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Ssssssh: Here are the Secret Names

December 10, 2008 Pamela Redmond

Every so often, we hear from a desperate baby-namer who demands to see our list of secret names.  You know, the names so wonderful, so special, that we don’t share them with anyone else.

I love the image of a top-secret name roster locked away like The DaVinci Code.  I imagine such a list within a golden box, encrusted with jewels, hidden deep within the vault of a majestic bank in some exotic city.  Once a year, Linda and I take it out and survey it, making sure all the names on it still really are secret and unique enough to keep literally under armed guard.

But if there were such a list, and we did leak it to a truly tormented name seeker, who then used one of these superlative names, the name would not be secret anymore.  In fact, if it were that amazing, everybody else would immediately start to use it, and soon it would be run-of-the-mill.

Obviously, there’s no list of secret names.  But nameberry has plenty of choices in its database hidden in plain sight, waiting to be discovered.  We’re turning up new ones ourselves all the time.

So here, today’s Top Ten Secret, not-so-secret baby names you may not have come upon in your own explorations but that are definitely worth considering:

For girls —

ANATOLA

ARTIS

AZALEA

BAYLOR

CAPELLA

CORISANDE

CYMBELINE

INDRE

KAMARIA

SAVYA

For boys —

BIRCH

BRECCAN

CADOC

CORENTIN

DARROW

DEVERE

EMRYS

GOWER

NYE

RODION

Anybody else discover some great secret names among the more than 50,000 on nameberry?  Want to share?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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