American Baby Names: 15 All-American boys

All American boy names

By Abby Sandel

What makes a boy’s name all-American? We’ve exported a long list of modern names across the English-speaking world – Jayden, Jaxon, and Kai have all been spotted in the UK and Australia. But perhaps the truest red, white, and blue American baby names tie to our history and culture.

They also capture the American spirit in a way that more traditional names might not. George was our first president, but it was also the name of the king against whom we rebelled. American baby names feel rugged and individualistic. While their roots may run deep, they’re not typically ancient names with a long history of use. In fact, many of these are newly popular in the twenty-first century.

Here are fifteen of our favorite all-American boy names.

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Unique International Baby Names

International baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for an unusual baby name, you don’t have to go to the extreme of inventing a new name or creating a novel spelling when there’s a whole world of unique international baby names out there to browse and choose from.

We’re not suggesting extreme, challenging global examples like Järnsaxa (Scandinavian) or Orfhlaith (Irish), which would be strictly tied to members of their own ethnicity, but rather to the countless others that are accessible and could be worn comfortably by any child anywhere.

The following are just a few examples for girls that boast both appealing foreign flair, accessibility and solid histories. And just as you don’t have to be Scottish to name your daughter Fiona, these unique international baby names for girls may (so much the better) or may not reflect your own ethnic heritage.

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Boy Baby Names: Gone to the Dogs?

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They have a favorite name picked out for their son, but some have dismissed it as a dog name. What does that mean, exactly, in 2017? Should they choose another name, or stick with their first choice?

Monica writes:

We are expecting our first baby boy in just a couple weeks and still haven’t decided on his name.

We have a 2 year old named Betsy Ray, both inspired by family. We love the country casual vibe of her name, and really want to match that style for baby boy.

Hipster baby names are big where we live. I love most of them, and prefer “old man” names for the most part.

The middle name will be John, another family name. Our last name starts with a T and sounds like tunes, so names ending in a T don’t work well, and I tend to think names ending in S don’t sound very good, either.

Our current frontrunner is Murphy. My husband is a surfer, so the meaning – sea warrior – is perfect. Plus, there was a comic strip from the 1960s about a little surfer dude named Murphy, drawn by one of my husband’s favorite artists.

We’ve also considered Louie, Stanley, Victor, Fletcher, and Otis, but none of them have the same meaning.

I’m not sure about Betsy and Murphy together. Are they too matchy? When I look online, I see mentions of Murphy’s Law, Murphy Brown, and Murphy beds.

Also, lots of people call it a “dog name.” Which I’m really sick of on the whole. I always seem to like all those so-called dog names. Who cares if people named their dog a GOOD name? Does that mean we should just turn the name over to the dogs indefinitely?

Thanks for any advice you have. I want to just fall in love with Murphy, but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m not all the way done looking yet!

The Name Sage replies:

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For Valentine’s Day, names that mean love

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we turn to thoughts of love and romance.  Today we look at some of the names that have love embedded in their meaning, bringing an extra measure of tender feeling to your own little lovebug, names that go beyond the more obvious Amy and Aimee, with some international flair.

Amanda — A longtime favorite that retains its delicacy and popularity, Amanda rocketed to stardom in the 80s and is still at #316.  Her countless notable bearers include characters in Tennessee Williams and Noel Coward plays; her adorable French diminutive is Amandine.

Amias, Amyas — Another name beginning with the Latin prefix for love, this boy name is beginning to get some attention as a quasi-unique name with an attractive  sound and feel.

Carys — Cara means dear, and several names embody that meaning, including this sweet Welsh example that became known in the US when Catherine ZetaJones and Michael Douglas chose it for their daughter in 2003.

Davina — All names related to the Hebrew David mean beloved, and this includes the feminine forms Davida and Davina, the latter having appeared on the US list from 1968 to 1984. It is currently heard on the TV show Transparent.

Davis — Another member of David’s family, the more distinctive Davis is a surname form for boys that is currently climbing in popularity—possibly as a David namesake.  It now ranks at #474 nationally, and 222 on Nameberry.

Drury — This French surname name meaning dear one or sweetheart has an appealing sound, as well as an irresistible meaning. Drury Lane is a famous London street and theater.

Esme – This wonderful Salinger name gets its beloved meaning from a relation to the French Aimee. A Twilight saga vampire name, it’s a celebrity favorite, chosen by Michael J. Fox and others; Esmé ranks at a high #35 on Nameberry and 38 in England.

Kalila – A lovely, lilting Arabic name meaning beloved, Kalila is also the name of a range of mythical mountains. In 2015, 42 girls were given the name in the US.

Kerensa — This Cornish/Welsh name meaning love would make a nice, more exotic, update to Karen; it can also be spelled Kerenza.

Milena — Popular in Italy and several Slavic countries, and the birth name of actress Mila Kunis, Milena entered the US Top 1000 in 2012, and is now Number 760. Letters to Milena is a book of –yes—letters by Franz Kafka.

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Last week, it was Beyonce and Jay Z. Then Madonna announced her adoption. Now it’s George and Amal. High profile families everywhere are announcing their happy news, times two.

Naming twins offers double the opportunity to use your favorite names, but it also multiplies the potential challenges. Rhyming pairs like Stacey and Tracey, Phil and Bill are (hopefully) a thing of the past. Instead, parents should seek to balance both names, creating a harmonious pair. After all, that’s exactly what most parents would wish for the twins themselves!

Here’s our best advice for Amal, Beyonce, and any other parents facing this happy challenge.

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