Yesterday you told us about the new baby names you’ve heard and seen; today we bring you Nameberry’s newest baby names, those we’ve encountered over the past weeks and added to the Nameberry database.
It may seem odd to some people that after 25 years of writing about names, there are still new baby names to discover. But as you berries know, that’s one of the best things about names: No matter how long you study them, no matter how much you read about them, there are always new ones out there.
Some of these, of course, are invented names, more and more every year as parents reach harder to come up with an appellation that’s unique….or at least yooneek. Then there are those obscure names in the Old Testament or other ancient sources, names from around the world that haven’t migrated beyond their native shores, new first names drawn from established surnames or place-names or nature sources.
We mentioned a couple of our new baby names in yesterday’s blog and will offer others in future postings. Here, ten more of the newest names on Nameberry and where we found them:
Brinsley — Another new entrant to the already-crowded space of androgynous-sounding girls’ names ending in -ley, Brinsley is a British place-name and surname that provides an alternative to the super-popular Kinsley. This one is simply in the air.
Cesaria — Cesaria is a feminine form of the ancient Roman name Caesar or Cesar, brought to our attention by the death of The Barefoot Diva, singer Cesaria Evora. With the rediscovery of many long-dormant Latin names, this one seemed a natural.
Divine — Blame Nevaeh: Heavenly names that once may have been used only onstage — there was a famous drag queen named Divine — have now become baby appropriate. But like Precious, Divine is a name that sounds as if it’s protesting too much.
Emese — A Hungarian name meaning mother; obscure beyond Budapest. This one was sent in by a reader in Hungary!
Fifer — Fifer isn’t a new name to us, exactly: We knew a charming little girl named Fifer more than a decade ago and always thought it was an original, energetic choice. But this Scottish occupational name had somehow had eluded the Nameberry database and so we added it.
Maple — Maple is, of course, a tree name, one that seems to have quickly captured the fancy of baby namers. It has a rich sound and is redolent of bright leaves and syrup; perfect as a nature name or middle name. Maple is one of the best-liked of the new tree names (like Pine and Oak) that we’ve written about.
Mercer — Occupational names are one source of fresh possibilities, and Mercer is a choice mentioned by a mom-to-be in the forums. We hadn’t included it among Archer, Booker, and Sawyer, but it’s a great possibility for either boys or girls…who might be nicknamed Mercy. Mercer is a French occupational name meaning “merchant.” We added this one after a mom on our forums was debating using it for her child.
Pixie — Pixie is another new old name on Nameberry, the choice in the ’90s by Sir Bob Geldof for one of his daughters that suddenly sounds more possible for the world at large, as either a spritely first name or a nickname.
Puck — We knew about the Shakespearean Puck, and the equally mischievous MTV one, and the hockey one. But we didn’t realize until a berry wrote to us that Puck was a popular name for girls in the Netherlands. Why? Enlighten us, Dutch readers.