Invent A New Baby Name!
We have @columbiacharm to thank for the suggestion that we reprise our popular Invent-A-Name Contest, which ran nearly three years ago.
That time, we got more than 200 entries and crowned two winners — Avonlea and Julep — whose creators each received a complete library of our ebooks.
This time we have a topical theme, challenging you to create a new name that in some way is perfect for 2018, where we are and where we’re going. You can define that however you want, and please let’s not get into any political tussles. If you want to suggest the name Naturella because this is a critical time for the planet’s ecological well-being, fine. But don’t get into blaming any particular person or group for those ecological issues.
Submit your ideas for new names in the comments section. Only one name entry per visitor please. Entries must be names not currently included in the Nameberry database or in any other established lexicon of first names. Include why this name is perfect for 2018.
This year’s winner will receive a beautiful name bracelet hand-crafted by artisan Heather McGuire with up to three names in your choice of sterling silver or gold-filled wire. Or if you’d rather have the library of baby name ebooks, we can do that too!
Name creators, start your engines. UPDATE: The contest closes at midnight on Sunday.
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on January 19th, 2018 at 12:13 am
Almiel, for a girl
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:17 am
Amnesty- meaning forgiveness for a girl
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:27 am
Kairos — A Greek word meaning the “right, critical, or opportune moment”. A perfect, unisex choice for a child born in 2018, where movements like #TimesUp suggest that this year is the critical, or kairos, moment for positive social change.
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:49 am
Isadela – Romantic mix of the a la mode ‘Isabel’ and timeless ‘Adela’.
Stella Quinn Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:06 am
Everanda. A mix of the word Every and the name Amanda which means love. This is an important message for 2018.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:13 am
For a girl, coming from the latin word Gratia, which means thankful. In the times we live in, it can be hard to remain thankful for what we do have.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:14 am
It’s so hard to decide on one, but I think I will go with
The definition of mosaic is “a picture or pattern created by an arrangement of small, coloured pieces”. Or a second, similar definition is “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole”. Another one is “a colourful and variegated pattern”.
This to me portrays what I would wish to see, and want to be part of for 2018. We are a diverse people, a diverse world. Each of us contribute a part of ourselves to the earth. In a year from now we will look back and see what pattern or picture has been created by us, the world, over the year. The mosaic of 2018.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:25 am
Zurich is where we are in names because place name are popular, Z starting names are too and it is a word/Place most people have heard of but not as a name. It’s where we’ve been because Switzerland is the symbol for neutrality and peace, and it is where we’re going because hopefully we can get back there soon 🙂
Plus it is just fun to say! You could also kind of get away with the nickname Sir, Ric, or even Richie.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:26 am
(Zurich would be for a boy in my opinion)
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:27 am
Cassini (for a girl, though could possibly be unisex), after the NASA spacecraft that traveled to Saturn and made headlines in September 2017 when it completed its mission, sent back some incredible images, and dove into Saturn’s atmosphere. This name appeals to me, and I think would work for 2018, because in the world of Facebook and Twitter and other sources of constant (usually negative) information bombardment, it can be easy to forget the good things humanity is capable of. To me, our insatiable curiosity and desire to explore the stars is a source of hope and optimism, and a reminder of the things we can achieve when we work together. Plus, Cassini lends itself to all the attractive “Cass” nicknames!
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:32 am
Auro, meaning dawn. A masculine form of the feminine name Aurora.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:35 am
Anthem (girl or boy, although I picture it on a girl). This is perfect for 2018, as in the United States there is an embattled political climate, controversy over what it means to be American, and women’s marches being held throughout the country. It is a time when people are especially passionate about big issues.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:40 am
Could be used for any gender. This is the name of a downtown street I moved to this year in a Canadian city, and I think it makes a great name. Given that 2017 was the hottest recorded year since 1880, in Canada many are worried about the warming oceans and the ice melting around us, I figured the “pool” is appropriate, especially paired with “Quin” meaning “wisdom, reason, intelligence”, which I think is needed in dealing with a lot of what 2018 will bring. Given the popularity of the name Quin along with word names as well as “smoosh” names, I think it’s oddly perfect.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:58 am
Avant meaning original or innovative, ie avant-garde. I believe this name encapsulates the exciting and promising global mood of the moment- a blossoming of ideas, changing of minds, and shifting of consciousness.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:01 am
Agapae because the world needs more love it right now. Taking inspiration from the term “agape,” the highest form of love. I think it could be unisex though I see it leaning towards being a girls name. It also has fun nickname potential.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:54 am
2018 is the 100 year anniversary of the armistice of WWI. But the notion of a truce seems relevant as ever today, whether it is among individuals, or all the way up to nations. Truce also combines many current trends: virtue names for boys, unexpected word names, and one-syllable names.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:55 am
Armada- it’s a term for a fleet of warships, which could be topical for 2018. I just think it has a pretty sound
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:53 am
Armistice (for a girl, nn Tess)- With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, I think this would be a good name for a baby. Also the name of a female character in HBO’s Westworld.
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:42 am
Caeruluna (caeruleum + Luna), for the blue moon we’ll be having this moth.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:10 am
Samadhi- this is the final stage of enlistment. Could be for a girl or boy.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:15 am
Rhianwen for a girl. Made up of existing name Rhian (meaning maiden) and the popular suffix -wen (comes from Gwyn which means white in Welsh or fair in modern Welsh) it can mean ‘fair maiden’ or ‘great queen’ which is very apt as 2018 is the year of the women. It’s also on par with the current trend in -wen names such as Elowen, Gwen, Nolwen, Owen, Rowen and Tanwen.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:33 am
After what can be seen as a couple years of turmoil and unrest in all areas, 2018 should be a year where we try to light the world with truth, happiness and kindness. For inspiration I turned to a wise man who said “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”.
And so in the same vein as the popular -a names Luna, Alba, Anna, Bella, etc. I’ve given the luminous ‘Lux’ a 2018 revive.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:04 am
Kósmima (Cosmima) – Greek word for gemstone
Evarae – combination of Eva + Rae
Alchemilla – flower name, Lady’s Mantle
Celosia – flower name, Wool flower
Dianella – flower name, Flax Lily
Lunaria – flower name, Money plant
Matthiola – flower name, Stock flower
on January 19th, 2018 at 8:05 am
Karaya- Taino (Native people of Puerto Rico) word for moon. As Puerto Rico continues to rebuild after the devastation of hurricane Maria, I think digging deep into the roots of the island is a perfect way to give them hope again.
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:10 am
Zealand- is sort of a place name (New Zealand) without being too obvious, Z names are becoming very popular and this would fit well with that trend, it also sounds similar to Leland which would give it some familiarity, they could also have the nickname Zee
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:19 am
Novanna (roughly pulling together the Latin words for new year [‘nova’ and ‘annum’].
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:27 am
Empathaly, for the word empathy. With all the conflict around the world and at home, I believe people need to grow in empathy. Being able to feel how someone unlike yourself feels. Having understanding and awareness of others. Nicknames could be Emmy, Emma, Thaly, or Lee. Thinking probably for a girl.
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:55 am
My nomination is:
Alabanza – the Spanish word for praise.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, “‘Alabanza’ means to raise this thing to God’s face and sing, quite literally: ‘praise to this’.” I think it’s the perfect sentiment for a little girl born at a moment when it feels like the world is alight with the hope for a better world for our children, especially our daughters, where they will grow up rooted in the knowledge of their intrinsic value and praiseworthiness, where they will no longer silently tolerate being degraded and exploited, where they will know passion and defiance better than they know frustration and fear.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:12 am
Graely – a girls name. Hot on the Gray/Grey trend, but much more feminine than Grayson (or its variants), and would steer the name away from Grayce (Grace) nicknames.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:30 am
Civility – for a girl – a virtue name meaning courtesy in behavior and speech (something we could use more of this year.
Possible nicknames – Civi (rhymes with Vivi), Vili,
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:42 am
Vanyara (prn like Yara with the word “van” in front), after the mythological mermaid from South America that lived and reigned over the Rio Paraná. I find her name, or rather her character, significant to this day and age for several reasons
1. Unlike many representations of mermaids she was kind and caring, saving children that fell in the waters and forming friendships with sailors and fishers that respects wildlife. I think we need a remainder to be good to and respect each other
2. Water is the element of change and healing, two things we desperately need and should strive for during these hard times
3. She comes from South American mythology, bringing diversity and representation to the naming world and reminding us to go back to our roots
On top of that, mythological and meaningful names and -a endings are big trends in the naming world, so I feel it would fit right in
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:52 am
“A very small stream”
With the continued rising popularity of River and other word names, Rivulet could be a fresh twist. I think the “et” ending similar to Scarlett, Charlotte, Margaret, Juliet, Violet, ect. makes it also sounds very much like a usable name. It would fit right in with other water names like Brook, Lake and Ocean, and somehow has a very romantic feel as well!
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:04 am
Hála- Hungarian for Thankful/Gratitude
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:13 am
Persevida- From the word persevere (continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success) and “vida,” the Spanish word for life. Similar cadence to Persephone.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:15 am
Kralitsa (Pronunciation: Krah-lee-zah) – As baby names with royal meaning are rising (such as Reign, Saint, ect) this names is a good representation of current baby name trends. Kralitsa is the Bulgarian word for queen.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:26 am
Rubicon, boy or girl, though a girl could enjoy nn Ruby.
Rationale: in some many things in politics, pop culture, and national unity, we seem to be approaching the proverbial Rubicon. Crossing some lines would undoubtedly be a great victory while others, not so much. For good or bad, we are approaching several points of no return.
Btw, some of these other suggestions are phenomenal!
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:27 am
Amora – Inspired by the portuguese word “amor” which means “love” and with that little twist in the end “-a”
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:31 am
Place name for a girl
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:34 am
Roseliese (prn. rose-lee-ez). I love Rose names. Rose names seem to be popular right now and this spunky twist will fit in well in 2018.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:35 am
A lot of names have this as their meaning already and I think this would make an excellent modern virtue name. Sadly, my boyfriend does not agree.
We need people who are not afraid to do the right thing even if no one else is and that’s what this name suggests.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:50 am
Some very cool suggestions. I like Graely a lot and I don’t usually like “lee” endings. It sounds classic, not made up. And Roseliese is nice too–but I might pronounce it Roseleeza or Rosaleeza.
Liz Kent Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:56 am
I think Madrid is a beautiful name (primarily for boys) that I haven’t seen used before. Spain is a strong country with fantasitc views, nature, unique traditions, and successful athletes / sporting teams, so the captial city of Madrid would be a good name for a child.
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:05 pm
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:05 pm
A cross-cultural name that combines the Russian word мир (mir) which translates to “peace” or “world” with the word “alba”, Spanish and Italian for “dawn”. 2018 needs to bring the dawn of peace in the world. Miralba would make a nice alternative to Miranda, Mireille, etc. Bonus: it would also come with a French variation, Miraube.
Liz Kent Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Hymn – A religious but sweet name with a simple meaning. It suits 2018 because a Hymn is uplifting and brings people together, which is what this society needs after the damage of 2017.
Lyrical – Uplifting melody with musical references – Again, this would suit 2018 as it represents something uplifting, happy, and hopeful.
Maestoso – A musical term / Italian word meaning majestic, and Mae would be a sweet nickname for it. I noticed that it is in trend to give babies longer names with sort, sweet, simple nicknames, which Maestoso provides perfectly whilst being unique.
Link – A unique and catchy word that would make an adorable name. I think it would go well with a long surnname (eg 3+ syllables). People in 2018 are searching for name never used before, and I think this name fits that category with out being too “out there”.
Hebrew – A beautiful ancient language that is popular today,
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:13 pm
I love inventing names! I could do it all day, but for my one, relevant 2018 entry, I’ll go with:
It’s sort of a contraction of Maximilienne, a feminine form of Maximilian. Max- names are really hot for boys and catching on for girls as well, a la Mark Zuckerberg’s daughter Maxima. It comes from Maximus, meaning “great,” which seems relevant to this moment. I’m thinking more great in the sense of “pivotal” or “important” rather than “really good.” As we move through this century, we face a number of very important, weighty decisions; as a species, we need to make decisions about the environment, how technology will interact with our lives, what the place of science will be, and how our politics and place in the world as nations should affect us. In 2018, we have the power to wipe ourselves out or become a dominant, space-faring species, and I think our decisions now will determine which way we go. It is a great and important time.
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:13 pm
Oh, I love reading all these suggestions! Y’all are so creative!
Here’s my entry:
Perennia – a virtue name, of sorts, from the Latin for “throughout the year.” Something perennial is recurring or evergreen. Perennial plants may die down, but they don’t stay down; they bounce back and produce beautiful new growth. Perennia evokes the idea of endurance, stamina, getting back up when you’re down—an aspirational meaning that’s appropriate in 2018, as people and communities face adversity of all kinds. No matter what adversity you encounter, you can get back up, endure, and thrive.
Bonus: Sweet nickname options like Penny, Peri and Wren!
Liz Kent Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:37 pm
After the great scientist that made fantastic discoveries and loved nature. A name to forsee great achievements in the future for any children called Darwin.
Despite being a new name, its spelling is recognised by most, so baby Darwin would not have to constantly tell everyone how their name is spelled as they grow older.
Liz Kent Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:46 pm
Blessed and Sacred
Popluar names like Bea, Annie, and Michael mean Blessed, but what about Blessed itself? Sacred also has a similar meaning and is unused as a name.
Blessed is a very sweet name that tells the child that they are loved by God and cherished by their family. Similarly, Sacred means that the baby is precious (as all life is) and has a religious meaning for most faiths around the world.
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:56 pm
Everyone’s suggestions are so good!
My suggestion is Delacey!
It’s the two hundred year anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this year and in the book, there is a family called the De Laceys. I love how it this sounds as a name and I love how it’s a subtle nod to the book’s anniversary!
I think it fits in with current name trends too such as the popularity of unisex names and surname names. It also has a bunch of different nickname possibilities: there’s the sweet, simple Del, the modern, frilly sounding Lacey, the cool Ace (for a boy or girl) and at a stretch, even the vintage sounding Dessie or Daisy.
Liz Kent Said
on January 19th, 2018 at 12:56 pm
A name that reminds me of something wismical and magical, like a special year
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:08 pm
Bonine is a different take on Bonnie, which means beautiful and cheerful. Because a positive outlook on life will get you further than a negative one. We need more people who focus on what we can do right than on what we can do wrong 🙂
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:22 pm
I’ve already submitted a name, but there are so many amazing ones heres I just wanted to comment! I especially love Amnesty, Truce, Alabanza, Vanyara, Steadfast, Miralba and Perennia! The names themselves, and the meanings behind them are marvellous. Shout out to all you wonderful name creators😊
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:26 pm
Female version of ‘Evander’ which means ‘warrior’. Pronounced ‘eh-vin-DREEN’. I was searching for something routed in resilience, and I think I found it here. It also has the option of sweet nickname ‘Evie’. Perfect for any little girl of strength in mind and heart, which I think is exactly where we are, where we are going and what we need.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:34 pm
Thyatira: Greek City name in the ancient province of Asia Minor. I think it is a lovely name that works alongside names like Arabella with cute nickname Thya or Tira.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:34 pm
Ella meaning “complete” and nova of latin origin meaning “new”. It is a completely new name for 2018, which in itself brings uncharted territory, new issues, new experiences and new places and also means “completely new”.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:36 pm
Ivey- This is my daughters name. Pronounced just like Ivy. I wanted something timeless and original. Not sure if its a new “creation” but i think it is a beautiful spelling.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Comment 2: Bonine pronounced with a NEEN sound like Nadine, not like the number.
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:50 pm
Xenna – The letter ‘x’ is so hot right now, but I chose it more for its connotations of the future and the unknown. I feel like we are on the brink of the future, where who knows what will happen — even a colony on an unheard of ‘Planet X’ isn’t too far-fetched of a near-future possibility!
on January 19th, 2018 at 1:55 pm
The thorns of the rose represent the “danger”, the unstable world we are now living in it; while the beauty of the rose represents our potential for greatness if we overcome our obstacles. The luna, the moon, so far and so perfect and mysterious is the ideal we have for all humanity.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:05 pm
Here is the name I submit: Starland.
To me, 2018 still feels like a time of hope and light for each new baby– because no matter how dark times may seem, each new life is a point of brightness and potential.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Rowella. A combination of Rowen and Ella. Rowen/Rowan which means “little red head,” and Ella which means “beautiful fairy woman,” makes you picture a Rowella to be a beautiful, enchanted, red headed girl. Also perfect for 2018 since those names are on the rise.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:14 pm
Sonder, I suggest it’s unisex. It’s a word meaning the realization that each person is living a life as complex and deep as your own.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Kalyana – a mix between Kalypso and Ana
pronounced: Kallie – ana
This is perfect for 2018 because it has the trendy y and k letters as well as the classic Ana/Anna. It also leads to the easy nickname of Kal or Kallie.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Salience (for a girl)
salience is the state of being prominent or conspicuous.
synonyms for salient: important; striking, remarkable, most noticeable.
i hope that in 2018 good people will be salient and get into positions of power so they could change the world for the better, because right now the future isn’t bright.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:42 pm
Escher- after the famous Dutch artist who created mathematically inspired works. He is famous for how ‘impossible objects’.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:48 pm
Flordes- a beautiful concoction from Flora and Lourdes. Pronounced flor-dess. I have always loved it and wished it was a real name.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:50 pm
Apina (pen. uhpeena, emphasis on the second syllable) – recently suggested Apollina in a thread and the possible short form of Apina stuck with me when thinking about nicknames. I myself am not a big fan of -ina names usuallly but somehow the Ap- gives it something fun and strong.
on January 19th, 2018 at 2:55 pm
Evalysse for a girl obviously, no reason other than I think it sounds pretty. Just a smoosh of Eva and Elise.
on January 19th, 2018 at 3:09 pm
Leika – girl (lay-ka)
on January 19th, 2018 at 3:11 pm
Both girls! ❤️
on January 19th, 2018 at 3:13 pm
Didn’t realise that Orana was already a name, pretty!
on January 19th, 2018 at 3:17 pm
Nouva for a girl. It’s part of the French word for ‘new’ (nouveau) and I think that symbolises 2018 because it’s a new year and a fresh start. It’s also similar to the pretty Nouvel.
on January 19th, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Etsy – female – the name of a popular online marketplace and it relates to 2018 in that people are placing more value on small business and handmade items and veering away from giant retailers. It also has the same naming vibe as Etta, Elsie, Evie, and other popular E names. I think it has the potential to grow in popularity just as Everly grew out of the once popular Beverly. Etsy comes from the once popular Betsy.
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Latin and Italian for ‘goddess’ which is fitting for 2018 onwards. Girl power!!!
It’s also Welsh for ‘good’, and Welsh names are on the rise right now.
A fresh ‘a’ ending name.
Alternative to the popular Thea, Sofia, Ava, Luna.
I love that someone has mentioned Darwin. I’ve loved that as a name for a girl for some time now. With nickname Winnie!!
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Luciole- Firefly in French. Could be nicknamed “Luc” for a boy or “Lucy” for a girl.
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:33 pm
Anavrin – pronounced ON-UH-VRIN (Nirvana spelled backwards)
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:45 pm
Viterra (mixing Vita meaning life and Terra meaning earth)
on January 19th, 2018 at 4:54 pm
I propose the name Kite, because 2018 presents a fresh opportunity for us to celebrate the winds of change, discover where the wind will take us, run barefoot along the earth – both grounded and soaring, and know that plenty of things that we may have struggled with in 2017 are “looking up.”
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:14 pm
Mizpah – the deep emotional bond between people, especially those separated by distance.
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:25 pm
Care – says it all
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:32 pm
Avora, for a girl.
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:56 pm
Desmia (DEHS-me-ah)- Female
Desmia is the perfect name for a girl in 2018. It has a unique sound to it, like many parents are looking for. It also has the familiar sound of Mia, which could be a possible nickname option along with Desi. It makes a good fit for parents turning to nature names as well, Desmia is a genus of moth. It could also be a variation of the Greek, Desma, which means Oath. A new year presents an opportunity for a new oath to yourself or others, a new baby could be a new oath!
on January 19th, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Protect – we must stand up and protect what we care about, such as our rights, countries, faith, families, and true love. Plus, the nickname “Pro” is good for self-confidence!
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:02 pm
Bringing to mind the word ‘ethnicity,’ this invented feminine name looks and sounds good, and it has a few cute potential nicknames too (I mean, isn’t Nia adorable?)
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:06 pm
A lot of people are looking at this year and hoping for change, peace and happiness, and that’s why I choose the name Hopelia as a new name for 2018.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:08 pm
From French for « to grab hold of, to seize», as in, to grab hold of the moment. Seize the opportunity. Be bold!
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:33 pm
Roughly means “glowing people” in Latin. Shows that all people in the world are glowing and we are our own special people no matter who we are or what we identify as. 2018 will be the year for acceptance for all, which is why Candem is a perfect choice.
A good alternative to Candice or Camden, and it is unisex. Possible nicknames include Demi, Cam, or Emi.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:34 pm
Zhong “the middle” in Chinese.
1) From an Asian language. Asia will continue to rise.
2) China will see economic advantages from the One Belt, One Road policy and the dissolution of the TPP. Zhong is the first character in China (Zhongguo).
3. We will continue to get “in the middle” of things around the world.
4. We must take a “middle” path dealing with North Korea.
5. Unisex or “zhongxing” clothing will continue to be fashionable.
6. Unisex names will continue to rule the girls’ chart.
7. The Middle East (zhong dong) will continue to experience turmoil.
8. Trump will continue to be caught in the middle of an investigation.
9. Americans must strive to return to the middle as extremes pull them both ways.
10. The middle class will continue to shrink.
on January 19th, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Passipia. This name stems from the Latin root “pass”, which means step or pace. In 2018 we will take a step forward, a step in the right direction, whatever direction that is for you.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Dorielle: a smush name of Dor “gift” + Elle, a feminine suffix, = “gift of femininity”. In honor of the newest wave of feminism. As women struggle to have their voices heard, it is important to celebrate femininity & womanhood in the face of opposition. I think Dorielle would fit into today’s naming climate and it comes with the cute nickname Dory, which is extra appealing thanks to the recent Finding Dory.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Zenith – 2018 seems to be a year where things have reached a peak, whether for good or for bad. Whether it’s climate change or scientific achievement, discord between nations or record numbers of women coming together – 2018 is year of things reaching powerful conclusions. Unisex and has the on trend Z letter.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:21 pm
Avenger-for a boy-;to take vengeance on behalf of:
It would be cool for 2018 because of the new and huge avengers film- Infinity war- coming out this spring.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:21 pm
Mitu – unisex, a name rooted in the #metoo movement, symbolizing giving a voice to the voiceless, courage, and the best use of our technology. The evolved spelling is because 2018 will be a year for the silence breakers to continue but also develop and evolve the movement.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:32 pm
Emana/Emmana/Emmanna – This is a smoosh name that is a twist on the ever popular Emma/Emily
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:42 pm
Roesi, pronounced roy-see, a shortened form of the welsh words “goroesi” meaning survive, for all the people who came forward in 2017 in the “me too” campaign and a continuation of the “Times Up” campaign in 2018
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:44 pm
Derived from the latin “canticum” which means song and tierra which means earth. So this name translates to “song of the earth”. I believe music has the power to bring people of all different backgrounds together in such a unique fashion that cannot compare to anything else. With all that has happened in 2017 such as hurricanes and other mass destructions, I think this name demonstrates a sense of togetherness for everyone.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:49 pm
Bristyn– A female name to commemorate Britain (similar sound to the name) as it prepares for Brexit.
on January 19th, 2018 at 7:50 pm
Klystan (Klass-stin) A combination of the Germanic last name “Klass” and the Persian meaning of stan – “place of flowers” or ” garden”. England was populated with Germanic tribes such as the Angles and Saxons (giving us “England”), so Klystan would be a great way for Anglo-Saxons, Anglophiles, or those with Germanic origins to honor their heritage in a creative way.
on January 19th, 2018 at 8:27 pm
a Gealic word meaning strength, keen or eager, and “about to engage in the hottest battle”
I see this as a girls name and these days we are all about raising strong empowered women ready to fight for themselves.
Pronounced very similarly to Dana it could be left in this form or written as Deine if parents wanted to simplify though the connection to it’s root word is stronger if it is left as is.
on January 19th, 2018 at 8:31 pm
Lawless. “Characterized by a lack of civic order.” Lucy Lawless starred as Xena: Warrior Princess, which gives it the strong girl power vibe that’s perfect for 2018 and also makes it a surname-name. It has spunk and a great sound.
on January 19th, 2018 at 8:40 pm
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:03 pm
A combination of Zoe, and Evie, a nickname for Eve. Both names mean life. It could be pronounced “ZOH-vee” or “Zo-EE-ve”.
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:03 pm
Word name. Has a similar sound to other Lu- names such as Lucas, Lucy, and even Louis/Louie. Cid (or Sid) could be a potential nickname.
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:04 pm
Lilligret – in the age of mass media and the success of the Netflix series we’re all loving, The Crown, a tribute to two amazing and interesting women, Elizabeth and Margaret. Elizabeth is known affectionately as Lillibet, which gives us the modern and popular Lilli sounds, combined with the fashionable ‘et’ ending (Scarlett, Violet, Harriet) from Margaret. Nicknames could be Lilli, Greer or Greta, all with a smart, modern edge.
on January 19th, 2018 at 9:22 pm
NORTRUD (pronounced NOR-TRUDE)
this name is the best name every! it’s a unisex name so every single family can pick this beautiful name! here are the roots of the name, a mixture between two unique names; Norman and Gertrude!
Norman: Comes from the vikings who settled on the coast of France. the simplicity of the name makes everyone happy. the name norman speaks for itself for its awesomeness!
Gertrude: Comes from Germany, this cool girls name is a classic name used in Germany. this name means fun and outgoing, everyone loves Gertrude for their name and their personality to go along with it!
however, why take long and hard time choosing between these two names when u can have both in the blend of NORTRUD. a powerful, elegant, and inspiring person would be bestowed with this name. 2018 is the new year, filled with exciting new things, why not bring to life the dream of the name NORTRUD to life this year and make the world a more splendid place!
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:07 pm
Tolerance: In 2018 I feel as though everyone is becoming more divided. We need to come together and understand each other’s differences. Cultural, political. When it comes down to it, the majority of us are good people who want peace and love for ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Our personal experiences have given us different views of the world. We need to understand where opposing view points come from, and though we don’t have to agree with these views, we need to tolerate them and understand that they come from a place of love.
I would guess it to be a girl’s name as most virtue names are. I like the nickname Tolly. Ren and Tess could also work!
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:15 pm
I have 3 names, all for a girl –
The first is Cordelilah. A combination of the names Cordelia and Delilah.
The second is Tuesley. A unique twist on the name Tuesday.
The third is Cresley. A combination of the names Crescent and Presley. Could perhaps be a unisex name.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:16 pm
Eralou (pronounced Er-uh-loo or Air-uh-loo) is unisex name and a mix of the word “era” and the name “Lou.” Era means, in the words of http://www.dictionary.com,”a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc.” The name Lou means “renowned warrior” or “famous warrier.” Eralou is mixture of both meanings, “Warrior of the Memorable Era.” Era for the interesting events I feel could unfold in 2018, according to current circumstances and Lou for the many strong people who be at the wheel of 2018, making this year one that will go down in history. I’m not referring to any event in particular event, there are many things happening at the moment, some good and some bad.
Nicknames: Lou, Era, Erie
Alternative Spellings: Eeralou
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:16 pm
Ellisander, for a boy. Ellis as a tribute to 19th/20th century immigration hub, Ellis Island.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Elysian (girl) —
The word Elysian is defined as “heavenly, blissful or delightful” which is a great meaning to have in this world of nothing but negative and depressing news.
Elysian is a strong, slightly tomboyish name due to its “sian” ending with the benefit of a cute and currently popular style of nickname, such as Elle, Ella, or Elly.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:31 pm
Stellanor: for a girl, from “stella” meaning star, and “nor” meaning north
My wish for 2018 is that we may cultivate hope and perseverance, both individually, and as a nation. The north star is the perfect symbol for that hope and perseverance, as throughout history, it has acted as a guiding light for everyone from escaping slaves to lost sailors. The north star reminds us to never lose faith in our journey toward freedom.
Stellanor has the added bonus of rhyming with popular Eleanor, making it very usable.
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:48 pm
Oh, I absolutely love Perennia and Stellanor!
on January 19th, 2018 at 10:55 pm
Alydia/Alidia: portmanteau of Olivia and Lydia (kind of)
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:02 pm
Joyous for a girl. A virtue name with the trendy -s ending and a cute, built-in nickname.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:06 pm
Kadalaine- an amalgamation of Kadence and Madelaine which I think is super cute with the nickname Kady or Lainey.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:11 pm
Maevery! Unfortunately it doesn’t tie into the theme, it’s just 2 popular names put together. (Maeve & Avery) Nickname possibilities are Mae, Maeve, Avery, Ever, and Ava.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:19 pm
Feminessa – A play on the word “feminine”, celebrating the strength of women in these trying times.
on January 19th, 2018 at 11:45 pm
Meaning – A long arduous journey
I’m suggesting this as a name as I think it’s reflective of the global refugee crisis that has dominated the news in 2017, both in North America and around the world. It’s a serious issue, and yet trek as a word, does have positive connotations. Treks are often athletic and take place in the wilderness. To trek is to embrace risk and adventure. Those who undertake treks are thought to be resilient and strong. It’s a small word, but it has the potential to be a very personal and meaningful name for anyone who has overcome big things.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:09 am
a form of flamenco music often conveying intimate pain.
I believe the release of pain (or catharsis) can lead to beautiful art and creation – perfect for the new year.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:15 am
Hollyn-for a girl.
Could be used to honor a Holly. It also is pretty but still has almost gender neutral feel to it that is popular right now. It also ends in lyn, like many of the current girl names (Madelyn, Brooklyn, Adelyn, Ashlyn, etc.)
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:17 am
Veranda, nn Vera, because this world is friggin’ terrifying and we all need to go have a mint julep on the veranda to comfort ourselves.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:24 am
Svala (F): Icelandic/Scandinavian for swallow as in the bird
I chose this name because it has the meaning of swallow as in the bird. Birds are such a symbol of freedom. They have a different perspective of the world from up in the sky. I believe that in 2018, we as human beings have to discover what birds have discovered so long ago, freedom and a new perspective on the world. And to not be afraid to pick up and move somewhere else that we choose.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:47 am
Bramden: A mixture of Bram and either Camden or Holden, this name means ‘father of the valley’. Camden means ‘winding valley’ and Holden means ‘hollow valley’, while Bram means ‘father of multitudes.’ It fits with the -en/-an ending trend for boys, but stands out more than another “-aiden” name. It also could be used as a newer take on Brandon.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:49 am
Not sure if it’s too late to submit an entry, but nevertheless, my name creation is Divana. With its similar sounds to the timeless Diana and the word ‘divine’, I think it makes a delightful choice for a baby born in 2018.
on January 20th, 2018 at 2:26 am
Renaissance (girl)– a bright revival. It’s symbolic of growth and innovation, and could lend itself to the nicknames Ren, Renny, Naissy (Nay-see), or Sansa for GOT fans 😉
on January 20th, 2018 at 4:39 am
Celeia [seh-lay-aw] is the latin word for ‘Heavenly’ and it was the name of a place in Slovenia that is now called Celje. I think Celeia would be a beautiful girl name!
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:02 am
I probably won’t qualify but I want to throw this out there anyways:
Ava has been extremely popular over the last years and is likely to still be popular this year too, and this name would be perfect for someone wanting to give their child a formal name with the nickname Ava.
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:03 am
Beycia – Cia and Bey prn Bay-cee-uh. With Beyonce being a major culture icon it makes Bey a more usable nickname Cia is a common ending on names like Lucia making it more usable then Beyonce
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:45 am
Marel/Marell – Could be used for boys as a spin on Marcel, or for girls, where the -el(l) ending is very popular and Mar- feels current with names like Mara and familiair with names like Mary and Marina. It could also be a spin on Marielle.
on January 20th, 2018 at 6:49 am
Oh man, I live overseas and just caught this. Probably too late for a formal entry, but I love the name Eveny/Evenie/Evenee (have never decided how I like it spelled. It fits in with the popular E trends and sounds like it should really already exist as a name!
on January 20th, 2018 at 6:57 am
Millevieve – An alternative spin on the beautiful Genevieve. Mill represents the millennium we are currently living in and the rest of the name is inspired by the intelligent and heroic female, Saint Genevieve; the strong willed woman who defended Paris against Attila. The conclusion of last year and the commencement of this year has seen many brave women who have come forward to stand up for their rights… And who wouldn’t like the adorably vintage Millie and Evie as nickname options?! 🙂
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:06 am
Zephele – I think it is the perfect name for 2018 because Z names are getting more and more popular. Zephele sounds like Zélie, but also like Nephele, the nymph. It is, in my opinion, more feminine and fresh than Zephyr for a girl. Zephele definitely has a mythological feel and doesn’t sound too weird. It also has fun nicknames potential such as Zeph, Zephie or Zelie. Another spelling for a french feel could be Zephelie.
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:21 am
I just can’t decide for a boy. I thought of nature names such as:
– Acaciel, from Acacius but I like the fact that “Ciel” means sky in French
– Celestan, a masculine variant of Celeste
– Astorian, a masculine variant of Astoria. Astorian gives me the same vibes than Arcadian. It’s a strong name and I love the nicknames Story and Astor.
– Luberon, a beautiful french region (south). The landscapes are gorgeous: mountains and lavender fields. Luberon looks like Oberon.
I also thought of Odeon. Odeon is close to Orion and Leon, and that’s why I think people may like it. An Odeon is ancient Greek building, built for singing exercises, musical shows and poetry competitions. I like that reference!
I really hesitate between Odeon, Luberon or Astorian… But I will go with ODEON.
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:28 am
Remilly for a girl. It’s a mix between Remi and Romilly. The nickname Remi is stunning!
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:29 am
Solinnea, for a girl. I love the nickname Sol. I think people might enjoy the mix between the two natural names: Soleil and Linnea.
on January 20th, 2018 at 8:28 am
A girl’s name – Vraini (pronounced v-RAY-nee).
Made up name, but coincidently, can be seen as a corruption of the French word for oak tree – chene – corrupted to cheney (chay-nee) – corrupted to chainy to Vraini.
on January 20th, 2018 at 9:29 am
Girls: Miriadi (meer-ee-AH-dee)
I imagine it to mean “pleasant reflection.” The beginning of the name sounds like “mirror” and the “ah” like a satisfied sigh. It’s the idea that you look in the mirror and are pleased with what you see. I think we’re heading that way in 2018 – to being more content with who we are as individuals, regardless of the pressures of society.
Boys: Rixley (RIKS-lee)
No fancy meaning, I just think it sounds fun. 🙂 The “X” sound is popular in names like Dexter and Felix, and a more unisex vibe is hip, even swinging back to the boys (I know a boy named Harper). So Rixley is like a combination of the “X” craze and more gender-neutral names like Sidney and Finley that are reappearing for boys.
on January 20th, 2018 at 9:33 am
Debrienne – Girl’s Name (pronounced de-bree-enna)
I thought of this mash-up a few years ago for a character name because I loved the nicknames “Debby” and “Bree”.
The “enne” ending shares a similar sound with popular girl names “Emma”, “Ella”, and “Anne”, so it seems possible for a child born in 2018. It’s a feminine ending, but not one as commonly used.
This name could honor several namesakes like Deborah, Brianna, Gabrielle, Bree, Brian, Anne, Enna, etc.
Based on the Social Security database, Deborah was at its peak in 1955, but has remained in the top 1,000 for over a century. Perhaps this name could honor the Biblical heroine judge Deborah or a grandma Debbie. Actress Debby Ryan (her real name is Deborah) could be a younger inspiration.
I checked on Nameberry’s database, and Brienne is a name from Game of Thrones. She’s a fighter and uses her power for good. DeBrienne or de Brienne is also a surname.
With trends for pop culture names and surname names, I think Debrienne stands a chance.
Debrienne is unique, but doesn’t seem too extreme, as it shares similarities with more popular names.
on January 20th, 2018 at 9:33 am
on January 20th, 2018 at 9:35 am
I originally wrote the pronunciation for Debrienna. I suppose Debrienne could be pronounced (de-bree-en) or (de-bree-enna) though.
on January 20th, 2018 at 9:35 am
Oops, I missed the memo about a theme.
In place of Isadela I’d like to suggest: ‘Odyssey’.
An odyssey is a quest or journey that by definition has its ups and downs but is ultimately enriching. I think it’s a good reminder of the positive relationship between obstacle and progress, something we should all remember in times of hardship, especially in the face of what was a difficult 2017 for many. On a side note, Odyssey has obvious relations with existing names Odysseus/Ulysses. Also lends cute nicknames like Odie, Otto & Ozzie!
on January 20th, 2018 at 10:43 am
Evora (Portuguese place name)
Viana (Portuguese place name)
Tavira (Portuguese place name)
Clexa ( Clark + Lexa )
Linctavia (Lincoln + Octavia)
on January 20th, 2018 at 11:58 am
Kaidres: Mixing Kai, meaning “ocean”, and Andres, meaning “brave”; becoming “Kaidres”, meaning “Ocean Brave/Brave Ocean”
Anaxiom: Mixing Anax, meaning “leader”, and Axiom, meaning “self-evident truth”, becoming “Anaxiom”, meaning “Leader of truth”
Kaneros: Mixing Kane, meaning “beautiful” (in Welsh), and Eros, meaning “love”, becoming “Kaneros”, meaning “Beautiful love”
Asherra: Mixing Ash, meaning “happy”, and Sierra, meaning “mountain”, becoming “Asherra”, meaning “Happy Mountain”
Rosalicity: Mixing Rosa, meaning “rose”, and Felicity, meaning “happy”, becoming “Rosalicity”, meaning “Happy Rose”
Noraphilia: Mixing Norah, meaning “light”, and Theophilia, meaning “loved by God”, becoming “Noraphilia”, meaning “Light of God”
That’s all I got!
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Peacelyn inspired by the hope for a more peaceful storm season in 2018.
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Just wanted to say that as a HUGE musical nerd/Lin-Manuel Miranda fan/lover of In The Heights I adore the name Alabanza 🙂
on January 20th, 2018 at 12:51 pm
Maybe a bit more literal than you were hoping for, but Diciotto (Dee-Cho-Toe) would be a pretty badass boy’s name. It means 18 in Italian.
Bella Mia Said
on January 20th, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Inerys- female, pronounced in-AIR-ess
Evony- female, pronounced EH-von-ee OR EE-von-ee
Liri- female, means musical
Eira- female, means snow
Nyneve- female, means lady of the lake
Amaris- unisex, means child of the moon OR promised by God.
Ayven- male, means graceful and merciful
Anya- female, means grace
Amila- female, means priceless
Birdie Largo Said
on January 20th, 2018 at 1:21 pm
Storma-Kate. I’ve always liked the name Storma and the Kate part gives it some modernness. For a nickname Storm/Stormy, Kate/Katie, Storma. For a masculine version maybe Storm-Kato? I over-all like Storma-Kate better though.
Birdie Largo Said
on January 20th, 2018 at 1:25 pm
Also my name Birdie 🙂 I’ve always loved it
on January 20th, 2018 at 1:28 pm
Ruvine (pronounced rue-veen) for a girl combines the popular rue sound and comes from the Latin ruina or ruin/collapse
on January 20th, 2018 at 1:53 pm
“Cobania” – A name for a girl who is not afarid to be different. A girl who goes against the grain.
A tribute to the late grunge legend Kurt Cobain.
During his lifetime, he signaled originality and possessed a kind spirit. In 2018, we need more “originals” and kind spirits.
on January 20th, 2018 at 2:12 pm
This ancient Latin word for “hope” would make a great name for either a boy or a girl. It short, sleek, easy to pronounce (sounding like the increasingly popular “Sparrow”), and its meaning is especially applicable for 2018. As we begin the new year, though continue to live in times of uncertainty, hope remains the backbone of our society. With hope for a brighter future, we can all do our part to create a better year and, most importantly, a better world.
on January 20th, 2018 at 2:43 pm
This word is Spanish for heart, pronounced cora-zone. A child with this name could use the following nicknames:
“Cora” (Greek for maiden)
“Razon” (Spanish for reason, pronounced like Ramone)
“Zora” (Slavic for dawn)
Perfect for 2018 because this is a time for:
1. A new “dawn” of change and understanding.
2. Celebrating many cultures, genders, and backgrounds.
3. Living whole-heartedly (see Brene Brown’s Ted Talk the Power of Vulnerability).
4. Looking into the eyes of someone we may not agree with ideologically and seeing both their “reasons” and their “heart.”
on January 20th, 2018 at 3:10 pm
Zacaias. I came up with it by myself. It’s a very beautiful name for a boy though Zacaia works for a girl…..
on January 20th, 2018 at 3:25 pm
Luciadne – Part Lucy and part Ariadne.
Auramée – Aura with the popular May/Mae/Mée ending.
Perseia – Persia with a slight Greek flair.
Briseia – Girlier version of Briseis.
Amberus/Ambrys – I heard this name in a dream and it’s just stuck.
Elyx – Alex with an E.
Alicauriel – A mix of Alice and Tauriel.
Rosavere/Rosevear – Rose mixed with Guinevere.
Rosalys – Rose and Maelys.
Arenya – Prn. ah-REN-yuh, I wanted a long name for Ren.
Halo – I’ve really fallen in love with this name for a boy.
Zellan/Zillan – Male forms for Zella and Zilla. Sounds like the popular Dillon and follows the ends in -en/in/an/on names.
Raiden – Also follows popular naming styles, two syllables with the trendy Ray sound.
on January 20th, 2018 at 3:42 pm
Arcade/Arkade – meaning bow.
Window/Windell – Winnie for short
Rever – from foREVER
on January 20th, 2018 at 3:52 pm
Boy name – Nikao Greek word meaning victorious
There’s lots going on all around the world .. but I have hope that we will conquer it all.. and this name embodies that hope ( pronounciation short i and long a and o sounds)
Girl name Kiredor .. a name I made up a long long time ago, no meaning (pronounced Kiera-door)
on January 20th, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Boy name – Nikao Greek word meaning victorious
There’s lots going on all around the world .. but I have hope that we will conquer it all.. and this name embodies that hope ( pronounciation – short i and long a and o sounds )
on January 20th, 2018 at 4:16 pm
The Future is…Femelle, the French word for female. Built in nicknames of Em, Elle, and Ellie!
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:23 pm
Vox- Latin for voice. Relevant for 2018 because there is a strong movement for us all to find our voices and inspire others to find theirs as well.
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:38 pm
Dezlyn or Dezland
Birdie Largo Said
on January 20th, 2018 at 5:50 pm
I love Woods, Homebytheriver!
on January 20th, 2018 at 6:33 pm
Risser – a boys name that rhymes with scissor
The name contains the word rise which ties into the current womens movement. Women are rising up and coming forward against sexual abuse
Rise also ties into a tropical sunrise when the sun rises over the ocean
There is also a beautiful beach near my home called Rissers beach where I spent much of my childhood
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:02 pm
Xenden/Zenden – for a boy or Xendyn/Zendyn girl. Everyone needs some Zen in their lives, “X” & “Z” are trendy, as is “den/dyn” ending.
on January 20th, 2018 at 7:43 pm
Sagelene- combination of Sage “wise” and Helene “bright, shining light” Means “wise and bright light” It is perfect for 2018 as this year seems to be about the wisdom gained in situations that have had a light brought to them. Additionally the light part can also demonstrate how through speaking out, people can serve as a light, a beacon of hope for others.
on January 20th, 2018 at 8:41 pm
Ieve (pronounced eye-ee-vah) from the end of the word Believe symbolises the faith that humanity has in a bettter future. It also ties in with the name Eve from the Bible where she was the first woman created and symbolises beginnnings and also a fresh start when she was forgiven for sinnning. I think a litttle Ieve would fit right in wth fellow classmates Eve, Eva, and the growing in popularity Ianthe and Ione.
on January 20th, 2018 at 10:02 pm
Rhodora for a girl, and it’s perfect for 2018 because it is the essence of environmental awareness.
“The Rhodora”, is a beautiful 1834 poem (which I love) by American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th century philosopher.
Some lines from the poem…..
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being;
(Rhodora is a flower)
on January 20th, 2018 at 10:21 pm
on January 20th, 2018 at 10:44 pm
Riser, fits into the “er” occupation names, and symbolizes the different movements that are rising up this year!
on January 20th, 2018 at 10:49 pm
Glorietta – for a girl. “little girl glory.” From Gloria (meaning glory) and the suffix -ette, which means little as well as the suffix -etta which means girl.
I think 2018 will be a year that girls & women continue to triumph realize our power — I’ve noticed this with the “times up” campaign, #whywewearblack at the Golden Globes & the women’s marches that continue to happen throughout the US.
nicknames: Glori, Gloria, Etta
side note: I was originally going to suggest Zenith but someone got to it first 🙂
on January 20th, 2018 at 11:04 pm
Laysan (“i” added to my invented name) is a Hawaiian Island. Laysan’s Hawaiian name Kauō means egg, which refers to its shape and how much life springs from the island.
What a beautiful and fitting tropical name for 2018! 🙂
on January 20th, 2018 at 11:25 pm
Deia – originating from the term meaning goddess!
on January 20th, 2018 at 11:31 pm
Esla is my current favorite- a combo between the popular Elsa and Isla
on January 20th, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Orlic (for a boy)
In Polish (and possibly other Slavic languages) “orlik” means little eagle, but it’s also a name of a few species in the eagles family.
The eagle is an ideal candidate for a name – it symolizes many beautiful things: freedom, pride, loyalty… things we should always nourish regardless of times. I personally don’t think Eagle sounds as good as Robin or Wren do, but Orlic? Why not? Besides, nature names are still growing in popularity. 2018 shouldn’t be any different.
In my opinion, Orlic also fits with other “Or-” names like Orion and Orson, and even more with other short names starting with “O”, such as Odin, Otto or Otis. I’ve always thought that O-names are too rare (with only Oliver and Oscar being the popular choices these days), so Orlic would help fill this niche.
I chose Orlic as a possible spelling, but I don’t think the original form, Orlik, can’t be used. The last syllable may be familiar thanks to Malik. To be honest, I like it either way.
on January 21st, 2018 at 12:13 am
Zobeide, Diomira, Zirma, Armilla, Ersilia…
All from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. They are all women’s names. Unusual perhaps, and some of the stories are a bit dark, but I think some of these names are beautiful. Just thought I’d share since I noticed they weren’t on here 🙂
on January 21st, 2018 at 12:31 am
Rumeris. (Roo- MEH-riss)
I came up with this name recently, and i am using it for a book character. I found the sound through the name Ramirez. I think blending of cultures is so important in the new year.
Also, when the name first popped into my head, it sounded to me like a butterfly, intent on becoming something beautiful.
The character in my book is an independant young adult in a dystopian city, set to change the rules.
Also, The nickname options are unique and on trend… Rumi, meri, riss, rissi
on January 21st, 2018 at 12:57 am
Varius (pronounced VAR-EE-US)
on January 21st, 2018 at 1:05 am
REMEDY – for a girl or a boy. It could be considered a more modern virtue name, along the lines of Justice, Haven, and Serenity. I think it’s a fitting name for a 2018 baby considering activist movements such as #TimesUp, Black Lives Matter, and others, because they are, essentially, trying to remedy these issues. Also, I think it just sounds like a cool name. I could see Remy/Remi being a nickname.
on January 21st, 2018 at 1:40 am
So many unique and inspiring names! I especially love:
on January 21st, 2018 at 1:50 am
Aralia (for a girl) – a plant that has long been used in medicine in Russia, China, Japan and Korea for depression, headaches memory improvement and stress.
A fitting name for 2018, is this year could be about healing and new beginnings.
on January 21st, 2018 at 5:31 am
Meander: Simple, soft unisex nature name.
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:56 am
In my opinion, Elpis is a beautiful unisex name. It means “Hope” in ancient Greek. It is also the name of the Greek spirit of hope. It is a great name, in my opinion, because any year we need hope, no matter what.
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:56 am
Taelem/Taylem— it’s fresh and unique, but similar to more common names like Taylor and Tatum. It also has the nickname possibly of Tae/Tay (cute 😁).
on January 21st, 2018 at 7:52 am
Means order in Spanish. I think this year the world is going to have a lot more order and sense to it. I think everything is going to get a lot better so this name seemed perfect! It matches the current theme of Auden and Aubrey just with a fresh new twist
on January 21st, 2018 at 7:53 am
I like Tralestia for a girl. It is a combination of -Lestia ending names and it takes the first three letters of Travel. It fits in with the theme because we are traveling physically and mentally and it is making us wonder “Where are we going?”
on January 21st, 2018 at 8:05 am
Oliana- a combination of the popular Olivia and rising Eliana. Perfect for 2018 by following name trends of names starting with ‘O’ (Olivia, Oliver, Owen, ect.) and the feminine trend of names ending in an ‘A’.
on January 21st, 2018 at 8:35 am
This years number is 11 (2+0+1+8), so a name with master number 11 would be good:
Aahd: The name of the now famous Palestinian girl that is now inprissoned (A= 1 + A = 1 + H = 5 + D = 4 = 11). She is now a very popular topic in the Middle East (from what I’ve heard)
Aame: Since 11 is a spiritual number, “soul” would be a good name meaning. In French, “âme” means “soul”, but the the number would be 10 (A = 1 + M = 4 + E = 5 = 10)
So I thought an extra “A” wouldn’t hurt (A = 1 + A = 1 + M = 4 + E = 5 = 11)
I can’t think of anything else right now,I just saw the blog :p
on January 21st, 2018 at 9:02 am
Jovialis – from the word Jovial – looking forward to more cheerful and friendly public relations this year. Could be pronounced Jovi-Alice or Jovi-Alysse.
on January 21st, 2018 at 9:48 am
Oban, for a boy
It’s a place in the Scottish highlands, I think it would fit right in with all the ‘O’ names there are, it’s short, cute and easy to say- just what 2018 needs!! It’s a fresh name for this year, uncommon but doesn’t sound bizarre, it’s lovely!!
on January 21st, 2018 at 11:05 am
This name is reflective of the evolution of consciousness that is taking place. The name will reflect a lighter, more ethereal nature that we are moving towards…a transcendence of the dense, heavy pain of the past…into something that feels lighter, wiser and almost fairy-like.
on January 21st, 2018 at 1:43 pm
With place names on the rise, this Costa Rica town may be the perfect fit for 2018 girl names.
on January 21st, 2018 at 2:12 pm
I’d also like to draw on the centenary of the end of the Second World War in my entry, although rather than an evocation of victory or triumph, a quieter image of cooperation and peace better symbolises how this event ought to be remembered. The Armistice was signed in a glade in the Forest of Compiégne, and a war memorial in this spot is named the Clairière de l’Armistice, with Clairiére meaning ‘glade’ in the French language. Drawing on the thoroughly modern taste for nature / word names, as well as vintage sounding and feminine names for girls, I think Clairiére fits wonderfully amongst the many Lilianas and Amelies which will be born in 2018. As Claire falls out of fashion (at least in the UK), Clairiére also seems like a timely update.
on January 21st, 2018 at 2:13 pm
A glade to me is also a spot for contemplation, clarity and calm.
on January 21st, 2018 at 3:44 pm
My suggestion is Montrose.
It’s just a place in Scotland, but I think it is another ‘rose’ semi-unisex name. And it’s pretty cool.
on January 21st, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Osage – (OH-SAGE) Or (OH-SAUJ)
on January 21st, 2018 at 4:45 pm
I love botanical names, and was inspired by Aloe Vera. It’s soothing properties and natural beauty are more of what 2018 needs. I think it would be an honor for a girl to carry a name that carries such positive symbolism.
on January 21st, 2018 at 5:04 pm
Elixir – Eli, Lix, Lixxie, Elix
Halcyon – [hal-see-uh n] meanings Happy, sunny, care-free, OR calm and tranquil, OR a type of bird
Lissome – Slender and graceful.
on January 21st, 2018 at 5:18 pm
Summit for a boy. “the highest state or degree.” With the Olympics coming up Summit is perfect.
on January 21st, 2018 at 5:33 pm
A Greek word with philosophical relevance. Translations I’ve seen include “happiness,” “well-being,” “fulfillment,” “human flourishing,” and “the state of having a good indwelling spirit, a good genius”. I think it’s a perfect thing to aspire towards in 2018, both in terms of guiding how we live our lives and in its payoff.
on January 21st, 2018 at 5:43 pm
Femma for a girl. Sounds like the root for the word “female,” and it represents the women’s movement going on at this time in our history.
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:01 pm
A French word representing a new year, new start, new chance to make an impact on this world however big or small. The name could be used for either sex and easily shortened to Veau. “V” names are currently popular as is the art nouveau period. It brings to mind Alphonse Mucha’s whimsical paintings. A clever choice for artist parents or those searching for something unique or foreign but not to far out there. A beautiful middle name choice as well. So sleek!
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:17 pm
Luzio/a is a Ladino term which means both “beautiful” and “diligent”. It represents how the feminist movement is helping women be seen as smart and caring; more than just a pretty face.
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:48 pm
Rainforest. For either a boy or girl. In 2018 we need a reminder of this fragile ecosystem we need to preserve. Both precious and beautiful, like your little one!
on January 21st, 2018 at 6:57 pm
Brave- a handsome and strong name for alil man! Also could be used for a girl…
on January 21st, 2018 at 8:16 pm
Avicenna for a boy or a girl but I like it better for a girl.
Avicenna was a Persian polymath and one of the most important doctors and Islamic philosophers of his time.
I’ve been in love with this name for a while.
I think, for one, it reminds us to open our minds, and try to learn as much about the world as possible.
I think it will appeal to many different cultures, because it’s a Persian name, and it sounds like old Latin or other ancient names, and a little Greek, or Italian.
With the popularity of Ava right, you could use that as a nn or Avie, or Cinna.
on January 21st, 2018 at 8:46 pm
Aumārire [oh-mar-ree-eh] [feminine]
A much underused Māori word that means peaceful, harmonious, amicable, and cordial. Considering the current political, social and ecological climate, I think peace and harmony is something we should all be striving towards in 2018. Possible nicknames include Marie and Ria. Following the success of the Disney film Moana [a name that means ocean in Māori], I think Māori and Polynesian names may become more popular and internationally recognised outside of island nations like New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.
on January 21st, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Anaxandra, for a girl.
From the Latin “Anax-” meaning “Lord, master or chief” I have used this for original characters. To me, it implies a woman.who is always in control of her surroundings, strong and proud. It fits perfectly with past and present female empowerment movements.
on January 21st, 2018 at 9:50 pm
My invented name is for a girl: Portella. Meaning door of blessings
on January 21st, 2018 at 10:29 pm
A constant within our world that unites us together.
on January 21st, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Revive – give new strength or energy to. I think 2018 represents a new beginning, a clean slate after an overall emotionally draining 2017. Fits in with the modern virtue names like Creed and True, and Haven.
on January 21st, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Equality, with names like Liberty, Verity, Amity, Charity, etc. This one would fit right in and is what will define 2018! Equality for women, minorities, the LGBTQ community and moving into the future for animals as well
on January 22nd, 2018 at 12:34 am
I’m sorry I didn’t read the rules before submitting. I’ve submitted wayyyy more than just one name. I just read invent a name and scrolled to comments. I’m submitting the name:
Anavrin – Pronounced however you like (on-uh-vrin) or (anne-uh-vrin) or (a-nAH-vrin) which is Nirvana spelled backwards.
1.) freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion.
2.) a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
I believe the new year and the years to come are time of self awareness and choosing to do what’s best for ones self or ones family. As much pain as there is in the world, there is still so much beauty in life and so much opportunity for change. Sometimes, It may feel like the end, but it’s only the beginning. Happiness is a choice, bliss is know th self, and Nirvana awaits us all.
Ann Kova Said
on January 22nd, 2018 at 12:45 am
For a boy or girl. Revel for short.
An optimistic name in hopes of merrymaking and celebration in the new year.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 12:18 pm
amena mix of amo-love and Buena-good
on January 22nd, 2018 at 1:16 pm
Lunade – loo-NAHD, French origin.
La Lunade is the term for a pagan festival celebrated in midsummer in some parts of France. It is a celebration of the moon rising. The moon is commonly a symbol of femininity in many traditions via Luna / Selene, Dae-Soon, Ishtar, Hina, Artemis, Coyolxauhqui, Arianrhod, etc. This mirrors worldwide strides in women being heard and listened to. The construction of the word matches words like serenADE, meaning a song greeting the evening, and aubADE, a song greeting the dawn, thus the name can be interpreting as a song greeting the moon.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 1:42 pm
I’d like to propose Alaïs. This name is actually the Provencal form of Alice…at least in the very small documentation that I’ve found online…& is pronounced Ah-la-EESS. When I first came across the name in a fantasy novel it was spelled Alais (no umlaut) & in my head I pronounced it Ah-LAY-iss. Either way, the name means nobility, & I think it would be a great idea if every person strove to be a noble person.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 3:24 pm
i have a bunch of names but the one i’ll enter here is the name Elowyn! it’s such a pretty name and it flows nicely off the tongue! it has many nicknames like Ellie, Elo, Wyn and Wynnie!
on January 22nd, 2018 at 3:38 pm
Allimeya – pron. Alli-may-a
I see this name on a girl only. I love the sound of it and to me it stands for “all may”. 2018 seems to be the year of empowerment for everyone.
Allimeya provides many possibilties for nicknames such as Allie, May and Limey.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Isleena- ( pronounced eye- LEE-na) fits in with the fluid name trend of 2018 (think isla, mila, lena) and has a tropical island feel.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 6:10 pm
Kismet, for either a boy or girl.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Nulira – pronounced New-leera and could be spelled a variety of ways. It is the words new/newly and era put together because right in this moment I am working on a whole new life, recreating my entire world. This year is a new era for me and it’s already wonderfully in full swing! I can’t wait for everything that’s happening
on January 22nd, 2018 at 9:15 pm
Amoric — elements of “amor” for love and “ric” for power or rule. An altruistic and hopeful name to begin the year with more love, less hate. There is power to bring more unity to the world through love.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 9:37 pm
Suyana (spelled sullana) is a Quechua(Inca) word for faith and hope.
I love it’s meaning and sound. It feels like it could be a smoosh name of sue and Anna. Yet it nods to the natives of Peru, a country and people I feel need more attention than they receive. I think the year 2018 should be the year of international names that originate from places beyond Europe.
on January 22nd, 2018 at 11:12 pm
Caelen ( Caeli for short)
This name can go either way, but I love the spelling and sound.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 1:46 am
Jazmira-for a girl
I love the way it sounds and looks.
Jaz-a diminutive of Jasmine
Mira: “admirable; or peace, world; or female ruler; or ocean”
I know it’s late for entry but wanted to share anyway. I kind of always picture this name on a deep purple colored dragon.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 9:45 am
Atwood- A last name as first name for a boy, based on author Margaret Atwood, whose work is being rediscovered. Fits in with other “wood” names like Woodrow, Haywood, etc.
Antene for a girl. From the Greek αντέχω, meaning resistance.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 10:33 am
Ivonia (F): derived from the boys name Ivo which means ‘yew wood’ and the girls name Nia which means ‘brilliance’. I chose these because I personally love names linked to nature and names with positive meanings. Also similar to Idonia which comes from the Norse ‘Idony’ which means ‘renewal’ – something I feel is important to keep in mind at this time of year
on January 23rd, 2018 at 1:20 pm
Loveleigh – pronounced “lovely” and inspired by increasingly popular name “Everleigh”.
Super cute, works well for both first and middle name!
on January 23rd, 2018 at 1:42 pm
Adorea – it’s the Basque word for ‘courage’, something we saw plenty of in 2017, when women came forward as part of the Me Too/Time’s Up movements. I want to see 2018 be a year of courage in every walk of life, from politicians starting to put country before party, to individuals continuing to stand up for what is right. NB: As well as the meaning, I actually think Adorea would be a great name.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 1:52 pm
It’s a Latin word with two meanings: ‘I aid’ and ‘I delight’, reprenting the two things everyone should be doing in 2018 regardless of political standing – helping each other and making each other happy.
It is somewhat similar to past winner Julep, but Ju- names are still well-loved (as are -o names). Like Juno, it works for either gender, and it’s similar to other recently popular names like Ivo, Juniper, Jude, Cleo etc.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 2:48 pm
Rosebud, from the movie Citizen Kane, to remind us of the simple joys in life in this complicated world.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 3:17 pm
Bustin for a boy.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 5:07 pm
My suggestions are:
Dovely (rhymes with “Lovely”). This year is a the one-hundred year anniversary of the year the armistice that marked the end of WWI was marked, and doves are a symbol of peace. The “ly” ending modernizes the name a bit.
Friden (prn. Free-din). Just like before, this name honors the end of WWI. Frida means “peaceful,” and this is more masculine-sounding version. This name could also honor Frida Kahlo.
Finnona (prn. Fin-oh-nuh). Season two of Stranger Things came out in fall 2017 and was just as big as season one! This name combines the first names of two of the show’s stars: Finn Wolfhard and Winona Ryder.
This was fun, thank you!
on January 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 pm
My invented names are Cartleigh (Cart Lee) and Kembrec they are both girls names I missed heard Cambridge as Cambric which I turned into Kembrec . I loved the name Carter but I liked it more when I added Liegh onto it so it has the same meaning as the name Carter.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 6:41 pm
My name would be Dacre (pronounced like baker). It is a rare old English boys name that means “trickling stream.” I love the spelling and the refreshing meaning!
on January 23rd, 2018 at 9:10 pm
on January 23rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm
I’d pick Hellion,because of it’s perfect match with future trouble makers,strong name with a fierce and even scary possible nickname (Hell) I believe some parents would like some controversial names nowadays.It’s also pretty unique.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 9:41 pm
Leabell (or any of its varients; leahbel, Leabella, ect)
Leah means weary, and belle means beauty in French, so to me this name would mean weary beauty.
A different “bell” name other than “Isabella” for 2018.
on January 23rd, 2018 at 10:33 pm
Lucina for a sweet, ethereal girls’ name
Arys or Ehrys (pronounced Aries like the zodiac symbol) for a fiery little boy
on January 24th, 2018 at 4:59 am
For a boy, made up purely because I’d love to get to the nickname Viggo, but am not about to use Ludvig. Arav is an established name meaning peaceful, and the Vig root seems to come from war/warrior. 2018 could use a champion for peace.
on January 24th, 2018 at 10:27 am
Caritas which in spanish means charity because I feel like more people should start helping eachother and giving back in 2018.
on January 24th, 2018 at 10:01 pm
For a girl. Can be pronounced So-SEE-uh or SO-sha. I think it fits 2018 because it has multiple pronunciations, and 2018 is a year of change. It’s also one letter off from “social,” and social movements have already proven to be the deciding voice of the year. Either pronunciation sounds exotic, sincere, and, as we strive for acceptance of all peoples, it’s a captivating and sincere wish for a little girl.
on January 25th, 2018 at 11:17 am
A nod to Arabella and Annalise. A little reminder that 2018 means we are no longer in the middle of the decade. Rather, we are nearing its end. Our “lease” on this “era” is almost up!
on January 25th, 2018 at 10:42 pm
My suggestion is Corrima (core-ee-muh).
I created it from the word corrupt and Latin root “mob” meaning move. I chose corrupt because many people in different countries are worrying about who is leading their country. Corrupt is also a synonym for bad. I choose the Latin root “mob”, and I changed it to be “ma”. IT means move, so the meaning of the name is to move past the bad. The name also sounds natural, and it isn’t hard to pronounce. I think it would work best as a feminine name.
Nicknames could be Corri and Corra.
on January 27th, 2018 at 11:42 am
Truro for a boy? It’s a city in Cornwall that’s always stuck out to me on the train departures board in London Paddington. Possibly works better as a middle but has that fashionable -o ending and “True” could work as a cute nickname.
Mardy for a girl? I grew up in Yorkshire (where it’s slang for someone being in a sulk, eg. Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys) and this occurred to me when trying to name a character a while back. Works nicely as a nickname for a Martha, a quirky alternative to Marnie or just a kid who’s known for their tantrums.
on January 28th, 2018 at 9:01 am
I finally thought of one.
nickname: Ipse (Ip-see)
I’d heard someone had named their girl Eclipse after the eclipse that happened few months ago, and I didn’t like it much (although I love astrological names) until I thought of the nickname Ipse. It was unique and cute, and now I really like the idea.
on January 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm
It means the distant roll of thunder. I feel it’s fitting for 2018 because no matter where you stand, a storm is coming and with it the promise of renewal – a new chance at a better future. But first the storm’s preamble – Brontide in the American sky.
on March 28th, 2018 at 12:26 pm
As in, unison. I think in the current climate of the world, it’s important to stand side by side, together, as one, in unison.
on May 16th, 2018 at 5:36 pm
I know the contest closed, but here are some names.
Elany/Elonie/Elanie/etc – Can be pronounced Ih-LAIN-ee or EHL-enny. This name is a cute alternative to Delany, Elodie, Melanie, Elaine, and Melody. Since Elaine means bright, shining light, I think it is fitting for a new year to have this name in the running.
Evenlea (Ehv-EHN-lee-uh) – Pronounced Ehv-EHN-lee-uh or like Evenlie (see below). I like this name, as it looks like Avonlea (a beautiful name in its own right, and an Anne of Green Gables reference), and is in the same family as Evelyn (also beautiful).
Evenlie/Evanlie/Evenlee/Evanlee/etc – Rhymes with Heavenly. Although it sounds like a combination of the masculine names Evan and Lee (though Lee is more gender neutral, I must admit), I envision this as more of a girl’s name. Evan derives from John, meaning “G-d is gracious” or “G-d has shown favor”. However, Even means youth or yew. Lee can come from Liam, Leo, or Leah, and thus could mean any of the following: Weary, mistress, ruler, lion, protector, resolute, helmet of will. Take your pick! I think I’m going to go with heavenly/youthful protector.
Livan – Can be pronounced either LEE-vahn (like Levi) or Lih-vehn (sounds like “living” without the “g” sound… that is, livin’). This name takes inspiration from Olivia (meaning olive tree), Liv (a Norse gem meaning life), Olivine, and Olivianne. I think for a new year, a name meaning life or living is a nice sentiment.
Arietta/Arriette/Rietta/Riette/etc: I watched a movie called The Secret World of Arrietty (great movie) and fell in love with this name. Arriette sounds very French, as does its potential nickname Riette. Etta is already a name – a short form of Henrietta or a diminutive feminization of Henry – but is cute here, as is a new name: Ette. With cuties like Elle and Emme on the rise, why not Ette? For parents who love the boy names Beckett and Elliot, Arriette/Ariette and its nicknae Ette may be the perfect match. Also, Arietta is an underused name – a nickname for Arlette – so maybe this new find might be the unique showstopper many are looking for. I’m thinking for pronunciation:
Arietta = AIR-ree-eh-tah
Arrietta = AHR-ree-eh-tah
Ariette = AIR-ree-eht (by the way, this form is an actual French word – it’s a form of aria music)
Arriette = AHR-ree-eht
Arieta = AUR-ree-tah? AHR-ree-tah?
Ariete = AUR-reet? AHR-reet?
Riette, Rietta = REE-eht, REE-eh-tah
The “tt” does not have to be pronounced as sharp as “table”… more like the softer sound of Henrietta.
Suona – Means “He plays” or “She plays” (as in, playing music) in Italian. Lovely name for a musical family. Pronounced Swoh-nah.
Bruar – I was thinking about month names, going through them, and I thought of this shortened form of February. It is pronounced like Brewer. To me, it sounds like a boy’s name, but it could be used for either. It can be used as a short form/nickname of February, or by itself.
on May 16th, 2018 at 5:37 pm
Forgot to add… My username was inspired partly by my love of the name (Arietta)!
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