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Nature, Place and Word Names

Baby names drawn from nature, from places, and from words are the focus of these news stories and analysis on the latest baby name trends and most recent lists of popular names. For more news. lists, names, and inspiration on nature names, place names, and word names, visit our Unique Names page.

100 Magical Moon Names Rising
Wed Feb 12 2020

100 Magical Moon Names Rising

Moon names for babies shouldn’t stop at Luna! We take a look at some of the best rare moon-inspired baby names for boys and girls, from Aruna to Umbriel.
15 Great Nature Names for Christmas Babies!
Thu Dec 19 2019

15 Great Nature Names for Christmas Babies!

Some wonderful nature names for a Christmas baby, from trees like Cedar and Cypress to the fragrant Lavender and Sage.
Color of the Year Inspires Baby Names
Tue Dec 10 2019

Color of the Year Inspires Baby Names

Pantone, the authority on all things color, has announced that the 2020 color of the year is Classic Blue. This deep and calming hue evokes confidence, calmness, and dependability—virtues we covet for this upcoming decade! Prepare to see Classic Blue everywhere in 2020—in house paint, accessories, and yes, even baby names. Blue-hued baby names are […]
Wonderful Word Names in this week’s name news
Wed Oct 16 2019

Wonderful Word Names in this week’s name news

This week’s news includes wild word names, new Kardashian names, and how to deal with people asking what you’re calling your baby.
Color Names for Babies
Sun Sep 29 2019

Color Names for Babies

A gorgeous array of colors in the purple range–from Lilac to Lavender to Iolanthe.
Celestial Baby Names: 20 Names That Mean Star
Thu Sep 12 2019

Celestial Baby Names: 20 Names That Mean Star

20 fascinating celestial names, all with meanings related to the word star
Cool Word Names: Ace, Blaze and Allure
Wed Aug 28 2019

Cool Word Names: Ace, Blaze and Allure

This week’s news includes high-impact word names, rarities for every letter of the alphabet, and an accidental triple honor name.
Gorgeous Greek Girl Names
Sun Aug 25 2019

Gorgeous Greek Girl Names

Ancient Greek girl names make great modern choices, here are 14 underused examples, from Acacia to Xanthe.
15 Stellar Astronomy Baby Names
Mon Aug 19 2019

15 Stellar Astronomy Baby Names

Names related to astronomy, from Andromeda to Orion, are shooting to the stars.
Place Names: Coolest island names now
Thu Aug 15 2019

Place Names: Coolest island names now

What could be more appealing than the name of a cool, serene island. Here are 14 of the best, from Corsica to Skye.
66 Fragrant Flower Names
Thu Aug 08 2019

66 Fragrant Flower Names

From Astro to Zafferano–a big bouquet of French, Spanish and Italian flower names.
Gem Names: The hot new name category
Sun Jul 28 2019

Gem Names: The hot new name category

Gem names are a hot category in baby names right now, with many of them shooting up the popularity charts. They’ve even been embraced for boys—Onyx was one of the fastest-rising boys’ names in 2018. Current favorites like Jade and Ruby have plateaued, while former hits Crystal, Amber, and Diamond have plummeted. The new generation […]
Leo Baby Names: Cool names in the leonine loop
Thu Jul 18 2019

Leo Baby Names: Cool names in the leonine loop

Lots of names in the Leo family for girls and boys, inside and out of the Top 1000.
The 27+ Best Beachy Baby Names
Thu Jul 11 2019

The 27+ Best Beachy Baby Names

Beach-combing for summery baby names and digging up some surprising treasures.
Place Names for Babies: The hot spots
Tue Jun 18 2019

Place Names for Babies: The hot spots

What are the hottest place names for babies right now? Heating up are Holland for girls and HArlem for boys.
Word Names: The hottest ones right now
Thu Jun 06 2019

Word Names: The hottest ones right now

Here are the hottest word names of the year.
Nature Names for Boys
Tue May 21 2019

Nature Names for Boys

Their firstborn is Cedar. Now they need ideas for nature names for boys that are just as perfect for his little brother. Lisa writes: We have a son named Cedar, and we’re expecting another boy in September. If it was a girl, we were considering Aurora, Juniper, or Sequoia. I know Juniper and Sequoia could […]
Wed May 15 2019

Lost Baby Names: Now Back on Track

Names now on the SSA popularity list after a very long hiatus, from Dot to Atlantis.
Arbor Day Names: If you love the tree but not the name
Thu Apr 25 2019

Arbor Day Names: If you love the tree but not the name

For Arbor Day, we offer interesting alternatives to some of the common tree names.
Earth Day Names: Delta and Dune
Sun Apr 21 2019

Earth Day Names: Delta and Dune

Names drawn from the landscape, sandscape and seascape make perfect possibilities for a child born near Earth Day.
Australian Names: 12 of the best
Mon Apr 08 2019

Australian Names: 12 of the best

A dozen amazing Australian names for babies.
Surnames and Word Names in the News
Wed Mar 06 2019

Surnames and Word Names in the News

Lots of interesting name news this week, including a girl junior, Irish faves, and an especially saucy surname.
Welsh Names: Happy St. David’s Day!
Thu Feb 28 2019

Welsh Names: Happy St. David’s Day!

Welsh nature names honor St. David's Day, the Welsh national holiday.
Boy Baby Names: 50 sweetest sweet-spot names
Tue Feb 12 2019

Boy Baby Names: 50 sweetest sweet-spot names

Here are 50 boy names that fall in to the sweet spot of fitting in, yet standing out.
Valentine’s Day Names: Lovable Love Words
Thu Feb 07 2019

Valentine’s Day Names: Lovable Love Words

Today we feature love-related words for Valentine’s Day–perfect for your February babe.