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What Are Your Favorite Baby Names?

What Are Your Favorite Baby Names?

When I was pregnant with Anton, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, so we brainstormed names for both. Our top girls’ names were…

Jane
Margot
Penelope (Penny)
Louisa (Lulu)
Sabine

I also really love the name Anna, but it’s a tongue twister to say “Joanna and Anna.”

It’s funny how you rarely hear the names that were popular when we were growing up — Matt, Josh, Kristen, Jennifer. If my friend were like, “Here’s my new baby, Kevin,” I would do a double take. These days, though, the more offbeat names don’t surprise me at all. We know sweet boys named Ocean, River and Lion. And girls named Persephone, Summer and Charlie.

What baby names do you love? Does it matter to you if they’re popular? So far, according to USA Today and Nameberry, the most popular baby names in 2019 are:

Girls:
Posie
Isla
Olivia
Aurora
Maeve
Cora
Amara
Ada
Amelia
Charlotte

Boys:
Milo
Jasper
Atticus
Theodore
Asher
Silas
Jack
Finn
Henry
Felix

What about you? What names do you love? If you’re expecting, have you made a name decision or are you waiting to meet the baby?

P.S. What to register for your baby, and how did you know you were ready for a baby? Also, a funny parenting story.

(Photo by Hana Asbrink.)

  1. Catherine says...

    In my country, we can give 3 names or even more, so that if the baby doesn’t like his or her first name they can pick the second or third one without doing any administrative stuff, just underline the name you choose on your passport and boom, that’s you!
    So parents use meaningful middle names as well .
    My son is Victor, Karl, Giovanni (my husband is Swiss German on his dad’s side and Italian on his mother’s side!)
    My daughter is Zélie, Jeanne Adèle. To this day, Zélie is my favorite girls’ name. It’s a bit eccentric and whimsical, original but not too far out there. Also, it’s Elyse in reverse (my best friend’s name!!)
    For boys, besides Victor, I love Zack and Alex. If my son had been a girl, he would have been called Charlotte. And my daughter would have been calle Cyprien-a name I do not like anymore!! :) Also, I loved Anna, but my husband didn’t :(

  2. Anna says...

    We have Lily, Forest, Mary Rose (goes by Rosie), and due with baby Anise (a combination of my name Anna Elise but also to match the sibset nature naming.) I have a mothers ring for each child made by Kelci Potter kelcipotter.com a single gold band for our wedding ring and a birthstone ring that has my dad, aunt, uncles, and grandparents represented ❤️ I love wearing representations of my family.

  3. Anna says...

    We have Lily, Forest, Mary Rose (goes by Rosie), and due with baby Anise (a combination of my name Anna Elise but also to match the sibset nature naming.) I have a mothers ring for each child made by Kelci Potter kelcipotter.com a single gold band for our wedding ring and a birthstone ring that has my aunts,uncles, and grandparents represented ❤️ I love wearing representations of my family.

  4. candice says...

    Eeekkk I love naming Babies!

    My Kids are
    Banjo Armantage
    Jarrah Bear
    Wilder Max
    I really wanted to call Wilder ‘Captain Wilder’ or ‘Wilder Blue’ but my husband took a more conservative stance on this. We regret it now! But Wild has 2 passports… so too late for change.
    I also love the names: Zion, Scout, Forrest Olive and Ochre

    • Dee says...

      We always loved the name Aude but wimped out when our eldest was born and called her Henrietta. Baby no two came along in a hurry and was born roadside in the back of a cab. Having pushed out a 9lb-er with no pain relief (and my husband having delivered her) we felt we could call her whatever the heck we wanted, so she is Aude Lydia.

  5. Megan says...

    Since adolescence I have loved the name Hannah. A strong name with a hippie flair. Sure, biblical in nature, but in all honesty, I was introduced to the name by the way of a Woody Allen film, “Hannah and Her Sisters.” Not the best convo starter in this day and age, but I just love the name!

    • Rae says...

      I adore the name Hannah. I agree, it has such lovely connotations and I have long had it on my list of “girls names.”
      It also happens to be the name of my husband’s high school and college girlfriend…she is a lovely person and still friendly with my husband but he took it off our list : )

    • Hannah says...

      Just had to say I love my name, and glad to hear you like it too! (from a Hannah)

  6. Emilie says...

    Top female picks:
    Evelyn
    Evie
    Madeleine
    Naomi
    Noémie

    Top male:
    Henry
    Jonah
    Xander
    Arnaud
    I think male names are much more difficult! I definitely want a softer male name though.

  7. Genevieve says...

    As a Genevieve I love my name. I love always being the only one and I love that there are so many different ways to shorten it so I
    Me and my boyfriend are a way off kids but were reading the top 100 the other day and laughing at “Constance” because he read it as “consonant”. We joked that we could have a Constance and a Val haha

    Would definitely want to avoid any names in the top 100 though and would think hard about one that was rising in popularity in case it shot up in the following few years!

    • Amanda says...

      My late grandmother’s name was Genevieve and I’ve always thought it was lovely–keeping it in my back pocket for a daughter someday. (Grandma went by Jen for short!)

      The Constance and Val thing is *amazing*.

  8. Diane says...

    Our daughter was born two and a half months ago. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl. We had a boy’s name, Louis, after my grandpa, and two girl’s names, Sunny or Luna, just because we liked them. When our daughter was born neither of the names fitted her, so we took a week, much to the stress of our friends and family, and in the end called her Sahar (pronounced Sa-har, emphasis on the first syllable), which means crescent moon in Hebrew (we live in Tel Aviv). For me and my husband the name symbolises the start of our life as a family and the conclusion of our life as a duo. It’s traditionally a boy’s name but has become a girl’s name in recent years but it’s still quite uncommon here.

  9. Samantha says...

    I love baby names. We have our two children family names as middle names. My oldest is Jameson George (he goes by Jamie for short half of the time). My 3 year old is Laurel Rees – middle name pronounced Reese. We feel done having children and I’m a little sad we don’t get to pick another name!

  10. We have a little Leo :) Choosing his first name was easy, middle name not so much but had both decided before he was born and we found out the gender. I’m not patient enough to wait! I have a list on my phone that I edit often for future kiddos :)

  11. Emma says...

    I have an Olive and a Fergus. About a week after we named him, we discovered Fergus was the most unpopular baby name in Ireland. Hahahaha, my poor boy. Lucky we’re in Australia.

  12. Jamie says...

    Here is the list from my phone which I loved but didn’t use for my kids. Love them all:

    Flora
    Belle
    Violet
    Iris
    Autumn
    Pearl

    Thurston
    Shepard
    Fletcher
    Chester
    Townes
    Otto
    Wilder
    Milton

  13. Kay says...

    As a teacher I absolutely wanted names that weren’t popular, I didn’t want my children to be one of several in their classes with the same name. I also didn’t want names of children that I had taught (too many bad memories for some of them). I didn’t want to name them after family because it would be unfair to the other side of the family. We had short lists but only one child actually had a name from the original lists as my husband kept on changing his mind. We have Juliet, Susannah, and Huw. Susannah has always been my favourite name for a girl since I came across it in a book as a child, but I didn’t use it for my first daughter because I just knew that she wasn’t meant to have that name when I saw her.

  14. Kiley says...

    I just had a boy, Bennett! My husband and I were also considering Harrison and Hendrix, but we liked the ability to call him Ben. We never fully agreed on a girl’s name, but Margot, Eliza, Josephine and Marlowe were in the running.

    • Cece says...

      My little girl is Margot Josephine!

  15. Mallory W says...

    I don’t have kids yet, but I have a cat named Enid Georgina. My husband chose the name and I liked that it was old fashioned which suits our slightly grumpy cat. My husband likes the name so much he is trying to convince me to name our future daughter Enid as well – Enid Beatrice so she can be Enid B ( or second Enid?). I do really like the name though. My top choice would be Iris.

  16. Darina says...

    I have never met anyone with my name in my almost 36 years. Darina. My family is Russian, where Daria is common, but my dad is a musician who was on tour while my mom was pregnant and heard the name Darina somewhere (not sure where!) I’ve been told that it’s Irish but also Italian, but who knows! Somehow people have the hardest time pronouncing it and I’m always surprised because it’s just like Marina, or Carina, just with a D…

    I have a 2.5yr old sweet daughter, Francesca Ann. We are not Italian but I just loved the sound of this name. She has a ton of nicknames which I love- at school and generally she is Frankie, but at home we call her Frannie (a combo of her first and middle), and a couple people in our family call her Fran, sometimes I pull out “Fancy Francie” :) We figure one day she can choose what she wants to be called, but I love them all. It suits her so well!

    • Louise says...

      I love all those nicknames ❣️

    • Alyse says...

      There is a famous Irish chef named Darina Allen. I don’t know the history of her name but that could be where your mom came across it! (Not sure how the ages line up, but anyway, she’s well known in Ireland.)

    • Louise says...

      Darina Allen, she’s the Irish Alice Waters

  17. Martini says...

    Does anyone remember the character “Assumpta Fitzgerald” on the BBC Ireland “Ballykissangel” sitcom/drama? It’s been off for almost 20 years and I still can not forget her name. Love it.

  18. Malissa says...

    No babies here, no babies in my future. BUT, I laughed out loud about the Kevin comment. I’m Malissa, in an office full of late 70’s names – Sean, Kristen, Tina, Trevor, Emily, Lisa, Steve, Andrea. I’m ALL THE TIME saying, “You don’t hold a baby Tina anymore! Forget baby Jennifer or Steve!?” – people don’t give our names anymore, ever. Will they ever make a comeback, just like 90’s grunge clothing has?

    • megs283 says...

      LOL when we were coming with our girls’ names, my husband kept saying names like Jennifer, Stacey, Tiffany – I accused him of just thinking of his second grade classroom, and he said it was actually his fourth grade classroom. :-)

  19. Amazing! Thank you for the share.

  20. Rosie says...

    I have a Penelope but we call her Lulu for short.

    It doesn’t go and everyone always asks how we get lulu from Penelope but the truth is I just love both names so much and couldn’t choose just one name when she was born.

    • LU says...

      I can see how you get Lulu from Penelope. So cute!

  21. Kim says...

    Our 6-year-old pitbull is named Posey. Glad to know we’re trendsetters. Ha!

  22. Kristie says...

    My almost one year old (wait, what?! time slow down please!) is named Theia Meg. I wanted a name that nodded to my Nanny and my husband’s Nanna who have both passed – Sheila and Shirley, but they are not very modern names. Sheila means heavenly, and Shirley means bright meadow. I had Theia tucked away in my notes for a long time, and when researching the meaning I realised it means Bright heavens! (as well as being a strong maternal goddess in Greek mythology, and a name of one of Australia’s first known female writers to be published!) It just felt perfect. Meg is because my mum’s name and my middle name is Megan. My husband’s middle name is Jon, so we shortened Megan to Meg! And if we have a boy next, he will have Jon. Funnily now we call her Theia Peg because she’s obsessed with washing pegs.

  23. Carolyn says...

    I didn’t have children, but when we were trying, we liked the name Ayrton Stephenson for a boy. Actually, I wouldn’t have minded Ayrton for a girl either.

  24. Olivia says...

    I’m probably 10 years away from having a kid, but I always think about names! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    My mom’s name is Colette and her nickname in high school was Coco, which I love. Could also go with Lettie. A family friend named their son Cole after my mother, which is nice! So I guess that’s a solid boy name.

    My sister is Margaret and my parents’ always planned on calling her Meg, but that didn’t stick. I LOVE the name Meg. Molly and Margot could also work as variations. Would naming a boy Garet after Margaret be too much of a stretch? It’s not pronounced the same, but the letters are all there, so maybe.

    • Kelly says...

      I was this close to having a Colette Catherine, to be nicknamed Cece, but love Coco too! We opted for Zara Catherine instead, and she gets called Zee or Zeezee.

      One of my college roomies is a Margaret, and we call her “Gret” which suits her so much and i love it! My Grandmother was a Margaret and was called Peg…

  25. Meg says...

    We have an Arthur and a Franklin, both family names. If a third boy comes along, we’ve joked that we will need to name him Clifford (so they can all have kids’ book animal mascots).

    • CE says...

      I love the theme. Corduroy? Winnie? Wilbur? Ferdinand? George?

  26. Maya says...

    My husband’s name is Paul-Jean, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have a pained look on their face the second time they met him and couldn’t remember if it was Jean-Paul or Paul-Jean? Even though he goes by PJ now, people still call him JP all the time.

    So it was super important to us to give our son a name that was unique but not confusing. My family is Israeli, so the name had to sound decent and not have any weird meanings in Hebrew. We ended up choosing Tobias Lev, and call him Toby.

    Tobias means ‘God is good’ in Hebrew, and Lev means heart. Toby Lev roughly translates to ‘Good heart’, which was unintentional but so sweet once we realized it!

  27. Rosie says...

    I’m an elementary teacher and we have 3 kiddos named Atticus at our school ? And two Scouts. And four Milos. All my fav names are becoming popular too!

    • Rae says...

      It is so hard when teaching right? All the current names feel “taken!” I moved from teaching in a diverse but affluent school system a couple of years ago. I left behind many, many Junes, Harpers, Milos, & Augusts. In my predominantly Puerto Rican school I now have multiple JessMaries, Yecelins, Neveahs, and Denashalees. Your favorite names may be popular one place and unique another : )

  28. Edwina says...

    Our granddaughter is Josephine Diana and fits her perfect. Little brother on the way. My daughter has chosen August for his first name. Working on middle name❤️

  29. Marie says...

    I’m not into different names. God knows what kids may change the name into. We are never as creative as a bully, lol. Also, I like not having to worry what the name may sound like in 40 years, so something classic is the way to go for me. But my biggest worry is to choose a name that most languages can easily pronounce. I’m French but grew up in Brazil. My husband is German. I’ve lived in England and now I’m back in France. We just never know what could happen in our child’s life… My name is a pain in the ass because no one who speaks English pronounces it correctly. My husband is Bruno. Everyone knows how to say Bruno perfectly. Are you Greek? American? German? Brazilian? You’ll still say “Bruno” right. So yeah. Bruno, Isabella, Thomas, Joanna, Oliver, Anna, Olivia…

    • Kelly says...

      My husband is Martin, which we always joke is the universal name (though pronounced differently depending on the language spoken)…plus he is very generically european looking though is really just an american mutt…so everywhere we go people try to guess what he is…Spanish? Greek? Croatian? meanwhile I am Kelly of the red hair and freckles there is no mystery about my Irish origin (or the inability of non-English speaking people to understand my name!)

  30. Jane says...

    My mother-in-law was Abelina Anna and went by Lena. Our now 2-year-old granddaughter (who she sadly never met) is named Abelina Anna and we call her Abby. Such a pretty name!

  31. L says...

    We have boys (Colin and Michael – yes, we are Irish), and if we had had a girl she would have been Emily after my great grandmother. Other girl names I love are Arden and Ivy.

  32. Dawn says...

    I love the name Marcel (after Proust) for a boy but is it way too pretentious?

  33. Nicole says...

    I have a Penelope (Penny) and Margot! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we are baby name soulmates! :)

  34. Steph says...

    I have 5 kids…Zacharias and Zephan are the boys and Zara, Zia and Zeta Hallie are the girls. They all got their middle names from family members and by the time I got to the last kid I got tired of the Z names so we call her by her middle name.

    • L says...

      I knew a little girl named Zildjian. Her father was a drummer. Such a cool Z name.

  35. Ashley says...

    We have Judah William (Jude) and Hadessah Elizabeth (Haddie). I drove my partner NUTS when choosing names because if I “knew” someone with a name he liked I vetoed it….and by someone I knew I was vetoed a name because it was the name of a blogger sister’s child who I would never meet in real life.
    My kiddos middle names are family names. We joke that if they start a country band they can be called Judah Bill & Haddie Betty <3

    • Judah Elizabeth says...

      I’m a Judah too (but female). It’s still a rare name and I love having it. I was born in the mid-70’s in small town Texas, so as you can imagine, no other Judahs and I have yet to meet another female Judah. I hope your son will enjoy the name as much as I have! It has always piqued people’s interest and explaining the name’s origin is still a joy.

    • Ashley says...

      I LOVE that your mama gave you the name Judah!!
      It’s also interesting that my son lives up to his moniker…“lion of Judah”…he has wild crazy curly hair like a mane…he is brave and gentle…and at 5 I already see some leadership qualities.
      Giving someone a name is so important!!!

  36. Hilde says...

    My son is called Bastian and my daughter who arrives in a few weeks will be named Ada.

    My husband and I both fell for Bastian immediately, so that was an easy choice.

    We live in Norway and even here Ada is rising in popularity, last year almost making it to the top ten list. Because of this, I would have preferred to call our daughter Wilma, but my husband has vetoed. Guess we’ll just have to try for a third baby ;-)

    • Ellen says...

      My son is Bastiaan too! very uncommon in the states but my mother is from the Netherlands ! Love the name.

  37. Rachel says...

    My husband wanted a daughter named Eden when I met him in high school… 15 years later….we have a little girl named Eden Faye and she is the light of her daddy’s life. We also have a Charles Jack (goes by Charlie) who is 15 months old.

    My husband’s grandmother was named Corsie Faye. I love Corsie and have never heard of any one else named that. Maybe if we get lucky enough to have another baby?

  38. Rachael says...

    My husband and i had the hardest time agreeing on names—and we have six kids!! Names I loved that we didn’t use: Moira, Penelope, Portia, Eleanor, Sebastian, Henry, Oliver, and Liam. Names he liked that I shot down: Rufus and Sean.

    We ended up with Abigail Grace, Juliet Elizabeth, Isaac David, Luke Neil, Nathan Edward, and Matthew Ajax. All the middle names are family names except Ajax—we love skiing in Aspen and by baby #6 we were out of family names! So we just named him for our favorite ski mountain.

    • Kelly says...

      Ajax is also a character in Greek mythology!

  39. Megan says...

    When I was pregnant with my now 9-year-old son, my husband and I couldn’t agree on Miles or Milo as a first name. His birth was short and alarming and then he cried and cried the whole time we were in the hospital. We had filled out the birth certificate form together last minute, but when we got home exhausted and ears ringing, we looked at each other and asked what his name was. We couldn’t remember which version of the name we had put down. We had to wait a whole 6 weeks until we received his birth certificate in the mail to find out what we had named our baby. Miles. By then, we had been calling him both for so long that we were in the habit and he still goes by both names.

    • Julia Helene says...

      Love this story!

    • Anna says...

      Oh my gosh, this is so funny!

    • Rachel Dunlap says...

      That is so funny!

    • Anne says...

      Hahaha… this is funny (at least in retrospect)

    • Rae says...

      The best!

  40. KS says...

    We just named our daughter Remi. She’s (almost) three weeks old and has grown the biggest cheeks already. We always liked the name but now it’s real. Remi is a person!

    • Fernanda Abreu says...

      Contratulations! This is so sweet :) Remi is YOUR person

  41. Gillian says...

    I get asked all the time if it’s pronounced “Jih-lee-in” or “Gih-lee-in.” My middle name is spelled atypically (it’s “Clare,” with no “i”), and my last name is… well, it can be phallic if mispronounced, which it is more often than not. If anyone trips up the pronunciation or spelling, I just tell them my mom had a really strong epidural. (To her credit, my mother overheard me saying this once and laughed her head off. :) )

  42. Freya says...

    Scouring these comments thoroughly! Due later this year with #3 – to join our sweet Anouk Celeste and Remy James. Love Sadie or Ida for a girl, but a boy’s name is proving elusive so far! On a side note – my own name is one I hated as a child (why couldn’t I be Laura??!!), but have grown to love more and more as I get older. My Dad is a huge bibliophile, and after skimming the spines of his book collection, I was named Freya after Dame Freya Stark – a daring explorer and travel writer. I’ve still only met a handful of Freyas, after 30-odd years, which feels so special :)

    • Ali says...

      I LOVE the name Freya and love it even more learning about your namesake. The name exudes confidence and awesomeness to me. I waffled on that name for my daughter but ended up with Remi Sofia. We have boys Leo and Lukas (louie) Lev as well. We will need to get pet fish or dogs for the rest of our name crushes because I think we’re maxed out at 3 kids.

    • Julia says...

      I have a 1 year old girl named Ida. After a great great aunt. :)

  43. We named our eldest Lillian after my maternal grandmother – partner didn’t like the long name so we call her Lily.

    We just had twins in January, Where we live, their names are gender neutral so I constantly have to share which one is which. The boy is Daniel and the girl is Eden.

  44. Emily says...

    My husband and I are both teachers so that ruled out some names, plus he is Hmong so our boys have a Hmong middle name + my maiden name then their last name: Tristan Tseng (6.5 yo) and Myles Za (16 months)…. We’ve met a surprising number of Tristan’s in the past six years ?

  45. Trudy says...

    I saw the original article on a British website and the lists of names that you posted were favorite names last year in the UK. Or maybe I should say favourite? When I read it I thought, “What great names! Posie! Milo! Aurora!”

    So glad that the lists posted so many great comments.

    I named my daughter “Leila,” long before it was a popular soap opera name. People always ask if she was named for Eric Clapton’s song, “Layla,” but no, as the spelling makes clear. Lord Byron wrote about a “Leila,” which made it a popular Vicorian name. As my southern belle mother-in-law said, “There are a lot of elderly ladies in the south named Miss Leila.”

    • Tyler says...

      Wow. A very timely comment. My husband and I are expecting a girl in 5 weeks and have narrowed down our names to either Leila or Caroline and are genuinely stuck. My husband’s native tongue is Arabic/French-based and I am your modern southern belle. Caroline is of french origin (who knew? i certainly didn’t before this naming process!) but felt like a good compromise between our two backgrounds. Leila is an arabic name and felt kinda complicated for my side (thanks Eric Clapton)– that is until I read your comment. I might have just swayed! Thank you for pointing that out!

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Leila is on my list! So beautiful.

  46. Shenoa says...

    My husband and I have a blended family. We each had two children when we met, mine are Max (short for Maximilian) and Henry, and his are Lila and…Henry. We now have two Henry’s, ha! So mine goes by Hank at home. We just welcomed our little Wyatt in January. Now our gang is complete.

    • callie says...

      My husband’s family is like this–he has 3 brothers–two of whom are named “Jeff.” Similarly blended and yet all are totally true brothers.

      My kids have actually taken to calling one of them “Uncle Derf” to clarify who they mean.

  47. MB says...

    My husband and I fought over our oldest child’s name for what felt like months – my husband shares a first and middle name with his paternal grandfather, and he always wanted to name our firstborn son that name with “III” at the end. The only problem? My dad (who we see frequently) also has the same first name (Edward). Too many Edwards! After many discussions/tears (on my part), we compromised – our son carries the full family name, but he goes by a nickname of his middle name, “Will.” And now, I can’t imagine him with any other name :)

    P.S. – For our second child (a girl), my husband readily acquiesced to my choice for her name: Cassidy Grace (Cassidy for my Irish heritage, and Grace for its Christian roots and my paternal grandmother who encouraged my love of reading from an early age). If we ever have a third child, we’re going to have a tough time coming up with a name, since we’ve used all of our favorites already!

  48. Christine says...

    My daughter is named after my moms mom and my next child (god willing) will be named after my dads mom. There is something so special about carrying on a name. Both of these women were very strong and loving and I hope that my kids grow up curious about their namesakes and feel a sense of pride that they have been given names of some really amazing women.

  49. K says...

    Read through too many comments at this point, but I don’t see my little’s name! I have an almost-2 year old named Leah Jane. Her middle name is a family name (and my middle name). Her first name was a super last-minute decision when she was born because the name my husband really wanted (Alia – like Aaliyah) just did NOT seem to suit her. It felt too cute and cheerful, and she was one of the most mournful and tough-looking newborns I’ve ever met (don’t worry, she’s super happy now and still tough). I feel like I’m going to feel bad telling her this one day, but I remembered that Leah in Hebrew means ‘weary,’ and it just fit. But I totally love the sound of her name and it really is the perfect one for her, dubious origins aside.

    • Leah Miles says...

      My name is Leah Luanne, and I love it! I rarely meet other Leahs, occasionally spelled differently. I’m 63: glad to hear new Leahs are coming up! ❤️

    • Leah S says...

      Another Leah here. I love my name. And I love your reason for choosing it! My middle name is Michelle after the Beatles song. My two older brothers got to pick because they weren’t very excited I was a girl haha.

  50. Molly says...

    My 4 yo daughter is Maeve and it felt very unique 5 years ago. Ha! My 10 yo niece is Isla and same. It’s funny how name trends go and how a name feels fresh to lots of different people all at once!

  51. Lorie says...

    My daughter’s name is Remington (Remy) Flynn Patrick and my son is Noah Timothy Jacobi. Both are now adults and there very few people their age with similar names and they love it!

  52. Alicia says...

    Aw man! I am bummed to see that Milo is so popular now! We named our first child Milo over 7 years ago. I had the name in mind for a very long time before that (like, since middle school) after having read it in a favorite book (The Phantom Tollbooth). When I suggested it to my husband, I found out he was a fan of the name, too, having seen it in his favorite comic (Bloom County) and heard it from the band The Descendents (and their album Milo Goes to College). Once I found out that Milo was also an old family name on my dad’s side, it was a done deal. And, we’ve only met ONE other Milo so far and he was in another town! I’m sure we’ll be meeting more now, though! Our second child, another boy, is named Orson (we like the sound and the meaning). We aren’t planning to have more children, so I am kind of bummed not to be able to use my fave girl name that I’ve had in mind for nearly two decades… ah well…

    • Abby says...

      I have a 13-year-old Milo and feel the same! :) Let me tell you, it was SO unique in 2005. And also inspired by The Phantom Tollbooth! And the international chocolate drink. Haha. Still think it’s a great name, just get a little irked to see it’s being used for girls. I know it shouldn’t matter, but there are already so many good girl names! Let the boys have Milo! ;)

    • Abby says...

      Also, Orson is amazing!

  53. Jenny says...

    Our generation would choose these names – These all sound straight out of a YA novel! :)

  54. Our daughter is Fay (middle name Colleen, after my husband’s grandmother) and we love how classic and yet still uncommon it is. We always get the sweetest surprised responses from people when they hear her name, because it’s rather unexpected but not unusual.

    Now I am literally within days of delivering our second baby — due on Wednesday! — and we’re having a boy. His name will be Cary (middle name Brooks, my grandfather’s middle name), which I’m pleased to see not a single other person mentioned in these comments, haha! We love that (like Fay) Cary has a classic old Hollywood vibe (think Cary Grant!), and while not unheard of nowadays, it is still not at all popular.

    Other names on our list we will now, likely, not ever use:

    Girls:
    – Edie
    – Wallis
    – Louise

    Boys:
    – Lewis
    – Thomas
    – Asa

    • Em says...

      Fay and Cary, love love love those!

  55. Ashley says...

    I’m an Ashley and wanted to name my daughter something less ubiquitous. My husband and I agreed on Eloise when I was only 13 weeks pregnant. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get super popular.

    • Laura says...

      My two year old is Eloise and her sister is Vivian. We get such lovely responses to their names, but haven’t met too many others with those names yet!

    • Claire says...

      My Eloise will be 4 next month. I hadn’t heard of anyone named Eloise at the time (except old ladies!). It seems to definitely be gaining in popularity. We picked it because we loved it and it seemed to suit our daughter better than Beatrice, our other top choice, once we met her. We’ve met probably 3 other Eloises since our daughter was born, which isn’t too bad, considering we live in a neighborhood at has tons of kids and trends toward classic/old fashioned names (Henrys, Williams and Eleanors on every playground!) Our 15 month old is Edward after 3/4 of his great grandfathers. If we have a third we’ll have to decide whether or not to continue with old fashioned E names. (Of course we find it fun to talk about but haven’t found many that we like that don’t start with El- or Ed-)

    • Eloise says...

      I’m a 32-year-old Eloise (so not quite yet an old lady, Claire! :) ), and growing up I was always self-conscious about my name because I never came across any others. I begged my Mum to let me be a Rachel or a Rebecca or a Jennifer like the majority of my friends! But now I’m so glad to be an Eloise. A fine choice! :)

  56. Karin says...

    I grew up one of many Karins in my class and always wanted to strike that balance between unique name and not-freakishly-unique name. We ended up choosing a name that’s unusual when spelled out in full, but shortens down to a fairly common nickname.
    It’s fascinating how the Internet has changed baby naming. Everyone wants their child to have a unique name…but if everyone is named Posie and Felix, then naming your kid “Larry” could be the way to go. I actually had a co-worker who named his son (born about 10 years ago) “Larry” and we thought that was fabulous! Still haven’t come across any other baby Larry’s (Larries?)

    • Emma says...

      I love the name Larry!

  57. Pamela Zientek says...

    I have 5 grandbabies from my middle son. 2 granddaughters who are the oldest and youngest of the 5. Olivia Grace is 11. Eliana Faye is 16 months. My 3 grandsons are Elliott Michael,10. Remi Gabriel will be 3 soon. And Asa Michael is 16 months old and Eliana’s twin brother. Elliott and Asa’s middle names are after their daddy’s first name. The name Olivia has been in the 10 most popular names for years. The other 4 names are more unique. And I love all their names!

  58. Melissa says...

    We have a wee Sebastien, and it was SO HARD to figure out his name. We didn’t have a single boy name we could agree on until I was 36 weeks. We made lists and lists and lists, but my husband didn’t like my favourite (Theodore, nickname Teddy) and I couldn’t imagine calling our kid his fave (Jasper – which I see is probably going to get popular). But when I sat down and thought about it hard, I realized that our two names share three key things — three syllables, work in both English and French (my husband is French), and have short, snappy nicknames. Once I realized that, finding a name was a cinch — Sebastien has all of those, especially the nickname. And we call him by it — Baz! — 100% of the time.

    • A says...

      I LOVE the name Baz and that’s exactly what we had planned if we had a boy. Sebastian with Baz for short. I know a Sebastian with Seb for short but our daughter is Sybil and Syb and Seb is a bit ridiculous haha

    • D. says...

      I am so happy to see someone calling their child by the nickname of Baz!! Sebastian has long been a favorite of mine and though I didn’t name my child this, I adore seeing my kids friends who are named Sebastian. But all of them go by “Seb” or “Seby” as their nickname and it drives me mad because “Baz” is THE coolest nickname ever. So, thank you for having a “Baz”. :)

    • Anna N says...

      I’m married to a Bas! It’s the best name <3

  59. Jenn says...

    My oldest is Lane, almost a Jax.
    My middle is Tate, almost a Cal.
    My youngest girl is Jude after my mom, Judith. Phoebe and Tess were in the running.

    • A says...

      I have a Phoebe! Unique but not unusual. But people sure struggle with the spelling!

    • Alyssa says...

      We just named our now 7 month old daughter Phoebe! It feels like such a great match for her personality – sweet and spunky. Everyone always thinks of Phoebe Buffay when we introduce her. We just lean into it and sing her Smelly Cat!

  60. KL says...

    My baby girl is Eleanor Charlotte (I’ve learned to say “Charlotte after my mom, not the princess” since that’s everyone’s assumption… insert eyeroll emoji here). I love that Eleanor is more common now but not on the most common lists!

  61. Kelsie says...

    I’m a mother of a beautiful little boy, and sad to say I cannot have anymore babies. But, if I was able to have a girl I would name her Gretta Rayne. My husband’s grandmother is named Lorraine, but the great grandkids call her ‘Rain.’ My grandfather is named Ray so I would squish them together so she could have the honor of having both. If I had another boy, I would name him Malachi.

  62. Holly says...

    Hollyanne.

    My daughter look her name ,Leighanne and melded it with my name Holly for this gem of a name for a perfect girl.

    My grandson is Kenneth after my husband.

    All to which my childless son, at the time, said ” way to get the whole inheritance “

  63. ina Pö says...

    My nephews (Tristan and Titus, 6&4) just got a baby sister and her name is Theresa. IfI had children, I would name a girl Ann-Charlotte and call her Lotta. It‘s just because I like north European names and their sound and Lotta sounds like an independent, brave and funny kid playing outside all day. Oh and my grandmothers names are Annemarie and Charlotte so it would fit but that’s a total coincidence. That’s a trend btw. grandparents names are quite popular in Germany, names from the 70ies/80ies are not (Thomas, Martin, Jens, Petra, Monika, Heike, Martina, Tanja, Claudia…) also our parents’ names from the 40ies are not (Klaus, Heinrich, Inge, Elke, Gerda,…). Well, I don’t have kids and stopped thinking about it (at almost 48), 2 nieces and 4 nephews from our brothers have to compensate (Pauline, Joshua and Felix are my husbands brothers kids names)

    Ina

  64. Cari says...

    I teach kindergarten and it’s easy to spot the past popular names (hello Aiden!), but this year we do have two boys named Kevin!

  65. Bonnie says...

    So true that the names we grew up with are nowhere to be found–where are the elementary-aged Michelles, Heathers, Amandas, Jennifers, Nicoles, Scotts, Jasons, Brians etc.? I have no daughters, but if I had had one it would have been Adrienne Elyse. I have four sons: Adam, Andrew, Luke and Erik–all good, traditional names in my opinion. Nothing to make fun of or mispronounce. People tend to think my name is either for an old person or a dog. Well, I didn’t choose it, but it could be much worse!

    • Elyse says...

      I’m an Elyse! My Mum wanted to spell it Elise, but my Dad won that battle. I’m so glad he did, I prefer the mix of ascenders (El) and the descender (y).

  66. Madelyn says...

    My son is 9 years old and his name is Declan Tank. I can’t have anymore babies, so I won’t get to use Milla Faye which was my girl name! Also love Ronan as a boy name.

  67. Joanna says...

    Ha! I’m also a Joanna – I have two girls and love the name Anna, but it never got far on the list for the same reason :)

  68. KC says...

    My husband and I are just beginning to talk about names for future potential children, and unfortunately one of my absolute favorite names (since childhood) for a girl just won’t work with our last name. Paige Cutting! Nope. I’m so sad!

    • Kristie says...

      Aw no! I’m on the same page ;) I love Paige too, but now my married name is Reid, it just doesn’t work!

  69. Neen says...

    Our almost 4-year old daughter is Isla Jade. I had wanted a unique first name (like mine) and loved Jade as the first name, but my husband was worried it was a little too crunchy. We had only heard Isla a couple of times until that point & it barely registered on the social security list – but now it’s so popular! How does this naming popularity boom so quickly? No worries, because I love our little Isla Jade – it’s the perfect name for her.

  70. Kate says...

    We are pregnant with our first, and it’s a boy. Initially I had about 50 girl names picked out, and 3 boys names. :-) Of course now we have our list of names for bebe boy, and I love keeping that between my husband and myself. But that is the #1 question we keep getting in public. From strangers! The other night at the Dodgers game we were waiting for the elevator, and this big ol’ burly man asked us point blank : “Do you have names picked out?” I was like, “Um, some?” He was very sweet, and about the last person you’d think to ask such a question. But everyone wants to know names!

  71. V says...

    My daughter’s name is Clementine Kate. Kate is a variation of a family name on my husband’s side (two grandmothers and sister have middle name “Kay” and his mom’s middle name is “Katherine”). Her name means gentle and pure, which I love. I wondered sometimes if the name would be too out-there, but it really fits her perfectly. :)

    As a side note, I personally love when variations of family names are used as a little nod! Like, “Kate” as a nod to Kay & Katherine, or “Susanne” for Susie or Anna, or “Day” for David or Dayton. I have more examples, but we are keeping our name list secret! Made a pact with my husband, I think posting on the internet would count, although it feels pretty anonymous. hahaha

  72. Emma Grace says...

    My top name for girls right now is Jubilee. I love the name and the meaning, and it also alludes to my mother’s name, Julie. I’ve always wanted to honor her with a name, but I generally like more unconventional names, so this feels like a happy spot to be. For boys, I’d have to say Corin (Cor for short). It’s used in two of my favorite books, and it’s so regal.

    • Kessa says...

      We named our daughter Jubilee and haven’t met anyone else with that name yet!

  73. Kelsi says...

    Our only child is Fritz, and he’s made best friends with an 80 year old woman named Fran (think dyed hair, spidery lipstick) at the local deli. I secretly want to name our next (if we have one) Fran for this alone, but the names are a little too cutesy-close.

    • Lisa Rubisch says...

      This is the cutest thing! I want to read Fritz and Fran, the children’s book!

    • Louise says...

      You totally can, not too close at all. Fran is a great name!

    • beebee says...

      Me too! Someone needs to write this book!

  74. Omaya says...

    Our first child joined us on April 1. His name is Osiris to harken to his Middle Eastern heritage from his mama’s side (Egyptian god) and his daddy’s work with NASA (the Osiris Rex mission).

  75. Omaya says...

    Our first child joined us on April 1. His name is Osiris to harken to his Middle Eastern heritage from his mama’s side (Egyptian god) and his daddy’s work with NASA (the Osiris Rex mission).

    • Katherine says...

      We did not find out ahead of time if we were having a boy or girl. We had a short list of names for both, including Jane for a girl and James, Patrick, and Axel (named after my great grandfather) for a boy. Our son arrived and I knew right away that he was a James. We named him after my grandfather, the river in the city where we met, and even Jim from the Office. Now we are thinking of number 2. For a girl, I still love Jane. Now the conundrum: my mom was Jane, named after her Dad, James. Could I really have a James and Jane knowing they basically have the same name?

  76. I totally feel for the mamas to be not yet pregnant. I had my first and only at 42 after four years of waiting, trying, investing and hoping. You are not alone. I do remember the holiday sweetness with so many little ones can be hard for those wishing and wanting at such a deep primal level. I remember my mom said once, “there is no question, you will be a mom one day” and her confidence and hope took the pressure off the pregnancy and opened up the concept of motherhood as more than just carrying a child…. adoption, step parenting, surrogate, foster, donor etc. Somehow it was freeing and empowering, if that helps xox We have an Ella Charlotte and a Lucy Rose (my step daughter). Other names I loved:
    Caroline, Piper, Amelia (Milly), Georgia, Jane and June – we even dabbled with Hazel. (my husbands favorite) For boys, we only ever could agree on two Henry and Jack. Now my husbands company is HenrylovesHazel.com so I guess all the good ideas have a way of being used eventually (pets too!)

    • Kelsie says...

      I love your girl’s names!

  77. Lily says...

    We went with Lucía for our girl. It had to work in both Spanish and English. I like the name Mayra if we have another girl (pronounced My-ra) but it doesn’t work with our rule. Our boy name doesn’t quite work either: Uriel Andres (Pronounced Yuri in English but sounds more like Oo-di in Spanish). The search continues.

  78. Libby says...

    I’m just a Libby! My mom didn’t know it was even a nickname for Elizabeth at the time. Which is funny because while I really like my name, Elizabeth is a contender for a future kiddo because I just love the name (independent from Libby). We would just call her Elizabeth. Is that weird?

    • Laura says...

      Nope, my friend just had a little one last year that they named (and call) Elizabeth. No nickname for her.

    • Betsy says...

      Not weird at all. I’m an Elisabeth nick named Betsy. Life would be easier with one name. I intentionally gave my kids names that wouldn’t be shortened to something else.

    • Courtenay says...

      I love that! Kind of named after you but her own name entirely. Our daughter is Adelaide, no nicknames. It’s a mouthful but I love it so why shorten it? :)

    • sarah says...

      We have an Elisabeth and we didn’t give her a nickname. While she’s only five, she makes sure everyone knows she’s an Elisabeth with a “s” and not a “z.” Her name suits her perfectly and there aren’t too many other girls her age with this spelling.

  79. Ariel says...

    I cant find anything i really like, im 7 weeks away from meeting the little one(we dont know boy or girl). My son’s name is Ariston Jeffrey(air-riss-ton), my daughter’s name is Ottilia Ione(oat-tea-leah i-own). They have such unheard of names I am lost as to finding another that goes with them! Ariston was just a random name i found when pregnant and fell in love with, his middle name is after my ex father in law. Ottilia came from my great grandmother and Ione from my husband’s grandmother. I need ideas!

    • Jaclyn says...

      Just curious about the origins for your Ariston, my boyfriend is named Aristeo (he is 40+ years old) and it is such an unusual name, and your son’s name is very close, in spelling and pronunciation! My bf’s is a family name from a Spanish bullfighter hundreds of years ago…

    • LT says...

      Hypatia (hi-pay-sha)

    • megs283 says...

      My youngest daughter’s name is Isadora – I think that goes great with Ariston and Ottilia <3

    • Ariel says...

      I believe Ariston is of greek origin, meaning the best but hales from the name Aristotle. I am not greek, i just saw the name on a list and my heart fell for it.

  80. Rebecca says...

    We named our daughter Sunday. It’s definitely unusual but I’m surprised about the reaction- after all the names June, May and August hardly make anyone think twice, I’m not sure how it’s different. I first heard the name in reference to an Australian patron of the arts, Sunday Reed and loved it.
    Anyway we think it’s sweet, Sunday is a day of relaxation, love and family. And Sunny is such a sweet nickname

    • Christine says...

      I love the name Sunday and I *really* love the nickname Sunny for a girl!

    • L says...

      I worked with a woman named Tuesday and I always loved her name!

    • Mary Margaret says...

      Nicole Kidman, an Australian, has a daughter called Sunday.

    • Emme says...

      aw yes Sunny is such a sweet nickname!

  81. Laura Rose Greenwood says...

    My cousin comes from a family of strong names: Victoria, Amy, Katherine, etc… but her parents named her Whipple. It was her paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I LOVE it. Whipple’s maiden name is Smith which balanced out the innovation of ‘Whipple’… but she married a Greek man whose last name is Kanellakos. So, now her name is even more interesting!

    • Ann says...

      I love it!

  82. Bishop says...

    My sister Claire married a man whose name she took…Bear.

    • Sasha L says...

      ?
      I love it!

    • Neen says...

      I grew up near a woman named Clair who took her husband’s last name…Clare!

    • Poppy says...

      if my name were claire and i married a mr bear, i would 100% take his name!

    • Louise says...

      I once knew a Rose Rose (married name)

    • Kelly says...

      My mom’s cousin Patty Collins married Tony Patti and is now Patty Patti…she is a firecracker and it totally suits her!

    • Clare says...

      My name is Clare and my husband’s last name is Baird! (I kept my name.)
      Would totally name a dog Teddy Baird, though.

  83. Dara says...

    I’m big on the name game because I’ve always had an uncommon name – Dara. My name is an old Irish name that historically was male so I’ve always gravitated towards gender neutral names- and ones that don’t get mispronounced constantly like mine! Some of my favorites are Colby, Ramsey and Ellis.
    My family has always used family names as middle names but Dara is a hard one to place in the middle :)

    • Ann says...

      I love your name. My first crush was on a boy from Ireland named Dara.

    • Rae says...

      Dara – how do you pronounce your name? We gave our daughter an old Irish name that is hard to pronounce –Moira. It is also my middle name. I hope she doesn’t hate her name some day due to the constant spelling and corrections.
      Love Colby, Ramsey, & Ellis — all great names!

  84. Brenda says...

    I’m so surprised I didnt hear my sons name Joseph. And my daughter is Bianca. I love both names. If I had another it would be Jack and Isabella (Izzy) Grace!!!

    • Kelsie says...

      I have a Niece named Bianca and I LOVE it! My son’s name is Isaiah and he goes by Izzy too?!

    • C.H. says...

      I’ve got a Joseph! I love classic names and it fit the bill.

    • Louise says...

      Another Joseph baby mama here, I love it

  85. Maddie says...

    Oh my gosh. We wanted to name our son something really unique so we named him Milo in 2014! Oops. But we are in australia, and the Aussies in this group will know that Milo is a VERY unique name! Whilst there are very few Milos here, Arlo is popular. Our children’s names are Gigi, Milo, Juniper (Junie/June) and Louie.

  86. Jill H says...

    We just had a baby girl in February and named her Penelope. Now we have a “Penny” to accompany big brother, Theodore (Teddy)!

    • Olivia says...

      This is a truly out of touch post during National Infertility Awareness Week.

    • Hadilly says...

      We have a Penelope, but she goes by Pen. When she was little, Pen Pen.

  87. Sadie says...

    I live in Alaska and the regionally the names Denali and Aurora are popular here.

  88. Mel says...

    My daughter’s middle name is my mother’s name, and when we named her, I remember saying to my husband: “Does this mean if we have another girl someday we need to use your mother’s name for that child’s middle name?” We agreed no, that’s ridiculous. Well now I’m pregnant again, and though we are not finding out the gender ahead of time, it’s feeling harder to dismiss that idea now! My husband is not pushing for it but also seems to be having a harder time not using my mother-in-law’s name this time (if we have a girl) in order to be kind/fair. I do not particularly care for my MIL’s name (plus it’s trendier right now than I would like), and she is a challenging person. But still, I feel badly, and I imagine she might be expecting it or hoping for it. My MIL’s mother’s (husband’s maternal grandmother) name was similar to my MIL’s name, and I prefer it, so we may opt for that. Of course, maybe we are having a boy! Happy for any thoughts/suggestions.

    • Julie says...

      I wouldn’t feel guilty!! She/he is your baby!!! But I do like the idea of picking a middle name from your husband’s side of the family. Then it’s more about each family having a name carried on v. both mothers.

    • Lis says...

      I wouldn’t feel guilty either. My husband gets the benefit of having his surname carried forward for potentially many generations.
      So I feel no guilt to for “over-representing” my side of the family with first or middle names ;)

  89. t says...

    If I hadn’t have had to compromise with a spouse my daughter would have been Blythe or Paloma.

    • Katie says...

      My daughter is Blythe ❤️and my son is Toby!

  90. Jessica says...

    I had a baby girl two weeks ago. We named her Elise. I love it because it feels classic and elegant, but is also not all that common.

    • Kelsie says...

      I think that name is very pretty as well! And good for you for not picking a very popular name. She honestly will appreciate it more when she gets older?!

    • Elise says...

      My name is Elise and I have always loved it! Congratulations!

    • Elyse says...

      I’m a 32 year old Elyse. It was a very popular name when I was young, there were four of us in my year at school, with three different spellings. I’ve always liked my name, it’s nice to hear of a new baby Elise!

  91. Alli says...

    We’re actually going the older route, but not so old that it’s “in” again. Our daughter will be named Susan, after my late mother. I doubt there will be any other Susans in her classes…

    We had 2 criteria: 1) no one would have to ask her to repeat her name 2) anyone could spell the name on the first try. Some names are getting a little too out there for us nowadays and my husband and I have both taught. It’s difficult when you have to ask a student 3 times for their name and still don’t know what they’re saying.

    • Nykole says...

      You should watch the episode of Kimmy Schmidt (season 3, episode 11) about a baby named Linda. It’s amazing.

    • Jane says...

      I love the name Susan! It is also my mother’s name and I have been considering it for if/when I have a daughter, which will be in 5+ years, and I’m a bit afraid it will come back around and be popular again by then! hahah. Plus having Susan/Sue/Susie to choose from is great! :)

    • Laura says...

      I think Susan is a lovely name!

  92. Holly says...

    We are deciding between Fraser (a family last name) and Easton for our baby boy coming this Thursday! I go back and forth daily. Hopefully I’ll know when i see him!

    • Winslow says...

      Ooh, I think Fraser is great! Cute on a little one, handsome on a grown person, distinctive!

    • Joanna says...

      I second Fraser! We know three Eastons, but I haven’t heard a Fraser since elementary school (I love the name too, I think it’s so sweet!)

  93. Kate says...

    We are expecting a little girl in August, and had no problem choosing a first name (Mallory) but are stuck on a middle name!

    We had no problems with a boy name – we agreed on Emmett Chase very quickly.

    • Sadie says...

      What a cute name. I currently love the name Sloane. That might work as a middle?

    • Mallory W says...

      Great name choice! My parents went with Margaret for my middle. I highly recommend it. ?

    • Maryann says...

      Why not just stick with Chase? Mallory Chase sounds lovely.

    • Mary says...

      From Justine Bateman’s character in Family Ties? Loved her!!

  94. Jessica says...

    Hi! This isn’t exactly right! Those aren’t the most popular baby names in 2019 — they’re the most viewed names on Nameberry.com (one of their pages also called them the “most favorited” names). There’s another list that uses actual Social Security Administration date — that one is more likely to be right!

    My kiddo is Ada, pronounced like Adam minus the “m” — it didn’t occur to be that anyone would pronounce it any other way — Aidy is pronounced “aid-y”, and Adam is pronounced “ad-a-m,” so why would Ada be pronounced “aid-a” as opposed to “ad-a”? We chose to name our kiddo after Ada Lovelace, who was British. I imagined the British pronunciation is more like “ah-da,” which I also imagined would be Americanized into “Ad-a.” Hopefully she doesn’t hate us because she has to correct everyone who mispronounces her name for her whole life!

    • Vivian says...

      I love this name! In Spanish, ada means fairy, so for me that name brings me back to beautiful fairytales. It’s very sweet :) And in regards to the other comment, I think however YOU choose to have the name pronounced is the right and important way!

    • AV says...

      The British pronunciation is still “Aid-a”.

    • Maria says...

      Not sure if your question is rhetorical but the the vowel on the end makes the first at long. so the first A sounds like the letter A instead of “ah”. That’s why it’s different for Adam, because it doesn’t end in a vowel.

    • Laura says...

      Ada Twist Scientist is a favorite book in our household!!

  95. Steph says...

    Reading over the top ten lists above brought to mind two little boys I know right now who have two names from the list each, as first and middle. Talk about being a product of the times :)
    I like Maeve, as well as the similar Maude. I also am into Scandinavian names like Astrid and Matilda and Greta. And Elias, Matteo, and Noel.

    • Muna says...

      My husband named our daughter Elliyeen which is Arabic (ill-lee-yeen) but that poor kid no one can say her name not even his own family ha! People always think shes Eileen. For baby number two I named him Muhammed Hasan in honor of our prophet and his grandson. While I love my daughters name in Arabic I’m already trying to figure out a good nickname to use for school so she doesnt have to spend her life correcting her teachers or worse have teachers who avoid saying her name (which happened to me!)

  96. Scarlett says...

    My little boy is 3.5 months old and we named him Declan– a nice, strong Irish name to reflect our Irish heritage.

    I also liked:
    Lachlan (a family name)
    Weston
    Wyatt
    Harrison
    Elijah

    In case he was a girl, I was thinking:
    Anne
    Louise
    Clara
    Virginia
    Savannah
    Eliza

    • Debbie says...

      My daughter wanted to name her son Declan so bad but her husband vetoed it. Lucky for you and your Declan he has a great name.

    • Beth says...

      My daughter is almost two and her name is Sullivan Rebecca. My husband and I both loved more traditionally masculine names for girls and we also wanted something Irish because Ireland is a very special place to us. Rebecca is in honor of her late grandmother:)

  97. Jane says...

    I knew a family growing up with 3 girls: Stella, Nikka, and Olivia. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved all three of those names.

  98. Caitlin says...

    I like Beatrix for a girl and Abraham for a boy. In general I like biblical names. In my mom’s family, they were given sweet nicknames based on their initials. Only people who know them very well use them which makes them feel really special. Colleen Celeste is CeeCee and Tegan Beth is Tibby.

  99. Renee says...

    Ugh I love talking about names, I think because I have an uncommon one, Renee. Never met one my age with the same name, some middle names out there though!
    Femme: Chole, Solan, Jade, Harper, Gemma, Beatrice (the French pronunciation though, lol so pretentious)
    Masc: Avery, Julian, Luca, Gael (guy-el) Theo (so common now)

    On another note, my cousin named her baby Charlotte, then just a few weeks later Princess Charlotte was born which made it really spike in popularity, whoops.

  100. Scout says...

    My name is Scout and I often find myself in the good company of dog names, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m named after Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and there’s something so special about having such a whimsical, memorable character from one of the greatest books in my back pocket.

    • Sadie says...

      Fellow dog name here! Sadie–if someone mentions the dog they know with the same name within the first few minutes of meeting me I immediately write them off.

    • Karyn says...

      My 18-month-old niece is named Scout, also after TKAM! And she is SUCH a Scout. :) It’s a fantastic name!!

    • Sasha L says...

      I’m a Sasha, very popular among huskies, other sled dogs and German shepherds. And my daughter is Bella, which I think might be the most popular dog name of all time? And of course, we have a little heeler rescue, named Scout. It’s the best name ever IMHO.

    • Molly says...

      I think Molly is one of the most popular dog names. If you want me to not like you tell me your dog is named Molly. We have a family friend who after knowing me since childhood named their dog Molly. The worst.

    • Vanessa says...

      Our family dog is named Bailey, so imagine the laugh when my brother brought his new girlfriend, Bailey, home to meet the family. Two years on, we still sometimes get mixed up wondering which Bailey someone is talking about!

    • Suzanne says...

      These dog-name comments made me laugh. Because I don’t have any more children to name (I have three teenagers), I keep a list of names for a future dog on my phone (my current dog is named Clementine). I get my naming fix that way.

    • M says...

      Bruce Willis & Demi Moore have a daughter called Scout. Their daughters all have interesting names and are now all in their 20’s.

    • Suz says...

      I think I will call my daughter Scout Josephine or Josephine Scout.
      Which to choose???? I don’t know if when she gets older will she still be cool with being a scout? Will it hamper her career or if she is applying for a job outside of the arts. Scout, have you ever wished you had another name to go by in more conservative circles. It seems confusing to a kid though to call her Josephine Scout and then call her Scout day to day.

  101. Amanda says...

    While I don’t plan on having children, I absolutely LOVE the use of flower/plant names as baby names:

    Rose
    Aster
    Lily
    Heather
    Poppy

    A new one I heard recently that I love is Ren – apparently depending on the source you read it can mean “water lily” or “small and strong” in i’s Irish origin, and “lotus” in the Japanese origin. Seems like a lovely name for a boy or a girl :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love these!

    • BeckyB says...

      Ha! One of my daughter’s middle name is Aster, and the other daughter’s name is Wren! Not the same “Ren” that you’re referencing, but another nature based-name:)

    • Poppy says...

      poppyyyyy (✿◠‿◠)

  102. Julie says...

    Girls:
    Amelia
    Jane
    Maggie
    Annabelle
    Lucy

    Boys:
    Matthew
    Courtland
    Miles

    My husband and I have unexplained infertility, and one of the unimportant but still disappointing results of watching my (many) cousins get pregnant with their 2nd, 3rd, 4th kids is that some of my favorite names have been claimed. I could still use them if I ever do have children, but I would feel weird about it. Baby Maggie was born last month and I felt this thunderbolt to my chest. So happy for them, but DAMN did I feel like George Costanza. “Seven is my name!”

    • Dawn says...

      Julie,

      I love all of your names! My husband and I have been trying for three years with no luck and I have to agree that one of the worst parts is seeing all of our favorite names being used by our siblings and cousins. We stopped discussing names with people after my husband’s brother and wife gave our all-time favorite name to their son.

    • Emily says...

      Lovely names…We have a somewhat unexpected Myles(16 months), who joined Tristan(6.5 yo), after experiencing secondary infertility.

    • Heather Flener says...

      I have two girls- Annabelle and an Ivy. I have made a few suspect decisions in life (cue several ex-boyfriends and a few hair phases) but every time I tell someone their names, I glow with pride. I adore their names just as much as when I chose them. If I had a third, I’d name her Rosemary and call her Rosie. But I’m tired :) someone have a Rosie for me!

    • Nadege says...

      You certainly can still use them. We have doubled up names in our family and the cousins love it :)

    • Kelly says...

      awww, been there, it was heart rending! I had been thinking about baby names literally since childhood and watched them get picked off one by one…then I ended up adopting my 2 girls which changes the name dynamic a bit…my older daughter came home at one with her Ethiopian name “Misha” which we loved (it means seed in ethiopia), plus it didn’t feel right to change a one year old’s name. And my younger daughter came home at 5 weeks with the name “Journey” from her birth mother which we kept as a middle name and gave her the first name Zara.

      both girls have middle names that are significant from my family and then their father’s surname. So i never got to use some of my lifelong favorite first names, but it ended up being kind of fun and challenging to break free from my long held name notions and go in a different direction.

      good luck on your journey and may you be naming your child soon!

  103. Carrie says...

    Oh man I have an on going note on my phone. We’re going to start trying in 9 months so I’m always brainstorming.

    Girl:
    Ruthie
    Cecilia

    Boy:
    Henry
    Theodore “Theo”

    Either:
    Emery

    • Sarah says...

      I named my son Emery four years ago and I love it! It was my husband’s grandfather’s name and I had never heard of it before that. It is such a great name and would work so well for a girl too!

    • Shan says...

      Our daughter is an Emery. We had a tough time settling on a name, but it was the perfect name for us and a lovely way to honor aunts Emma and Ember.

    • Rachel says...

      I have a Ruth and her BFF is Cece (Celia). Love those names.

  104. Anne St.Jean says...

    My sister is naming her baby girl Margot! I think that’s the sweetest name. I love Beatrice or Beatrix but have a hard time imagining a baby with such a hefty name and I can’t think of a suitable nickname that’s not “trixie”.

    • Em says...

      An alternative to Trixie could be “Bea”! So sweet.

    • Caitlin says...

      I also love Beatrix and like Trixie! But Bea (bee, bumblebee) and Beady would probably get thrown around too until something sticks. My dog’s name is Clementine and one of her many nicknames is Susan. :)

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Or Bee!

    • Stephanie Gustafson says...

      Why not use the nickname Bea??

    • Jen says...

      We named our daughter (now 18 months) Beatrix and we call her Bee, Beebee, or Bix. A friend of ours calls her Beah (bay-uh). We do get a lot of “Beatrice” when people first hear it. If we had thought that through, I’m not sure we would have picked it. Other names we considered were Zoe, Hunter, Quinn, Zora, and Ladybird (which I wish I’d picked for her middle name).

    • Laura says...

      Bix!!! That is too cute to handle. Loooooove!

    • Liz says...

      One of my best friends is nicknamed Trissy for Beatrice. I love it and she is a fantastic person full of kindness.

  105. mb says...

    I love names! I have a long list of favorite girls’ names. One of my favorites is the Spanish name Margarita (related to Margaret but it also means “daisy” in Spanish). But I hate that the first thing that pops into English-speakers’ heads is the tequila drink!

    • mb says...

      Also the name Marigold! I guess I just really like flower names!

    • Jill Petri says...

      One of my twin girls has the middle name Marguerite. It was my great-grandmother’s name.

    • beth says...

      My grandmother’s middle name was Marguerite, and if my son had been a girl, it would have been his too! I think Margarita is lovely.

    • My given name is Margarita but I have always gone by Daisy! Many years before I was born my parents were traveling in Mexico and my Dad bought my Mom daisies. The vendor told him they were called Margaritas in Spanish and they decided then that they would name their future daughter Margarita but call her Daisy. I get the drink comment alot but those people don’t realize Margarita is such a common name on Spanish speaking counties. It’s like John here!

  106. Amanda says...

    My husband and I were talking about baby names and realized that we have several girl’s names we love, but not a single boy’s name.

    We don’t have kids yet, but we want them in the future. So here’s to hoping we figure out some boy’s names we like, or end up having girls!

    • Carrie says...

      Same, no kids yet. Our girl list is huge and boys we have like 4 names. Hoping to get some ideas here :)

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Ditto. We’re expecting, and choosing a girl name will be hard because I love all my options. Choosing a boy name will be hard because I don’t love any of my options! Ha!

    • Hannah says...

      I had a long list of girl names before having any kids, then ended up with four boys and no girls. It figures!

    • Leah Miles says...

      My brother’s name is Mitchel Blake, my husband is Steven Mikel, my son is Nathaniel David (goes by Nate). I love all of those names, especially the unique spellings of Mitchel and Mikel. Owen is a popular middle name in our family, and our surname, Miles, makes a great first name as well.

  107. T. says...

    I have an Oliver (which is still my fave boy name EVER to the extent that when we found out we were expecting another boy I had serious problems and seriously considered to name him Oliver Jr), a Philip and a Mathilda.
    My husband chose the name for our little girl. I liked Adelaide but he didn’t – but I like Mathilda too

  108. Jane says...

    My name hasn’t been popular in decades (I’m in my early thirties)!! Maybe it’ll come back in style :-D

    • Jane says...

      I’m right there with you! I’m 31 and it’s so rare to meet another Jane my age.

    • Jane says...

      I’m in my late 40’s and don’t know many either. A good few songs have Jane in them though!!
      My boys are – Jack, Iain and Finn. Neither Jack nor Finn have kids with their names in their class, but there is a Finnigan.
      If any had been a girl my top name was Mara.

      I lived in France and my favourites from there were Aude for a girl and Thibaut (like Teebo) for a boy.

    • Meg says...

      I love Jane! Feminine but a bit tough, too. My daughter is Ellery Jane, and her grandma also had the middle name Jane. It’s a great name. I also love Rae for a girl.

    • Teresa says...

      We named our daughter Jane. It’s classic and so rarely used now that it’s unique but not unusual. It’s a great name.

  109. Samantha says...

    I personally don’t really care if a name that I like is very popular. My opinion is that You should name your kid whatever you like and not worry too much about what everyone else is doing. My only thing about baby names is that I find sometimes people seem to forget that babyhood/childhood is very short period of time compared to the rest of their lives, so maybe don’t name them something overly cutesy since you know, they are human beings who will be adults for the majority of their lives. To each their own but I most likely will not subject my child to having to be 50 year old balding man going “hi, I am Button”, as hard as it is for new parents envisioning their baby as a balding 50 year old man.

    • Louisa says...

      Ha – my little girl is Mary Button! It’s a family name handed down from an adventurous grandmother who went by her last name, Button, until she died at age 104. I associate it with confident, mischievous women.

  110. Mary says...

    Great timing! I’m expecting our first baby this fall. My husband and I agreed on several girls’ names we both liked, but NOT A SINGLE BOY’S NAME. I mean, not one. We individually don’t like many boys’ names, so the pool we agree on is almost nonexistent. We just said to each other, “OK, let’s just hope it’s a girl, and then we won’t have to worry about it.” It’s a boy, folks. Now I’m worried this kid will come home from the hospital with “Baby Boy” on his birth certificate!

    • Francine says...

      Well, that lends itself to naming him Boy, Boi or Bo ;-)
      Fingers crossed that the right name falls into your lap!
      My husband and I were so indecisive that, when our daughter was born six weeks early, we had not had anything figured out yet and ended up doing parallel “back of the envelope” lists when she was a day old.
      We had that precious ONE name that was on both our lists and now have a Mara.
      Whatever you will end up calling him will start to feel like there would have been no other possibility after a few weeks with that name.

    • Joey says...

      Same story here. Baby boy arriving in July and we’re miles apart when it comes to names. Hoping to find some inspiration in the comments ?

    • Kile says...

      The best advice I’ve heard for when two parents have very different preferences when it comes to names is to come up with “category” for each person’s top choices (not just traditional, cultural, modern—but as specific as you can be like Star of the Soccer team names, Owns a Boat names, Reads Jane Austin names) and then challenge each other to come up with names they like that fit the category of their partner. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll find a name you both love!

    • Marie says...

      i had the same issue (i have a one year old boy) and read something from the name blog swistle once that stuck with me which was basically like: if you’re having a girl write a list of names, debate them, narrow down the list, compare your favourites etc. If you’re having a boy come up with a list of names you like and just pick one. girls’ names tend to be so much more interesting and dynamic, boys’ names kind of just ARE. we ended up with a Harrison who we also call Harry, by the way. xo

    • M says...

      Trevor. Justin. Owen.

    • Shan says...

      We had a hard time with boys names and hadn’t chosen one when our son was born quite early. The pressure to choose a name was intense! Now we have a sweet keepsake with all of the possible combinations and spelling scrawled in the margins of a hospital brochure.

    • Mary Medlin says...

      Thanks, everyone! It’s great to know we’re not alone :) Some great suggestions and really interesting points here, too. Thanks for the support!

  111. Lauren E. says...

    Oh gosh, I know SO many babies named Isla. Funny how that happens.

    I just know if my husband and I have kids this will be a sticking point. I love traditional boys’ names like Michael and John, and boys names for girls like Charlie and James. A close friend of mine is named Francesca and everyone calls her Frankie – I love that, too.

    • Joanne Byrne says...

      I had complete anxiety over what to name our 2nd daughter (our first is Amelia, 2nd is Frankie, short for Frances Jane). After I had her I was so worried I would give her the wrong name – I mean I spent every night on the internet searching names and obsessing over it. I finally registered her when she was 2 months. I think it was less about the name and more just anxiety over other things but it made me squirm when someone asked me her name. I felt like I have had my whole life to figure this out and I still have no idea. On our first, we just knew a few hours after we met her that she was Amelia. Frankie is 5 months now and occasionally I still worry about it although I feel it suits her. I hope she likes it when she grows up!

  112. Danielle says...

    No kids, but I loveeeee making lists of names haha! Penelope (Penny! my heart), Charlotte and Violet have always been my top names for girls. Boys names are harder for me, but I’ve always liked the traditional Jack :)

  113. Rose Hastings Keith says...

    We have two little boys named Bill and Danny, and just had a baby girl we named Ruby. All three are family names, and all three have middle names that are also family names: Gordon, Gerald, and Vilma. I’ve had favorite girl names forever (one of which is obviously “Ruby” – thankfully my husband also liked it) but it was harder to come up with boy names we loved. The older they get, the more I love my kids’ names.

  114. Ginny Tevere says...

    Had two boys…so all my sweet girl names are up for grabs!
    Maeve
    Sienna
    Greta
    Frankie
    Maxine

    • Annie says...

      I have a Greta coming on May 1st! To go along with my Violet. :-)

    • EMarks says...

      My husband and I just recently found out that we are expecting in December. So far, we like:
      Girl: Nora(h), Violet, and Isla
      Boy: Lucas, Jonah, and Elliot

      We don’t plan on finding out the sex of the babe, so we will have to narrow down our choices and decide when the baby comes!

  115. Sarah says...

    I’ve read books with boys/men named July and August and I like those. My parents named their dog Sunday because they brought her home on a Sunday. I think that would be a pretty name for a girl!
    My kids all have Scandinavian names because my husband and I both have family that came from Norway a few generations ago. Malin (mah-lin), Viggo, and Aksel.

    • siri says...

      Fun! I’m a Minnesotan married to a Norwegian and have lived in Norway for 11 years. Our three sons are: August (Gus), Sigurd (Siggy), and Lasse. Aksel is becoming pretty popular, and Malin was about 10-20 years ago. Viggo, on the other hand, was popular more like 100 years ago! We chose August’s name ahead of time, after we found out he was due in my favorite month (I am also a fan of the Swedish playwright, August Strindberg). There was a small chance of him being born late July and I just couldn’t consider changing his name ito Julian or Julius- those are famous chimps at the zoo here!

    • Sarah says...

      How do you pronounce Lasse?

    • Melissa says...

      My grandfather was August. If I had kids, I would have used it somewhere for either boy or girl

    • Mary says...

      Ah, I wondered how to pronounce her name. Malin Akerman is a terrific actress on Billions, which is currently in season 4.

    • Marianne says...

      I’m norwegian married to a kiwi, living in Asia. We have an Axel William and a Nora Julianne. Nora from my favorite Ibsen character – one of the first feminists and middle name is a mash up of grandmother and birthmonth. Axel is a good strong name and middel nane after his father, and my grandfather. Specially finding names that pronounces similar in English and Norwegian proved itself hard

  116. R says...

    Is everyone in the WHOLE WORLD pregnant right now?? Every woman I know who wanted to get pregnant this year seems to have managed it. Please tell me there is someone else out there who feels like the only person who won’t be celebrating a Baby’s First Christmas in 2019. My heart just hurts.

    • Emily says...

      yes, it certainly feels that way, doesn’t it? i’m with you, over here!

    • LS says...

      For what it’s worth, you’re not alone – same here :-\ and seeing these posts on CoJ is getting increasingly difficult. I don’t blame Joanna and her team, but I might need to take a break for awhile.

    • Amanda says...

      LS/others – I think Monday is the day CoJ tends to do motherhood/baby related posts. So if you’re feeling oversaturated on baby talk, you may want to skip/skim on Mondays, for what it’s worth.

    • Mika says...

      I have a 9 year old but I know this feeling, I went thru it many years ago, sending you strength and hope.

    • Julie says...

      :waves from infertility land:

      It hurts. I’ve been trying for three years and I’m almost 40 and getting panicked about it. There were so many cute babies at Easter yesterday though, which was lovely.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights here. i’m so sorry for this difficulty. we actually have a post about infertility next monday. we tend to keep all parenting posts on mondays, in case people want to skip – but i understand how hard it might be regardless. thank you so much, and holding you close in my thoughts today.

    • js says...

      just popping in to say even for the person who tried for four years (lost track of the number of rounds of treatments) and am only now finishing my first trimester of my first ever pregnancy at 42 years old, you are NEVER alone. there are thousands of us right there with you. my heart might hurt a little less right now but it is still scarred from the emotions of the last decade. sending you the biggest virtual hug.

    • Dawn says...

      Here with you, R. xo.

    • Emilie says...

      I’m here with you. Going on month 11 (and had a miscarriage in December). Spent a lot of time crying last month after realizing that we won’t have a 2019 baby. Sending you hugs. You are not alone <3

    • L says...

      Hey R, I’m in the midst of a pregnancy loss right now. Don’t know your story, but wanted to just share mine so you are not alone. I also feel like I am surrounded by coworkers and friends and family who have popped out healthy babies quickly (some by their own admission). It is especially tough for me right now because there is a woman at work who is exactly how pregnant I would be, and seeing her makes my heart ache. I came here to see if the name we loved was on here. Beatrice. It is, and I love that others love it. Sending you a teary hug. xoxo

    • megs283 says...

      Sending you love. I had a long, painful, grief-filled journey to motherhood. I never thought I’d have a baby in my arms, and now I have two girls – age 3 and 1. Prayers that one day you feel the blessing.

    • R says...

      I am so incredibly grateful for all of you. Every one of these replies felt like the hug of understanding I so desperately need. Thank you. I am sending all of you a big squeeze too.

    • Kelly says...

      I’ve totally been there! and now i have 2 girls through adoption, ages 8.5 and 3 and all that heartache is a dim memory (but not so dim that I don’t remember how much it absolutely sucked). I’m so sorry. there’s no way out of it but through it. find your safe spaces when you need them and surround yourself with people who get it.

    • E says...

      You certainly aren’t alone. By mid February I’d had ten friends tell me they were pregnant. As someone who would desperately love to have a family one day, but is currently single, my heart hurts with you. Sending big hugs, baby news can be so bittersweet.

  117. Maggie says...

    I love nicknames as full names. I’m just Maggie. My best friend is just Kim. My husband is a purist so I consented to Samuel for our second son but only call/introduce him as Sam.

    • Kelly says...

      My oldest daughter is a “just Maggie.” I love it so much. My husband thought we should name our middle daughter “just Franny,” but that didn’t feel as right to me so I insisted on Frances. She almost always goes by Franny, but does like the option of using Frances in more formal settings. I think it makes her feel fancy : )

  118. Madeleine says...

    Our son is Victor, which I’m so happy isn’t popular! When I was pregnant, I liked Meryl and Ariel for a boy or a girl (we chose not to find out the gender) and my husband hated both. A girl would have been Alice which I loved back then but now not so much. If i had to pick a girl’s name now, I’d choose Heidi or Gemma.

    • Anna says...

      We have a baby Victor! Very unusual these days in the UK where we are. Not everyone is sure of it when we tell them. It felt like quite a brave move – it’s a big name for such a small person- but we wanted to give him a strong name for life rather than a nice “baby name”. Family call him Vic, but to me he is Victor. It suits him :-)

  119. Erica says...

    I looove the name Milo. It’s been on my list since 2005, my French host parents had a grandson named Milo (though pronounced mee-lo) who was utterly adorable. If it helps, I’ve never met one!

    • Sarah says...

      We have a Milo who will be 2 next week. :) And my husband sometimes calls him Mee-lo just to be funny. My c-section is scheduled two weeks from today, and I think we’re going with Archer or Ezra. We’ll see!

  120. Erin says...

    I love reading all the names. It took us a long time to agree on a name for our daugher. We named our little girl Tavia (Tah vee ah). I call her Tavi.

    • Eloise says...

      What a beautiful choice!

  121. Alexa says...

    We named our first baby girl Isla nearly six years ago. It took us until a month after she was born. It felt uncommon though we checked the statistics and knew it might grow in popularity. At the playground once there were two other Isla’s the same age and I’ve met a handful since which I guess is ok. (My brother Michael reminds me he had 5 other Michaels/Mikes in his class in grade school and he turned out ok.) We also had a second child who we unfortunately renamed because we regretted our first choice. There were dozens of names I would have been happy with but my husband and I couldn’t agree so I felt like we compromised and knew it pretty soon after. We just couldn’t get it right with these girls! Too many favorites to list but among my top unusual ones (all names of women I’ve met over the years): Atieno, Valentine, Solome, Cezanne, and Story.

    • Sherri says...

      I love the name Story!

    • Vero says...

      I’m so curious – what was the name you chose and what did you change it to?

  122. AM says...

    Love this. Even though I’m all done having babies, I still love knowing what baby names people are into. So many of our friends have chosen offbeat names, and I find it so refreshing. Life is too short to have a boring name. Plus, I believe your name reinforces parts of your personality, so why not choose a name to let the best parts of you shine?

  123. Erin says...

    Give me all the Downeast Maine old people names! Della. Ashby.
    Billie. Ellis. (Read in Downeast accent….”We saw Frank down the Grange Hall this Sundey…). I loved Mavis for a girl but the boy names my husband and I loved also ended in -IS and you really can only pull that off once. So we went with June Katherine for our daughter and Hollis John for our son. Classic, old-fashioned but normal too. And not popular. I hope. Oh god, all hipsters, forget you saw this comment!

  124. My friends all say my kids have unique names but I think they actually fit with current trends. My kids first and middle names are Mai Rose, Violetta Lucienne, and Briar Theodore. Briar is the only one who might be a bit different and only because I’ve only really seen his name used for girls, but I think it works for all genders.

    • Abby says...

      I love the name Briar! Never have heard of it before

  125. Allison says...

    I loved my grandmother’s name, Emma, when I was younger. My (very overbearing) mother announced at the Christmas dinner table to my cousin and her pregnant sister, 15 years my senior, that they couldn’t name their children Emma because I’d “called it”. I think I was 13, and incredibly uncomfortable. I’m pregnant, and worried about the name Emma because of the recent popularity that’s dying off, I was afraid it would be like naming your child Jennifer in 1990. My sweet grandmother passed away last month, and my (still overbearing) mother decided to use it as an opportunity to really pressure me into using the name. We found out that we are having a boy, I couldn’t be more relieved! My husband is named after his father, so we’ll have the third Samuel (Sammy) in the family. Sam happens to be my great grandfather’s name too, Emma’s dad.

  126. Diana says...

    are you effing kidding me!? I just named my baby Milo in 2017 and now you’re telling me it’s #1?! When we were looking on the Social Security website in 2017 it was #224 in popularity. I don’t even like that “this is us” guy that much. What is this crazy group think that gets names popular? We named our kid Milo because we liked it and between me and my husband we know zero Milos- we thought we were safe! I’m not sure I trust a list that says that “Atticus” is the # three most popular boy name though…

    • Allison says...

      It seems that these days parents choose much more diverse names these names. So while Milo may be #1, the actual count of children named Milo is likely way under the count of kids that received popular names in the 80s and 90s. I hope that makes you feel a bit better. :) Plus, it’s a great name.

    • anne says...

      my reaction too! we named our daughter Ada in 2017 (because we liked it *and* it wasn’t popular) and now it’s #8 on this list. what is in the water?!

    • Anna says...

      Don’t worry… I HIGHLY doubt that the USA Today list is based on actual data (I have ad blocker so I haven’t clicked through), probably on a voluntary reader survey. The Social Security list of names for 2018 should come out soon.

    • Rebecca says...

      I have a 12-year old and he has two friends named Milo. It happens. Pick a name because you like it (which it sounds like you did) and you’ll never be disappointed.

    • Bailey says...

      That’s because this is not the Social Security list of most popular names based on hard data. A better way for them to describe it would have been the “hottest”, “most trending”, or “fastest climbing” names. I know for a fact Atticus is not #3, but I have no doubt it may have gone from #1,000 to #200 in the last few years which is what landed it on this list.

  127. I love talking about names! We have three daughters, and found out their sex before they were born so never really wrestled with our boy name options….getting my husband and I to agree on just girls’ names was challenge enough! We ended up with Avelyn Paige, Karenna Jolie and Brinley Anna and I love, love, love all of their names. (Quick aside: with my middle girl we were going to name her Evanie, but then my husband changed his mind after meeting her so we went to the “Second on the list that neither of us hated” name and rushed into naming her Jolie (with a soft “j”, which, as it turns out, NO ONE COULD PRONOUNCE PROPERLY) and it just never felt right. I assumed she would just grow into the name and I would adjust to it, but it never clicked. I just called her “Baby” and then at 11 months of age I cried to my husband that we had picked the wrong name, but I didn’t know what else to change it to…I just knew she wasn’t Jolie. Then, as luck would have it. I was scouring an old blog post (it was the year 2008, so mommyblogs were running rampant) about baby names people loved but had never gotten to use and I saw the name Karenna. I had never heard it before but it just jumped off the screen and into my soul and bones and I knew it was her name. So, we were the weirdos who changed their daughter’s name when she was almost one year old. No regrets! She loves the story, and we kept Jolie as her middle name to honour the journey and give her the option to revert back to it if she so chooses. But, she is SO Karenna, the Artist Formerly Known As Jolie. :)

    • Alexa says...

      I’ve got a similar story about a name change I posted here. Don’t feel too bad. We also called our daughter ‘Baby’ for a longer time than I care to admit until we found the right name… and made the change later than one. She’s got a legacy!

  128. Libby says...

    I could talk names all day! I lean very traditional (some might consider boring), but I also love uniquely combined names and love hearing other people’s name choices. One of my challenges and goals when I was pregnant was to select a name that you couldn’t put an age on. As mentioned above, you have Linda, Nancy and Peggy who are in their 60s… you have Jennifer, Tracy, Michelle in their 40s… Heather, Jessica, Lindsay in their 30s… and Maddie, Avery, and Emerson who are youth. In order to do this, I have found you have to skew pretty traditional. What generation are Mary, Elizabeth, Katherine and Anne? It’s hard to guess! It’s interesting to watch how even traditional names have their moments in terms of popularity. I love watching the trends! For instance, Matthew is a traditional name, but you don’t hear of many like you did back in the 80s, even though I still think it’s a pretty timeless name (as opposed to Kevin LOL).

  129. Rachel says...

    So timely! I’m pregnant and my husband and I talk about names every day. We like the old fashioned names, but my husband keeps saying, “Why can’t we give our kid a normal name, like John or Matthew?”
    Who knows what way we’ll end up going if we have a boy! We have a wonderfully old-fashioned name picked if we have a girl: Winnifrid (Winnie) Nell (Nell was my grandmother’s name and I’ve always loved it).

    • Samantha says...

      I actually have always really liked those “normal” names for boys like John or Matthew, but the problem with naming your kid those names is no one is ever going to call them that, simply because there are so many. I was born in the mid-80’s in Canada and all my male peers are named Michael, Matthew, Scott, or Brandon, so in a given classroom/dorm/workplace every single one of these men are referred to by a nickname or by their last names. So as much as I like the name Matthew, I probably won’t subject my kid to that because he will also have a long Ukranian last name so who knows what his peers will come up with. I went through this myself because my name is Samantha and in my elementary school there was 2-3 Samantha’s in every single grade.

  130. Sara says...

    We named our daughter Margaret, but call her Margot. She gets compliments about her name all the time! We specifically chose these names because they weren’t on any list; they are classic, yet unique. Our daughter loves both her names so much that she goes by whatever name she prefers that day. She chose to go by Margaret the entirety of kindergarten, but is back to Margot for first grade!

    Oddly enough, two of her good friends are named Jane and Lulu, so clearly I am onboard with your girl names.

    If we had a boy, we were between Phillip or Harry. I promise neither name was chosen because of the royal family!

  131. Effie says...

    Oh, names! As some who was born in 1983 and named Ethel, (yes, Ethel!) I have been obsessed with names for many years. I guess since I have a love/hate relationship with mine I’m often intrigued with names that are different and hold special meaning.

    When I was pregnant with my twin daughters ( we didn’t find out the genders) my husband and I had so much fun pairing up possible boy/girl names. We were shocked when I gave birth to two daughters!
    One is named Flynn Jane and the other Evan Bay. Flynn is my maiden name and we were going to use it for either a boy or a girl, and since it’s not too feminine sounding I felt like the second girl name should also be somewhat gender neutral. We call Evan, Evvie which is a nod to my childhood nickname, Effie. We selected Jane as a middle name since my mother’s name was Jan and my MIL’s name is Janet (it’s kind of a combo!) and Bay since my husband and I met and fell in love on a tiny island by the Bay.

  132. sam says...

    I was once helping a friend run a dog show sort of thing at a nursing home. Kids from the neighborhood brought in their dogs, and we’d call them up one by one to stand in front of the residents and have their dog do a little trick (or as happened in many cases, just… be introduced). I’ll never forget my friend calling up “8-year-old Owen. He’s in the third grade, lives just over on Orchard Street, and he’s here today with Kevin.” And up walks bashful little Owen and a Jack Russell terrier named KEVIN.

    It remains one of my favorite life moments.

    • Kate says...

      I see this Jack Russell named Kevin and raise you the Pomeranian that I met earlier this week named….Gary. Gary the Pomeranian. A very fluffy orange dog named Gary!?

    • Ari says...

      My partner and I (half) joke about naming a dog Richard, just for moments like this.

    • Amanda says...

      I have a dog named Harry Potter, due to the large scar on his head. Seems like a cute name, until you have to yell it at the top of your lungs across the dog park. Then it’s just a little embarrassing haha. Shortening it to Harry isn’t much better… I feel people just wonder if I’m summoning my dog or an errant husband :)

    • Carrie says...

      I used to have the most stern tortoiseshell kitty and the only name that worked on her was Debbie, so Debbie she became.

    • Stacy S says...

      I wholeheartedly love giving pets regular people names! It’s such a joy to me when I hear about dogs or cats with normal, everyday, run of the mill people names. We had a cat growing up named Matt and my current cat’s name is Greta.

    • Sasha L says...

      Our border collie lab mix is named Ed.

      It just seems like a normal dog name to us, but when anyone hears it they laugh and say they love it. He’s the most Ed Ed you’ll ever meet.

    • Ann says...

      Amanda, thanks for the much needed laugh. I keep picturing you at the dog park. ?

    • Carolyn says...

      Have a cats named Patrick, Grayson and Christabella…past cats with human names were Melanie, Fraser, Simon, Robert, Amanda, Priscilla and Moses.

    • Martini says...

      For 13 very happy years we had an adorable little Wire Fox Terrier named Truman Paul. He was our only (“Furry”) child so you can be sure we doted on him and adored him. He knew full well we loved him crazy but take him out in public and he’d tell complete strangers the most outrageous stories of how he was neglected and never got any affection just to see if someone would take him home…and he’d go with them for sure. He’d take every opportunity to escape us. What a rascal. We miss him something aweful.
      We had so much fun with him that we swore we’d name the next one “Truman Paul” all over again.

  133. LH says...

    We know a Brian and a Kelly (girl) born in the last couple of years. Both names are very fitting for the respective children, but I was very surprised when I first heard their names because you don’t hear much of these 80s and 90s names on kids anymore.

    • Kelly says...

      I’m a Kelly! named after my mother’s maiden name…but def not an 80’s or 90’s name, the 70’s were peak Kelly naming days!

  134. Em says...

    I have always been obsessed with baby names. I had my second son a year ago, and he is most likely our last baby. He turned one last week and I am oddly mourning the baby names I will never use for my children. It feels like such an odd thing to be sad about, but I spent MANY hours dreaming of names for my future children. I really never had girl names picked out, I always dreamt of boy names, so it makes sense that I had 2 sons.

    We named our sons Samuel (Sam) and Jack.

    The name I am really sad I will never use is Ray. For reasons within the family I hesitated to use Ray for our second, and he really IS a Jack, but there is a special place in my heart for a Ray. ( and he could totally be a Ray, too!).

    • Louise from Ireland says...

      I feel this too sometimes! I’m really attached to my never to be babies Mary, Sean, Catherine and Margaret… But I have two real life cracking kids in my Eleanor and Joseph and we have a great time! Still irrationally tempted to go again to use one of my names from my list that I also spent years collecting and continually updating and editing long before I ever got pregnant. I LOVE talking about baby names

    • Kelly says...

      I have 2 girls and will always and forever be sad that I didn’t get to have a boy named Alexander…not that i’d replace one of my girls but i get the sad feeling!

  135. Melody says...

    i love this! this is super random but i’m a product designer and am always on the hunt for good, unique names for our products. already sent this link to my whole team so we have lots of new options to pick from! haha! thanks for your collective help ;)

    • Kaitlin says...

      This is really funny to be me. I suspect we’ll won’t hear the name Alexa or Siri for a while because of their associations with respective products :)

  136. Ellie says...

    I love reading all of these comments! We have one son named Lane Richard and I’m pregnant with our second. If it’s a boy, it’ll be Titus Lloyd and if it’s a girl it’s be Rose Ilene. All of the middle names are family names, and I love the significance of that. Our other names for future possible children are Lewis Norman and Eleanor (Nora) Christine.

  137. Arianna P says...

    Also, this post totally reminded me of the episode in Catastrophe where everyone was confused as to how to pronounce the name “Wherren” that the character Sharon Horgan was portraying had picked out to call their baby girl. It had me in stitches!

    • arianna p says...

      Whoops! The name was actually Muireann (Mwir-rin)!
      Hahaha, I kept on hearing “Wherren”!

  138. Ava says...

    We had our son last september and chose Andrei because my husband is from Europe and Anton as his middle name for my father. The other name I had in mind was Gawen. If he had been a girl I was really rooring for Lucretia

  139. Jessica says...

    I want another baby just so I can name him/her…
    To the parents of Ashers and Maeves who thought they were being unique. My mom SWEARS that Jessica was unusual in 1981 (but it was the #1 name that year) Names are funny like that, they pop out of nowhere. I love names for that very reason–a gestalt on all of society. Mine have classic but unusual names: Claudia, Leonard and Raphael.

    My favorite unused names are Noemi and Olympia

    • Sara says...

      Jessica, I just love that sibling set, especially the fact that they’re all subtly linked with an “L.”

  140. Aubrianne says...

    For my kiddos we went with old people names in an attempt to thread the needle between “unique” and “actually a name”. My spouse and I also happen to have the same initials, AMA, and thought we might as well keep that rolling. Luckily both of my daughter’s grandmothers have the middle name Marie, so that was a gimme. We ended up with Amos Matthew and Agatha Marie.

    Their names show up in books occasionally as elderly zookeepers, cartoon dogs, indomitable maiden aunts, wicked headmistresses… A great little cohort for them to grow up into.

    My little subculture has a lot of old testament prophet babies in it too, so Amos fits right in with Jonah, Obediah, Micah, and so so many Ezras and Samuels.

    • Alida says...

      I have an Amos too! If you’re looking for a wonderful book with his namesake our family loves “Amos and Boris”.

    • Jill says...

      A Sick Day For Amos McGee is one of our favorites too. :)

  141. Elizabeth says...

    You have excellent taste! I have a toddler named Margot. She somehow ended up with auburn hair and hazel eyes, even though we’re both double brown. I absolutely love saying her name. No regrets!

    • Carrie says...

      Adorable. Margot is on my list too! Love it

    • SassyinClifton,VA says...

      My parents both were brunettes (mom has brown eyes and dad has blue). I ended up with red hair and blue eyes. You gotta love recessive genes! You and your partner both are carriers of the red hair gene. I love your daughter’s name and your name as well!

      My husband and I have one daughter named Caroline Elizabeth, and no she doesn’t have red hair even though there is red hair in my husband’s family. She’s dark blond for the moment at nine.

    • Carolyn says...

      Sassyinclifton, my name is Carolyn Elizabeth…I’ve always liked it.

  142. elizabeth says...

    I wish I had the time to comment on every response. At age 59, I grew up in the age of Debbie and Barbara, names that no one uses for babies anymore. My parents wanted a name that would be appropriate my entire life but as a child it took me forever to write my name and I was always the only “Elizabeth” (which I loved).

    My mother thought her name made her unpopular — “Helen” — and then one day my father (a devotee of the classics) said, “You know, the Greeks fought a 10-year war over a woman named Helen — you should feel proud.” And today, I’m finally hearing that name among young children. I think it’s lovely and feminine.

    • Helen says...

      As a Helen nearing 30, I love this story! I was named after my grandmother Eleanor, though she went by Nellie. I didn’t meet another Helen my age until I was 10, and she goes by Heddy (also named after a grandmother). When I was a teenager I read a little bit of Doctor Faustus, and, uh, it feels nice to be, “the face that launched a thousand ships”!

      We have an interesting middle name tradition among the women in my family: when my mother was born, her father wanted to give her a unique name (Susan) and her mother’s name, Jean. Jean, who had just given birth, hated her name and refused to name her daughter after herself! My mother ended up being Susan Jane because it sounds a bit like Jean. When I was born, my parents picked one name derivation from dad’s side (Helen) and wanted to give *me* the middle name Jean. Once again, Grandma Jean said NO THANKS and I became Helen Jane! …aaaaand then there was my sister, Lyndsey Jane, because there weren’t any girl names my parents liked on either side of the family and they didn’t want to name one daughter after Mum and not the other. The cherry on top is that my dad doesn’t have a middle name and he once received mail addressed to “Kenneth Jane,” so we’ve called him that for years.

  143. Kelly says...

    Girls: Artemis, Imogen, Poppy, Violet, Evelyn (Evie) , Ariel, Ophelia, Viola, Rosalind, Miranda, Astrid

    Boys: Oberon, Marcus, Aries, Wyatt, Perseus (Percy), Leo

    • Summer says...

      I love your name choices!!!

    • Sonja says...

      Wait…I don’t remember writing this but I must have! LOVE them all.

    • BeckyB says...

      So many Shakespeare names in your list! I love it! I have a 17 mo old Imogen:)

    • Lily says...

      My littles are Hal, Virginia and Ned.

      In spite of the fact that I always DREADED the first day of school, when the teacher would inevitably call me Lillian and I’d have to correct it to Lily, I’ve saddled my two boys with nicknames that are based on their middle names (to make matters even worse). Hal is Frederic Haskell and Ned is Charles Edward. Virginia Frances actually has the most intrafamily nicknames of the three, but we only ever introduce her as Virginia. Others call her Gigi, ViVi, and Pinny (from Ginny Pinny). They’re all family names, which was our only organizing principle.

    • Kelly says...

      Yes, I do love my Shakespearean names :)
      I also really love Circe for a girl (I’d pronounce it SUR-see, not the Greek Kur-kee)
      And would consider Granger for a boy, it was my Grandmother’s middle name and she hated it haha but I’ve always though it would be a great boy name.

  144. Roxana says...

    Love this!

    My kids are Nathaniel, Samuel, Phoebe and Ezra.

    If we end-up adding any other people to our family, they might be Lydia for a girl and Peter for a boy.

    We went with Biblical names for several reasons. We appreciate the meaning and the narratives behind each name, and they tend to translate well into other languages. Also, narrowing it down to Biblical names made it easier for me to decide. I’m horribly indecisive. There are so many other names that I love (Amelia, Lucille – Lucy, Matilda, Vivian – Vivi, Sophia, Martin – Marty, Owen, Henry, Gabriel – Gabe, Silas) that I’d never be able to make-up my mind. We waited until each of our children were born before naming them.

  145. Winslow says...

    We have a 2.5yo son named Reuben. It took us a few weeks to decide, after he was born! He didn’t “look like” the name we had chosen for him, although now I think “He just looked like a wrinkly newborn baby! Maybe we should have used The Name!” We thought we’d call him Benny for short, and we still might, but nowadays he goes by Roo, Reubs, and Ruby, as well as Bub and, oddly, Butternut Squash. We like names with lots of nickname potential and especially appreciated that his traditionally masculine name so easily lends itself to a traditionally feminine nickname, in case he identifies differently as he grows up.

    As a queer woman who falls somewhere in the middle of the gender spectrum most days, I’ve been searching for a more gender-neutral name for myself for a long time. There’s not a lot of support among my family, who have only ever known me by my given name, but I’ve been thinking I might switch to Winslow – my maternal grandmother’s “maiden” name, which made it all the way from the 1620s to 1963 and deserves to be brought back.

    Naming is complicated.

    • Sasha L says...

      Winslow, naming IS complicated. I changed my given name (for other reasons than gender identity) and it was shocking how quickly everyone around me just embraced my chosen name and how easy it really was to completely assume another name. I had wanted to change it for as long as I could remember but it seemed hard, scary and weird and incredibly non-conformist. But I realize now, it was actually none of those things. Changing my name is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. (My mom made a snarky comment that I could call myself whatever I wanted, but it wouldn’t make me happy. She’s 100% wrong. It does make me happy. Every single day.)

      PS. I really like the name Winslow. It just sounds like an interesting person. My favorite baby name right now is Winsome, sort of a playful version of Winslow.

    • Ari says...

      I LOVE the name Winslow! I can’t believe I never thought of it before. Also, I love that the nicknames can skew more traditionally masculine or femme (Win, Winny). As for your family– as with all choices we make for ourselves and not for others, everyone else will get over it. Get it, Winslow. Give yourself a dope name!

  146. Ro says...

    I’ve been a teacher for 6 years and it’s kind of altered my perspective on kids’ names. I’ve found that kids with the same names, in my experience, have similar personalities/behaviors so when I hear a name I tend to attach a personality to it.

    So,anyway, I suppose it will be hard when it’s time for us to choose a baby name. But I haven’t had any students with the names I have in mind just yet.

    • Kate M says...

      That is so interesting! I’d love to hear any specific name trends/personalities you’ve observed.

    • Mac says...

      There’s a boy named Rowdy in my daughter’s first grade class. He lives up to his name!

      My daughter is named Lucy and after my 4 years with her and experience with the handful of other Lucy’s I’ve met….let’s just say namers of Lucys beware! ?

    • Kelsey says...

      Same!!
      Any variation of Jayden is always a little bit of a trouble maker. I’ve never met a Kenneth who wasn’t a complete and total sweetheart.

  147. Ellyn Yoon says...

    So timely! Almost 34 wks pregnant with twins and we don’t know gender so coming up with lots of names! Right now we’re only missing a boy middle name. But, my husband is Korean and we want to give our kids a second middle name that is Korean, but we need the grandparents help and we’ll see if they come through in time with a list of girl/boy options. So hard to alter/add after leaving the hospital!

  148. Tina Crisas says...

    Our baby girl is two. In our culture, it’s tradition to name the baby after the grandparents, starting with the husband’s parents’ names. I never understood this tradition, and was bewildered it could actually tear families apart! My husband and I definitely wanted to name our baby a name we both liked, and a name that would be just for her. However, my Mum died suddenly; we were so very close and I still tear up when I think about how incredibly overjoyed and in love she would have been with our little one and how loved my daughter would have been by her. It was especially hard when I was pregnant and shopping for baby gear or maternity items and I would hear pregnant women chatting happily with their mamas on such tender outings. I was heartbroken. My Mum never cared about this tradition but I really, really wanted to honour her in this way and feel her close to me when calling out to my daughter, and name my baby after such a wonderful, loving and incredibly strong woman. Her name is Amanda (Athamantia) and it brings me joy every day to hear it.

    • Rachael says...

      Sending you so much love. What a beautiful tribute to your mother x

  149. Emily says...

    We had a host of boys names we agreed on, Archer, Edison, Quinn, Elliot, Henry… but it took a while to find girls names we both liked. My husband loved the names Luella and Juniper, and I liked, Vivian and Eleanor (and Quinn for a girl which he was a hard no on.)

  150. We just had our baby girl in January and she was nameless for days. We couldn’t agree on a name! I began calling her Bunny. But eventually we chose Ophelia❤️

    • Sasha L says...

      Growing up I knew an older lady named Bunny. That was her actual name. I loved it so much as a child! So whimsical.

      My husband’s grandmother is named Happy. Similarly fun.