Category: Unusual Baby Names

Naming Baldwin

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by Benilde Little

There weren’t that many names that I considered giving my first-born. Even though I had amniocentesis, we didn’t find out the gender. My husband didn’t want to know and so I let him have his way. I really wanted a girl, but knew I’d be happy with whoever showed up.

Her last name would be the same as my husband’s, which is Virgin. It limits things. We’d agreed that a boy would carry on Cliff’s family name – he’s a III – which gave me the lead in choosing a girl’s name. I had always liked the name Esme. I liked Grace, I also liked Neema (which means Grace in Tanzania—at least that’s what was on the tag attached the African doll we had). None of those names sounded right with Virgin, though. I also wanted a name that meant something, had a connection to someone–a family member or a place or in the case of Baldwin, a favorite writer.

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Invent a Name Contest, 2016 Edition!

Inventing name contest

Way back in February 2015, we challenged readers to invent new names.

After all, everyone is doing it. In 2015, babies born in the US were named Summerlyn and Symphanie, Caylor and Zaylor, Baxton and Bellany.

But berries have a knack for better namecraft.

Dozens of amazing possibilities were submitted during our last round. We narrowed the finalists to a single blog post of amazing, never before heard names and crowned the victors!

It’s time for another edition of the Invent a Name contest. The rules remain the same. You can:

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13 Terrific T Names for Girls

T girl names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

T names for girls is a category that has hardly been heard from since the days of Terry, Tammy, Tracy, Tori and Toni.  As a matter of fact, there is only one T girl in the  current Top 100 list, and that’s (the fading) Taylor at Number 76.

But there are some wonderful, offbeat, choices starting with this letter, and here is a baker’s dozen of the best.

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7 Great New Hidden Treasure Names

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By Eleanor Nickerson

I was lucky enough recently to visit Bath for a weekend break to celebrate a good friend’s birthday.

Among many other treasures there I noticed a carved block bearing the name “Cornelianus.” The impact and permanence of the stone struck me for a moment; how one name, carved centuries ago indelibly into rock, has survived and is still seen today. Cornelianus may no longer be used as a given name, but for this particular Cornelianus, his name endures.

Sol – Back when the Roman baths were at their apex, the great temple courtyard featured two buildings facing each other across the altar dedicated to the moon goddess Luna and the sun god Sol. Lovely Luna is at #146 in England and Wales, 110 in the US and on the rise. Sol, in contrast, languishes down at #988 over here and is not even in the Top 1000 in America. In many ways this is surprising. It’s a short and punchy name – a style which is fashionable at the moment but isn’t so entirely unheard of as to make it weird.

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Baby Names Inspired by Olympians

Olympian baby names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

The names of some Olympic greats get a second chance at stardom as popular baby names. The Russian name Nadia, for instance, vaulted from nowhere to Number 360 in the US in 1976, after Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci charmed the world and won three gold medals. And American skier Bode Miller nudged his unusual name along with the original Sanskrit Bodhi back onto the Top 1000 for boys.

This year, the baby name possibilities introduced by Olympic athletes are more varied and fascinating than ever. Our picks for the dozen Olympic names most likely to make it to the baby names popularity list:

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