With parents looking to starlit surnames of the past like Harlow for name inspiration, why not consider those of current celebs? There’s a wide choice, from established first names like Damon (Matt) and Piper (Billie) and Vaughn (Vince) to undiscovered nature names such as Branch (Michelle), Crow (Sheryl) and Pike (Rosamund). Here are our nominees for best celeb surname possibilities.
Swimming just below our Most Popular lists are other baby names that are attracting new levels of attention. Some of these are unusual names from traditional sources like the Bible and nature. Others are classic choices that have suddenly gone from dowdy to stylish.Many of these names share a darkness, an edginess I didn’t notice until I began researching illustrations to accompany the text. It may be that, in these vampire-threatened times, we’re more drawn to myths and pop culture sources that have a shadowy underside. Or it may just be that we’re looking harder for unusual names, in places parents may have shied away from in the past.Wherever we find them, here are 28 surprising baby names on the way up:
Ever wonder how our names actually originated? A lot of them derived from the Latin or Greek word for the physical characteristic of a single individual—for example Cicero means ‘chick pea’ because of a wart on the nose of the first Cicero, and Claude’s meaning of ‘lame’ ditto. Several more are related to the bearer’s hair color or quality, such as the ones here. I’ll spare you poor Brendan, which means ‘stinking hair’ and the biblical Esau, meaning ‘hairy’.
Capping off our boy-themed week in celebration of our new book The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys, we turn our attention today to the color blue. Besides being the classic symbol of boys, blue is the color of the sky and water, of birds and flowers, of jewels and baby blue eyes. And blue, in all its splendid variations, is a wonderful image and meaning for a child’s name. Here, 15 great choices that relate to the color blue.
It’s autumn. We know it by the delicious briskness in the air, and the flaming colors of the leaves and flowers of fall around us—a number of which just happening to have wonderfully baby-appropriate names. So here are some of the lovely fall foliage-producing trees, along with some flowers that bloom in the fall, tra la.