Trendy Names

  1. Ambra
    • Baron
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "a lord of the realm"
      • Description:

        If you're going to choose a noble word name, why not aim higher and pick Duke, Prince...or King. The Donald Trumps picked the Barron spelling for their little princeling.
    • Bristol
      • Origin:

        British place-name
      • Description:

        This name of a busy British port city -- as well as of several places in America -- has a brisk and bustling air. It will now--and for years to come--be identified as a (female) Sarah Palin name.
    • Brynn
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Bryn, Welsh
      • Meaning:

        "hill"
      • Description:

        Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex: Brynn, for boys, is not even in the Top 1000.
    • Castor
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "pious one"
      • Description:

        Forget the oil. It's one of the twins that make up the constellation Gemini, and a mythological name on the cutting-edge of fashion; used by Metallica's James Hetfield.
    • Ember
      • Origin:

        French variation of Amber
      • Description:

        Unlike Amber, which is in decline, this name still has a bit of a glow left -- though confusions between the two will inevitably arise.
    • Embry
      • Origin:

        English surname
      • Meaning:

        "flat-topped hill"
      • Description:

        Though Embry became famous as the name of a boy werewolf in Twilight, we think its Em- beginning and -y ending make it perfectly appropriate for a girl. You might consider it as an alternative to Emma, Emily, or Aubrey. Embry or Embury is an established English surname.
    • Harper
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "harp player"
      • Description:

        You might think of Harper as the hottest name of the last decade, jumping from obscurity to the Top 10, where it remained until last year.
    • Kaleb
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Caleb
      • Meaning:

        "devotion to God"
      • Description:

        Kaleb is one of several boys' names starting with k that started life as a classic C name, Caleb. Kevin Federline named his boy Kaleb Michael Jackson.
    • Kendall
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "valley of the river Kent"
      • Description:

        Kendall, as used for a girl, was initially propelled by a soap opera character (Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kendall Hart in All My Children) and reality star and Kardashian sister Kendall Jenner.
    • Kinley
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "fair hero"
      • Description:

        A Scottish surname name, more popular as the Presidential McKinley, meaning "son of the fair hero".
    • Levi
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "joined, attached"
      • Description:

        Levi, lighter and more energetic than most biblical names, with its up vowel ending, combines Old Testament gravitas with the casual flair associated with Levi Strauss jeans.
    • Malachi
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "my messenger"
      • Description:

        An Old Testament name with a Gaelic lilt, Malachi entered the list in 1987.
    • Micah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "who is like the Lord"
      • Description:

        Traditionally a boys’ name, now increasingly used for girls too, Micah has the potential to be an alternative for Michaela, Mia, or Maia. If you'd prefer something more established as a feminine name, you could try Micaiah, a unisex name from which Micah derives, or the German variant of Mary, Meike, which is pronounced the same. Micah had been in the US Top 1000 since the 1980s, but recently dropped off in 2022. Nevertheless, over 200 girls are still called Micah each year and with increased interest in gender neutral names, it could well be back in 2023. Notable namesakes include Canadian ice hockey player Micah Zandee-Hart, singer Micah Marah, and Olympic swimmer Micah Lawrence Sumrall.
    • Ryland
      • Origin:

        Old English
      • Meaning:

        "place where Rye is grown"
      • Description:

        This name, similar to Ryan and Rylan, dropped out of the Top 500 in 2016 after a six year stint in it. It's the full birth name of legendary musician Ry Cooder.
    • Tinsley
      • Origin:

        English surname
      • Meaning:

        "Tynni's meadow"
      • Description:

        New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer introduced this one to the hoi polloi. Its similarity to the trendy Kinsley boosts its profile. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016.
    • Terich