The Nameberry Awards Go To…..

October 15, 2012 Pamela Redmond
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!

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized 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. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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