Category: Cool Baby Names
By Abby Sandel
What do the names have in common? They all appear on the new Nameberry Top 100.
Based on nearly 40 million page views from the first half of 2016, these are the most popular names on our site.
They’re also ahead of the trends, ranking fifty spots – or more! – higher on Nameberry than in the current US popularity stats.
Let’s take a look at some Nameberry favorites featured on high profile birth announcements of recent years.
By Emily Cardoza
The dichotomy between the sun and the moon has been on my mind lately – two of the most ancient extremes, appearing in every culture’s history, and still a source of interest today. Why do we say someone who’s happy has a “sunny” disposition? Why do we say an idle person is “mooning” about? Why are these two celestial orbs so polarized? Though I won’t be answering any of these questions, I will be talking about names relating to the sun and the moon!
We can all agree that these symbols have different connotations. The sun brings to mind warmth, power, and positivity; the moon brings to mind serenity, coolness, and mystery. There are plenty of names, in and out of use, that tend to relate to the sun and moon directly. Let’s check them out!
By Abby Sandel
In April, we looked at the vintage girl names of 1916, rarities still lingering in the attic. Now it’s time for vintage boy names from 1916! These choices weren’t chart-toppers one hundred years ago, but they were in the Top 1000, and in steady, regular use. Today, they feel surprisingly fresh, even modern. If you’re looking for a rare name with a history of use, these names could be the perfect pick for a son.
A is hands-down the most popular first initial for baby names. Maybe that’s because parents know that children whose names start with A may do better in school (yes, really) or because A simply has an innate tendency to come in first.
You can find an A-starting name to love whether you favor popular names or those that are highly unusual, whether you want a traditional name or one that’s more contemporary. We’ve pulled a wide array of A names to showcase the possibilities.
By Arika Okrent
Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”
The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.
Here are 17 medieval names that would make great hipster baby names today.