Invented Baby Names

Some parents attempt to come up with a cool name by inventing one of their own. They may alter a too-ordinary name, vary a spelling or a pronunciation, or cobble together several euphonic but previously unrelated syllables. We have heard of a few such invented baby names that may hold some appeal -- a short list follows.

  • Alivia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    While Alivia may not have achieved the megapopularity of its mother name, it's still a widely used choice. Alivia combines the trendiness of A names with the trendiness of Olivia to create a... Read More 

  • Brayden

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    One in the currently modish aden family of boys' names beginning to be used for girls as well as boys. Read More 

  • Brienna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    An amalgam of Brianna and Sienna that doesn't quite work.Read More 

  • Bryson

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A surname name that can transition to first -- it entered the Top 1000 in 1980 and is now firmly in the Top 100. Actress NeNe Leakes chose it for her son. R&B singer Bryson Tiller's popularity may... Read More 

  • Calton

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The kind of hybrid name -- it sounds like a blend of the popular Caleb and Colton -- that could catch on despite its lack of pedigree. Read More 

  • Cason

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cason's entire raison d'etre: It's a rhyming variation on the popular Jason, Mason and Brayson. Casen, Kasen and Kason also have crept into the Top 1000 in recent years.Read More 

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  • Chasen

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Once strictly a surname--Chasen's was an old Hollywood hangout--it's now catching on as a first name, both as an elaboration of the popular CHASE, and in following the pattern of popular... Read More 

  • Christia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Christia is a rare Chris name that doesn't add much to the mix. We'd prefer lengthening Christia to Christiana or shortening it to Christa.Read More 

  • Garren

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Though it's a new name, sounds almost as dated as GARY and DARREN.Read More 

  • Greyson

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Greyson and Grayson, nephews of Jason, are both on the fast track. Gray/Grey makes a nice nickname.Read More 

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