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.
Jeff Goldblum became a first-time father last year, and named his son Charlie Ocean. It’s an unusual choice – fewer than 150 boys and girls combined were given the name last year. But it sounds like popular Owen, and combined with the more traditional Charlie makes for a winning combination. While Ocean is rare, it’s not without history – Oceanus Hopkins was born aboard the Mayflower.