We’ve always loved O Names, from our first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason when we declared names that ended (and sometimes also began) with the cheery letter O to be “So Far Out They’re In.” A quarter century later, they still are, with choices like Leo and Marlo officially stylish and a raft of other O names gaining much-deserved attention.
We’re still so fond of the O names that we find it difficult to narrow our favorites down to a dozen, but these to us feel both fresh and usable, contemporary and also deserving of respect. The only down side of the O names as a class is that there are more great choices for boys than for girls.
With photos that connect the letter O’s eternal circle with things relating to childhood, here are the best O names right now.
This one-time Top 70 name was among the German classics that fell from favor following the two World Wars, but has returned to the popularity list just last year as the beginning of a possible revival. A palindrome with rare symmetry and balance and roundness, Otto could join Oliver, Oscar,Otis and other stylish o-names…though it might take a while.