Category: Cool Baby Names

5 Ways to Fall in Love with a Name

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By Clare Bristow

What makes you love a name? It might be that it has family significance, calls to mind to an inspiring person, or just sounds really cool. The names in the news this week show that there are lots of ways that names can have a positive vibe.

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12 Best Beachy Names for Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you want to give your summertime daughter a name that reflects the season of her birth, but don’t want to pick the most obvious choices, we’re here to suggest a dozen interesting names that more subtly reflect the sun, surf and sandy beach, either through meaning or reference.

Bruna

How about starting with the inspirational name of one of the top women surfers, Brazilian born Bruna Schmitz, who started her pro career at the age of 15. Unlike male counterpart Bruno, the Italian name Bruna still remains a rarity here; its meaning of brown makes it an unusual, beachy color name. Bruna is a Top 100 name in Portugal, Croatia and Catlaonia.

Cordula/Cordelia

If you’re looking for something truly unusual, consider the German name Cordula, one of the meanings of which is ‘jewel of the sea’, and which appears as a character in Nabokov’s novel Ada. Far more familiar is the Celtic-rooted Cordelia, the name borne by King Lear’s youngest—and only faithful –daughter. Meaning ‘daughter of the sea’, Cordelia is a Nameberry fave, now ranking at Number 106.

Darya

There’s a lot of love these days for Russian nickname names like Sasha and Misha, and the less familiar Darya, the name of a character in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, is another one to consider. It’s also heard in Iran, where its meaning is “the sea.”

Dune

What name could be more beachy than Dune, calling up images of sand between the toes? It can also be spelled Doon, as it was by the acclaimed photographer Diane Arbus for her older daughter, the name inspired by a walk on the beach.

Guinevere/Genevieve

Although the etymology of these related names is a bit complicated, one definition is ‘white wave’.   The vintage Genevieve is seeing a strong revival at the moment: it’s the 28th most popular name on Nameberry, with the Gen nickname feeling more au courant than Jen; Guinevere projects an intriguing Arthurian aura.

Marin

Among a number of  appealing girls’ names related to mare, the sea are Marin, Marine (chic now in France), Marina and the Scandinavian Maren. Marin is currently Number 433 on Nameberry, while Maren is 261, and also in the US Top 1000.

Morwenna

Morwenna is an old Cornish name meaning ‘maid of the sea’ that has been revived and is now quite commonly heard in Wales. It was the name of a 6th century saint, and in the modern world, of a character on TV’s Doc Martin.

Nerissa

More distinctive than Melissa or Marissa, the delicate Nerissa has Shakespearean cred via a witty character in The Merchant of Venice, for which the Bard is thought to have created it, based on the Greek meaning sea nymph.

Oceana

This name takes a straightforward path to the summer surf—or you could go Continental with the chic Océane version, which has been a Top 50 name (currently #31) in France for several years.

Roxy

What brings Roxy onto a list of summer beach names? Anyone in the surfing world will know it as a surfboard brand that’s been popular since its creation in 2009, widely used by female surfers. The saucy name Roxy, originally a nickname for Roxanne, was used by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for his daughter, and has been seen in numerous plays, films, TV, comics and video games, sometimes spelled Roxie.

Soleil

The French word for sun, first heard here via 80s child TV star Soleil Moon Frye, has been catching some rays in this country, particularly on Nameberry, where it’s currently Number 680.

Thalassa

A lovely ancient Greek name meaning “the sea,” Thalassa was a Greek sea goddess and became a recently named moon of the planet Neptune. Thalassa could join other currently popular Th-names Theodore, Theodora, Theo and Thea.

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Cool Classic Baby Names

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They know their style: a mix of cool, classic names and rich meanings. But after successfully naming their first son and daughter, they could use some help with baby number three!

Jennifer writes:

My husband David and I are expecting our third child this December. Our son’s name is Luke David and our daughter’s is Claire Emma. We like classic names, easily recognizable but not ubiquitous.

The meaning and context of the name is especially important to me as well. I like the hero archetype of Luke Skywalker and Paul Newman‘s Cool Hand Luke for our first son.

For our daughter, I interpret the names’ meanings as “clearly whole,” a nod to the work of Brené Brown and her concept of living “wholeheartedly.” Claire is also the name of the main character in the first book my husband gave me when we started dating, A Time Traveler‘s Wife.

For boy names, we liked Christopher Francis, which are the names of our fathers who are still living. However, the baby’s due date is my father Chris‘s birthday and now it seems way too much.

For girl names, we like Lauren Elizabeth, but I fear Lauren seems dated. There are other Elizabeths in the immediate family which is why we are hesitating to consider it as a first name. Our last name starts with a J, and ends with a –son.

Can you suggest any empowering and cool classics for baby #3?

The Name Sage replies:

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By Abby Sandel

If you’re expecting a daughter soon, the new most popular baby names stats for the US might be getting a lot of your attention lately.

Every year, it seems like more rarities are discovered. Calliope, Mavis, and Poppy joined the US Top 1,000. Once uncommon choices like Ophelia, Thea, and Wren all climbed more than 100 places in the rankings. Plenty of reliable traditional names, from Charlotte to Margaret, also gained in use.

Does that mean they’re unwearable? Not at all! But for parents seeking something truly unexpected, finding a great name will take some digging. We’ve got the rarest of the rare names here. But plenty of choices are slightly more familiar, while still remaining uncommon.

If you’re determined to find a name shared by only a handful of children, this list of 50 unusual girl names is a great starting point.

Every one of these names was given to fewer than 100 – and often, many less – girls born in the US last year. It took 263 births for a name to make the Top 1,000 in 2016. These names don’t even rank in the Top 2,000.

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B Boy Baby Names: Billy and Bear

By Abby Sandel

Last week’s baby name news was brought to us by the letter B.

1D’s Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole revealed their new son is called Bear. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel’s moving remarks on his late night talk show introduced his sweet son Billy.

At first glance, Billy and Bear don’t have much in common. One belongs with bold word names, the kind of choice guaranteed to make headlines. The other is delightfully retro, rare on birth certificates circa 2017, but instantly familiar to all.

What unites them? The letter B.

It’s a go-to for boys, from the 1950s Bruce to the 1970s Brian to today’s Top Ten Benjamin.

As of 2015, B ranked eighth for first letters of boys’ names, behind J, A, C, M, L, E, and D, but ahead of K and R.

Now there’s a new generation of B boy names coming. Here’s a dozen of the best.

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