No Drama Baby Names Keep Calm
Following on from our weekend blog about baby names that bring hope, today we’re talking about names that feel calm, constant, reliable, unflappable… Even — or perhaps especially — in times of crisis.
These are the “no drama names”: ever-present, ever-appealing, but never too fashionable or too overexposed.
“Nameberry describes the name Julia as ‘one of the least problematic choices a parent could make.’ What other names for girls fit this category? Names that are classic, not overused, have one primary spelling and pronunciation, and have a certain elegance.”
What with all the fear and uncertainty in the air right now, this concept really struck a chord with us. And as names that embody calmness, constancy and stability go, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Julia.
Currently ranking in the Top 100 girl names in at least 16 countries — including Austria, Canada, France, Ireland, Hungary and Poland — it feels seamlessly international. But at #93 in the US right now, it’s far from overused. In fact, Julia has never ranked either above the Top 25 or below the Top 150 in the US, making it a truly timeless choice.
We’ve chosen ten more girl names from @indymama’s thread that seem to perfectly embody the “no drama” style, plus ten ideas of our own for boys. What else would you add to this list?
No Drama Girl Names
Alice: It may sound sweeter than some of the other options here, but this traditional royal name has centuries of history and a great many illustrious namesakes behind it.
Tessa: Sister names Tess and Teresa could both qualify too, but Tessa feels like the most versatile (and best-loved) form of the name in 2020. It has ranked in the Top 1000 in its own right since the late 1960s.
Isaac: This Old Testament option still boasts a cool, current sound and has never ranked in the Top 25 in the US.
Vincent: This quietly distinguished choice never goes out of style. Its popularity has remained remarkably consistent at between #50 and #120 across the past century — a perfect underused classic.
What are your favorite no drama names for girls and boys? Which other names deserve a place on this list? Share your suggestions below!
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on March 23rd, 2020 at 9:26 am
These are totally my kind of names! Lydia is the name we have chosen for our new baby due in two days. I definitely think the name of my older daughter, Anna, belongs on the list too.
Emma Waterhouse Said
on March 23rd, 2020 at 11:12 am
Yes, Anna is gorgeous too! One of my very favourites. Good luck!
Erin Beth Said
on March 23rd, 2020 at 7:06 pm
I love these names! This list includes so many of my favorites: Audrey, Daphne, Lydia, Miriam, Nathaniel, Peter, Thomas, and Vincent.
on March 24th, 2020 at 4:18 pm
This was my post on the Nameberry forum! Thanks for expanding it into a blog post! I was/am looking for ideas for names for our third girl due at the end of May. Our second girl is named Julia and I’ve always loved Nameberry’s description of her name. Our oldest is Elisabeth (nn Elsa, pre-Frozen).
Louisa, Caroline and Clara are currently our top three. Would love your opinion on which one fits best with the sibling names. Middle name for this baby will likely be Joann (honor name after a grandmother).
Emma Waterhouse Said
on March 26th, 2020 at 5:55 pm
That’s a really tough call – all three of your options are gorgeous soft-yet-sturdy classics, you really can’t go wrong. I have to say, though, that I have a soft spot for Clara in your set. Say them out loud: Elsa, Julia and Clara – perfection! Sweet, simple, seamlessly international and with bags of character and history.
Best of luck with #3!
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