Over 1500 new baby names joined the Social Security extended list this year, 641 boys’ names and 896 names for girls. Nephele, one of the original Berries, tallied all the new baby names for us from the complete list of names given to five or more children in the U.S. in 2011.
Are there any gems in the bunch? A couple, which we will highlight for you in a moment. For the most part, though, the new baby names are either kreeatif spellings of old names – Cathrynn and Zakarri – or inventions such as Dhyey and Blessn unlikely to inspire many imitators.
Still, the names below are notable for a variety of reasons, though they’re not all recommended:
ARLINGTON – Of all the fresh place name possibilities, this one is particularly attractive.
AVALIESE – Attention-worthy as one of the new smoosh names that have vaulted onto the extended list. Other examples: Hannabelle and Jessabelle for girls, Alexavior for boys.
BEREN – This Lord of the Rings surname-name that Tolkien himself identified with was originally male but might work for a girl.
BRIGHT – Several inspirational names are among the group, including Brilliant. And also, sadly, Dim.
KERALA – Kerala, one of the most beautiful and touristed states of India, is a new place name turned baby name.
NEBULA – A spacey name gaining notice as a first.
PACE – A simple, energetic word name.
ROONEY – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara is undoubtedly the inspiration behind this one, but such other attractive surnames as Rigby and Seely also made the girls’ name list for the first time.
XOPHIA – Looking for a way to make Number 1 Sophia more distinctive? Xophia may do it.
BRAVERY – A modern virtue name, and one of the few fit for boys.
ENDERSON – Anderson is one of this year’s hot names, and Enderson is an attempt to give it a new twist.
EZEKIAS – Ezekias is the Greek version of Hezekiah, the Old Testament king who abolished idolatry. A worthy namesake and a fresh classic.
FIELDER – We nominate this sporty occupational name as the winner on the boys’ side of new names.
JOHNLUCAS – A particularly winning combo name, of which there are many examples on the girls’ side of the newcomers’ roster, from Zoegrace to Ellamaria.
TRACK – Many of the Palin’s names, from Willow to Piper to Bristol to Palin itself, have risen over the past few years, but the word name of oldest son Track has just made the list for the first time.
VALENCIO – Attractive male spin on the Spanish place name.