administration released their 2014 name list at the beginning of May. Nameberry has seen a number of great posts regarding names that have risen in popularity and those which have fallen further by the wayside. But instead of looking at new names on the rise, I thought I would take the opportunity to focus on the names that aren’t currently being used at all. The SSA only reports names that have been given to at least five boys or girls in a specific year, and each of the choices below did not make the cut. If you really want to set trends and turn heads, consider some of these possibilities, which four or fewer children received in 2014:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Once upon a time, there was a group of names that shared an image of balding, cigar-chomping, middle-aged, Hollywood movie mogul-types—names like Max and Jake and Abe, Nat, Oscar, Leo and Sam–which for generations few parents were considering infant-appropriate.
By Abby Sandel
We are expecting our third child. We have a boy and a girl already: Cruz Andres and Veda Josephine. I like that both of their names are four letters (though we’re not committed to four letters) and have spiritual ties, but I can’t seem to find a name that I truly love for a third child.
Our top names so far are Makaio and Eden. We have some family names we might use for the middles. I would love if you could offer me any suggestions at all. I don’t have any set rules for the names, but I want to love it, and I also want it to flow with Cruz and Veda.
Our last name is a long, common one – starts with an R, ends with a ‘z’ sound.
The Name Sage replies:
Choosing baby names can be tough. You have to decide if you want something traditional or original, family-inspired or out of the box – and then you probably have to get at least one other human on board with your decision. Yes, there are apps for this whole process (and we definitely recommend you check them out if you’re in a bind), but sometimes it’s best to start with something you know and love — like a favorite book. Here are 30 baby names inspired by our favorite fiction (and book-based movies) to help you get those baby name creative juices flowing.
But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the clever baby namer?
We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000. These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar.