We’re always adding new names to the Nameberry database, whether new discoveries or expansions of older listings.
Our latest collection includes word names and nicknames, international imports and mythological revivals. We bring you these new entries not as our latest recommendations but as fresh additions to the lexicon.
Here, our 16 newest names:
Alcina, Alcie, and Alsie
Alcina is best-known as the name of the beautiful sorceress of the eponymous Handel opera drawn from the Orlando poems. Alcina and her sister Morgana live on an island where Alcina seduces every passing sailor but once their novelty wears off, changes them into plants, rocks, or animals. Alcina comes with modern-sounding short forms Alcie or Alsie, which feel more baby-ready now that names such as Elsie, Elsa, and Isla are becoming popular again.
Bruin is the Old English term for bear, taken from the Dutch word meaning brown. Bruin might be a sports fan’s choice or an animal name in hiding. As a kind of hybrid of Roone and Bruno, it’s definitely got some cool.
We are hearing more of such heavenly names as Celeste and Celia, which opens the door to the range of lovely variations rarely heard before, including the Italian and Spanish Celestina.
by Denise K. Potter/Nameberry
The cool baby names
this summer include the 12 newest choices on Nameberry, inspired by ancient queens and celebrity newborns, fictional characters and an Ethiopian cabdriver! If your definition of cool baby names
are those that are exotic, quirky, and unusual, our dozen newest choices may inspire you. (Buy this St. Kateri oranment on Etsy.)
When I was a kid, I wanted to be named Susie: cute, popular, contemporary — everything the sedate Pamela was not.
Then in college, the name I might have picked for myself was Daisy. Daisy was the carefree flower child, with long blonde hair and a battered guitar, I would have liked to have been.
Later, in a Jane Austen-reading period, I might have renamed myself the patrician-yet-quirky Eliza. And now? Well, while I’m thinking about it, let’s talk about you.
Unless you follow every reality series on the Oxygen and Style networks, Spanish soccer, country music and the contemporary cartoons, you might be hard pressed to figure out the sources behind some of the names that are suddenly rising in popularity. Yes, you may know that Number 2 boys’ name Mason
is Kardashian-related, and that the Beckhams gave girls’ name Harper
a big boost, but what’s with Iker
? Here’s a guide to the probable sources of the success of these surprising names
on the rise.