By Pamela Redmond Satran
The hallowed Top 1000 baby names in the US end with Kai, given to 262 baby girls last year, and Rylen, used for 205 little boys.
But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the clever baby namer?
We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000. These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar.
Not so long ago, Catholic families were all but required to give their children saints’ names – yet another reason why Mary
were long-time Number 1 choices in the US. While that rule no longer applies, plenty of parents like the idea of sticking to tradition. If you’re among those families, good news – there are more than 10,000 saints, and plenty of them have names that are downright stylish – as well as spiritually significant.
By Abby Sandel
Lately, celebrity baby name news has a split personality.
With the arrival of royal baby #2 expected this month, there’s talk of buttoned-up classics like Alice and Elizabeth for girls, and equally traditional choices like Arthur and James for a boy.
But everywhere else?
by Angela Mastrodonato, Upswing Baby Names
Nickname-names have taken hold in the U.K., and the U.S. hasn’t been completely immune to this trend. The two countries may favor different nicknames, and the trend may be more popular in the U.K., but the trend is evident in both countries.
In the U.K., these names are well represented with Sophie, Evie, Daisy, Millie, Mollie, Lexi, and Elsie appearing among the top 50.