Category: unique names for boys
The writers of a new name book go out on a limb–and then some–to come up with some unusual baby names you never, ever, would have thought of.
People often ask us how the heck we, two colleagues who live on different continents, and with a total of zero children between us, came to write a baby name book.
It started with an office email about the names of our childhood pets—Miek gave all his tank pets outrageous names like ChunksOfLoveAndLikeAndStuff, A+ Nachos, and Wraaakkkk, while Kerry believed she had discovered the perfect name—July—and so whenever her fish died (which was often), she simply replaced it with a new one, but kept the same name.
The arrival of Blue Ivy, firstborn daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, was a signal for every commentator to discuss wacky celebrity baby names once again. It is a topic that never seems to grow old, though many name cognoscenti rated Blue as relatively tame, perhaps even less original than we’d expected from the stylish duo.
Ellen DeGeneres congratulated the couple, then revealed their secret – The Celebrity Baby Name Generator, issued to every star. While Ellen and her partner Portia and childless, she gave the BNG a spin to see what they’d name their twins. The answer? Banjo Fire Escape and Elbow Gas Lamp – the latter, she quipped, obviously a boy’s name.
Despite all of this gentle mockery, I’ve fallen in love with modern word names over the past few years. Maybe it is because of all those blog babies with such adventurous appellations: Reverie, Morrow, Drummer, Glow. Based on the chatter on the forums and in recent blog posts, I’m not alone at Nameberry.
This week’s Top Nine suggest that world is adapting to a much broader pool of given names:
King – American parents might choose this regal name in memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. But he made headlines last week as one of the names most frequently rejected by New Zealand naming authorities, along with fellow royal titles Prince and Princess, plus noun name Justice.
For the new year, we thought it would be fun to ask you to post the new baby names 2012 you’ve heard or see lately, on babies or in movie credits or in the newspaper or even new choices you’ve encountered on Nameberry.
We think we’ve heard them all…..until we encounter a new name, which seems to happen every other day. We’re always adding new names to Nameberry.
Some recent name sightings that were new to us and that we added to Nameberry: Avdel, an Old Testament name that means “servant of God,” and Roreto, an Italian place-name a Berry used for her son and enlightened us about. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a longer list of the new baby names 2012 we’ve added to Nameberry.
What new names have YOU encountered? Where did you find them? And what if anything can you tell us about them?
The Nameberry popularity lists track which names attracted the most views on our site this year. Consider them a predictor of which names parents will choose in the future, rather than which names they picked in the past.
As with the girls’ names, the Nameberry Top 10 rankings are very different from the national Social Security list, with not one crossover name for boys. Bentley, the fastest-rising boys’ name on the national popularity list, attracted a significant number of new views on Nameberry too.
Compared with last year’s Nameberry popularity list, the only new entrant in the boys’ Top 10 is, interestingly, classic James. Names rising fastest through the boys’ top 100 are marked in bright green below: note especially Silas, Emmett, Everett, Flynn, and Archer.
Nameberry’s Top 100 Boys’ Names, 2011
up significantly over 2010