Once dismissed as crazy celebrity choices – remember Apple and Pilot – word names, for babies, thanks mostly to those celebs– have gone mainstream. From rising River to why-not Wolfe, many of the best boy names in 2016 are borrowed from the dictionary. They’re stylish, meaningful, and different, but still easy to say and spell, and starbaby parents from Liv Tyler to Terrence Howard have embraced the trend. Here are twelve of the best recent word names–they just might inspire a bold boy name choice for your own son. By Abby Sandel.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose a chart-topper for eldest son Noah, but became bolder when naming second son, Bodhi. Now new addition Journey’s name strikes a note that is part-spiritual, part-adventurous. The name ranks Number 274 for girls in the US, but the Fox-Greens remind us that it works nicely for boys, too.