10th Anniversary: Nameberry Goes Global!

10th Anniversary: Nameberry Goes Global!

Nameberry is loved by users from all over the world, and our database of over 70,000 baby names reflects the diversity of you – our audience. Today we continue our 10 year anniversary celebrations by looking at the international names that we’ve discovered and loved over the last 10 years.

THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP – names Americans have borrowed from the UK and Ireland

The US and the UK have often looked to each other for name inspiration and the past decade has been no different. Here are some of the names that have long been popular across the pond that have rocketed up the US popularity lists since 2008 – some still remain off the Top 1000 in the US but have found hundreds more US admirers in recent years.

Here are 10 girl and 10 boy names and the percentage of how they have increased since 2008:

Elowen            6450% (yes, really)

Marigold         1771%

Primrose          1300%

Ophelia            652%

Isla                  481%

Poppy              477%

Arabella           301%

Saoirse             232%

Esme               231%

Maeve             77%

Declan             265%

Jasper              233%

Cillian              229%

Alistair             229%

Cedric              176%

Lachlan            143%

Conor              113%

Louie               112%

Archie             108%

Callum             108%

For what it is worth, here are a few darling British names that haven’t yet found American love – maybe these will be the next decade’s rising stars!

Boys: Alfie, Angus, Barnaby, Bertie, Fionn, Hamish, Ivor, Lorcan, Rupert, Wilfred

Girls: Carys, Cecily, Darcie, Elspeth, Harriet, Imogen, Orla, Pippa, Seren, Verity

GLOBAL VILLAGE – names from across the world

In this day and age, with travel easier than before and more and more of us identifying as global citizens, it is no wonder that names from across the world are finding their way onto American birth certificates. In the past decade, the US has fallen in love with strong Nordic names, swoon-worthy Indian names, joyous African names and rediscovered Euro-chic names and lovely Latino monikers – here are some of the highlights!

Zendaya          6350%

Aria                 1221%

Freya               741%

Calliope           626%

Margot            493%

Zola                 391%

Octavia            329%

Ariadne           325%

Liv                   234%

Colette             204%

Thiago             1475%

Bodhi               736%

Caspian           651%

Mateo              450%

Gunnar            385%

Otto                 350%

Magnus           205%

Axel                200%

Milo                167%

Wolfgang        134%

Next decade picks: This one is harder, given that there are SO many beautiful cultures and names across the world!  Here are some names that we think have potential to become the next Zendaya and Thiago!

Boys: Altair, Ayan, Cosimo, Delmar, Enzo, Jadiel, Kahlil, Leif, Ravi, Stellan, Vikram, Zaid

Girls: Aya, Delphine, Devika, Elodie, Kirrily, Lucinda, Mirabai, Naiara, Noor, Sylvie, Ziva


What does this have to do with Nameberry? Oh – only that these fast-rising names are pretty consistently found amongst Nameberry popularity charts and the choices that Nameberries have chosen for their own babies in recent years. You are clearly ahead – or even driving – these international trends!

What are your favorite international names? If you’re living outside the USA, what names from your country would you like to see Americans adopt?

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.