Best New Top 1000 Names: Sutton, Jericho & Wren
The Greek and Roman gods and goddesses have definitely come down to earth and are alighting on birth certificates. Greek god Ares, and his Roman counterpart Mars, though both fierce gods of war, are now earthly options: Ares came in at Number 904. He's been seen on several TV shows, including Immortals.
- Roman gods and goddesses have definitely come down to earth and are alighting on birth certificates. Greek god Ares, and his Roman counterpart Mars, though both fierce gods of war, are now earthly options: Ares came in at Number 904. He's been seen on several TV shows, including Immortals." >
- Larry Hernandez, star of Larrymania." >
- Cam (his full birth name) Gigandet was an early adopter when he named his daughter Everleigh in 2009. This year it entered the list at Number 865." >
- Freya—it’s a Top 20 name in England and Wales and Scotland; here, it just entered the list at Number 908." >
- Grey, also spelled Gray, is more often heard as a middle or surname, or in longer forms Greyson/Grayson (Numbers 78/149). Grey premiered on the list as a first name at Number 979." >
- Jericho has been a significant biblical place name and the subject of a triumphant song, it’s been heard in titles of films, TV shows (like Teen Titans --shown), video games and bands, book and movies—and now it’s a Top 1000 boys’ name, debuting at Number 930." >
- Scotland, Lachlan is Number 118 on Nameberry and the seventh most popular name in Australia. Interestingly, the Irish Lochlan also entered the Top 1000 at the same time." >
- Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes (Langston was his mother’s maiden name), and used in tribute by Laurence Fishburne for his now grown son, Langston has finally made it onto the popularity list this year." >
- Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Kristy Swanson, is just now making its way into the American mainstream. A royal appellation in Scandinavia, Magnus is still Number 6 in Denmark And Norway." >
- Tony award-winning Broadway actress Sutton Foster single-handedly brought this English surname name over to the girls’ side and now onto the Top 1000, entering at Number 832. This fall, Sutton Foster stars in the television series Younger, created by Darren Star and airing on TVLand, based on the novel by Nameberry co-creator Pamela Redmond Satran." >
- Fox news reporter Megyn Kelly and celebrity chef Cat Cora for their sons, Thatcher also has a rich history as a surname." >
- Wren has flown from its usual middle place to first name validation, landing at Number 807." >
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on May 15th, 2014 at 11:28 pm
I am constantly amazed at some of the names in the top 1000 when my name, Jill, which is totally normal, is not on the list.
on May 16th, 2014 at 6:29 am
I love Mars, Grey, Lachlan, and Wren! The rest….meh
on May 16th, 2014 at 8:09 am
How is Daleyza pronounced? deh-leh-sah? Either way, she’s adorable!
I really like some of these names… Lachlan, Jericho, Magnus (which I’ve loved since I was little, watching Matilda).
I’m a little glad Grey is getting popular… Maybe my family won’t see it as weird if I decide to go that route for a nickname.
I’m on the fence with Wren, Lark and Ares. Sometimes I hear them and think I like them; other times, not so much.
on May 16th, 2014 at 8:38 am
I love Wren, but it’s the only one that’s really caught my attention.
on May 16th, 2014 at 9:47 am
On the boys side I love Lachlan, which is currently in Dh and I’s top 3. And I am really digging Jericho, but it is definitely a guilty pleasure name.
On the girls side I think that Freya, while not a name I would use personally, is very beautiful.
Wren, is a great choice too. In real life I have only ever met a boy named Wren, but I can see it being used for a girl as well.
on May 16th, 2014 at 10:52 am
Some of these names — Lachlan, Freja, Wren, Magnus — have been on my list for over thirty years. Of course, having a Norwegian grandmother introduced me to Magnus (I have a cousin named Magnus, Kai Magnus) and Freja….although I really love the Anglo-Saxon version of Freja, Fritha/Frith, which Paul Gallico used in his novel The Snow Goose.
on May 16th, 2014 at 11:23 am
I actually used to babysit an Everleigh, sister of Maddox. She was an adorable child. She must be about 4 or 5 now. And Freya I’ve seen on a few reality shows. I really like Lachlan, too.
on May 16th, 2014 at 11:42 am
I now know two babies named Grey, one boy and one girl. I know several little girls with Grey as a middle name. I REALLY don’t get it. I can’t imagine looking at a sunny little baby and thinking, yes, we should name this baby… Grey. I get that grey is the new beige, I just still don’t get it as a baby name.
I love Jericho, Wren, and Freya.
on May 16th, 2014 at 1:06 pm
For some reason, the site wasn’t allowing me access for a few months. I’m surprised I was able to get in today – after a few tries.
Anyway, I love Lachlan. I think the Irish/Scottish mixup of Lachlan, Logan, Lorcan, and Liam would make a nice sibset.
Jericho is a good biblical place name along with Salem, Moriah, Bethany, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Judah, Shiloh.
on May 16th, 2014 at 3:17 pm
@tarynkay I’m with you totally on Grey. I have never seen the appeal of this; to me it just means blah, depressing, not to mention an old person’s hair. Also nowadays it’s hard not to hear it and think “50 Shades of.” Just for the sound, Greyson and Greydon are much better in my opinion, and I do have a great-uncle Greydon.
on May 16th, 2014 at 5:22 pm
Jericho is MY BROTHER’S MIDDLE NAME! IT’S MY NAME! MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE! I kind of through a fit when I found out it was in the top 1000 hahaha.
on May 16th, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Freya, Lachlan, Magnus and Wren are my favourites – I plan to use Freya if I have a girl.
on May 16th, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Speaking of Freya, please add Fritha to the database, as someone said above it’s the Anglo Saxon version of Freya and very lovely. (must re read The Snow Goose now!)
on May 16th, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Everleigh is good but Kamdyn is bad? Both are respellings, and both are tacky as hell.
on May 17th, 2014 at 3:43 am
Yes Fritha and the Snow Goose wonderful story and sweet name and Freya is lovely too
on May 17th, 2014 at 5:50 pm
Of the ones you listed, my favorites are Ares and Freya. I’ve loved Ares since I was a child. Back then, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to name a person that. I’m glad the rest of America has caught up.
on May 18th, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Yeah grey. Groan. Like what if she is a happy, joyful little girl… And she’s called grey? Don’t get it. Pink would be even marginally better than grey for a girl. Yes that sounds ridiculous but so does grey.
I like Ares quite a bit. wren and freya are delightful. And Magnus is growing on me hugely. Most of the others I don’t care for and sound trendy (low classy)
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