Category: Unusual Baby Names
Now there are even more names on Nameberry! Last month, we added over 100 wild and wonderful new names to our database, all suggested by our knowledgeable members in this thread over on the Nameberry forums.
Today, we bring you Part Two, focusing on the second half of the alphabet: from Naoise and Nefertari to Zazie and Zindelo. We’ve had great fun researching all of these, and we’ve learned a thing or two, as well. In fact, many of these rare and remarkable names were totally new to us — so bravo, Berries!
Here are some of the most intriguing new additions this time around:
Our hottest baby names are those we see attracting an outsized share of attention from expectant parents, based on number of views of our name pages for the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year.
These hot names may not show up on the popularity lists….yet. Most are unusual, even unique, but hit the right style tone for today.
If you’re looking for a rare, cool name for your baby and want to be ahead of the fashion curve, we recommend these 30 hot choices.
But not every vintage name deserves to be revived. We don’t predict the return of Hyman, for instance. Or Normal. Or Butler. Or Rube. Or Walburga. All these names were in use in 1918, given to at least five babies born that year, but are not used at all today.
They’re not alone. Nameberry analyzed Social Security data to discover over 5000 names that were given to babies a century ago but have now gone extinct.
Some of these names were obscure ethnic names, like Tsuyako and Mieczyslaw, that have faded from view as immigration patterns have shifted. Others are unusual variant spellings of names that have declined in popularity, like Ulysees and Lauraine. A few are usable, or even elegant.
But a lot of them are just plain funny to us now. We combed through the list to find the most hilarious of these extinct names from 1918 — and couldn’t whittle it down to fewer than 200. Here they are, in all their LOL-worthy glory, along with the number of sad children given each name in 1918:
Another possibility is lyrical words associated with poetry and song, some of which have long been used for babies. These include Melody (now #144), which has been around since the 1940s; Harmony (#191) hit the charts in 1997, and has been heard for characters on several TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Lyric (#281), used for girls and occasionally for boys by a couple of musical celebs; and the 21st century hit Cadence (#376 now, as high as 199 in 2007).
But what if you’d like something a little more subtly poetic. Here are a few unusual related word names you might consider.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
I have to admit it, when I think of springtime baby names, it’s mostly girls’ options that come to mind—the flowery, feminissima ones in particular. But whoa! Just as many baby boys arrive during that season, and they too rate a name celebrating the period of their birth, and so I’ve put together this list just for them. It’s a mix of names that translate to Spring in different languages, green color names and some nature names, Easter references and even one inspirational spring-born honoree.