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  • Papal Names

    The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers.

  • Patriotic Baby Names

    Baby names with a patriotic flavor honor the land of the free and the home of the brave. Whether you're having a fourth of July baby, or you're just a proud American, here is a list of patriotic baby names sure to pay tribute to America.

  • Pilgrim Names

    While the names of the Pilgrims are most often thought of as being Puritan virtue names, Pilgrim names actually varied in style. Names of the people on the Mayflower include Biblical classics like Solomon and Susanna, royal names like Elizabeth and James, and virtuous word names like Remember and Wrestling. Pilgrim names are especially appropriate for a Thanksgiving baby, although they can be used any time of year. Here is the full list of names of pilgrims aboard the Mayflower.

  • Pisces Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names for Pisces babies are likely to relate to water, as Pisces is one of the water signs of the zodiac and is symbolized by the fish.

    There are plenty of purple and blue hues that would be fitting as Pisces baby names, inspired by the sign’s associated gemstones, Amethyst and Aquamarine. In astrology, Pisceans are known for their creative, gentle, and loving natures, so any names related to those qualities would work well as Pisces baby names.

    Names that mean water are also right for a baby born under Pisces. Along with Brooks and River, other popular Pisces baby names that rank in the US Top 700 include Finn, Jordan, Marina, Teagan, and Pearl.

    If you are looking for names for a Pisces baby, browse the options here.

  • Pixar Baby Names

    Pixar has a knack for developing characters you can't help but love—Mike Wazowski anyone? Not only does Pixar create some unforgettable characters, but Pixar names can be lovable as baby names too! Pixar character names have inspired many parents over the years. The influence of characters like Violet, Arlo, Remy, and Dashiell has helped propel these names into the mainstream. Here's a list of some of the more interesting character names from Pixar films: For more Disney inspired names, take a peek at our lists of Disney baby names and Disney Channel baby names.

  • Place Names for Babies

    Place names for babies come from all over the globe and can include city names, state names, country names, even mountain and ocean names.

    Place names have become so widely used that popular place names make a category of baby names all on their own. Most place names can be used for either baby girls or baby boys, but are more popular for one than the other.

    Along with Top 10 Charlotte, which in fairness was a person name before it was a city name, place names ranking in the US Top 300 for baby girls include Madison, Savannah, Brooklyn, London, Sienna, Dakota, and Aspen. Hudson is the top place name on the boys' side, with Austin, Kingston, Camden, Zion, Israel, and Phoenix also ranking in the Top 300.

    Place names are less widely-used for babies in other countries than they are in the US. Florence and Georgia rank in Britain's Top 100, but those place names have both been used as baby names for centuries. In the Netherlands, Milan ranks among the boys' Top 10 But many other European and English-speaking countries don't rank any place names at all among their top names for babies.

    Here, the most popular place names used for both girls and boys. For more exotic choices, see our list of Place Names Off The Map..

  • Place Names Off The Map

    The coolest place names are those that are undiscovered. Some place names can be used for boys, but most of the cool place names work best for baby girls. Here are some choices on (and off) the map, including unique city names, country names, island names, and the names of mythical lands, all of which can be used for babies. You might also want to check out our list of more popular place names for babies.

  • Poetic Baby Names

    Poetic baby names have never been hotter. Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter Rumi and an influx of celebrity babies with Poet as a first or middle name have inspired many parents to go down a similar route for their own children’s names.

    Poetry baby names can come directly from the names of poetic forms, like Poem and Sonnet, great poets of history such as Emerson and Langston, or names with poetic meanings, like Edda and Teagan.

    Along with Langston and Teagan, other poetic baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Brooks, Byron, Dante, Emily, Ezra, Nash, and Sylvia. Recognizable names from famous poems include Annabel, Lenore, and Uriel.

    Modeled after Rumi, the names of ancient poets are a particularly haute subset of poetry names. Many come from Ancient Greece, such as Homer and Virgil, Corinna and Sappho. Another intriguing possibility is Mirabai, the name of a 16th century Hindu poet and Rajput princess.

    Whether you’re a poet yourself or just appreciate the art, a poetic baby name would make a stunning choice for your child. Here, a selection of perfect poetry inspired baby names you might like to consider.

  • Popular Baby Names 2017

    What are the most popular baby names of 2017? The baby names here are drawn from the lists of most popular names along with names that capture the spirit of the year. Also see the official lists of popular baby names from around the world.

  • Popular English Boy Names

    English names for boys -- that is, names that originate in the English language -- are used around the world. Many of the top boys' names today are English. These popular English boy names include occupational names such as Hunter and Mason and surname-names like Auden and Colton, as well as English word names such as the newly-trendy Bear. Some classics such as James and Edward are English, as are many common nicknames such as Joe, Jim, and Mike. Here are the most popular English names for boys around the world. For the complete roster, browse our master list of English boy names.

  • Popular English Girls' Names

    English names, meaning names that originate in the English language, sometimes get overlooked because we tend to think of all names used by English speakers as English names. But of course many of the names we consider English are actually Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and so on. So then which names for girls truly might be considered English, and which of those English girls' names are most popular?

    The English names for girls here are some of the best-known with authentic English roots.

  • Popular Irish Baby Names

    The top Irish baby names are very different in the US and in Ireland, with selections from each country rarely heard in the other. Choices like Liam, Finn, and Conor overlap, but in general many of the Irish-rooted names common in Ireland are like Caoimhe and Oisín, that are unintuitive to Americans. The exception is Saoirse, which is rising in the US thanks to actress Saoirse Ronan.

    Along with Liam and Saoirse, other Irish baby names in the US Top 1000 include Declan, Finn, Kennedy, Nolan, Nora, Quinn, Riley, and Ryan. In Ireland, popular Irish names include Aoife, Cillian, Fiadh, and Tadhg.

    Many of the Irish names that were common for American babies generations ago are fashionable choices in Ireland and other European countries. Erin and Molly, Kevin and Sean rank much higher in countries such as Ireland, Scotland, England, and Sweden than they do in the US.

    For more details on which Irish names are popular where, go to our popular names page. These are the most popular Irish names for boys and girls in both countries, and among Nameberry visitors. You can also check out our curated lists of our favorite Irish baby names for boys and girls.

  • Popular Italian Baby Names

    The top Italian baby names in the US and Italy are more different than they are similar, with Americans preferring names such as Isabella and Leo, while the Italians go for Ginevra and Alessandro. There is some overlap between the two countries, with names including Leonardo, Elena, Matteo, and Arianna ranking highly in both the US and Italy.

    Along with Isabella and Leonardo, other Italian baby names in the US Top 400 include Aria, Bella, Emilia, Enzo, Gianna, Giovanni, Luca, and Romeo. The most popular baby names in Italy include Sofia, Francesco, Giorgia, and Mattia.

    Italian variations of classic names are widespread in Italy and could make fashionable alternatives to many popular names in the US. Among our favorites, Vittoria and Alessia for girls, and Vincenzo and Giorgio for boys. Other popular Italian names that are rare in the US include Azzurra and Domenico.

    These are the most popular names of Italian origin in Italy and the US. Be sure to also take a look at our lists of Italian names for girls and Italian names for boys.

  • Popular Nicknames

    Popular nicknames may be used on their own on the birth certificate or might be short forms for proper names ranging from the common to the unusual.

    The nicknames here rank highly on both the US and the British lists of popular baby names. These top nicknames are friendly and likeable, but may be much more widely-used than you guess given that they're used as diminutives for such a broad range of names. Don't be surprised if your little Ellie or Jack is one of many on the playground!

    The up side of these popular nicknames is that they make any name friendlier and more accessible. So you can choose a name of a mythological hero or a great-great-uncle and make it friendly in the contemporary world through one of these top nicknames.

  • Posh Baby Names

    by Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

    The following names are the names most indicative of the upper class in Britain over the last thirty years based on peerage birth announcements compared with national statistics. In other words, these names are uncommon choices in Britain except for among the upper class where they are well used.

    The Brits call these Posh Baby Names, while to Americans these names may feel simply British or Eurostyle...which may feel posh or wealthy or upper class.

    If you're looking to invest your baby's name with a touch of class, consider these posh baby name choices.

  • Precious Baby Names

    These baby names drawn from gems and other precious materials might be right for your little treasure.

  • Preppy Baby Names

    Preppy baby names are suggestive of the American preppy subculture, associated with generationally wealthy members of the elite who attend Ivy League universities. Preppy style draws from upper class British tradition, as do preppy baby names. Some of the preppiest baby names are upper crust English surnames, such as Jameson and Hollister.

    Classic names can also read as preppy in the right context. Choices common in the British royal family, such as Victoria and William, feel especially appropriate for a preppy baby.

    Along with Victoria and Jameson, other preppy baby names in the US Top 800 include Caroline, Fletcher, Graham, Hadley, Harrison, Reid, Sloane, and Tinsley. Names inspired by preppy institutions include Oxford, Phillips, Princeton, and Yale.

    Preppy names may also be inspired by preppy icons, real and fictional. John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana of Wales give their names a preppy sense, as do Holden Caulfield of J.D. Salinger’s A Catcher in the Rye, and Blair Waldorf, a character on the preppy TV show Gossip Girl.

    If your closet is filled with polo shirts and penny loafers or you like both lacrosse and Lacoste, you may want to consider a preppy baby name. Explore our comprehensive collection below.

  • Presidential Baby Names

    Presidential surnames are becoming increasingly stylish as baby names, ideally as a way to give your child something to live up to. While Presidential names have always been used for baby boys, they're increasingly popular for baby girls too. The top Presidential name for boys is Jackson, while the top Presidential name for girls is Madison. Along with Madison, other Presidential names ranking in the Top 1000 for girls include Kennedy, Carter, Taylor, Reagan, and McKinley.. Along with Jackson, other Presidential names that make the boys' Top 1000 include Carter, Tyler, Lincoln, Hayes, and Pierce. These are the Presidential names in widespread use in the US today.

  • Pretty Girl Names

    Pretty girl names are pretty—attractive, feminine, sometimes frilly—in themselves. They also conjure the image of a pretty girl. And some of these names literally mean pretty or beautiful, such as Jolie and Belle.

    Along with Jolie and Belle, other pretty girl names in the US Top 1000 include Arabella, Camilla, Eden, Felicity, Jasmine, Lucia, Natalia, and Sophia. Bonita, Lavender, Mirabel, and Siran are among the pretty girl names that are less common with American parents.

    While prettiness may ultimately be in the eye (and ear) of the beholder, we think these names say Pretty Girl. To go in a slightly different direction, we've also got a list of Cute Names for Girls.

  • Prince Names

    The prince names here are those chosen by royal families around the world for their little boys over the past decade or so. Your idea of prince names can be expanded to include those used over past generations—Charles and William, say—and to extend to fictional princes such as Phillip or...well, maybe not Charming.

    Along with Charles and William, other prince names in the US Top 500 include Alexander, Carlos, Emmanuel, Felix, Louis, Magnus, Nikolai, and Pablo. Among the more extravagant recent prince names are Baudouin, Guillaume, Konstantinos, and Valdemar.

    Some of the real little princes have three or four middle names, as used to be custom in the royal families. For more details, see our blog on prince names.

  • Princess Names

    The princess names for girls here are those chosen by royal families around the world over the past decade or so. Your idea of princess names can be expanded to include those used over past generations—Anne and Elizabeth and even Diana, say— and to extend to fictional princesses such as Ariel and Aurora.

    Along with Elizabeth and Aurora, other princess names in the US Top 100 include Alice, Amelia, Ariana, Charlotte, Isabella, Josephine, Lily, and Sophie. The more exotic princess names, including Fabiola, Khadija, Leonore, and Ulrike, come from the royal families of countries such as Morocco, Sweden, and Austria.

    Many of the real little princesses have three or four middle names, some of which are also included on this list. For more, check out our list of royal baby names.