Best Names Given to Just 5 Babies

From Araminta to Tolliver

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By Dantae

As I did last year last year, I’ve now compiled a list of the best – in my opinion – names given to just five babies last year. I tried to keep to only conventionally spelled names or properly spelled variations, such as Agathe and Olivine.

Girls:

Agathe – This is the Greek spelling of Agatha, meaning “good.” Agathe von Trapp was the oldest daughter in the famous von Trapp, known in The Sound of Music as Liesl. There’s a Saint Agatha and the writer Agatha Christie. Agathe is a strong name with a cute nickname: Aggie.

Araminta – This pretty, delicate name with an unknown meaning is heard more in the UK than the US. It’s the real first name of Harriet Tubman, and presents many nickname options such as Ara, Ari, Mina, Minta, Minty, and maybe even Minnie.

Cassiana – The feminine of the saints’ name Cassian, this name is elegant but still leaves room for less girly nicknames like Cass or others like Cassie and Ana.

Ceres – A name from Roman mythology meaning “to grow.” Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, the Roman equivalent of Demeter, and is the name of a spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Constantina – The female version of Constantine, meaning “constant.” A substantial four-syllable name, with so many options for any type of girl.

Delphina – Means “of Delphi.” While I prefer Delphine, this is a lovely name too. Delphi, Dina, and several others are good nickname options.

Leonarda – The feminine form of Leonardo, meaning “brave lion.” A beautiful name that brings to mind Leonardo Da Vinci. More commonly heard in Europe, it’s currently Number 62 in Croatia.

Olivine – This is a variation of Oliva, meaning “olive tree.” Olivine is also a yellowish-green mineral. It’s not generally my style, but might fit the bill if you’re looking for a rare gem name. Ollie, Vi, and Olive are possible nicknames.

Rohana – I’ve always had a soft spot for this Sanskrit girl name meaning “sandalwood.” It’s soft, and the nicknames Ro and Ana are both cute. But is it a little too close to Rihanna?

Boys:

Abidan – a Hebrew name meaning “my father is judge.” In the Old Testament, he actually was a judge, head of the tribe of Benjamin and a leader at the time of the Exodus.. Dan and Ab could work as nicknames.

Algernon – Another name I have a soft spot for. It means “having a moustache .” A vintage name with a stately image, it is also literary via a character on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and is the first name of the poet Swinburne.

Elior – An appealing Hebrew name meaning “my God is my light.” It’s a name I’d love to see more often, possibly as a more distinctive alternative to Eliot.

Emyr – A Welsh name meaning “king.” Pronounced em-eer, this name is well used in Wales, though practically unknown here, attached to the famous Welsh writer Emyr Humphries.

Frederico – This is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese version of Frederick, meaning “peaceful ruler,” adding some Latin dash to the classic name. Some famous namesakes include Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca and iconic Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Fyodor – This is the Russian form of Theodore, meaning “gift of God.” It was borne by three tsars of Russian and the author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Fyo is a great nickname.

Llewelyn – This is a variation on the Welsh name Llywelyn. It is related to the Welsh word for “lion” which is llew, and in Wales is considered a patriotic name. I don’t know why this isn’t higher on the list, as it contains both hard and soft elements in good balance. I love the nickname Llew.

Tesla – There are sure to be people who disagree with this entry, but I love this as a hero name for a boy since the only thing I think of when I hear it is the male scientist, and not the increasingly popular electric car.

Tolliver – A little heard occupational name meaning “metalworker.” I love it as a fresh take for those tired of Oliver. Tolly makes a good nickname for any age too. As a bonus, it has surname connections to the barrier-breaking African-American journalist, Melba Tolliver.

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Angel Thomas, better known on Nameberry as Dantea, is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for onomastics who writes fantasy novels in her spare time. Her knowledge of Greek names stems from her ancestry and her religion.
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lesliemarion Says:

May 15th, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Some of these are so lovely! It eludes me how people can choose to have yet another popularly named child and ignore some of these gems.

SimoneKadele Says:

May 17th, 2016 at 7:20 pm

These names are (mostly) all so great! On one hand I want more people to use them, but on the other hand I couldn’t stand gems like these becoming popular.

elifsu Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Emyr?? There is an Arabic name Emir, pronounced same as Emyr and means ruler!

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