Category: girl names
One of our most popular blog posts ever was on 100 wonderful names given to 25 or fewer girls each year. (We did a boys’ version too.)
But what, we wondered recently, would happen if we narrowed the parameters even more? If we looked only at names given to ten or fewer girls in the most recent year counted? This still includes a mind-blowing total of nearly 10,000 names, but would we be able to find 100 great ones?
The answer, we believe, is a resounding yes, and we hope the list here proves it.
If you truly want an unusual name for your baby girl, this is the list for you. It includes underused classics such as Maude and Rowena along with international choices such as Anwen and Timea; ancient names such as Hebe and Hero; and newly-minted names like Cairo and Blue. And each given to only ten girls or fewer in the entire United States.
Our picks for the 100 best cool unusual girls’ names, with the number of children who received it in 2012:
Baby girl names have been trending toward the long and elaborate for some time now, with selections like Isabella and Elizabeth, Olivia and Sophia winning out over the kind of brisk no-nonsense names — Anne, Gail, Lynn — that dominated a couple of generations ago.
You might want a short, sweet name for your daughter’s middle. Or maybe you want a short and sweet first name to balance a longer or more complicated last name.
How short is short? We’re going to cap it at four letters.
Our ideas for fresh baby girl names that are both short and sweet include:
Imogen widened her lead over Charlotte as the most popular girls’ name on Nameberry for the first nine months of the year. Imogen edged past Charlotte to claim the Number 1 spot for the first time at the 2013 half year mark, leading by fewer than 500 names out of a cumulative 50,000 page views.
Though popular in Britain, Imogen has never made the U.S. Top 1000. In 2012, it was given to only 111 baby girls in the U.S., the same number as were named Love and Laken, though its popularity on Nameberry indicates it could squeak onto the Top 1000 for 2013 or 2014.
Nameberry measures the most-viewed names among the nearly 50,000 choices on our site.
Maisie is the name that has moved the most number of places up the girls’ chart this quarter, at 19. Names that start with vowels continue to be strong for girls, with half of the dozen names moving fastest up our charts starting with vowels: Amelia, Evelyn, Evangeline, Ivy, Everly, and Ada. Names making significant shifts upward are marked with an asterisk.
The Top 100 girls’ names on Nameberry so far this year are:
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.