Category: Girl Names
By Abby Sandel
Last year, we took a look at 28 names that our readers love. How do we know for sure? We’re lucky enough to have millions of visitors every month, and we maintain the Nameberry Top 1000 based on the most visited name pages.
Our Top 1000 looks an awful lot like the US Top 1000 – everybody loves Charlotte – but a considerable number of the most popular names on Nameberry will surprise. Especially the ones that don’t even crack the US rankings.
What names do berries love right now? Here are 30 more choices much more popular on Nameberry than in the US.
She loves unusual names inspired by nature. He’s a fan of the classics. Where’s the middle ground for these first-time parents?
I love your weekly insight into baby naming crises! I feel my partner and I are definitely in one of those currently.
My second favorite name is the botanical Liatris (which I rhyme with Beatrice), but I can’t win my partner over on that one either.
The one name we have mutually not rolled our eyes at is Adia. But I don’t completely love how it sounds.
Please help us. I am so sad that my favorite names have been dismissed!
The Name Sage replies:
Then there are the newer names crossing the gender divide toward the girls’ side. These may still be more widely-used for boys but have now moved into the Top 1000 for girls: Sawyer, Hunter, Ryan, Dallas, Royal, and Ellis are the most notable.
More obscure than these, but way more newsworthy, are the boys’ names below the Top 1000 that are being used for sizeable numbers of girls.
We don’t mean word names like Rebel and Timber that are not intrinsically gendered or nicknames such as Billie and Joey that have long been used for girls or established unisex names such as Rowan or Robin. We’re talking about deeply traditional boys’ names that are being used, in many cases, for literally hundreds of baby girls.
In a few cases, there are powerful celebrity influences nudging these boys’ names girlward, such as Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds naming their first daughter James or Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher naming their little girl Wyatt. We’ve starred the names that are being used more often for girls thanks to a celebrity.
Most fascinating are those gender-shifting names that have been traditionally used for boys since Biblical or Roman times…or at least since 1880 in the US. Some names in this group may be international choices that have not be widely-used in the US until recently for either gender, but that are conventional male choices in their native cultures. These classically-male names, with the number of girls who were given them in the US in 2015, include:
By Sophie Kihm
German baby names fell out of favor in the US during World War II and never really recovered. But now a new generation of German names are softer and more lyrical than the Hildas and Heinrichs of yesteryear—think Emma, Amelia, Liam. I’ve included some smooth and lilting names as well as some German hits that could fare well in the US. Do you think German names are ready for resurrection?
Their favorite girl names have raced up the popularity charts, sending this couple back to the drawing board for their December daughter. Let’s help them find a vintage, traditional name – that isn’t headed for the Top Ten!
My husband and I are at a name standoff. I like sophisticated, vintage names and my husband likes traditional, common names.
We are now expecting a little girl in December and have gone through about 100 names that we cannot agree on.
The Name Sage replies: