Category: unique baby names

New Routes to Popular Nicknames

creative baby names

by Pamela Redmond

I was browsing the name Theodosia a little while ago — you know, the way some people browse bookstores or designer clothes — and I thought, There’s an interesting route to Thea!

At first thought, finding an unusual formal name that gets you to a popular nickname might seem to give you the worst of all worlds. The unusual, distinctive name you worked so hard to find is hidden away on the official documents, while the world knows your child by a nickname — Ellie or Addie or Max — that lots of other kids share.

But you can look at it another way that makes a lot more sense. You get to give your baby a truly unique name without having to worry that it’s too difficult to spell or pronounce or understand because it has an eminently user-friendly nickname. And if at any point you or your child wants to be Theodosia instead of Thea, it’s waiting right there.

What are some unusual routes to popular nicknames that you can think of? Treat us to your cleverest choices.

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Not Your Mama’s Baby Name!

By Clare Bristow

The names in the news this week probably aren’t ones you heard growing up. Some of them have exploded in popularity in the last decade or two. Others are still undiscovered, but would fit right into nurseries and playgrounds today.

Let’s take a look at some new names your parents wouldn’t have considered using.

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Craziest Baby Names Right Now

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A look at the year’s Craziest Baby Names has become a Nameberry tradition.

Every year, after we’ve parsed the most popular names, we dive deep into the extended popularity list to names given to only five or six babies in the past year to find the names that have moved from creative to crazy.

The 12 names below, all of them—believe it or not—given to at least five American babies in 2016—win the dubious honor of being our picks for the craziest of this year’s crazy baby names.

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unique baby names

by Pamela Redmond

Baby namers desperate for an original choice have always begged us for our top-secret list of names that nobody but nobody else has. You know, the truly wonderful baby names with deep history and wide appeal that somehow remain completely undiscovered.

The only problem was we didn’t have such a list….until now. Then we decided to run the new 2016 extended list of baby names from the Social Security Administration — all the baby names recorded in the US last year — against the complete list of names in our own database. What’s left is an accounting of names that were used for NO children in 2016, a collection of truly unique baby names.

But the list still contained nearly 5000 names, so we had to narrow it further. What are the best, the most usable choices among the names that were given to zero babies?

Here are our top 100 picks from our unique list of unique names. You may well find as many names here that you consider ridiculous as you feel are wonderful. But there are enough true gems in a range of styles, from deeply historic to futuristic, traditional to invented, that most adventurous baby namers will find one to suit their taste.

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By Abby Sandel

When we talk modern girl names, we’re often thinking about picks like Harper and Sloane, or Willow and Sage. They’re surname names and word names, choices that trend girl, but could just as easily be given to boys. Tailored and trim, these unique baby names feel right at home in the twenty-first century, even though many have roots in ages past.

But there’s another class of modern girl names. They’re novel – at least in the English-speaking world – and yet they’re traditionally feminine in sound.

For every Sophia and Isabella, there’s a Savannah and Aria.

Ciara and Russell Wilson recently welcomed a daughter with a modern romantic girl name: Sienna Princess Wilson.

Ciara pronounces her name like Sierra, a modern girl favorite from the 1990s. Fitting then, that she and Russell have embraced the trend for their daughter’s name, too.

Sienna comes from Siena, Italy. Heating clay from the area creates a rich red-brown color, used in artwork since before the Renaissance. That makes it a place name and a color name, too.

But the dominant quality of romantic girl names? They’re just plain pretty. With warm weather arriving, these are the sundresses of baby names.

Love Sienna? Here are nine more modern romantic names for girls.

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