Pacific Northwest

  1. Alberta
    • Origin:

      English, feminine variation of Albert
    • Meaning:

      "noble, bright"
    • Description:

      This jazzy old name could make a comeback, the way Josephine and Ella have. In England the name was popularized by Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, after whom her governor general of Canada husband named the North American province. Jazz singer Alberta Hunter was a noted bearer.
  2. Arbor
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "tree"
    • Description:

      Arbor is a quirky nature name with holiday vibes.
  3. Astoria
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      Long more associated with the New York Waldorf- hotel and the neighborhood in Queens than as a baby name, Astoria is finally beginning to emerge from their shadow and find favor with parents looking to move beyond Brooklyn. The name Astoria is drawn from the surname of titan of industry John Jacob Astor, theorized to mean "hawk."
  4. Aurora
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "dawn"
    • Description:

      The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.
  5. Azalea
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "azalea, a flower"
    • Description:

      Azalea is one of the fresher flower names, along with Zinnia and Lilac, that are new to the name bouquet — in fact, it entered the Social Security list for the first time in 2012. So if Lily and Rose are too tame for you, consider this brilliant pink springtime blossom with a touch of the unusual that has been growing in popularity.
  6. Belmont
    • Cedar
      • Origin:

        English and French from Latin tree name
      • Meaning:

        "cedar tree"
      • Description:

        Cedar is, like Ash, Oak, Pine and Ebony, one of the new tree/wood names that parents are starting to consider; this one is particularly aromatic.
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      • Camas
        • Camassia
          • Cascade
            • Cascadia
              • Columbia
                • Darlington
                  • Dogwood
                    • Everett
                      • Origin:

                        English variation of the German Eberhard
                      • Meaning:

                        "brave as a wild boar"
                      • Description:

                        Everett is a preppy but outdoorsy name, with wintery New England vibes. In the last decade, it’s had a leap in popularity, perhaps because of its similarity to trendy girls’ names like Ava and Scarlett, or perhaps because it offers a fresh alternative to 90’s style Evan and Brett.
                    • Fern
                      • Origin:

                        English
                      • Meaning:

                        "plant name"
                      • Description:

                        A fresh, green, rising nature name for girls that would make a cool possibility for a baby boy as well. It has ranked in the US Top 1000 for boys a handful of times since naming records began.
                    • Forest
                      • Origin:

                        French occupational name
                      • Meaning:

                        "woodsman or woods"
                      • Description:

                        The Forest variation of Forrest, used by actor Whitaker, nudges the meaning more toward the woods and away from the woodsman.
                    • Hawthorn
                      • Origin:

                        Spelling variation of Hawthorne
                      • Description:

                        The version with the e at the end relates to novelist Nathaniel, so that may be the one most parents attracted to this unusual name would choose. Hawthorn nudges it toward the nature category: Hawthorn is a type of hedge.
                    • Hemlock
                      • Origin:

                        English
                      • Meaning:

                        "poisonous plant"
                      • Description:

                        A rare and bewitching nature name, belonging to a poisonous plant also known as devil's bread or poison parsley.