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.
All names Bella have attracted attention since Isabella scaled the charts. Bellamy puts an androgynous, surname spin on the genre. Originally French for fine or beautiful friend – belle ami – Bellamy got some attention as the name of one of the seven children of the Novogratz family of the reality show 9 By Design. Just over 50 girls received the name last year, but we predict that to climb steeply.