Pet Bird Names
Description:Brother for Biff and Bud. McFly rocker Tom Fletcher transformed this from midcentury short form to modern cool name when he used it for his newborn son.
Description:This cosmological name has a zippy feel that might work well for the galactic parent looking for the perfect name for their own little star.
Origin:English word and nature name
Description:Bird name possibility, though it perhaps feels a bit pinched.
Origin:Plant and color name
Description:A plausible color name, it was chosen by the singer Sting as a middle name for his daughter, after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy, of which he's a big fan.
Description:One celebrity baby Pilot put this occupational choice into the pool -- together with the middle name Inspektor, something we wouldn't advise following.
Origin:Variation of Thor, also Hebrew for "Turtledove"
Description:An interesting and attractive bicultural choice--the Hebrew version is used for babies born in spring, when turtledoves arrive--especially as a middle.
Origin:Feminine variation of Aquilo, Latin
Description:A lot of parents claim to want a name that's different, but if you really do, Aquilina, modern-feeling but based on an ancient favorite, would be one good choice.
Description:For years there was only one Cher, and then along came the charming heroine of the movie "Clueless." The world now officially has enough Chers in it.
Meaning:"son of the raven"
Description:Branson is a fairly recent addition to the Top 1000, first breaking in at Number 988 in 1995. While it may not be a common sighting yet, it fits the trend of more popular cousins Mason, Grayson, Hudson, and Carson.
Meaning:"ford where crows gather"
Description:A common surname in Scotland, but a starchy first name choice.
Description:The name of a small yellow bird that hasn't taken off in the way that some of its avian sisters – like Robin, Wren or Lark – have.
Description:The original southern Good Ol' Boy.
Description:Feather, though it was used for a character in a Walter Mosley novel, seems too light and fluttery for a real-life girl.
Description:Obsolete Swanhild gives way to oh-so-modern Swan, joining the flock of newly fashionable bird names such as Wren and Lark. In France, the Swann spelling is fashionable for both sexes. But Swan carries an image of grace, though perhaps also a bit of languor. It's a lovely and original name, right for our times.
Meaning:"descendant of Flannghal"
Description:Long before the vogue of using Irish surnames for girls, writer Flannery O'Connor gave this one some visibility. It has a warm (flannelly) feel and the currently popular three-syllable ee-ending sound.
Description:Name that makes a dramatic musical statement.
Meaning:"like a raven"
Description:Corvina sounds too much like a car model.
Origin:French from German
Description:This name of famed philosopher, mathematician and Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell becomes slightly more plausible with the French pronunciation, bare-TRAHN. Another noted bearer is French director and screenwriter Bertrand Tavernier.
Description:This obscure name from Greek mythology (Merope was one of the Pleiades) is better known from J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter series, as the name of Tom Riddle's ill-fated mother.