Baby namers have started to dig deep back into ancient history and myth in their search for fresh and interesting choices. Roman names like Atticus are rising up the charts, and the whole pantheon of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses is up for rediscovery—already there have been such starbaby sightings as Atlas (Anne Heche), Mars (Erykah Badu) and Hermes (Kelly Rutherford).
Here, Nameberry’s Top Dozen picks in this category:
2. Echo was a mythological mountain nymph and her o-ending name carries pleasant reverberations.
3. Flora, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and fertility, is symbolic of spring and apt for a baby born in that season. Like cousin Florence, it is definitely having a rebirth among retro name-seekers.
4. Juno, the name of the patron goddess of ancient Rome, has become a hot modern option, especially since the release of the popular eponymous film. Coldplay’s Will Champion chose it for one of his twins.
8. Orion, a great hunter in Greek mythology, gave his name to a constellation and dropped down to earth as the son of Mr. Big—Chris Noth. Makes a distinctive O-starting name, and its similarity to Ryan lends familiarity.
9. Thalassa was the primal spirit of the sea, and could make a soft, pretty and unusual girls’ name
10. Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, is an underused Greek choice that would work well for a contemporary child.
11. Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, fertility and love, has come down to earth after centuries of seeming overly powerful for a baby girl; the athletic image of tennis star Venus Williams helped humanize it.