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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.

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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)

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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?

End of Summer Baby Names

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“August is like the Sunday of Summer.”

School is starting and summer is quickly ending, but let’s not let these final days of the season end without a final look at hot names in this hot month.

August
Why not pull name inspiration from this final month itself? August is quickly rising, currently ranked at Number 193 for boys. August was also used by 222 girls last year. Mariska Hargitay and Dave Matthews have son’s named August, while Charlize Theron and Garth Brooks used the name August for their daughters.
Some other cool August names include;
Augusta, Augustina, Augustine, Augustino, Augusto, and Augustus.

Leo
Strong, short, and simple, Leo is a little name taking the world by storm, currently ranked at Number 74. The end of July through mid-August falls under the Zodiac sign Leo. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz chose the internationally loved name Leo for their son. Another cool thing about Leo, it means lion. Imagine the cute nursery decor you could do with that meaning!
Lion lovers may also like these names with meanings related to lions;
Ari, Ariel, Aslan, Leander, and Lev.

Ocean
Ocean has a peaceful, carefree, beachy vibe. Forest Whitaker chose the name Ocean Alexander for his son. Only 102 boys and 82 girls were given this blue nature name last year.
Other great ocean inspired names include;
Oceana, Oceane, Oceania, and Oceanus.

Sailor
Nautical names are a perfect fit for late summer babes. Sailor is a name that is projected to break into the Top 1,000, used by 242 girls and 48 boys last year. Christie Brinkley was ahead of the trend when she named her daughter Sailor in 1998.
A few more great nautical choices include;
Anchor, Coral, Crew, and Marina.

Sky
If you were to draw your ideal summer day it would more than likely be filled with blue skies. Sky is a unisex word name ranked at 779 for girls and used by 85 boys last year. The alternatively spelled Skye was also used for both sexes.
If you like the sound of Sky you may like;
Skyla, Skylee, and Skyler.

Summer
Sure its an obvious choice for the end of the season but it is still readily used and loved. Christina Aguilera used the double word combo Summer Rain for her daughter. Summer peaked in the late 1970’s but remains hot at Number 202 in popularity.
If you like summery hippie names that are less popular you may also consider;
Sunset, Sunshine, and Soleil.

What names remind you of sweet summer days?

The New Kids Kids – Babies on the Block

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If you were a girl in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s chances are you were obsessed with the American boy band The New Kids on the Block (NKOTB). I had their poster in my room at age six and thought then that if I didn’t marry Jordan Knight that I’d at least have a son with his name. NKOTB still has hoards of followers, many that are now parents, which made me curious as to what the teen idols named their little ones.

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I’ve already professed my childhood crush on Jordan, born Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight, the younger brother of fellow band-mate Jonathan Knight. Jordan is a Hebrew river name meaning flowing down. Knight’s parents were ahead of the trend in 1970 when Jordan was born. His name then ranked at Number 486. Jordan peaked in popularity in the late 1990’s when it reached spot Number 26. Today Jordan sits at Number 67. Knight married Evelyn Melendez-Knight and together they have two sons, Dante Jordan and Eric Jacob.
Dante is a Latin Medieval name, a variant of Durante, meaning enduring. One of the most famous bearers of this name was the 13th century poet Dante Alighieri. A bold and masculine name, Dante currently ranks at Number 344.
Eric is an Old Norse name meaning eternal ruler. Eric was a Top 100 name from 1950 to 2010. Today Eric ranks at Number 142, the lowest its been since the mid-1940s.

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Jonathan is the only guy in this group who has not yet become a father. He and fiance Harley Rodriguez have expressed interest in one day starting a family. We know Jonathan as Jordan’s older brother, but he also has three older siblings; Allison, Sharon and David. Jonathan was born Jonathan Rashleigh Knight. Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning gift of God. Since the early 1960’s Jonathan has been in the Top 100. It ranked at Number 53 in 1968, when Knight was born, and today ranks just a few spots lower at Number 56.

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Donnie Wahlberg has gone on to be one of the most famous members of the band. Donnie, born Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. Is the eighth of nine children, the youngest being famous brother Mark Wahlberg. Donald is a Gaelic name derived from Domhnall, meaning ruler or chief.  Donald peaked in the 1930’s when it was a Top 10 baby name. Donald ranked at Number 30 in 1969 when Wahlberg was born but has steadily declined every year since, today coming in at Number 488.
Wahlberg has two sons, Xavier Alexander and Elijah Hendrix with his ex-wife Kimberly Fey.
Xavier comes from a Basque place name meaning the new house. A noteable namesake is Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier. Xavier has been a Top 100 name since 2001, today ranking at Number 88.
Elijah has been steadily climbing the charts, peaking in popularity last year reaching spot Number 9. Elijah is the name of an Old Testament prophet and has Hebrew roots meaning Yahweh is God.  The attractive nickname Eli aids in Elijah’s appeal.

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Danny was the first in the band to become a father, see him pictured with Danny Jr. in 1992. Born Daniel William Wood, Danny has one of the most timeless and classic names on this list. Daniel is a has never dipped below spot Number 55. Today Daniel ranks at Number 13, maintaining its well-loved and well-used status. Danny has a son named Daniel William Jr. with his ex-girlfriend Elise Stepherson as well as son Chance and daughter Vega with ex-wife Patricia Alfaro.
Daniel is one of the many classic names we see passed from father to son. It was Number 7 in 1992 when Danny Jr. Was born.
Chance is a word name meaning luck or fortune though it can also be a diminutive of the English Chauncey meaning chancellor. Chance first entered the Top 1,000 in 1967, peaking in the mid-1990s. Today Chance is ranked at Number 274.
Vega is the rarest name on our list today. Vega is a star in the Lyra constellation as well as an Arabic name meaning swooping eagle. Only 35 girls and 10 boys were named Vegas last year.

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Joey is the youngest member of the group and went on to find success in his solo musical career.  Born Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, Joey is the youngest of nine children. His older siblings names are Judy, Alice, Susan, Tricia, Carol, Jean, Kate, and Tommy. Joseph is another well-loved classic Biblical name.  A Hebrew name meaning Jehovah increases, Joseph is currently Number 20 in popularity, the lowest it has ever ranked. Joey and wife Barrett Williams are parents to Griffin Thomas, Rhys Edward, and Kira Katherine.
Griffin is a Welsh variant of Gruffudd meaning strong lord. Griffin has never been too popular, peaking in 1998 when it reached Number 215. Today Griffin is just a bit lower at Number 229. Nicknames Finn, Griff, and Griffy add to Griffin’s appeal.
Rhys is another handsome Welsh name meaning ardor. Numerous Welsh rulers were fittingly named Rhys. Rhys first entered the US Top 1,00 in 2004 and today ranks at Number 494.
Kira is a Russian feminine form of Cyrus meaning young or throne. Kira can have numerous origins and spellings, but with this spelling it currently ranks at Number 369.

Which of the New Kids has the best naming chops?

Alaska Baby Names

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Baby, it may be cold outside in Alaska, but these names inspired by the state of are hot and ready to be used! Alaska has an expansive and diverse terrain which yields to many great Native names and nature names. Let’s look at some great names from America’s last frontier.

Alaska
It seems only fitting that we start with this dynamic place name. Alaska comes from a Native American word meaning great land. Not very common as a first name, only 51 little girls were given the first name Alaska last year. Alaska Young is the title character in John Green’s popular novel Looking for Alaska. Alaska may also remind you of Alaska Matthews the pint sized beauty queen from the show Toddlers and Tiaras.

Benson
In 1927 13-year-old John Ben “Benny” Benson Jr. won a contest for designing the flag of the then territory of Alaska. Benson is an English name that as you may have guessed means son of Ben. Much less popular than Benjamin, which ranks at Number 6, Benson comes in at Number 428. If you love Ben names you may also consider Benedict, Bennett, Bentley, or Benton.

Denali
Denali is a National Park in Alaska that has the highest mountain peak in North America. Denali is a Native American name meaning great one or tall one. 62 girls and 24 boys were named Denali last year. You may also recognize Denali as the name of one of the vampire covens in the Twilight saga.
Name nerds like me will appreciate that Denali is an anagram for Daniel.

Frontier
Alaska has been nicknamed “The Last Frontier.” Frontier definitely brings to mind images of cowboys and unsettled regions. A bold and uncommon word name, Frontier is two syllables and ends in “r” like Fletcher, Carter, and many more popular boys names. As you may have guessed Frontier is so uncommon as a name that less than 5 babies were named it last year.

Jade
Alaska designated Jade as its state gemstone in 1968. Jade is a beautiful precious green stone. As a name Jade has Spanish roots meaning stone of flank. One of the most popular names on our list today, Jade is currently Number 117 for girls. Though this name has clearly gone to the girls, it was still used by 53 boys last year. I’ve also seen Jade commonly used as a middle name in recent years.

Juneau
Juneau is the capital of Alaska and comes from a french word meaning young. If you do have a connection to Alaska, Juneau is a distinctive place name. The spelling Juno may be assumed when this name is said out loud, in part due to the popular 2007 film Juno. A rarely used name, 10 girls were named Juneau last year.

Kodiak
Kodiak is Alaska’s largest island and the second largest island in the United States. Fittingly, Kodiak is a Russian name meaning island. In addition to being a place name Kodiak is also the name of a species of bear. 25 boys were named Kodiak last year. Nicknames like Koda or Kody may make this untapped place name feel more usable.

McKinley
Denali was once called Mount McKinley. There is some naming controversy surrounding the highest point in North America. Native’s called the mountain Denali then later William Dickey began calling it McKinley after President William McKinley. Both names are still used interchangeably though locals will call it Denali. In 2015 Obama approved officially restoring the name to Denali. McKinley is a Scottish name meaning son of the fair warrior. Currently more popular with girls were it ranks at Number 428, McKinley was used by 68 boys last year as well.

North
Alaska’s motto is “North to the future.” This directional name made waves when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West used it for their daughter in 2013. I still associate North with Elijah Wood in the 90’s film North. I think North would make a handsome middle name choice. 11 boys were given the first name North last year.

Winter
A land of winter, many people associate Alaska with ice, snow, cold, and a seemingly endless winter.  A beautiful seasonal word name, Winter is rising in popularity, currently coming in at Number 506. Winter can also work on the fellas, 45 boys were named Winter last year. I love Winter as a middle name, it yields a clean, crisp (pun intended) sound. I also think Snow and Frost would make for fun cold weather middle names.

The most popular names in Alaska last year were:

1 Liam (#2 in the US)
2 Oliver (#12 in the US)
3 James (#5 in the US)
4 William (#3 in the US)
5 Joseph (#20 in the US)
6 Lucas (#14 in the US)
7 Noah (#1 in the US)
8 Owen (#23 in the US)
9 Logan (#18 in the US)
10 Mason (#4 in the US)

1 Emma(#1 in the US)
2 Olivia (#2 in the US)
3 Amelia (#11 in the US)
4 Charlotte (#7 in the US)
5 Sophia (#4 in the US)
6 Abigail (#8 in the US)
7 Ava (#3 in the US)
8 Elizabeth (#13 in the US)
9 Aurora (#66 in the US)
10 Chloe (#20 in the US)

Alabama Baby Names

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Do you find yourself looking at place names when you travel? I recently moved to a new state and I love taking in all the potential local baby names. My love of the U.S., travel, and names has come together in this new series where I’ll be talking about some great names inspired by each state. Let’s look at some great names from the heart of Dixie inspired by the state of Alabama.

Alabama
Why not pull inspiration from the state itself? Alabama comes from a Choctaw Native American name which when broken down means plant-cutters and to clear. Celebs Travis Barker Shanna Moakler named their daughter Alabama Louella. Writer William Faulker also used Alabama for his daughter. Alabama would be a cool way to get to the nickname Ally/Allie. Only 14 girls were named Alabama last year.

Auburn
Auburn is a college town, home of Auburn University. One of Alabama’s largest cities, Auburn’s nickname is ,“The Loveliest Village On The Plains.” Auburn is also a lovely red-brown color name and lends itself easily to the nickname Aubrey. Auburn has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and was only used by 34 girls and 6 boys last year.

Birmingham
Birmingham may be suited best as a middle name or a name reserved for a brave namer. You could get creative with nicknames like Bing or Barry for Birmingham. One of the most recognizable cities in Alabama, Birmingham is packed full of history. Birmingham comes from an Old English surname meaning homestead of the people. Birmingham is so rarely used that less than 5 babies were named Birmingham last year.

Camelllia
Camellia became the state flower of Alabama in 1927. If you like the rising name Amelia, you may enjoy Camellia. Camellia is a rarely used “Cam” name that was only given to 78 baby girls last year. Camellia is an uncommon name with lovable recognizable nicknames like Cam, Cami, Mellie, Mia, and Millie.

Cotton
Located right in the center of the Cotton belt, one of Alabama’s nicknames is fittingly “the Cotton state.” Cotton played a huge role in Alabama’s history and economy. A word name, Cotton was more popular among Puritans and early settlers. 18 baby boys were named Cotton last year. Cotton may also remind you of the folk song “Cotton-eyed-Joe” or the 2014 film Cotton.

Crimson
“Roll Tide!” The Alabama Crimson Tide refers to the 21 beloved sports teams at the University of Alabama. Crimson is a cool color name for a brilliant deep red hue. 69 girls and 44 boys were given the first name Crimson last year. A recognizable but rare name choice, Crimson could be an alternative to Scarlett which continues to rise.

Dixie
Alabama is known as the “heart of Dixie.” Dixie is a nickname for the South which is derived from the Latin word “dix” meaning ten. Dixie peaked in the late 1930s when it reached spot Number 167.  Last year 254 girls were named Dixie. When I think of Dixie I think of actor Dixie Carter who played Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women or the musical trio The Dixie Chicks.

Harper
Writer Harper Lee who is remembered for her iconic book, To Kill A Mockingbird, was born in Monroeville, Alabama. One of Alabama’s most celebrated residents, Lee was born Nelle Harper Lee.  Harper first entered the Top 1,000 in 2004 and has quickly rose to the Number 10 spot where it has been the past two years. Harper is a English surname and occupational name for a harp player.

Montgomery
Montgomery is the Capital city of Alabama. The second largest city in Alabama, Montgomery was named after Richard Montgomery. Montgomery is a distinguished sounding Norman name meaning man power. 14 girls and 115 boys were given the first name Montgomery last year. I have a soft spot for Montgomery because of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Rocket
Brave parents may take a page from Pharell Williams who has a son named Rocket. Alabama is known as the rocket capital of the world. Hunstville, Alabama is home of the US space and rocket center. A fun word name with equally fun nicknames like Rock or Rocky, only 23 boys were named Rocket last year.

The most popular names in Alabama last year were:

1 William (#3 in the US)
2 James (#5 in the US)
3 John (#28 in the US)
4 Mason (#4 in the US)
5 Elijah (#9 in the US)
6 Noah (#1 in the US)
7 Jackson (#17 in the US)
8 Michael (#8 in the US)
9 Liam (#2 in the US)
10 Samuel (#21 in the US)

1 Ava (#3 in the US)
2 Emma (#1 in the US)
3 Olivia (#2 in the US)
4 Elizabeth (#13 in the US)
5 Harper (#10 in the US)
6 Madison (#15 in the US)
7 Amelia (#11 in the US)
8 Caroline (#56 in the US)
9 Isabella (#5 in the US)
10 Ella (#17 in the US)

 

 

Mermaid Baby Names

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Mermaids are my favorite mythological creatures. In my latest YouTube video, which I’ll link at the end of this article, I talked about 10 beautiful names that would be fitting for a mermaid. Today I thought we’d explore 10 more mermaid inspired names for your aqua baby.

Aerwyna
Let’s begin with the exotic yet beautiful Aerwyna, pronounced ER-Wih-NAH. Tolkien fans will recognize this as an Elven name. Aerwyna has English roots meaning friend of the sea, the perfect meaning for a mermaid!

Ariel
How can we not talk about Ariel? The wide-eyed, red-headed Disney mermaid from Little Mermaid is perhaps one of the most recognizable mermaids. Ariel is a unisex Hebrew name meaning Lion of God. Shakespeare used the name Ariel for the spirit in his play The Tempest. Ariel currently ranks at Number 140.

Kailani
Most Hawaiian names could easily fit this category. Kailani is a beautiful exotic yet accessible choice meanings sky, heavens and sea. Kailani is currently number 754 in popularity, the most popular it has ever ranked. The nicknames Kai and Lani definitely make this name all the more appealing.

Madison
Daryl Hannah played the mermaid Madison in the 1980s film Splash. Madison has been wildly popular since and has been a Top 20 name since 1996. Currently Number 15 in popularity, Madison is actually a lot more popular when you add up the multiple spelling variations.

Muirgen
My love of mermaids and of Irish mythology come together in the name Muirgen, a Gaelic name (pronounced mur-in) meaning born of the sea. According to Irish legend, Muirgen was a woman who was transformed into a mermaid for 300 years but returned to her human form after being baptized.

Muriel
Muriel is a melodic Irish name meaning bright sea. Muriel peaked in 1922 and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1964. Muriel may remind you of the film Muriel’s Wedding or of Muriel Stacy, Anne Shirley’s beloved teacher in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Nerida
Nerida has a very familiar sound though it is quite uncommon. Nerida may have Greek roots meaning sea nymph or Australian ties meaning water lily. Both origins of Nerida make it a suitable name for a woman with fins and a watery home.

Ondine
Ondine is a stunning Latin name from the French Undine meaning wave. Ondine is the name of a mythical water spirit, a story that was adapted into the 2009 film Ondine. Sleek and mysterious Ondine is a mix of soft and bold.

Shell
Word names are all the rage and so beach-going parents may consider Shell.  A cool way to honor a Shelly, Shell has a more modern feel. Shell is also similar to author Shel Silverstein which would make a fun namesake connection.

Waverly
Waverly is one of my favorite names to say. Melodic and whimsical, Waverly has the word wave right in it, perfect for a mermaid! An English name meaning meadow of quivering aspens, I think Waverly will be the next Everly.

What are your favorite mermaid names? Hear me chat about 10 more magical mermaid names: