realistic names

  1. Claire
    • Cynthia
      • Delilah
        • Eleanor
          • Jack
            • Madeleine
              • Tate
                • Theodore
                  • Augustine
                    • Origin:

                      Latin
                    • Meaning:

                      "great, magnificent"
                    • Description:

                      Augustine is more substantial (and saintly) than August, less pretentious than Augustus, and, along with its nickname Gus, is definitely a viable choice.
                  • Camille
                    • Origin:

                      French
                    • Meaning:

                      "young ceremonial attendant"
                    • Description:

                      At one time just the sound of the name Camille could start people coughing, recalling the tragic Lady of the Camellias, the heroine played by Greta Garbo in the vintage film based on a Dumas story, but that image has faded, replaced by a sleek, chic, highly attractive one.
                  • Catherine
                    • Josephine
                      • Origin:

                        French feminine variation of Joseph
                      • Meaning:

                        "Jehovah increases"
                      • Description:

                        Josephine, with its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, has been on a gentle uphill climb in the US for over 30 years, now ranking in the Top 100. With an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, from Jo to Josie to Fifi to Posy, Josephine is a Nameberry favorite.
                    • Juliet
                      • Origin:

                        English from Latin
                      • Meaning:

                        "youthful or sky father"
                      • Description:

                        One of the most romantic names, the lovely and stylish Juliet seems finally to have shaken off her limiting link to Romeo. In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?"
                    • Juniper
                      • Origin:

                        English from Latin tree name
                      • Meaning:

                        "young"
                      • Description:

                        Juniper is a nature name that we really like. While it's trendiest for girls -- about 2500 baby girls were named Juniper in 2022 versus 34 baby boys -- the most notable Juniper in history was the saint Brother Juniper, a follower of Saint Francis renowned for his generosity. Blessed Junipero Serra, who founded the first of the California Missions, took his name from the earlier Saint Juniper.
                    • Leo
                      • Origin:

                        Latin
                      • Meaning:

                        "lion"
                      • Description:

                        Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and is now at its highest point ever in the US thanks in part to Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio.
                    • Luca
                      • Origin:

                        Italian variation of Luke and Lucas
                      • Meaning:

                        "man from Lucania"
                      • Description:

                        The related Lucas and Luke are both hugely popular boy names in the US and internationally, and now Luca has joined them on boys' popularity lists around the world.
                    • Mateo
                      • Origin:

                        Spanish
                      • Meaning:

                        "gift of God"
                      • Description:

                        Mateo vaulted into the boys' Top 10 in 2023, ranking all the way up at Number 6. Counting Mateo and Teo along with Anglo equivalents Theodore and Theo make this by far the Number 1 boys' name in the US.
                    • Phoebe
                      • Origin:

                        Greek
                      • Meaning:

                        "radiant, shining one"
                      • Description:

                        Phoebe is the Latin variation of the Greek name Phoibe, which derived from phoibos, meaning "bright." In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of Artemis, goddess of the moon and of hunting. The masculine version of Phoebe is Phoebus.
                    • Rory
                      • Origin:

                        Irish
                      • Meaning:

                        "red king"
                      • Description:

                        This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split is still trending boyward; it's one of the coolest boys' names starting with R.
                    • Sage
                      • Origin:

                        Herb name; Latin
                      • Meaning:

                        "wise"
                      • Description:

                        Sage is an evocatively fragrant herbal name that also connotes wisdom, giving it a double advantage. It entered the Top 1000 at about the same time for both genders in the early 1990s, but it has pulled ahead for the girls. Toni Collette named her daughter Sage Florence.