Category: new baby names
Here’s the beautiful thing about baby names: the well never runs dry.
No matter how many names cycle through Top Ten lists, no matter how many celebrities choose truly outlandish names for their children, there are always more names. Neglected gems from years gone by, novel words never before considered names, imports from abroad.
Need proof? Look no further than the overwhelming response to last week’s Invent a Name Challenge.
Or just read the baby name blogs, high profile birth announcements, and Nameberry message boards any day of the week. Plenty of parents, from Hollywood A-listers to the family next door, are choosing inventive, daring names for their children. The boldest might surprise us with their first name choices, while others play it safe with firsts but choose sparky, unexpected middles.
There are no guarantees, of course. An obscurity you choose in 2015 could hover just outside the US Top 100 by the time your kiddo heads off to kindergarten. But that just opens the door for another group of parents to innovate with the names of their children.
People invent new names all the time, so why not you?
Surely you can do better than Hatice or Loganne, Zake or Zyree, all genuine invented names found on the 2013 U.S. official baby name list.
To motivate you further, we are offering a complete library of our ebooks to the inventor of the name we deem the best. And by best we mean the most attractive, most theoretically usable, most inspired, and one we like the most.
Your invented name can be a combination of two (or more) existing names, a word turned into a name, or a confection spun from the ether.
Determining what makes a name contemporary vs. what makes a name established can be tough.
For example, if a name was first used by one notable person (real or fictional) in the 17th century, but hadn’t become widespread or familiar until within the past decade, does that qualify the name as established or modern?
There may be some debate, but to me, any name that hadn’t been widely familiar or used until within the past 20-30 years is a modern name. That isn’t to say that sometimes modern names can’t have historic origins. Modern names with historic origins are new names that sound… well… old.
Here are some examples:
It’s time to nominate brand new baby names to add to the Nameberry database!
What baby names have you discovered or heard that you believe belong on our site?
Please make your nominations here, and tell us all you can about the name: Where you found it, what it means, any details you know on history and origin, plus why you think it should be on Nameberry.
Names from other cultures, ancient names that deserve to be revived, along with place names or surnames or word names or pure inventions are all welcome.
If you’re looking for unusual baby names that are also attractive and intriguing, a good place to start is at the bottom of the extended US popularity list, at those names given to just five babies.
Down there, among the wacky inventions or truly terrible kree8tiv spelling variations, are dozens of intriguing choices that you won’t encounter coming and going.
A few of them — Jessamy and Amyas, Celestia and Inigo — might even be considered fabulous. But all are worth further consideration. And given that each was given to only five babies in the entire US last year, they qualify as truly unusual baby names.