35 Names You’re Not Using (but maybe you should)

35 Names You’re Not Using (but maybe you should)

On a recent tour through Nameberry’s mysterious inner vault — think of it as a vast industrial basement jammed with gears and pipes, or maybe the endless stacks of a big city library, except instead of chemicals or books, it’s full of names — I came across a lot of baby names that were attracting some attention, but not enough to make our popularity lists.

Names that fit in with Nameberry style, but aren’t getting suggested on the forums or in our own blogs the way that favorites such as Beatrice and Charlotte, Jasper and Finn are.  That are attractive, distinctive, fashionable, unusual, yet are simply a bit quieter than their brothers and sisters who are getting noticed.

A lot of these names would make excellent and original substitutes for more obvious choices.  In a new spin on our trademark If you like X, you’ll love Y format, here are some more surprising options to fill in for current favorites:


If you love Arianna, you might like Aria

If you love Aurora or Aurelia, you might like Athena

If you love Lila or Bliss, you might like Blythe

If  you love Cora, you might like Coralie

If you love Ellie or Emmy, you might like Effie

If you love Genevieve, you might like Geneva

If you love Ada or Ivy, you might like Ida

If you love Lucy, you might like Lucille

If you love Mila, you might like Milena

If you love Elodie, you might like Mireille

If you love Nora, you might like Nova

If you love Payton, you might like Paige

If you love Violet and Pippa, you might like Petal

If you love Poppy and Rose, you might like Posey

If you love Ruby, you might like Ramona

If you love Sasha, you might like Saskia

If you love Tessa, you might like Theresa

If you like Millie or Matilda, you might love Tillie

If you love Willow, you might like Waverly


If you love Alexander, you might like Alistair

If you love August, you might like Ambrose

If you love Sebastian, you might like Balthazar

If you love Beckett, you might like Bennett

If you like Atticus, you might like Cato

If you like Silas, you might love Cyrus

If you love Dexter or Edmond, you might like Desmond

If you love Miles or Milo, you might like Django

If you love Ezra, you might like Enzo

If you love Isaiah or Zachary, you might like Ezekiel

If you love Emmett, you might like Garrett

If you love Leo, you might like Leon

If you love Jackson, you might like Lincoln

If you love Malachy, you might like Malloy

If you love Rhys, you might like Rhett

If you love Samuel, you might like Solomon

Got any other great “If you love X, you might like Y” substitutes to suggest?

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.