Category: Unusual Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Yes, Noah is the Number One name for boys, and N is probably the most popular ending for boy names, but—aside from the Nicholas nexus and Nathaniel/Nathan—N is among the least used first initials. And yet, if you’re looking for an N-starting name for your baby boy, there are quite a few greatly appealing options.
By Abby Sandel
Spoiler alert: we’re talking about the final season of Girls below!
Ready for a cardinal rule of baby naming? Names go in and out of style. Every few years, something old feels new again. And a name that was once all the rage teeters on the edge of extinction. Good-bye, Gary. Hello, Otis.
The Girls series finale gave us a baby name that might signal the next new wave for boys. While it’s not a neat formula, there are plenty of examples of once-dated names that feel current today.
Twenty years ago, Jasper and Felix made few shortlists. Otis had tumbled out of the US Top 1000 entirely. Now Jasper and Felix feel like mainstream favorites, and Otis is shifting from daring hipster pick to an alternative to mega-popular Oliver.
Pop culture plays an important role in helping parents re-consider long neglected names, so the Girls name could prove influential. And the fact that Lena Dunham and her fellow writers chose it? I suspect names like this are trending in their own lives.
Let’s take a closer look at Girls’ Grover, along with some other so-far-out that they might – just might – be ready to be back in – names for boys. None of these appear in the current US Top 1000, but there’s good reason to think a younger generation of parents could cautiously consider them.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In the past, a narrow number of Old Testament girls’ names have been in the US Top 1000 every single year on record: Deborah, Esther, Hannah, Judith, Leah, Naomi, Miriam, Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth and Sarah. Some of them actually reached the Top 5— Ruth was #3 in 1893, Judith #4 in 1940, Deborah up at #2 in 1955, Hannah # 2 from 1998 to 2000, and Sarah #3 in 1993.
But why do we usually stop there?
There are many other Old Testament female figures—granted some of them much more minor ones—whose lovely but neglected names have the same religious resonance. For example:
Baby naming tip: when others react negatively to your favorite name, don’t despair! Instead pay attention, because it might be a good sign you’ve found an undiscovered gem.
My husband and I are expecting our first daughter, and we are having a hard time pinning down a name. Our son’s name is Reid. What I like about Reid is that it is classic but not common. We have a very long last name so having a shorter name is important to us.
Names we have considered include:
Ivy – our top contender for so long that it seems like it has lost its flair
June – we both like, but are not in love
Liza – but it seems to get bad reactions
Norah – I’m not sold
I am a teacher so most names my husband chooses I can’t get on board with because of student connotations.
Please help us!
The Name Sage replies:
By Kristian Wilsom
Many outsiders and casual fans still consider sci-fi to be a masculine genre, but women’s sustained presence and influence have transformed it into a diverse, feminist niche. If you’re looking for an empowering and unique name for your new baby girl, you really can’t go wrong with a selection from science fiction. Check out the following twelve feminist sci-fi names for your baby girl, and share your favorite galaxy-exploring monikers with me on Twitter!