Category: Unusual Baby Names
by Esmeralda Rocha
Nowadays, a lot more parents are looking to unique names to help their little boys stand out from the crowd. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys’ names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast in 2015, the Top 20 boys’ names were given to only 14% of baby boys.
Ironically, the greater variety of names being used today means that unique names for boys are more likely to be accepted at school or in the workplace. And a greater variety of unusual names given to a higher percentage of boys underpins values such as creativity and diversity.
There are lots of ways for names to be unique, from spelling to new creations, but here at Nameberry we’re often most inspired by those names which are at once unusual and yet filled with history and meaning. Here is a selection of our current favorites, including boys’ names that are Biblical, mythological, international– and simply wonderful:
By Abby Sandel
Fall means sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and a long list of debut television series.
It’s true that television characters – even the most memorable – often come with unremarkable names that they share with others. Think Emily and Liz, Jack and Sam. Vox recently surveyed character names from movies, demonstrating that Jack and John were favorites for male characters on the big screen; Mary and Sarah for women.
And yet television has launched dozens of names. From Peyton Place’s Allison and Bewitched’s Samantha to Phoebe and Chandler from Friends, Xander and Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, popular shows of every genre and decade have boosted baby name trends.
If one of Fall 2016’s new series is the next big thing, these are the character names poised to rise.
You’ve probably never met anyone with the hottest names of 2016; you might never have even heard of most of them. But we predict that’s going to change, and fast.
In digging through Nameberry’s statistics to find which baby names are attracting the biggest share of new attention from parents this year versus last, we found these 16 names that are wildly unusual, distinctive, exotic – dare we say crazy? – among those leaping fastest and furthest up the ladder.
These hot baby names are inspired by a wood used to make surfboards and a hip New York neighborhood, by two ancient warriors and a celebrity entrepreneur. Here, the 16 crazy baby names that are among the hottest so far for 2016.
By E. Wittig
Autumn is here, and with it has arrived the first astrological sign of the season: Libra. Lasting from September 23rd to October 22nd, Libra’s totem is the scales of balance, the only nonhuman or animal object in the zodiac. Libras are elegant, charming people, well balanced and versed in relationships.
Austrina – Our sister planet Venus rules the scales, shrouded in sulfuric acid and named for the goddess of love. Though moonless, the planet has numerous geological features with real-world names Austrina is a valley on Venus, as well as Venus’ Latvian name. Anthony, Theodora, and Guinevere are the more classic of these; less familiar choices include Morrigan, Wilde, Ayrton, and Merak.
They’re looking for a bold name for baby number two! Can you help brainstorm unusual baby names–word names or vintage gems that are seldom heard in real life – but still sound like names?
My daughter will be 2 years old when this baby is born in late October.
Her name is Arliss Lorraine. I have a great aunt named Arlys but never really met her … that was random! I got the name from the little boy in Old Yeller. I knew that was THE name when I saw the movie as a child. It is unisex and we didn’t find out the sex of the baby so it was perfect. Lorraine is a family name on both sides, but honestly, I just like it – it’s a bonus that people thought it was in honor of them!
Our second child is another delivery surprise.
Roane is a family name on my side. It’s pronounced row – ane, like Jane or rain. It was my late grandfather’s name, but I think it would work for a boy or a girl.
If it is a girl, we like Maple, Mabel, Ardelle – another family name, but just like Arliss, not really naming her after anyone, and Mora Gene, a Southern double name. (We live in the South.) Another middle name option is Story.
Rudolph is our last name. Yup, like the reindeer.
Having a name that no else has is a big thing for me. I’m not a huge fan of nicknames.
I love that I have a story about naming Arliss, and I’m kind of sad that I don’t have that for this one!
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