Most of us – whether we’re due next month or many years away from starting a family – immediately search a few key names. If you were hoping to keep your favorite all to yourself, there might have been disappointing news on May 14. Adele and Olive both rose. So did Willow and Beatrice, Declan and Archer, Nico and Enzo. Penelope was up, and Ezra, too. Berries tend to be ahead of the curve, but the wider world does eventually catch on.
But fear not – there is a silver lining. Search for stylish, appealing appellations that remain unranked and outside of the spotlight, and there are plenty to choose from.
I spent yesterday looking for what isn’t on the much-awaited list.
Carys – A Welsh name meaning love, she’s never found favor in the US, despite her similarity to Kara and Paris – and her status as the daughter of high-profile Hollywood pair Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Isabeau – Modern ends-in-o appellations for girls like Harlow are on the rise. Isabeau takes the trend in a different direction. She’s a medieval variant of Isabella and Elizabeth, seldom heard in recent centuries.
Pippa – Did your jaw drop when you realized Pippa didn’t chart? After the royal wedding and the hullabaloo over the future queen’s lovely sis, I fully expected Pippa to make her American debut. British favorite Poppy is still almost unheard of in the US, and Polly remains unranked – despite her cousin Molly’s Top 100 status.
Reverie – If Destiny and Serenity can rank in the US Top 100, this dreamy noun name should be wearable for a daughter born in 2012 – especially since she shares those great ev- sounds with great Genevieve and Evangeline and Everly.
Rosalind – Rose is the killer middle name of the moment, but plenty of Rose names remain obscure. The lovely Rosalind was Romeo’s first love, before he met Juliet. Plus there’s easy short form Lindy. A similar choice is Rosamond or Rosamund, a rarity that shortens to Rosie or Romy.
Wren – We’re wild about nature names, but this trim little syllable has yet to chart in the girls’ Top 1000.
Walton – Along the same lines, how about Walton? He retains the wholesome glow of long-running television series, plus he’s the middle name of Indiana Jones. He’s also a way to honor a grandpa Walter.
Those are a few of my top choices that remain out of the spotlight. Do you dare share your unranked favorites?
We have a winner! Congrats to BlankPages, who gets the fabulous Sarah & Abraham personalized print, for correctly predicting all 10 top girls’ name, with the first 5 in perfect order, and was one of the few to foresee the rapid rise of Mason.
Runners-up are Esrever88, Breannajai, notsoclevername and Preg-meg. Well done, Berries…and thanks to all who participated!