Category: Unusual Baby Names
By Tiana Putric
Inspired by the new-found popularity of Aria, which entered the popularity list in 2000 and now has risen to Number 31 (thanks to a presence on the TV show Pretty Little Liars), and other names like Melody and Lyric in the Top 300, I thought I would suggest some other musical possibilities, along with their meanings. None of the following have ever registered on the U.S. Top 1000; in fact they may be entirely new appellations or extremely rare ones.
By Abby Sandel
Ever think that every possible baby name has been used?
This week’s baby name news proved that it just isn’t so. English actor Jack Huston – you know him from Boardwalk Empire – and American model Shannan Click welcomed a son, Cypress Night. Cypress joins big sister Sage Lavinia.
Plenty of tree names for children are well established. For girls, Hazel, Olive, Laurel, Willow, Aspen, Holly, Juniper, and Magnolia are all in the current US Top 1000. Rowan ranks for both genders. And Forrest is a fast-rising possibility for boys.
Despite all of these popular picks, plenty of new baby names inspired by trees remain, and some of the most interesting options feel like promising choices for a son.
Here are nine of the best.
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:
We recently posted the list of names that our Berries were most interested in over the past year– headed by Ezra and Asher, Charlotte and Amelia—but what names did they actually choose at that crucial moment when the name had to be inscribed onto the birth certificate, when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to one single reality?
Of course we know that only a small percentage of arrivals were actually recorded in the Birth Announcement Forum, which is our only available source—(Strong hint to those expecting new arrivals in 2016!), but still more than three hundred Berries did enter there picks. The diversity and originality of the Nameberry community is reflected in the fact that most of the names were unique choices.
Having said that, which names were the most popular?
On the girls’ side, Pearl and Rose tied for top place for those used as both first and middle names, tying at 8 each, with Pearl the leading middle. Classic William was in top place for boys in the combined categories, tying with James as favorite middle.
The most frequently used first initial vowel was E for girls and A for boys. For consonant beginnings, M girls won by a landside; for boys it was the letter C—a gendered contrast in soft and harder sounds.
By Abby Sandel
Give it a few weeks – or days – and doubtless we’ll see more traditional names in the mix. Celebrities will call their kiddos Vladimir and Isabetta, and a new fictional character or three will come along with a four-syllable name that seems like the next big thing.
But for the moment, it’s easy to believe that parents are naming for a new world, putting tradition in the past to embrace modern names with relatively limited histories of use.
Let’s take a look at the distinctively 2016 baby names making headlines over the past week.