Category: new baby names

New Names from New Movies

Every new movie season seems to bring with it a few character names that jump out for their distinctive baby name potential, and these past few months were no exception.  We found some new names that are right on trend—vintage nicknames, gender switches, literary characters, and surname names.  Here are 12 of the best—some of which just might catch on! By Linda Rosenkrantz

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The Craziest New Baby Names

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By Pamela Redmond Satran
There were 1393 new baby names coined by creatively-inclined parents – and it’s safe to say that at least 1350 of them would have been better left as words, misspellings, celebrity surnames, or pure flights of fancy.

But no, these names were given for the very first time to at least five American babies, earning a place on the Social Security’s extended name popularity list.

The craziest of the crazy new names? Here are our picks for the Top 12, plus a handful of other new names that should never have been:

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baby names advice

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Welcome to the thrilling and mysterious world of parenthood.  And welcome too to the new and radically different world of baby names. In the interest of helping you make the best possible name choice for your child, here is your initiation guide to all that’s changed since every kid was named Jennifer and Jason.

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Invent-a-Baby-Name Challenge Champs!

By Abby Sandel and Linda Rosenkrantz

Whew!

If we’ve ever had the slightest doubts about the creativity of the Nameberry community, they are hereby gone forever.

When we announced our latest Invent-a-Baby-Name challenge two weeks ago, we expected something like the healthy response we got last time—which was 222 entries.

This time we were overwhelmed by 590 separate responses. And since we generously invited you to not limit yourself to a single suggestion,  some of the comments packed with dozens of names, as you opened the floodgates to your inventive ideas, bringing the total number of names well into the several thousands. Our intrepid intern, Laura, counted 5,665 separate entries!

After painstakingly (and exhaustedly) considering every single name, we soon realized that it would be almost impossible to narrow down the winner to just one name.

And so we have broken it down into seven of the most highly represented categories—after realizing that inventing a name doesn’t have to mean completely creating one out of whole cloth, but could also include transforming words and surnames and place names that haven’t been used for real-life kids before into viable baby names. In fact, one of our prime criteria was wearability–could we see this name actually being used?

The overall winner for 2016 is at the very bottom of the post, but first, let’s look at some of the best invented names entered this year, with the favorite name in each category in boldface type!

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March Baby Names Announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

What an absolute bonanza of berrybaby names were announced in March—I think it’s the largest number we’ve had in a single month yet! And with all that, not one fabulous first name was repeated! Though Theodore did make his presence seen in both first and middle place, and there were two sunny Soleils (an up-and-comer) as middle names.  We love seeing some of our more unusual faves being used, as in Delta, Amoret, Lysander and Cedar.

Here the full list, with some of their intriguing backstories:

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