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The Best Names in Your Family Tree

family names

Let’s face it: We all have embarrassing names in our family trees. Great Aunt Hortense and Uncle Myron, Grandma Gladys and Dad Brad. They’re the family names we hope we won’t be expected to pass down to our children.

But hey, today we’re here to celebrate the wonderful names, and we all have those too. Searching through the family archives, you discover that your great-great-grandmother was named Marguerite or Flora, or that you have a handsome Henry or Nathaniel among your forebears. Or it might be a surname or a middle name you discover that’s worth polishing up and passing down: Callahan or Keene or Caruso.

So what’s the best name or names in your family tree? The names you’re actually excited about passing on to a child? And who and where did they come from?

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unique names

The inspiration for today’s question comes from a question on the forums by @avo: What name have you encountered on only one singular person in your entire life?

Chances are this will be an unusual name.

But maybe it’s a more common name that you simply have encountered only once.

What was the name, who was its singular bearer, and what made it such a standout for you?

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What Are Your Favorite Word Names?

word names

Beacon, Quince, Azure, Bliss….

A recent random search that started with Namehunter took me on a tour through a series of unusual and intriguing word names.

Which made us think of asking you: Which are your favorite word names, and why?

Traditionally, there are words that have been names for so long that they’re completely established in the lexicon: Daisy and Hope and Amber.

Then there are newer word names that are becoming widely used: Wren and Justice, True and Sky.

And then there are….well, just about any word you can think of can be a name. But should it be? Does it work?

So….which are your favorites? And what are some words you think would make great names?

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What are the best cool, unusual baby names?

cool unusual baby names

The two most popular lists on Nameberry are our rosters of Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names and Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names.

It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.

So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?

Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.

Photo from one of our favorite crafting sites, Delia Creates, full of cool, unusual ideas like this one.

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What Nameberry names pop for you?

wow baby names

There’s a thread on our forums, started by steampunkleo, under the heading ‘Names on Nameberry that make you go WOW!’ which we thought deserved to be served out to a wider audience.

So, is there a single name that maybe you had never heard before, which just jumped off the site for you and even made it onto your own personal list or signature?

Or a stunning twin or other sibset that absolutely knocked you out?

Or a magical first and middle combo that you hadn’t ever thought of putting together but which works perfectly for you?

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