Share Your Secret Baby Names!

Every so often, we nominate a list of names that most visitors to Nameberry aren’t using….but should be.

But this time, we thought we’d turn the question back to you. What are your favorite undiscovered baby names, the names that are off most people’s radar but that you believe deserve more widespread use?

Let’s dig deep, beyond berry favorites like Beatrice and Imogen and Jasper. What are the truly obscure names — ancient or exotic, newly-minted or dust-covered — that you think are most worth sharing with your fellow berries?

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alexa400 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 am

I would nominate Aletta, easy to spell, pronounce without much room for confusion….. Some others

Girls….
Amira
Galila
Hadia
Hala
Isra
Minoo

Boys….
Ollivander
Ambram
Kostas
Ariston

Poppy528 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:54 am

So no one’s really into these, but I love them:
Odelia
Oren
Astoria
Dov
Sarit/Sera
Loire
Kelilah
Dafna
Olympia
Mercer
Hippolyte
Baxter
Thelma … I have irrational love of this name.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:56 am

For me, its most of my latest name crushes.
Girls:
Voila,
Vittoria,
Opal,
Bayla/Starla,
Rosaliese “Rosie”,
Lavinia “Vinnie”,
Levia “Levi”,
Gwynneth,
Storey/Storrie.

Boys:
Omri,
Percival “Percy”,
Stellen,
Micaiah (Mic-KYE-ah),
Jarrett,
Storrie,
Campbell,
Forrest.

EmmaKate Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:12 am

Quite a few of these are a little more “known” in other countries, but I love them.

GIRLS
Odette (I’ve loved this name FOREVER)
Evangeline
Viola
Marika
Rosemarie
Ziva
Evangelina

BOYS
Sacha
Mischa
Evren
Kian (key-in)
Callum

namesage Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:16 am

A few of my favorites that I haven’t seen get much mention around Nameberry…

Boys
Aldric
Baylor
Caius
Chester
Emeric
Gable
Guthrie
Harbor
Jed
Knute
Lazarus
Langston
Mercer
Reeve
Sayer

Girls
Acacia
Adair
Althea
Darby
Dominica
January
Keziah
Laken
Linley
Selah
Winslet
Zaria

namesage Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:27 am

I know most of these are not truly obscure, but they are ones that I would like spread a little more love for. πŸ˜‰

emekct Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:37 am

For me it seems to be unpopular choices mainstream but maybe more normal to Berries?

Girls

Ronan “Annie”
Morgaine
Elyse
Saoirse
Halle
Ryanne
Marnie
Colette
Hadle

Boys

Deacon
Carrick
Rafferty
Breccan
Lachlan
Ansyl
Kiehl
Oisling
Tanner
Eamon
Riordan

AnaJo Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:41 am

Wolfric/Wulfric – the nn Wolf is quite handsome.
Ulrik/Ulrich/Ulric – it’s very strong and has Uli or Rick for nn options
Wilhelmina – clunky yet gorgeous with the possible nn Willa.
Marigold – has a warm, summery sound and could have Mari/Mary or Goldie as nn.

JulietScarlet Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:38 am

I love all of these but don’t know if I’ll ever have the courage to use them…

Boys:
Wilfred
Ike
Sullivan
Angus
Magnus

Girls:
Billie
Schuyler
Effie
January
Mitzi

francy Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:40 am

The ones I loved but were way too weird for my hubby were;

Isolde – LOVELOVELOVE!!! If I ever were to have another girl this would be her name. So strong & beautiful & romantic!

Isadora – Couldn’t have imagined yelling it across a playground. Too pretentious for the prairies.

Caspian – LOVE!!!

Aurelian – So pretty. Perfect for a golden haired boy… 1000 yrs ago.

If we had had a son he would have likely been Ilias… But alas we did not, and we are done. πŸ™

livia Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:44 am

Antonia
Briony
Cassia
Edith
Millicent
Rosemary
Willa

Auden
Dimitri
Eben
Evander
Fraser
Gregory
Reuben

Not exactly obscure…but they seem to be fairly well-known without being used very much.

bluejuniper Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:59 am

Great names, but not many people talk about them:

Boys
Anton
Dario
Dresden
Kincaid
Linus
Morrissey
Tasman
Ving
Zared

Girls
Alessa
Azura
Gypsy
Kendall
Radha
Xyla
Zia

rachel27 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 3:08 am

My favorite girl name right now is Lumi, but I’m not sure I can bring myself to use it. I also love Clea. It’s so pretty, it deserves more attention!

Millamayhem Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 3:55 am

Crusoe (u)
Kimothy (g)
Amantha (g)
Amelei (g)
Also Lumi (g)
Harlan (u)

Godsmyhero1 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:28 am

Teiliana

HerMajesty Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:32 am

Drucilla
Selene
Rhea
Yvaine
Yvette
Zarabeth
Silvia
Kelyn
Annabeth
Lavender
Gabrielle
Laney

Eugens
Percy
Sparling
Viktor
Parks
Ashley
Rhett
Kelsey
Zane
Faelon
These are mine

purpleprimrose Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 7:03 am

The only one I can think of is Digory/Diggory

Aurra Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 7:49 am

Kaia/Kaya has always been a favorite of mine (rhymes with Maya). I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more attention, especially after Cindy Crawford named her daughter it.

I got Eleanora from a book, and I love it, but I haven’t heard anyone else mention it. I think it is a nice modern form of Eleanor, with the cute, more natural Nora nickname.

Alethea- This is a Greek name I thought I made up for a story. It boasts the nicknames Ally and Thea, has a trendy, girly feel, and more modern than Althea.

Orion- on a boy, I think this is a great alternative to Ryan. If I have B/G twins, my current name for them is Lucy Ariadne and Matthias Orion.

Brenna- soft and elegant, the made up name Brennadee with this as a nn is a guilty pleasure of mine

Mabel- I have a friend named this, and when we first met, we wanted to switch names. Because of Mabel, I now love this name.

Mavis- I owe this one to an anime/manga character. Instead of seeing an old grandma, I see a light hearted child with long hair, but who is also very smart and serious. I plan on using this (if my future DH will let me) with the nicknames May or Mave.

Susannah- You would think I’d see this more. A classic girl’s name with elegance that isn’t even in the top 1000, complete with cute nicknames Sukey, Sannah, and Susie. What’s not to love?

Kira- this is a seperate name from the Irish Keira/Ciara, and I love this more phonetic spelling. Doesn’t get a lot of attention.

StrixOniro Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:07 am

Eir or Eira- meaning peace and snow, I love love love these names.
Geneva- I don’t know how popular it is on nameberry, but it’s an old favorite from when I was nine that I recently started to love again.
Aerie- I don’t know how well this would age, but I love it anyway. Ari, too.
Avia- Can you tell I like birds?
Brenna- I know this has been mentioned already, but it’s one of my favorites. It means raven.

larkub101 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:11 am

My favorite name that is not on Nameberry is Castalia. I love the nickname Cassie, and Castalia is an elegant long name to base it off of.

sophiekihm Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 am

My favorite name is Nell, but I don’t want people to start using her. More people should use:

Pimm
Paloma
Tate for a girl
North (also for a girl)
Andromeda
Beauchamp
Avis
Ireland
Xara
Zadie
Campbell

ashthedreamer Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:07 am

I would love to see more people using:

Lilibet
Madelief (MADELIEF! It’s not even listed on Nameberry, but I think it’s fabulous)
Hannelotte/Hannelore
Zofia
Shoshana
Wren (I think it’s slowly starting to rise, but I would just be tickled pink to meet a little Wren!)
Verity
Violetta (so frilly and Italian, I love it!)
Ophelia

Booker (gah, I love Booker!)

I’m drawing a blank on boys’ names, haha. But there are plenty of girls’ names that should get more attention!

Anakiwa Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:07 am

For Boys:
Gustave
Zvi
Leeroy
Konstantine

For Girls:
Opal
Veda
Piroska
Bijou

R_J Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:32 am

These are not crazy obscure, but fit the bill I think.

Althea
Ailsa
Mattea

Keane
Rafe
Dane

Kibby Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

@ bluejuniper I love Dresden, but for many it is still too closely related to the horrific fire bombings back in WW2. So as much as I would love to meet a little Dresden, I doubt I will be seeing one soon πŸ™

Sari Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am

Most of my list is probably seconding on everyone elses lists.

Girls:
Astoria
Celestia
Drusilla
Eleonora
Magdalena
Rosalind

Boys:
Abraxas
Basil
Beauregard
Chester
Clive
Clyde
Ignatius
Orion
Percival
Zacharias

StrixOniro Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:48 am

Possibly Nikotalia…

bonnie1107 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 am

Girl:
Jezebel

Boy:
Caspian

klcalder2 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:56 am

ash, LOVE Verity! So pretty. There are lots of great choices here already, but two that I have never heard outside of this site that I thoroughly adore:

Thea
Dashiell

You do see them on nameberry, but not many of us even use these names.

kyemsma Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:57 am

Girls: Alina
Boys: Donovan

mermuse Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:08 am

Call me selfish, but if I told you my secret names, then they wouldn’t be secret anymore!

JasmineRoses Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love Constance with the nn Connie.

Mishada17 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

I don’t think these get too much attention in general (they may get more berry attention) but I only ever see these names Suggested by posters instead of being considered by the original poster if I do see them on here.

Susannah – I was completely surprised this one wasn’t in the top 1000. Susanna too. It should be, especially with long, frilly, very nicknameable girl names fairly popular.

Lenore – am I the only one who thinks this is gorgeous? I get there are some kinda dark associations, but in no way do they make it less beautiful. Plus, with Nora and Eleanor doing so well, why hasn’t Lenore been in the top 1000 for the past 30+ years? Also, the syllable stress makes it a great new middle name like Nicole or something.

Winona – what’s wrong with Winona? It’s vaguely familiar but, unlike Susanna(h) nobody would ever mistakenly think it’s that popular. It’s easy to spell, say, and it has at least three fun nicknames (Win, Winna, Nona). Is there some bad association I’m missing? It hasn’t been on the SSA list since 1957.

Clark – this one has sooo many good associations. No real idea why isn’t more popular or more loved. I think maybe it’s because it is 1 syllable when 2 syllables are still more in? Yes, it’s not as unpopular as Susannah/Lenore/Winona, but it’s still way below what I would expect.

Harvey – with Henry on the rise and some of the more clunky/bad associations fading, I don’t see why this isn’t used more. Plus, I’ve started to see it used on tv (Harvey Spector, “Suits”). Also, it’s really popular in Britain, and aren’t we always behind them?

Jethro – good meaning, cool ending, great modern nickname (Jet/Jett), and it’s still stuck in Beverly Hillbillies? I’m 21 and I’ve never seen that show, but hasn’t that association faded enough for this clearly cool name to become ok? It hasn’t been on the SSA list since 1913, and I don’t get why.

niteowl13 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

Some names that I am surprised are not mentioned on Nameberry very often or used more in real life:

Boys: Alaric, Osric, Egan (a form of Aidan), Eben, Tobin, Bram (just starting to get noticed) and Ren
Why is Wren for girls increasingly popular, but not Ren for boys? It was the name of the character on Footloose. I am glad that they didn’t change it in the re-make. The disgusting cartoon Ren and Stimpy must have turned people off of it, but I still love the name!

Girls: Rose names – Rosa, Rosemary, Rosemarie, Rosanna, Roseanne, Rosetta, Rosette, Rosalind. Rosalie is just starting to get noticed, so I think other Rose names will too. Also, Carmindy and Evony are not even on Nameberry…and… Why is Stella so popular, but Estelle and Estella are not?

JasmineRoses Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 am

I also have a soft spot for Magnolia with nn Nolia

niteowl13 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am

Another one is Belle. Isabella, Isabelle and Bella are popular. Why not Belle?

maple_blythe Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:33 am

Saskia, Maud, Amabel, Clea, Blanche, Halcyon

Tycho, Galen, Pascal, Inigo, Griffith, Diggory

These come up reasonably regularly in the discussions here, but in real life they are very rarely used…which is surprising!

norskelove Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I love the girls name Signe

yumyum Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Boys:
Florian
Winslow
Arrow
Varian
Miro
Seymour
Stellan

Girls:
Verbena
Plume
Pomeline
Pasquale

KateM91 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Boys:
Easley (found this name on a headstone)
Atticus (it’s more common on here but I have yet to meet one of any age!)

Girls:
I actually can’t think of any!

UselessKitty Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wolf
Phoenix
Fox
Sparrow
Luther (my son’s name, kind of glad it is off people’s radars)
Lacey
Beth
Timothy
Wolfrik
Alric

jpruitt76 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Girls:
Toril
Tosca
Romy
Marit or Merit
Berit
Sybil
Sybley
Hollis
Nova
Phaedra
Zadie
Zelda
Romilly
Sidra
Dorian
Clancy
Eira
Enid
Zinnia
Xanthe
Cosima
Cosette
Delancey
Bevin
Sosie
Eudora
Ezri
Sunniva
Thisbe
Eleri
Marigny
Lindley
Varya
Meike
Marlo
Bellamy

Boys:

Arlo
Amos
Callahan
Callum
Fritz
Burke
Tobin
Merritt
Tarquin
Zeke
Clive
Rufus
Thayer
Soren

katybug Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Love the suggestions of Harvey and Clark! I’ll add Harlan, Hale, Gordon, Anders, Ross, Justus

Khaatje Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ever since I saw the name DalΓ­ (after the Spanish painter), I love this short feminine name for a baby girl! Def. agree Jethro should be in with the popular Biblical names

LilMzStardust Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

There are some really good names on here πŸ™‚ HARBOR is my favorite name to take away from this list!! What a strong & BEAUTIFUL name. (But im already fond of Harper for a girl, so..) I’d add some names but i don’t want to give away my secrets πŸ™‚ im still having babies hehe

freya55 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I’m really surprised that Calypso doesn’t get more love. Its a solid name from Greek mythology, has a spunky feel to it, ends in a trendy O, has musical associations and has the cute nns Cali and Lypsy- i think its a fantastic name!!! But most people see it as outright wacky, even on by a lot of Berries. It would make a great unusual middle.

GrecianErn Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I’m not sure that these aren’t getting Nameberry love, but they certainly aren’t getting any love in my neck of the woods:

GIRLS:
Drusilla, nn Dru
Imogen – too out there around here
Iris – too “old”
Beatrix, nn Trixie or Bea – too much like Belatrix from Harry Potter fame
Amarna, nn Marnie – city in Egypt, everyone thinks it’s a made up name
Sarah – I secretly LOVE Sarah – but it’s too common in adults, though I haven’t seen a baby Sarah in so long. And it’s one of the oldest names ever, Bible… but names like Mable make a come back?

BOYS:
Gage – I love this name, everyone around here thinks it’s too Pet Semetary still.
Dashiel, nn Dash – no one thinks this is a real name, and the nn is too Disney
Gideon – I think it sounds smart and cool, people first think of the bible in motel rooms.
Jameson – a new take on James, people think whiskey or porn star
Rex – yet again, not a name for a child

norbury Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Hesper
Clement
Perpetua
Perdita
Wolfe Tone

iheartnames Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

GIRLS: Averil/Averill, Adair, Zosia, Adrielle, Anais, Brenna, Carys, Chimene, Charlize, Enza, Jordis, Jadis, Justine, Mayim, Paget, Portia

BOYS: Quirin, Quentin, Rafe, Osric, Tarquin, Rohan, Adonis, Orion, Idris, Breccan, Alonzo, Lorenzo, Hadrian, Adriel, Caedmon, Crispin

carsonmomofingrid Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I agree with many already posted!

Boys:
Torben
Leif
Elton
Graham
Ansel
Rolf
Forrest

Girls:
Devon (nn Devo)
Wanda — don’t know why this gets no love
Anais
Lucinda
And I totally agree with Francy on ISOLDE.

Saffron_Rice Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I can’t understand why Anthea and Lavinia are so underused – they are beautiful.

Merav is a lovely Hebrew name for girls(Merab in the Bible) that seems ripe for discovery.

Shaina or Shayna (Yiddish: “beautiful”) is also delectable.

Ophira makes a wonderful alternative to the overused Olivia – other fresh O names are Olwen and Oriana

RedRover Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I think for a girl TABITHA (nn Tabby) is really under rated on Nameberry.

EmilyVA Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:53 pm

A lot of these are loved by other people. Sorry if I used one others love; it’s just you have good taste>
Boys
Boris
Carleton/Carlton
Clark (A last name that isn’t trendy.)
Eben (Not sure I am brave enough to use it.)
Evan
Harvey
Gilbert
Johannes
Kurt
Perry
Stephan
Winslow

Girls
Alix
Belinda
Deirdre
Doris
Eunice
Gillian (this spelling)
Ginevra
Henrietta
Hedwig
Ilsa/Ilse
Iris
Isolde
Jacinda
Magnolia
Marguerite
Meadow
Oprah
Olympia
Pollyanna
Sally
Sonya
Ziva

and the Puritan names for girls:
Constance
Mercy
Patience
Remember
Solace
Temperance

EmilyVA Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Clarice
Rosalind

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I would never share my secret secret names (I’m greedy lol), BUT I would like to echo Harvey, Imogen and Freya. All three are popular in England and if trends continue, they will make there way here in America within the next 10 years.

I knew a Harvey in middle and high school… He was a pain in the butt, but funny and popular. A bit of the class clown.

Oh and Edith, whenever the association with Edith Bunker completely fades.

Lovelywren Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Girls:
Marigold
Winnifred
Belphoebe

Boys:
Albert
Edison
Gable

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:20 pm

*I meant “make THEIR way here TO America”

multitasking…

leonielee Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Just off the top of my head:

Boys:

Leander
Clyde
Cormac
Peregrine

Girls:

Thalia
Rosalind
Zelda

Pansy Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Personally, I love Imogene but it gets no love in neither the real world nor on nameberry.

NiamhEthna Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:00 pm

For a girl,
Epipole
Gidget

For a boy,
Badger
Endymion

Nicky17 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Girls:
Thora
Morgana
Prudence
Celestia
Oriane
Octavia
Lyra
Astrid
Cedria
Pandora
Severine
Cressida
Ingrid
Persephone
Vesper
Lucretia
Gemini

Boys
Gideon
Caspar
Dante
Rupert
Barney
Lysander
Emrys
Heath
Ignatius
Aurelius
Lucius
Finnick
Valentin
Sirius
Ephraim
Thackeray
Cassian
Ames
Crosby
Amos
Bane
Cornelius
Rhett

Sorry its a long list but there are a LOT of names that I seriously love but not be brave enough to use πŸ™‚

jc54 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:28 pm

My favorite secret girls name is Francine and my favorite secret boys name is Ezekiel. Some others that might be secret are………..

Girls

Babette
Salome

Boys

Figuerou
Constantine

chicamerlin Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I have an entire list titled “Names I Love but am Too Chicken to Use” πŸ˜‰

Helia
Jocasta
Havana
Octavia
Vesper
Lux
Priscilla
Echo
Scout
Aevia

Spyridon
Holden
Beau
Castor
Corin
Soren

wren orchid Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Lots of great names on here! Especially love Wanda, Jethro and Marigold.

Girls

Hyacinth
Dinah
Jyoti (Indian origin. The ‘y’ is silent)
Magnolia
Gladys
Kirrilly (Australian origin. So pretty! I’m not sure why it’s not listed on nameberry, but I wish it was.)

Boys

Magnus
Thaddeus
Aldous – ‘Huxley’ is getting a lot of love, but I think his first name is just as notable. It follows several trends (begins with ‘A’, ends with ‘S’) and I think Aldo would be an adorable nickname.

blueberry1215 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I really like Tovia, with is a unisex name, though I really like it for a girl. It’s Hebrew and means “goodness of my God”.

Also, Loras is a name for a boy which I really like. It’s from Game of Thrones (Loras Tyrell), though I think G.R.R.M. made it up.

Out of the underused names on Nameberry, I really like the unisex name Adair, though again I prefer it for a girl. I also adore the name Cain, and if you can look past its use in the Bible, it’s really a great name.

Raymond is my late grandfather’s name, and I like it a lot, though maybe not enough to use as a first name. I’ve liked Tzipora since I read Elie Wiesel’s Night, though it is a melancholy way to learn of it. Elzbieta and Viveca sound very nice to me, though Elzbieta might be a bit tough to pronounce for English speakers.

In short, here’s my list

GIRLS:
Tovia
Adair
Tzipora
Viveca
Elzbieta

BOYS:
Loras
Cain
Raymond

frankie97 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:51 pm

These secret names are being kept from my family. I’ll have to tell at least one of them soon!

Francine
Heaven
Millicent
Gizelle

blueberry1215 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention Lorenza. I really like that name for some reason. πŸ˜‰

wren orchid Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

File these ones under: great names ready to be reclaimed from a famous person or character.

Gretel – I have a love affair with this name, but I don’t think I could ever convince my partner.

Cleopatra – Why not use the whole name? It’s a bit cheeky, I think. And you have the very normal, very nice CLEO that is the obvious nickname.

Bjork – Yeah! Love it.

ejs82 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Kateri

It’s a Mohawk variation on the name Katherine, and a Catholic saint’s name. I believe she was the first Native American to be canonized. I’ve only met one Kateri, and I think it’s way underused.

SmarterLilac Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I only have a few, mostly because in today’s world, it takes a LOT for a name to be truly obscure.

My picks are mostly names that I think are just undiscovered enough to be appealing, but mainstream enough to be usable:

Girls:

Mehetabel
Octavia
Wednesday
Zebada

Boys:

Barnabas
Elias
Nolan
Zebadiah

SS33 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

My name love secrets are

Melita
Sonnet
Francine
Seraphina
Bijou
Zea
Wellsley

Cheecheo Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Almost all my favorite boy names i never hear
– Rhodes #1 fave
– Reeves
– Lowen / Louven
– Cairo/ cyro (good girls name too)
– Dalton
– Dashiell – love so many things about this name just dont think I would actually use it
– Rafferty
– Peirce/Piers

Girls I never hear but love:
– Brier
– Clover
– Astra
– Saige
– Aria
– Paisley
– Calliope – such an awesome name… a bit of a mouthfull though. Also a great alternative to Penelope πŸ™‚

dieselsmomma Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Elenora, Alizanthia, Aliz (al-liz), Xanthe

Rembrandtβ™₯ swoon β™₯

dieselsmomma Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 8:50 pm

β™₯ Adaire
β™‘ Aries
β™₯ Gemini

bb19 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:28 pm

My most secret name loves are

Francine
Seraphina
Zenobia
Millenia
Lovey
Lucine
Diamond

I’ll never get to use them πŸ™

MissusAytch Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Beyond Sophia and Ava are all these luscious names that scream Hollywood in the Golden Age that aren’t being used. I’m frankly getting a little bored with all the Mabels and Maudes and Beatrices and Amelias and I’m ready to meet a little baby Rita, Marilyn, Betty, Marlene, or my personal favorite, Dolores.

Saracita00 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:21 pm

My nominations:

Ivo. Pronounced EYE-vo in the U.S. and EE-vo abroad, this guy is completely swoon-worthy packing a punch with each letter in the vowel-beginning, that interesting V, and a cool O ending.

For a “cool O” ending name with a familiar feel: Matteo. My husband even likes it, and he rejects all my O-ending ideas.

If you’re looking for hidden treasure, consider Zephan, a truncated version of the Hebrew Zephaniah, which means “God has treasured.” The -an ending keeps it out of obscurity, while that Zeph nn is ever so much cooler than the outmoded Jeff or Seth.

But if you really want to push the envelope past the current trends and look to the future, go Scandinavian with Ragnar.

On the girl’s side, I think Magdalen deserves some attention. She feels as modern as Avalon but packs a whole lot of history into her 3-syllables and enables classic nicknames Maggie and even Meg, without their dated baggage.

And the girls’ name I most wish to see emerge from her Hollywood shadow: Gwyneth. Spell it Gwenyth, or Gwynneth, or Gwennyth for all I care. I’m not usually into alternate spellings but this name is gorgeous. I’d love to meet a little Gwyneth.

Finally, I come full circle in my last nomination: Iverine. It’s a Norwegian feminization of Ivor, pronounced ee-vor-EEN overseas and eye-vor-EEN in the States (similar to Ivor and Ivo). I found this buried in my family tree, and have loved it for years. I was finally able to discover its meaning and history thanks to the International community here on the Nameberry forums.

ellieberry Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Halloran
Lachlan
Tobiah
Sutton
Halston
Shepherd
Ambrose
Winston
Mercer
Havelock
Ansel
Wade
Blaise
Cline
Amos
Brodny
Hadrian
Cyrus
Benno
Jedaiah
Heron
Patton
Bridger
Huxley
Thane
Roscoe
Solene
Philippine
Bellerose
Jemima
Elspeth
Amandine
Lucienne
Ottoline
Raphaela
Thalassa
Ayelet
Enid
Felice
Cybele
Alida
Lyra
Corin
Bethel
Anona
Sinclaire
Galen
Bronte
Iolyn
Sheridan
Baylor
Donnelly
Wynn
Afton
Harlan
Maren

Saracita00 Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 10:22 pm

The summary:

Ivo
Matteo
Zephan
Ragnar

Magdalen
Gwyneth
Iverine

withinreason Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

KateM91, I have a 13 Month old Atticus! – I don’t want it to become more popular (I have already met two other Atticus’ since his birth:) Just love the name!

SmarterLilac – Yes! I love Mehetabel, hubby did not agree:)

Abraham (nn Bram) – what is not to love? Honest Abe association and great nn Bram!

Barnabas – (nn Baz) – I LOVE this name, few agree, but it is an ancient name with the awesome “s” ending

Caius – it means rejoice, how cool is that?

Clark – with the overuse of Jack, you would think this would be more prevalent, with Clark Kent and the little boy in Contagion has this name.

Kipper (nn Kip) – this just sounds so upbeat and cool

Lazarus – maybe it is my affinity for “clunky” baby names, but I love the “s” ending and the strong “z”

Malachy – such an upbeat Irish name

Rutger – Ok, so it is a college…but I think it is infinitely cool, no real good nn, but still cool

Tremaine – positive associations with reading Johnny Tremaine when a kid, and I love surname-first name combos

Urban – I really love this name, despite the common use of “urban renewal” “urban outfitters” etc

Alloutte – french word for Lark, so pretty…the words to Alloutte are so alarming though!

Bellamy – with the meaning of fine friend, and popular “Bell” I wonder why this isn’t used more.

Eastlyn – so it looks really made up, but I found it in an old 1942 baby name book and they said the meaning was “Waterfall”

Etienne – Ok, so it is technically a boys name, but I think it would make a great girl’s name

Evangelina – hyper feminine with so many awesome nn – Evie/a, Annie, Ellie, Lina

Idony – amazing lilting Norwegian name pronounced id-o-nee

Lilac – the double “l” might be on its way out, but I love the freshness of Lilac

Mireille – pronounced “mih-ray” would be horrible to spell all your life, but so beautiful!

Nila – so sweet, fresh,and is reminicent of the Nile

Persis – I have a happy association with this name from Anne of Green Gables

Sakura – with the lovely meaning of Cherry Blossoms, I think this “flower” name is underused.

Tulia – it is Roman (so popular) only downside is the “Julia or Tulia” but I think it is so pretty

Valentina – I think this is such a gorgeous, usuable name! I wouldn’t use a nn though

OhLuna Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Girls:
Aziza <3
Saffron <3
Rosephina
Electra / Elettra
Pallas
Marit <3
Tzipporah
Fiorella
Farida
Fatima
Hala <3

nlane825 Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

The only three on my list for girls that I haven’t really seen other people talk about are:
Kaymie
Makinley (nn Kinley)
Austyn

miloowen Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Just a few:

Boys: Alfric, Jotham, Leith, Wrestling, Lior

Girls: Enid, Angharad, Martha, Dafna, Olwen

dieselsmomma Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Phanessa is a beautiful name too.

Heyheymse Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Okay, so first of all, my first daughter is going to be Theodora, which is super obscure and I’m trying not to tell anyone I actually know because I am convinced someone will steal it from me before I get myself knocked up. So I guess it’s secret in that regard.

Other than that, my favorite ultra-obscures for girls:
Behati
MeroΓ«
Tamar
Judith (not obscure, per se, but very much uncool these days)
Hypatia
Io
Linnet
Ailsa
Roisin
Aiko

Ultra-obscures for boys:
Obadiah
Ebenezer (this is a family name I’m determined to use somehow)
Ronan
Eoin
Iskender
Adair
Adlai (gonna try to use this one someday as well!)

AmelieAmour Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 3:29 am

My secret names:

Sylvie
Anouk
Winter
Ciel (French for sky)
Isabetta
Sunniva ~ Scandinavian origin, it means ‘sun gift’
Marguerite
Mireille
Mirabella
Lyra
Bellamy

SuperZombieMom Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 6:58 am

My secret names are Amaranth for a little girl and (I know this one is a little strange) Alucard for a boy. Yes, it is Dracula spelled backwards. My husband loves the name and it has grown on me. And of course we’re naming our future sons Hyde, Lucien, and Alaric.

SuperZombieMom Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 7:02 am

And oh! How could I forget the name Roxas? It is a video game name that I love for a little boy.

Ekaterinas_Mom Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Girls:

Mirabella – It’s been on my list for 12 years, although DH would never, ever agree to use it.

Elizavetta/Elisabetta – Exotic twist on the classic Elizabeth

Zofia- Love it

Estella- I must love -ella names. πŸ™‚

Boys

Lazarus
Julian
Tiberius
Malachi
Everett

Carmen, mom to Ekaterina, Octavian, Zachariah, & Isadora

KristenLeah Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Girls:
Leisl
Brigitta
Jubilee
Azurdee
Edith
Comfort

Boys:
Nehemiah
Wolf
Prentice
Laszlo
Reason

KristenLeah Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

.forgot to mention..The “z” in Azurdee is like the “s” pleasure.

hello_sweetie Says:

January 25th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Hero, for a girl, and I’ve always thought Sherlock is an awesome name that needs some more respect!

amy_beth Says:

January 26th, 2013 at 8:41 am

Lilac for a girl but i would never use it

just2sweet Says:

February 4th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

girls name, LaDesitee πŸ™‚ unique for sure.

MFBerry Says:

June 9th, 2013 at 2:27 am

My FAVORITE name is Percy. I also love variations of Zack- Zakari, Zachariah, Zackery, etc. I like the name Oshana for girls.

CandaceMarie321 Says:

August 27th, 2013 at 11:15 am

In general I’d love to see more Scandinavian names here in the States. I adore Kjerste (Cher-stee) for a girl, but find it just too Scandinavian for Americans.
Another name I would love to see used more: Auriel, a spelling variation of Uriel, I gave this beautiful name to the son I miscarried and would just love to see it popping up different places.

Coolcombination Says:

August 29th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

If I became pregnant with b/g twins right now they would be sylvie and jasper.
My secret guilty pleasure names are briallen, nyla, Isis, indris, indi, Beatrice, behati, Winona, wilhemina, juniper, ilaria, annica, melisande, Cynthia, Ariadne, ioa, Ionia, Aphrodite.

faithnamer Says:

September 18th, 2013 at 11:50 am

I have a few odd names..

Girls:
Oswin (Winnie for short): I’m a fan of Doctor Who. What can I say?
Kimbra: I’m not a huge fan of the artist, but she has a cool name!
Winslet (Also Winnie for short)
Charisma
Magnolia
Amity
Aura
Indigo
Flower
Zinnia
Fawn
Rue

Boys:
Everest
Weston (Wes for short)
Ocean
Sage
Zion
Reuben
Gilligan
Glenn

Those aren’t so odd, I guess.. Just uncommon πŸ™‚

lalala__lauren Says:

October 13th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Currently, I am loving Georgiana (pronounced with only three syllables, george-ah-na) nn Gigi, and Holiday nn Liddy, neither of which are very popular.
When I was a senior in high school there was a junior usher (teacher-recommended 11th grade students who were ushers at graduation) with the last name Kieper, and I’ve loved Keeper as a name ever since. Originally I thought boy, but my bf at the time thought girl and it’s been a pink name for me since then. I’ve never told anyone else about my love for Keeper because it’s so unusual currently and I’m so scared someone else will use it and make it popular. Don’t do that to me, berries!

Louarna Says:

October 31st, 2013 at 6:34 am

The only ones that aren’t in nameberry that I love are Darling, Button and Wildflower.

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