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But there are other names, once popular, with centuries-deep roots, that truly are about to become extinct. These 15 names were given to only five babies each in 2013, the lowest number counted by the Social Security Administration. Once usage dips below that, they become the dodo birds of baby names.
Here’s the beautiful thing about baby names: the well never runs dry.
No matter how many names cycle through Top Ten lists, no matter how many celebrities choose truly outlandish names for their children, there are always more names. Neglected gems from years gone by, novel words never before considered names, imports from abroad.
Need proof? Look no further than the overwhelming response to last week’s Invent a Name Challenge.
People often ask us how we come up with our baby name trend predictions.
The short answer: It’s a mix of science and inspiration, with a dash of magic.
One of our major predictions for baby names 2015, for instance, was a trend toward short, simple names. The basis for this prediction was scientific: These names are now stylish and popular throughout Europe, and the names themselves are both fresh and easily translated to the American culture.
But now suddenly we see that trend for sleek, cool names really taking off, and here’s where the magic comes in. First, early this morning, we noticed extremely positive comments on the Nameberry pages for both Jude and Lux, perfect examples of this kind of short, modern, stylish name.
At Nameberry, we’re always looking for baby names that are both wonderful and unusual, and so today’s list compiles 100 great names given to fewer than 100 babies in the US last year. We included names from a range of styles: classic and under-appreciated, as well as modern and under-discovered. Half of the golden 100 are girls’ names and half boys’ names. And the names are ordered from most-to-least used, with the number of children who received the name in 2013 noted after each. Our picks for 100 unusual and wonderful baby names are:
Our friends over at Nameberry are always adding new monickers to their ever-growing database of baby names. Among the latest additions? A Native American tribal name, obscure Slavic and Hawaiian choices, and names with Christian and Muslim origins. Because they’re popping on the popularity list or were chosen by a celebrity, have august roots or noteworthy relatives, the baby name experts have deemed them worthy of adding to the Nameberry lexicon.
So here they are, from A to Z. Would you use one of them for your baby?
Ah, what could be more beatific than the sight of a serene, sleeping babe? Serenity, tranquility, calm, peace—these are all things we wish for our children, asleep and awake. Help them onto this path by choosing a name that embraces one of these meanings. Names such as:
The dove is the symbol of peace, and this soft-sounding name of a soft cooing bird is one of the new avian names coming in. Translating dove into other languages produces some further fabulous choices: the Celtic/Gaelic Calum/Callum, the Latin Columba, the Hebrew Jemima and Jonah, the Spanish Paloma.
Spring—to use an overused phrase—has sprung. The snows of winter have finally melted, buds are budding, birds are chirping. Which means it’s time to offer a seasonal menu of names—this time a multi-cultural mix whose meanings connote spring, plus names of ancient goddesses, and a few flowers and birthstones.
The roster of US athletes hoping to compete in the Olympic games is a name list as diverse as the nation itself. Here I have curated a list of some girl names that feel like winners for a 2014 baby.
Petra– As in Petra Acker, college student and speed skater. This feminization of Peter is from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”. I’ve always thought that Petra sounds elegant and sophisticated, yet wearable for a little one. More