101 Not-Too-Hot, Not-Too-Cold Baby Names
Many parents are looking for baby names that are not too popular but not too unusual, not too trendy but also not too weird.
In search of names that strike this golden mean, we looked through the middle of the U.S. popularity lists, from Number 400 through 700 for both girls and boys.
What we found there was a trove of great names that are neither too hot nor too cold.
Here, our picks of the best names from the middle of the pack, with their 2012 standing included.
Helen — 402
Rosalie – 406
Cynthia — 419
Daphne — 420
Cassandra – 423
Holly — 424
Carolina – 430
June — 435
Camilla – 437
Lana — 442
Serena – 443
Sasha — 451
Bridget – 453
Rowan — 455
Celeste – 470
Sloane — 480
Francesca – 486
Ada – 487
Priscilla — 489
Vera – 500
Dylan — 512
Dahlia – 521
Gloria — 522
Sylvia — 526
Selah – 534
Zara – 556
Eve – 558
Helena – 560
Samara – 570
Virginia – 579
Claudia – 596
Rosemary – 603
Rosa — 614
Brenna – 623
Nova — 625
Raquel — 626
Dana – 627
Clarissa – 632
Greta – 643
Marina – 644
Felicity – 653
Simone – 656
Matilda – 658
Colette – 659
Meredith – 668
Beatrice – 691
Cara – 695
Albert – 401
Darius – 403
Archer – 404
Philip – 409
Walker – 411
Saul – 414
Rocco – 415
Davis – 416
Enzo – 417
Russell – 426
Porter – 430
Hugo – 436
Solomon – 441
Curtis – 442
Alec – 448
Lawrence – 443
Ronan – 456
Mitchell – 463
Malcolm – 466
Cyrus – 471
Jonas – 474
Rhys – 476
Dane — 477
Pierce – 479
Rory — 481
Sullivan – 490
Rhett – 508
Tobias – 516
Justice – 519
Nash – 521
Nico – 525
Lawson – 531
Frederick – 536
Byron – 540
Moses – 546
Cullen – 551
Clark – 554
Kieran – 556
Jagger – 557
Asa – 562
Lucian – 586
Morgan – 587
Brett – 598
Wilson – 599
Jefferson – 615
Winston – 616
Bowen – 619
Soren – 622
Raphael – 626
Rex – 627
Quincy – 633
Deacon – 679
Flynn – 692
We’ve made it easier to scroll through the popularity lists yourself. For the full U.S. Top 1000, go here.
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on February 17th, 2014 at 11:45 pm
Love Deacon and Moses from the boy list!
on February 18th, 2014 at 12:39 am
My favorite names are on this list! I love that they have the balance of somewhat-popularity yet somewhat-obscurity. I love it!
on February 18th, 2014 at 2:56 am
I absolutely LOVE Camilla. It’s one of my top choices if we ever have a girl (nn Millie). But my husband is dead set against it because he can’t get past the Camilla Parker-Bowles association.
on February 18th, 2014 at 6:32 am
I love Bridget, Celeste, Helena, and Rosemary from the girls’ list. 🙂
on February 18th, 2014 at 8:46 am
Daphne, Clarissa, and Carolina are all on our list for baby girl (due in March). We have a Matilda (family name; she goes by Tillie) and I just can’t decide if I am ok with having any other “ends in A” girl names. Also I just can’t figure out a great nickname for Daphne. So tough! But a great list, regardless.
on February 18th, 2014 at 9:20 am
I like a number of these, but have been loving Bridget, in particular, for some time. I don’t like the familiar, “Bridie,” as it reminds me of a washerwoman. I discovered “Bridgie” as an alternative a number of years ago, which I love.
on February 18th, 2014 at 9:23 am
Can I just say that I’m very surprised Matilda is on this list? I expected it to be much, much higher.
I’m somewhat shocked by how many of these names I love.
Favorites for the girls are Daphne, Holly, June, Vera, Eve, Helena, Brenna, Greta, Felicity, Colette, and Cara. Easily recognizable but not a name where there should be four in one class.
Favorites for the boys are Hugo, Jonas, Rhett, Cullen, Kieran, Morgan, Brett, Deacon, Flynn and Rhys. Rhys took me some time for me to warm up to it. I loved the girl’s name Reese but because I had that one so fixated in my head, I saw any pronunciation of Reese (Rhys, Reece) as sounding like a girl name. I’m still not sure why I’ve warmed up to Reese for girls and Rhys for boys. I’m not even a little crazy about Reece.
on February 18th, 2014 at 10:55 am
Many wonderful names seem to be in the middle of the field. I don’t understand some posters who won’t even consider names in the top 1,000. I think they’re ovelooking some some gorgeous gems. These names are relatively rare but still familiar. I think that’s a great balance.
Lawrence – I prefer the Laurence spelling
Morgan – nice to see this still on the boys list
on February 18th, 2014 at 11:15 am
Daphne, Ada, Beatrice, and Helena from the girls
Frederick, Ronan, Philip, and Flynn from the boys.
I couldn’t believe Porter was on the boys list I used to love that name till I met a Porter and he was called Porty and he ruined the name for me but it is still a cute name.
on February 18th, 2014 at 11:42 am
Quite a lot of these names are on my short list. Selah, Lucian, Rocco and Saul. Also love Asa, Nico and Lana.
Nice list 🙂
on February 18th, 2014 at 2:20 pm
I always loved Lana. My son Porter is on here and well and my youngest son’s middle name Rhys. I really love the middle of the road names, not too out there and not too popular.
on February 18th, 2014 at 2:46 pm
I love these girls names from the list:
I love these boys names from the list:
on February 18th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
on February 18th, 2014 at 4:33 pm
So so many of my favourites are on these lists! Including my my top choice for a girl and boy. I guess “not-too-hot-not-too-cold” is my style 🙂
on February 18th, 2014 at 5:49 pm
Matilda is a lot higher in Australia than the US and the UK.
I love the name Helen, Raphael, Philip, Albert and June 🙂
on February 18th, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Love Helen, Vera, Beatrice, Matilda, Rosemary. Prefer Brigid, Frances, Dalia, Clare, and Sylvie.
Love Albert, Philip, Tobias, Frederick, Malcolm, Rhys. Prefer Hugh, Alasdair, Laurence, Nicol, and Rafael.
on February 18th, 2014 at 11:14 pm
This has been my favorite post and list to read. Thank you! How about a hundred more? 🙂
on February 19th, 2014 at 7:24 am
I absolutely love this post! There’s a lot of wonderful names from this list. I think that 400-700 really is the perfect spot.
on February 19th, 2014 at 10:12 am
on February 19th, 2014 at 3:56 pm
I LOVE Clarissa and Rosalie. <3
on February 20th, 2014 at 10:33 am
Would absolutely use ALL of the below in a heartbeat! These are some of my absolute faves (even outside of this list), but Hubby doesn’t like:
Claudia (also Claudina)
Clarissa (my favorite variation is Clarice tho)
I’ve always liked these, but maybe not practical enough for us to actually use:
(I like Cyril much better than Cyrus)
Appeal to me, but not enough to actually use:
Russell (just bc I like nn Russ)
*Alberta nn Albie is a GP of mine for a girl; I like it better than the original Albert for a boy.
My brother just named his daughter Avery June (June after my mom’s mn); Helen was my grandma’s mn. Gloria was DH’s grandma. DH’s SIL is Lana (mid 20’s) and I also know a Samara (about 10 yrs old)
on February 20th, 2014 at 3:13 pm
Feeling pretty happy about naming my son Malcolm in 2012. 🙂
on February 20th, 2014 at 9:05 pm
Some of these are a little too “cray” for me. I’d feel kinda sorry for a 5 year old named Lawrence… Like, there’s no nicknames except Lawrie, which is Lori or Laurie for girls. I don’t like Cyril AT ALL! It sounds like the name of a sickness or something. Sorry!
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