guilty pleasure names

We all have them...
  1. Afternoon
    • Origin:

      English, “afternoon”
    • Description:

      An early day name worthy of consideration today for someone seeking a truly unusual name.
  2. Alaska
    • Origin:

      Native American
    • Meaning:

      "great land"
    • Description:

      State name Alaska stems from an Aleutian word for the land mass itself. The number of baby girls named Alaska has doubled in the past five years, and is sure to continue increasing as more place names are annexed as baby names. Wilder but as habitable as Dakota or Cheyenne, Alaska is a girls' name choice for the future.
  3. Alchemy
    • Origin:

      Latin word name
    • Meaning:

      "a medieval chemical science"
    • Description:

      One of the most extreme of the new word names, recommended only to the most mystical-minded parents. Actor Lance Henriksen spelled his daughter's name Alchamy.
  4. Altalune
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "over the moon"
    • Description:

      Altalune is an invention used by Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson as one of several middle names for their daughter, its Latin meaning roughly translated as "over the moon." Celebrity baby Altalune will be called the more familiar Luna for short.
  5. Andromeda
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Meaning:

      "advising like a man"
    • Description:

      One of the stellar unique baby names from mythology, Andromeda was the beautiful daughter of Cassiopeia who, like her mother, literally became a star--the constellation that bears her name.The Bohemian Andromeda makes a dramatic and adventurous choice in a time when four-syllable mythological names are gradually making their way into the mainstream.
  6. Cendrillon
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "little ashes"
    • Description:

      The unusual (to English speakers) name Cendrillon is French for Cinderella, though most Americans wouldn't recognize it as such. This might make an excellent middle name for those who are looking for something rare, whimsical, fantastical, and literary. But you must insist on the lovely French pronunciation — if you're choosing a name this uncommon, why not go all the way.
  7. Cerys
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "love"
    • Description:

      Common name in Wales that's all but unknown in the U.S. Certainly an attractive choice ripe for export. In the UK it sits at Number 330.
  8. Cocoa
    • Origin:

      Color and food name
    • Description:

      Do everyone a favor and spell it Coco, an up-and-coming choice.
  9. Dancer
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "someone who dances"
    • Description:

      A word name that's appealing when applied to a person boogying or doing ballet; a different story in the context of Santa's reindeer.
  10. December
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "month name"
    • Description:

      Cooler than April, May, or June, but also a tad icy.
  11. Eir
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "peacefulness, mercy"
    • Description:

      So airy, it's almost not there.
  12. 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.
  13. Everest
    • Origin:

      Place-name, world's tallest mountain
    • Description:

      Everest has an attractive enough sound and lofty enough meaning to come into style, à la Sierra. George Lucas bestowed this aspirational name on his baby daughter.
  14. Exie
    • Frost
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "freezing"
      • Description:

        Frost is a name parents are beginning to warm to, appreciating its icy simplicity and connection with the venerable poet Robert. Frost, along with Winter, Snow, and January, are also perfect names for winter babies.
    • Harleigh
      • Origin:

        Variation of Harley
      • Description:

        Harley in a dress.
    • Haven
      • Origin:

        Word name, English
      • Meaning:

        "a place of safety"
      • Description:

        Haven is a recently invented safe-harbor name that appeals to an increasing number of parents who don't want to voyage quite as far as Heaven.
    • Icy
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "icy"
      • Description:

        A short form of the modern coinage Icelyn that feels cool as a short form, but too frosty for a full name.
    • Imagine
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "to form a mental image"
      • Description:

        If you like such uplifting New Age word names as Peace and Justice, the evocative and pretty Imagine should definitely be on your short list.
    • Ireland
      • Origin:

        Place name
      • Description:

        Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin put Ireland on the map when they chose it as a first for their daughter, saying that geographic names were a family tradition. And it seems they were a bit ahead of the curve (or trendsetting)—Ireland has been among the fastest-rising names of recent years. Other Irish place names include Shannon, Kerry, Galway, and Dublin.