Category: unusual baby names
We’ve obviously been spending too much time in the depths of nameberry, checking out which names our visitors have been checking out.
And while Finn and Charlotte are the most-searched names for the first nine months of the year, and while we recently brought you our own nameberry Top 100 Baby Names 2010 for both boys and girls, we know some of you still want more.
What’s number 101, for instance? Which names are flying below the official nameberry radar, not attracting enough views to make our 2010 most popular names lists, but still attracting thousands of views?
Here’s a selection. This group does not include all the names right below the official Top 100, just those we found the most interesting.
There are lots of unusual and intriguing choices here, but for nameberry, that’s normal.
There’s a new Number One boys’ name three-quarters of the way through the year. Finn beat out Henry to become the most popular of the boys’ names 2010, as the most-searched male name on nameberry for the nine months that just ended.
This is big news, not least because well-liked classic Henry got trumped by a quirky ethnic upstart. Of course, we’re talking most searched name here, not most used, and this is nameberry, where the patrons’ taste in names tends to be more sophisticated and distinctive than at your average baby-naming site.
Still, reaching Number One – not just for the third quarter, mind you, but for all of 2010 so far – is quite a distinction. So congratulations, Finn, and we’re sure we’ll be seeing you near the top of the official popularity lists one year soon.
The other major boy name trend evidenced here is the predominance of two-syllable names, with a full two-thirds of nameberry’s most popular boys’ names 2010 having two syllables and 17 more having (like Finn) just one.
In other news, these names are newcomers to nameberry’s Top 100 Boys’ Names 2010:
They replace these, which have fallen off the Top 100:
- Satchel – we were gamed on that one
- Xavier – which has been hovering around #100
Names moving up the ladder for the second time in a row include the following, which we now have officially on trend watch:
Names making the biggest leaps upward are:
Three-quarters of the way through the year, we check in again with the most popular girls’ names 2010, nameberry style.
A note on tabulation: These lists represent the most-searched names on nameberry for January through September of 2010. Previously, we published the lists of most-searched girls’ names 2010 for the first half of the year, and before that for the first quarter.
This time around, a surprising 11 new girls’ names vaulted onto the Top 100. The newly-popular choices (in order of appearance on the list) are:
Every few months, about as often as I allow myself to relish a hot caramel sundae and with about the same amount of delicious anticipation, I dip into the London Telegraph birth announcements to see what the upper-crusty British baby namers are up to.
And as with that sundae, the results rarely disappoint. There are always plenty of eccentric three-name combinations, lots of charming sibsets, and a collection of names not often heard in my neighborhood of New Jersey.
One trend asserting itself in this collection: R names, with a raft of children (far beyond those mentioned here) called Rory, Rufus, Rupert, Rex, and Rowley, and on the girls’ side, Ruby, Rose, Rosemary, Rosalind (and Rosalyn) and Romilly. R is a letter that’s seemed dowdy for quite some time — blame all those Baby Boom Roberts and Richards — and is due for a resurgence.
The best of the recent British baby names are, for girls:
- Clementine Annabel Emily, sister for Rupert
- Daphne Olga Amelie, sister for Henry and Beatrice
- Eliza Miranda Rosemary, sister for William
Names from television and movie Westerns sometimes got a lot more adventurous than Josh and Jesse. In fact, Westerns are responsible for reviving scores of antiquated classics that might otherwise have disappeared completely, along with introducing unconventional animal and word names as firsts. Some Western character names from the classic shows and movies of the 50s and 60s that sound fresh and new, if a bit quirky, today:
The newest Western names draw heavily on the place itself, or on Western-themed words. Some choices that have been used in the post-Bonanza world: