Category: best girls’ names
We wish we’d thought of the Nameberry Awards.
But the entertaining and illuminating awards given by popular vote to the best names in a range of categories was the brainchild of Genevieve, over on the Nameberry forums.
We see Nameberry favorites such as Charlotte and Genevieve, Henry and Theo showing up in the results. But there are many surprises as well: Rowan chosen as a top unisex name for both girls and boys, for instance. Indiana voted the top celebrity baby name for girls.
But rather than describing the results to you, we’ll just bring you the winners and runners up in all the categories. The Nameberry Awards go to:
Best Top 100 Girls’ Name
The other day we offered eight fresh choices for boys, and now it’s the girls’ turn—girls’ names ranging from a rare botanical specimen to a nostalgic nickname to an undercrowded place name.
1–Acacia—This a a pretty and delicate botanical name that has hardly been heard in this country, though it ranked as high as Number 273 among girls’ names in Australia, where the Acacia is a common flowering shrub, in 2008. Acacia has a heritage that dates back to ancient Egyptian mythology, in which it was considered the tree of life due to the belief that the first gods were born under a sacred Acacia tree. There is also an eponymous fantasy novel, Acacia. Caveat: just don’t think about the other name of the Acacia tree—the Golden Wattle.
2–Amabel—Not to be confused with Annabel (though it well might be), the lovely Amabel has been around since medieval times, and has appeared in a number of British novels, including Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, and heard as well as among the English aristocracy. Amabel gave birth to the shortened form Mabel, which has a much brasher image, and we think a name that means lovable, deserves more love than it’s gotten.
What are the best and coolest unusual girls’ names? By best, we mean those that have deep roots, are attractive, can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery. And by unusual girls’ names, we mean used for 25 or fewer baby girls last year.
Here are our picks: