Girls Baby Names: Fresh Possibilities
I am a few days from my due date and my husband doesn’t seem sold on any of the girl names that we had on our short list. We don’t know if we are having a boy or girl and planned on having a few options for both gender. My husband hasn’t been that interested in discussing names through most of the pregnancy but wanted to go over our list yesterday. Now I feel like I need some more girl suggestions but I’m at a loss for anything new.
Our top boy name is Drake, and it feels like the right fit since we both came up with the name separately.
The Name Sage replies:
Here’s the challenge with looking for modern names. We want something that sounds fresh and interesting and new. But we usually don’t want something that seems more like a science fiction heroine than a real girl. It still needs to feel like a child’s name circa 2017.
Landing on that new-but-not-out-there quality can make for a very short list.
And yet, it sounds like none of them is quite right, so let’s add to your list. We’re looking for fresh, modern names with a certain tailored quality. And while you haven’t said that you’re specifically avoiding more popular choices, I’m going to look for names on the rarer side.
Avalon – Adelaide and Davina make me think of Avalon. It’s a rarity, a literary place name – and a real one, too, thanks to Avalon, California. It might be mistaken for Evelyn or even Avery, but Avalon seems like a distinctive and different choice for a daughter.
Bellamy – Since ends-in-y names seem to dominate your list, would you consider Bellamy? The meaning is great – fine friend – and the sound is on-trend. It’s more modern than Isabella, but still on the right side of feminine.
Vesper – With names like Harper and Piper in vogue, rarer ends-in-r names for girl seem appealing. Vesper comes from the Latin word for the evening star. That puts Vesper in the company of other night sky names like Stella and Luna.
I think your current shortlist of Waverly, Henley, and Ainsley is a great starting point. I’d be curious to know if your husband likes choices like Esme, Rory, and Malou – names with history, but seldom heard until recent years. If not, I think a name like Sloane might be exactly what you’re looking for – as brief as Drake, and with just as much style, too.
Readers, now it’s your turn! What would you suggest to Julie and her husband?
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on March 1st, 2017 at 12:32 am
on March 1st, 2017 at 2:53 am
Sloane immediately came to mind when I saw this post. I love Waverly, too. I also suggest:
on March 1st, 2017 at 4:25 am
I love Vesper! And thumbs up to previous posters’ suggestions of Quincy and Isley.
on March 1st, 2017 at 4:45 am
I love Esme and Sloane, and would add Delaney as one that seems to fit.
on March 1st, 2017 at 7:20 am
Sloane is lovely. Short, sweet and strong! Waverly is also lovely.
on March 1st, 2017 at 7:43 am
on March 1st, 2017 at 9:03 am
Love Bellamy! Such a great name and while it sounds “similar” to popular names in the Isabel family, it is it’s own unique flare.
One name that I immediately thought of is from a show I saw as a child based off a book about a girl raised in a circus hotel: Mirette.
It is a little more feminine sounding than the slightly more unisex sound of your other names, but it has the no-nickname like Drake and I doubt you’d run into another Mirette!
on March 1st, 2017 at 9:06 am
Love Bellamy. Fallon popped into my head too.
on March 1st, 2017 at 10:03 am
What about Kinsley?
on March 1st, 2017 at 10:13 am
on March 1st, 2017 at 11:10 am
on March 1st, 2017 at 12:09 pm
Hadley was the first name I thought of when I read that list.
Beau Jean Said
on March 1st, 2017 at 12:18 pm
on March 1st, 2017 at 12:31 pm
To me, Sloane leans more masculine than feminine, more so than Waverly or Henley.
I’ll add a plug for my sister’s unique name: Delaina. I’ve seen lots of Delaneys but no other Delainas. Feminine but not frilly, unique but not weird.
on March 1st, 2017 at 12:58 pm
@marisarose I loved “Mirette on the High Wire” as a kid!
on March 1st, 2017 at 2:16 pm
Some that seemed to suite the style of your favorite picks:
Irving (Unisex and cute with a nick name like Vi)
Harleigh (Varient of Harley)
on March 1st, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Vesper made me think of Reverie. Could be shortened to Evie, Eve, Ev, Rev, etc. Not sure if nicknames are important to you!
on March 1st, 2017 at 4:08 pm
Tenley was the first thing that came to mind, also Hadley and Teagan
on March 1st, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Sloane makes me think of Clarke – as in Clarke Griffin, a character in “The 100”.
on March 1st, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Everly for sure. But I think I’d chose Henley.
on March 1st, 2017 at 11:56 pm
on March 1st, 2017 at 11:56 pm
Dory not Doy*** lol
on March 1st, 2017 at 11:56 pm
I really like Sloane though!!
on March 2nd, 2017 at 6:27 am
I don’t know if it’s etymologically true, but your original suggestions really seem like the surname-turned-firstname-names. So I dug through some records of British surnames and I think these might be some options:
on March 2nd, 2017 at 11:04 am
on March 2nd, 2017 at 12:40 pm
I think Sloane fits your style best, but I like Maren (or Marin) best 🙂
on March 2nd, 2017 at 4:14 pm
First name I thought of was Quinn!
on March 2nd, 2017 at 4:15 pm
on March 2nd, 2017 at 8:21 pm
So many comments mentioned Tierney in a list and I have to call this out as a great choice for an extended list. In case it’s the -ey ending that’s making the name list seem a little stale, I’d add Piper and Skye for variety. I know Piper is popular but it’s a bird name like Drake and the two together is adorable in case you have a girl and a second child who is a boy. Skye also has a feel like Drake to me, and I’ve met great Skyes. Easy to spell, fun to say, and still rare in most areas.
on March 2nd, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Piper / Fifer
Tenan / Teanan
on March 3rd, 2017 at 6:20 am
on March 3rd, 2017 at 2:36 pm
I love Ainsley, and it is currently on my short list for our July 2017 baby if we have a girl. Sorry that your husband isn’t a fan.
I am very partial to Vesper (we named our February 2016 baby Vesper Aurora), we get so many compliments on the name as it is unique, and has a beautiful meaning.
I have to I also love Sloane and think it fits your style very well.
Good Luck in picking a name!
on March 5th, 2017 at 2:48 pm
Waverly is beautiful, I also like Sloane and Bellamy 🙂
Here are a couple suggestions:
Delancy or Delaney
Loxley/Loxlee (one of my favorite names)
Evony (this is the first one that came to mind, it means Archer in French and Old German)
Cielle (I love this French name that means ‘Heaven’ or ‘Sky’)
Ilee (Short and sweet)
on April 1st, 2017 at 9:53 pm
Marin, Loxley, Ellery and Sloane! Good luck.
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