Category: baby girl names
It’s a common baby name dilemma: You love a name like Cora or Lila forever, holding it close as your own special secret choice, and then bang! Right when you’re finally in a position to use it, you discover it’s become a trendy new favorite, vaulting up the charts.
What are more unusual baby names that may relate to trendier names but are more distinctive?
Here, drawn from our new book The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names are ten girls’ names that offer some of the feeling of today’s most stylish names but are more adventurous.
Avalon – If you like Ava and Adeline, but want a name that’s more unusual, you might love Avalon. Avalon is the name of a mythical island paradise – literally, “island of apples” — that offers a fresh take on several trendier girls’ names. And okay, so it’s also a car name, but so are Mercedes and Portia.
Do you name boys and girls the same way?
We often reserve antique gems for girls – lady-like appellations like Charlotte, Amelia, Lydia, and Hattie. But this week, parents proved that retro picks work for boys, too. Several high-profile birth announcements revived grandpa-chic choices for our sons.
I’ve heard parents report that they stick to the classics for their sons, but take risks with girls’ names. Could that be changing? Are fewer parents playing it safe when naming a son?
And if we embrace bold names for girls – ones with interesting sounds and lots of presence – will we feel less pressure to borrow conventionally masculine names for our daughters?
This week’s nine most newsworthy names are:
Luna – Penelope and Javier have announced their daughter’s name. Leo’s little sister is Luna Encinas Cruz. Luna has gone from quirky Harry Potter heroine to one of the fastest-rising choices in the last decade. Originally worn by a Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is now a favorite with Hollywood stars. Uma Thurman calls her many-named daughter Luna, too.
So for our Question of the Week, we’d like to know: What are your favorite girls’ literary names?
Consult our master list of literary names for girls for inspiration. And please feel free to add wonderfully-named heroines we’ve overlooked.
And please tell us about the heroine, the book, and why you love it and the name so much!
See all the girl names on Nameberry here.
Imogen unseated longtime favorite Charlotte as our most-viewed girl name so far this year. In third place we have another new entrant to the girl names list, Harper, which we’ve moved over from unisex given that over 90 percent of the babies named Harper are now female.
This list of Nameberry’s Top 100 girl names is based on over 8 million views of our name pages for the first half of 2013.
This list shows the influence of popular culture, news events, and celebrity on interest in names. Merida was an animated film heroine, while Clementine and Everly were girl names chosen by celebrities and Francine and Frances may be inspired by the new Pope.
And we see names in the lower half of the list moving up on the coattails of their more popular sisters: Elodie and Eloise are rising behind Eleanor, for instance, while Mae and Maisie follow Maeve. Ada is a new entrant at Number 92, and we predict will move up on the strength of the popular Ava, still strong at Number 12.
While many of the girl names popular with Nameberry visitors also rank high on the U.S. baby names popularity list, others are outliers. Our top girl name Imogen, for instance, has never been on the U.S. Top 1000.
Here, Nameberry’s top girl names 2013….so far:
One of the search terms that sends a lot of people to Nameberry every day is “pretty girl names.”
Are they searching for names that are pretty, we wonder, or names that sound as if they belong to pretty girls? Or maybe what people are after is names that mean pretty or beautiful?
Or probably, all of the above.
We do have a list called Pretty Girl Names, which is admittedly subjective, a compendium of names that carry the literal meaning as well as those that convey prettiness in our minds.
A selection of possibilities: