Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s almost as though the various members of the Fran-name family got together for a big reunion celebrating at the joint revival of these names, sparked in part by the election of the newest Pope taking on the name of Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Suddenly we began seeing, new interest in the girls’ version Frances, as well as variations like Francine and Francesca and nicknames like Frankie.

Let’s take a look at the whole Fran Clan.

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25 Awesome A Names for Boys

boy names that start with A

by Pamela Redmond

A is the most popular first initial for all baby names, but somehow the girls’ names that start with A get more attention. Maybe that’s because there are six girls’ names in the US Top 25 — Ava, Abigail, Amelia, Avery, Aria, and Aubrey — but only two boys’ names, Alexander and Aiden.

But A is an amazing first letter for boys’ names, too, as the 25 choices here attest. These A names for boys include ancient names such as Atticus and Abel along with modern names such as Ansel and Arrow. There are classic baby names such as Arthur and Asher as well as trendy choices such as August and Arlo.

While a few of these names — Adrian and Axel — rank in the Top 100, most are much more unusual. Certainly more popular A names such as Andrew and Alex and Adam are attractive and eminently usable, but we are interested here in spotlighting those further down the list that you might not notice.

If you’re looking for an A-starting name for your baby boy, these are our 25 favorite.

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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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40 Sleek, Modern, Rare Names for Girls

modern baby girl names

By Pamela Redmond

Nameberry loves vintage baby names, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love modern baby names too, names that are simple and sleek yet rare and distinctive.

These lovely creatures are standouts among the kree8tiv spellings and strange inventions that also rank among contemporary names.

Some of the girls’ names here do have deep history — Echo, Gaia, and Ione all have mythological roots, for instance —  but others are newly-minted. Think of them as classics of the future.

If you’re looking for a name for your baby girl that’s short, sweet, and unique, consider these excellent choices, all so unusual they’re below the US Top 1000 Baby Names.

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Rule-Breaking Baby Names

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

They have a well-established formula for naming a son, but this time nothing feels quite right. Is there something they’ve overlooked? Or is it time to break the rules?

Rachel writes:

We are expecting our third child and I am stumped on a name if it’s a boy. Our two oldest are Alexander Adlai, called Xander, and Ezekiel Bryce, called Zeke.

I love classic, multi-syllable first names with an easy nickname and the Z/X/K sound.

We have considered Dominic/Nic, Nikolai/Kole, Malachi/Kai, and Maximilian/Max but none of them seem to be the one.

What have we not thought of or considered?

We also take into account name meaning, so bonus points if it’s more significant.

The Name Sage replies:

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