Category: Unusual Baby Names
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!
The Name Sage replies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Can you guess which initial letter is one of the very few that’s missing from the girls’ Top 100 list?
No, it’s not Q (Quinn) and it’s not Z (Zoe). Surprisingly enough it’s the letter D. Yes, the era of Debby and Diane and Danielle as girl baby names is long over. The only D name coming close is Daisy—a Top 25 name in England and Wales— which is 183 in the US.
But why? There are dozens of delightful D girl baby names that deserve more use—and here the Nameberry picks of 15 of the most interesting neglected candidates.
While scrolling through the 2015 names list (because what else would one do in their spare time?) a lovely name caught my eye – Arantxa. Also spelled Aranza or Arantzazu, it’s a Basque name meaning “thornbush”. I’ve never seen this name before, and a cursory glance around name sites showed it indeed to be a rarity.
As a matter of fact, Basque name imports from that area of northern Spain and southern France are few and far between. Here are some other choice international baby names picks for your consideration!
Most x’s are pronounced as “sh” in Basque. English (or other well-known) equivalent names are included in italics!
You can tell how much Americans are inspired by famous actresses by looking at the baby name charts! When a new leading lady hits the scene, it’s almost expected that her name will become an influential baby names choice for newborns – at least for a little while.
This effect is especially easy to see with actresses that have uncommon, never-charted names. When they first become celebrities, their names get a boost – often enough for those names to appear in the SSA’s baby name data for the very first time.
Here are a dozen historical actresses, most of whom caused at least one debut appearance on the charts, and the stories behind their distinctive names: