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The Best Mid-Popular Names!

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It’s been an exciting week in the Name World as the United States Social Security Administration just released the list of the most popular baby names. I’ll add a link to my video chatting about the popularity at the end of this video. So like any dedicated name nut I’ve been combing the list and I must say I’m pleasantly surprised by many mid-popular names. What’s a mid-popular name? These are names that rank in the sweet spot, right around the middle of the Top 1,000 in spots 475 to 575. The great thing about a mid-popular name is that it’s usually familiar without being overly used. Here are a few name gems that rank right in the middle!

Benson – ranked at #474

Benson is an English surname meaning son of Ben. Of course you get the nickanames Ben, Benny, and Benji, without the popularity of Benjamin, the Number 6 most popular name. At 474 Benson dipped nearly 50 spots last year. Law & Order fans may be reminded of character Detective Olivia Benson when they hear this usable yet not overly used choice.

Blair – ranked at #511

Allow me to show my age in saying Blair will forever remind me of the character Blair Warner from the TV show The Facts of Life. Younger generations will recognize the name Blair from the show Gossip Girl. Blair took a small jump last year on the girls list rising ten spots to spot Number 511. Blair is a Scottish unisex name meaning dweller on the plain. It is not currently in the Top 1,000 for boys.

Colette – ranked at #531

Colette is one of the few names my partner and I both agree on and so it’s been on my personal name list for a few years. Colette is a chic, French feminine form of Nicholas meaning victory of the people. I love the nickname potential from Coco to Lettie or even Lottie. Colette decreased in popularity last year from 469 to 531.

Hattie – ranked at #480

If you love vintage old-timey diminutive names that Hattie is your girl. Originally a nickname for Harriet, meaning estate ruler, Hattie is slowly rising sitting today at Number 480. Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance in the epic film Gone with the Wind.

Leonidas – ranked at #498

I’m seeing lots of little Leo’s lately as Leo is now in the Top 100 and up over 70 spots in the last five years. If you love Leo and are looking for a large and unique show-stopper of a name, you may consider Leonidas! A Greek name meaning lion, Leonidas has a very strong, masculine sound. If Leo isn’t your bag of tea, Lee and Leon are other nickname contenders.

Liberty – ranked at #568

Word names are all the rage right now and Liberty is one of my favorites in the bunch. If I had a daughter born on the fourth of July I may be tempted to use Liberty. The nickname Libby is equally appealing as is Birdie. Liberty has never ranked higher than 406 and today ranks at 568.

Matilda – ranked at #521

I would use the name Matilda in a heartbeat if I could convince my partner. I love the nickname Tilly and the character in the Roald Dahl book and film. A German name meaning battle-worthy Matilda dropped almost 30 spots last year to 521. Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger chose the name Milda Rose for their daughter born in 2005.

Otto – ranked at # 478

I recently met a baby named Otto which really endeared me to this old-timey little palindrome name. A German name meaning wealthy, Otto dipped in popularity after the second World War, but has steadily been climbing the past five years. Currently ranked at Nmber 478, Otto hasn’t been this popular since 1946.

Rhys – ranked at #477

Rhys is another long-time favorite of mine. Rhys is a handsome Welsh name meaning ardor. Jonathan Rhys Meyers helped introduce this name to American audiences. Joey McIntyre chose the name Rhys Edward for his son born in 2009.

Wilder – ranker at #573

Are you wild about Wilder? I’ll be honest, it isn’t my style but I’m warming up to it and I do love the Laura Ingalls Wilder association. Many a name lover has Wilder on their list. Wilder is a rapidly rising name and will likely be too popular for my mid-popular names list in the years to come. Wilder first entered the Top 1,000 in 2015 and jumped nearly 400 spots to 573 just in two years!

What are your favorite mid-popular names?
Hear all about the New Most popular baby names in the US here:

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Soft Boys Names

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I love names that are easy to say and seem to glide right off the tongue. Max and Milo, while both darling, have different vibes. There is a trend right now of handsome, powerful, Roman-warrior sounding names for boys. Today I thought we’d explore the other side of the spectrum with some equally handsome soft sounding male names. You’ll notice that many names ending in vowels and that have strong vowel sounds tend to be more melodic and soft. These are my Top 10 Soft Boys Names:

Bodhi
Bodhi is a hot celebrity baby name used by Megan Fox, Oliver Hudson, and Amy Brenneman just to name a few. Bodhi has a playful and soft sound coupled with the wonderful Sanskrit meaning of awakening and enlightenment.

Callum
Many “Cal” names lend themselves to a sweet softer sound.  For more “Cal” names check out my article, “Call me Cal” https://tulipbyanyname.com/2017/05/15/call-me-cal/ .  Callum also ends with the lullaby “-lum” sound making it one of the first names that came to mind when building this list. Need another reason to love Callum? It’s a Scottish name meaning dove, a beautiful symbol of peace to bestow on your little one.

Hayes
I love how soft Hayes is to the ear while still conveying a very masculine cowboy vibe. This name is the perfect example of how soft can still be handsome and manly. Hayes is an English name meaning hedged area. Jessica Alba recently used the name Hayes for her first son born at the end of 2017.

Henley
Names ending in “y,” particularly “ley” really draw out a softer sound in a name. Henley is one of those names I think more people would use if they knew of it and if the henley shirt association didn’t bother them.  Henley is also a great Henry alternative and much less popular too!

Jude
“Hey Jude,” you straight-forward, one-syllable, soft but powerful name, I sure do love you. Jude is a little name getting quite a bit of love lately. A diminutive of the Latin Judah, Jude means praised. Jude is also a widely recognized saint name for Saint Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.

Luca
Speaking of names people are mad about right now, Luca is also climbing the charts with rapid speed. I’m a sucker for “Luke names” and Luca has such a romantic, smooth, and soft sound with it’s “a” ending. Luca is an Italian form of Luke meaning from Luciana.

Milo
Milo has been a personal favorite for the last few years, though I’ve yet to sell my partner on it. Milo has Latin and German roots meaning soldier or merciful, strong meanings for such a soft little name. Actor Milo Ventimiglia has helped make this whispering name a household name.

Owen
I recently met a darling little girl named Owen and so I wanted to address the elephant in the name article – yes, many of these names work well on either sex – names can be both pretty and handsome, as can people ((grin)). I love that strong soft “O” sound in Owen, a Welsh name meaning well-born or youthful warrior.

Shiloh
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made headlines when they named their daughter Shiloh in 2006. Many biblical names ending in the soft “ah” or “oh” have a sweet, soft ending sound.  Shiloh is a Hebrew name with the lovely meaning tranquil, I love how the meaning mirrors the sound.

Wesley
Both syllables of this melodic name have a soft, subdued sound but pack a great punch when paired together. Wesley is an English name meaning western meadow that has long been popular in the United States.

Even more great soft names for boys include:

Arlo
Asher
Elian
Elliott
Ethan
Finley
Hugh
Joel
Julian
Liam
Micah
Noah
Remy
Riley
Rowan
Sean
Seth
Simon
Theo
Wiley

What names would you add to this list?

The Best Celeb Baby Names of the Year (so far)

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Doesn’t it seem like we we’re just ringing in the New Year? Spring is in bloom and we’re already four months into 2018, so let’s see what names celebrities treated us to in the first quarter!

Classy Choices
When you think of celebrity baby names often the weird and the wacky come to mind. These are some more popular and classic names that are lovely and wearable. Tabitha Simmons & Robert Livingston “Topper” Mortimer went for a classy combo for their daughter Violet Elizabeth. Eddie and Hannah Redmayne picked the timeless name Luke Richard for their little leading man.

Showstopper
Christina Perri and Paul Costabile wowed us with the rare and grand name Carmella.

Double The Name Fun
2018 has given us two sets of twins so far! Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrell welcomed sweet country cuties Betsy Mack and Emory Joann. AJ Buckley and Abby Ochse dazzled us with twin boys named Bodhi Robert and Ranger Joseph.

Vintage Delights
Jack & Lisa Osbourne welcomed third daughter Minnie Theodora in February. She joins older sisters Pearl Clementine and Andy Rose. These two truly are namers at heart!

A Touch of Whimsy
Aaron Paul and Danielle Hart chose Story Annabelle for their first daughter. I sweet word name anchored with a sensable and equally lovely middle name.

Kardashian Korner
Love em’ or hate em’ the Kardashian’s have had a big pull on names in recent years. Two new little ones have recently joined the family! Kim & Kanye West welcomed daughter Chicago in January followed by little sister Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s first child, Stormi born in February.

You can watch me chat about these names and more here:

2017 Celebrity Baby Names

newyearsbaby17It’s a New Year and that means there will be a whole new batch of celebrity babies born and for us name nerds, that means new names to ooh and ahh at! Let’s take a look back and recap some of the more colorful and inspiring names from last year.

Most Anticipated Twin Names of 2017:

Rumi & Sir
Born to Jay-Z & Beyonce
Rumi is a Japanese name meaning beauty or lapis.
Sir is a word name and a title.

Alexander & Ella
Born to George & Amal Clooney
Alexander is a Greek name meaning defending men.
Ella is a name with multiple origins and depending on origin it can mean she, all, or maiden.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Boys Names of 2017:

Phoenix Wolf
Bam & Nicole Margera
Phoenix is a Greek name and a place name meaning dark red.

Gunner Stone
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Gunner is a variant of a Scandinavian name meaning bold warrior.

Jones McCoy
Tony & Candice Crawford Romo
Jones is an English surname meaning God is gracious.

Watson Cole
Chelsea Houska & Cole DeBoer
Watson is an English and Scottish surname meaning son of Wat.

Ryder Falcon
Rodney & Rose Atkins
Ryder is an English surname meaning cavalryman.

Robinson True
Samantha Ponder & Christian Ponder
Robinson is an English name meaning son of Robin.

Braver Celeb Baby Boys Names of 2017:

Strummer Newcomb
Julia Stiles & Preston J. Cook
Strummer is a word name possibly referring to a musical man who strums instruments.

Revel James Makai
Matthew & Renee Morrison
Revel is a word name meaning noisy and lively enjoyment.

My Favorite Celeb Boy Baby Names 2017:

#3 Arlo Benjamin
Theo & Meghan Rossi
Arlo is a place and literary name.

#2 Flynn Maxwell
Patrick & Jasmin Renna
Flynn is an Irish name meaning son of the red-haired one.

#1 Jude Malcolm
Steven Yeun & Joana Pak
Jude comes from a Latin name meaning praised.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Boys List:

Beckett Scott
Blair & Dylan Scott Robinson
Beckett is an Irish and English name meaning bee cottage.

Forrest Henry
John & Candice Cody
Forrest is an English name meaning dweller near the woods.

Ford Douglas Armand
Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers
Ford is an English name meaning dweller at the ford.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Girls Names of 2017: 

Odette Elliott
Jared Padalecki & Genevieve Cortese
Odette is a French name meaning wealthy.

Mabel Jane
Topher & Ashley Hinshaw Grace
Mabel is a diminutive of Amabel meaning grace.

Kaia Joann
Earl Cole & Shelley Lee
Kaia may be Hawaiian meaning sea or derive from a Greek name.

Birdie Joe
Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan
Birdie is an English word name meaning bird.

Teddy Marilyn
James & Nicky Hilton Rothschild
Teddy is a diminutive of Theodora meaning gift of God.

Domenica Celine
Daphne Oz & John Jovanovic
Domencia is a Spanish name meaning born on Sunday. 
Braver Celeb Baby Girls Names of 2017: 

Gravity Blue
Lucky Blue Smith & Stormi Bree
Gravity is a word name for the force that attracts a body to the earth. 

Rome Coco
Jason Thompson & Paloma Jonas
Rome is a place name and the Capital city of Italy.

Zeppelin Adele
Kiele Sanchez & Zach Gilford
Zeppelin is a word name for a German airship. 

My Favorite Celeb Girl Baby Names 2017:
#3 Rosie Carolyn
Nathan & London Kress
Rosie is a diminutive of the flower name Rose.

#2 Rowan Louise
Mikey Way & Kristin Colby
Rowan is a tree name as well as an Irish and Scottish name meaning little redhead.

#1 Calliope Maeve
Felicia Day
Calliope is a Greek mythological name meaning beautiful voice.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Girls List:
 

Lyla Isabela
April Hernandez-Castillo & Jose Castillo
Lyla is an Arabic name meaning night.

Hear my thoughts on these names here:

Little People, Big Names

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The Roloff Family became household names with their TLC show Little People, Big World which follows a family of six, three of which have dwarfism. The Roloff parents have separated since the show aired but the family continues to grow as all four of the children are in relationships and the two eldest sons have become father’s themselves. Let’s take a look at names from this growing little family!

The Roloff Parents

Matthew “Matt” James Roloff
Matthew James Roloff is the patriarch of the Roloff bunch. Matthew is a timeless Hebrew name meaning gift of God.  Matthew was ranked at Number 59 in 1961 when Roloff was born, though today its much more commonly used at Number 15. The Spanish variant Mateo is also on the rise. Matthew ranks within the Top 100 in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Matt is currently dating Caryn Chandler.

Amy Jo Knight Roloff
Amy Jo Knight, Matt’s ex-wife, is the Roloff matriarch. Amy is a French name meaning beloved that peaked in 1976 when it was the Number 2 girls name in the US. Amy ranked at Number 44 the year Roloff was born and today comes in at spot Number 176. We may be hearing Amy more as a nickname as Amelia climbs the charts. Amy could also work as a nickname to Amandine, Amaryllis, Amelie, Amethyst, and Amity. Amy is currently dating Chris Marek.

The Roloff Kids

Jeremy James Roloff
The twin brothers Jeremy and Zach are the eldest. Jeremy James, who sometimes goes by the nickname “Jer,” shares the same middle name as his father. Jeremy is an English form of the Hebrew name Jeremiah meaning appointed by God. Jeremy ranked at Number 40 in 1990 when Roloff was born, but has since declined in popularity currently ranked at Number 184. I’ve always been fond of the name Jeremy and believe it could be more appealing to modern parents with the nickname “Remy.”

Zachary Luke “Zach” Roloff
Zachary Luke, predominantly called “Zach,” is the other twin in duo of Zach and Jeremy. Zachary is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Zachary peaked in the mid 1990’s just a few years after Roloff was given his name in 1990 when it was Number 22. Today Zachary ranks at Number 90, the lowest its been since the late 1970s.

Molly Jo Roloff Silvius
Molly Jo is the only girl in the bunch and she shares her the middle name Jo with her mother. Molly is a sweet, wholesome sounding diminutive of the Hebrew name Mary meaning bitter. Molly ranked at Number 87 in 1993 when Roloff Silvius was born and today comes in at Number 157. Molly has a special place in my heart as it reminds me of American Girl doll and character Molly McIntire.

Jacob George Roloff
Jacob, who sometimes goes by “Jake”, is the youngest of the Roloff siblings. Jacob is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning supplanter that is currently the Number 7 boys name in the US. Jacob ranked at Number 2 in 1997 when Roloff was born. Jacob was the most popular boys name from 1999-2007, so chances are you know a Jacob or two.

The Roloff Kids Partners

Audrey Mirabella Botti Roloff
Jeremy Roloff married Audrey Mirabella Botti in September 2014. Doesn’t Audrey Mirabella sound like a name straight from a name-lover’s favorites list? Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength that reminds many of the lovely and classy Audrey Hepburn. Audrey ranked at Number 169 in 1991 when Roloff was born but has been steadily climbing the charts, today ranked at Number 39.

Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton Roloff
Zach Roloff married Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton in July 2015. Victoria almost exclusively goes by the nickname Tori, though her given name, Victoria Elizabeth is quite regal. Victoria has long been a classic name in the US, ranking at Number 28 in 1991 when Roloff was born and today at Number 21. Victoria is a Latin name meaning victory that could also lend itself to the nicknames Ria, Rori, Tora, Via, and of course Vicky.

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Joel Silvius
Molly Roloff Silvius married Joel Silvius is August 2017. Joel and Molly share the same birthday, how sweet is that? Joel is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Joel was Number 101 in 1993 when Silvius was born and has dropped just a bit in popularity to 166, making it still a well loved name.  I particularly like Joel in the middle name spot and think it makes a nice alternative or way to honor a Joseph.

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Isabel Sofia Garreton Rock
Jacob Roloff has been dating Isabel “Izzy” Rock for a couple of years. I have to point out the fun Twilight name connection of Jacob and Isabel (close to Isabella). Isabel seems is such a delight and the couple have had fun with their names calling themselves “Rock and Roloff.” I’m unsure of Isabel’s birth-date, though if she was born in 1997 like Jacob, her name would have ranked at 141 then and ranks at 145 now. Isabel is a variant of the classic Elizabeth meaning pledged to God.

The Roloff Grandkids

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Jackson Kyle Roloff
On May 12, 2017 Zach and Tori welcomed the first Roloff grandchild, Jackson Kyle. Jackson is affectionately called “Baby J” by his family occasionally. Jackson is an English name meaning son of Jack that currently ranks at Number 17 in popularity. The popularity of Jackson is a bit deceiving though because there are multiple spelling variations within the Top 1,000.

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Ember Jean Roloff
On September 10, 2017 Jeremy and Audrey welcomed the first Roloff granddaughter named Ember Jean.  Ember is a word name referring to a coal glowing on a fire. Ember just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2009 and peaked last year at Number 320 in popularity.

Arizona Baby Names

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Let’s warm things up with some baby names inspired by the state of Arizona! Sunny southwestern Arizona is one of the newer US states, the 48th to be added. Arizona’s cities and desert landscapes make for some lovely names chalked full of character.

Arizona
Let’s start with the place name Arizona, a Native American name meaning small springs. You may recognize Arizona as Jessica Capshaw’s character on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Arizona was briefly ranked in the Top 1,000 between 1901-1911. Last year only 115 girls were named Arizona.

Canyon
Arizona has been nicknamed “The Grand Canyon State.” The Grand Canyon is located in Northern Arizona and is known world-wide for its stunning size and color. Canyon makes for an interesting, underused, yet familiar sounding word name. 130 boys and 8 girls were given the name Canyon last year.

Chandler
Chandler is a prominent suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. Chandler got its name from veterinary surgeon Dr. Alexander John Chandler. Chandler is a surname and occupational name meaning candle-maker.  Chandler is also closely associated with Mathew Perry’s character Chandler Bing from the popular TV show Friends. Chandler is currently ranked at Number 466 for boys and Number 995 for girls.

Copper
Copper is the state metal of Arizona which also bears the nickname, “the copper state.” Copper is a beautiful burnished metal that was only used by 30 boys and 11 girls last year. Copper could make for a good alternative to Connor or Carter.

Desert
Arizona is most definitely known for its vast desert landscape. Truly an unusual name, it could be a fun word name and lends itself to the cute nicknames Des or Desi. Desert is so rare that it was given to less than 5 babies last year and has never ranked in the US Top 1,000.

Gilbert
Gilbert is a town located in southeast Phoenix, Arizona. Gilbert gets its name from William “Bobby” Gilbert who provided land for the Arizona Eastern Railway. I have a soft spot for the name Gilbert, a beloved character from the Anne of Green Gables series. Gilbert is a German name meaning shining pledge that currently ranks at Number 960.

Phoenix
When you saw this was a list of Arizona themed baby names the name Phoenix was probably one of the first that came to mind. Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the fifth most populated city in the US. Phoenix is a Greek name meaning dark red and the name of the mythological bird. Phoenix is currently ranked at Number 292 for boys and Number 443 for girls. This name also reminds me of actors River and Joaquin Phoenix.

Prescott
Prescott is another large city in Arizona. Prescott was named in honor of historian William H. Prescott. Prescott has a crisp, preppy, vintage vibe. An English surname meaning priest’s dwelling, Prescott was only given to 33 boys and 5 girls last year.

Sedona
Sedona is a breathtakingly beautiful city known for its red sandstorm formations. Sedona was named after the hospitable first postmaster’s wife, Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly. Schnebly’s mother created the name herself, combining sounds she found appealing. 64 girls were given this exotic place name last year.

Turquoise
Turquoise is the gemstone of this beautiful southwestern state. In addition to being a gorgeous bluish-green hue, Turquoise is a French name meaning Turkish stone. An uncommon color name, Turquoise was used by less than five babies last year.

The Most Popular Names in Arizona last year were:

1 Liam (#2 in the US)
2 Noah (#1 in the US)
3 Sebastian (#24 in the US)
4 Daniel (#13 in the US)
5 Alexander (#11 in the US)
6 Michael (#8 in the US)
7 Julian (#39 in the US)
8 Oliver (#12 in the US)
9 Benjamin (#6 in the US)
10 Elijah (#9 in the US)

1 Emma (#1 in the US)
2 Sophia (#4 in the US)
3 Mia (#6 in the US)
4 Olivia (#2 in the US)
5 Isabella (#5 in the US)
6 Ava (#3 in the US)
7 Emily (#9 in the US)
8 Sofia (#14 in the US)
9 Abigail (#8 in the US)
10 Charlotte (#7 in the US)

Rad Word Names for Boys A-Z

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All names are words so why not look at some words that make for intriguing name choices. Here are some rad word names for boys A to Z.

Arrow
Archers and fans of Robin Hood may enjoy this smooth choice.
119 boys and 71 girls were named Arrow last year.

Brave
A wonderful trait to bestow upon your little lad.
29 boys were named Brave last year.

Cove
A great sound for a beachy babe.
42 boys and 7 girls were named Cove last year.

Denim
Perfect for you blue jean baby.
117 boys and 62 girls were named Denim last year.

Ever
That cool Ev sound. Also a great nickname for Everest or Everett.
133 boys and 84 girls were named Ever last year.

Flint
A cool Finn alternative with a spark!
85 boys were named Flint last year.

Given
A great Gavin alternative and perfect for a Thanksgiving baby!
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Hawk
A strong bird name with a cool image
55 boys were named Hawk last year.

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If only Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had heard this one.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Jett
For the guy on the go!
Currently Number 314 for boys.

Knight
For the dashing young lad.
50 boys were named Knight last year.

Link
Calling all Zelda fans.
145 boys were named Link last year.

Maven
Perhaps a cool Mason alternative? A bit more popular with the girls.
24 boys and 69 girls were named Maven last year.

Noble
A great virtuous choice.
140 boys and 15 girls were named Noble last year.

Oak
A strong, steady image.
40 boys were named Oak last year.

Post
A familiar sound but oh so rare.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Quest
For your little adventurer.
35 boys were named Quest last year.

Reverent
A Puritanical name with a strong meaning.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Stone
TV reporter Stone Phillips wears this name well.
177 boys and 8 girls were named Stone last year.

True
Understated with a great sound and meaning.
44 boys and 31 girls were named True last year.

Urban
Baby in the city.
35 boys were named Urban last year.

Valor
Warrior-worthy virtue name.
90 boys and 14 girls were named Valor last year.

West
An appealing sounding directional name.
72 boys were named West last year.

Xerox
Quirky and futuristic.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Yard
Simple, strong, and bold.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

Zephyr
Breezy and cool.
124 boys and 20 girls were named Zephyr last year.

Which of these rad word names would make your list?