Baby Names 2013: Our newest names

Think there are no new names? Think again. Among the newest additions to the Nameberry database are these ancient religious names ripe for modern revival, fresh nicknames for old favorites, and nature, word, and surnames newly transformed into firsts. Might one of these new baby names 2013 be right for your 2013 baby?


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The up-and-coming Bellamy is a surname-y riff on the trendy Bella genre of names. While the Bella connection makes Bellamy feel more popular than it really is – there were only 53 girls named Bellamy in the most recent year counted, vs. nearly 20,000 named Isabella – we see it rising through the ranks in the coming year.

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Pansy Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 1:08 am

For the Kilala entry, the character you have pictured is named Kirara. I think the character you’re meaning is Kilala Reno, the heroine of the Kilala Princess series, which is about a young girl who loves Disney, not a cat.

tintri Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 1:53 am

Oh my. If these are the picks for 2013, I’m in trouble. I didn’t see a single one that seemed usable in the least. Bellamy is the least appalling, I guess. Don’t mean any disrespect! Just kind of shocked that I didn’t care for any of them.

witchgreens Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 2:37 am

Elowen is my # 1 favorite girls name (most of the time) and I am now totally in love with Eos and am adding it to my middle names list. The rest are nrms, however.

Ivana Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 6:50 am

Since I got engaged in Dubrovnik , maro seems pretty intriguing to me!

BerryBry Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:23 am

Awww Elowen and Bellamy are sweet!!

M2Mom Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:34 am

Chrysanthemum is so over the top. Good luck to the little kindergartener who has to spell her name. All of them are bad, actually.

pam Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:48 am

Just to clarify, these names are among the newest additions to our database, not necessarily the names we recommend for your new baby. As brand new additions to a long-established database of names, they’re by definitions unusual, unfamiliar, very much off the beaten track.

CharlotteVera Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:57 am

Great list! Love the addition of Elowen. On a side note, when I lived in India (growing up, although not actually Indian), we always pronounced Kerala with the emphasis on the first syllable, not the second.

pam Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:58 am

And Pansy, yipes! You’re right! Hope I have the right Kilala now…

pam Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 8:07 am

Thanks, CharlotteVera. I’ve corrected the pronunciation of Kerala, a place I’d love to visit. One exciting feature coming to Nameberry in the year ahead are audio pronunciations for the names, thanks to Forvo.

NameNerdShack Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 8:35 am

Ooh I am excited to use the audio pronunciation! Btw, if I were to use Bellamy I think I would spell it Belle-Ami just because I love the meaning.
I love Elowen and Whimsy.
I can see Wim/Whim as a nickname for William and Whimsy as a nickname for Wilhelmina!

skizzo Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 8:57 am

I prefer Bellamy on a boy.

Sylfessev Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am

So many gems!

I love Elowen, Eos and Whimsy (as a nickname), I’m warming up to Senara, Mazarine and Eyre, and I find Maro and Hallam very intriguing. Kilala has a melodious sound.

Elowen is a future top 10 name, for me – definitely!

littlemissmariss Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

Oh goodness, I really love Eyre! And I think it’d make such a great middle name! It’ll probably only remain on my Guilty Pleasure list, but its so pretty! 🙂

arreisenlaluz9 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 9:45 am

My kitty’s name is Whimsy! It is my favorite word, so I thought I’d use it as a name. I didn’t ever think it would be appropriate for a child, though. So that’s exciting. I like the idea of Whim as a nn for William and Whimsy for Wilhelmina, as well.

Elowen is gorgeous and it caught my eye recently. But that’s really the only one I’d consider using.

UselessKitty Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am

I am surprised that Elowen is on this list. I have loved this name for years. I would have thought Nameberry would have had it on here a long time ago.

R_J Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 10:26 am

Love Elowen. Bizzy as a nickname reminds me of an show I used to watch in the 90s called “Ready or Not.” I think she spelled it Busy.

I would love to know what the process is on adding names to the database. How do you decide what goes in? (I know we suggest a LOT of names to you!) Is a lot of research involved? Just curious.

pam Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 10:34 am

UselessKitty, sometimes WE are surprised to discover a name isn’t in our database. The database was originally based on our book Baby Name Bible, which was necessarily circumscribed simply because it was a book and so we had to limit the names/entries/pages.

R_J, deciding which new names make it into the database depends on us doing our own research and deciding a name belongs in the lexicon — we tend NOT to include invented or unique names unless they are finding wider use — but is also limited by time. We love the name suggestions but researching and including them is not always at the top of our list of projects, unfortunately.

One feature we plan to add in the new year — there are LOTS of new features coming to Nameberry — is a user-generated database that will let you add new names.

Mischa Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 10:53 am

Some of the names on this blog are quite lovely. Elowen, Mazarine and Senara are usable for girls. I think Eyre, Maro and Hallam are great additions to the database. It sounds like we’re in for some exciting new features here on Nameberry in the future. Can’t wait!

upswingbabynames Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 11:08 am

I really like Elowen and Tupelo. I mostly like Tupelo because I think of tupelo honey which reminds me of the Van Morrison song. I would feel more comfortable using Elowen, unless Tupelo Honey was a significant song to me and my husband. I would recommend Tupelo to a couple if Tupelo Honey happens to be “their song”. Sometimes an interesting back-story adds to a name that would otherwise seem strange to some folks.

Dove14 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 11:13 am

I think there are some excellent names here! I’m surprised to see some people reacting so negatively to them, but then again I have more of a taste for the unusual.
Elowen, Bellamy, Eyre, Mazarine, Hallam, and Maro all seem very useable to me! Elowen has long since been a favorite and a strong contender should I ever have another daughter.

By the way, I’m very excited to hear there wil be audio pronunciations added to the site! That will be an excellent feature!

Dove14 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 11:14 am

(oops, Forgot to add Senara to my list. It’s lovely and perfectly useable!)

stephykneejo Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 11:46 am

Bizzy has always been a name favorite of mine. However, I stop myself from naming my daughter Elizabeth because it is so popular/. I think Bizzy would make a perfect sister name to my Maeby, whose name is not on the nameberry site yet!

M2Mom Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I’ve reconsidered one, Elowen, it has grown on me and is pretty. I think it’s the one from the list that has the most potential of catching on.

Flick Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Elowen is a long time love of mine. Whimsy, though…..come on. Middle, maybe, but your child has to grow up SOMETIME. I also quite like Mazarine.

iheartnames Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Wonderful! I love all things new on Nameberry! Love Senara and Azenor, too.

gatoamiga Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Honestly, I love these new additions. Way to go Nameberry! Now to update my name lists….. 🙂

HerMajesty Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Oh! What a great batch of new names!I already had a thing for Elowen, Spartacus, Eks, and Senara, and now I’ll add Eyre and Mazarine to the list! They where all great, but since Bella names have nothing for me, I will say that Bellamy reminds me of how my baby brother says baloney.

maggiemary Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I quite like Bellamy.

Agent99 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I knew Mazarine was on the list when I saw the butterfly 🙂

KibaTalutah Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Bizzy sounds super cool, I’m using it on a Sim on the Sims 3. That would be torture for a real child, though. Hallam is a nice change from the thousands of Haleys and Hailas out there. Nice nickname would be Hallie, another better name than Haley. Instead of HAY lee it’s HAL ee.
Mazarine is a beautiful name, but I still wouldn’t use it on a real kid, myself. Good for a book character. As for Senara, that just sounds gorgeous and I would use it on a real girl. Whimsy is a GP name of mine lol.

BrittanyM Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I like this list a lot. I haven’t heard of most of them but almost all sound totally usable. Great job discovering these.

Bellamy and Elowen would make a great sibset!

emmie113 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Am I the only one who’s adoring Zibby? I can’t get over it! So cute!

sweetpeace13 Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I love Love Love Elowen! Glad others are catching on to its loveliness.

Dantea Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Pam — Eos is pronounced eh-ohs (short soft e and long o. Like in the name Eros) and she is the Titan of the dawn. There’s a difference between a titan and goddess.

auroradawn Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Elowen is beautiful, and I think Hallam and Eyre could be great additions to the surname trend.
I, too, am looking forward to Nameberry’s new features! The audio pronunciations are a great idea.

expensivemarket Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

When I was in 1st grade I was obsessed with the name Chrysanthemum. The spelling was never a problem for me as a child! If I didn’t hate nicknames so much I’d be tempted to use it, but I don’t know if I could prevent nicknames with this name.

Whirligig Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 5:32 am

I really like Elowen! Oh and audio pronunciation sounds epic.

StrixOniro Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 7:54 am

@Pansy, Japanese names can be written in romaji in several different ways, Kilala and Kirara are actually most likely the same name.

Dantea Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 10:52 am

I also really love Bellamy, Chrysanthemum, Elowen, Eyre, Senara. I love Eos a lot, and am hoping it gets changed on the blog entry ^_^

I want to love Spartacus but it seems like a silly name to me, but to each their own.

I actually know someone named Whimsy. It suits her. Her parents went a bit cheesy with the sibset and went with Noble, Justice, Sage, and Whimsy (3 boys and a girl). I love them all separately but not together.

I also know a Bellamy who goes by Belly. As for Chrysanthemum, I worked with a little girl named Forsythia, which seems just as long and hard to spell, and she could spell it by the time she was 3. It’s all about how the parents work with the child on whether or not they learn how to spell it.

LyndsayJenness Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 11:15 am

I’ve loved Bellamy for a long time, I would probably have bet a million dollars that it had always been in the database.

One of my favorite grandma names is Whimsy. It sounds like Lyndsay and on Secret Life of the American Teenager their grandma is called Mimzy, so I figure it’s not such a stretch. Maybe Gramma Whimsy, Nanna Whimsy. Cute. Woudln’t use it on a child though, but it’d be an adorable cat name.

BellamynSora Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 11:49 am

Is there a way to view the names in the database by date added?

hilaryisick Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

ha, my daughter’s name happens to be Chrysanthemum, I could spell it in elementary, so I don’t think she would have any problem with it! Chrysanthemum Mae *we decided on a super short middle name just in case she wanted to go by that instead*

1auren1 Says:

January 16th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

My name is very unusual I have never met anyone with the same name as me but its hard to explain what my name is through writing but I will try my name is spelt as Lauren but not pronounced as Lauren it is pronounced as Lauren as in Sophia Loren the actress’s and Ralph Lauren the clothing brand I put a dash above the E in Lauren witch apparently is the way the French spell it and that dash above the E makes it pronounced as Lauren as in Sophia Loren and Ralph Lauren

finch Says:

March 4th, 2013 at 11:38 am

Oh gosh. Don’t tell people about Maro, she’s my secret love. 🙂

Laugh-Dream-Love Says:

July 20th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’m so upset that more and more people are liking Bellamy for a girl. I would love to use it for my first son, but it’s going to be so feminised by the time that happens 🙁 I see the appeal of its nickname possibilities on a girl, but it’s so much more handsome for a boy.

I like Elowen from this list too. Very pretty, and elfin like.

maerinmurray Says:

August 7th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I think someone should start calling their children ‘Maerin’ because I’m sick of being the only one around! It’s Irish Gaelic and pronounced ‘Mayrn’- the I is silent, but I think it’s a nice twist. I always get lots of compliments on my name, too!

lilnessa88 Says:

September 25th, 2013 at 5:02 am

not caring for any of those names,not to be disrespectful !I am due in Feb with a baby girl and im going for Peyton or Abigail, BELLAMY?? IM SORRY BUT THAT NAME IS NOT AMUSING AT ALL!

AggieLou Says:

December 17th, 2013 at 2:58 am

Bellamy and Elowen are long time lusts of mine! Great list, although some are quite unusable… still fun to read the meanings and history!

Nyx Says:

December 27th, 2013 at 3:06 am

@lilnessa88 – If you tastes lean more towards Peyton or Abigail (BTW, I love Abby/Abigail!), then by all means use one of those names. Just because a name is listed on here doesn’t mean you have to consider it. Not a single one of the names listed on this site will be right for every single person. However, just because you dislike a name doesn’t mean that everyone else will share your opinion. For instance, I’m not particularly fond of Peyton, but I don’t begrudge others who use it.

Best of luck with your remaining pregnancy, and a very happy new year. 🙂

rainierloner Says:

January 15th, 2014 at 7:39 am

Bellamy, Elowen, Hallam, Maro, Whimsy, Eyre, and Mazarine are all lovely names! I especially enjoy Mazarine nn Mara and Bellamy nn Belly and Wilhelmina nn Whimsy. Thanks for the list! It’s good to keep updated on new names.

Fourthseason Says:

January 20th, 2014 at 1:14 am

@ Pam, I really like that you ventured out by adding these choices. Once Upon a Time Baby Names, where I first saw it, mentioned Mazarine. The site mentions that it is a rare or under used French name. I am soo unbelievable smitten with this name, it has been bumped to the top of my husband and I’s list, Which we “thought” was figured out. I think everything was scraped just for this name alone. lol. However, I work in the retail world and had ran into a Maro before and it was his nn for Mario. His mother told me that when he was a toddler, he condensed his own name because he couldn’t pronounce it. I think most people might be taken back by Eyre, but I new a girl named Air, but she went by Airy. My school competed with Airy’s team in basketball and track back in 1998-1999 before I moved. I think Eos can be excepted if Ean is excepted. I understand its pronounced different, but its merely a spelling association that people will soon over look, after all Kre8t1f spelling seems to fly. Hallam blends well with Haytham, Hudson, Harper, Harley, Houston, Hunter, Henry, Holly ect. Elowen sounds as if it comes from LOTR series, and it will appear that genre and even nature lovers. Also, Some of these names are just cultural based, and the US is a melting pot. With that in mind most who recognize that fact or those who are involved in out reach ministry or even just well traveled will over look it and except it. I attend a private school that had about 300-500 foreign exchange student, so Kilala seems pretty normal to me. Thanks for sharing the list.

Fourthseason Says:

January 20th, 2014 at 1:25 am

OH, and remember that not that long ago there was a Helen Adventure, a bunty, a bunny, a velvet, and a danger given as mn’s. I think whimsy is okay. On the British Baby Names sites, the site owner has pulled up hundreds of puritan or odd names given as first or even middle names such as obedience, temperance, Merritt, patience, wishful, holy, godly, saintly, good, love, sweet, wild and the list goes on. It doesn’t appear to be a new trend.

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