Category: Girl Names
Nature names have been popular for several years now, especially for girls. Flower names such as Lily and Ivy are the most popular, but we’ve also heard a lot of tree names such as Willow, water names like Bay and Lake, and animal names such as Wren.
And then there are the names that keep their nature connection more on the down low. Girls’ names that have a nature-related meaning may appeal to parents in search of something that’s more name and less word, a name that keeps its relationship to nature as a wonderful secret.
Girls’ names with a surprise nature connection, and their meanings, include:
By Sophie Kihm
With our current love for lyrical, liquid names, it’s no wonder that Hawaiian names like Leilani, Malia, and Kai are popping up all over the mainland. Hawaiian names have a uniquely gorgeous melodic quality almost unmatched by any other culture. The following names possess that lovely rhythmicality, have rarely been heard outside their native culture.
by Pamela Redmond Satran
The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:
- Esme, +55
- Evelyn, +51
- Mia, +35
- Abigail, +32
- Luna, +30
- Chloe, +27
- Emily, +26
- Arabella, +24
- Ava, +23
- Anna, +22
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.
In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling. Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.
Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is:
Some vocabulary names are popular, like Poppy and Summer, while others are familiar, like Faith and Melody. Then there are the vocabulary names that are more unexpected. These are ten names I have seen (on Australians) this year – but only once. They are all real names, but comparative rarities.