Baby Names and Meanings

Baby Names

Baby names: Choosing a name is a lot of fun, but it may also be stressful for some individuals. You’ve arrived at the correct site, whether you’re looking for a distinctive name for your kid, a fictitious character, or simply adore names! For first and last names, look up the meanings, history, origin, etymology, and fun facts about the names.

Below, you’ll find everything you need in baby names, including a list of the top 20 boys’ and girls’ names, as well as gender-neutral names. Our Baby Names Finder, inspiration lists, the most popular names, names by letter, and much more are all available here.

Many modern parents aim to give their children names that are free-spirited, imaginative, and down-to-earth. Our names challenge convention and have an adventurous, distinctive flair, combining elements of art and nature, spirituality and cosmopolitanism.

Some people look up top baby names to acquire ideas for what to name their children, while others look up top baby names to see what not to name their children.

Thousands of unique names are available, including unique girl names, unique boy names, and unusual unisex names that cross gender lines. International names, natural names, place names, and word names are all examples of rare, uncommon, and unusual names. They could be old treasures or recent innovations.

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It’s a girl, so congrats! Visit our Baby Girl Names to learn more about top girl names and distinctive girl names, as well as classic names for girls and bold new female names. You can look for names for girls by letter, origin, and style. Also, get the most up-to-date information and guidance on naming your newborn girl.

Congratulations on the birth of your newborn boy! Visit our Baby Boy Names list for the most up-to-date information on naming your kid today. You’ll find both popular and unusual boy’s names. You can look for boy names by letter, origin, and style, as well as browse the current boy name trends and connect with other parents who are naming their sons.

You’ll find the most popular unisex names, as well as a variety of gender-neutral names, as well as information on which names are now more popular with girls, boys, or are real nonbinary names.

We created baby name lists from the ground up, categorizing names by gender, origin, style, era, meaning, popularity, spelling, and any other category you can think of. There’s a list for everyone, whether you’re looking for floral names, badass names, or names that imply red. And if there isn’t one, make one!

Perhaps you should begin with a meaning that resonates with you and then choose a name that matches. Here are a few of the most common names on these lists. However, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can use our Baby Names Generator at the end of the article.

Top Boy names

Arlo

Irish or English

Meaning and Origin

The name Arlo is a boy’s name of Spanish origin, meaning “between two hills.”

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With its Irish and English roots, Arlo could have a variety of meanings. It is a shortened variant of the Italian name Carlo or the Spanish Carlos, and it is a word meaning “area” in Basque-speaking countries. Edmund Spenser used Arlo Hill as a geographical name in his epic poem The Faerie Queene, and it is assumed to stem from the Celtic word Aherlow, which means “between two mountains.”

The lively “o” ending gives Arlo, which was formerly strongly identified with shaggy singer Arlo Guthrie, an active and happy atmosphere. Toni Colette picked it for her kid in 2011, bringing the name back into the spotlight—and into the US Top 1000 in the same year. Arlo had previously been popular in the early half of the twentieth century—it peaked at number 667 in 1915, for example—but it had fallen out of favor by 1944.

However, quirky, cool Arlo is back, and despite still being outside the Top 200 in the United States, it is frequently among the most popular boy names on Nameberry. In the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Arlo is much more popular. Arlo is also a popular baby name among Nameberry visitors from major American cities.

Each year, a growing number of girls are given the name Arlo in the United States, with a few more babies of both sexes given the Arlow and Arlowe spellings, which elevate the name into surname territory.

Soren

Danish and Norwegian variation of Severus

Origin and Meaning

The name Soren is a boy’s name of Danish origin, meaning “stern”.

Parents in the United States are becoming increasingly aware of this beautiful Scandinavian name, which is mild and sympathetic. It is most strongly associated with the nineteenth-century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, but recent fictional Sorens have appeared in films such as The Matrix Reloaded and the novel series Guardians of Ga’Hook, Charlie and Lola, and Underworld.

This name would be written Sören or Sren in Scandinavia, and it would be pronounced “Sur-en.” “Sorr-en” would be the accurate (and more English-speaker friendly) pronunciation, with a plain old English “O.”

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Atticus

Latin

Origin and Meaning

The name Atticus is a boy’s name of Greek and Latin origin, meaning “from Attica”.

Atticus is derived from the Greek word attikos, which means “from Attica,” the Ancient Greek region in which Athens was located. In more ways than one, Atticus is a literary name. The name Atticus was originally connected with Titus Pomponius Atticus, a Roman literary figure, before becoming synonymous with Atticus Finch.

Atticus is a genuine winner among boy names, thanks to its stylish Roman flavor and the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. Indeed, Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch, has inspired so many people that the American Film Institute has named him the greatest hero of American cinema. However, Atticus Finch is portrayed in a more negative light in Harper Lee’s recently released novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” which may limit the name’s burgeoning popularity.

Atticus first appeared in the US Top 1000 in 2004 and has since established itself as a strong untoparenting favorite.

When Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hoffman named their son Atticus in 1996, they were ahead of the curve; since then, Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck have called their son Atticus, and Tom Dumont has given his son Rio the middle name Atticus.

Royal

English

Origin and Meaning

The name “Royal” is a boy’s name of French and English origin.

This name, even less subtle than Duke or Earl, is surging up the popularity rankings, thanks in part to the hit Lorde song “Royals.”

Theodore

Greek

Origin and Meaning

The name Theodore is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “gift of God”.

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The name Theodore is derived from the Latin Theodorus, which is a variant of the Greek name Theodros. Theodore means “God-given” or “gift of God” because the components are derived from the Greek words theos, which means “God,” and dron, which means “gift.” Theodora, Dorothy, and Dorothea are all names with similar roots.

The name Theodore Roosevelt was in the top 40 boy names when Theodore Roosevelt assumed office in 1901, with Teds and Teddys all over the place. Theodore went into a downturn after certain detrimental stereotypes—the obese Chipmunk Theodore and Beaver Cleaver’s real name—from which it has clearly recovered, thanks in part to the popular and appealing nickname Theo.

Ivanka Trump, Bryce Dallas Howard, Natascha McElhone, and Ali Larter have all expressed interest in Theodore, who is also the fictional son of Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The surname has a long and illustrious history. It was the first name (spelled Theodor) of Dr. Seuss, novelist Dreiser, poet Roethke, and French painter Gericault, in addition to being presidential.

Baseball’s Williams and singer Nugent were both named Theodore, while Ted Turner was given the name Robert, and Ted Kennedy and Ted Danson were given the name Edward. Theodore Laurence, the name of the adored Laurie in Little Women.

Ezra

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name Ezra is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “help”.

Ezra could be an acronym for the Hebrew phrase Azaryahu, which means “Yah helps.” In the Bible, Ezra led a group of 1500 Israelites out of Babylonian slavery and returned to Jerusalem. Ezra is the source of the Latin name Esdras.

Ezra has a lot going for it: its majestic Biblical heritage, its unusual tone, and its fresh but familiar vibe. Parents looking for a unique biblical name are flocking to Ezra, which is now more popular than ever.

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Ezra could be an acronym for the Hebrew phrase Azaryahu, which means “Yah helps.” In the Bible, Ezra led a group of 1500 Israelites out of Babylonian slavery and returned to Jerusalem. Ezra is the source of the Latin name Esdras.

Ezra has a lot going for it: its majestic Biblical heritage, its unusual tone, and its fresh but familiar vibe. Ezra is becoming increasingly popular among parents looking for a new biblical name and is now more popular than ever.

Milo

Old German and Latin

Origin and Meaning

The name Milo is a boy’s name of German origin, meaning “soldier or merciful.”

Milo is thought to be a Germanic name originating from the Latin word miles, which means “soldier.” However, there is evidence that it may have originated separately from the Slavic root milu, which means “merciful.” Milo predates the Middle Ages brother name Miles, which evolved when the name came to the British Isles. Mylo is a different spelling of Mylo.

Milo has long been a popular boys’ name on Nameberry, and it’s also gaining some well-deserved popularity elsewhere. Milo blends the debonair appeal of a WWII RAF pilot with the might of the ancient Greek Olympic wrestler of the same name, who was a six-time winner of the Olympics.

Milo has recently become connected with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, and it has also been the name of characters in the works Catch-22 and The Phantom Tollbooth, as well as Milo and Otis, Alias, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Six famous parents, including Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Sherry Stringfield, Liv Tyler, Craig Ferguson, and Alyssa Milano, share our passion for Milo, as do many Nameberry baby namers.

Milo is a common name in Ireland. Milo O’Shea was an Irish character actor who starred in a number of films.

Silas

From Latin, English

Origin and Meaning

The name Silas is a boy’s name of English and Latin origin, meaning “wood, forest”.

The name Silas is derived from the name Silvanus, which is used interchangeably in the Bible. According to the New Testament, St. Silas was a prominent member of the early Christian community who joined Paul on his second missionary tour. Sylvanus was the Roman deity of trees, and his name was originally given to anyone who lived or worked in wooded places.

Silas has been on the rise since 1990, when it was a folky-sounding, rural New Testament boy name connected with George Eliot’s Silas Marner. In the United States, it reached its highest point ever in 2020, ranking at an even 100. Silas is a hot untoparenting favorite with a flavor similar to Caleb and Linus.

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Rowan

Scottish and Irish

Origin and Meaning

The name Rowan is a boy’s name of Scottish and Irish origin, meaning “rowan tree; little redhead”.

Rowan is a strong surname and a natural name (it’s a tree with red berries), and it’s gaining in popularity for good reason. Some researchers believe Rowan was originally a female name, similar to Rowena and Rhonwen, while others believe the name has always been used for both genders. Sharon Stone gave her son the name Roan, which also refers to a reddish tint, whereas Brooke Shields gave her daughter the name Rowan. Rowen is another increasingly popular spelling.

Rowan Atkinson, the British comic actor who originally appeared in the series Blackadder but is most recognized for his Mr. Bean persona, is probably the most well-known bearer of the name.

Amias

um-eye-us or ah-mee-us

Origin and Meaning

The name Amias is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “loved”.

Amias or Amyas is a unique name with a nice meaning and appealing pronunciation and vibe. It is not a Biblical name, but rather a surname that might be connected to Amadeus or perhaps a male version of Amy, making it one of the few boys’ names to be derived from a girl’s name.

The Amyas variant became popularized by Captain Sir Amyas Leigh, the hero of Charles Kingsley’s mega-popular 1855 novel Westward Ho!

Cassian

Origin and Meaning

The name Cassian is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “hollow”.

Cassian is a saint’s and Latin clan name that is related to Cassius and is nearly unknown.

There were at least four St. Cassians in the fourth and fifth centuries, one of whom is the patron saint of stenographers (of whom there aren’t many remaining). John Cassian was an ascetic writer and monk who brought Eastern monasticism to the Western world.

Patrick Wilson spelled his kid’s name Kassian instead of Cassian.

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Dove

Origin and Meaning

The name Dove is a boy’s name meaning “dove, a bird”.

A unisex approach to communicating peace that is subtle but apparent, especially in the middle.

Guthrie

Origin and Meaning

The name Guthrie is a boy’s name of Irish Gaelic origin, meaning “windy place”.

Guthrie, one of the most appealing Scottish surnames, has a dreamy, windswept vibe to it, with a hint of the buckaroo tossed in for good measure.

Woody (born Woodrow Wilson) and Arlo Guthrie, a father and son duo, are responsible for Guthrie’s folkie quality. Guthrie McClintic, a key figure in the early twentieth-century Broadway theatre world, and Guthrie Govan, a guitarist with Asia and other bands, are two additional Guthries.

Romy

Origin and Meaning

The name Romy is a boy’s name of German origin, meaning “citizen of Rome”.

Romy is a feminine diminutive that is now used for boys; it has a lot of vitality and bounce. It might be a short form of Roman or Romeo, or it can stand alone. Another comparable option is Remy, or you might go all the way to Romulus.

Roscoe

Origin and Meaning

The name Roscoe is a boy’s name of Norse origin, meaning “deer forest”.

The eccentric Roscoe deserves a spot on every bold baby-lengthy namer’s list. It was very popular a century ago but is now out of sight. After too many years of Robert, Richard, and Ronald, it joins Rufus, Roman, Remy, Romulus, and Ray as one of the R names that sound fresh again.

Roscoe was formerly a location and surname that peaked at number 138 in the 1880s, then progressively decreased, probably as a result of the scandals surrounding silent actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, and subsequently the hillbilly image it got courtesy of Sheriff Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard. Since 1978, Roscoe has been out of the Top 1000. The R in Edward R. Murrow stands for Roscoe; the illustrious journalist’s real first name was Egbert.

Hudson

Origin and Meaning

The name Hudson is a boy’s name of English origin, meaning “Hugh’s son”.

Hudson has moved fast up the charts since debuting at the bottom in 1995, and is now firmly entrenched in the Top 100.

From explorer Henry to heartthrob Rock to director Hugh, the musical Hudson brothers, and today’s Kate Hudson, Hudson has risen to prominence as a notable surname. It’s also been linked to the sons of Marcia Gay Hardin, Gena Lee Nolan, and Drew Lachey, among others.

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Otis

Origin and Meaning

The name Otis is a boy’s name of German origin, meaning “wealthy”.

Otis has a dual personality: it’s cool and bluesy, like Otis Redding, but it’s also a high-society name from the past. Parents are drawn to Otis because of its catchy O initial and its combination of strength and sass.

The name Otis was coined as a tribute to Revolutionary War hero James Otis, and was made popular by the Disney film The Adventures of Milo and Otis. Asa Butterfield’s character, Otis, is a young British hero in the television drama Sex Education.

Top Girl Names

Maeve

mayv

Origin and Meaning

The name Maeve is a girl’s name of Irish origin, meaning “she who intoxicates”.

Maeve occurs in Irish mythology in two forms: one as the mighty Queen of Connacht, and the other as the Fairy Queen. Maeve of Connacht was a warrior queen who is best known for initiating a war in order to take her ex-stud husband’s bull. Meabh, Medb, and Meadhbh are other spellings related to mead, a honey-based drink that was created in many ancient cultures.

Maeve is a short and lovely Irish girl’s name that has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. Maeve would be a great first or middle name, with more personality and resonance than Mae/May and a more current appeal than Mavis.

Luna

Origin and Meaning

The name Luna is a girl’s name of Italian origin, meaning “moon”.

Luna is the Roman goddess of the moon, and her name is derived directly from the Latin word luna, which means moon. Luna’s divine counterpart is Sol. Sol is the Sun deity. Luna is frequently represented as a chariot driver in Roman art. This powerful but ethereal moonstruck name is frequently ranked first on unto parenting’s internal charts, making it one of the least likely top girl names in recent history.

Luna’s popularity is certainly influenced by Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and other high-profile celebrity newborns. And, lest you think Luna is a strange modern invention, it was rather popular in the United States around the start of the twentieth century, peaking at number 403 in 1881. Luna is gaining traction in Europe, with strong ratings in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal.

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Isla

EYE-la

Origin and Meaning

The name Isla is a girl’s name of Spanish and Scottish origin, meaning “island”.

Isla, a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay), and the red-haired actress Isla Fisher, who is married to Sacha Baron Cohen, are all named after the Spanish word for island. Isla is a popular girls’ name in the United States as well as in England, Wales, and Scotland, where she was born.

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Isla Black Hitchens is a Harry Potter character, and Isla Elizabeth Phillips is Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter. Ava, Ada, Ella, Emma, Eva, Ida, and Ivy are examples of simple, old-fashioned girls’ names that begin and end with a vowel. Islay and Ailsa are two more names that are related but not as popular as Isla.

Ophelia

Origin and Meaning

The name Ophelia is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning “help”.

Ophelia is a lovely name that has long been tainted by its association with Hamlet’s tragic heroine—for whom he appears to have invented the name—but more and more parents are beginning to disregard this association. In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, there’s also a brave Ophelia, who seems to have influenced baby namers at the time.

Aurelia

aw-REEL-ya, or a-RAY-lee-a

Origin and Meaning

The name Aurelia is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “the golden one.”

Aurelia is the feminine variant of the Latin surname Aurelius, which dates back to ancient Rome. Aurelius is derived from the Latin word “aureus,” which means “golden,” and was also the name of an ancient Roman gold currency. Aurelius was a cognomen, a third name used in Roman culture to refer to a particular quality or trait, and was most likely applied to someone with golden hair.

The Roman classic Aurelius, from which Aurelia is derived, was widely read across the Roman Empire and is currently enjoying a rebirth in the United States, where it re-entered the Top 1000 list in 2012 after a sixty-one-year absence.

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Eloise

French and English variations of Heloise

Origin and Meaning

The name Eloise is a girl’s name of French and English origin, meaning “healthy; wide”.

To some, Eloise will always be remembered as the arrogant little girl who caused havoc at the Plaza Hotel, but in the original version, Heloise was the beautiful and learned wife of the French philosopher Peter Abelard, who was revered for her faithfulness and piety.

Recently, Eloise has become fashionable, along with a slew of other names that begin with the letter “El” and end with the letter “L.” In 2009, Eloise resurfaced as a popular name, thanks in part to the Eloise Hawking character on the hit TV show Lost. Jennifer Aniston’s character in “Love Happens” was named Eloise.

Eloise is the name of one of Denise Richards’ daughters. Ellie, Lolly, and Lola are some of Eloise’s nicknames. Eloisa is an Italian alternative that has a retro feel to it.

Hazel

English

Origin and Meaning

The name Hazel is a girl’s name of English origin, meaning “the hazelnut tree.”

The name Hazel is derived from the English word hazel, which refers to the hazelnut tree. The word comes from the Old English word haesel, which has the same meaning. A wand of hazel has long been associated with protection and authority.

Hazel is a natural name that comes from the hazelnut tree, and has recently been chosen by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Hazel was one of the botanicals that were all the rage at the turn of the century, when it was in the Top 25, before falling out of favor and disappearing from the list entirely between 1976 and 1998.

Freya

FRAY-ah

Origin and Meaning

The name Freya is a girl’s name of Norse origin, meaning “a noble woman”.

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Freya is derived from Freyja, which means “Lady, Noble Woman” in Old Norse. It’s the name of the Norse goddess of beauty, fertility, and love. Freya is a feminine form of Frey or Freyr, the goddess’s younger brother’s name.

Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, has long been popular in the United Kingdom, but is only now gaining popularity in the United States. Freya could be the namesake of an ancestor named Frieda. Freya of the Seven Isles is a novel written by Joseph Conrad.

Freya has been one of the most popular names in the United Kingdom and Wales during the last few years. Freya’s rapid rise, coupled with the original Nordic spelling of Freyja, is expected to continue in the future years. Freya Stark, an explorer and writer, was a notable carrier.

Ottilie

Oh-TILL-ee-eh, OT-ill-ee

Origin and Meaning

The name Ottilie is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “prosperous in battle.”

Ottilie and its diminutive, Ottiline, are two names familiar to the upper crust of British society, but they haven’t been seen in the United States since the 1880s. There are a few cultural references in Ottilie’s work: Ottilie is the name of the protagonist of John Wyndom’s sci-fi story Random Quest. She is a prominent character in Goethe’s Elective Affinities, Robert Louis Stevenson published a poem called “To Ottilie, Franz Kafka had a sister named Ottilie, and Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a poem called “To Ottilie.”

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Liam

Irish short form of William

Origin and Meaning

The name Liam is a boy’s name of Irish origin, meaning “resolute protection.”

Uilliam, an Irish version of William, was given the name Liam as a nickname. When the British departed England after the Norman Conquest, they took William with them. William is an English name with Germanic roots that was brought to Ireland. The Irish began adopting English names, such as William, resulting in the creation of Uilliam and its abbreviated form, Liam.

Liam was the most popular male name in the United States in 2020, joining a select group of names that have topped the list. For numerous years, Liam began as a diminutive of William, but it has long stood on its own and has been one of the most popular male names for numerous years.

It is presently one of the fastest-rising Irish names in the United States, having entered the Top 10 for the first time in 2012 and previously holding the No. 2 slot for four years in a row. Liam Neeson, an Irish-born actor, as well as former Oasis member Liam (born William) Gallagher and, more recently, One Direction member Liam Payne, were essential in propelling Liam to the top of the charts.

Tori Spelling, Calista Flockhart, Rod Stewart, Kevin Costner, and Craig Ferguson are among the celebrities that have chosen Liam for their boys. Liam is extremely popular not just in the United States and Ireland, but also in Sweden. Liam, a jaunty and richly textured boy’s name, is the most common of the boy’s names beginning with L.

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Noah

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name Noah is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “rest, repose”.

Noah was derived from Noach, a Hebrew name derived from the root nuach, which means “rest.” Noah is described in the Bible as the sole righteous man of his time, chosen by God to survive the great deluge that was sent to punish the earth. Although Noa is a feminine Hebrew name, it can also be found as a variant spelling of the male name Noah.

Noah startled the baby name world in 2013 by unseating Jacob after a 13-year reign at No. 1 among baby boy names, and it remained at the top for three years before slipping to No. 2 in 2017.

Noah, the name of the patriarch of the ark in the Old Testament, is one of those surprise fashion smashes. Noah appears to have shed its ancient connotation. Noah entered the Top 10 for the first time in history in 2009, and went on to become the first new top boys’ name of the twenty-first century.

Noah has gained in popularity among other once long-bearded names like Abraham, Moses, and even Elijah, which would have been impossible a generation ago.

Noah is the name of the son of actor Rupert Graves and musician Michael Buble. Billy Ray Cyrus, who gave his daughter Miley the name Miley, has given another of his daughters the name Noah. The feminine homonym, Noa, is currently the most popular girl’s name in Israel.

It is not a variant of the Biblical male Noah (it is a different female name from the Old Testament). Noah, like brothers Joshua and Asher, is an example of the tendency toward softer sounds in boys’ names, with its vowel ending. While Noa is a real girls’ name derived from a Biblical female figure, it is also sometimes used as a sleekened spelling of Noah.

Oliver

Germanic

Origin and Meaning

The name Oliver is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “olive tree.”

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Oliver is derived from Olivier, a Norman French version of Alfihar (“elf army”) or Old Norse leifr (“ancestor’s relic”), from which Olaf is derived. Because of its links with the Latin word oliva, which means “olive tree,” Olivier became the most popular spelling. After the advent of the French epic poem “La Chanson de Roland,” which features a character named Olivier, Oliver became popular as a given name in medieval England.

Oliver, a popular name in England, Australia, and New Zealand, was only included in the top 100 baby boy names in the United States in 2009, yet it has already risen to the top of the rankings. Why? Because Oliver is vivacious and good-natured, stylish but not as trendy as twin-sister Olivia, and has a connotation that denotes peace and fertility,

Oliver is particularly well-suited to surnames with only one syllable, as in Oliver Stone, North, and Puck (son of Wolfgang). Bridget Fonda, Fred Savage, Stephen Stills, and Taylor Hawkes are among the celebs who have picked Oliver.

In the nineteenth century, Oliver Cromwell, who was popular in medieval times, fell out of favor in England after Oliver Cromwell’s leadership in the seventeenth century, only to be resurrected in the nineteenth century. The popular novel and film Love Story, which also rocketed Jennifer to celebrity, gave it the biggest boost in the United States.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Oliver Hardy, and Oliver Stone are all notable namesakes. Oliver Twist is a fictional character, and Oliver is also a Harry Potter name. At the moment, Oliver is extremely popular throughout Scandinavia. The French Olivier, the Spanish Olivero, and the Italian Oliviero all have a distinct international flair.

Elijah

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name Elijah is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “Yahweh is God”.

Elijah is derived from the Hebrew name Eliyahu, which is made up of the words “el” and “yah,” which both mean God. Elijah was a prophet in the Old Testament who ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot. Elijah’s Greek counterpart, Elias, is a related name.

Elijah has become a popular biblical figure. The name is gaining popularity and is towards the top of the rankings; if it continues to rise in popularity, it may challenge Noah for the top slot.

Elijah was resurrected after a lengthy period of neglect when Cher and Greg Allman gave it to their son Elijah Blue in 1976, and he was given another shot of rejuvenation serum by young actor Elijah Wood.

Donnie Wahlberg, James Spader, Tracy Nelson, Wynonna Judd, and Bono are among the celebrities who have chosen Elijah for their sons (who followed it with middle names like Bob Patricus and Guggi G.).

Elijah is a prophet who appears in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. In a number of songs, as well as in several books (including Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit) and films, Elijah is mentioned.

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William

German

Origin and Meaning

The name William is a boy’s name of English origin, meaning “resolute protection.”

William comes from the Germanic name Wilhelm, which is made up of the words “wil,” which means “will,” and “helm,” which refers to a helmet or protection. William the Conqueror was the first to bring the name to England, with William being the Norman variant of the name. Guillaume did the translation in Central and Southern France.

William is one of the most lasting of all time’s classics. It’s one of the most popular boy’s names in the United States, as American parents consider it the perfect blend of conservative and contemporary, and it’s the most common baby name beginning with W of all time.

For 400 years, William has been the second most prevalent name in the English-speaking world, after only John. And now, thanks to Britain’s high-profile Prince William, it’s also a trending name. In terms of short forms, yesterday’s Bills and Billys have given way to today’s Wills—or Williams, with no diminutive—though there have been a few hip Billys recently, like Helena Bonham Carter’s and Tim Burton’s.

However, the most fashionable William nickname is Liam, which has now surpassed William as the most common boy name in America. The Dutch Willem, who goes by the moniker Pim, has joined the William bandwagon. In the United Kingdom, William has long been a royal surname. William Shakespeare, Bill Gates, and four United States presidents are just a few of the notable Williams.

James

English variation of Jacob, Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name James is a boy’s name of Hebrew and English origin, meaning “supplanter”.

The English name James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. James is historical (the name of two apostles in the New Testament), regal (kings of both England and Scotland), presidential (with six US Presidents named James), and shared by a plethora of renowned writers and artists.

James is a traditional Anglo-Saxon name that has stood the test of time and is now more popular—and yes, stylish—than ever. In a recent poll of America’s favorite boy’s baby names, it came out on top. James is also one of the most traditional and distinctively English boy names.

James is a current choice among trendy parents looking for a baby name that combines both flair and substance. For the first time since 1980, it reentered the Top 5 in 2016. James is also one of the all-time Top 10 boy names that begin with the letter J.

These days, there are fewer Jimmys, Jimbos, or even Jamies; the most popular variant of the name is James. Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Liz Phair, Colin Farrell, and Isaac Hanson are among the stylish celebs who have selected it for their sons in recent years. Brendan Fehr came up with a unique name for his daughter, James.

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Benjamin

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name Benjamin is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “son of the right hand”.

Benjamin comes from the Hebrew name Binyamin, which combines the words ben, which means “son,” and yamin, which means “right hand.” Benjamin was one of the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, and he was the youngest of Jacob and Rachel’s twelve sons in the Book of Genesis. Benjamin is known by the nicknames Ben, Benny, Benji, and Benno.

Benjamin is a biblical name that has been popular for decades and is appealing and powerful enough to break into the top ten for the first time in 2015. Since then, it has been climbing towards the top of the charts. Benjamin is one of those names for golden boys that feels both conventional and delicate and fashionable, and it comes with the friendly, approachable nickname Ben.

From Benjamin Franklin to Dr. Benjamin Spock, there have been many noteworthy Benjamins. After the publication of The Graduate in 1967, which starred Dustin Hoffman as the iconic Benjamin Braddock, the name gained in popularity. Kelly Preston and John Travolta, as well as Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, have recently welcomed two high-profile baby Benjamins.

Lucas

Latin form of Luke

Origin and Meaning

The name Lucas is a boy’s name of Greek and Latin origin, meaning “man from Lucania”.

The Latin name Lucas is derived from the Greek name Loukas. The name is derived from Lucania, a historical region in southern Italy. Lucas is connected to the names Luke and Luca; however, Lucius and Lucian have a distinct meaning and are derived from a separate origin.

Lucas is quickly gaining popularity among parents looking for something comparable to Luke but more substantial, and he currently holds a high position in the rankings.

From the early black-and-white days of The Rifleman (Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain) to the schoolteacher series Lucas Tanner to the more contemporary One Tree Hill, the name Lucas has long been a favorite of TV scriptwriters. It also appears as Lucas Beauchamp in William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust and Light in August.

Lucas Cranach was a well-known German Renaissance painter and printer, while Lucas Samaras was a quirky Greek-American modern artist. Some people will immediately think of the director George Lucas when they hear the name.

Lucas is currently enjoying remarkable international success. It is highly popular in Sweden and the Netherlands right now. According to the 2020 rankings, Lucas is the No. 1 boys’ name in only one state, New Hampshire.

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Alexander

Greek

Origin and Meaning

The name Alexander is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “defending men”.

Alexander comes from the Greek name Aléxandros, which is made up of the words aléxein, which means “to defend,” and aner, which means “man.” The first Alexander, according to Greek legend, was Paris, who was given the nickname Alexander by the shepherds whose flocks he rescued from bandits. Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III, conquered most of Asia after him.

Since 1991, Alexander has been a member of the Top 25. The noble Alexander has spawned so many spinoffs, including Alex, Zander, Xan, and Zan—not to mention all the female variations—that it almost feels like the world has been Alextrified. Its imposing historic heritage, however, continues to draw namers.

Alexander is a royal name in Scotland, where it is still very common. Alasdair became Alasdair in Gaelic, Alejandro in Spanish, and Alessandro in Italian.

Linus

Origin and Meaning

The name Linus is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “flax”.

Is it possible for Linus to shed his symbolic security blanket and make the transition from the Peanuts page to the birth certificate? We believe it has enough allure and other favorable qualities to warrant a favorable response.

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Linus is a musician and poet in Greek mythology, the inventor of rhythm and melody, who taught music to Hercules. Linus was the name of the second pope, Saint Peter’s successor, in the Christian era, and chemist Linus Pauling was given the Nobel Prize twice in contemporary times.

Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larrabee won Audrey Hepburn’s affection, and Matt Damon played Linus Caldwell in three Oceans films.

Linus is one of the most popular boys’ names in the world, and is now in or near the Top 50 in Germany, Sweden, and Norway.

August

Origin and Meaning

The name August is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “great, magnificent”.

August is the most popular celebrity baby name right now, as Princess Eugenie and Mandy Moore chose it for their baby boys due in early 2021. Prior to that, August had been trending in Hollywood, with Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews, and Jeanne Tripplehorn all naming their sons August, and it was quickly becoming the most popular month for boys’ names. August is named after the Roman Emperor Augustus.

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August is named after two august literary figures: Swedish playwright August Strindberg (a popular name in Scandinavia) and August Wilson, as well as photographer August Sander. Auguste (ow-GOOST) is the French equivalent, as in Edgar Allan Poe’s cunning investigator Auguste Dupin and sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Felix

Origin and Meaning

The name Felix is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “happy, fortunate”.

Felix was originally a Roman surname, but it became a nickname for the ancient Roman Sulla, who felt that the gods had bestowed particular favor on him. Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea in the Bible, and it is the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints.

Felix has now outgrown its bad connections with Felix the Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger, becoming energizing and cheery with a felicitous meaning.

Lincoln

Origin and Meaning

The name Lincoln is a boy’s name of English origin, meaning “town by the pool”.

More than 150 years after the death of its most famous bearer, Lincoln, the name entered the Top 50 for boys’ names for the first time in 2016. This is especially noteworthy because, as absurd as it may seem now, Lincoln was completely out of favor in the late 1990s, frequently hanging at the bottom of the Top 1000.

This superb presidential pick projects the towering, rangy, upright image of Honest Abe, and his stylish two-syllable sound. Bill Murray has a son named Lincoln, and Kathryn Erbe’s son Carson has the middle name Lincoln. For their daughter, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard gender-bent it. Lincoln Steffens, author of The Shame of the Cities, was a well-known muckraker.

Lincoln is also a significant character on TV’s Broad City and is a Teen Mom name, which may have had an influence. In recent years, Abraham Lincoln has become a prominent fictional character in his own right, having been the subject of a debut novel by renowned short story writer George Saunders and an Academy Award-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg. Linc has a lovely sixties ‘Mod Squad’ vibe to it.

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 Henry

Origin and Meaning

The name Henry is a boy’s name of German origin, meaning “estate ruler”.

Henry is derived from the French Henri, which is derived from the Germanic name Heimrich, which consists of the words heim, which means “home” or “estate,” and rich, which means “ruler.” Henry VIII of England is the most famous wearer, well known for having six wives, two of whom he murdered for not delivering him offspring. Since then, it’s been utilized numerous times by the British royal family.

After 35 years of languishing in the bottom half of the Top 100, Henry is on the rise once more. Its popularity has grown to the point where it appears that every other boy in upscale areas and suburbs is named Jack or Henry. Still, Henry is a popular boy’s name on untoparenting because it has a lot of history and personality.

Henry has a long royal heritage, with many notable (as well as infamous) namesakes. Of course, there’s Henry the Eighth, as well as all those other British kings named Henry, all the way down to Prince Henry, the current fifth in line to the throne (who goes by Harry). Henry David Thoreau, Henry (Hank) Aaron, Henry James, Henry Ford, and Henry Miller are all famous Henrys who might be used as baby names.

Theo

Origin and Meaning

The name Theo is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “gift of God”.

Many current parents choose Theo over the antiquated Ted as a short form for Theodore—including some celebrities like Dallas Bryce Howard—but some skip right over the grandpa name Theodore and go straight to the cool nickname Theo. Theo is a modern, contemporary baby name that is short and ultra-chic.

The name Theo was originally associated with Vincent Van Gogh’s loving brother Theo on “The Cosby Show,” and then with the name of the sole son on “The Cosby Show.”

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Cassius

CASS-ee-us; CASH-us

Origin and Meaning

The name Cassius is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “hollow”.

Cassius, a Shakespearean name with a long history, is becoming increasingly popular. Cassius was the name of two famous ancient Roman figures. Cassius Dio penned an 80-volume Roman history. The major character in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is Gaius Cassius Longinus, a senator who spearheaded the assassination conspiracy against Julius Caesar.

Cassius Clay was an abolitionist and the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali in contemporary times. Singer Bobby Brown and Getty heir/actor Balthazar Getty chose it for their sons. Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green spelled theirs with the new Kassius spelling. It’s no surprise that this name has gained popularity in recent years, given its namesake.

Caspian, Cassian, Castor, Casper, Cashel, and Cash are just a few of the Cas-starting names that are gaining popularity. Cass and Cash are two popular nicknames. The name Cash-us is pronounced Cash-us by Americans, but Cass-ee-us is spoken by Europeans, especially the British.

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Olivia

Latin

Origin and Meaning

The name Olivia is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “olive tree.”

Olivia is a popular baby name in the United States, as well as a popular girl’s name in English-speaking and European countries. Olivia has been recorded as far back as the 13th century in England, but it gained popularity after Shakespeare used it as the name of the countess in Twelfth Night. Olivia derives from the Latin word oliva, which means “olive.” The olive was a sign of Athena as well as a symbol of peace and fertility in ancient Greece, and winners of the Olympic Games were given olive wreaths.

Olivia is one of the most popular girl’s names in the world. It’s a gorgeous Shakespearean name with an outstanding combination of strength and femininity. Olivia, like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, is a hugely popular name not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the rest of the Western world. Olivia is the most popular baby girl name in the United States right now. It is without a doubt the undisputed queen of the growing number of girl names beginning with the letter O in the US Top 1000.

Olivia was the most popular girl’s name in the United Kingdom recently, sharing the top spot with her twin brother Oliver. Many countries around the world, including England and Wales, Belgium, Finland, Australia, and the Netherlands, rank it among the top ten names.

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Emma

German

Origin and Meaning

The name Emma is a girl’s name of German origin, meaning “universal”.

Emma began as a diminutive for Germanic names that began with the root ermen. Emma is a very old royal name that has been used throughout the centuries—Queen Emma married King Ethelred the Unready in 1002—and has also been linked to Lady Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress and the muse of painter George Romney.

It’s worth noting that Emma, Emily, and Amelia, the longtime British number one, all have different origins and meanings. However, they continue to have a strong resemblance in their names.

For several years, Emma has been the most popular girl’s name in the United States for several years, even claiming the top spot on occasion. Thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen’s protagonist, as well as prominent modern Emmas like Emma Stone and Emma Watson, Emma has soared to the top of the charts around the world. Parents who have switched their attention from Emily to Emma in search of something more unique will have to keep looking.

When it was given to Rachel and Ross’s kid on Friends in 2002, Emma gained a lot of popularity among baby names. It’s also near the top of the list of popular girl names beginning with the letter E, which includes Ella, Eleanor, and Eliza.

Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Emma (born Emily) Stone are three of the hottest young female stars.

Ava

AY-va

Hebrew, Latin, or Germanic

Origin and Meaning

The name Ava is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “life; bird; water, island”.

Ava was a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with Av- in medieval times, particularly Aveline, from whence the name Evelyn arose. It’s possible that it comes from a Proto-Germanic root that means “island” or “water.” The medieval term, however, soon fell out of favor, only to reemerge in modern times. This implies that today’s Ava is a modernized version of Eva. Ava could alternatively be derived from the Latin word avis, which means “bird.” As a name, Ava has distinct Persian roots, meaning “voice” or “sound.”

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When scores of high-profile personalities like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman picked Ava for their kids, Ava’s popularity skyrocketed—now it’s among the top girl names and the top girls’ names beginning with A. Another reason for its popularity is that it is one of the few lady names that means “life.” This Hollywood beauty, Ava Gardner, Glamour Girl’s name is not only stunning, but also extremely popular!

Some parents who admire Ava’s simplicity and flair have considered alternatives such as Eva, Avery, Ada, Aveline, and so on. As with other famous names like Hailey and Aiden, which have generated a slew of clones, Ava is becoming even more omnipresent than it could otherwise be based on its Top 5 ranking.

Though it appears to have been pushed aside by the Olivia-Isabella-Sophia group, Ava will undoubtedly remain in the Top 10 for years to come. It’s no coincidence that our most recent book on baby name style, Beyond Ava and Aiden, was titled Beyond Ava and Aiden. On many levels, it’s a great name, but if you want something unique, keep looking.

Sophia

Greek

Origin and Meaning

The name Sophia is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning “wisdom”.

Sophia is derived from the Greek word sophia, which means wisdom. St. Sophia, who is revered in the Greek Orthodox church and is the mother of three daughters named Faith, Hope, and Love, made the name famous initially. It was the name of George I’s mother and wife when it was first used in England in the seventeenth century.

Sophia, the number one girl’s name in the United States from 2011 to 2013, is one of the most popular names for girls in the Western world, with a sensual tone and a high-minded meaning. Sophia has been picked by a number of celebrity parents and has risen to the top of the charts without losing any—or at least a significant amount of—of her subtle attractiveness. Sophia is a true champion.

Sophia, like its sister baby names Isabella and Olivia, has gained widespread popularity by appealing to a diverse group of parents: intellectuals who like it for its meaning and those drawn to its femininity, parents seeking a classic name and those seeking a name with Latin roots—the Sofia spelling is also popular. Sophie is the French variant of the name, which is more popular in various regions of the world than Sophia. Sophia Loren’s real name was Sofia.

Isabella

Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

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The name Isabella is a girl’s name of Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian origin, meaning “pledged to God”.

Isabella is a Latinized version of Isabel, a variant of Elizabeth derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba. Isabelle and Isabel are also popular variations, with Isobel (a Scottish spelling) being another option. Sabella and Isabetta are two newer options.

Isabella is one of the most common girl’s names. Isabella was the most popular girl’s name in the United States for two years in a row, from 2009 to 2010, thanks to the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon and lead heroine Isabella ‘Bella’ Swan.

Isabella is more feminine and romantic than Isabel, and she has amazing cross-cultural appeal, feeling both modern and traditional. She is popular among parents ranging from Anglophiles to Hispanics. For a name that wasn’t even in the Top 1000 in the 1980s, this is an incredible success story.

Isabella’s popularity stems in part from the fact that it appeals to a wide range of parents in a variety of ways. It has a lengthy history as a royal and classic Spanish name for girls, but it is equally at ease on the international stage. Some parents use it to shorten the name to Bella, while others like the more irreverent Izzy or Issy, and still others insist on using it as a whole. Isabella was a well-known European queen who appeared in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Mia

Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria

Origin and Meaning

The name Mia is a girl’s name of Italian and Scandinavian origin, meaning “mine or bitter”.

Mia started out as a diminutive of Maria, which was taken from the Hebrew name Miryam. In recent times, Mia has been used as a nickname for names including Amelia, Emilia, and Miriam. Mia is a term that means “mine” in both Italian and Spanish.

Mia is a charmingly uncomplicated multicultural name that has soared to the top of the rankings and is now firmly entrenched among the top 10 female names. Mia has surpassed Maria as the most popular girl’s name beginning with M.

Mia Farrow’s mother, Maria, is primarily responsible for Mia’s success. Farrow’s name first appeared in the Top 1000 in 1964, the same year she became famous for her part in the primetime series Peyton Place.

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We think of Mia as Nina’s or Maya’s daughter and Mary’s granddaughter, a name that appeals to almost everyone. It is appropriate for parents who want a name that is both simple and modern, as well as those who desire a name with actual depth, as it is derived from Maria. Mia avoids the frills and ruffles associated with names like Isabella and Olivia while remaining distinctively feminine.

And, in other respects, Mia doesn’t feel as popular as its popularity suggests. It’s pleasing but not very noteworthy, and it’s a good compromise for many parents. A wide selection of less popular rhyming names are available as alternatives: Leah, Tea, Thea, Gia, Nia, and Pia are some of the characters.

Evelyn

EV-uh-lin or EEV-lin

English from French and German

Origin and Meaning

The name Evelyn is a girl’s name of English origin, meaning “desired; or water, island”.

Evelyn is derived from Aveline, a French feminine given name derived from an unknown Germanic root that could mean “desired, yearned for” or “water, island.” The Normans brought the name Aveline to England, but it was first used as a masculine name-a transfer of the surname Evelyn, which originates from the same source. Evaline, Evalyn, Evelin, and Eveline are all variations of the same

Evelyn, a gentle and feminine name that has been out of favor for decades, has made a tremendous comeback in the baby name world. It made its maiden appearance in the Top 10 in 2017. Evelyn has already transcended her previous heights, joining a multitude of modern Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines. All of this despite the fact that, less than a decade ago, they returned to the Top 40 for the first time since 1939.

Evelyn (EEV-lin) Waugh, a writer, is the most prominent bearer of this formerly predominantly male name. (Evelyn Waugh was married to Evelyn, and they were known as “He-velyn” and “She-velyn,” respectively.) With Angelina Jolie’s character Evelyn Salt, the movie’s calm persona was inverted. It was recently chosen by Bruce Willis for his fifth daughter, and Carey Mulligan for hers.

Harper

English

Origin and Meaning

The name Harper is a girl’s name of English origin, meaning “harp player.”

Harper is a popular girl’s name that has risen from obscurity to near the top of the popularity list in less than a decade; it first entered the Top 10 in 2015 and has remained there ever since. Harper is an excellent illustration of the growing pattern of surnames becoming boys’ names and later girls’ names. Harper was rarely heard for either sex until the mid-2000s, when she was added to the girls’ list. (It was used for boys until 1906, when it was eliminated from the scope and didn’t reappear for another century.)

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Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis were among the first to choose Harper, followed by Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader, and Neil Patrick Harris. Harper is set to get even hotter now that the Beckhams have picked it for their first daughter.

Ivy

Origin and Meaning

The name Ivy is a girl’s name of English origin.

The word ivy comes from the name of the ivy plant, which is derived from the Old English word ifig. Ivy wreaths were given to newlyweds in ancient Greece as a symbol of fidelity. Ivy is a flower that represents fidelity in floral language.

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The quirky, unusual, and vibrant botanical name Ivy is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence, which is expected to be boosted even further by high-profile parents Beyonce and Jay-choice Z’s of Blue Ivy for their baby girl. Ivy is also a traditional Christmas name, making it one of the best choices for December babies.

Esme

EZ-may

Origin and Meaning

The name Esme is a girl’s name of French and Persian origin, meaning “beloved”.

Esmé is derived from the Old French verb esmer, which means “to respect” or “to love.” It’s also a derivative of Esmeralda, which means “emerald” in Spanish.

Esmé was originally a masculine name, as was the case with its first bearer, Esmé Stewart, 1st Duke of Lennox, while Esmée, pronounced similarly, was the feminine variant. Both forms, as well as anglicizations like Esmay and Esmae, are now used as feminine given names.

Amelia

German

Origin and Meaning

The name Amelia is a girl’s name of German origin, meaning “work.”

Amelia is a variant of Amalberga, which is derived from the German name Amalia. The root, amal, is a Germanic word that means “labor,” and when used in female given names, it conjures up images of fertility and activity. Emily’s name is derived from Aemilia, which is unrelated to Amelia.

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As an update to the overused Emily and Amanda, Amelia is one of the hottest girl’s names. Amelia became the most popular British name in 2011 and remained at the top for several years, before breaking into the US Top 10 in 2017.

Amelia is a top 10 girls’ name in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Poland, and is among the most common girls’ names beginning with the letter A. While Emilia and Emelia are sound-alike names that are similar to the mega-popular Emma and Emily, the Amelia variation is gaining popularity.

Aurora

Latin

Origin and Meaning

The name Aurora is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “dawn”.

Aurora was the Roman goddess of the dawn, whose tears changed into morning dew. She was thought to re-energise herself by crossing the sky from east to west, proclaiming the advent of the sun each morning. Aurora is also related to Aurora Borealis, the scientific word for the Northern Lights.

Aurora, the beautiful princess from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, would make any little girl feel like a princess. Aurora has been on the popularity list since the eighteenth century, but it is now climbing at a faster rate than ever before, with plans to reach even higher. On untoparenting, Aurora is a very popular girl’s name.

Elodie

EL-oh-dee

Origin and Meaning

The name Elodie is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “foreign riches”.

Elodie is a Spanish variant of Alodia, a gothic German name linked to Saint Alodia. In the 9th century, Spain, along with her sister Nunilo, was a child martyr. Elodie is spelled Élodie in France, with an accent over the E.

Elodie, a new untoparenting favorite, is poetic and melodic, and may be a more sophisticated tribute to Aunt Melody.

 Iris

Origin and Meaning

The name Iris is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning “rainbow.”

Iris comes from the Greek word iris, which means “rainbow.” Iris was the goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge between heaven and earth. The iris was once thought to be a symbol of power and majesty, with the three petal segments symbolizing faith, knowledge, and valor. The flower was named for this vibrant sight, as was the colored component of the eye.

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Iris is one of a slew of turn-of-the-century flower names that are slowly but steadily regaining popularity: it is presently at its highest point since the 1930s.

Charlotte

Origin and Meaning

The name Charlotte is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “free man”.

The feminine counterpart of the male given name Charles is Charlotte. It comes from Charlot, a diminutive of Charles that means “little Charles” in French literature and tradition, and the name of Charlemagne’s son. Queen Charlotte Sophia of England, the wife of King George III, popularized the name.

Clara

Origin and Meaning

The name Clara is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “bright, clear”.

For decades, the European-flavored Clara has been rushing up the charts on the coattails of her sleeker sister Claire, who has been banished to an Olde World backwater. Many people now consider Clara to be the more fashionable of the two names. Ewan McGregor, an actor, was one of the first celebrities to use the name for one of his daughters.

Alice

Origin and Meaning

The name Alice is a girl’s name of German origin, meaning “noble”.

Alice comes from the Old French name Aalis, which is a diminutive of Adelais, which is derived from the Germanic name Adalhaidis. The name Adelaide is derived from the Proto-Germanic parts aala, which means “noble,” and haidu, which means “kind, appearance, type.” In recent times, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland popularized the moniker.

Tina Fey’s choice of Alice for her daughter gave the name a major boost. Alice is a classic literary name that’s both strong and sweet. Along with other girl names beginning with the letter A, Alice has seen a recent spike in popularity.

Alice stands out among conventional girls’ names, being more feminine and dainty than Mary and Helen, more substantial than Ann or Jane, yet with more lightness and innocence than Margaret or Katharine.

Violet

Origin and Meaning

The name Violet is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “purple.”

Violet is soft and pleasant, but she isn’t going anywhere. High-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose the Victorian Violet, one of the nicest of the colors and flower names, which undoubtedly played a role in its rapid rise to popularity. Violet made her debut appearance in the Top 50 in 2015.

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Violet, a name that had lain dormant for decades, was popular a century ago, but began a precipitous decline by 1920, petering out in the early 1980s. However, it began to rise again around a decade ago, and it grew even faster after Garner and Affleck chose it as the name of their daughter.

Eleanor

Origin and Meaning

The name Eleanor is a girl’s name of English origin.

While some mistake Eleanor for Helen, via Ellen, it actually comes from the Provencal name Aliénor, which has a contentious meaning. It’s possible that it’s derived from the Germanic word Adenorde, which means “old north” or “noble north.” Another idea is that it comes from the Latin word alia Aenor, which means “other Aenor,” which was used to differentiate an original Eleanor from her mother Aenor. In the twelfth century, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine imported it from France to England. Elinor and Eleanore are two more spellings.

Eleanor’s simple feminine image, along with its royal medieval background, strikes precisely the perfect note for parents looking for a name that is both practical and fashionable for their daughters.

Big plus: Eleanor is a serious name with two lovable nicknames: Ellie and Nell/Nellie. Ellie is certainly one of today’s top cute girl names, albeit Nell is more distinctive.

Eleanor is a name that Diane Lane possesses, while Elinor is a name that Katie Couric has. (In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen used Eleanor, and in Sense and Sensibility, she used Elinor.)

Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady of the United States, is a noteworthy namesake. The spouses of Henry III and Edward I were two other English queens who shared the name. Eleanor Shellstrop is the protagonist of the television show The Good Place at the moment.

Eleanora and Leonora are more feminine versions of Eleanora. The shorter versions are Ellen and Lenore.

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Jerome

Greek

Origin and Meaning

The name Jerome is a boy’s name of Greek origin, meaning “sacred name”.

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Jerome, like its namesake saint, was a bright scholar, and he has a bespectacled, serious, studious image. The patron saint of students, librarians, and archaeologists is St. Jerome.

Jerome Kern and Jerome Robbins are musical namesakes, while Jerome is also the surname of J.D. Salinger, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Seinfeld, and one of the Three Stooges. Hieronymus, as in the painter Bosch, is the Latin form.

Karim

ka-REEM

Arabic

Origin and Meaning

The name Karim is a boy’s name meaning “noble, generous”.

Due to basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem is the more popular form in the United States.

Meir

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning

The name Meir is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “bringer of light”.

The original form of the Hebrew Meyer

Yahya

Arabic, Turkish, and Persian forms of Yochanan

Origin and Meaning

The name Yahya is a boy’s name.

Yahya is an Islamic name that honors the apostle John the Baptist. It is a variant of Yochanan. It was a new addition to the US Top 1000 in 2015, and it’s a popular choice in Italy as well as England and Wales.

Billy

English, diminutive of William.

Origin and Meaning

The name Billy is a boy’s name of English origin, meaning “resolute protection.”

A freckled youngster bounces a spalding ball. The couple are so cool. On their son’s birth certificate, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton chose the name Billy Burton. While the classic William, the future monarch of England’s name, may be German, the nickname Billy, as well as other famous short variants such as Jim and Joe, are truly English male names.

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Ernest

English from German

Origin and Meaning

The name Ernest is a boy’s name of English origin, meaning “serious, resolute”.

Ernest is one of those sober great uncle names that are starting to be reassessed. From 1880 through 1926, it was a Top 40 name, and it has never been totally removed from the Social Security list.

Ernest is arguably the only name on which an entire play was based—The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, in which one character states, “There’s something about that name that inspires complete trust.” I feel sorry for any poor woman whose husband’s name isn’t Ernest. “

Unless you count Bert’s pal Ernie, the most renowned bearer of the name is novelist Ernest Hemingway.

When the spelling is changed to Earnest, it becomes a masculine virtue name.

Alfonso

Spanish and Italian

Origin and Meaning

The name Alfonso is a boy’s name of Spanish and Italian origin, meaning “noble, ready”.

Although Alfonso has been a royal name in Spain since the 7th century, it is rarely heard outside of the Hispanic population in the United States.

Jairo

Spanish, variation of Jairus

Origin and Meaning

The name Jairo is a boy’s name.

While Jairus is uncommon, this Spanish variant is common in the United States, where it has been in the Top 1000 for the past three decades.

Jairo Penaranda is a former professional football player who holds the honor of being the first Colombian to play in the National Football League.

Mayson

Spelling variation of Mason

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Origin and Meaning

The name Mayson is a boy’s name.

Mayson has been in the US Top 1000 since 2010. It is frequently a spelling variation of the popular boy’s occupational name, Mason. As in Ayden or Kaytlyn, this follows a trend of adding the letter Y to a name or substituting Y for another vowel. Mayson is also a surname that refers to someone who is associated with the month of May.

Imran

Arabic

Origin and Meaning

The name Imran is a boy’s name meaning “prosperity”.

A Quranic name that is particularly popular among Muslims in South Asia.

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Kiera

KEER-a

Irish

Origin and Meaning

The name Kiera is a girl’s name of Irish origin, meaning “little dark one.”

Kiera first appeared on the American popularity list in 1988, but it trails behind the alternate spelling Keira, owing to actress Keira Knightley’s celebrity.

Ciara is the original Irish spelling of an early saint (who is claimed to have extinguished fires with the strength of her prayer) who was the most popular name in Ireland a few decades ago.

Although both have lost their Irish accents, Keira is the more popular spelling, while Kiera is the more authentic. Kieran, a man, is also present.

Cordelia

Latin; Celtic

Origin and Meaning

The name Cordelia is a girl’s name of Latin and Celtic origin, meaning “heart; daughter of the sea”.

Cordelia, the name of King Lear’s only sympathetic daughter, has both flair and substance, and is just the kind of traditional, mature name that many parents are looking for these days. If you can’t decide between Cordelia and the equally attractive Cora, name her Cordelia for long and Cora for short—or Delia, Lia, Del, or even the very distinct Cordie. Cordelia is a Nameberry favorite (number 106 on the site), and it reentered the US Top 1000 after a 60-year absence in 2014.

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Cordelia also made appearances in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, and P.D. James’ mystery books as investigator Cordelia Gray, and was popularized by a character in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.

Then there’s that phrase from Anne of Green Gables’ heroine: “Cordelia is a name I’d want to have. It’s an incredibly elegant name. “

Ingrid

Norse

Origin and Meaning

The name Ingrid is a girl’s name of Norse origin, meaning “fair; Ing is beautiful”.

The brilliant Ingrid Bergman’s appeal was strong enough to endow this historic Scandinavian brand, which had been overlooked in the United States, with international charisma. Even today, a child named Ingrid is thought to be of Scandinavian descent, indicating that the name has never fully blended into the English vocabulary, as other European names from the same era, such as Danielle or Kathleen, have.

Its best US ranking was number 380 in 1967, when it was still popular in its native Scandinavia, where it is a royal name.

Its meaning alludes to Ing, the Norse god of fertility, peace, and wealth who is considered the ancestor of Swedish rulers. Both Spy Kids and White Oleander featured mother figures named Ingrid.

Jaelyn

JAY-lin

Origin and Meaning

The name Jaelyn is a girl’s name of American origin.

Jaelyn is a common girl’s and boy’s name with numerous spellings and variations, including Jaelynn, Jaylin, and Jalen. Jaelyn is a common girl’s and boy’s name with numerous spellings and variations, including Jaelynn, Jaylin, and Jalen.

Susan

Origin and Meaning

The name Susan is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “lily”.

Despite the fact that Susan had her heyday from the 1930s to the 1960s, and is now popular among moms and new grandmothers, and most current parents prefer Susanna/Susannah, there are some glimmers of interest in a resurrection. It still has that black-eyed-Susan freshness to it.

Susan’s literary credits include Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.

Sue, Susie, Suzy, Sukie, and Zuzu are just a few of Susan’s many nicknames, many of which have been immortalized in song. Susan’s famous namesakes include activist Susan B. Anthony, author Susan Sontag, and actor Susan Sarandon.

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Birdie

English

Origin and Meaning

The name Birdie is a girl’s name of English and Swedish origin, meaning “bird”.

Birdie was a middle-aged Ladies’ Club member who wore a bird-decorated hat until recently, but now it’s just the kind of old nickname (think Hattie, Josie, Mamie, Millie) that’s resurfacing in a big way. Actress Busy Philipps and soap star Maura West both called their babies Birdie (after First Lady Lady Bird Johnson).

Kathleen

kath-LEEN; kat-LEEN

Anglicized form of Irish Caitlin

Origin and Meaning

The name Kathleen is a girl’s name of Irish origin, meaning “pure”.

Kathleen is an early Irish import variant that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and it’s been so long since it’s been used that it’s almost starting to sound new again. Martie Maguire, one of the hip Dixie Chicks, chose it as a surprise. Kathleen was a popular name in the United States from 1948 to 1951, and it is the subject of several classic romantic songs, including “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.”

Kathleen Ni Houlihan has been a symbol of Ireland in Irish ballads since the seventeenth century, signifying the country’s quest for independence.

Kathleen is J.K. Rowling’s adopted middle name, named after her paternal grandmother. Kathy Griffin and Kate Walsh were born to Kathleen. Kathleen, JFK’s sister, was known as “Kick.”

Heavenly

Word name

Origin and Meaning

The name Heavenly is a girl’s name.

For a few years now, Heavenly, the word that’s become a name, has been flirting with the bottom of the Top 1000. Heaven and cousins like Nevaeh have already been used extensively, so adding the popular “-ly” suffix, ala Everly, seems like a natural development.

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Perla

Pearl-ah

Spanish variation of Pearl

Origin and Meaning

The name Perla is a girl’s name of Spanish origin.

Popular Latina gem name; an excellent alternative to Pearl if you can’t get rid of the grandmotherly vibe.

Christine

cris-TEEN

A French variation of Christina

Origin and Meaning

The name Christine is a girl’s name of French origin, meaning “Christian”.

Christine was the most popular feminine form of Christopher forty or fifty years ago, when French E-endings were preferred over As; from 1966 to 1974, it was a Top 20 name for several years. Though it remains popular, today almost any other variant, from Kristen to Kirsten to Christina herself, would be regarded more trendy.

Christine is the protagonist of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel Christine, as well as the heroine of the 1910 novel and popular musical Phantom of the Opera. From Elton John to Kiss to Motorhead, Christine has been serenaded in song.

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