Category: best baby names
The 100 best movies, restaurants, novels, jobs, apps – the world is full of lists cataloging the premiere picks of all kinds of things. So why not, we thought, baby names?
The question we asked ourselves: If an expectant parent today were limited to only 100 choices from which to name their child, what should those names be? Which names offer the best balance of appeal and distinctiveness, of authenticity and creativity, at this moment in time? Which names sound both adorable for a 2016 baby and seem most likely to serve her or him well into the 22nd century?
Are there other wonderful baby names out there? Of course, thousands of them. But if we can only have 100, these are our picks for the very best, and why they made the cut:
Let’s face it: We all have embarrassing names in our family trees. Great Aunt Hortense and Uncle Myron, Grandma Gladys and Dad Brad. They’re the family names we hope we won’t be expected to pass down to our children.
But hey, today we’re here to celebrate the wonderful names, and we all have those too. Searching through the family archives, you discover that your great-great-grandmother was named Marguerite or Flora, or that you have a handsome Henry or Nathaniel among your forebears. Or it might be a surname or a middle name you discover that’s worth polishing up and passing down: Callahan or Keene or Caruso.
So what’s the best name or names in your family tree? The names you’re actually excited about passing on to a child? And who and where did they come from?
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It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.
So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?
Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.
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There’s a thread on our forums, started by steampunkleo, under the heading ‘Names on Nameberry that make you go WOW!’ which we thought deserved to be served out to a wider audience.
So, is there a single name that maybe you had never heard before, which just jumped off the site for you and even made it onto your own personal list or signature?
Or a stunning twin or other sibset that absolutely knocked you out?
Or a magical first and middle combo that you hadn’t ever thought of putting together but which works perfectly for you?
Okay, so maybe you’re not going to give all your children names that begin with C…..or that start with vowels or contain the lovely letter L. (Or maybe you are, and that’s okay too.)
But have you noticed a sound pattern to the names you like? You might find yourself attracted to names that contain the letter O — as I knew I was when I realized I’d given my children the O-heavy names Rory, Joe, and Owen.
Or you might love names that have the soft S sound in there somewhere, or that start with A or end with N.
And at the same time, maybe you DON‘T like names with the hard K sound or that end in the trendy -er.