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The Berries Have Spoken: 89 More Great Baby Names Now

January 28, 2016 Abby Sandel

By Abby Sandel

Earlier this month, we shared our list of the Best Baby Names Right Now. We declared them the right mix of authentic and creativie, perfect for 2016, and wearable into the 22nd century, too.

It was so much fun to hear your reactions. Perhaps the most controversial name? John, dismissed as boring and obvious after so many years of popularity.

We also asked you to add one more name to our list. Berries never disappoint! Your suggestions ranged from the head-smacking “Why didn’t that one make the cut?” to a few that we’re watching for 2017.

Seventeen of the names received multiple mentions, so let’s start with those:

Felix Felix was the runaway favorite, with six votes.

Beatrix – Not far behind, literary Beatrix garnered three votes.

Dashiell – A Top 100 on Nameberry, but still rare in the US

Harriet – LauraJ88 called this name “entirely underused and fabulous.”

Mabel – teacupsandtiaras cited the quirky Disney Channel animated series Gravity Falls for boosting Mabel

Rose – ShaelynnSophia called Rose equal parts “simple and classic”

ViolaA Shakespeare-inspired alternative to Violet

Zelda – BlueJuniper wrote that Zelda has “just the right balance of charm, vintage and sass for a 2016 baby”

Here are the names that each received two mentions:

Baxter – Care mentioned the ongoing influence of Downton Abbey on baby naming

Dominic – LuMary also suggested Mickey as a “good mid-century nickname” for Dominic

Everett – teacupsandtiaras told us that all of her friends are choosing this name for their sons

Ike – mckaylove called it “short and strong”

MiloCurrently in Nameberry’s Top Ten

PeterA classic boys’ name due for a revival

VioletAnother Downton Abbey name

Wilfred – ElsaAnne noted that not only does Wilfred have a great meaning, it’s also got great nicknames galore!

WillaA favorite ever since Keri Russell chose it for her daughter back in 2005

And now for the names with just one mention each:

Amelie

Anouk

Araminta

Archer

Aria

Astrid

Aviva

Beatrice

Briar

Caspar

Clara

Clark

Conan

Cove

Dash

Delphine

Diego

Dixie

Eleanor

Elliot

Emory

Esme

Felicity

Fiona

Francis

Genevieve

Gideon

Hazel

Henry

Ian

Ingrid

Iris

Isobel

Israel

Juliet

Killian

Laura

Lazlo

Lenny

Leo

Lionel

Liv

Lola

Lou

Martha

Martin

Mavis

Millie

Molly

Moses

Nixon

Nora

Pearl

Phoebe

Quinn

Reuben

Rey

Sadie

Saskia

Shepherd

Simon

Stevie

Sunniva

Taj

Thaddeus

Thea

Theodore

Thisbe

Vivian

Vivienne

Wallace

Winter

That’s a grand total of 89 more names added by our inventive readers! Any favorites?

About the author

Abby

Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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