Category: Unusual Baby Names

Baby Name News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes a wealth of names from Canada, lots of celebrity boy names, and naming stories from the worlds of rugby and baseball.

Names around the world: Octavian and Emilie

There’s a lot of online fanfare about the release of new name data, but have you ever heard of a real-life ceremony for the latest name stats?

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Vintage Girls’ Names and Nicknames

vintage girls' names

by Pamela Redmond

Vintage baby names have been back for a while now, but some vintage names are still waiting quietly for their new turn in the spotlight.

These pairs of vintage girls’ names and their old school nicknames are drawn from the list of popular baby names in 1880, the first year the US kept baby name records.

Nickname-names, usually ending in -ie for girls, were often used all by themselves, with Minnie, Annie, and Nellie all in the Top 20.

But there were also lots of companion names, proper laced-up girls’ names with adorable nickname options. In the list that follows, sometimes it’s the proper name that’s more unusual — Adelia is way more distinctive than Addie, for example — and sometimes it’s the nickname, as in Mellie as a short form of Amelia or Jettie for Juliet. And sometimes — Araminta and Mintie, for instance — it’s both.

Whatever your choice, this is a perfect way to get two names in one: formal and playful, vintage and fresh, unusual and familiar.

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s baby name news includes celebrity twins, the most popular names in Ireland and Latvia, and girls’ names with an “et” sound.

The Clooney twins are here!

Amal and George Clooney have ticked all the stylish boxes with their twins’ names. Ella and Alexander are classic but modern-feeling, popular on both sides of the Atlantic but not trendy, complementary but not matchy.

If you like the Clooneys’ style but don’t want to copy their names, this list of fashionable classic names has lots of alternatives.

There’s no news yet on whether the twins have middle names. Perhaps the Clooneys will use Nicholas or Nina to honor George’s parents, or names reflecting Amal’s Lebanese heritage…or maybe they’ll surprise us all with something wild to balance out the un-crazy first names.

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Craziest Baby Names Right Now

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A look at the year’s Craziest Baby Names has become a Nameberry tradition.

Every year, after we’ve parsed the most popular names, we dive deep into the extended popularity list to names given to only five or six babies in the past year to find the names that have moved from creative to crazy.

The 12 names below, all of them—believe it or not—given to at least five American babies in 2016—win the dubious honor of being our picks for the craziest of this year’s crazy baby names.

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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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