Category: Cool Baby Names

Lego Baby Names: Axl to Zane

By Jocelyn Chamberlain

The official ‘Toy of the Century’ is guaranteed to feature heavily on Christmas lists this year. However, it’s amazing to think that Lego bricks have been around for 85 years and that their timeless design means the old and new still fit together perfectly. The ‘LEGO’ brand name was created by using the first two letters of the Danish words ‘Leg’ and ‘Godt’, meaning ‘play well’. The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, was a big hit in 2014, followed by The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. Here are some names from the many Lego TV products and platforms that may make a great sibling choice for the little Lego-mad person in your house!

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The Netflix streaming series Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenom almost the minute it debuted last year, charming both critics and fans. A Sci-Fi-fantasy-horror homage created by the Duffer brothers, it won Screen Actors Guild Awards and received 18 Primetime Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series. Its second season, which takes place one year after the first, commences this week.

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, this is a supernatural world, complete with a monster-inhabited alternate dimension known as the Upside Down.

We see it, too, as a source of highly unusual names, not only for its characters, but, interestingly, also for the actors who play them. Set in the early 1980s, many of the characters have era-appropriate monikers—Winona Ryder’s mom character is Joyce, and there are also Carol, Mike, Jim, Jonathan, Steve, Becky, Karen, Nancy, Billy and Holly—names that could come straight out of a 1980s (or earlier) sitcom.

But here are some names of the mostly young cast that you wouldn’t find there.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

So you’ve come up with what you’re sure is a unique name for your baby. A Biblical/word/animal/place name no one else has thought of using. Right? Wrong! That special, singular, clever, utterly distinctive name that you imagine no one else has considered was actually used by as many as a few hundred other parents in the past year. Some have even already reached the Top 1000.

Here are 20 of these surprising names on the path to popularity.

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A boy name trend now hot for the girls!

girl names that end in er

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now #10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best:

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TV Baby Names: Quirky new boy characters

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Last week we covered the quirky girl side of the character lists of the current TV shows and now, as promised, here come the boys. Some of these shows are just launching, joining the hundreds of shows currently found on the plethora of platforms now available. Below, some of the most unusual boy character names we discovered.

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