Baby Names 2012: Heard any new names lately?

For the new year, we thought it would be fun to ask you to post the new baby names 2012 you’ve heard or see lately, on babies or in movie credits or in the newspaper or even new choices you’ve encountered on Nameberry.

We think we’ve heard them all…..until we encounter a new name, which seems to happen every other day.  We’re always adding new names to Nameberry.

Some recent name sightings that were new to us and that we added to Nameberry: Avdel, an Old Testament name that means “servant of God,” and Roreto, an Italian place-name a Berry used for her son and enlightened us about. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a longer list of the new baby names 2012 we’ve added to Nameberry.

What new names have YOU encountered?  Where did you find them?  And what if anything can you tell us about them?

And speaking of newness, we want to try something new with the Question of the Week: We’re going to post the baby-naming question of a Nameberry visitor in this space and let all the berries chime in with their answers.  It’s kind of like asking a baby name question in the forums, except more publicly:  Be prepared for a flood of opinions!

If you’d like your Baby Name Question to be considered for the Question of the Week, please send it to  Sorry, questions cannot be answered individually.

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Alexia Mae Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:09 am

I actually just came across Jodie Sweetin’s daughter Zoie’s middle name, Laurelmae. I think it’s so pretty.

TinaBina Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:30 am

It’s not new, but it’s not on nameberry but with The Rum Diary having recently come into theaters and the movie to hit DVD soon I’m surprised the name Chenault hasn’t gotten noticed. It’s certainly on my list. It is a French name, variant of Chenelle and the like and is pronounced like the Che in Chenelle, and then “no”, shuh-noh (the t is silent and the l just deepens the au pronounciation).

alexa400 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 2:16 am

A member of my family is considering the name Poema, which is apparently an Italian word for poem (they’re pronouncing it like Po-emma, so I’m assuming that’s the correct pronunciation). I thought it was a lovely.

Deroet Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 2:43 am

The only name I’ve heard recently that I was not familiar with is Amantha (Amantha Giselle). I like it!

gatoamiga Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:14 am

I would love to hear your take on the name Elowen, the Cornish word for “Elm Tree”. It seems to have some fans on the Nameberry boards, myself included! 🙂 Would you consider adding it to the Nameberry search database?

newfootprints Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 5:36 am

As far as I can find out it’s a Finnish version of Peter (meaning stone) yet I discovered the name whilst watching a film, “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”.

Corcorbelle Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 5:54 am

For girls I’ve heard:

Maeda, Macare, Ailey, Mairead, Galen, and Jenessa

For boys I’ve heard:

Briggs, Ocean, and Graiden

aunt_ning Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:47 am

I spoke with someone yesterday and her name was Hesselina, nick named Hessy. I love the uniqueness of it but I cant find a meaning anywhere.

pam Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:16 am

These are great, keep ’em coming! And yes, we’re going to try to research these and will add many to the database. Thank you!

skizzo Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:47 am

For boys I’ve heard: Seeley, Ivo, Klaytin, Ryatt, Loki, Pryce, Waven, Kiptyn, Ramsay, Moore, Gentry, Lavory, Steele, Kekoa, Crosby, Kaysha, Hendrix, Zowen, Koda, Italy, Pong, Bell, Rio, Boxer, Chevy, Azure.

For girls: Imaan, Maris, Wue, Safira, Naima, Elliana, Damae, Una, Ligia, Lexus, Kailani, Porschia, Marika, Tinsley, Acacia, Janyah, Kreeya, Aqua, Brackin, Riola, Alaska, Arden, Eris, Coast, Jazee, Palm, Lunella, Testa, Ember, Jersey, Zada.

These are all from newborn lists I’ve seen.

chelseamae Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 10:57 am

I’ve recently came across a few that are new to me. I love all of these girls names

Boys: Kelby
Girls: Merit, Quila, Thilda

cristinamariane Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 11:19 am

Arrietty, Isola, Lionella, Theria, Ostara, Endrina and Palma.
I would love to see pronunciations for some of the more unusual names.
@gatoamiga I love Elowen too!

Lola Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 11:36 am

I’ve got a new boy cousin named Galen! And a brand new baby girl neighbor, named Sarai.

I was hoping for Garnet, but Galen’s pleasantly surprising for me, considering his older brother’s Britton (blech).

I can’t think of a question of the week, but I’ll see what I can come up with before long! 😀

kashed22 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 11:48 am

I just heard of a little girl (just turned 3) named Emmeliese.

chapitaism Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

There was an article in Sunday local edition of newspaper about baby names statics last year!!!! Some unheard names until I read it was Saori, Kalet Yurem (I haven’t heard Kalet before), Evolet Yamar, and some Soccer player inspiration names like Danilo and Neymar, after Brazilian soccer players in local team. Some other Japanese names I can’t remember. I am trying to find that edition on internet.

@lola One of my friends had her baby last week and choose mn Sarai. Sarai is my mn too =)

Wildsyringa Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I met a woman last weekend named Legatha! Pronounced leg-UH-thuh.

kimberley13 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Boys: Bowman, Alsten, Kainoa (pronounced Kai-noah)

Girls: Shenley, Hayla, Copper

Also, I know it’s not “new”, but I met a baby Agnes yesterday and it made my day! 🙂

Sassy Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

The lead in the new Disney/Pixar movie Brave that comes out in June is called Merida. I thought it was kind of cute.

kgcg31 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I know a one year-old named Maven. I have yet to ask if it was created by the parents . . . Sort of a Haven-Maeve combination? Or maybe a word name?

name-obsession Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

@Lola I just learned about a early scientist, last name Galen, who furthered research of human anatomy. He went crazy, so don’t tell your relative. ;D

newfootprints Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I also know of some girl names Teela and Tahnee (both of which are already on nameberry) and Illea (which isn’t yet on here)

RachelErin Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

A boys name I just heard yesterday is Kelton…and a new girls name I just saw was Oaklynn. Personally not a fan of either of them, I prefer the classics, but they were definitely new to me!

l0emkb Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I met an Alieke (pronounced A-lee-ka) a couple of months ago, and came across a Madara (MAH-dah-rah) on a reality TV show.

jpruitt76 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Just heard another one for a girl – Lindley

LCMpdx Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I know someone who named their son Escher, after the artist M.C. Escher. I think it’s pretty cool. Another name I heard in a movie, Big Fish, is Norther. I love it!

thetxbelle Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

@kgcg31 Maevane is rising in popularity in France so maybe Maven is a form of that?

For boys I recently started loving Athanaël and Maxendre/Maxandre

For girls Baya (from the film Le Nom des Gens) Myriam and Thaïs (for the opera by Jules Massenet- Im coming up with an opera name list! Athanaël comes from this opera too)

IzzyQ Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I’ve really started to like the name Aitana! I think it’s very pretty.:)

agirlinred Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

They aren’t exactly new, but I have come across some I’ve never heard before doing genealogy research. My guess is they’re of Hebrew/Biblical origin.

Hachariah/Hachaliah (records say both)

wren orchid Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 6:50 pm


Australian girl’s name. I might also consider spelling it KIRRILLY. Pretty!

auroradawn Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Jimothy and Kastner, both sons of folks I know. I posted a thread for opinions on Jimothy’s name; it was invented by his dad, who thought Jim ought to be the nickname for Jimothy since Tim is for Timothy, though I learned that Jimothy has had some slight use and some (mostly unsavory) connotations. Kastner was given his paternal grandmother’s maiden name as a first name, and I think it has very much the feel of today (initial K, prefix Kas-, surname as first name) while retaining the history and dignity of a family name.

theroadtohere Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I came across Brenedy and Braylee yesterday. I’m assuming the first rhymes with Kennedy. So sad. 🙁

Rachaol Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

@kgcg31 I think Maven could be a word name. Maven means expert or collector of knowledge. The French spelling mentioned above is really beautiful. I have no idea if it means the same thing, though.

karbro21 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

A new one for a boy-Bereich (pronounced Bryke). I think it is German for field.

jessicasaurus Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

These are mostly on teens or preteens.
Girls: Coriandra, Shira (I knew it was a Hebrew word and it was very common as a name at summer camp, which surprised me), Grishma, Aarushi, Fallon, Cicely
Boys: Briggs, Anshul, Eitan, Harlin, Nadav

ladybug99 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

@theroadtohere- I know a two year old Braelee!! (Blech)

I know a Zeondray Zashawn (yuck), Lakelynn (g), Jabez, Rilla, Geneva, and MaKare (pronounced Muh-care)

authorintraining Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

A family friend has kids names Freestone (b), Ariceli (g), and in a few weeks Tzipporah “Tizzy”

chicka_pea94 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Tessamy (Tessa + me) and Dayla via my 14 year old cousin. I’m not sure what I think about them. Personally, they’re a little too made up for my taste… though they aren’t the worst I’ve heard. Tessamy reminds me of tessellation, Dayla reminds me of Darla, which reminds me of “The Little Rascals”. It could be worse…

mkat41896 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I love the name Ewing for a girl. I’m really, really, considering that name for my little baby on the way. I don’t know why I find it so captivating, but it is.

luckymomma Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I was just reading my daughter one of the Clarice Bean picture books (by the same author who did Charlie & Lola), and Clarice has a little brother named Minal. I looked it up but can’t find anything about it.

mkat41896 Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Also, I love the name McKaya. I thinks it’s unique and has personality.

i.heart.nerds Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

It’s not new, but a friend of mine just announced that the daughter she is pregnant with will be named Maud Agnes Rose.
I am really excited!

auroradawn Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Oh, and Sylvestra (for a girl, obviously.) Since I encountered the name of British actress Sylvestra Le Touzel, I’ve researched it and found it surprisingly rare. I was disappointed it wasn’t listed on Nameberry, but none of my baby name books contained it, either! When I posted a thread here asking about the name’s rarity, one Berry pointed me to, which so far is the only place I’ve found it–and even there, only with the spelling Silvestra.
Oh, and by the way, Jimothy and Kastner aren’t brothers. My earlier post kind of makes it sound that way.

laurann Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

My cousin named her baby “Tessly”, which I don’t believe is on Nameberry. Although they call her “Tess,” I like the uniqueness of “Tessly”.

laurann Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 12:09 am

I just posted in the forums about a set a twins named Logan and Lariat (who are 18 now)… just realized that Lariat isn’t in the database either.

rabia_chrisden Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 12:14 am

Kaisley, Kereston, Darynda, Kaisy (kye-see), Jaszlyn

BobiM Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 12:29 am

I know a man named Gatlin, and I have always loved that name. It isn’t in the database either.

reedster Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 12:51 am

I know this probably isn’t new, but I noticed Zanna (or Zannah?) when watching a Project Runway Reunion. It was new to me, and I’m really liking it! I’m really liking “Z” names lately, especially for girls, so I’ve been paying extra attention to them. Zanna, Zara, Ziva, and Zinnia has all stood out.

luweiaeclare Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 12:58 am

some new ones I’ve heard of that I’ve researched and are not made up (well, every name technically is made up, but you know what I mean):
Ottilde, Pyrrha (like PEIR-ah), Quintessa, Ravele (like the composer ravel, with an e for pronunciation sake), Rhea, Roswinthe, Sylphe, Ursina.

Oh, and I love Ewing, Quila, Ostara, Avdel, Safira, and more! those are all beautiful!

~hope you like the stuff! ~lu

Erynmp Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 2:27 am

Corwyn is my son’s name. It is usually spelled “Corwin” and means friend of the heart. I have yet to come accross another one, and it was not in the data base. I believe it is Welsh.

dublin Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 10:31 am

I know two babies named Adler, one boy and one girl. It definitely seems perfectly on trend with other surname names and names ending in -er, but I couldn’t find it in the nameberry database.

Housemonkey Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

One friend recently had a baby girl and named her Zahira … personally not in my taste, her son is also named Zoik

lindseylikes Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Ewing is my mother’s maiden name! I had never thought of it as a potential baby name (possibly because she’s told us many times how the mean kids called her Urine, which apparently sounded like Ewing to them). My mom’s mother’s maiden name is Osbourne, which is actually a serious contender for a boy.

miloowen Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Most of my students have strange/made-up names but there’s really no point in going into them, because either they’re misspellings of traditional names or they are of the “My mom likes twenty vowels and a z and a k so this is my name” variety.

I like the fact that I have three students named Thomas, one named Mary Josephine, and one named Tordis. (She’s Norwegian.)

auroradawn Says:

January 12th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I forgot another one!–Atelic. I spotted it in one of my sister’s cooking magazines as the name of the 2-year-old son of a subscriber, brother to big sister Raven. After searching Nameberry, I Googled “atelic” and found a dictionary definition. Atelic is the antonym of telic, an adjective describing something or someone tending toward a definite goal or objective. Atelic thus carries the meaning “incomplete” or “not tending toward a particular goal.” I’d love to know the story behind his name.

hazelybasily Says:

January 13th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I have a friend named Anabay (pronounced Anna-bay) and I’ve never heard it before. It’s on my top 3 list for girls.

LaurynMichelle Says:

January 14th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

My mom is a substitute teacher, and she subbed for a boy with the last name Commander. The boy and his brother were named Sky and Ocean. That makes Sky Commander and Ocean Commander! I thought that was definitely different.

rosierose Says:

January 14th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Names of babies born to friends/acquaintances/friends-of-friends in the past year (I included @ for a and 0 for o so the more unusual names won’t show up in search engines):

Aphri@ R@ven (Aphri@ is the anglicized spelling of an old Celtic name, same root as the word Africa; there was an ancient Queen Affrica of Scotland…), Noam (boy), Alpha, Nova,
Penel0pe Sphere (I just love the middle name Sphere…so pretty), We@ver (boy), S@ge Kindred (boy; again, such a great word name middle name), Bergam0t (girl). My partner and I are artists and have a lot of artist/musician friends, hence all these offbeat names. But I’m struck by how many of them included words in the first or middle spot…I do think that’s a brewing trend. All of my current faves are word names too. Hm…

rosierose Says:

January 14th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Also a slightly older Kestrel. Kestrel, Sphere, Kindred, and Bergam0t are not in the database.

bigkcheeks Says:

January 15th, 2012 at 12:37 am

I met two girls one named Trachelle the other Keyla, love both of these names.

pam Says:

January 15th, 2012 at 12:58 am

Laurann, I wonder if Tessly could be like Thessaly?

Crzykell3 Says:

January 16th, 2012 at 12:44 am

I named my daughter, Mirabella. It means Wonderful Miracle. It fit her perfectly since with all my complications durning pregnancy, the Doctors did not think she would survive and wanted me to abort her. I followed my intuition and she was a healthy beautiful baby girl. Since then everywhere we go, I get so many compliments on her name. I even have friends who have asked of my husband & I would mind if they named their baby Mirabella. Its such a beautiful name for a very beautiful girl. For short I call her Mira but my husband calls her Bella

brylieandbriellesmommy Says:

January 18th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I recently heard the name Lenayah and I think it is awesome 😛

baileystar Says:

January 19th, 2012 at 2:17 am

I recently heard the name Beller, which I think is spunky and fun. The Beller that I met was a little girl, but it could work for a boy as well. It follows in the pattern of names like Emerson and Halsey in that it’s a last name-unisex first name. i will start using Beller in my writing and hopefully will see it in the world!

Darci Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 12:53 am

When I named my daughter, I loved the name Addison, but it was too common for my tastes, so I hunted about for a similar, but more unusual alternative. I happened upon the name Aaralyn, which apparently means “of song”. It was a little too different for me, so I dropped the first A and named her Aralyn. I love it because it’s so feminine sounding. I also know a little girl the same age named Erilyn.

abronkema Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

My name is Alisamyth (Alyssa myth). A different twist to elizabeth. It’s not a new name for me but I have never ran across someone else with this name.

arunciblespoon Says:

January 21st, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I’ve recently heard of Elihiana, btw Elowen is beautiful!

sweejy Says:

January 26th, 2012 at 6:11 am

I named my daughter Zanthe, I loved it because it was/is feminine and somewhat unique.

emilymaryjane Says:

February 7th, 2012 at 3:28 am

A friend named her daughter Veroniquia

kvthomas Says:

February 7th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Our sons are jackson, redford, and bodie. And likely #4 will be named Zeek in one month from now.

Dinarah Says:

February 13th, 2012 at 2:42 am

Somebody please help me..thinking of a beautifull, unique, unusual and catchy name for my baby girl…Choosing between smth arabic, latin, hebrew or..I don’tknow. I love names like Delilah, Leyla, Layla, Denise, Solange…those type of names..looking for a name starting with D..Any ideas..anybody?;-)

torenda Says:

February 20th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Talise, iroqois meaning i belive is lovely water.

Klee00 Says:

March 4th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I met a little girl named Hayvri recently. It is pronounced Hay-vree, kind of like Avree or Avery with a H in front of it.

jessieo Says:

March 14th, 2012 at 2:57 am

I came across an Aqualina the other day.

BrooklynnA Says:

March 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I love this site for name ideas. I am trying to come up with a girls and boys name at this point. I really liked the name ADDISON until it became so popular.
can anyone suggest something like it?
I was thinking maybe AVISSYN? What do you think?
My husband doesnt like the boy name I chose either. (Ryker). Any suggestions?

evadesigns Says:

April 17th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

We named our daughter Ave Evangeline 🙂

KourtneyQ Says:

April 21st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Avika is the one I came across recently and I think it’s very pretty.
I also know of a boy named Cobalt, which I thought was a bold pick but he goes by the not so bold Coby.

grackym Says:

May 22nd, 2012 at 6:13 am

I met a baby named Judd recently, which I had only heard as a last name before. I heard of a little girl whose name is Cheynne, pronounced Shane after a deceased relative, but I am not keen on the spelling.
I also know children named Tarkyn, Lillah, Talen and Nash.

erin13 Says:

June 23rd, 2012 at 11:27 am

My friend who just had a little boy was considering the name Arison, nn. Ari. I’d never heard it before and she said it was Australian and meant ‘Bravery’…I can’t find it anywhere on the internet though, so I can’t check the meaning, but I was quite surprised when I realised I liked it! Maybe you could add it to the name search database?

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

July 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

@Dinarah What about Danica or Danika? You cold use Dawn or Daria. Personally I love Daria and Danica because they seem feminine yet the r in Daria and the c/k in Danica make them strong.
Others you could use are:
Hope that helps 🙂

ruolan Says:

September 16th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

@Darci, I went to school with an Erralyn! I love it!

@Dinarah, what about Delia(h)? I know Dasha and Dania, both Russian. Delphine or Delphina would fit with the grandma name trend. My mom went to school with a girl named Davette which would work well with the boy names crossing over and being used by girls. Good luck!

tk. Says:

September 26th, 2012 at 12:04 am

My new niece is named Myla. I could see it catching with the little Milas, Islas, and Aylas.

kitchi1 Says:

May 30th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Was watching Dance Moms the other day and there’s a Tea’ on there. Yes, with the apostrophe. It’s pronounced like Tia, tee-uh.

Really not a fan of the spelling. Just the spelling is new to me, not the name, since Tia is my name, haha.

kitchi1 Says:

May 30th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Also there was a little Bay born on my mom’s Facebook. I’ve heard it before, but hearing it aloud and on someone else’s baby made it seem so much better. I am liking it.

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