Favorite Names

My Favorite Names
  1. Brighton
    • Origin:

      English place-name
    • Description:

      Out-of-the-way place name (it's an antiquated holiday spot on England's south coast) that might make a brilliant choice. Actor/director Jon Favreau named his daughter Brighton Rose.
  2. Cohen
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "priest"
    • Description:

      Cohen is a common last name among Jews and an important spiritual name in the Jewish religion, associated with the hereditary priests who claimed descent from the biblical Aaron. As a result of its religious significance, Cohen is considered by some to be inappropriate to use as a first name, particularly by people with no Jewish heritage.
  3. Darby
    • Origin:

      Irish or Norse, "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
    • Meaning:

      "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
    • Description:

      Once a common boys' name in Ireland (e. g. , Darby O'Gill and the Little People), the dynamic Darby now has a definite unisex feel. Actor Paul Rudd has a young daughter named Darby.
  4. Declan
    • Origin:

      Irish, meaning unknown, possible "man of prayer"
    • Meaning:

      "man of prayer"
    • Description:

      Declan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Deaglán. St. Declan was one of the first missionaries to bring Christianity to Ireland, preceding St. Patrick. Originally from Wales, he founded the monastery of Ardmore in Ireland.
  5. Easton
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "east facing place"
    • Description:

      Easton is a stylish Waspy-sounding surname that's climbing up the popularity charts. TV actress Elisabeth Rohm named her daughter Easton August Anthony, which seemed like a real gender bender, and now Rachel Leigh Cook has made it the middle name of her baby Charlotte. Note that Easton is now in the Top 100 for boys--for whom directional names are a real trend-- but we won't be surprised to see more and more little lady Eastons arriving.
  6. Emerson
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of Emery"
    • Description:

      The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly boys’ name, embodying the gravitas of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the limelight for girls.
  7. Kip
    • Liam
      • Origin:

        Irish short form of William
      • Meaning:

        "resolute protection"
      • Description:

        Liam is the top boys' name in the US, holding the Number 1 spot for the past seven years and also ranking as one of the most popular boys' names around the western world.
    • Lincoln
      • Morley
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "moor, meadow clearing"
        • Description:

          Gently pleasant English family name long associated with 60-Minuteman Morley Safer.
      • Meyers
        • Parker
          • Origin:

            English occupational name
          • Meaning:

            "park keeper"
          • Description:

            Indie actress Parker Posey put a female imprint on this sophisticated surname that's still about three times as common for boys but rising for both sexes. Parker has the advantage of its nature connection, relating it to such occupational names as Gardener and Forester.
        • Reid
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "red-haired"
          • Description:

            The Reid spelling is surprisingly more popular than the naturey Reed for both boys and girls, though more than 95% of little Reids are male.
        • Roman
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "citizen of Rome"
          • Description:

            Roman is an ancient name trending in a major way. A surprise hit name of recent years, Roman now ranks in the Top 100 not only in the US but throughout the English-speaking world, and is rising in other European countries as well.
        • Romilly
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "citizen of Rome"
          • Description:

            Originally a surname deriving from the Roman twin Romulus, this attractive name was introduced to the English-speaking world as a first name by painter Augustus John who used it for his son. Romilly John became Admiral of the Fleet in England.
        • Rory
          • Origin:

            Irish
          • Meaning:

            "red king"
          • Description:

            Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. The name Rory is getting more popular overall, but for the past few years has been trending decidedly toward the boys' side -- however, it's been rising to new heights for girls in recent years.
        • Ramsey
          • Sawyer
            • Origin:

              English occupational name
            • Meaning:

              "woodcutter"
            • Description:

              Sawyer is one of the top unisex names, used for their daughters by such parents as Sara Gilbert, co-host of The Talk and former actress on Roseanne, currently on The Conners.
          • Seymour
            • Origin:

              English
            • Meaning:

              "marshy land near the sea"
            • Description:

              Out playing shuffleboard at his condo and not expected back for several generations -- unless it morphs into a girls' name, a la Sydney.
          • Spencer
            • Origin:

              French
            • Meaning:

              "keeper of provisions"
            • Description:

              Yes, Spencer makes a plausible and powerful female choice these days, though still thought of as primarily for boys. Kelsey Grammer used it for his daughter in the 1980's. Spencer made its first appearance on the girls' Top 1000 in 2017.