Cool Name Sightings?

Once more we turn to our buzzing message boards for Question of the Week inspiration.  This time it’s a topic posted by irisrose, and it’s this:

What interesting names have you spotted out and about in the real world recently?

Already, berries have spied such intriguingly unusual choices as Cairo, Eero, Panama, Juniper, Acacia and Lucerne

How about you?  What cool new names have you heard at your neighborhood playground or playgroup?  What have you spotted on birth announcements or elsewhere?

Have you discovered a name you’ve never come across before and would actually consider using?

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Whit Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 1:54 am

I had a waitress named Bettina the other day.

pandora88 Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 1:59 am

I met a middle-aged woman named Oya.

Ami Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 2:29 am

I love Bettina! I just re-discovered Shakira, I never realized how pretty it was! Although the “Hips Don’t Lie” thing does make it less amazing.

Noelle Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 3:32 am

Loriën… I can’t help but love this name. I’m not so sure if I would use it though…

Cailin Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 3:34 am

I’m confused about what Bettina has to do with Hips Don’t Lie…

araminta Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 3:46 am

Morag & Althea (sisters)

Octavia, Adelaide & Eugenie (sisters)

Lucy Evangeline (spotted this one on a class roll at school)

ghoti Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 3:56 am

Cailin: I think she means Hips Don’t Lie puts her off using Shakira.

For me, I was watching Hairy Biker’s Cook Off, and they had a family on, Cassia, Max and Ximene.

Roz Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:39 am

Havana for a girls name…

Emmy Jo Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 6:08 am

— Siblings called Banner, Nation, and Anthem (two boys and a girl)

— A toddler boy named Silver

— Infants in the church nursery called Cecily, Pandora, Mercy, Everleigh (all girls), and Creighton (boy)

— A preschool-aged Elsa

— A baby girl named Arete (AR-uh-tay); means “excellence” in Greek

— A baby boy at the park named Maverick

— Sisters called Annecy (after a village in France) and Sierra

P Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 6:13 am

An infant in my neighborhood named Optimus.

Stella Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 7:30 am

I’m in Haiti, which is chock full of beautiful names.



Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 8:27 am

It’s only fitting that “Berries” would like the names Acacia and Juniper. 🙂

The sisters Octavia, Adelaide and Eugenie made my heart skip a beat! Stunning.

Vanessa Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:09 am

My sister’s name is Jerica and growing up she was the only Jerica I ever heard of. Now I see baby Jericas everywhere.

I saw a pretty little girl named Ramsey.

A friend has a baby boy Cohen.

Sandra Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:24 am

A very prominent family in my little town has daughters, Asia and Persia and a son named Windsor.

Lucy Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:30 am

A friend named her baby girl Lulabelle! Call her Lula for short. I love it!

JLyn Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:40 am

A baby boy named Creed, a little Clarah

Angela Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:48 am

This month’s Southern Living Magazine features a family of nine and their functional kitchen. Of course, what I noticed most about the article was the names.
Parents are Mark and Bee.
Kids are Reed(boy), Wells(boy), Posie Grey(girl), Prentice(girl), Finn(boy), Oscar(boy), and Meme(girl).

jaqua Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 10:18 am

None of these are recent, but I grew up with a girl named Panorea, which I discovered is a greek name meaning most beautiful. I also knew two sisters named Kyriel and Katiri and a boy named Lorimer. More recently, I met a woman named Yonaida (spanish name, most closely pr jah-nide-ah).

Roseate Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 10:20 am

We plan on naming our future daughter Rilo.

lindseylikes Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 10:27 am

I recently met a little girl named Tulsi, which apparently the most sacred herb in India, where her parents met while traveling. I thought the name and the story were both cool.

lanada Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 10:54 am

My managers at work recently hired a girl named Xiomara (pronounced SEE-uh-MAR-uh).

kristen Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:04 am

One of the stories we just read in my American Lit class had the name Tayo. I love it so much for some reason!! There are also two little boys who live near me with the names Dagger and Lux. I can’t remember the name of the third boy, but it’s something else cool that goes with those two.

Bella Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:07 am

Just met toddlers Greta and Paisley the other day!

pdxlibrarian Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:51 am

My co-worker just had a granddaughter named Matti June. Super cute imo. 🙂

Madi Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I heard the name Oralie when watching a youtube video the other day. I thought it was really pretty, but when I looked it up on nameberry, it looked like it might have come about by a mispronunciation of the French version of Aurelia. And my cousin is named Aurelia. So I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I also got a notice that an author I like released a new book called Cowboy and Wills, and Wills is her son’s name.

Nicole Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I love Xiomara! Spunky!

Today at the library I saw two little girls named Raquel and Camila. And at the dentist’s I saw a boy of maybe seven named Phoenix George. How cool is that?

Kitty Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Little girls down the street – Gaelle and Elsa, from a French-African family
Brothers in my school with Greek mom – Spyridon (luv!!!) and Demosthenes
Sisters Piper, Della, and Eleanor (w/ bros Samuel and Maxwell, less exciting)
Twins Mama-U and Papa-K (seriously.)
Girls: Cynda, Tryphena, Edel (pronounced like Adele), Arria, Salem (really a girl), Zinnia, Philippa, Aolani (uh-lawn-ee), Elora (darling!)
Boys: Adolphus (and twin Damonte), Ryland, Torger, and Lysander (adorable)

trich323 Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

A good friend of mine named her baby Galileo. (Love!)
I met the mother of a Xerxes at a baby shower this year.
And a mom on one of my discussion boards has a boy named Kannon. I’m not sure if his namesake is the weapon or the camera, but either way, no thanks!

Becca Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

My mom is friends with a women who had a granddaughter named Araiah pron Uh-rye-uh Its kinda cute but not one I would use.

Of the names above I like
Katiri – LOVE

Becca Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Well how is Katiri pron.?

Nicole Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

There is a Romilly in my daughter’s ballet class. I love it.

Jennie Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

We had a waiter the other day named Shay. I really wished they had spelled it Shea, but I found myself really liking it.

Candy Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I love Harker, Layton, (for a boy), Andon, and recently I saw a cashier named Pepsi!! Very cool names, huh? 🙂

Destiny Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I saw a boy named Stone. Lots of people, including me, thought this was his last name. It’s super strong, though. 🙂

Nat Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Bettina is a common name in Sweden, I think it has germanic roots.

In my neighbourhood there are two baby Melwin (boys) and one Moa (girl). Lou is also very popular right now in Europe.

My babygirl is named Pamela (her middle name) which I think is very retro.

Mertem Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

A woman I work with is named Maroulla (pronounced Ma-RU-la), which I’m pretty sure is Greek. Anyway, I had never heard it before!

Kathleen Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I met a toddler named Agatha on the playground recently!

Becca Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I also had a waitress Meiko!

Rhiannon Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I spotted a September today!

Lani B Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Avila–after an Italian city (I think, or maybe Spanish)…made me think of a whole sib-set of “Saint-based city names”.

Jennifer Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

My daughter had a boy in her class named Oakley – they called him Oak.

My other daughter was friends with a girls named Thomas.

I went to school with a girl who dated a boy whose first name was Mister.

Stacy Lou Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I just moved from an apt where my neighbors were sisters named Teal and Salem. My sis went to school with a girl named October but they called her Toby, I think its kinda cute!

Jennifer Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I have a 25 year old male cousin named Blaine, which seems odd for our generation. His older brother (Matt, kidna boring) married an Avelea (A-vuh-lee), and I haven’t found her name on any name site yet!

I met a 5 year old Ophelia on the playground last year, so awesome.

I teach high school music, and have a 16 year old boy named North in one of my classes. Before I met him I thought it’d be a cool name, alas, he’s a giant pain.

Someone above mentioned Elora, I actually grew up with one too! She was the little sister of a c.1985 Ashley. We live about an hour or two from a small town in Ontario called Elora though.

Shannon Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I’m biased but I want to mention my two and a half year old son’s name ESPEN. It has absolutely nothing to do with the American sports network ESPN (I’m Canadian) as some may believe. It’s meaning is ‘God bear’ with origins in Scandinavian countries. I don’t know of any other Espen’s but have received lots of positive comments. The name suits him perfectly. NAMEBERRY, please add this name to your site!!!!

arkishac Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I am a teacher: Ripley (f), Romulus (m), Titan (m), Evey(f), Jade Emerald (f), Azlynn (f) . . . to name a few.

Christina Fonseca Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Silvana as a middle name
Kirpa Kaur (East Indian parents)

Karm Singh (East Indian parents – not related to the girl)
sibset: Romeo, Titus and Bing

jaqua Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

@ Becca
Katiri is pronounced KAH-teer-ee (not sure if this is the right way to write it, but the a is like the a in soda)

Rachel Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 1:03 am

I know a family with five children – Jaxson (b), Bayden (b), Sharlae (g), Priella (g) and Kyaten (b). Why? The mum’s name is Vanessa and she hated having a popular name.

Florence Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 1:03 am

My friend recently had twins:

Posie Araminta & Fergus Rupert

I also came across a 14 year old Plum! And a Rory and a Hermione!

Lovbug Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 1:32 am


Eilis (eye-lish)
Annapurna (nn Andrea)


Artem (from Russia)

Jennie Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 3:04 am

Oh, duh. I forgot. Recently, I met a girl named Happiness. She launched into an explanation of her name as soon as she said it, which I thought was kind of sad. We’ve talked about never using a name that would always immediately be followed by an explanation, or a “You know, like the…”
One exception: Lyra… you know, like the constellation.

dane Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

i lived in denmark for a while and encountered a lot of awesome names.

a little norwegian girl name sian. (pronounced shawn)

a spunky danish professor name siri (sear-ri)

a designer named phillipia and her boyfriend johnas

french sisters: aja and alethea (a-lee-the-a)

french born twins: lisette and audette

a boy named abraham, whom everyone called abie

a woman from czech republic named lenka

an american student named duncan, whom everyone called dune

dane Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

also…i spent a few summers working as a camp counselor at a very diverse and unique summer program and encountered some very uniquely named sibsets…

sibset: scarlett (f), darby (f), shane (f), cricket (f), and drue (m)

sisters: althea (called thea), fiorela (called fio), and kiara (called kiki)

brothers: angus and devlin

sibset: kelby (m), koralie (f) and campbell (f)

sibet (of 7!! in chronological order): patterson (m), mclain (m), padget (f) crawford (m), ingrid(f) and twins astor (f) and alma (f)
– these children have a very very common last name (think along the lines of jones or smith) and a my co-workers and i had a theory that the parents wanted to add some uniqueness to each of their children’s otherwise common surnames

twins: sianna (pronounced with a hard a, si-AH-na) and marianna. (nicknamed sisi and mimi)

spinfairy Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I work in a hospital and so hear quite a few unusual names in a days work, most recently though I have met a 6 year old Cosmo and an adult Aeneas (pn IN-ee-us) both of which I thought were excellent

Foodie Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I second Shannon’s request to add Espen to the site. It’s a beautiful gender neutral name.

linda Says:

November 26th, 2010 at 2:03 am

Espen has been added to the database.

Irene Says:

November 26th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

The other day outside a bakery I heard a mom call for her around 4 year old blond blue-eyed son, Campbell. My initial thought was definitely the soup company but now I think of it as a nice Surname-as-first-name choice, though for my preferences it works more so for a boy.

Lorilu Says:

November 27th, 2010 at 2:30 am

my brother and his wife just had a baby boy and named him Xavier! So cool.

Jessa Says:

November 27th, 2010 at 5:28 am

I recently met a woman in her early 20s named Fairlight. Her family has a bakery that is named after her as well.

Ally Says:

November 27th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

My friend’s name is Božo (the ž is pronounced like a french j [like in toujours]) and while people whose mothertongue is English might find this name (=> the spelling) to be amusing, I like the sound of it. He’s of Croatian descent and I think his name is a variant of Božídar which means “gift of god”.

Jenna Says:

November 28th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Had a waitress Jetson.
Met a 2 yr old Evangeline NN Evie in the dentist’s office.

Freddy Says:

November 29th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Apparently, Bettina is a name of Italian origin, with originates from Benedict or Elisabeth. In the Netherlands, usually seen on women over 40.

NameLover Says:

November 29th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Note: (brackets used for privacy!).

Elisavetta 1yr old
Ishk(a) 12yr old
Perpetu(a) 3yr old
Augustin(a) 2yr old
Agnes 6yr old
Stone(y) 7yr old

Camillu(s) 5yrs
Taje(n) 9yrs
Valentine 12yr old
Venansiu(s) 6 months
Ignatius x 2 17yrs and 6yrs

Amy burns Says:

November 30th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

We just named our son born on11/23/2010 Creed Edward

Charlotte Says:

December 5th, 2010 at 2:50 am

A baby girl Mietta, and another girl Ridley. Also, boys Ewan, Kaelin and Boston, this week. I love Ewan, and Mietta is pretty, but in my opinion Kaelin is way too feminine and trendy for a baby boy.

Kelly Says:

December 5th, 2010 at 7:19 am

a girl named sol [sun in spanish] i thought it was really cute

a girl named sage [not too uncommon but pretty]

i met a girl named ariel who went by ‘rel’ which i looove

vanda78 Says:

December 6th, 2010 at 1:27 am

my name is Vanda, heard of a few ova yrs but neva known any1 personally, my 1yr olds name is Rhioni, middle name Cynthia after my nan who i loved dearly, & up to now we are calling our new little princess Khalia but no middle name yet, could change our minds in the nx 19wk tho 😉

dancer4life Says:

December 6th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

My friend has a little brother named Stone. The first time I heard her mention him I thought she was kidding, but his name really is Stone..

There’s a girl in my ballet class named Jaci. She has 2 sisters, Harley and Rayma.

My teacher just had his 1st grandkid who’s name is December Frost (boy). I think it’s kinda cute, but he was born in October.

Sherri lynn Says:

December 7th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

My daughter’s friend is named Ammerie.

Kewky Says:

December 8th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Myla and Sisters: Arielle, Gabrielle and Mikaelle

visitor Says:

December 9th, 2010 at 12:45 am

Trying to think of cool names for my son. Currently undecided on
Liel (lee-ell)

Please help

makautry Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:07 am

Two children I babysit have great names:

Graylin (Proper name Caroline Gray)
Daxter – We call him Dax for short

la Says:

December 19th, 2010 at 6:24 pm



Abby Says:

December 21st, 2010 at 3:13 pm

i read the blog of a mom of three girls: True, Brave, and Soul.

Tina Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 6:54 am

I know a couple that named that their baby Harlee Quinn <3. I also know a Miana and I know someone with a son named Adolph.

Tara Says:

May 17th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

i recently heard of the name Lotus-Marie and i thought that was really pretty. i used to know someone named Trillion (girl) and a boy named Saxon. And then i love the names Fallon and Magnolia for a girl

Marina Says:

June 7th, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have a friend named Natalie who has a brother named Noble which I LOVE. Also my name is Marina which is kind of uncommon but I really love it!

Katie Says:

June 12th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The Family on “Nine By Design”

Wolfgang “Wolfy”
Holleder “Holly” (Boy)

Lea Says:

June 13th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Worked with a Sahela (sa-HAIL-uh) and a Chenoa (sha-NOH-uh) a few years ago. Sahela I can’t find any info on, but Chenoa means “white dove” in Cherokee according to some sites.

Had a professor named Purba who was Indian, can’t find much info on the name though.

Met an Artem (male) in a class a few years ago. It’s a Russian name that ultimately comes from the Greek goddess Artemis.

Had a friend named Mondana in elemantary school.

Some funny ones: I went to high school with a Morgan Freeman (a white female) and a Danny Glover (an Irish male).

Sapphire35 Says:

June 18th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

@visitor: i really like your diverse choices, my faves are jace, asher, and beau. my thoughts on Rell, relish? Liel, if you had to put the pn think what the kid will go thru everyday…and J’adel, not fond of the ‘. Also Jace, Asher and Beau all have names that kindof relate to or branch of them so you have other options as well for example Bay or Hart for Beau…Ashton, Dash/Dashiell for Asher…Ace for Jace? LOVE jace asher and beau tho, cool choices

Mcmom Says:

June 24th, 2011 at 11:47 am

Cecilie Claire (g) nn CC or Cecils. Our old dr’s office had a computerized reminder that was phoenetic and referred to her as “Che-Chili.” haha.
Asher (b)
Ellis (g)
Belen (g)
Paloma (g)
Adrian Daniel (b) nn “Adie” [“AD”]

yoshimama Says:

July 8th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I heard a little boy named Arlo at the park the other day. I think it sounds very cool and vintage.

Mara Says:

July 13th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Names we’ve been contemplating include-




Thibeau (Tibo)
Oliver Bear (we will call him Obie)

Shannon Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

My daughters name is Teryn Paige and my sons name is Trevon(pron. Trev in) Patrick 🙂

sunshinetina Says:

September 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 pm

My oldest daughter is starting kindergarden this year and in our private school there are kids with these names:

-Zanthe (yes spelled with a Z)

There are lots of O names in her class. Of all the boys, only 3 don’t have O in their names.

hollylane Says:

September 27th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Here are some names I’ve encountered in our preschool, gym class, daycare, friends’ kids, etc. We live in a pretty progressive area so I’m not surprised by any of them but these stood out to me as names I don’t hear often.

-Slade (girl)
-Fountain (boy)
-Gabo (boy, nickname for Gabriel)
-Hallam (boy)
-Adelaide Aurora
-Davian (boy)
-Meia (pronounced May like the month+uh)
-Calen (boy)

hazelybasily Says:

January 31st, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love my friend’s name- Anabay, pronounced Ann-ah-bay.

Klee00 Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I know a boy named Seiler. Pronounced like Sailor.

I went to school with a girl named Chainey, she had siblings Creed and Cami.

I’ve met a little girl named Hayveri.

I grew up with a guy named Caz.

leann96 Says:

April 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 am

I love the name Eero(Arrow)
and the name Jukka(Youka)
and Heiki(Haykey)

Haili73 Says:

June 25th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Kateri= Ka-teer-ee

I was working the Pre-K VBS group at church and we had a little girl named Lyric.
we also had:
Joey x2
Ellie x2

And then there was the guy at the courthouse named Dusty Rice. no joke.

ClaireDarling Says:

December 5th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Nature (b)
Abezier (b) prn ah-BEH-zahr
Anakin (b)
Capri (g)
Irasia (g)

livcathryn Says:

February 23rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm

A senior in high school I have seen around school is named Rhea, which I love. My friend told me that she was almost named Zara a couple weeks ago!

Pixelbug18 Says:

April 18th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Names I have heard at my children’s school:

-siblings Brigham and Brielle (love!)

-sisters Niharika and Sriharika, (prn. Nee-ha-REE-ka & Shri-ha-REE-ka) nicknames Niha and Sriha

-brothers Coby and Cooper

-siblings Ingrid and Paul

-brothers Brockston and Brodyn

-Meadow (g)

-Rayna (g)

-sisters Chesney and Georgia

-Tuff (b)

-Deja (g)

Baby #3 on the way, considering Ambrielle or Aveda for a girl (oldest girl is Alexia), can’t decide on a boys name, so we’re probably having a boy 🙂
Possibilities: Tatum, Sawyer, or Beckhem. Have yet to find a boys name I love (my son’s name is Tanner, thinking Tanner and Tatum go well together). Husband likes Jax, but way too many Jax/Jaxon’s around here and everywhere else! He also likes Augustin (he loves the nn Auggie), but I’m not sold on it. Hoping to find the “one” in the next 10 weeks!

NameLoverC80 Says:

June 7th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Real life:
Tine (Teen-na)
Brogan (Girl)

Buck (Boy)

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