New Baby Names: Our 12 freshest choices

New baby names we’ve added to the Nameberry database include a Native American tribal name, obscure Slavic and Hawaiian choices, names with Christian and Muslim origins, and a couple of word names making waves as firsts. Because they’re popping on the popularity list or were chosen by a celebrity, have august roots or noteworthy relatives, we’ve deemed them worthy of adding to the Nameberry lexicon. Would you use one of them for your baby?


A little bit Aliyah and a little bit Elijah equals an invented name that moves into the girls' column with its choice by Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Bassett for their daughter. While there is good reason for this name to feel feminine, if you're not aware of the spelling variation, you're likely to just hear Elijah, both traditional and popular for boys.

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indiefendi Says:

July 24th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Sorry but Cherokee is also the stage name of an porn star………..

I love Mileva though! It’s interesting!

jtucker Says:

July 24th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I think that Kalani is gorgeous, not necessarily a name that I would use myself, but one I would love to see used.

augusta_lee Says:

July 24th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Mileva is intriguing and I can see Jairus (and Jairo!) taking off…but NOBODY should use Cherokee unless they’re of First Nations descent. That would be the worst kind of appropriation, up there with naming your non-Jewish kid Cohen.

GreenEyes375 Says:

July 24th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I have loved Cherokee since I first heard it in the movie True Women.
Zaynab is interesting, and Royal is on my boys long list.

Noetje Says:

July 24th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I can’t for the life of me understand why people think India is offensive but believe Cherokee is a good idea. Other than that none of these names really do it for me.

bookworm26 Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 12:14 am

I know a boy my age named Jairus, pronounced j-AIR-us but he goes by Jay

chigley Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 12:35 am

No offense to anyone, but I hate every single one of these “names” :-/

june7rose Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 12:38 am

Yikes guys, no, you’ve been at this too long. Cherokee might even be offensive to Native Americans.

PeachyOwl Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 2:15 am

Alijah is just about everything I hate in a name. Boy’s name on a girl, misspelled, awful. I dislike most of the others too. I agree about Cherokee, Kalani sounds made up and how is Bitsy even a name??
I do like Mileva though, with the nn Mila or Eva. Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 3:59 am

Love the name Alijah for a boy or girl. Cherokee is a bit odd for myself considering I grew up in a town where it was the name of a main highway; but as a Cherokee descendant myself, I find it interesting. I grew up with someone named Cheyenne, and she’s not of Native American decent. I didn’t find that offensive and I wouldn’t find Cherokee offensive on anyone.

Kalani is gorgeous and I’ve loved it since I first heard it as the name of a dancer on Dance Moms.

Royal is a personal favorite because it was the name of the first child I babysat over ten years ago. An amazing little boy, he was named after his father Roy.

Jetson’s cute and as a lover of Cruz, I am head over heels for Cru.

Orchid_Lover Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 5:42 am

Hooray for Mileva being added to the NB datbase! It was on my wishlist!

nat108 Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 7:32 am

Kalani, like all Hawaiian names, is unisex but it’s more commonly used for boys. Why is it in pink?

Vice is awful. Might as well name the kid Immoral or Depravity. Just wait until little Vice gets to school and he and his classmate learn that his name is associated with gambling, drugs, and prostitution.

aunt_ning Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 8:10 am

Royal I have always liked, it is the name of Almanzo Wilders older brother, from Little House Fame.

GoodHope Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 8:18 am

Jairus is on my long list, and I’ve always loved Sachi, too. Mileva is appealing and worth thinking about. Zaynab has a lovely meaning, but I find the sound unappealing.

Some of the others, though…yikes. Bitsy is terrible, Vice is appalling, and Cherokee fails twice with me, both for being a tribe name and for being a brand name.

Mischa Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 10:16 am

I always get excited to read posts regarding new names here. However, I’m disappointed and saddened by most of the options stated. If these are Nameberry’s “freshest choices”, I think I’ll stick with my “stale” favourites. I don’t think any responsible baby name site should be encouraging the usage of “names” like Vice, Bitsy and Cherokee or newly invented and misspelled names like Alijah. I’ve always believed that this site was a one of the best on the web. I have to admit that my faith has been diminished. Nameberry can do better.

Myosotis Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 10:18 am

I like Mileva and Kilani, but I’m really not a fan of the rest.

Fantasia Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Really don’t like most of these names. Zaynab is nice if you’re Muslim. And Jairus is an underused biblical choice but not my style. Cru stands out though, I think it’s pretty cool!

southern.maple Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 10:38 am

Nonsense such as Bitsy, Alijah, and Cherokee are added to the girls’ column, yet legitimate names like Illyria, Everild, and Gwenllian still aren’t in the database?

mill1020 Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 11:18 am

I’m intrigued by Kalani, since I know a little boy Kalani who is about 3-4 years old. I can see Royal (nn Roy) catching on for boys. Jetson is kind of hilarious and I hope it doesn’t get to be a thing.

faithnamer Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I don’t like any of these names! Why would Jetson and Cherokee be a good idea?

miloowen Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Bitsy is just a variation of Betsy, and was a name used for a series of kids’ books. I’ve heard Kalani — but as a boy’s name. Royal is also a name in my own family genealogy, but with people naming their kids Princess and Reign and Sir — in the current climate it just sounds pretentious.

As for the others, please. I’ve loved names all my life. But the trend toward naming your children after negativity — these are real, live children we’re talking about, not ciphers, not characters in a book.

And naming your kid Cherokee is absolutely just as offensive as naming your kid Cohen. No Jew would name their son Cohen — so why would a Gentile?

Wouldn’t it be nice if common sense made a comeback?

Thegratiana Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Cherokee is just wrong.
Alijah is cute. I also love Bitsy. As a nickname, Bitsy is just too cute.
Jetson is also adorable.

sarahdoodle Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I can’t say I love any of these names.

Mileva is okay. Bitsy is cute as a little girl nickname for Elizabeth.

Zaynab, Kalani, Jairus, Sachi–I can understand using these, though I don’t care for them.

But Vice? Royal? Please, please, please, don’t name your child Vice! And I just don’t understand the appeal of Alijah.

I agree with southern.maple! Please add names like Illyria, Miriel, Avonlea, Ismeria, Meriadoc before Vice!!

bowtiful Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

They’re all pretty horrific IMO. Bitsy could be a cute nn but definitely not for a full. The worst of all would have to be Alijah….Elijah is a favorite of mine on a BOY. Not only did they butcher the spelling, but used it on a girl as well. *sigh*

mickie86 Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I’m not fond of any of these names. I’m kind of disappointed!

DrHenry Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

No no no. Bitsy? VICE? Stop it.

And Elijah. My phone won’t even let me spell it with an A. Because that’s ridiculous. On a girl? Groan.

Sorry I try not to be negative about names but this list my head explode.

cgwaltney Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

OMG, these are horrible! – _ –

nativoyoung Says:

July 25th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Wow. Lots of opinions. I’m assuming Kalani is pronounced differently than my female cousin Kaylani, with the definite “Kay” at the beginning. Just wondering. I always thought it was pretty. Bitsy is my neice’s nickname. Her real name is Brynne. It fits her and is sweet. Who knows when she will transition back to Brynne. Cru is cool, but I prefer the Crew spelling for some reason. Crusoe is even more cool.

I’m surprised by all the negativity toward Royal. It has been a legitimate boy name forever. Louis L’Amour used it as one of his Sackett boys–twin to Nolan, I think. Anyway, all of his names were very well researched. Boys have always had their own virtue names, so it isn’t like the nameberry people made it up.

Most of the names are just fine for people who like them.

PeachyOwl Says:

July 26th, 2014 at 2:51 am

I forgot to say that Vice is probably one of the most awful names I have ever heard, like the opposite to a virtue name!

explorach1 Says:

July 26th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Maybe your worst list of names.

ccourtneyw Says:

July 26th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I think Sachi is adorable but that is probably the only name from this list I am fond of

droma Says:

July 26th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I had a friend in high school named Elizabeth who went by Bitsy. It was a cute nickname, and it fit her well.

ash1114 Says:

July 27th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I was disappointed by this list. I don’t like any of them. Especially Alijah. 🙁 Ugh!

Giinkies Says:

July 27th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

The only name I like on this list is Mileva.

ashthedreamer Says:

March 16th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I’m glad I’m not alone in my response to this list! But really?! Most of them are just awful imo. A few of them have merit–Mileva, Kalani, Zaynab (purely because of the history of the name; I don’t find it very appealing sound-wise, but its history is interesting!)–but the others?! I can’t for the life of me understand why all these atrocities get added, but not real gems from other cultures like Madelief, Brynja, Beatriu, etc., etc.–especially when they make blogs that ask for our favorite legitimate unlisted names!

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