By Abby Sandel
Zen sounds exactly like the kind of name the Perego-Saldanas love: short, modern, with a great sound and lots of meaning.
It’s not just Zoe and Marco, though. Modern meaningfuls, short on letters but big on style, continue to grow in use. Zoe’s own name fits the category, as do other rising picks like Bodhi, Zion, and Ace.
Some of these names work equally well for a son or a daughter, and most would make great middle spot choices, too.
Here are nine of the best meaningful boy names, mini style.
By Abby Sandel
What makes a boy’s name all-American? We’ve exported a long list of modern names across the English-speaking world – Jayden, Jaxon, and Kai have all been spotted in the UK and Australia. But perhaps the truest red, white, and blue American baby names tie to our history and culture.
They also capture the American spirit in a way that more traditional names might not. George was our first president, but it was also the name of the king against whom we rebelled. American baby names feel rugged and individualistic. While their roots may run deep, they’re not typically ancient names with a long history of use. In fact, many of these are newly popular in the twenty-first century.
Here are fifteen of our favorite all-American boy names.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
If you’re looking for an unusual baby name, you don’t have to go to the extreme of inventing a new name or creating a novel spelling when there’s a whole world of unique international baby names out there to browse and choose from.
We’re not suggesting extreme, challenging global examples like Järnsaxa (Scandinavian) or Orfhlaith (Irish), which would be strictly tied to members of their own ethnicity, but rather to the countless others that are accessible and could be worn comfortably by any child anywhere.
The following are just a few examples for girls that boast both appealing foreign flair, accessibility and solid histories. And just as you don’t have to be Scottish to name your daughter Fiona, these unique international baby names for girls may (so much the better) or may not reflect your own ethnic heritage.
They have a favorite name picked out for their son, but some have dismissed it as a dog name. What does that mean, exactly, in 2017? Should they choose another name, or stick with their first choice?
We are expecting our first baby boy in just a couple weeks and still haven’t decided on his name.
Hipster baby names are big where we live. I love most of them, and prefer “old man” names for the most part.
The middle name will be John, another family name. Our last name starts with a T and sounds like tunes, so names ending in a T don’t work well, and I tend to think names ending in S don’t sound very good, either.
Our current frontrunner is Murphy. My husband is a surfer, so the meaning – sea warrior – is perfect. Plus, there was a comic strip from the 1960s about a little surfer dude named Murphy, drawn by one of my husband’s favorite artists.
Also, lots of people call it a “dog name.” Which I’m really sick of on the whole. I always seem to like all those so-called dog names. Who cares if people named their dog a GOOD name? Does that mean we should just turn the name over to the dogs indefinitely?
Thanks for any advice you have. I want to just fall in love with Murphy, but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m not all the way done looking yet!
The Name Sage replies:
With Valentine’s Day upon us, we turn to thoughts of love and romance. Today we look at some of the names that have love embedded in their meaning, bringing an extra measure of tender feeling to your own little lovebug, names that go beyond the more obvious Amy and Aimee, with some international flair.
Amanda — A longtime favorite that retains its delicacy and popularity, Amanda rocketed to stardom in the 80s and is still at #316. Her countless notable bearers include characters in Tennessee Williams and Noel Coward plays; her adorable French diminutive is Amandine.
Carys — Cara means dear, and several names embody that meaning, including this sweet Welsh example that became known in the US when Catherine Zeta–Jones and Michael Douglas chose it for their daughter in 2003.
Davina — All names related to the Hebrew David mean beloved, and this includes the feminine forms Davida and Davina, the latter having appeared on the US list from 1968 to 1984. It is currently heard on the TV show Transparent.
Davis — Another member of David’s family, the more distinctive Davis is a surname form for boys that is currently climbing in popularity—possibly as a David namesake. It now ranks at #474 nationally, and 222 on Nameberry.
Esme – This wonderful Salinger name gets its beloved meaning from a relation to the French Aimee. A Twilight saga vampire name, it’s a celebrity favorite, chosen by Michael J. Fox and others; Esmé ranks at a high #35 on Nameberry and 38 in England.
Milena — Popular in Italy and several Slavic countries, and the birth name of actress Mila Kunis, Milena entered the US Top 1000 in 2012, and is now Number 760. Letters to Milena is a book of –yes—letters by Franz Kafka.