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  • Early African-American Names

    Early American slave rolls are filled with classical and biblical names designed to show off the slave-owners' education and not normally used for whites; variations of African day names and place-names; along with other unusual names more closely identified over the years with black than white American culture. Some of the most notable early African-American names:

  • Elegant Alternatives to Charlotte

    Charlotte is one of the cool classic girl names currently rising rapidly up the popularity charts — it entered the US Top 10 in 2014, and then got a further big boost in 2015 thanks to the arrival of Great Britain's sweet Princess Charlotte. The elegant baby girl name Charlotte also ranks in the Top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Famous bearers of the name Charlotte from history and literature include Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë, Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet's level-headed best friend in Pride and Prejudice, and a kind and clever spider in E.B. White's Charlotte's Web.

    Charlotte also appeals to parents looking for traditional baby names for girls, nickname-rich baby girl names, as well as strong girl names which are feminine, but not too frilly. If that's your style, but you'd prefer a slightly more uncommon baby girl name, this list is for you! Here is a selection of beautiful and unusual alternatives to Charlotte, which still share its classic and sophisticated appeal.

  • English Names with International Style

    English names have traveled to non-English speaking cultures in recent years, moving up the popularity lists in several European countries including France, Germany, and Sweden. Note that when we say English names, we may include names that technically have their origins in other cultures but that have enjoyed widespread use in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and other English-speaking locales for decades. The traditional English names enjoying new international popularity and style include the following selections.

  • 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.

  • European Boy Names

    The most popular European boy names in the US are typically Spanish or Italian in origin and follow the trend of boy names ending in O. Others have been introduced through pop culture — the once-rare Basque name Iker has become an international sensation thanks to Spanish soccer player Iker Casillas.

    Along with Iker, other European boy names in the US Top 1000 include Alvaro, Bruno, Dario, Emilio, Leandro, Leon, Noe, Sergio, and Vincenzo. One-of-a-kind boy names with European origins include Diogo, Maxence, Pim, and Zente. Each were given to fewer than five American baby boys in 2018.

    Our list of European names for boys contains rare, fashion-forward names, as well as those that celebrate your family’s culture. Search our selection of the best, below.

  • European Girl Names

    European girl names are the most common group of names by origin in the US. The names on this list , though, are well-used for baby girls throughout Europe but remain largely undiscovered by American parents.

    A handful of these distinctly European choices are beginning to catch on in the US, with parents embracing names such as the Italian Alessia and the French Anais. Along with Alessia and Anais, other European girl names in the US Top 1000 include Amelie, Esperanza, Giovanna, Jimena, Noa, Valeria, Xiomara, and Yara.

    But most of these European names for girls will appeal to parents in search of something different. A name like Puck, among the Top 100 for girls in the Netherlands, or Saga, popular in Sweden, will definitely make you stand out in the US. Names including Iolanthe, Madelief, Milou, and Thessaly make for one-of-a-kind — but incredibly fashionable — names, as each was given to fewer than five American baby girls in 2018.

    You may wish to honor your culture of origin or seek a unique name with internationally endorsed style with European girl names. Here, search our curated collection of European names for girls.

  • Exotic Lite Baby Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    Maybe you want an exotic name for your baby....but not too exotic. Something international, yet recognizable to most Americans. Your category? Could be the Exotic Lite baby names here, from a range of cultures.

    Gently exotic names are becoming more popular as more Americans are celebrating diversity and searching for names that represent their ethnic heritage or blend cultures. The Irish Liam, rarely heard outside the Emerald Isle a generation ago, is now the Number 1 boys' name in the US and wildly popular throughout the English-speaking world as well as non-English-speaking Europe.

    On the girls' side, the Spanish Isabella has ranked highly in the US for a few decades now and also is a top name in countries as diverse as Australia, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden.

    Along with Liam and Isabella, other Exotic Lite names that rank in the US Top 100 include Mila, Camila, Layla, Aaliyah, Valentina, and Quinn for girls, and Mateo, Angel, Santiago, Jose, and Leonardo for boys.

    Exotic Lite names favored by Nameberry visitors include the Scottish Isla, Irish Maeve, and multicultural Amara for girls. For boys, Nameberry's top Exotic Lite names are the Irish Finn, the Hindi Aarav, and the Indo-Iranian Aryan. A bit further down the list are Elodie, Astrid, and Adah for girls; Soren, Kai, Declan, and Luca for boys.

    Some Exotic Lite names are popular in a wide range of countries, languages, and cultures. Along with Maeve and Finn, these truly international names include Kai, Luca and Lucia, Enzo, Mila and Milan, Teo and Mateo.

    If you're looking for a name that works in the English-speaking world but also holds a lot of international style, one of the Exotic Lite names could be for you.

  • Exoticized Names

    Make your favorite baby names more international by exoticizing them. The examples here put an international spin on standard baby names used in English-speaking countries.

  • Extinct Baby Names

    If you're hoping to find a list of wonderful extinct baby names ready for revival, keep looking. What we have here are extinct names that were commonly used for babies a century today but have faded from use for reasons that should immediately be obvious.

    Perhaps it was not difficult to be named Nimrod or Elmo in 1920, but those names would be difficult for any child to carry today. Some of these baby names have gone extinct because of changes in slang, some because of changes in values or unpleasant associations.

    Whatever the reason, most of these extinct baby names should probably stay extinct. Read the list for a laugh -- did people really do that?!? -- but if you're looking for a lovely antique baby name, keep looking.

    For even more choices, see our blog on Extinct Names.