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Unique Baby Names, Nameberry Style!

Bold and beautiful baby names even the Berries used only once

By Emma Waterhouse

As part of our recent 10th anniversary celebrations, we took a lingering look back across a whole decade of brilliant Babyberry birth announcements: from sweet, vintage Vera Adelaide to suave Sterling Atlas. So many incredible names!

We rounded up the most popular picks among Berry parents (only on Nameberry would the Top 10 include such underused gems as Beatrix, Elowen, Francine, Imogen and Mabel for girls, and Casper, Felix, Frederick, Hugo and Walter for boys!) and highlighted some of the decade’s hottest trends among style-savvy baby namers: like novel word, nature and virtue names; “post-gender” baby naming; and meaningful family or famous namesakes in the middle spot.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that — in a community which has produced 13 little Clementines, seven Cordelias, six Dashiells and four Peregrines — there aren’t many options out there that still feel fresh, quirky and original.

But oh, how wonderfully wrong you’d be!

We thought we’d take another look back at those beautiful Babyberry names, and this time we’ll be highlighting some of the many magnificent choices that were — quite literally — unique. All of the names listed below appeared just once, either as a first or a middle, in birth announcements posted on the site between 2008 and 2018.

Here are our Babyberry’s unique baby names, split between five particularly fertile categories:

Word and Nature Names

Girls:

Boys:

International Imports

Girls

Boys:

Rare Vintage and Biblical Rediscoveries

Girls:

Boys:

Literary and Cultural Icons

Girls:

Boys:

Ancient and Mythological Monikers

Girls:

Boys:

Which is your favorite unique baby name from this list? What would you name a son or daughter using only these names?

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jjayx Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 1:41 am

Delta, Laz(s)lo, Lorcan, Stellan, Ralph and Sidney have long been favourites of mine but I also really like Linden, Eira, Tadhg, Edeline, Hiram, Jerome, Larkin, Moreau and Dorian and would certainly consider any of them for a future boy or girl of mine.

mill1020 Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 3:58 am

I like Frank and Veda.

srudolph Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 4:52 am

Many of these are so wonderful it’s hard to believe they were only used once. Could easily name a child using only these names! Berries have excellent taste.

meyera4 Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 8:48 am

What great lists!!!

blueylit Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Amazed and assured by how many of my favourites are here! Not sure I’m a fan of Spyridon though…

Aurora Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 4:16 pm

I am the reason Ransom is here, so obviously I like that one enough to use it! Such a lot of lovely names. Others I have considered as real possibilities include Bartholomew, Lucius, Basil, and Loveday.

Aurora Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Oh, and I love that someone used Faramir.

Bobcat108 Says:

January 25th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

There are far more girls’ names from the list I’d potentially use:

Reverie
Sunny (for a nickname)
Tamsin
Kalila
Katriel
Sanne
Malou
Constance
Theodosia
Christabel
Thora
Verity
Corinna
Ione

The only boys’ name I’d use would be Raoul…but I like Rafe better.

peach Says:

January 26th, 2019 at 9:51 am

This list has quite a few names I like and I am surprised at how under used many of these are.

On the girls side, Zinnia, Lilou, Eugenie, Maelys, Marisol, Gwenevere, Mireille, Darcy, Sybil, Calliope, Hero.

Zinnia Marisol
Gwenevere Mireille
Sybil Eugenie
Darcy Lilou
Maelys Hero
Calliope Marisol

Boys names I like: Linden, Alonzo, Liev, Cecil, Sidney, Emerson.

Sidney Alonzo
Cecil Emerson Liev
Alonzo Linden

wandsworth Says:

January 26th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

I’m skeptical of most “babyberry” birth announcements, but this is a marvelous list nonetheless.

Angelicaecb Says:

January 28th, 2019 at 8:31 pm

I’m surprised my daughters name Marilise born this past April isn’t on here somewhere as it’s not even in the database and is practically made up, but I guess it doesn’t fit one of those categories because I’ll be stunned silly if there was another givin that name.

There’s a few interesting names put on here though that I really like.

leighmiller Says:

January 28th, 2019 at 9:51 pm

So many of these names are great! The Lula on the list is my second daughter. I can’t belive she’s the only one on the babyberry announcements for a decade!! I’m surprised!

thefairophelia Says:

January 31st, 2019 at 11:18 am

I love seeing my son’s first (Endymion) and middle (Faramir) names on here! And Galahad? I need to get to know this berry ASAP!

@Aurora: Thank you!

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