The Nameberry Awards Go To…..

best baby names

We wish we’d thought of the Nameberry Awards.

But the entertaining and illuminating awards given by popular vote to the best names in a range of categories was the brainchild of Genevieve, over on the Nameberry forums.

How it worked: Berries nominated names in each category.  Then the entries were organized into polls and people voted as well as commented on their choices.  Here’s one example.

We see Nameberry favorites such as Charlotte and Genevieve, Henry and Theo showing up in the results.  But there are many surprises as well: Rowan chosen as a top unisex name for both girls and boys, for instance.  Indiana voted the top celebrity baby name for girls.

But rather than describing the results to you, we’ll just bring you the winners and runners up in all the categories.  The Nameberry Awards go to:


Best Top 100 Girls’ Name

1. Lucy

2. Charlotte

3. Amelia


Best Top 100 Boys’ Name

1. Henry

2. James

3. Noah


Best Girls’ Name Outside Top 1000

1. Freya

2. Elodie

3. Mabel


Best Boys’ Name Outside Top 1000

1. Linus and Caspian (tie)

2. Lachlan

3. Phineas


Best Unisex Name for a Girl

1. Harper

2. Rowan

3. Meredith


Best Unisex Name for a Boy

1. Rowan

2. Spencer

3. Avery and Quinn (tie)


Best Girls’ Name Chosen by a Celebrity

1. Indiana Rose

2. Penelope Scotland

3. Adeline and Maple Sylvie (tie)


Best Boys’ Name Chosen by a Celebrity

1. Leo Grey

2. Miles Alexander

3. Samuel


Best Girls’ Name from a Book

1. Primrose

2. Juliet

3. Hermione


 Best Boys’ Name from a Book

1. Theodore/Theo

2. Oliver and Sebastian (tie)

3. Rhett


Best Spanish Girls’ Name

1. Paloma and Catalina (tie)

2. Elena

3. Esperanza and Anabella (tie)


Best Spanish Boys’ Name

1. Mateo

2. Hugo

3. Alvero and Cruz (tie)


Best French Girls’ Name

1. Genevieve

2. Amelie

3. Delphine and Esme (tie)


Best French Boys’ Name

1. Beau

2. Lucien

3. Blaise


Best Italian Girls’ Name

1. Francesca

2. Aurelia

3. Aurora


Best Italian Boys’ Name

1. Luca

2. Matteo

3. Enzo


Best Vintage Girls’ Name

1. Violet

2. Eleanor

3. Cordelia


Best Flower Name

1. Violet

2. Rose

3. Magnolia and Iris (tie)


Best Feminization

1. Charlotte

2. Georgiana

3. Theodora


Thank you, Genevieve, and all the Berries who voted on the Nameberry Awards!

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Whirligig Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 1:13 am

Cool. Saw these on the forums. Was interested to see Lucy on there because it doesn’t normally get much love. My favourite category was girls names form a book because I LOVE all three names from there.

Mego0801 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 6:05 am

Can’t believe Primrose beat Hermione, that must have been a fluke! 😛 My girl’s name was in the choices for “flower” names, thank God it didn’t make the top three!! <3 Most of the winning names aren't my style, I love Rowan but it it's definitely NOT unisex, lol, it's all boy!

Taz Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 8:33 am

How did I miss tgis in the forums!!

Pierrette35 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 8:41 am

Esme is French? Really? I’m French-Canadian and I’ve been reading alot on the French baby name boards too and never saw Esme except on American baby name boards. It’s cute though. For those who are curious which baby names are in the top 100 in Québec check out:
Pierrette 🙂

dayjoysky2815 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I think Paloma is actually and Indian (as in from India) name. Growing up, I was very close with a Indian girl named Paloma and her parents were both very traditional Indians.

vandychick Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I have to laugh at the list of best French boys names. We were looking for a French boys name for our son and both Blaise and Lucien were on the short list.

Both names received an absolute trouncing from other Nameberries every time I mentioned them in a comment or used them in a poll.

That was almost 2 years ago–I guess tastes change!

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I remember this. I wasn’t able to vote for all of them, which makes me sad.

I just had to ask, but Beau is the best French Boys name? I wished I saw that poll, because there are so many more awesome French boys names out there (imo). Are the names Beau and Blaise used in France at all? Lucien is on the French popularity charts, so I see it’s use, but both Beau and Blaise are not on the charts. Are they seen as being outdated there? If someone that is French could answer, that would be awesome!

vaning Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Wow, I’m actually happy to see my sons first and middle name win “awards”. I had a couple of people make me doubt my choice in the very beginning, but I really love his name Matteo Sebastian 🙂

Starcatcher668 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Loved voting!! I didn’t get a chance to nominate any names though 🙁

namelover77 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I wouldn’t call these names the best, but there are a few good ones on here. I prefer all the unisex boys’ names for girls, but I think Esperanza is a beautiful Spanish girl name.

grenouille Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Mara_lyn86: I’m french canadian and never met anyone called Beau or Blaise. Beau to me sounds very tacky and I think Blaise sounds pretty funny.

SugarPlumFairy Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Really, Nameberry? Anabella isn’t Spanish, and Esme and Beau aren’t French…

Nice lists, though!

melissa2 Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Blurgh. Beau is not a name in France. Not even remotely. Blaise is used, and Esme exists as a shortened form of Esmeralda. But Good Lord, these names me remind of when my students choose “French” names for class– Estee and Tresemee are always popular choices. :{

susan.n Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Is Indiana Rose supposed to be India Rose? I know that Chris Hemsworth and his wife named their daughter India Rose.

UniqueNameLover Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I love so many names on here. Cordelia, Violet, Genevieve, Aurora, Hermione, and Juliet are all on my list! Lucy is one that I have been loving. I named a character Aurelia in my story. Great name. Love Henry and Oliver. Both are also on my list.

strawberrytree Says:

November 12th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Lol, sorry Nameberry, but I have a hard time taking this seriously when Beau is a top French name. As any French speaking person will tell you, this is not a boy’s name!

VickyInTX Says:

November 20th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Both of my daughters’ names are here! Cool!

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