Brand New Baby Names!

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It’s time to nominate brand new baby names to add to the Nameberry database!

What baby names have you discovered or heard that you believe belong on our site?

Please make your nominations here, and tell us all you can about the name: Where you found it, what it means, any details you know on history and origin, plus why you think it should be on Nameberry.

Names from other cultures, ancient names that deserve to be revived, along with place names or surnames or word names or pure inventions are all welcome.

Please check before you nominate that the name isn’t already on Nameberry.

The nominations, please!

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mckaylalove Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Sansa. There’s Daenerys and Khaleesi on here but not Sansa. I think it works perfectly as an alternative Susanna/Susannah/Susanne/all the other spelling variations. It could also work as a nickname for any of them.

katerinam Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Taissa (pronounced: TYE-Issa) I heard about it through the young actress, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring). She has Ukrainian ancestry, so I assume it’s of that origin.

Also, a male entry for the name Brighton, which to me, is a great boy name (The classic ‘on’ ending; the cute nn’s). Like many others, heard it on The Nanny. It’s a city in Britain, as well.

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I agree with @mckaylove! Arya and Daenerys are names, so why not Sansa?

Elohim might fit here!

I’m also very angry that Beowulf isn’t on the Nameberry database; it is a name.

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:05 am

Richeldis. Richeldis de Faverches was a pious English noblewoman who had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1061 that led to her establishing a shrine to the Virgin Mary at Walsingham. Our Lady of Walsingham is still honored by both the Roman Catholic and the Anglican churches. I’ve seen the name used a handful of times for American, Canadian or English girls. The name is probably Norman in origin and may be a feminine version of Richard. Richeldis was probably named in honor of a ninth century saint and queen called Richardis.

LV51sfan91 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:20 am

I nominate:

Yaquina (The name of two lighthouses off the oregon coast said (Yuh-quinn-uh). Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on the Oregon Coast. Her sister Yaquina Bay lighthouse is a few miles away.

According to wikepedia “Yaquina originally denoted a tribe of Native Americans, now nearly extinct, along with their language. The remaining Yaquina people live on the Siletz Reservation in Oregon, and are mostly of mixed blood.”

I like it because I have wonderful memories visiting these places and we could always use more Y names!


A spanish explorer to the early Pacific Northwest. A lighthouse in Oregon is also called this named after him. I think it would be a cute girls name.

Meares (Meer-s) the surname of Captain John Meares an early Tillamook, OR explorer. I think Meares would be handsome for a boy. Again a lighthouse in Oregon.

There is a lighthouse in WA called Admiralty Head Lighthouse. That would be cute too. For a girl all her Addy for short.

Would love to see a Pacific Northwest Inspired list of baby names!

These are just a few ideas.

Louarna Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:43 am

Florabella and Malibu, (personally don’t like Malibu). I saw both of these in the Bonds baby search. Louarna – my name. Bluebird and Darling – potential middle names I like. 😀

BlueYorkie Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:04 am

For girls:
Sonnet, I’ve been crushing hard on Sonnet Elowynne lately, it’s an English word name, a sonnet is a poem.

Elowynne with THIS spelling. I usually hate extra spellings and I was introduced to this name by the doll company Elowynne so Elowen looks strange to me.

Lexington is unisex, Lexie for girls and that -ton ending for boys. It’s in Kentucky, and it’s where Rolex Kentucky Four Day Event is annually. As an event rider who dreams of Rolex, I am very passionate about this name.

Castle for boys. Just think about little “Cas” running around!

MissValentine Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:27 am

For girls, Ambriel. Pronounced: am-bree-ELLE. I’ve seen it sporadically on other websites and it’s usually mistaken for a combination of “Amber” and “Ariel” or somesuch, but it’s actually an angel’s name. Ambriel is a guardian angel of communications and also the angel of May and Gemini. This is my daughter’s name and we call her Bree for short. I’m sure Ammie, Ambie, or Ambri could all work as nicknames too.

Millia Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:29 am

I am really missing Eirlys on here.

Siasi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:41 am

origin : persian
meaning : shy, bashful, modest
it can also be a variant of Sharmaine

SHARMAINE ( variant of Charmaine )

origin : arabic
meaning: poet
it’s pronounced SHAY-RAH

NAHID girl
origin : persian
Modern Persian form of ANAHITA. This is also the Persian name for the planet Venus.

it’s my room-mate’s name XD her parents couldn’t decide if name her Charmaine or Jasmin , so they combined the two names.

VIONA girl
origin : sanskrit
meaning : princess of snow
it’s also considered as a combination of Violet and Fiona

Ramin, transliterated from Rāmin (Persian: رامین), is a Persian masculine given name of Zoroastrian origin, . ” Ram:lit. ‘joy’, name of a yazad; Ramin meaning ‘Joyful’ . Also , meaning “Tamer”

MAHAN unisex
origin : persian
meaning : sky

SAMIN girl
origin : arabic
meaning : precious

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:49 am

Annique- (ah-neek) a French name, similar to names beginning with An such as Anne, Anna, Anabella, Anastasia…
Briseis- (brih-say-is) a Greek name. In Greek mythology, Briseis was a Trojan widow taken by Achilles as spoils of war. Her removal from his possession by Agamemnon led to his withdrawal from combat in the Trojan war. Her character lies at the heart of a dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon that drives the plot of Homer’s Iliad. And is also shown in the motion picture Troy featuring Brad Pitt and Rose Byrne as Briseis. Celebrity football player Reggie Bush and his wife Lilit Avagyan welcomed daughter Briseis on May 6, 2013. Briseis is similar to names like Brianna, Brittany, Bridget…
Jesabell- (jess-ah-bell) is a variation of the Biblical name Jezebel. Jezebel is a beautiful name but is extremely tainted by her Biblical story. Isabella, Anabella, Arabella…are all super trendy right now. A lot of Belle/Bella names are huge but Jezebel still hasn’t caught on. So, welcome Jesabell. A variation of spelling and slight sound. Beautiful, and if gains more notice, has the potential to rise as the other Bella names do.

akannakate Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:56 am

My son’s name Rayven is on here as a female name and that its 1000% up this week, but there no information about it. Plus I believe it can be either a boys or girls name.
He is named after my dad Ray but wanted something a bit more original so I spelt it RAYven rather than Raven.

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:58 am

Hallelujah! I have a lot of names I want to see on here. They’re all pretty much exotic imports.

I’ve been gunning for Catrinel to get on here for a while! I first heard it on the Romanian model Catrinel Menghia and it was love at first sight. Catrinel is the Romanian form of Catherine and it’s super pretty. The accent is on the “tri”. CatTREEnel.

I’d love to see Mariko on here, it’s a Japanese girl’s name that means a lot of different things. “Jasmine child” “truthful child”, so many more.

Marliese which is a variation of Mary Louise.

Malaika! I heard it on the up-and-coming British model Malaika Firth and it’s so stunning to me!!!

Maddalena and Lumina need a description please!

Nazanin is a popular name in the Persian community. I’d like to see it on here.

Miklos, Hungarian form of Nicholas that I find striking.

Nakoa, Hawaiian boy name meaning “warrior” (quite girly in sound to me, maybe because it kinda sounds like Nicole, sorta)

I’d like to see Daisia added here too but not as much as the others.


Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:58 am

Makana and Makina (muh-kee-nuh) are pretty girl names that could take the place the popular Makenna and MacKenzie.

ella17 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:59 am

Zaccai (Zac-cai) means pure. I love the nn’s Zac and Cai.

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:00 am

Also a description for Jessenia! And I’m not sure if Adriela is a real name but I’d love to see it on here! 😛

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:04 am

Last one I promise haha! Sonnett with two t’s. I see that name sometimes and it reminds me of Scarlett (with two t’s of course). It’s super sweet.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:16 am

Messalina- (mes SAH lee nah) is Roman/Latin and is a variation of Melina and Melissa.
Sab- nicknames are very popular being used as first names right now instead of the longer names such as Sabrina.
Veela- (vee-lah) is a beautiful name. Paying homage to Harry Potter, the Veela are a race of extremely beautiful semi-human, semi-magical humanoids reminiscent of the Sirens of Greek mythology.
Wyatt- now a unisex name. Celebrity Rachel Uchitel welcomed daughter Wyatt Lilly on May 16, 2012.
Sephie- (seh-fee) nickname to Seraphina.
Sephia- (seh-fee-ah) nickname to Seraphina and is even more beautiful on it’s own.
Xania- (zan-nee-ah) Actress Beyonce played Xania in the movie The Pink Panther featuring Steve Martin. Nameberry needs more X names.
Xian- (see-ann)
Zenon- (zee-non) is a unique girl name. Disney Channel Original Movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century staring Kirsten Storms was a huge success and was followed up by two more movies Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:22 am

Senya, Senja, and Xenia are all pronounced the same way: sen-yah. All three names look stunning (Nameberry actually has the last one- Xenia, but not the first two). Senya is Old Greek. Senja is Finnish. Xenia is Greek.

thalassapearl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:32 am

Gratton, name of the oldest brother in the Dalton Gang who was named after the Irish statesman, Henry Grattan. It’s an Irish surname that I haven’t been able to find the meaning of yet.

Sorceress Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:46 am

Briseis – behindthename has this gem in database, one berry reported she met little Briseis with Macedonian heritage. There’s also Briseida – Croatian version of this name, one berry (Pacifica) had this name on her list

sweetpeace13 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:52 am

I nominate Atz. Name of the head of the family on the reality show “Alaska the Last Frontier”. Carried by Atz Kilcher and his son Atz Lee Kilcher, father and brother of singer Jewel. Origin unknown. Short, strong and uncommon.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:54 am

Ollivander- a mix between Oliver and Alexander. Ollivander is best known for Ollivander’s wand shop in Harry Potter.
Haymitch- a Hunger Games name similar to the Irish name Hamish.
Peeta- Who wouldn’t love Peeta after they saw Josh Hutcherson on the big screen? When today’s youth starts having children, there will be a few Peeta’s among them. And it’s similar to the name Peter.
Pompeii- (pom-pay) is a place name best known for the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE which destroyed the Roman town of Pompeii. A feature film involving the invent entitled Pompeii stars Kit Harington and Emily Browning.
Shang- from Disney’s Mulan
Cambridge- best known for the university in England but also a very cool boy’s name. Camden, Cameron, Campbell, Cam…and now Cambridge.
Dastan- a Parsi name meaning strong and powerful. Dastan is the protagonist in the widely popular video game Prince of Persia. Which was made into a Disney movie The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Dastan opposite to Gemma Arterton as Tamina.
Galeron- a knight of the round table in the time of King Arthur
Lykos- a Greek name meaning wolf

amj Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:55 am

Ashka – An uncommon girls name which I like and which doesn’t appear to be on Nameberry currently. A friend at school had this name and I have never heard it again since, however with Asha/Asher increasing in popularity it could as well. I believe it is of Indian origin.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:57 am

Tallic, Talum, and Talus for boys. Tallic sounds really cool and it part of metallic. Talum is an alternative to the increasingly popular Callum. And Talus is a multitude of things. Twilight saga star Alex Meraz named his son Talus Alexander Meraz. Speaking of Twilight, the name Quil should also be added to Nameberry.

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:58 am

I see Zendaya isn’t on here, as in Zendaya Coleman the teen Disney star. Her name means “to give thanks” in Shona. It’s Zimbabwean. Quite intriguing appellation. It reminds me of Aaliyah.

Amylee235 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:04 am


Taofi (Tay-off-ee)
Lloynique (Loy-neek)
Tashala (tash-ah-lah)


Annikan (any-ken)

Stormshine Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:06 am

Deidamia — a Greek name with mythological origins. Deidamia was the child bride of Achilles. The name was used by Greek royal houses of the Hellenistic period and is also the title of an opera by Handel. I was introduced to it by a painting of a 16th century Italian noblewoman and her little daughter – Deidamia.

Briseis/Briseyda — lots of variant spellings of Briseida/Briseyda in the beyond the top 1000 Social Security databank. More popular than you think.

Noetje Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:18 am

Madelief. A Dutch name that seems to become more popular in recent years. It means Daisy.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:11 am

Eragon- (air-ah-gon) Eragon is the first novel in the popular book series Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini which later became a movie entitled Eragon.
Otter- a cute name similar to Otto and Otis.
Thax- variation of Dax, Max, and Pax.
Ranulf, Rannulf- a charming Scottish name and the nickname Ran would be adorable
Tykota- (tie-kO-tuh) a variation of the popular Dakota
Truett- a charming Norse name that has the same feeling as Hart, Valentine, and Everly. Actress Rebecca Herbst welcomed son Emerson Truett on August 9, 2010.

Whirligig Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:27 am

Cosmea. It is a girls flower name and I cannot find information on it anywhere.

frobskottle Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:28 am

A friends baby has just been named Owl!?

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:29 am

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones and there’s quite a few names not on Namberry.
Lyanna- either pronounced lye-anna or lye-ah-nuh.
Cersei- (sir-see) A beautiful name. This spelling is the Game of Thrones spelling, but the original spelling is Circe (which you do have on nameberry) from Greek mythology.
Ygritte- (E-grit)
Missandei- (miss-san-day)
Osha- (oo-sha)
Drogo- (drO-go)
Rickon- similar to names like Richard and Rick.
Bronn- an English name meaning son of the brown man. Similar to names such as Brian, Bram, and Bronson.
Valar- technically, not a name in the Game of Thrones, but comes from the Valar Morghulis/Dohaeris saying. Valar just sounds really cool and reminds me of Valor meaning great courage in the face of danger.

Brisa1214 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:56 am

I’m also a fan of the Starz tv series Spartacus and there’s some of those names not on Nameberry.
Sura- origin of Sanskrit, similar to names such as Sarah and Suri.
Ilithyia- (ill-lith-thee-ah) is a variation of the Greek name Eileithyia meaning relieve. Ilithyia is the Greek Goddess of Childbirth.
Licinia- (lye-kin-nee-ah)
Laeta- (lye-tah) An ancient Roman name. In ancient Roman dialect, the spelling ae/aye is pronounced as I/eye. So Laeta would be pronounced lye-tah (and not lay-tah). Because of this, the spelling can be a bit difficult so I would suggest the alternative spellings Laita, Lyta, and Lieta.
Saxa- A Dutch and German female name which dates far back, originally rendered as Saxa during Antiguity before morphing into Saskia. From an etymological perspective, the name Saxa comes from the Old Germanic word meaning “Saxon”. The Saxons were an ancient Germanic tribe living in the North German Plain (present day Northern Germany and the Netherlands).
Seppia- a Latin name meaning a dark, slightly reddish, brown color.
Naevia- a variation of the name Neviah. Naevia can be pronounce nay-vee-ah and nev-vee-ah. Similar to the name Nevaeh.
Varro- a Latin name meaning strong. Varro is a Shakespearean baby name. In Shakespearean the meaning of the name Varro is: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar’ A servant to Brutus. Celebrity Essence Atkins welcomes son Varro Blair Mendez on December 25, 2011.
Crixus- Crixus was a real person- (?-72 BC) a Gallic gladiator and military leader in the Third Servile War. Born in Gaul- his name means “one with curly hair” in Gaulish. He was part of Spartacus’ Army.
Gannicus- Gannicus, a real-life person, was a Gallic gladiator from the gladiatorial school of Lentulus Batiatus in Capua. Together with the Thracian Spartacus, and the fellow Gauls Crixus, Oenomaus and Castus, he became one of the leaders of rebellious slaves during the Third Servile War (73-71 BC).
Oenomaus- (on-nO-may-us) see above.

Raffle Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:47 am

Escher (After the artist MC ESCHER)

I think that this name could be unisex but is better on girls. Me and my partner have plans to call our first daughter Escher Rose H because he himself is an artist and Rose is a family name.

SeaZuno86 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:11 am

Neha- I went to school with a girl named Neha. According to behindthename it means “loving” in Sanskrit. You have a listing but no info in the listing so I don’t know if it counts!

Hawkins- since Hawk is such a popular nn on the Nameberry forums I think this surname would work great as a first. According to wikipedia it’s an English surname meaning “hawking or falconry” and may be a variant of “Haughan” or “O’haughan”

Athan- a Greek name derived from the Ancient Greek name Athanasius. I knew a mother of an Athan and a Blake who had a very long Greek last name, I think it has a softer sound than Nathan. According to behindthename it means “eternal life” and according to wikipedia it means “eternal life” or “immortal”

SeaZuno86 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:20 am

One more-

Euria- not sure of pronunciation on this one but it is a Basque name. According to behindthename it means “rain”.

Mirimouse Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:25 am

Dazen (M) – I first heard it in Brent Weeks’s Lightbringer series. lists it as a word meaning “speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly”. Not the greatest meaning or the deepest history, but I love it for it’s fresh pagan-ish feel.

urshz Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:29 am

My eldest daughter is named Miryana (me-re-yana). It’s Eastern European, but I couldn’t tell you which country exactly. I think the meaning is joy or something similar.

The common nickname or short version is actually Mia, but we use Yana.

Also, I saw Zenon mentioned earlier in the comments as a girls name, but I know a boy with the same name, so I’d say it could go either way.

kmd427 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:30 am

Myers for both a girl and boy.

Myles for a girl.

Preston for a girl.

marisarose Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:41 am

Bomina (pronounced exactly how it is written)
my great-grandmother’s name. She was an Italian Rom (Gypsy) and her mother told her it meant “precious love”.

DoctorWho Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:43 am

Adric- Doctor Who companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, played by Matthew Waterhouse.

Finnick- an old Scottish surname and a character in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy (in books Catching Fire and Mockingjay). In the film he is played by Sam Claflin.

Auggie- a variation of Augie and a nickname for August/Augustus. It is the nickname of August Pullman, the protagonist in the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Agravain/Agravaine- the name of a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian Legend. Agravaine is typically portrayed as a villain. In the Legend, Agravain is King Arthur’s nephew. In the BBC TV series Merlin, Agravaine is King Arthur’s traitorous uncle, played by Nathaniel Parker.

Mordred- a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian Legend and King Arthur’s illegitimate son. He fatally wounded Arthur in battle. In the BBC TV show Merlin, Mordred was a druid who allied himself with the villainous witch Morgana and stabbed King Arthur in battle. He is played by Asa Butterfield and later Alexander Vlahos.

skizzo Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:48 am

I suggest the following BOY names:


IndianRuby Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:19 am

I think Aven needs to be added

SuperZombieMom Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:37 am

I would love to see Lycan on here! If Gryphon and Pheonix can be used, why not Lycan? Also Roxas!

mathilde90 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:43 am

Dimas for a boy. It has greek origins and it means sunset, which I think is beautiful. Some suggest it was the name of the “Good Thief” who died on the cross beside Jesus.

BritishAmerican Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:47 am

There’s a girl in my daughter’s grade named Acoya. I looked it up on your site, but it’s not there. I don’t know anything about the name.

Another one I spotted on the local class list is Kaellum. And I recently met a man named Kabel.

pinklace Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:55 am

So I’m going to do a boy and a girl name nomination.

My girl name is Winry. I think that it should be added because it’s the name of a female in Full Metal Alchemist. Winry comes from Japanese origin. The name means skillful and cunning.

My boy name is Shen. Shen is also Japanese origin and means spirit. Shen is the name of a ninja in the game league of legends. It also shows up in the bible in 1 Samuel 7:12 as a place or land mark.

New American Standard Bible 
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

I hope the the names are considered even though they are not well known. I think they both deserve a spot on name berry and the ss list.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:13 am

I think Gryffin should have a girl page. After all, who says only boys can be named after a mythical creature? Phoenix is unisex but why not Gryffin? Maybe I’m just biased because I used it for a girl character.
Also, Copper for a male. Who says it’s only a girl name? I mean if Steel, Iron, etc. work why not Copper? As a plus Iitit’s not much different from Cooper, a boy name that already exists.

Xochitl. A girl name. The origin I forgot, but I’m 100 percent sure it’s real and I’m disappointed not to see it on here.

Amandus. A masculine version of Amanda. Means “Beloved”.

My sister had classmates named Blessing and Surprise. Why I think those names are ridiculous, but obviously someone has them, so if unused namss like Bloodrayne, Dingo, Banana and Renesmee can get on here, why not some that people actually used, even if they’re crazy?

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:13 am

How about Sofonisba or Sophonisba?

Sofonisba Anguissola was an Italian Renaissance painter and a successful female artist at a time when that was highly unusual. She was named after the tragic heroine Sophonisba. Some of her siblings also had unusual names drawn from history: two sisters were called Europa and Minerva. Sofonisba/Sophonisba could always be nicknamed Sophie if the name is too much of a mouthful.

Elif is a very popular Turkish name meaning “slender.” It’s been on the top 10 list for girls in the last several years.

Lisandra, a form of Alexandra that is very popular right now in Estonia.

Mirtel, also an Estonian girl’s name that is quite popular and is an Estonian version of Myrtle.

Aino, a very popular Finnish girl’s name meaning “only” and in reference to a tragic character from the Kalevala. American Finns sometimes used the variant Aina. Pronounced EYE-no and EYE-na.

Ivalu or Ivalo, a popular name in Greenland meaning “tendon.” Used as the middle name of one of the younger Danish princesses.

Katla, a popular Icelandic name meaning “kettle.”

Breesha, Manx form of Bridget.

Emebet, fairly well used Ethiopian girl’s name, means “first lady.” It sounds like a perfect combination of Emma and Elizabeth, even though it’s not.

Mahlet or Mahalet, also an Ethiopian girl’s name. One meaning is that it refers to a type of church music.

Sisu, Finnish word for stubbornness, endurance, strength. It’s not a name used by Finns as far as I know, but one of my distant cousins used it as a middle name for his daughter.

Alafair or Allifair, the name of mystery author Alafair Burke and also one that was in use for girls in the Appalachians in the 19th century. It may be a made up name.

janeseemore Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:14 am

Asenath – Old Testament name. The Egyptian wife of Joseph and mother of Manasseh and Ephraim.

bellerose Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:15 am

Vasiliki : Its my name & means royal . Its a very popular Greek name .

Pam Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:42 am

A bit off topic, but to @Brisa1214 and other Game of Thrones fans, see here on George R R Martin’s fondness for names (scroll way down for the On Names section). I hope he has at least one of our baby name books!

ollieollie Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:43 am

I’m adoring Millaray lately and would love to see it added. According to Behind the Name, it means golden flower.

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:44 am

Mathurin, a French saint.

Minik, a popular Greenlandic name for boys.

Geillis, apparently a medieval Scottish form of Gillian or Giles. It’s the name of a character from the show and book “Outlander” and will likely be used more often. It is pronounced Gay-liss.

athena95 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:06 am

Pemberley! For all those jane Austen fans!

mamamo Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:09 am

Much to my surprise, two of the top names my husband and I are considering for our third child are not on Nameberry!

For a girl we love Eisley. The research I have done on it has said it means ‘cheerful,’ but that’s about the extent of the info I have found.

For a boy we are considering Milosav. My husband is a nurse at a large hospital and it was the name of one of his patients. He immediately loved its strong sound and great nickname (Milo-a name we considered on it’s own until we found Milosav), and it has been on our short list ever since. I haven’t been able to find any info on Milosav at all, and I would love to know some more about this name.

jan11th Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:27 am

Koa and Croydon

vicioustrollop9 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:58 am

I would really love to see my name, Hollyann, on here. There are other compound names listed, like Maryann, Annmarie, Emmaleigh, etc. I know some of them are more widely used, but I’d love some Hollyann love. IMO it is an awesome name 😀

KaitB Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:02 am

I met a baby girl named Emerys. (Emm-er-yss) Also Randeen, and Taisa – similar to “Taissa” above but pronounced “Tye- ee-sa”, also Ukrainian heritage.

mrsvlzqz Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:17 am

Lua (loo-ah) it means “moon” in Portuguese.

stephanieamilea Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Caris –

I’m not sure if this is a form of the Welsh Carys/Cerys, but she was the main protagonist in the medieval book World Without End by Ken Follett, and had a wonderful character – smart, kind, just, and resourceful. Certainly a worthy namesake!

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Ayva- A variation of the popular Ava. I know a little girl with this spelling and I find this spelling adorable and it suits her.

Darshan- This is on here as a boy name but I think it should also be a girls name too. It is my name and another person on here said she knows another girl with this name

Avrae: I saw it in a story once and it is pretty. I pronounce it ah-v-rae but I don’t know the meaning of this name.

Isrira- Sister of Avrae. It is a pretty name that I think is pronounced Is-ree-ra but I’m not sure. I don’t know the meaning either.

Lynnsf Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:32 am

I love family names. I see you have Vandyke. What about Vancleve?

geeknamezyo Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thaisa (used by Shakespeare in Pericles) and Ismeria (see Britishbabynames’ name of the week post) and maybe Aglaé?

LowSlash Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:05 am

I nominate Regatta, the English spelling of the Italian regata, meaning a series of boat races. It’s pronounced ri-GAH-tah, with a hard “g”.

This name would work nicely for a girl, especially a daughter of boating enthusiasts, and you get the cute and androgynous nickname Reggie as a bonus!

Knelli Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Castiel (b) – A name created for the tv show Supernatural. Im pretty sure its made it into the top 1000, so I think it needs to be added to Nameberry. The name is based of the angel Cassiel.

Fintan (b) – Im not sure where this originates from. But Ive heard it used in the Sookie Stackhouse Series. Its an unusual way to get to the nn Finn.

Finnick (b) – Another Finn name. This one is from The Hunger Games Series.

Haymitch (b) – A Hunger Games name. Love the nn Mitch

Aero (b) – Another spelling for the name Arrow

Niklaus (b) – Ive heard this one on The Originals. Other sites say its of German origin. Its also a variation of the name Nicholas. Nn options include Nik or Klaus.

Komali (Unisex) – Of Indian origin and means tender/soft. I love the sound of this name!

Sylar (b) – Heard this on the tv show Heroes. A variation of Skylar.

Clarke (g) – Ive heard this on The 100. I love this name for a girl!

Elphaba (g) – A name from Wicked. A little bit clunky, but has the cute nn Elphi.

Troian (Unisex) – The name of actress Troian Bellsario from Pretty Little Liars. Other sites say it is of Slavic origin.

Mia17 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:20 am

Laika (pronounced Like-ah) is a beautiful girls name. It is Russian and means “the barker”. This was the name of the first dog in space. I first heard it from an Arcade Fire song, named Laika.

87infinite Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:23 am

Fernandina, Veradisia, Valina, Venita, Samina, Emblyn, Cleta, Noll, Alandria, Willia, Teryn, Zeena, Iantha, Almeda, Alameda, Ardesia, Clemmie, Trula, Starlet, Mattolina, Karlene, Delaine, Lumina, Laken, Roma, Mendi, Veridian, Mariela, Shanna, Eviana, Dahra, Arla, Valva, Valya, Victorine, Breena, Rafaella, Lindy, Ellerie, Rosaria, Maddalena, Kore, Abrien, Auretta, Alista, Kera, Dorina, Shylo, Katharina, Bellamie, Zenevieva, Coralene, Margarite, Appoline, Calia, Kaleya, Alegria, Roselita, Mahra, Meridian, Adeliza, Coralina, Willemina, Tasmina, Spence, Clarinet, Calpurnia, Carrinthia, Marble, Gravel, Verica, Mayflower, Moonbeam, Davinia, Snow, Candelaria, Mettle, Prez, Gladiola, Amaranth, Calanthe, Cressa, Rolandine, Sunflower, Nightingale, Olaudah, Eveline, Anonna, Helaina, Hilaire, Letitia, Beachy

Ernan, Asuquo, Kylen, Koren, Rhyne, Ronnie, Arc, Perrin, Nello, Bret, Nealon, Simone, Harland, Harlind, Berkley, Vassar, Bronwen, Tesla, Forester, Artie, Canisius (Ca-nee-shiss, I believe it is a saints name), Braven, Tierjas, Arverne, Carnuel, Zuni, Oleander, Orinth, Vassar, Morrow, Lomas, Labyrinth, Hughes, Kemble, Alois, Wyndham, Shepherd, Python, Mariner, Woolf, Woolsey, Wicke, Frasier, Truly, Benny, Natalio, Perrin, Verne, Calisto*, Neely, Ingra , Nickelby, Klay, Glover, Nester*, Hughie, Hew, Alvah, Luster, Majora, Wess, Grue, Fischer, Saige, Bec, Loring, Thad, Casimer, Orlin, Mayhew, Japeth, Ciprian, Oliviero, Lancashire, Maclaren, Merrill, Clide, Fiore, Zakery, Fernand, Dirck, Goethal*, Parsons, Piera, Raferty, Conley, Ferrando, Volker, Kipper, Randolf, Iver, Benjie, Marciano , Sinclaire, Harlin, Harlind, Arvel, Parke, Cyprien, Goldwyn, Tesla, Halen, Devereaux, Eliah, Ashford, Hesperus, Randal, georgius, waverly

detailsgirl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:24 am

Caddo-a Native American tribe (if Cheyenne and Cherokee are names, why not Caddo?). I really love this.

Damascus and Cherith, both biblical place names.

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:26 am

Avonlea, as in the town where Anne Shirley lives in the Anne of Green Gables series. It was used 63 times last year for American girls.

Myosotis Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

I’m not entirely sure if the meanings are absolutely correct, but it’s what I got from my (very quick) research. As usual, my girls list is longer than my boys.

Talaith- Crown/garland (Welsh feminisation of Stephen)
Ailith- Noble battle, seasoned warrior (English, from Old English)
Merewen- Famous joy (Old English)
Lilwen- Lily (Welsh)
Talaria- Winged shoes worn by Hermes/Mercury (Greek), I suppose it’s kind of a word name, but it’s so nice.
Muna- Hope (Arabic), object of desire (Swahili), Overflowing spring (Native American)
Ysella (Ee-SEL-uh)- More modest (Cornish)
Skylark- Word name
Sowena/Sowenna- Success (Cornish)
Lowena/Lowenna- Joy (Cornish)
Rowenna- As a variation of Rowena
Eseld- Ice ruler (Cornish version of Isolde)
Lamorna- Cornish place name
Hedra- October (Cornish)
Calluna- To beautify/cleanse (Greek) Botanical name for Heather
Elaphia- Deer (Ancient Greek)
Illyria- Place name (Greek)
Helaina- Bright one (Ancient Greek version of Helena)
Lumi- Snow (Finnish)

Wolfram- Wolf raven (Germanic)
Rhydian- Red (Welsh)
Alberic/Alberich- Elf power (Germanic)
Mycroft (Does anyone else feel slightly sorry him? His younger brother’s names in there, but his has been overlooked. Or is it just me? Probably, I’m just weird :P)
Rhonwyn/Bronwyn and other -wyn names as boys or unisex names. I don’t really get that it actually says on the pages that -wyn is masculine in Wales, yet they’re classed as girls names.
Valour- Word name (I think it should just have the same description as Valor)
Garland as a unisex name.

Tea_Rom Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Karamelina (just heard this today not sure of the origin) and Louna (French spelling for Luna).

87infinite Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:36 am

Aira, Airmosa, Marje, Noellia, Clemma, Arleta, Matilde, ursuline, merla, selenia, cecilie, brinna , sabella, kalenah, fiorenza, erminia, attalie, mayla, silvana, marlena, valonia, arbella, varena, Karolyn, leal, melyor, alondrah, westerleigh, coralene, Cybil, paulena, wendolyn, klaire, arabelle, kelsea, minetta, otylia, adelie, arlen, nicoline, anicka, theola, baye, gertie, shade, Constantia, delora, adrina, adessa, arlina, opaline, minda, valentia, verla, cordie, nyah, elvia , alaira, faune, carabel, lilum, zaylia, violaine, layne, mabry, lumen, ferrah, coralith, luneth , deedee, arly, kayah, Aleksey, Edythe, coriana , maribelle, marizabel, tamera, ariadna, avra, janey, alandra, nicky, Claris, lura, naoma, atlee, orly, kaleida……………. OK well now I’m typing these names in the database and most of them are there but IDK why they are still showing up as black, no link to click on in my lists 🙁

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I think Garden should be here as a word name and I think Corinth should be on here–a Biblical place name in present day Greece that reminds me of Cora with a little bit of oomph.

» Brand New Baby Names! Baby Name Suggestion Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

[…] Nominate fresh new (or newly discovered) baby names you think we should add to the Nameberry database. Nameberry – Baby Name Blog […]

dewdropsandroses Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Finnick – boy, like in the Hunger Games. It’s coming into the naming world, a nice way to get Finn.

Oleander – unisex, nature name that would work for boys or girls

Azula – girl

Mhairi – girl, prn VAH-ree / MAR-ee. It is Scottish/Gaelic.

Idabel – girl


annamac Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Aubyn & Lariat for girls. Aubyn from St. Aubyn/St. Aubin, and Lariat I’ve seen used in the western United States, and I love it–like Harriet, but more cowgirl.

ogracefulxo Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Jessinna – have an Albanian friend with this name, but am unsure if it actually originated from Albania. Sorry 🙁 A beautiful name and an uncommon alternative to Jessica. Can easily be shortened to the nicknames Jessie or Jess.

SarahMeganC Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 12:52 pm


I have a friend with this name, she says it Hoh-SAH-na not Ho-ZAN-uh but both deserve to be on nameberry!

Jessyendofstory Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I nominate Lockley for a girl!
There is already Locke for a boy and I think adding the -ley on the end makes a more feminine sounding girl name.

soccergirl48120 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Graysen shows up as black…. variation of greyson or grayson

joel613 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Elloa- (E-low-a) This is an old family name, I know of only a few in the states and England. With the current popularity of Ella, Ellen, Eleanor etc. it would fit right in and with some exposure could really catch on. As far as I know its origin is English and the meaning is beloved one.

SavGeo Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Ornella. I met a French woman whose daughter was named Ornella and my cousin’s Albanian sister-in-law has this name too. However, I think the origin is Italian for flowering ash tree. But others believe it derives from the word “ornate”. Either way, I think it’s beautiful.

Also, Tejal. I knew an Indian girl in college with this name and I fell in love with it. It’s Hindu and means bright.

mermuse Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Oh, thank you for this question! There are a few I’ve been wanting on here for a while! 🙂 I have this great old baby name book from the 40’s/50’s that has some names that aren’t on here. I’ll have to update later for more info, but here is the list I can think of now:





Aspasia (with nickname “Spash”)




Laureline (supposedly medieval diminutive of Laurel; see:

Benigna (meaning benign/gracious/KIND – namesake, the Countess Henrietta Benigna Justine Zinzendorf von Watteville, known as Benigna, helped start first school for girls in America! see:


Lycoris (“twilight” in Greek)

And maybe more opinions on double-barrel names like Mary-Anne?

bixbynerd Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Wolfric. We will probably name our baby this if it turns out to be a boy.

Attestalin Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Daveney — can be pronounced DAVE-nee or DAV-a-nee. French origin. Nice variant of Daphne.

Daveney is also a variation of Davena/Davina which are derivative of DAVID — meaning BELOVED.

lenzeewallen Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Dresden is already listed as a boy name, but I knew a girl named Dresden, and always thought it was a beautiful name for a girl.

Issy6 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I recently heard and liked Everson for a boy. Saw it on the Appellation Mountain blog!

caroblaise Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Please pleas PLEASE add Eilonwy, Goodman, and Chime! Eilonwy is the name of a princess in the book The Black Cauldron, written by Lloyd Alexander. The author created the name by studying Welsh girls names and trying to make one of his own. It does sound quite Welsh!

I heard the name Goodman in the book The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. The character’s name was Goodman Wolf, and Goodman isn’t too bad of a name! I kind of like this surname as a given name!

As for Chime, I think I heard this in a book or a movie. It’s a light and breezy word name that’s kind of cute!

basilietea Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Lambros (boy) and Lambrini (girl). They’re Greek names.

bailibsmum Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Ashelia – Character from Final fantasy whom goes by Ashe. (Also variation for how it is spelt would be how it is said Ashalia -Ash-AH-Lia)

hellothere1 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I would love to see some Albanian names on here. I see so many diverse cultures names on this website, but no Albanian names. Even though they’re used in Albania, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Sicily. I’m not making this up, perhaps you’ve heard some of them.

Ardian- of the Illyrian tribe
Endrit- dream
Arben- of the forest

Aferdita- breaking daylight
Valdete- sea wave
Genta -gentian flower

Ducaliter Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Eloa : the name of an angel in an Alfred de Vigny’s poem. A variation of Elohim.

Elyon : an other variation from one of God’s names and known thanks to the WITCH comics. I think its unusual but powerful sound can make it a real trend.

Blandine is a cute french girl name whith that little je-ne-sais-quoi of very vintage.

Ysatis : made-up name of a perfume. Gorgeous spelling.

Salka : Like Salka Viertel, scene name of an actress. I find it interesting and still quite obscure. Short and lively, it could be a choice.

Elessa : With all the Elsa, Elisa, Elisha.. Why not let the scarce but pretty Elessa having a chance ?

Dragan : A Balkanic male name with a real strenght. As far as it is close to Dragon, It may be a bold choice.

hellothere1 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

also I find it ridiculous that Alleeceea is a name on here, but entire cultures names are still omitted

kelchristmas Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Edelweiss please 🙂

freddiethepink Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 3:14 pm


Delen – You have Dellen in the database, but the correct spelling is Delen. It is a Cornish name which means “petal”.

Eirlys / Eirwen / Eirys – Absolutely beautiful Welsh names meaning Snowdrop, ‘Snow White’ or white snow, and Iris respectively.

Merewen – Tons of information here:

Sansa – You already have Arya, Daenerys and Khaleesi – what about lovely Sansa?

Ulyssa – The feminine form of Ulysses.


Alberich / Alberic – Info here:

Beaumont – French meaning “beautiful mountain” – A great longer form for Beau, a little more subtle than Beauregard.

Emeric (Émeric) – You have Emmerich, but this French form is lovely too!

Garland (for a boy) – You have it listed for girls, but I think this would make an amazing boys name – in the same vein as Roland, Leland etc

Isambard – Info here: Comes with handsome nickname Bard, or more playful Izzy. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a legend of British engineering.

Stelios / Stelian – With Stellan on the rise, what about these fantastic names? Stelios is a variant of Stylianos – he was a 7th Century Greek, a patron saint of children. The name means “pillar”. Stelian is the Romanian form.

Wolfram / Wulfric – For those searching for a longer form of Wolf and think Wolfgang is a little too out there. Wolfram combines the germanic Wulf “wolf” with Hram “raven”. Wulfric is an Old English name meaning “wolf power” or “wolf ruler”.

flexiballetgirl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Tristany and Zidice!

flexiballetgirl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Also Artimissa!

OliveShoot Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Rahab (F)

Rahab was from the book of Joshua in the Bible. Hebrew origin. She was mentioned as one of the four most beautiful women, originally a prostitute who turned to faith in God after helping Joshua and another spy. She is in the direct lineage of Jesus. She was also the mother of Boaz (another Nameberry favorite).

Although this name might not be the most popular pick – because everyone automatically things prostitute – I think this name will be used more and more as people dig into the more obscure Bible names. I know a young Rahab who was born in 2013.

Abbers Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Aeryn – an alternative spelling to the traditional Erin for girls and Aaron for boys. Aeryn Sun is one of science fiction’s favorite female protagonists.

bjmrs1075 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

The name Troian. It’s a unisex name pronounce Troy-an. I heard it from the actress, Troian Bellisario, who stars in Pretty Little Liars. I believe it is a Slavic name meaning, “father of triplet sons.”

Also, I know a girl named Maxlynn, a newly invented name.

I also know a boy named Samdon, which I believe is a surname.

lisemae91 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Linley 🙂

MedbO Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Garima-Indian or Nepalese. I means= A woman of great importance or Dignity.
Owee- Think it’s Thai sure what it means.
Ako-Japanese for little love. I think
Medb- Traditional Irish spelling of Maeve and it’s my name 🙂

ruolan Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Aina- “Always, Until the End” – Finnish; “Anna (grace)” – Balearic; “Difficult Birth” – Yuroba; “Favorite Vegetable” – Japanese
Amparo – in the database w/o info, which I cannot find elsewhere
Aristi – footballer surname; appealing sound
Ashwin- “Brave Knight” – Thai; Hindu Month & Gods of Vision; “Swift” – Hindi; “Light or Horse Tamer” – Sanskrit; “Spear Protector” – Anglo-Saxon
Aviatrix – “female pilot” – antiquated English
Chryseis – “Golden Daughter” – Greek
Eder- “Flock” – Hebrew; “Handsome” – Basque
Kaiyan- “Universe” – Afghani; “Longed-for Child” – Nigerian
Somerled – “Summer Traveler” – Norse-Gaelic anti-feudalist
Stigandr – “Drifter” – Norwegian
Tala- “Fountain” – Berber; “Gold” – Persian; “Palm Tree” – Arabic; “Star” – Filipino; “Wolf” – unspecified Native American language; “Noble nature” – Scandinavian variant of Adelaide; “Story or Currency” – Samoan; “Support” – Greek; “Beam” – Estonian; from “Natalia”- Italy & Poland – the current information only has one of these meanings ):
Viatrix – “traveler or voyager” – Latin
Thanks for asking! As for my reasons, I’m always in favor of more cultural diversity here at NB!! While Japanese names are pretty well represented, I’ve seen several requests for more Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean names.

ashthedreamer Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I haven’t checked all the comments to see if they’ve been nominated yet, but I would nominate these:

Beatriu: It’s a variant (pretty obviously) of Beatrice/Beatrix, and I’ve heard that it’s the Catalan form? It’s pronounced bee-ah-troo, which I think is adorable! Bea and Tru(e) could be adorable nns, or even Roo!

Madelief: I can’t believe this STILL isn’t listed, after all the times I mention it! It’s probably my favorite international name that isn’t really used in the US at all; it’s the Dutch word for “daisy”, and I think it’s used with some regularity in The Netherlands (although, don’t quote me on that!). I think it’s really fun. prn. mad-eh-leef. I think it’s a great alternative for the popular Madelyn/Madeleine/Madeline, or even the rising Matilda and Daisy. Also great to honor Dutch ancestry, or a mom with a green thumb (like mine!).

Laerke: probably my favorite Danish name (in proper Danish, the “A” and first “E” are joined together in that funky character I can’t do on my own computer…). Pronounced LAIR-keh, essentially, and it’s the Danish word for “lark”. If I’m remembering correctly, it’s in the Danish top 20. (erm, correction, just checked, and apparantly it ranked number 11 in Denmark in 2010. I’m not sure where it stands now?)

As for my reasoning–erm, they’re just huge favorites, and I would love to see others loving them and hearing about them, too! I’ve been familiar with Madelief for almost six years now, and Beatriu for nearly as long (maybe closer to 4?). And Laerke was brought to my attention by a lovely Danish Berry. 🙂 I just think they’d be great additions to Nameberry’s database!

mckaylalove Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Also, in addition to Sansa (from my post up the top) – Finnick! Yes, it’s again a name from a fictional story but this one does have real world potential – it combines two already established names (Finn and Nick) and combines them to make a more unusual alternative! That’s a winner, isn’t it?

callista11 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

serynlyn (sir-wren-lynn) it is my creation, sort of a update to sara-lynn. don,t you like the way rynlyn sounds? also i saw a cute alteration of kimberley: KIMBERLYN… i saw it on yahoo

mckaylalove Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Also Madelief, the dutch word for daisy. I second that. It’s such a pretty name.

callista11 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

also collage is a modern and artsy choice

callista11 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Did my reseach and found out:Seren is a top girls’ name in Wales–and a lovely choice almost unknown elsewhere. Seren, in the Sirona form, was an ancient goddess of the hot springs.
Seren currently ranks as the seventh most popular girls’ name in Wales alone (down from Number 3), and is Number 127 in England and Wales combined.
Seren is also a popular Turkish boys’ name. (Pronunciation: seh-ren) in my mind it could be pronounced seh-or-sir rynlyn… lynn is also welsh and means lake so: SERYNLYN’s Origin is: welsh. Sex is:F. and Meaning: Star Lake.

Orchid_Lover Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Avonlea as in the (made-up?) place name from Anne of Green Gables! Which isn’t the greatest argument alone, but it has also made the SSA list every year since 1990 and was been given to 60-some (US) baby girls in each of the last 3 years. Parents probably see it as fresh take on Ava. It is also discussed on the forums quite a bit.

Ismeria because I love it! Isn’t that reason enough? J/k…Elea made a wonderful write-up on British Baby Names. It has saint connections but is also a butterfly genus, so how’s that for mass appeal?

Perenna: Latin word meaning eternal/everlasting (think perennial)…Myosotis mentioned it once and I think it’s a great idea (she has many of those!) Imagine the combinations: Perenna Felicity, Perenna Esperance, Perenna Carys, Perenna Cherie…

Eirlys: I love this one as well. Welsh for “snowdrop” I think?

Kavita: Beautiful Indian name, means “poem” in Sanskrit, I’ve known a few lovely ladies with this name.

Maiwenn: Modern name used in France, there is a Breton actress actress named Maiwenn Le Besco. Combination of g(wen) meaning blessed/white/pure/holy and Mary.

Azelie: Also saw this mentioned on Appellation Mountain as the French word for Azalea

Evolet: There were 183 Evolets named in the US in 2013. It first appeared on the SSA list in 2008 (with 82!!! wow!) Seems to have caught on after a character in the film “10,000 BC”. It is close to “To love” or “the love” backwards, also close to “evolve”, also
an alternative to the popular Eve…this is all according to Appellation Mountain’s baby name of the day entry on May 6, 2014.

Aderet: Saw this one on Appellation Mountain’s recent article about “ette” names. A Hebrew name meaning garment or cape according to babynamespedia.

Heron after Heron of Alexandria, the Greek mathematician and engineer. I heard it on “Ancient Impossible: Ancient Einsteins” on the History Channel.

Caesura: The grand pause “railroad track” symbol in music. Just think it would be a cool word name…for a middle name, at least!

Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia, means lion in Turkish. Used for 10 or more boys in the US each year since 2004.

Salona was recently mentioned in Elea’s Ancient Place Name Berry Juice article. So pretty!

Escher after artist M.C. Escher, has made the SSA list every year since 2006.

Aderyn means “bird” in Welsh according to Behind the Name. Would probably be mispronounced, though.

Aleria: Latin word meaning “eagle” according to babynamespedia. Another one I recently saw on Myosotis’ list. Has made the SSA list every year since 1998.

Archon: My husband recently came across this word and wants to use it as a boys’ name. Archons were chief magistrates in Ancient Greece.

Finally, Denali should have a girl’s entry. (I am enjoying the fact that it doesn’t because I don’t run across many names which really are unisex but are missing a girls entry–it’s usually the other way around) Oddly, the boys:girls usage ratio in the
US is really close to that Indigo– 1:5.6 for Denali vs 1:5.8 for Indigo, yet Indigo is considered a “girl” name around here and Denali doesn’t even have a girls entry. Whaaa?

lesliemarion Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Floral names:


and for a boy, Chesterfield.

PeachyOwl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Ilyria for a girl, definitely, it’s a Shakespearean place name in Twelfth Night and I think it’s beautiful.

JasmineRoses Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Azelie is the French form of Azalea.

PeachyOwl Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Also Aderyn for a girl, it means bird in Welsh and one of my favourite names. Could work as an Erin alternative. (Pronounced A-DEH-rin) nn Addie or Ryn

withinreason Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

What about Odeya? There is a young actress with this beautiful name!

tamsin101 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Morland for a boy. it means “marsh or wetland”

lesliemarion Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I too vote for Avonlea, though I am still unclear how it is to be pronounced. I say “Avon-lea”.

I also like Scottish place names like Inverness, Mull, Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland, and Edinburgh. I see these all as being male.

jmsouthern Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Calyssa for a girl. A hybrid; not quite Calista, not quite Alyssa, but the best of both.

Mega_Muffin Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Scholastica – A Latin name meaning “rhetorician, orator, or scholar”, it was the name of an Italian saint who was also the twin sister of St. Benedict of Nursia. The twins, who both lived a religious life, only saw each other once a year, which they spent praying and discussing sacred texts. Shortly before her death, Scholastica asked Benedict to spend the night so they could continue their conversations, but Benedict refused. She then said a prayer, asking God to keep Benedict from leaving, which He did by starting a terrible storm. Three days later, Scholastica died, and Benedict saw her soul ascending to heaven in the form of a white dove.

annamac Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Elbereth, for girls, from Tolkien.

lesliemarion Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I favor Majolica too as well as Maginel.

BellaTheWriter Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Illyria for a girl, like the ancient civilization.
and Jessabelle, because its very pretty and distances the name form Jezebel.

hamwan Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm



hamwan Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I’m Thai, so I nominate the most beautiful and underused Thai name for a girl.
Anyamani (or Anyamanee) means gems.

Theosmum Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

It’s mentioned above, but Eirlys – Welsh girl name, means ‘snowdrop’

Eirawen/Eirwen – Welsh girl name, means ‘snow white’

Erianthe – girl name, Greek, means ‘sweet as many flowers’

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

BRISEIS (for a girl) pronounced Bri-SAY-iss

Means daughter of Briseus. In Greek mythology, Briseis was a beautiful and intelligent Trojan princess who was captured by the Greeks in the Trojan war and became Achilles’ prize and lover.

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

BAHATI (for a girl) Pronounced Ba-HA-tee

A Swahili name which means “blessing” or “good fortune”

madmaddie Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

The name ‘Tarai’ is my second middle name, and it is Hindi – it means “star”. I want it to be more widely-known because I love it.

Also a Romanian name Lenuta (Len-ooht-sah) is on Behind the Name and not here but it really should be…

Hmm, let me think.

Aditi is another beautiful Indian girl name, as is Devina and Dulari. I know (or know of) a person named the latter two.

Asenath is a minor biblical choice.

Brinhilde or one of its many spellings and variations should be added, one of the Valkyries.

Yoanna – it’s Bulgarian, and I actually know one girl named this.

I find the idea of the name Gray on a girl cute.

The name ‘Mariangeles’ is long, yes, but has beautiful connotations – it literally means ‘Mary and Angels’. It’s Hispanic.

Um, that’s all, folks. Sorry for the rambling.

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

KISAKYE (for a girl) Pronounced Chee-SAH-chey

A Luganda name (Luganda is the official language of the East African nation Uganda). It means “Grace.”

madmaddie Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Also, (and I promise, this MIGHT be the last one): Parastu(oo). It’s a Persian name meaning ‘swallow bird’ I think. In any case it’s beautiful.

Rayman_UpTheGrove Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Chisato, is a common Japanese girls name pronounced CHEE-SA-TO; nicknames might include Chisa (CHEE-SA). 😀
Airi, A Japanese girls name pronounced A-EE-REE, But spoken with the correct accent the REE part sounds more like D. The name means “Beloved Jasmine” or it can also mean “Loved Pear tree” depending on how it is written.
Maimi, A Japanese name pronounced MY-IH-ME (The I doesn’t say it’s name in Japanese unless it has an a before it, thus making it Maimi. 😀 ) The name means “Smiling with truth” 😀 I think all three of these names are beautiful and deserves to be on nameberry.

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

MBABAZI (for a girl) Pronounced Mm-BAH-bah-zee

A Runyankole name, (Runyankole is the language of the Ankole tribe in western Uganda.) It means “Grace.”

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

TAYEEBWA (for a boy) Pronounced TAH-AY-bwa

A Runyankole name, (Runyankole is the language of the Ankole tribe in western Uganda), it means “God never forgets”

OliverTwist12 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I forgot to list the reasons why for the Ugandan names listed above. Sub-Saharan African names are neglected in most baby names databases. And often when an African name is included, it is described as “African” without specifying the tribe or language it comes from. Nameberry is better about this than most, but it still needs more African names.

Mrs_Darling Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:21 pm


madmaddie Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I second Rahab, and I didn’t realize when I posted that someone else had already posted Asenath – I second that, too. I agree with Briseis, Emebet, and Richeldis to be added. Also Zainab and Reem; they’re Arabic girls’ names. Lastly, Salvador is a Spanish word name meaning ‘savior’.

mommac23 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Chael – short form of Michael. I love the meaning of Michael, who is like God, but not a fan of the name. Fresh, masculine and edgy. (UFC fighter Chael Sonnen). Love it!!

Orchid_Lover Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Violane with this spelling is a very pretty violet gemstone.

I agree Calyx with this spelling should be added (it is the legitimate spelling of the flower anatomy)

Clarimond: I haven’t seen it mentioned yet but it has been brought up on a forum before regarding this topic. German origin and means either bright or brilliant protectress according to other baby naming sites

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I would tend to agree that you could use a greater diversity of names from African and Asian countries. One way to find out which ones are most popular in the U.S. is to look at the bottom of the Social Security popularity stats and compare them with the popularity charts from the countries that have them.

Layan/Leen/Lian seems to be an extremely popular name right now for little girls in the Arab world. As best as I can tell without speaking Arabic, they are derived from the same root meaning “soft, gentle” but are distinctive names.

Haiti has some distinctive sounding names that are popular:

In the Philippines, the names Renz (probably a short form of Lorenzo) and Xyriel were both popular last year for boys.

Other Ethiopian names I’ve heard that seem to be popular for girls are Bethelehem and Eyerusalem (Bethlehem and Jerusalem in English)

Saanvi or Sanvi is an Indian name that is wildly popular right now for little girls. Saanvi was used 226 times for American girls last year and Sanvi was used 98 times. It seems to be an alternative name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.

lesliemarion Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I like Marjoram and Ludmilla ( it is listed I think with only one l at the end) and Miroslava.

Also Heike for a girl.

indiefendi Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I want to see Andreea on here which is (obviously) a variation of Andrea from Romania. I heard it on Andreea Diaconu the supermodel and I see it on other name sites. I’m obsessed with Romanian names right now.

Mirela – variation of Mireille
Madalina – very pretty variation of Magdalena
Ioana – variation of Joanna
Luminita – means “little light”

Bookworm857158367 Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

One other utterly obscure but romantic name is Esclarmonde, an Occitan name meaning “light of the world.” It is the title of a French opera and was also the name of a medieval Cathar noblewoman in France.

augusta_lee Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I would love to see entries for Belisent, Solace, Edelweiss, Bowman, Evaluna, and Azula.

Entangler Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Odeya – meaning Ode to god or I will thank god. It’s of Hebrew origin according to recently come to light via actress Odeya Rush.

She should be added to the nameberry database because she is the perfect blend of the exotic yet familiar Odette and Freya.

Inglis Says:

August 27th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Akela: The name of the alpha male wolf in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”. Supposedly, the masculine version of the name means happy in Hebrew and lucky in Hawaiian. I’ve always loved this name, any stuffed animal wolf had to be named Akela.

Alastor: Used as an epithet of Zeus. An avenging spirit frequently evoked in Greek tragedy. The name of epic Harry Potter character, Alastor Moody.

Alecto: Name of one of the Furies in Greek mythology. Also the name of a death eater in Harry Potter, Alecto Carrow.

Arcturus: Name of the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. I think this makes an awesome new astrological name.

Belphoebe: Name of a character in Edmund Spencer’s “The Faerie Queen”. Also mentioned in one of Kipling’s works “The Queen’s Men”.

Berrianne: Probably a made up or family name. It is the name of one of the older women at my church. I always thought it was pretty cool.

Brilliana: I don’t know all that much about the name Brilliana, however it was the name of Brilliana Harley, a celebrated english letter writer. A new take on more common Brianna.

Calcifer: A character in Howl’s Moving Castle. He was Howl’s resident fire demon who heats the castle.

Cassander: Greek Hellenistic king of Ancient Macedon. I’ve always liked this name for some reason; I used it as a surname in a story I wrote once.

Edessa: The name of a historical town in Turkey.

Eirena: Greek name meaning peace.

Fiana: Irish name meaning vine. New take on more common Fiona.

Gilvary: Surname of Irish origin. I think it sounds rather regal.

Hwin: Name of the talking mare in C.S. Lewis’ “The Horse and His Boy” One of my favorite Narnian characters.

Iskander: Greek version of alexander.

Leifur: Icelandic name meaning heir.

Raziel: An archangel in the teachings of Jewish mysticism.

Rook: meaning raven

Rubra: Meaning red in latin. Also the genus of a number of species.

Tavira: Portuguese city

Rontu: The name of the dog in Island of the Blue Dolphins

Aleu: Is the name of the daughter of fictional dogs Balto and Jenna.

Yukon: Canadian place name

Tirian/Rilian: Kings of Narnia and decedents of King Caspian X.

Shasta: As a BOYS name.

Inglis: As a GIRLS name. It has been a female family name in my family for a number of generations. I think it’s very pretty and unique.

Abw0329 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 12:42 am

My former boss had twin boys and one of them is named “Satchwell” and they call him “Satch”! How cute! I nominate Satchwell and it’s hipster/literary/rustic vibe.
One of my favorite names is “Aurelie” and, although it is on Nameberry, sadly there is no description. I love it’s airy, French, frilly feel and unique take on the gorgeous name “Aurelia”. “Aura” gives it an ethereal glow and it’s twin “Amelie” is just as precious. “Arabella” and “Aurelie” would make so much sense to me as twin sisters. It also sounds like “Ora” which highlights a connection to names such as “Ira”, “Oona”, and”Ara” (Arabella).

hannah93 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 12:45 am

It would be cool to see some more Maori names on here a few that I like are

Anahera which means Angel

Wiremu which translates to William
Hemi which translates to James

Sorceress Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 3:28 am

I only forgot about Gwenllian, Elysande/Elysant and Nimue. I think those are lovely names, just like Briseis and Rosabel, and deserve to be included.

SofiaCapricorn87 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 4:09 am

I would really like to see Sinou on Nameberry. It’s a tongan girl name meaning “snow”. I think it’s really beautiful. Other great tongan names:
Aleia-Heavenly child
Amipa-Amber stone
Avoca-Sweet valley
Kalasia-Grace (So much better than Khaleesi!)
Lovia-Heavy rain
Panisi-the Pansy flower
Siale-Flowering bush
Sikota-Kingfisher bird

Camiel-Born in freedom
Kaelo-War dance
Kapo-Self taught

Sko Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 5:47 am

Brindabella – Name of a mountain range in Camberra, Australia. Also the name of one of the identical triplets born in America recently (Laurel, Brindabella and Abbey). Would rival Isabella nicely adding a new ‘Bella’ name to choose from.

Sunflowerist Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 7:57 am

Trula (girl) (has already been mentioned too)
Truett (Boy) (also has already been mentioned)
Verlaine (Girl)
Nova (unisex)

mermuse Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 8:06 am

I want to second some great ones I forgot to say first time around that I’ve seen here–Edelweiss, Rook, Miroslava, Eirlys, Erianthe!

Stormshine Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 8:22 am

I second Alafair – popular in Appalachia and Acadian Louisiana, and the saint’s names Blandine and Casilda. Another Game of Thrones name that is a real Persian beauty is Shireen. Xochitl and Nesrin would be good additions, also.

caroblaise Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 9:42 am

Oh, and please add Gustine and Aidy! My grandfather’s name is Gustine, and I’m guessing it’s a variation of Augustus. I love Aidy Bryant, her name is so cute too! Please add Aidy!

caroblaise Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 9:42 am

Oh, and please add Gustine and Aidy! My grandfather’s name is Gustine, and I’m guessing it’s a variation of Augustus. I love Aidy Bryant, her name is so cute too! Please add Aidy!

Delirious Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Dunno if this has been mentioned or not, but Aibileen. I believe it means filbert or hazelnut, and it’s the spelling used in the book and movie The Help. Pronounced A-buh-leen. (“A” like the letter)

CuriousLogophile Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Amanti an Ethiopian, male friend of mine is named this, so Ethiopian/African roots possibly

Inglis Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Okay, so I have a few more 🙂

Amraphel: In the old testament, he was the king of Shinar.

Cephas: A biblical name. Means “rock” in aramaic.

Mycroft: The name of Sherlock Holmes’ brother. I can’t believe it’s not on here, it just sounds so cool 🙂

Ranulphus: Saint name, often shortened to Ranulf.

Enza: Italian name, female form of Enzo.

Angelus: Latin for angel. It has been a family name, used for both boys and girls, although primarily as a middle name. I think its beautiful and unique, and fits in with the roman trend right now.

Sveri: I have a friend who was born in Sweden, whose name is Sveri. She loves her name, and I have always thought it was a great name. Different from the more common Svea and Sven and Svetlana.

Ignotus: Very cool variation of Ignatius. Means unknown in Latin. Also the name of Harry Potter character, Ignotus Peverell.

Perenna: I second this one! It’s one I hadn’t heard before, but it’s lovely 🙂

kitchi1 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Off the top of my head, I’m going to nominate Mohini. It is pronounced mo-hee-nee…I believe it’s Indian. There was a girl in a book I read last year named Mohini nicknamed Mo. I thought (and still think) it was so cute! And very unique.

I will add more if I think of any!

mermuse Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

And Liviana!

tiffanyjanell Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Kesli Bellanne : My 2 year old daughter. I call her Kesli-Belle sometimes 🙂

Kesli (Kes-lee)
During my pregnancy, my husband and I were obsessed with the name Kaily. We eventually learned that Kaily (or Kaylie, Kaylee, Kailey, etc) was a very common name of our friend’s and family’s daughters. We were still stuck with the K sound and the “ee” ending. I posted on a forum asking for help with girl names starting in K and ending with the “ee” sound. Someone suggested Kesli. I showed my husband and he fell in love.

Belle means beautiful. Anne means grace.
I thought of this name years ago. Belle is my favorite Disney princess. She was kind to her father, loved to read, and loved the beast for who he really was. I love the Anne of Green Gables story and thought that Anne is a great role model for what I would like my daughter to be: honest, smart, talkative, friendly, and loving.

tiffanyjanell Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

It is the name of a large South American Indian group. Aymara is also the language they speak.
My best friend’s daughter is Aymara Faline.

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Sayward for a girl (pronounced SAY-erd)

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Alleluia/Hallelujah – “Praise the Lord”
Hosanna – “Save, we pray”

6 ‘h’s’ for girls born to a Christian family: Harvest, Haven, Hope, Honor, Hosanna, Hallelujah.

leahnash8 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Cuán- Irish name meaning “little hound.” Pronounciation: Coo-awhn. Soft, pleasant sound with a strong, fierce meaning.

Aoileann- Irish variation of Ellen. Pronounciation: Ee-lin.

Watts- surname-name. Variation of Walter, meaning “army leader”. Strong meaning, full of energy.

zoz_zoz Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

What with Bijou becoming popular I nominate

Anjou – A historical region and former province of northwest France in the Loire River valley.
– A pear variety

And what with “word names” becoming quite popular as well as french spellings/variations I also nominate

Rouge – Rouge is the french word for “red”. Pronounced: Rooshz, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

zoz_zoz Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

What with Bijou becoming popular I nominate

Anjou – A historical region and former province of northwest France in the Loire River valley.
– A pear variety

And what with “word names” becoming quite popular as well as french spellings/variations I also nominate

Rouge – Rouge is the french word for “red”. Pronounced: Rooshz, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

jinglebelldaisy Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Chesna- is a girls name of Polish origin, according to all my sources. I read a while back that it supposively means peace. One of my sisters has this name and she has a number of nicknames derived from the name; Ches, Chessie, Chez, Chezzie, Nana.

Mailli – Don’t know the origin, but I have been told it is a variation of Mary.

Arrow – Technically you already have this listed as a name for boys but not for girls. I personally think that this names sounds really soft and airy and would be both pretty and strong on a girl.

DayKen95 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Aella {Greek “whirlwind”} It’s been my top name for so long and still hasn’t made it into the database. Greek mythology names get so much love I think little Aella deserves a turn.

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Puritan names Hopewell and Hopestill.

Mega_Muffin Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Thought of some others:

Celestine – There’s a girls’ entry for the name, but Celestine is unisex, having been used by several popes. I’d like to see a boys’ entry for it, too.

Asterope – The name of several Greek mythological characters, Asterope is related to Aster and Asteria, which all mean “star”. It’s also the name of an actual star (in the Pleiades cluster), an asteroid, and a genus of butterfly. A cool alternative to Penelope and Calliope.

Merope – Like Asterope, Merope is the name of several different Greek mythological characters, is a star in the Pleiades cluster (and the constellation Taurus), and is the name of an asteroid. However, she might be most popularly known as Merope Gaunt, Voldemort’s mother in the Harry Potter series.

Euphrosyne – One of the three Graces in Greek myth, she represented joy and mirth. Euphrosyne was also the name of a couple of Byzantine empresses and a saint.

Vespertine – Related to Vesper, it is a scientific term that describes something relating to evening time.

kryssiz87 Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Gracyn- Girl
Grayer- Boy

Brynie Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 5:30 am

I nominate Lucelia! 🙂

annabelle Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 9:00 am

I propose the following names:

Seppe (diminutive of Joseph?/Frisian?)
Wout (diminutive of Wouter)
Ferre (diminutive of Ferdinand)
Warre (short for Walraven?)
Senne (variation of Sander)
Tuur (diminutive of Arthur)
Lowie (Dutch spelling of Louis)
Emiel (Dutch spelling of Emile)
Nand (diminutive of Ferdinand)
Siebe (diminituve of Germanic names Sibald, Sibrecht, Sibrand)
Imran (Arabic, muslim name for the father of the Virgin Mary)
Bent (Frisian variant of Ben (in itself short form of Bernhard, not Benjamin))
Tibo (Dutch spelling of Thibault)
Wannes (derivative of Johannes)
Miel (diminutive of Kamiel (Camillus) -> Ancient Roman, meaning unknown). I am surprised you don’t have any of these, as surely Camillus is the ground form of Camilla. Variations of this name are common in several European countries.
Briek (diminutive of Alberic(h) -> Germanic mythology : alf (elf) + ric (power))

Juul (diminutive of Julius/alternative spelling of Jules/diminutive of Juliette)

Jozefien (Dutch spelling of Josephine)
Fien (diminutive of Jozefien, Dutch spelling of Josephine)
Nore (diminutive of Eleonora)
Sien (diminutive of Francine)
Kaat (diminutive of Catharina)
Lieze (alternative spelling for Lise)
Myrthe (plant name, spelling variant of Mirte/Mirthe)
Gitte (diminutive of Brigitta)
Loes (feminine diminutive of Lodewijk (Dutch for Lodewijk, should be added too!))
Nour (couldn’t find it. I assume it’s an alternative spelling for Noor (Arabic, not Dutch))
Azra (means virgin in Arabic, I know a Belgian girl with this name though)
Maïté (contraction of Maria and Teresa, Spanish/’lovable’ in Basque)
Maaike (diminutive of Maria)

Almost of all of them are from the current Flemish top 100, so they are quite common here. Most of them are Dutch, a couple are ‘immigrant’ names.
This is a long list, but I am impressed that a lot of other Dutch names are already on the site!

Snowprince95 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 9:42 am

There are many interesting names that I think are missing from the database, here are some that I remember
Athens-could also work for girls, capital of Greece
Anakin-a character from Star Wars and a surname, I believe it means warrior
Arendelle-the kingdom in Frozen, could also fit girls
Armas-a Finnish name that means dear.
Aslan-the lion from Narnia, it fittingly means lion in Turkish
Bagheera-the panther from The Jungle Book,
Berlioz-a character in the Aristocats and the surname of composer Hector Berlioz
Basilius-means royal and kingly in Dutch
Cassim-I believe it’s Arabic but I’m not sure about the meaning
Calgary-place name that could also work for girls
Corran-pronounced Cor-in or Cor-ren, it’s a Star Wars name, it’s also Irish and means spear-bearer
Calcifer-a character in the Studio Ghibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle
Denahi-a Brother Bear character, not sure about meaning
Djali-a character from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, possibly a girl’s name too
Dastan-Prince of Persia protagonist, it means story in Persian
Ector-character from Arthurian legend, possibly a form of Hector
Emerick-a surname, it’s German and means industrious leader
Elkanah-Hannah’s husband in the Bible, his name means God has created or the zeal of God
Ender-the protagonist of Ender’s Game
Elkin-I met a girl with this name, it could easily be a boy’s name too, it’s a surname
Finnick-a character in the Hunger Games, it’s an Irish surname I believe
Fjord-a nature name that hasn’t been discovered yet
Figaro-as in The Marriage of Figaro and the cat from Pinocchio, it’s French for barber
Gilgamesh-the Sumerian hero from the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, meaning unknown
Ganymede-in Greek mythology he was the handsome, young cup bearer to the gods after Hebe, meaning unknown
Hercule-as in Hercule Poirot, it’s the French form of Hercules
Haggai-a minor prophet of the Bible, means my holiday
Jafar-the villain of Disney’s Aladdin, means stream in Arabic
Jacen-the Star Wars spelling of Jason
Jedi, Jedai-not just the order from Star Wars, it’s Hebrew and means beloved by God
Kenai-the protagonist of Brother Bear, is Athabascan and means flat land
Kocoum (Ko-ko-um)-a character in Disney’s Pocahontas, I couldn’t find a meaning
Kovu-a character in the Lion King 2, I think it is Swahili for scar
Komari- an Indian name that is used in Star Wars, can’t find the meaning
Leeman-a English surname that could possibly mean beloved friend
Lorien-a unisex name that I couldn’t find a meaning for
Lucario-a Pokemon name, I’m not a follower of the show but I’ve always thought it was a cool name
Mithras-an ancient Persian god whose name probably means oath, allegiance, or friend
Mufasa-a Lion King character, It means king in the Manazoto language
Moab-a land mentioned in the Bible
Nephtali-the better sounding Spanish version of Naphtali
Oaken-a character from Frozen, it’s an English name
Osceola (Aw-see-oh-luh)- a Seminole chief and place name, it could also be used for girls
Skandar-as in Narnia actor Skandar Keynes, it is the Turkish form of Alexander
Seren, Saren-I could see them being girl’s names too
Sitka-another Brother Bear character
Shang-means above in Chinese and is a character in Disney’s Mulan, also the name of a dynasty
Sinai-a place name that could maybe also be used for girls, means from the clay desert
Sora-the protagonists from Kingdom Hearts, means sky in Japanese, can be unisex
Sosuke (So-skay)- a character in Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo, is Japanese and could mean clever or help among other meaning
Samurai-I’m just throwing out this warrior name as an option with the nn Sam
Razoul-an Aladdin character, it’s Arabic but I couldn’t find a meaning
Riku-a Finnish name that is also used in Japanese, where it is unisex, it’s a Kingdom Hearts characters
Roxas-a Kingdom Hearts character
Tallinn-an alternative spelling of Talon, that is also the capital of Estonia
Tenzing-as in Tenzing Norgay, it is Sanskrit for wisdom and teaching
Peeta-as in the Hunger Games character
Whisper-a word name possibility
Manasseh-a Bible king, is Hebrew and means causing to forget
Ukiah-a name of Native American origin that means deep valley
I think that’s it for the boy names.

Snowprince95 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

Oh, I forgot Yariel for boys, which could also be used for girls
Now for the girls
Atira-a Hebrew name that means pray
Amarilli-the Italian versions of Amaryllis
Ahsoka-a Star Wars character, I believe it is of Indian origin
Asmara-the capital of Eritrea, it means made them united in Tigrigna
Aleria-means Eagle in Latin
Andrina-one of Ariel’s sister’s in The Little Mermaid, it is Greek and means manly or brave
Aquata-another sister from TLM
Attina-yet another TLM sister, a form of Atina which is Greek
Armenia-the country that I’ve heard used as a name
Azula-an Avatar:The Last Airbender character, could derive from the Spanish word for blue or the Hindu word for demon
Alaraby or Alarabi (uh-lair-uh-bee)- a Basque name that could be unisex
Azra-means maiden in Arabic
Alora-means my dream in thwarted Bantu language
Aloray-possibly a form of Alora
Boadicea-a more appealing alternative form of Boudicca, (Bo-ah-duh-see-uh)
Barriss-(bare-iss) a Star Wars character
Bastila-a Star Wars name
Corellia-Han Solo’s home planet
Chavela-as in singer Chavela Vargas, a Spanish variant of Elizabeth
Aleyda-(ah or uh-lay-dah or duh) Greek name that means of Athena
Drizella-a character in Disney’s Cinderella, a form a Drusilla
Eulodia-a name I’ve heard used in Spanish speaking countries
Embla-an old Nordic name with an uncertain meaning
Eilonwy-from the Chronicles of Prydain series and Disney’s The Black Cauldron, she is an unofficial Disney Princess and her name is Welsh
Elisheba-Hebrew name that means God is my oath
Evanora (ev-uh-nor-uh)-a character in Oz:The Great and Powerful
Ellaria-a Game of Thrones character, could possibly be Irish for exile or wanderer
Elphaba-the protagonist of Wicked
Eritrea-an African country, pronounced air-uh-tray-uh
Graciela-means favor or blessing in Latin, used in Latin American countries
Galaxia-galaxy in Spanish
Glinda-a Wizard of Oz character, a form of Glenda
Hecate-a Greek goddess, means far off

Snowprince95 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I forgot the Egyptian boy name Lisimba, which means lion and the Arabic name Mehrab, which could also be unisex
Hinarani-Hinarani de Longeaux is a French Polynesian beauty pageant queen, her name is very unique and I imagine Polynesian.
Hillevi-a Swedish/Finnish name that means safe in battle, also spelled Hellevi. Hillevi Rombin was a Miss Universe.
Iridessa-one of the Disney Fairies, based on the word iridescent
Iella-an invented name of a Star Wars character, could be a good alternative to the ultra popular Isla and Ella.
Ishtar-the Babylonian goddess of love, war, and fertility
Jamillia-a form of Jamila used in Star Wars
Jaina or Jayna-a form of Jane used in Star Wars
Kimbra-a new singer from New Zealand, an English name that means from the royal fortress meadows
Kelebek-a Turkish name that means butterfly, a possible nn is kelli or becky
Kida-a character from Disney’s film, Atlantis:The Lost Empire. A Kiowa name that means raising away from the darkness.
Kala-a Hindi name that means God of time. Also, a character in Disney’s Tarzan
Katara-a character in Avatar:The Last Airbender. I think it means blessed or pure.
Lotta-a Finnish name that means petite beauty
Lhasa-the capital of Tibet could be a unisex name. It means bearded in Tibetan
Lumikki-means Snow White in Finnish
Lumiya (Loo-mee-uh or Loo-my-uh)-a Star Wars character
Luminara-(loo-min-ar-uh, loo-min-air-uh) another Star Wars character
Manasi-an Indian name that means, with a sound mind
Maila-(my-luh)a Finnish name that means racquet and could possibly also mean myrrh in a different language.
Mulan-my favorite Disney Princess, it means wood orchid in Chinese
Megara-a Greek name from mythology that means a fury. Also, a character in Disney’s Hercules
Melpomene-one of the nine muses in Greek mythology, a possible nn is Mel
Mirage-an exotic word name
Mandisa-an Egyptian name that means sweet, it is also the name of a popular Christian singer
Marceline-a character from the popular show Adventure Time. The feminine version of Marcel
Melodia-(Mel-oh-DEE-uh) melody in Spanish
Mahlah-a Hebrew name meaning weak or sick, it’s in the Bible
Nicosia-the capital of Cyprus
Nasira-an Arabic name that means helper

Snowprince95 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Nakoma-a character from Disney’s Pocahontas. This Native American name means great warrior or great spirit
Nausicaä-a Studio Ghibli character, as well as a character in Homer’s Odyssey. It is Greek and means burner of ships
Namibia-an African country
Nebraska-a new state name
Omara-an Arabic name that means red
Operetta-if opera is on here why not Operetta? A Monster High character also.
Orianthi-the name of an Australian musician, I think it means beautiful flower
Pocahontas-a historical name and a Disney princess, it means the naughty one or spoiled child
Padmé-a Star Wars character, I believe it’s a form of Palma
Endive-a leaf vegetable that could be used as a name. Also a character in Chowder.
Meren-a unisex name that could be popular
Sembla-I believe it’s a surname
Sacorria-the exotic name of a planet in Star Wars
Iran-a unisex place name that I’ve seen used in Hispanic countries
Israeli-I’ve heard it as a girl name but it could be unisex
Silvermist-one of the Disney fairies
Sansa-from Game of Thrones
Sersi-a Marvel character, I think it is a better spelling of Circe
Sarabi-a Lion King character, it means mirage in Swahili
Sly-as a girl’s name, their is a female Star Wars character wit that name
Asajj-another Star Wars name
Roselia-a Spanish form of Rosalie that is surprisingly not in the database
Rahab-a biblical woman whose name means possibly ruler of the sea or fierce.
Reem-an Arabic name that means gazelle
Ruqayyah-an Arabic name that either means rise, ascent or spell, charm, incantation
Riga-the capital of Latvia
Riza-Another Arabic name, this one means satisfaction
Nesma-yet another Arabic name, derived from the word breath of life
Tigerlily-lovely, evocative name that lacks a database entry. Also a Peter Pan character

chellemma1 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Guénaelle – Brenton girls’ name. I think it’s very unique I can’t really think of anything that sounds similar. It is pronounced Gay-nye-ELLE.
Vaila – One of the Shetland islands, used quite often as a girls’ name in Scotland. Pronounced VAY-lah I think it would work well all around he world.
Erraid – the name of the 13 year old Commonwealth Games swimming medalist. It’s another Scottish Island name pronounced ERR-id. I think it would make a good alternative to Erin.
Stroma – Another Scottish Island name, this one is just off the north coast of Scotland. It is occasionally used as a name and I think it would work well outside of Scotland as it is quite straight forward and easy to pronounce and spell.
Kelsa – this is my friend’s name but I don’t know very much about it. I think it is that perfect mix of familiar and different.

I can’t think of any boys names.

EmmaF Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Names related to birds of prey—Kestrel, Goshawk, Osprey
Kahlia, a creative name

Snowprince95 Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Teneal-a unisex name that is Celtic and means cloud, champion, and passionate and is old French for crow or talkative.
Tenel-a Star Wars name and seems to be a form of Teneal
Talisia-a genus of plants as well as name that is French and means forest, at least that’s what one site said.
Ilia-a Hebrew and Russian name that means, the Lord is God
Unelma-Finnish for dream
Vidia-a Disney Fairy, a form of Vidya, a Hindu goddess whose name means wisdom, knowledge and learning in Sanskrit
Riviera-interesting location name
Vanellope-a Wreck-it-Ralph character
Ibiza-cool place name
Vaumara-interesting name that I’ve only ever heard once, I can’t find a meaning for it
Yessica-a form of Jessica that is sometimes used in Hispanic countries
Yma-as in the amazing singer Yma Sumac, pronounced ee-muh. It is Icelandic and means a giantess.
Yzma-a character in Disney’s the Emperor’s New Groove, it’s Arabic and means privileged and honored, pronounced eez-muh
Waleska-a name that I’ve heard in Hispanic families but I can’t find a meaning
Xyla-a Greek name that means of the wooded land
Naima-pronounced na-ee-muh, it means tranquil in Arabic and pleasant and graceful in Swahili
Zendaya-as in the singers and actress, it means to give thanks in Shona
Zira-a Hebrew name that means arena or messenger
Zemfira-a unique name with an unknown meaning and uncertain origin, although it could possibly be a gypsy(romani) name
Zilpah-a name that means frailty in Hebrew and can be found in the Bible
Zecora-a character in the popular show My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic, that could possibly be African
Oh and I forgot Tecumseh, for a boy, it was the name of a Native Americans chief and means panther passing across in Shawnee.

QuizzicalZizzle Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

ANALEA: “The Lord has favored me.” “Ana” means grace, and “Lea” means “bringer of good news”.
BEATITUDE: 1.) Supreme blessedness. 2.) The blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–11).
MYRIAD: “Countless or extremely great in number”.
SAVVY: (n) shrewdness and practical knowledge, especially in politics or business. (v) know or understand. (adj.) shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life.
CONSTELLATION: “A group or cluster of related things.” Dreamy.
FAEDRA: Combination of the name “Faye”, meaning “Fairy, Confidence, Trust, Belief,” and “Audra”, meaning, “Nobility; Strength”.
ARENDELLA: In Norwegian, ‘Aren’ is possibly derived from ‘ørn’ which means “eagle”, and ‘delle’ is most likely derived from ‘dal’ which means “valley”.
WHIMSY/WHIMSICAL: Playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way. 2.) •A thing that is fanciful or odd.
GWENORA: “White, fair, blessed”.
REVERENCE: To treat someone or something with deep respect
The hero of a song; ballads of fair Lindelin–who grew enchanted apples, and rescued princes, and spun her locks into gold. “Gold doesn’t always mean gold.” -The Twistrose Key
MELVENAH: “Friend”. Also the name of a relative.
KATRI: “Pure”
ANALIESE: Scandinavian combination name composed of Anne (gracious, full of grace) and Liese (God is my oath).

CYPRESS: Like the tree, Cypress(es) are known for their durability year-round. They flourish in all four seasons, are beautiful, strong and have had literary significance since the dawn of meaning.
NIMBUS: Nimbus is a Latin word meaning rain cloud or rain storm. The prefix nimbo- or the suffix -nimbus indicates a precipitating cloud
KOSMOS: Greek for “World”.

Inglis Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Taiga: Pronounced tahy-gah. Nature name meaning the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast portions of North America and Eurasia. I think this is a very pretty word and would be a great addition of the other nature names that are currently rising in popularity.

Stamatina: Italian name meaning morning. It is Tina Fey’s middle name.

Skandar: Name of actor Skandar Keynes, who plays Edmund Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia. Probably the Turkish version of Alexander. I think it is a very cool and handsome name, that definitely deserves to be on this site.

Chord: Musical word name. The name of actor Chord Overstreet who plays Sam on Glee.

Ruanne Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I nominate Revere. It’s a virtue name, and a faith-based name still useable even if in the end your child prefers to revere the ideals of humanism over a deity. Plus, colonial American reference with the ride of Paul Revere.

I think of it as a boy’s name, but maybe it could go either way.

OliveShoot Says:

August 29th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Schatzi – German for “darling” or “treasure” . The late Lauren Bacall’s character in the classic movie “How to Marry a Millionaire”.

Chastity13 Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am

I love the suggestions of Zendaya and Naima. I second those and mominate Sanai. I would love to know more about that name.

GabbyDee Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

When I was younger I was obsessed with the TV Show(s) Xena: Warrior Princess/Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and I personally loved a lot of the names they had mainly for the girls. I would love to see some of the names they used on the show to make me feel slightly better if I ever thought about naming my future children. They are:

Ephiny (eh-fi-nee) from the research I could find the name Ephiny is a contraction of “epiphane” which is a sudden realization/revelation.

Amarice (am-uh-reese) I’ve tried to research the name but really can’t find much on it, if anything. But it is a very pretty name and if you guys can find information on it that would be perfect.

Ilea (eye-lay-uh) or (eye-lee-uh) I prefer the layuh ending. But again I can’t find any information on this but would love to see it on the site.

dewdropsandroses Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Blythe is a unisex name! Not just for girls.

ClaireElise Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Zenona. I worked with a girl with this name, and she was so spunky and fun that I have a great impression of it. She was from Poland I believe, and said she was named after her father, Zenon. When I asked her what her name meant, she said it had “something to do with Zeus”. I like the name because it’s a zippy new choice for parents looking for a Z name 🙂

lesliemarion Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Noren for a male.

Calendula and Tithonia for females.

Maika Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Maiken (pronounced as Maj•ken). It is my own name and I am proud to be called like this!! It has a Scandinavian origin and is a diminutive of Maria.

I think this is a beautiful and very underrated name.

Snowprince95 Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I’m surprised that Sia is not in the database. It is a unisex biblical name that means help or moving and has been getting attention because of singer Sia Furler.
Oh, and what about Siam as a place name, maybe unisex.

chigley Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

No offense, but I think there’s a reason none of these names are in the database…..

Snowprince95 Says:

August 30th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Well, it’s not like every name in the database is all that nice either. 😉

Llumeneres Says:

August 31st, 2014 at 10:25 am

I agree, Beowulf should be in the database 🙂

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

August 31st, 2014 at 2:45 pm

A boy entry for Brighton.
Farkle. (heard it on Girl Meets World and Shrek the 3rd)
A girl entry for Lennox, perhaps?

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

August 31st, 2014 at 3:02 pm


mabespark Says:

August 31st, 2014 at 4:47 pm


Sorceress Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 8:13 am

Another vote for Beowulf!

fivebabymen Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am

Aralyn. It means beautiful melody.

klythrs Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I recently finished reading “Forgotten Fire” by Adam Bagadasarian, a book about the Armenian genocide. Although the book was very sad, I fell 100% in love with the main character’s sister’s name: Armenouhi. I would love to see Armenouhi added to Nameberry.

elizabethrose Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 6:10 pm


(All girls.) I’m not usually one for modern names, but I’ve heard all of these on blogs or in person, and love them all in the middle spot.

peigin.leitir.moir Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Kismine, from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Diamond as Big as The Ritz”. She had a sister called Jasmine, which I also like. Please, please add Kismine to the database!!!

sarahdoodle Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Illyria: ancient place name + Shakespearean connections + roll-off-the-tongue whimsy = one awesome name

Samwise: oh, please, please, please! It’s a GP for me but I can’t help but love this name or the Tolkien character who wears it. It’s a nerdy but cool-sounding literary nod with a very wearable nickname.

mallowd Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Good grief! Name overload!!! Ill add boys Kagen ) I had a college (and very attractive) classmate with this name. Ive always lived it and havent seen it since so I have no idea where its from but could be Gaelic?) And Fiyero from Wicked.

mallowd Says:

September 1st, 2014 at 11:29 pm

For girls I know an Ameryn (said like Cameron) and Kambry. Someone already mentioned Kimbra. Also I heard Poema somewhere and LOVE it. Another I thought of was Daveigh…as in Daveigh Chase.

hlparker Says:

September 7th, 2014 at 10:17 am

I’d love to see a boy’s entry for Garnet. Both famous people on the Garnet girl’s page are male and one of the three pop culture references are male. I’ve only known one person named Garnet and he was a man. To me, the name always had this kind of cowboy swagger. I could just be associating the name with the only person I’ve known to wear it, but I think it fits right in with names like Wyatt and Flint.

Alina Marie Says:

September 11th, 2014 at 8:22 am

Lilla – like Lily and Lila combined. Gabrielle’s sister from Xena: Warrior Princess.





Rordan (b)

Alina Marie Says:

September 11th, 2014 at 8:23 am

Dace (b) – Like Jace, but with a D. 😉

lpluedd Says:

September 16th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

One of my teachers is named Lalise and I think it has a lovely kind of chirpy, singsongy sound and it’s kind of like a spiffed-up Lisa. 🙂

tfzolghadr Says:

October 4th, 2014 at 11:20 am

Parisan- Persian- like an angel/ faerie, related to Pari, Parisa, and Parin
Kimia/ Kimiya- Arabic- alchemy
Donya-Persian- world, song by the pop star Arash
Farrin- Persian- glorified
Firouzeh- Persian- turquoise
Haleh- Arabic- halo
Homa- Persian- phoenix
Avina- Persian- pure
Malakeh- Persian- queen
Astera- Persian- star, Esther’s original Persian name
Asteria- variation of Astera
Nasrin- Persian- wild rose
Laleh- Persian- tulip
Mahasti- Persian- the moon’s being
Marjan/ Marjaneh- Persian- coral
Mitra- Persian- the name of a Zoroastrian goddess
Ayda- Turkish, Persian- water vapor
Aysan- Turkish- moon-like
Aysa- Turkish variation of the Arabic Aisha
Sarina- Persian- pure
Raha- Persian- free
Sitareh, Seetareh- Persian- star
Bahar, Bahareh- Persian- spring
Shadee, Shadi- Persian- happiness
Sheyda- Persian- lovesick
Simin- Persian- silver
Sholeh- Persian- flame
Souzan- Persian- burning, flame
Sussan, Soussan- Persian- lily of the valley
Mahsa- Persian- like the moon
Taraneh- Persian- song
Yalda- Persian- name of the longest night of the year
Zari- Persian- brocaded silk
Zarrin- Persian- golden
Niki- Persian- goodness
Paria/ Pariya- Persian- like an angel/ faerie, related to Parisan, Pari, Parisa, and Parin
Reyhaneh- Persian- basil
Cassandan- Persian- the name of Cyrus the Great’s wife
Dori/ Dorri- Persian- sparkling, glittering like a gem
Parvin- Persian- name of a constellation
Sevil- Turkish- beloved
Shadan- Persian- joyful, happy
Sona- Persian- beauty
Sura- Persian- flower face
Parin- Persian- like an angel/ faerie, related to Pari, Parisan, and Parisa
Amitis- Persian, a wife of Cyrus the Great
Katayoun- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Vis- Persian, from the love story of Ramin and Vis
Parvaneh- Persian, butterfly
Hasti- Persian- existence
Alaleh- Persian- a flower
Afareen- Persian- praise
Asa- Persian- like, similar to
Ashti- Persian- peace
Aylar- Turkish, Persian- moons
Aysel- Turkish, Persian- moonlight
Mahin- Persian- greatest
Bita- Persian- unique
Estere- Persian- star, see Esther, Astera, and Asteria
Jaleh- Persian- dew

Evren- Turkish- the cosmos, the heavens
Emre- Turkish- friend, older brother (Em-ray)
Levent- Turkish- the marines in the Ottoman military
Berk- Turkish- solid, strong
Berkant- Turkish- oath
Koray- Turkish- ember moon
Cavan- irish- handsome
Dilovan- Persian- compassionate
Herme- Persian- pear
Heydar- Persian- lion
Diyari- Persian- gift
Ehsan- Arabic- charity
Arash- Persian- a hero from the Shahnameh, a current pop star
Bardia/ Bardiya- name of a prince, believed to be Artaxerxes, a character in C.S. Lewis’ “Til They Have Faces”
Dara- Persian- wealthy- character in the Shahnameh
Arshia- Persian- throne
Asghar- Persian, Arabic- small, Iranian filmmaker Ashghar Farhadi
Farid- Persian- unique
Giv- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Hooman- Persian- a person with good behavior, a character in the Shahnameh, a Persian pop singer
Hooshang- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Shaya- Persian- worthy
Shayan- Persian- worthy
Maher- Persian- expert
Makan- Persian- a great commander of the army in the Sassanid dynasty
Martiya- Persian- warrior, a rebel who fought against Darius I
Kamran- Persian- successful and fortunate
Kia- Persian- king, protector, defender
Keyvan- Persian- world, universe
Kaveh- Persian- a hero in the Shahnameh who fought to free Iran from a foreign oppressor, so he is now a symbol of Iranian nationalism
Ewindar- Persian- lover
Aran/ Aron- Persian- A former Persian province in the Caucuses, now part of Azerbaijan
Altin/ Altun- Turkish- golden
Anoush- Persian- eternal
Tiran- Persian- arrows, the name of a Parthian prince
Yari- Persian- friendship
Yaran- Persian- a friend
Zavar- Persian- powerful, mighty; the planet Venus
Zia- Persian- light
Parsa- Persian- pure, chaste, holy; Persia
Peyman- Persian- promise
Sorab- Persian- a famous hero from the Shahnameh
Rostam- Persian- a famous hero from the Shahnameh
Sepehr- Persian- sky
Artin-Persian- flame
Kasra- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Matin- Arabic- firm, solid
Nik- Persian- good
Nami- Persian- illustrious, celebrated
Nika- Persian- name of a river in Iran
Niv- Persian- bold, brave
Novin, Nuvin- a prince
Ojay- Turkish- tall
Razi- Persian- a famous Persian alchemist, scientist, and philosopher
Sina- Persian- a famous Persian doctor
Ashkan- Persian- the founder of an Iranian dynasty
Aryo- Persian- an Iranian hero (Aryo Barzan) who fought against Alexander the Great
Armin- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Arman- Persian- ideal, hope, aspiration
Kavian- Persian- the flag belonging to the hero, Kaveh, in the Shahnameh
Sami- Arabic- high, elevated
Shaheen- Persian- falcon
Kiumars/ Keyumars- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Mahyar- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Milad- Persian- birth, Christmas
Mohsen- Arabic- one who does good
Arad- Persian- name of an angel
Arda- Persian- name of a Magi (Zoroastrian) priest during the Sassanid period
Artan- Persian- Darius’ father-in-law
Artay- Persian- strong
Arun- Persian- amiable, attractive
Ata- Persian- to give
Ila- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Jahan- Persian- world
Javad- Arabic- liberal
Javeed- Persian- living forever
Nima- Persian- small
Zal- Persian- albino, a character in the Shahnameh
Sam- Persian- a character from the Shahnameh
Ramin- Persian- a character in the love story of Ramin and Vis
Jamshid- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh, a king
Kambiz- Persian- fortunate
Iraj- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Kamyar- Persian- successful
Aslan, Arslan- Persian, Turkish- lion
Aso- Persian- horizon
Aydin- Turkish, Persian- enlightened
Aza- Persian- brave
Bijan- Persian- a character in the Shahnameh
Belen- Persian- promise
Betin- Persian- warm
Pirooz- Persian- victorious, name of a Sassanid prince who fled to China
Verne- Persian- the historic name of the Caspian region (including Gilan and Mazanderan in modern Iran)

Essa Says:

October 20th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Shanagh – my name!

It’s pronounced the same as Sharna so maybe people would prefer this spelling. It’s a combination of the Welsh Sian and the Irish Shauna.

Essa Says:

October 20th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Also, what about Corinthian?
Ok, most people seem to think I’m mad when I suggest Corinthian but I’m sure I’ve heard it on a boy before! I don’t understand how names like Roman are fine but Corinthian is out of question. Plus I think it’s a great way to get to the nicknames Theo and Cory, there’s also the possibility of Ian, Thian and Rinny.

brittabelle Says:

November 16th, 2014 at 1:38 pm


Typically a female name. I believe it’s of Welsh/Celtic origin. It’s tied to the story of King Arthur and Merlin.

“In Arthurian legends this is the name of a sorceress, also known as the Lady of the Lake, Vivien, or Niniane. Various versions of the tales have Merlin falling in love with her and becoming imprisoned by her magic. ”

“Lady of the Lake is the titular name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. She plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father. Different writers and copyists give her name as Nimue, Viviane, Elaine, Niniane, Nivian, Nyneve, and Evienne, among other variations”

Heard of the name from the miniseries Merlin 1998 but was also used in the Merlin tv series 2008 and the book The Mists of Avalon.

I think it should be on here cause it’s a name with history and is a less common name (never been in the top 1000) that could easily be resurrected in modern times. Plus it’s cool – she is (depending on the version of story) either the love interest or the bane of Merlin and sometimes both!

SofiaCapricorn87 Says:

November 27th, 2014 at 10:49 am

Recent sighting: Ardeche. It’s a French river, and it’s also the name of a French department, laying beside the said river. I think it would work for both girls and boys. Pronuncion is like “Arr-Desh”.

Nell_Johnsonx Says:

December 4th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hecate – female
The Greek Goddess of Magic.

Cobie/Kobie for girls – both spellings are listed on her as boys names and yet we have the brilliant actress Cobie Smulders rocking the ‘C’ spelling and an adorable little girl a few doors down from me with the K spelling.

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