Ssssssh: Here are the Secret Names
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 —
For boys —
Anybody else discover some great secret names among the more than 50,000 on nameberry? Want to share?
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Emmy Jo Said
on December 10th, 2008 at 3:22 am
What about names that aren’t on Nameberry? Two girls’ favorites are:
Isannah — This is one of my secret treasures. It was worn by one of Paul Revere’s daughters and used by Esther Forbes for her novel “Johnny Tremain.” No one is quite sure where it comes from, though it’s probably a combo name. With the popularity of Isabella, Hannah, and Isaiah, I think it’s quite a workable option.
Melisende — You have the more modern Millicent in your database but not the medieval Melisende, which I think is more worthy of reconsideration.
A few other obscure favorites that are on Nameberry:
Madrigal — with Maddie or Maggie as nicknames, this musical option feels very wearable
Elodie — a great but little-known Emily-alternative
Alistair — never been in the U.S. top 1000
Hadrian — if Hayden and Adrian are in the top 100, then why not?
Auberon — less feminine than Aubrey; less fairy-like than Oberon; less heard-of than either, but more wearable than both
Caedmon — literary name that fits the two-syllable ends-in-N trend of so many popular boys’ names; similar to popular Cameron and Camden
on December 10th, 2008 at 8:28 am
Thank you for these great additions to the nameberry lexicon!
on December 10th, 2008 at 11:39 am
I have loved the name Jovie since I first heard it in the movie “Elf” as the female lead’s name. It is a unique twist on Josie, another name I love. Jovie just immediately sounds so happy and free. I was surprised when I couldn’t find it on Nameberry!
I also love the name Erickson for a boy. It is a family name and has no particular meaning beyond that but I think it sounds so strong and masculine.
One I found on nameberry that I hadn’t thought of before is Adalia. What a pretty name!
on December 10th, 2008 at 11:54 am
Thanks, I added them! Along with JOVE, another name for the Roman god Jupiter, which I couldn’t believe we didn’t have and which I’m loving!
on December 10th, 2008 at 12:21 pm
I love the idea of a secret list, but since I am such a classic and vintage name lover, I would never use the names on the above secret list, not even for a pet. I would love to see a secret classic and vintage name list. One of the names on it could be Thomas. I would also love to see a name list that would predict the vintage names that might possibly come in style a few years from now. Maybe Maud and Bernard and Alfred and Clotilde would be on that list.
on December 10th, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Ha, I’ve actually just written exactly that post! (But I’m not sure I included all your picks….) Look for it in the next few weeks…..Great idea. Thomas is one of my favorites too.
on December 10th, 2008 at 2:32 pm
Pam, I noticed that all my hipster names of the future end in the sound “d”, a sound that has mostly been very unpopular for many years. I predict the “d” sound will return. The hipsters must constantly look for something new that was recently nerdy.
on December 10th, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Great list! I’ve always been interested in names, and my many childhood pets had crazy names. I named a rabbit Azalea and a mouse Kamaria – seriously! We must have very similar taste 🙂
on December 10th, 2008 at 4:01 pm
I knew a girl in high school named Kendley. I assumed it was a family name, but I loved it anyway.
on December 10th, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Hey! My son, born 3/14/08, is named Darrow! Keep that name under wraps, will you? It’s a family name for us, and I want to keep it special…
on December 10th, 2008 at 10:30 pm
My favorite secret name is Lulette, it was my great-grandmother’s name and she was named after her mother’s friend… that’s all i know about it, the family says it’s french, but i’m not sure that’s actually true. I went to school with a girl named Tamberlyn, which everyone always thought was awesome, her parents made it up. Others that are new to me but I love are Pomeline and Cloelia. None of those are on nameberry, yet.
on December 27th, 2008 at 10:45 pm
Tamberlyn may have been inspired by Tamburlaine, a sixteenth century play by Christopher Marlowe.
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