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English Word Names

English names might be easiest to define when they're actual word names drawn from the English languages and transformed into baby names. This genre has grown tremendously in the past decade, to the point that now parents are creating names from words they love or that have a symbolic meaning in English along with other languages such as Spanish, French, or Italian.

Of course, there is also a long tradition of English names that were originally flower or place or inspirational or other word names, most notably practiced by the Puritans. At this point, words like Iris or Mercy or Christian have been used so long as names that they are solid entries in the name lexicon apart from their original connection to the words that inspired them.

Today, celebrities are often coining names from English words -- think North, Saint, Bear -- and so helping to popularize not just the specific names but the whole concept. And stars from Drake to Rebel Wilson have driven the word name idea home. Now, almost any English word is fair game for transformation to a baby name. And if you're not adventurous enough to use these new word names as first names, you might want to consider them as middle names to add uniqueness and meaning.Newer English word names finding wide favor include the following.

  • Arrow

    Words are not always easy to translate into baby names, but the implications of being straight and swift lend this one great potential as a name. It also has... Read More 

  • Azalea

    Azalea is one of the fresher flower names, along with Zinnia and Lilac, that are new to the name bouquet--in fact it just entered the Social Security list for the first time in 2012. So if Lily... Read More 

  • Bear

    Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for... Read More 

  • Bell

    These days, it's more likely you'd call your daughter the popular Belle or Bella.Read More 

  • Birch

    Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.

    The best known bearer of the name is former high-ranking... Read More 

  • Birch

    Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.

    The best known bearer of the name is former high-ranking... Read More 

  • Birdie

    Birdie was until recently a middle-aged Ladies' Club member wearing a bird-decorated hat --but now it's just the kind of vintage nickname (think Hattie, Josie, Mamie, Millie) that's coming back... Read More 

  • Bliss

    This is a name only for parents positive their daughter won't ever have a tantrum. Same goes for Merry, Joy and Gay.Read More 

  • Blue

    Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in... Read More 

  • Bravery

    This one's cutting right to the chase, but with such names as Justice and Peace on the rise, why not? And we guarantee your seven-year-old son will love it, though your 17-year-old, maybe not so... Read More 

  • Breaker

    One of the aggressive new boys' names, ala Tracker and Heller, that have become fashionable among parents who are courting trouble.Read More 

  • Briar

    Fairy-tale memories of Sleeping Beauty inspire some parents—such as Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen—to call their daughters Briar Rose. But Briar plus a different middle name might... Read More 

  • Bridger

    A recent addition to the Most Popular list, Bridger has the trendy two-syllables and 'er' ending, and a historical reference to Jim Bridger, a foremost nineteenth-century frontiersman, explorer,... Read More 

  • Camera

    The late tennis great Arthur Ashe (whose wife was a photographer) pioneered word names when he used this for his daughter. It would make an interesting first or middle name possibility for parents... Read More 

  • Cannon

    Cannon sits amongst other weapon names like Colt, Pistol, Lance, and Remington. Definitely a name that offers bombast.Read More 

  • Cash

    Whether it's due to its economic connotations, or its link to American legend Johnny Cash, this name is widely used, and has been used by several celebrities including Annabeth Gish and Joshua Morrow.Read More 

  • Clarity

    Clarity is one of the lightest of the newly rediscovered virtue names, with a bit of three-syllable sparkle, old-fashioned charm and a clear vision for the future. Clarity is a very desirable... Read More 

  • Clover

    Clover is a charming, perky choice if you want to move beyond hothouse blooms like Rose and Lily, and it's recently become a new celeb favorite, chosen by both Neal McDonough and Natasha Gregson... Read More 

  • Crimson

    Crimson could be a possible competitor for Scarlett's success, though it's lacking that Gone With the Wind charm.Read More 

  • Danger

    Prime example of the aggressive word names that are an off-the-grid branch of the new macho names. Makes Cannon, Maverick, and Ranger feel almost soft and sensitive by comparison. Read More 

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