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Rare Classy Girls Names

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Emma, Charlotte, Amelia, Ava.. there are so many beautiful and classy names taking over in popularity. I love this trend and so today I think we should look at some equally lovely and classy options that aren’t currently in the U.S. Top 1,000.

Audra
The perfect alternative to the ladylike Audrey is Audra, and English name meaning noble strength. The lovely songstress Audra McDonald is a great namesake.

Beatrix
Much less popular than Beatrice, Beatrix is a Latin name with the gorgeous meaning she who brings happiness. It also has the great Beatrix Potter association.

Cordelia
A strong name and personal favorite, Cordelia is rich in history. It may be Latin or Celtic meaning heart or daughter of the sea. Classy nickname options include Cora and Delia.

Flora
Sister to more popular Cora and Nora, the Latin Flora has a darling vintage vibe and means flower. Flora was the name of one of the little fairies in Sleeping Beauty.

Moira
An Irish form of the classic Mary, meaning bitter, Moira has a charm and silent strength on her own. Moira always reminds me of the character Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Peter Pan.

Odette
Ette names just scream classy to me and how fun is that O initial? French from a German name Odette means wealthy. Jared and Genevieve Padalecki named their daughter Odette Elliott last year.

Tabitha
I’m always perplexed by how low Tabitha ranks. An Aramaic name meaning gazelle, it’s time to bring back Tabitha. You could use the classic nickname Beth or the quirky cute Tibby!

Theodora
Theodore has gained attention but his sister Theodora, the feminine form of the Greek name meaning gift or God, is still quite underused. Thea and Teddy sure do make for charming nicknames.

Weigh in on your favorites!

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Nature Names – Letter B

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Basil
An herb and Greek name meaning regal.

Bay
A name that brings to mind aquatic images, Bay has Latin roots meaning berry, a nature name through and through.

Beach
Surfs up! This one may be best in the middle name spot.

Begonia
Do you like flower names? Begonia is an unusual choice for the gorgeous flower.

Beech
So Beach is for the water babies and now we have Beech for the forest babes!
Beech trees are part of the fagaceae family.

Berry
Berry berry cute! I love Berry as a middle name. As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I can’t help but see this one and think of Strawberry Shortcake sheets.

Birch
Don’t you just love those white-bark branches? This one-syllable name is strong in sound and imagery.

Blossom
The flowering part of a plant and the coming-of-age 1990’s television show.

Bluebell
This flower name is on many name-lover’s guilty pleasure lists. Split this name up and nicknames Blue and Bell make it easy to wear.

Branch
Hard to see this one and not think of Justin Timberlake in Trolls.
Branch our with this sturdy nature name.

Briar
English for a thorny patch, this one is also associated with Sleeping Beauty who went by the alias “Briar Rose.”

Brook
Often overlooked due to Brooks and Brooke’s popularity. This babbling water name is a great choice.

Bryony
A Latin flower name meaning to sprout. The spelling Briony was used in the film and book Atonement.

Buttercup
It’s hard not to think of The Princess Bride for this quirky, cute flower name.

Which of these names would you use for your little one?

Nature Names – Letter A

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Acacia
A shrub in the mimosa family.
Greek meaning thorny.

Alder
A tree in the birch family
Dutch surname meaning son of Aldert.

Amarantha
A family of colorful plants and flowers
From the Greek amarantos meaning unfading.

Amber
Golden fossilized tree resin.
Amber became popular in jewelry during the 19th century.

Ash
A tree name. May also be short form of Asher meaning fortunate and blessed.

Aspen
A tree with heart-shaped leaves as well as a place name

Autumn
The season between Summer and Winter.
From the Latin word autumnus meaning autumn or fall

Azalea
A Hebrew flower name.

Which of these names would you use for your little one?

Well Named – “well” baby Names

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I have been majorly crushing on the name Wells. I think Well and Wells make for great Will alternatives. Well, that Wells name sure got me thinking of all the fabously names that Well could be a nickname for.  You’ll notice that many are surname names with English origins.  Be sure to tell me your favorites

Boswell
Boswell is an English name meaning well near the woods. Boz would be a great nickname if you’re looking for a Well/Wells alternative.

Hartwell
Hartwell is a place name and English name meaning one who lives near the stag’s spring. I love Hart as a male middle name. Smoosh Hart and Well together and you get a preppy cool name!

Maxwell
I love “Max” names and Maxwell, ranked at Number 133, is the most popular name on this list. A Scottish name meaning great stream, I love that you could get the familiar Max or fresh Wells from it.

Oswell
Oswell is an English name (like most of these names are), and it means divinely powerful. I love Oswell as an OSwald alternative and how adorable is the nickname Ozzy on a little guy?

Rockwell
A little bit preppy and a little bit rock-n-roll. Rockwell is an English name meaning rock spring. Rock and Rocky would be awesome nicknames!

Samwell
Samwell is one of those surnames that there are disputed meanings for. There is a musician named Samwell, born Samuel. Samwell gives me Samwise vibes and has the familiar and lovable Sam to it.

Wellington
Wellington has such a posh, distinguished sound. A surname and place name, Wellington means people in a hamlet near the temple. It’s a big name with a lot of character.

Well, which Well name is your favorite?

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:

 

Seven C’s

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Calling all lovers of exotic Princess-worthy names! Feast your name eyes and ears on these seven grand, gorgeous, and glorious C names for girls!

Camellia
Camellia has an exotic flare though it shares a similar sound to the much more popular Amelia. Camellia is a flowering plant was named for botanist Georg Josef Kamel. What little girl wouldn’t love a flower name? The nickname possibilities are endless, but a few you may enjoy include Cam, Cammie, Mel, Mellie, Mia, and Lia.

Cataleya
Cataleya is a variant of cattleya which is a genus of orchids – can you tell I love a good flower name? Zoe Saldana played Cataleya in the film Colombiana, giving this name a boost, though its not too popular currently ranked at Number 510. Cataleya would be a great way to honor a Catherine, Kathleen, or even a Lee or Leah.

Celestia
A name written in the stars Celestia has Latin roots meaning heavenly or of the sky. Celestia is hardly a name one would forget as it is both striking and ethereal. Little House on the Praire writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s younger sister Carrie was born Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls. Celestia peaked in the late nintenth century.

Christiana
A whole generation of Christian, Christine, and Christina’s are now becoming parents. Refresh these beloved names with the brilliantly opulant Christiana, a variation which shares the meaning follower of Christ. Feminine with an exotic twist, Christiana could skip nicknames like Chris and Christy and opt for Tiana.

Clementine
Oh, my darlin’s Clementine just recently re-entered the US Top 1,000.  A Frecnch feminine form of Clement, meaning merciful, Clementine has a very wholesome and country vibe. Several stars from Claudia Schiffer, Kate Winslet, and Ethan Hawke have all picked the name Clementine for their daughters. In France Clementine ranks within the Top 100.

Cornelia
I’m such a big Cordelia fan that I often overlook Cornelia. A Latin name meaning horn, Cornelia easily lends itself to very user friendly nicknames like Cory, Cora, Nell, and Nellie. A name rich is history and literature there are a load of assocations to this name from a Christian saint to Julius Caesar’s first wife.

Cressida
A former college classmate recently had a little Cressida making my name-loving heart swoon. Cressida is the name of a Shakepearean heroine and has Greek rooks meaning golden. Cressida was also used in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, giving it life to a younger generation Cressida is equal parts strong and feminine.

Please share your favorite from this list! xo

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?