Baby Names 2013: Our Latest Finds

We’re always adding new names to the database, and here are Nameberry’s ten newest baby names 2013:

Sunniva — Thanks, Mom2Seven, for urging us to add the ancient saint’s name Sunniva to the Nameberry database.  Saint Sunniva was born in Ireland but fled to Norway when an invading heathen king wanted to marry her.  With her followers, she hid in a cave on a Norwegian island.  After her death, miracles on the island led to an excavation of the cave, where Sunniva‘s body was found intact.  Sunniva, pronounced SOON-ee-va, is the patron saint of Western Norway, making this a distinctive choice for a family with Norwegian ancestry.  That’s her above on a Norwegian stamp.

SwithinSaint Swithin, whose name is also spelled Swithun, is well-known throughout Britain for his July 15 feast day, which is believed to determine the weather for the next 40 days.  The original Swithin was the bishop of Winchester, where his remains are interred in the famous cathedral.

Wrecker — We’re resisting indulging actor Cam Gigandet, who introduced this Bad Boy baby name to the lexicon via his kree8tiv spelling Rekker.  We entered the name in Nameberry under both spellings.  Proceed with either at your own peril.

Kasiani — This has to be our favorite of all the new names we’ve added to Nameberry for a long time.  Also spelled Kassiani or Cassiane, the ancient Greek saint’s name appeals to the senses in a variety of ways.  Not only does the name mean cinnamon, but the original Kasiani was one of the few female hymnographers whose most famous hymn is chanted during Easter week.

Maxon — This newly-styled variation on Max highlights the trendy letter X and establishes itself as a cousin of Jaxon.  But we can’t help preferring the more classic Maxfield, Maxwell, or just plain Max.

Bean — A better nickname for an unborn child than proper name for a baby, Bean was featured in one of the wonderful Louise Penny mysteries as the name of a strange child of indeterminate gender.

Tuvia — Though Tuvia is a Biblical cognate of Tobiah or Tobias and is used in Israel as a boys’ name, it was the name of a female character in the film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”

Mailer — The rise of occupational names like Archer and Gardener has opened this field wide enough to accommodate choices like Mailer, which signifies an enameler not a postal worker.  Mailer might also be considered a literary name for fans of macho writer Norman.

Keverne — Another ancient saint’s name new to Nameberry, this more distinctive Kevin substitute was the name of a (male) saint with a town named for him on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula.

NewNew is one of the, uh, new middle names with meaning, appropriately enough for a child fresh to the world.  Might be a good choice for a baby given an ancestral name, with the New signifying that he or she is not a junior or a IV but a brand new individual who happens to carry a family name.

 

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eleminty Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 12:25 am

I’m currently writing a book (300 pages in and no turning back now!) and my main character’s name is Sunniva. Goes by Sunni.

sarahmezz Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 2:12 am

I don’t mind “new” sounding names if they have some history behind them – like Sunniva, Swithin, Kasiani and Tuvia. But I draw the line at the purely made-up – Wrecker, Maxon, Bean, Mailer, Keverne and New are all terrible! By the way, I think Saint Swithin had a mention on The Simpsons once 😉

Lauren-Kay Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 5:59 am

I knew a girl called Synnøve, which I’m sure is a version of Sunniva. I really love the way she spelt it. Not a fan of the Sunniva spelling.

Lauren-Kay Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 6:01 am

Also, I LOVE the hymn of Kasiani and so obviously love the name 🙂

tori101 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hmm…
Personally I’m not into made up names like Wrecker, Mailer, Bean, Keverne and New. Who would honestly want to possess that name? Can you imagine caling out New across the playgroud? What happens when New is infact old? The whole thing is silly. But I do kinda like Maxon not that I would ever use it but I do see the appeal.

I think Sunniva, Kasiani and Tuvia (which having Israeli relatives I’ve heard a few times) are absolutely fine!

ClareB Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 6:53 am

Maxon – not necessarily made-up. Macsen or Maxen is the Welsh form of the Latin name Maximus (specifically in legends about the emperor Magnus Maximus), so Maxon has possible credentials as an English version of this.

name-obsession Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 7:19 am

Sunniva and Kasiani are lovely. I know a little girl with the nickname Bean/Beanie so to me it will always be a nickname.

Pam Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 7:53 am

Sarahmezz, you’re right, St. Swithin’s Day was on a Simpsons episode and was also the day repeated over the years in the novel/movie One Day. Also, Keverne is NOT a madeup name but the name of an ancient Cornish saint!

NaviZ Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 8:52 am

I don’t know if any of these are quite my style… but two names I do love that are missing from your database are Eponine and Ovidia!

Pam Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 9:04 am

We are working on adding new names! Plus we are adding an area for berries to add names too…

Pam Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 9:16 am

OK, NaviZ, Eponine and Ovidia are now in the Nameberry database! Let me know if you have any information I should add to or change in these entries.

Flick Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

Sunniva has been on my list for years, I love it – very beautiful. Tuvia is beautiful, too, reminds me of Tullia, which is another that’s always made her way onto my lists as well.

Bean and Wrecker are just wrong.

NaviZ Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Great! Thanks Pam! 🙂

downtheavenue Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

My niece’s middle name is Bean, as that is my mother’s nickname (essentially all we call her). I love it as her middle. Kurt Cobain’s daughter also has it as her middle.

dannyva Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I could never use the name “Wrecker”… might as well use it as a middle name and use “Home” as a first.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I’ve loved Sunniva for a long while now…I’ve always read that it means “sun gift” which is lovely in addition to Saint Sunniva’s history.

EmilyVA Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

@Pam
How about Stephan pronounced Steph-ahn? I have a male friend with that name. I would like to see it in the database. Its a form of Steven or Stefan.
Also I like the name Sunniva and her soundalike cousin Sunita.

Saranel Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

How about Apphia. It’s an old name from the bible. Here is the behindthename link: http://www.behindthename.com/name/apphia

southern.maple Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Maxon is a misspelling of Macsen, the Welsh form of Maximus.

Lea Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

The only Kasiani I know is spelt Cassiani, I believe this is a pretty popular spelling considering the family is traditional Greek. I was just trying to find her name here last week, great to see its appreciated. 🙂

dillonsfan01 Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I love Sunniva, it’s so gorgeous! Another gorgeous saints name missing from the database is Kateri!

DiannaElaine Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Lovely names! May I suggest adding Sumaya to the database?

NellieDellie Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Love Kaisani, but Bean and New, well their just silly.

BlandyBland Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

In theory, Sunniva is a beautiful name, but I think she’d be called “Son-of-a” in most American dialects.

AmelieAmour Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 1:27 am

L love Sunniva! It’s been on my list for years, it’s a gorgeous name!

neuilly Says:

February 21st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Sunniva has been on my long list for years. It’s a great name, and some nice history, so it’s nice to see it get added!

neuilly Says:

February 22nd, 2013 at 1:06 am

Where do you ask for new names to be added? There are a few others I’d love to see added.

CassieCake Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 4:29 am

The story of Kasiani just made me fall in love with my name all over again.

Mom2Seven Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Oh, Sunniva has been a favorite for such a long time. I am so happy you added her! Yea! But now I see Kassiani and she is just so beautiful, like a song! The suggestion of Kateri is a good one, really, especially since St. Kateri is Native American and was just named a saint!

tabitha Says:

February 26th, 2013 at 5:00 am

They aren’t particularly new (in fact they’re quite old!) but I love the boy’s names Parlan (farmer, version of Bartholomew) and Sholto (fruitfulness). They’re both Scottish!

hodgecrew Says:

June 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am

Looks like I’m the only one, but I adore New. I’m sure most people don’t like my kiddos actual names either 🙂

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