Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

Boy Names: Meaningful Minis

By Abby Sandel

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego made a surprise announcement this weekend. Their family has grown! New son Zen joins big brothers Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.

Zen sounds exactly like the kind of name the Perego-Saldanas love: short, modern, with a great sound and lots of meaning.

It’s not just Zoe and Marco, though. Modern meaningfuls, short on letters but big on style, continue to grow in use. Zoe’s own name fits the category, as do other rising picks like Bodhi, Zion, and Ace.

Some of these names work equally well for a son or a daughter, and most would make great middle spot choices, too.

Here are nine of the best meaningful boy names, mini style.

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By Kara Blakley

As I wrote about in the recent boys’ article, TH is a trending sound in names. At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Dorothy, Thalia, Dorothea, Theodora, Meredith, Edith, Ruth, and Judith, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In today’s list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Elizabeth as we now turn to the girls.

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Boy Baby Names: Thor, Thane & Thackeray

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By Kara Blakley

At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Theodore, Thatcher, Thiago, Thaddeus, Thayer, Matthias, and Seth, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In this list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Anthony, Matthew, and Nathaniel. First up are the boys.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Benjamin was the only boy name to enter the Top 10 this year. But that didn’t signal a revival of B names—there wasn’t another one in the Top 60. So let’s give a little love to this neglected initial and look at 20 B names way beyond Brandon and Brayden that are waiting to be discovered.

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V Baby Names: Deveraux, Octavian, and more

By Abby Sandel

Mick Jagger may be a great-grandfather, but he’s also a new dad. He and ballerina Melanie Hamrick have welcomed a son. It’s her first child, his eighth. They’ve named the baby Deveraux Octavian Basil.

It’s quite the dramatic name. Octavian might honor his status as eighth child, and it can also refer to his December 8th birthday. Basil seems to come from Mick’s dad, the late BasilJoeJagger.

But how about Deveraux? The name picks up on several trends. It’s a longer surname choice, like Harrison or Sullivan. It’s got that great, upbeat ‘o’ ending, like Arlo and Leo. But most powerfully, Devereaux claims that v-in-the-middle sound, shared by chart-toppers for boys and girls alike.

Move over Oliver, Levi and Maverick; Ava, Evelyn, and Genevieve. There’s a whole new list of possible names with v somewhere in the middle. Just like baby Jagger’s name, they’re unexpected and under-the-radar – for now.

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