A boy name trend now hot for the girls!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now #10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best:
Aster—This flower name is one of the newer blooms in the garden, already appreciated on Nameberry to the point where it’s reached #431. Related to the Greek word for star, Aster is the birth month for September, symbolizing daintiness, love and magic, and would make a pretty name for a girl born this month.
Clover—Another attractive botanical name beginning to pop up increasingly on the namescape, with more energy and verve than standby perennial blooms like Rose and Lily–and also associated with the luck of the four-leaf clover. It’s been chosen by several celebs, including Breckin Meyer, and by Natasha Gregson Wagner who used it to honor her late mother Natalie Wood’s iconic film Inside Daisy Clover. Clover is another Nameberry fave, at #334.
Easter—You don’t have to be expecting around the holiday to consider this name: it appeared on the Top 1000 list a century ago and remained there up through 1942—though it would make an ideally appropriate choice for a spring babe. It derives from the name of the German spring goddess Eostre and could make a cool holiday playmate for a Noel or Noelle.
Ember—Ember has risen to replace the once glowing Amber. It entered the Top 1000 in 2009 and has now moved rapidly up 564 places to #320. And we just heard of a starbaby Ember born this week! It’s definitely one to watch!
Ever—An unusual simple yet meaningful word name with an evocative, timeless meaning. Ever could also be a shortening of currently popular names like Everly, Everett and Everest. Milla Jovovich used it for her daughter, and it made an appearance on Gossip Girl.
Greer—Even though this is the only one-syllable name in the group, the sophisticated Scottish Greer rates inclusion via its er ending. Red-haired Golden Age Hollywood star Greer Garson (born Eileen– Greer was her mother’s maiden name) lends it a glamorous aura. Alternately, Brooke Shields spells her daughter’s name Grier.
Juniper—Juniper has started jumping onto lots of name lists—it’s a fresh and fragrant nature name that has climbed more than 500 places since 2012 to #352. It’s the full name of children’s book fave Junie P. Jones and starred in the animated series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.
Lavender –This soft, delicate, nostalgic color and aromatic flower name is beginning to join other purpley cousins Violet, Lilac and Mauve, especially among adventurous namers intrigued by the Harry Potter character Lavender Brown or Matilda’s best friend. Lavender ranks at #503 on Nameberry.
Piper—Perky Piper is probably the hottest name on the list, ranking at #67 in the US and also around the Top 50 in Australia and New Zealand. It entered the US list in 1999, just a year after it co-starred on the TV show Charmed. Samantha Bee is one of several celebrity parents of a Piper.
Silver—This shimmery unisex name—it’s more female to me as I knew a lovely little girl named Silver, though its single SS ranking in the 1890s was on the boys’ side–has a very different, sleeker. appeal from cousin Goldie. Would make a sparkly middle.
Vesper—Though first heard in the James Bond movie Casino Royale via the sexy Eva Green character Vesper Lynd, the name has a much more spiritual aura as the Latin word used for evening religious services. Already used by a couple of celebs, Vesper is sure to reach wider popularity.
Winter—If Spring, Autumn and Summer feel a little dated, there’s a snowy freshness to Winter. A couple of celebrities have used it, including Gretchen Mol and media mogul Sean Parker, and it has made a few media appearances as well. Winter entered the US popularity list in 1978, and now ranks at Number 506.
Any others that you’d like to add? What’s your favorite er-ending girl name?
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on September 11th, 2017 at 11:00 pm
Easter, Greer, lavender, September, October: all are lovely.
on September 12th, 2017 at 12:19 am
I like Vesper, and this is definitely influenced by the Bond Girl. Easter is also intriguing.
With Lavender I’d be concerned about constantly having to spell it for people.
I knew a woman named September who goes by Tember. Story goes, she was named after the song “September Morn” (if I remember correctly).
on September 12th, 2017 at 4:33 am
Lavender is in my top 10, so by far my favourite -er name, and I love Winter as a middle especially. I feel like I should like Vesper, but it just reminds me of Vespa, and it’s the name of one of the student bars at my uni.
on September 12th, 2017 at 4:46 am
I like Aster, Clover, Ember, Esther, Lavender, Vesper, Winter, September (my birth month!), November, and December.
on September 12th, 2017 at 6:18 am
Of those mentioned, I really like Clover, Juniper, Esther, and Vesper.
I also like Ginger and Hester.
on September 12th, 2017 at 8:56 am
I love most of the names listed, and would add September, October, November, and December as names that draw on this trend to sound fresh and wearable.
on September 12th, 2017 at 1:32 pm
I like Lavender though my favorite “er” name is Kimber.
Rumer, Ember, Fifer & Brier are also great. Sadly not high enough on my list for usage baby name wise but maybe for future characters.
on September 12th, 2017 at 2:45 pm
It’s interesting that people nowadays try to raise independent and strong women who do not depend on men and at the same time suppress anything feminine. Male names and trends on girls give me the impression that the feminine ones are too “soft”. But a girl remains a girl even if you name her Jack. And she should be proud of it and not have the name of a boy
on September 12th, 2017 at 8:36 pm
I understand questioning why should we name females male names b/c that can send the message that females and female names are not strong in themselves. That’s just part of why I wouldn’t name a daughter Irving or James.
But names like Easter, Lavender, September, Greer, etc. don’t seem to me in that category at all. For one thing, it’s difficult for me to imagine a male Easter or Lavender. For another, day and month names seem to be fairly open for use, though again a male April is hard to see. And as for names like Greer, those have been used for females for many years. Think of Greer Garson.
I don’t like to think of any gender owning sounds. I love Persia for a boy (not saying I’d use it, just saying I love it) and Tupelo for a girl.
on September 12th, 2017 at 9:22 pm
I’ve always liked Piper and Juniper. Ginger is an -we ending name that I like the sound of. It feels like it’s a little sassy.
on September 13th, 2017 at 3:35 pm
I named a Barbie doll Easter once, because my mom told me it was a name and the Barbie came wearing an Easter dress. Always thought that would be a great middle for a baby born around Easter.
I’m so glad to not see Parker on this list – it’s top of my list for boys and I get discouraged every time I see it high on the girls’ chart!
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on September 16th, 2017 at 3:21 pm
A boy name trend cant remain a “boy trend” for long without parents latching onto the bandwagon for their daughters. Its so annoying. When boy names ending in “ia” become fashionable maybe we will actually have equality.
Greer and Vesper were also originally used on males. Easter I see as a much more masculine name than femine, especially with how popular Easton is, and also the name Eamon. Month names can go either, true, but again you only say you have a hard time picturing boys with these. I know a man named July, and I also have met a little boy named October (nn Toby).
on September 18th, 2017 at 12:44 am
Fiddlesticks. I can see January, March, Julius, August, November, and December on boys quite well. No one who names her daughter Easter, Greer, or Vesper does so in order to copycat some boy name “trend”, but because she likes the names. I believe in righteous indignation, but let’s save it for something real that matters.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 2:45 pm
Greer, Juniper, Silver, and Vesper!
Some Turkish additions ~
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