Category: baby name blog
Most parents want neither a name that’s too common or one that’s so unusual that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Rather, most parents want a name that strikes a perfect balance between these extremes: A name that’s both cool and unusual. Here’s a collection of our picks for the 25 best cool unusual names for girls right now.
Naming a son instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names of 2017.
Nobody wants to pick a baby name that’s too trendy and common. A name that four other kids in your little one’s pre-K will also have, that will consign them to a lifetime of referring to themselves as “Will S.” or “Anna B.”
But there’s also a risk to going too far in the other direction. You might end up picking a name that’s so out there that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Or, worse, a name that attracts ridicule from other children.
What most people want, then, is a name that strikes the perfect balance between these poles: A cool, unusual name. It can be a tricky needle to thread. But you’re not in it alone. Here are the 25 cool, unusual boys’ names that we think are the best for right now.
Naming a daughter instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names of 2017.
By Jeff Bogle
The first half of 2018 has been an exciting and adventurous one for new baby names, as parents everywhere are looking to their pantries, driveways and TV screens for help deciding what to call their precious newborns.
Thanks to a shady back room deal (not really), I have procured a list of widely-used 2018 baby names from the Social Security Administration.
Here are a dozen of the most popular so far, right now, in 2018!
Gwyneth Paltrow probably had no idea how much controversy she was about to cause when she named her daughter Apple back in May of 2004. “That’s not a name” was the most common judgement on people’s lips, and her daughter’s name is now held up as an example on all “Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names” lists.
So why did Gwyneth and her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, choose the name Apple? To paraphrase from her interview with Oprah Winfrey at the time, they felt that “apples are sweet, wholesome, biblical and lovely.” They also proposed the question “Is it really so different from the other nature/ noun names out there that are commonly used, such as Rose, Lily or Ivy?”
It’s a little hard to argue with such logic these days, considering the many word names on the rise. Yes, an apple is a fruit, but people mustn’t dislike fruit names that much, since we’re now seeing Plum and Lemon regularly discussed as possible names, albeit usually as middles or nicknames.
It was a headline we couldn’t resist: Names You Like That Have Been “Ruined” for You.
Visitors to the forum have as many ways their favorites have been ruined — by movies, celebrities, and insensitive friends — as they have lamented name loves.
The topic is so provocative we thought we’d open it up to everyone. What name has been wrecked for you, by whom and how?