Category: Unusual Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The surprise top name for boys in 2013 was the Old Testament Noah, followed by the not so surprisingly high-on-the-list Jacob, Ethan, Daniel, Benjamin, David, Joseph, Joshua and Samuel—in other words many of the same biblical boys’ names that have been recycled for eons.
I thought that today, in commemoration of the Jewish High Holy Days, we would shake things up a bit and look at some Bible names that aren’t even in the Top 1000, but might be worthy of some consideration
Everybody loves the letter A.
A is the most common first initial for baby names today. Many of the most popular baby names start with A, including Ava, Abigail, and Amelia for girls, and Alexander, Andrew, and the Aiden constellation for boys. And then there are all the fast-rising names that begin with A, from the Game of Thrones-inspired Arya to the biblical Asher to the hot celebrity names Anson and Azalea.
Why is A so favored? The fact that it’s first may have something to do with giving it an image of primacy and importance. And then there are the studies that say people whose names begin with A are more likely to earn As in school and may even live longer.
That makes a lot of good reasons to want to choose an A name for your baby. But what are the best A names that are not overused or on their way to becoming too popular?
We combed the nearly 3500 unusual baby names that start with A on Nameberry to find the best choices below the Top 1000. Here, our 100 favorites:
Everyone knows the story of Cinderella.
There’s a wicked stepmother and a prince. During the royal ball, a glass slipper is lost, left behind by a mysterious girl who vanishes into the night.
Retellings galore have updated and twisted the tale. Hilary Duff turned it into a teen movie, with Chad Michael Murray as Prince Charming. Drew Barrymore made a version that mixed in Leonardo da Vinci.
Now Marissa Meyer has written a completely different Cinderella story, transporting her from a castle-filled past to the city of New Beijing, in an indefinite – and rather terrifying – future. There’s plague and the threat of war, but happily, her Cinderella will become a true heroine.
I was looking at the names similar to Pixie the other day — y’know, just to pass the time — and I thought: Wow, there’s an unusual collection of names. From Alala to Kitto, Spartacus to Whimsy, there wasn’t a common name in the bunch.
Which got me thinking about how most people say they like unusual names, but do they really? Which unusual, unique, rare, uncommon baby names would people say they liked best?
Which led me, of course, to this Question of the Week.