Stylish Baby Names: A catalog of cool choices

Nameberry guest blogger and star intern Hannah Tenison uncovers a catalogue of intriguingly stylish baby names.

Savvy shoppers know that the best deals and sales are to be found after the holidays, when retailers who need to make room for new spring inventory drastically slash prices. This year, with my gift cards in hand, I have been browsing clothing websites in search of the best deals and steals.

What I found, however, in addition to the array of beautifully discounted clothing I had anticipated, was a plethora of stylish baby names. Retailers, perhaps in an effort to imbue their clothing with a certain personality or style, are frequently naming their garments, and some clothing manufacturers are surprisingly (and delightfully) very skilled at the name game.

One of my favorite websites to troll, Rugby Ralph Lauren, offered up such a dazzling bevy of holiday delicacies that I felt compelled to share them with all the other berries out there! The choices range from the lusciously feminissima (Calixta and Forsythia) to crusty surname (Talcott and Ackley) to epic medieval (Baldric and Rowena), and all of them were so appealing that it was hard to whittle down the complete list of stylish baby names I’d found. The ones I’ve compiled for the sake of this blog are my favorites; unusual, fresh, and imminently “wearable.” In any case, Rugby is brilliant for putting so much effort into these names; I can’t be the only one who, given the choice between a blouse called “Araminte” and one called “Maddysin,” would take the former!















































Reeve (could work for either gender)





Hannah is a junior at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, working toward a B.A. in English and German. Her hobbies, besides names, include reading, writing, languages, and classic films, particularly screwball comedies. After graduation, she plans on studying international journalism.

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saraallison Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 10:25 am

I’m surprised my son’s name (Seth) is on here! I’ve noticed this same thing in other catalogues; I’m thinking of a PB Kids. It seems like they use really great names that are pretty popular (i.e., Sophia, Madeline). It kind of turns me even more off the names though that the reasoning is prob b/c they figure there are thousands of sucker-parents out there who will go, “Oh my gosh, look, it’s a whole line of furniture named Emma, just like our little Emma! She has to have it all!” It kind of reminds me, I guess, just how incredibly popular these names are…of course, there’s a reason for most of them–many are great, classic names. However the names you listed for the most part don’t fit this mold (super-popular); they seem much more distinctive and interesting. Fun post!! I will be paying even more attention than usual to this phenomenon.

kgcg31 Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love this entire girls list . . . Especially Althea, Christabel, and Zelia. On the boys side . . . I’m really digging Nickelby . . . What a fun name for adventerous parents to use! I have definitely noticed this trend spreading amongst retailers- giving inspired names to clothing garments, shoes, and even beer! Goose Island Beer Company has a Sofie, Matilda, Juliet, Lolita, and a Fleur! I’ve had the Sofie and the Matilda, and I can certainly say that the person that named them really took the time to ensure that the name given coincided with the characteristics of the beer. So interesting! I can only see this trend gaining more momentum.

Mischa Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Aberdare for a girl was the one name that stood out for me! What an interesting, devil-may-care place name (reminds me of the Scottish town of Aberdeen but Aderdare is in Wales). I love Araminte, Bronte (mn only), Constance, Georgiana and Hollace (maybe this spelling would be better for a girl than Hollis). The boys list doesn’t appeal to me as much although Nickelby sounds like a spunky name and a great alternative to the popular Nicholas. I think I would spell it the Charles Dickens way: Nickleby. I wouldn’t want any son of mine thinking that I named him after a metal or a coin!

Tandy Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’m surpised Fallon and Destry arn’t on your list.

laurbails Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Reeve has recently shot to the top of my girls list! Hoping it doesn’t get too popular.

agirlinred Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

How funny that Reeve popped up – I’ve recently started considering a similar family surname, Reeves, as a possible middle name for a boy. Althea and Nickelby caught my eye from this list. Great finds!

rhodiboat Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Love this post and love so many of these names! Especially Constance, Helaine, Hollace and Tallis for girls and Brady, Garren, and Teague for boys.

luweiaeclare Says:

January 10th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I love calixta, after it was just in the 12 best x names on nameberry, and I’m surprised to see it here! Rowena is not so unknown, but seriously beautiful and I love Althea, and I’ve heard of Araminte as Araminthe, which I like better (a bit softer ‘air’ to it 🙂 and not as minty, but the rest: Bronte, Nessa, Hettie, Tallis, Isaris, and Forsythia are all so unique and lovely.

I’m glad, like saraallison, that they aren’t playing the popular name strategy, which, honestly makes life a bit boring. It’s weird, I’ve always liked Emma and Sophia, but they are so very popular that I’ve almost started to hate them (no offense for people who have them).

Surprisingly, I’ve also looked at Vera Wang dresses for their picks which are definitely more popular, but several of them are very obscure and lovely, my favorites being Fresia, Freya, Harlow, Gemma, Gwendolyn, Henriette, Faye, etc. But these are beautifully unique! WEll DONE!

mariahsweet Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:50 am

Ah, my sweet Georgiana. I was saving that one for a first daughter, but husband prefers more accessible Georgia.

I’m digging Aberdare, but for a girl! Reminds me of another female favorite of mine: Adair.

Loving the list, one of the most inspirin I’ve seen in some time.

mariahsweet Says:

January 11th, 2012 at 1:53 am

Oops, I see Aberdare was already on the girls list. I’m also noticing that it provides a nicely formal path to the currently chic nickname Birdie.

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