Dominic and Ellis, Elijah and Daxel: Great D and E Names in the News

names that start with D and E

The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

From Alexander to Alivia, the letter A has dominated baby names in recent years.

This past week was different.  Could we be ushering in a new era of D and E names?  Or is it just coincidence that three celeb birth announcements for baby boys started with the letter D this week?

With favorites like Ella and Emma, it comes as no surprise that the letter E is currently the fifth most popular letter for girls’ given names in the US.  For boys, D ranked #5 last year (behind J, A, C, and M) while E came in at #8.

What does that mean for expectant parents?  If you’re after a truly stand-out name, it might be worth considering a lesser-used initial, like H, T, O, or F.  Alternately, a really unusual name, like Avalon or Arden, isn’t so strange when lots of little girls are answering to Ava and Allison.

D and E names could hit that sweet spot – familiar, but not overused.  Or they could be catching on, ready to eclipse A in the next few years.

Now, on to those great D and E baby names in news:

ElijahGlee’s Heather Morris is a new mom.  (The actress might have played a high school cheerleader just recently, but in real life, she’s 26!)  Elijah has ranked #13 for the past two years, making him among the most popular of Old Testament names for boys.  More proof that plenty of starlets choose completely mainstream names for their children.

Ellis – Fretting that Elijah is too popular?  Surname Ellis is related to Elijah, via a medieval form of the name.  A new baby Ellis appeared in one of For Real Baby Names’ recent round-ups.  His ‘s’ ending feels fresh and very wearable in 2013.  Ellis Marsalis is a noted jazz musician, plus there’s designer Perry Ellis and writer Bret Easton Ellis.

Easton – Speaking of Bret Easton Ellis, did you hear that Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies have named their daughter Charlotte EastonCharlotte is an impeccable classic, and a popular choice.  Easton is an up-and-coming name, popular for boys and climbing for girls in our age of North and Westley.

Dekker EdwardMarkPaul Gosselaar’s first two children are named Michael and Ava, but the actor had promised that he and new wife Catriona McGinn were choosing something less traditional for their first child together.  Dekker fits that description.  He’s far less popular than Carter or Hunter, but he’s not as out-there as Rekker or StrikerDecker is a surname for a builder or roofer, and the double ‘k’ spelling is a valid variant.  It is easy to imagine the name catching on – though I’ll admit that the ‘ck’ spelling strikes me as the more attractive choice.

Daxel – It’s been a few days since America’s Next Top Model alum Lisa Marie D’Amato and Adam Friedman announced the arrival of their baby boy, Daxel Vaughn, and I’m still not sure what to think.  It’s a true rarity of a name, not as literary as Dashiell, far less expected than Alex or even Axel.  Unlike the dozens of re-spellings of Kaedyn, Daxel definitely feels novel.  Despite comparisons to pixel and Paxil, I think Daxel works.  He shortens to Dax, a wearable cousin of Jax and Max.

Dominic – A few years ago, two celebs welcomed baby girls named Cosima back-to-back.  Then last fall, we had a pair of boys called Camden born within weeks of each other.  This year, it is double Dominics!  First Mario Lopez welcomed son Dominic.  Now it is Survivor alum Rob Cesternino and wife Nicole with new baby boy Dominic James.

Della – Looking for a different, but not-too-out-there name for a daughter?  How about Della?  She has all the charm of Ella and Bella, plus she feels like a slimmed-down version of the elaborate Delilah.  Best of all?  Even with al of these pluses, she’s completely off the radar of most parents – Della hasn’t charted in the US Top 1000 in decades.

Endellion ¬ I loved everything about Bree’s list of Shabby Aristocrat names.  It’s a quirky compilation of offbeat choices, meant for the pages of a bestseller.  For boys, her list includes Wilder, Robin, and Enzo.  For girls, it is Perpetua, Jessamy, and Lilou.  And EndellionRemember when British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed his youngest?  Samantha Cameron went into labor a few weeks early, while the family was vacationing in Cornwall.  They named their daughter Florence Rose Endellion, the last name a nod to a Cornish saint.  Endellion is completely overlooked in the US, but could be a stunning choice with lots of easy nicknames.print_F_E_i

Elsie Marigold – While we’re visiting the UK, let’s end with a birth announcement from Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and English actress Alice Evans.  The couple recently welcomed a second daughter, Elsie Marigold, a little sister for Ella Betsi Janet.  While I love the unexpected combination of Elsie Margiold, I wonder if sisters named Ella and Elsie are a bit too close?

You can now buy the initials D and E, along with all the other letters of the alphabet, in beautiful botanical photographs available at the Nameberry store.  Find out more here.

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15 Responses to “Dominic and Ellis, Elijah and Daxel: Great D and E Names in the News”

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BasicSand Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 12:59 am

Although I’d rather unsee Daxel and Dekker, that Shabby Aristocrat list speaks to me like Braille.

ruolan Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 1:09 am

As much as I love D & E names, this list is not my cup of tea. I’ll take Edward, Dominic, Della, and Elsie and leave the rest, thanks.

MaryKathryn Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 9:13 am

It’s so funny that Rachel Leigh Cook has a daughter named Charlotte and so does Freddie Prinze Jr., they both star in one of my favorite movies: She’s All That.

Lplafleur Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 9:13 am

I really, really love Ellis for a boy! It’s the name I keep coming back to:-)

sapphires Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 11:54 am

I love Endellion!

Abby Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

@MaryKathryn – You’re right!

@Lalafleur – I know an 8 y.o. Ellis – it wears well!

@BasicSand – It is the *most* amazing list, isn’t it?

@sapphires – Me, too! Oooh … just realized that Della could be a nn for Endellion …

PinkPenguin87 Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Love this list!!! My own son is named Elijah!

SunnyinSeattle Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Dekker is not the trendy spelling, it is a Dutch surname.

Abby Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

@SunnyinSeattle – Absolutely! I called Dekker a valid variant … and who knows? Maybe the happy couple will announce that they found the name on their family tree.

@PinkPenguin87- Great name! And proof that popular names are popular for good reason. 🙂

auroradawn Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

It’ll be interesting to see if D and E do start trending upwards. I’ll have to keep it in mind.

I love Elsie Marigold, but sisters Ella and Elsie are too close for me.

KateMP91 Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Dax has been a long time favorite of mine. Della is great as well, I can see it rising in popularity significantly in the next few years.

Anotherkate Says:

October 7th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Ella and Elsie are too close, and add that ellas middle name is betsie and it makes me wish they had just gone for Elizabeth… They used “almost Elizabeth” three times!
I do like Della and Ellis,.. . So many boys names that end in S I just love, but are off the list because of the last name beginning with S.

breannajai Says:

October 8th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I expected to like this a lot more considering I have an Eleanor (that often goes by Ella) and had she be an he, the name would have been Ezra.

The only one I truly love is Elsie Marigold, but way too similar to Ella for my liking. I won’t even repeat the starting letter if/when we have a second.

benjamelissa Says:

October 8th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Dekker instantly took me back to Star Trek: The Movie. Where there is also an Ilia. But, back to this list. I really like Della. I know only two of them.

tori101 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 10:17 am

My favourites…
Elsie Marigold

: )

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