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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
The baby names of 2014 will no doubt see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier.
From the baby name experts at Nameberry.com, come the top 12 trends that will take over the new year, plus the names that may just rule the roost… More
Some unisex baby names start as female choices and shift over time to become more boyish, but many more begin as all-boy names and over the decades cross to the girls’ side.
The baby names here are extreme cases. Most started life, back when the US government began recording babies’ names, as 100% male choices, and now have become mostly girls’ names. More
There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby. But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid. More
The history of baby names is littered with former stars that burned brightly for a decade or two, only to fade from view.
With the new US popularity list due out in less than a month, we thought it would be fun to look at today’s most popular baby names and guess which similar choices might move in to replace them — if not at the next tally, then at some point in the future. More