Baby names by DeusVult

This includes the names from some of my other lists, but also includes names that don’t fit the descriptions of those lists, and excludes ones that are just intended for characters instead of real people.
  1. Abner
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "father of light."
    • Description:

      This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century, but was pretty much demolished by the long-running hillbilly comic strip L'il Abner, which began in 1934 and ran through 1977. A more respectable namesake is Abner Doubleday, who has been credited with inventing baseball.
  2. Adelina
    • Origin:

      Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Slavic variation of Adeline
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adelina is back in the Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a century, thanks to the meteoric rise of her sister name Adeline -- along with Adelaide, Adele, and Ada. Some parents choose Adelina because they want to get to cute vintage nickname Addie, but others favor it as a slightly more unusual form of this sweet vintage girls' name. A lot of attention was focused on it recently via the women's figure skating gold medal winner at the Sochi winter olympics--Adelina Sotnikova.

      While Adeline is usually pronounced in the U.S. with a long i in the last syllable, to rhyme with mine, Adelina is pronounced with the long e sound at the end, as in 'lee-na'.

  3. Adelind
    • Aeliana
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "sun"
      • Description:

        This female form of the ancient Latin Aelian has an appealing sound, though kids might have a hard time handling that initial "ae" spelling. Just remember that the "ae" is pronounced "ee" (think Aesop's fables).The Annals of Aeliana is a children's fantasy series by Ryan Watters. The meaning is uncertain but is thought to derive from the Greek helios, which means sun.
    • Alba
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "white"
      • Description:

        Alba is quietly making a behind-the-scenes comeback, perhaps thanks to actress turned baby-product mogul Jessica Alba. Last on the Top 1000 a century ago, the name was given to nearly 200 baby girls in the US last year. Alba might be tomorrow's successor to Ava and Ella. In Spain, Alba ranks among the Top 20 girls' names. Alba is the name of a character in The Time Traveler's Wife.
    • Aleida
      • Origin:

        Dutch diminutive of Adelaide or Latin
      • Meaning:

        "noble; small, winged one"
      • Description:

        This Latin name, also spelled Alida, has come into focus via the interesting character of Aleida Diaz on Orange is the New Black, the mother of Dayanara. In real life, Che Gueverra named a daughter Aleida.
    • Alexander
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        Alexander has been in a Top 25 boys' name in the US for 30 years now. But namers are still attracted to its imposing historic pedigree.
    • Alexandra
      • Origin:

        Greek, feminine form of Alexander
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        Alexandra fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015 but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra remains a chic modern classic with a solid historic pedigree.
    • Alexandria
      • Origin:

        Variation of Alexandra, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        Alexandria turns Alexandra into a more distinctive place-name, in both Egypt and Virginia.
    • Alida
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Adelaide
      • Description:

        Alida had a brief flurry of popularity a hundred years ago but is rarely used today. But given the rise of so many names related to Adelaide and Adeline, Alida might be rediscovered.
    • Ambrose
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "immortal"
      • Description:

        Gentle but grandiose and beloved by British novelists including Evelyn Waugh and P. G. Wodehouse, Ambrose was a fast rising name in 2022. Entering the UK Top 1000 for the first time and proving popular among Nameberry users, its elegance, softness, and vintage style means it fits in with popular Theodore, Sebastian, and Jeremiah.
    • Amelia
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Amelia is one of the hottest girls' names, a successor to the megapopular Emma and Emily. Amelia, which spent several years at Number 1 in England, is now comfortably ensconced in the US Top 10.
    • Anne
      • Origin:

        French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah
      • Meaning:

        "grace"
      • Description:

        The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970 but Anne is still among the most classic names for girls, although others are more likely to choose the original Hannah, the Anna variation, or even Annabel or Annabella.
    • Anneliese
      • Origin:

        German, Dutch
      • Meaning:

        "grace + oath"
      • Description:

        Anneliese is a German and Dutch combination of Anna and Liese (a form of Elizabeth) with an Old World feel but modern appeal. The Anglicized Annalise spelling in in the US Top 500, but this authentic German version has only ever broken into the US Top 1000 once, back in 2005.
    • Aramis
      • Origin:

        French literary name
      • Description:

        One of Dumas' swashbuckling Three Musketeers, now better known as a men's cologne.
    • Asa
      • Origin:

        Hebrew; Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "healer; born in the morning"
      • Description:

        A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.
    • Athanasius
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "immortal"
      • Description:

        A weighty Greek name borne by several early saints and patriarchs of Alexandria.
    • Atticus
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "from Attica"
      • Description:

        Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner among boy names. Atticus entered the US Top 1000 in 2004 and is a firm Nameberry favorite.
    • Avery
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "ruler of the elves"
      • Description:

        Avery is a unisex name that is used four times as often today for girls as for boys. But while Avery's popularity is starting to soften for girls, it continues to get stronger for boys -- in keeping with our finding that gender neutral names are becoming more favored for boys than for girls.
    • Bartholomew
      • Origin:

        Aramaic
      • Meaning:

        "son of the furrow"
      • Description:

        Bartholomew is an apostle's name that's been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The challenge could be to avoid the Simpson-ish nickname. That character, by the way, has the full name of Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, and creator Matt Groening came up with Bart as an--uh oh--anagram for brat. Two old alternate nicknames are Barty and Tolly.