Unnamed List

  1. Alastair
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "defender of men"
    • Description:

      To Americans, a quintessential British name, introduced to the U.S. public by suave journalist/PBS Masterpiece Theater host Alastair Cook. Sometimes used in the U.S. by parents with Scottish heritage.
  2. Alfonso
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Italian
    • Meaning:

      "noble, ready"
    • Description:

      Alfonso was a royal name in Spain as far back as the 7th century, but it is rarely heard outside the Hispanic community in the US.
  3. Amaranthe
    • Aïda
      • Benvolio
        • Origin:

          Italian
        • Meaning:

          "good wisher"
        • Description:

          In Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the friend who persuades Romeo to go to the party where he meets Juliet. Alas.
      • Cordelia
        • Origin:

          Latin; Celtic
        • Meaning:

          "heart; daughter of the sea"
        • Description:

          Cordelia is exactly the kind of old-fashioned, grown-up name for girls that many parents are seeking for their daughters today. The name of King Lear's one sympathetic daughter, Cordelia has both style and substance along with its Shakespearean pedigree.
      • Demetra
        • Edgar
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "wealthy spearman"
          • Description:

            Edgar is an Old English name historically associated with the tenth century English king known as Edgar the Peaceful. There was also a King Edgar of Scotland.
        • Elliott
          • Origin:

            Variation of Elliot
          • Meaning:

            "Jehovah is God"
          • Description:

            One of the four perfectly proper spellings of this name ranging from the spare (but poetic) Eliot to the full-blown Elliott. Elliott and Elliot are the two most popular, and they have given to almost the same number of baby boys in recent years. Elliott has that "-tt" ending that is so popular among parents today, with popular picks like Everett and Emmett, Beckett and Bennett. "El" names for both boys and girls have been trending in recent years, with Eli, Elijah, and Elias at the top of the charts for boys. Elliott has always been on the charts in the US, but is currently at its highest point ever. Elliott is also gaining in the UK, currently at number 107 in England. Elliott was the name of the dragon in the classic Disney film, Pete's Dragon.
        • Figaro
          • Isadora
            • Origin:

              Greek
            • Meaning:

              "gift of Isis"
            • Description:

              Why is Isabella megapopular while Isadora goes virtually ignored? Too close a tie with tragic modern dancer Isadora Duncan (born Angela Isadora), who was done in by her long flowing scarf, perhaps, or with fusty male version Isidore. But we think Isadora is well worth reevaluating as an Isabella alternative. Quirky couple singer Bjork and artist Matthew Barney did just that and named their daughter Isadora. Isidora would be an alternative, just as proper but not quite as charming spelling--the one used as the spelling of a fourth century saint's name.
          • Leon
            • Origin:

              Greek variation of Leo
            • Meaning:

              "lion"
            • Description:

              Currently overshadowed by the bright and lively Leo, Leon feels a slightly more serious, more quietly confident than its short and trending counterpart.
          • Lysander
            • Origin:

              Greek
            • Meaning:

              "liberator"
            • Description:

              Lysander is a distinctive Greek name that could be thought of as a more creative cousin of Alexander. In ancient history, Lysander was the name of an esteemed Spartan naval commander and his literary cred comes from one of the two star-struck young men in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as one of the twin sons (the other being Lorcan) of Luna Lovegood, whom we learn about in the Harry Potter epilogue.
          • Oscar
            • Origin:

              English or Irish
            • Meaning:

              "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior"
            • Description:

              Oscar is one of the most stylish Old Man Names of our era. While it's softened slightly in popularity over the past 20 years, that may be considered a very good thing.
          • Prosper
            • Origin:

              Latin
            • Meaning:

              "favorable, prosperous"
            • Description:

              In France, pronounced PRO-spare, Prosper is a fairly common name; here it presents a worthy aspirational message for a child.
          • Phidias
            • Rayne
              • Origin:

                Variation of Rain or Rayna
              • Description:

                Rayne is the unique name used for one of the girl sextuplets on the Sweet Home TV show.
            • Skye
              • Origin:

                Scottish place-name
              • Description:

                Referring to the Scottish Isle of Skye, this spelling brings Sky down to earth. Skye is used ten times more often for girls than boys, while the gender split on the Sky spelling is more like three to one in favor of the female side.
            • Tristan
              • Origin:

                Celtic
              • Meaning:

                "noise or sorrowful"
              • Description:

                Tristan -- known through medieval legend and Wagnerian opera -- has a slightly wistful, touching air. This, combined with the name's popular "an" ending, makes Tristan very appealing to parents seeking a more original alternative to Christian.
            • Titian