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Unusual Girls’ Names: Destined for Stardom

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You know how there are some names you never heard before that suddenly seem to be everywhere?The 11 choices for girls here are those kinds of names. All are so rare they were given to only about 100 or fewer baby girls in the U.S. last year. But behind the scenes in our current database analytics, we see them attracting twice as much attention as the average baby name.

Our conclusion: No matter how unusual they are by the numbers, these names are drawing considerable buzz. And that’s bound to translate over the coming years into usage for a lot more babies.

Besides their incipient popularity, these names share several appealing qualities. Most relate to nature, but in a fresher, less obvious way than the Lilys and Roses we’ve heard so much of in recent years. Many have deeper roots than they first seem, plus intriguing cultural connections.

And is it coincidence that four of the 11 start with the letter C, and seven contain the letter L? We don’t think so.

Our picks for 11 unusual girls’ names we see destined for stardom.

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April showers bring not only May flowers, but thoughts of water names, a category which more and more parents are finding refreshingly appealing. These include generic bodies of water appellations like Lake and Bay and Brook(e), the names of individual lakes and rivers and, finally, names whose meaning relate to water. Here are the Nameberry Picks for the 12 best water names.

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Yes, The Hunger Games may well bring in a billion dollars at the box office, but at Nameberry the bigger question is, how will it affect baby naming? Will it, like the Twilight franchise, spur the revival of classics like Edward and Bella? Or bring to the fore some more unusual choices like Beatrix and Lavender and Luna as Harry Potter did? The Hunger Games has quite an eclectic mix of names—with lead characters called Katniss and Peeta and a guy named Gale, a Coriolanus and a Plutarch, exotic botanicals, and unlikely pairs like Glimmer and Gloss. Here are Nameberry’s pick of the Hunger Games names– of characters who made the leap from book to screen –that are most likely to succeed in Babynameland.

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Spying

On a recent tour through Nameberry’s mysterious inner vault — think of it as a vast industrial basement jammed with gears and pipes, or maybe the endless stacks of a big city library, except instead of chemicals or books, it’s full of names — I came across a lot of baby names that were attracting some attention, but not enough to make our popularity lists.

Names that fit in with Nameberry style, but aren’t getting suggested on the forums or in our own blogs the way that favorites such as Beatrice and Charlotte, Jasper and Finn are.  That are attractive, distinctive, fashionable, unusual, yet are simply a bit quieter than their brothers and sisters who are getting noticed.

A lot of these names would make excellent and original substitutes for more obvious choices.  In a new spin on our trademark If you like X, you’ll love Y format, here are some more surprising options to fill in for current favorites:

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If you love Arianna, you might like Aria

If you love Aurora or Aurelia, you might like Athena

If you love Lila or Bliss, you might like Blythe

If  you love Cora, you might like Coralie

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America’s Favorite Baby Names

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What are America‘s Favorite Baby Names?  Not the top names on the Social Security List, not even Nameberry’s own favorites, but the most well-liked names chosen by popular opinion.

Recently we collaborated with Huffington Post Parents to create a brackets challenge, asking readers to vote for America‘s Favorite Baby Name.  We picked the 16 contenders for each sex from the ranks of Nameberry favorites, pitting Henry against James, Scarlett vs. Charlotte, Hudson against River (how could we resist?).

Through a series of elimination rounds, thousands of parents voted for their favorites.  And today we have the winners!  Read on to find out which the finalists were, and the identity of America‘s favorite baby names.

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