When it comes to naming a child, there’s a lot to mull over; many couples take into consideration their religious beliefs, family history, and current pop culture trends when they are dreaming of names for their little one. Baby names are becoming more and more unique and parents are getting creative with uncommon names, even the celebrities are taking the uniqueness up a notch.
“As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year in celebrity baby names. It was an exciting time—three (yes, three!) Kardashians babies were born this year, Chicago, Stormi, and True. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend named their son Miles Theodore, Cardi B and Offset gave their daughter the name Kulture Kiari. Other notable celebrity baby names from 2018 include Colette Koala (Macklemore), Marvel Jane (Pete Wentz) and Rani Rose (Kate Hudson)” shares NameBerry.com.
One thing all of these names have in common is that they are certainly unique but they remain sweet and charming all the same. So what will 2019 have in store for baby names? Only time will tell of course, but it’s likely that more uncommon names will be trendy. It’s also likely that some old-fashioned names will remain a popular choice. Below is a great place to start looking for ideas! Included on this list of baby names are 15 delicate names that girls love to have and 15 names that are tough and too cool for any little boy. From timeless selections to names that lean more towards the uncommon genre, this list is packed with ideas for 2019 babies!
This super sweet and delicate name is currently contently sitting at the number one spot on NameBerry.com popularity charts and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The name Emma is of German origin and means universal, according to NameBerry.com. “Emma is simple but has a deep history, is streamlined and modern-feeling yet distinctly feminine. It's hard to find all those qualities combined in one name, which is exactly why so many parents (over 17,000 last year) have chosen Emma and made it the top girls' name,” suggests NameBerry.com on the ever-popular choice in a girls name.
I cannot hear this name without thinking about the little sister in Halloweentown, but she’s totally adorable so it’s a good thing. Like most of the girl's name featured on this list, this name is very chic and feminine. This name is a French variation of Sophia and means wisdom, according to NameBerry.com.
Sophie is currently ranked at number 106 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “A borrowing from the Greek, Sophia is directly derived from Sophia (wisdom, skill). The name has been in common use in England since the 17th century when it was bestowed upon the infant daughter of James I,” shares BabyNameWizard.com.
It clearly doesn’t get any cuter than Claire! And the name actually means clear. Of French origin, the name means bright or clear, shares NameBerry.com. “Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that are familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge. And though Claire is enjoying revived popularity, it will never be seen as trendy.
Claire is also a great middle name choice,” adds NameBerry.com. Claire is a very delicate name, and it’s definitely one to consider adding to your list of possible girls names.
Hands down one of my favorite girl's name on this list, Amelia is up next. “An English variant of the Germanic Amalia, which is derived from Amal (work). Alternatively, it may be a variant of Emilia (rival),” shares BabyNameWizard.com on the origin on of this girls name. The name has seen a recent rise in popularity and currently ranks in at number eight on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
If you don’t mind it’s popularity, Amelia is a darling choice for any little girl. Amelia would pair well with a middle name like May, Rose or June. Does it get any more adorable than Amelia June? I’m unconvinced.
“Taken from the name of the deep red gem. Ruby is derived from the Latin rubeus (reddish) via the Old French rubi,” states BabyNameWizard.com on the name Ruby. I love this short and simple two-syllable name. Ruby is currently ranked at number 79 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. NameBerry.com states that the name means deep red precious stone.
If you like the name Ruby, you might also consider Violet, Nora, Delilah and Eleanor! If you love the name Ruby so much that you do decide to use it, I’m sure it will be a name you will not regret.
I think this name is underrated and charming as can be! Kaylee is the American version of the name Kayla and means laurel or crown, according to NameBerry.com. “A widely used name, Kaylee pulls together something from Kayla and something from Hailey, yet somehow loses something in the process.
It has surpassed cousin Kayla on the charts and is one of three girls' names starting with K that ranks in the US Top 100,” adds NameBerry.com. If you like the name Kaylee you may also like Addie, Callie or Chloe. All of which are very adorable names in their own right.
I know I said I already had a favorite on this list but I really like Ella too! It’s a name straight out of a fairytale, ahem, Ella Enchanted, and literally means, fairy maiden. “The name Ella is a girl's name of German, English origin meaning "all, completely; fairy maiden” shares NameBerry.com.
The name is currently ranked at number 16 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Ella.
“Originally, Rose was a short form of any of the old Germanic names in use in England in the Middle Ages that contained the element hros, ros (horse). Flower names began being used in the 19th century, and now Rose is bestowed with reference to the flower,” shares BabyNameWizard.com. And well, that’s something new that I learned today!
The name Rose is a timeless name that will never go out of style and will always give us Titanic vibes. Rose is currently ranked at number 141 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and appears to be remaining steady in popularity.
Can you guess what this festive name means? It literally means Christmas, so if you have a festive heart and a December baby, Noelle might be a good name to consider. It is pretty unique, ranking in on NameBerry.com popularity charts at number 235. “From the French noël (Christmas), which is derived from the Latin nātālis (natal).
The name is commonly bestowed upon children borne during the Christmas season,” writes BabyNameWizard.com on this holly jolly name. Okay, okay, I’m done with the Christmas references. No matter the season, Noelle is a darling choice for a little girls name.
If you’re looking for delicate, look no further than Isla. Pronounced Eye-la, Isla is of Scottish origin and means island. The name is currently ranked at number 103 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Isla.
Any Isla is sure to be a charming little one with zesty spirit! If you like the name Isla you might also consider Ada, Eva or Ailsa.
“The name Lucy is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Lucy is: Light,” states SheKnows.com on this vintage baby name that never seems to fade out of style. “Lucy was fashionable first in England and Wales but now is popular in the US as well. That's due to its attractiveness on so many levels: Lucy is both saucy and solid, a saint's name and heroine of several great novels, and is associated with characters as diverse as the bossy Lucy in Peanuts, the psychedelic "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the madcap I Love Lucy,” adds NameBerry.com on the name Lucy.
This charming name has an even sweeter meaning. Evelyn is a name of French origin and it means ‘wished for child.’ “After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It reached the Top 10 for the first time in 2017. Evelyn has now surpassed its former heights, joining a legion of contemporary little Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines.
Despite having returned to the Top 40 for the first time since 1939 less than a decade ago,” shares NameBerry.com on this popular name that is now sitting at number nine on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
Unique and old fashioned, Sylvie is the next delicate name on this list. Sylvie is an English baby name that means from the forest, making it a great name choice for the adventurer parents. “Although Sylvia seems to be having somewhat of a revival among trendsetting babynamers, we'd still opt for the even gentler and more unusual Sylvie.
It feels exotic without being unfamiliar and has a cosmopolitan, international air. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2016,” states NameBerry.com on this one of a kind baby name. Sylvie is currently ranked at number 993 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
Another fairytale name, Aurora is up next. This three syllable name is big on charm and class, yet remains delicate in essence. “The name Aurora is a Latin baby name. In Latin, the meaning of the name Aurora is: Aurora was the mythical Roman goddess of the dawn. This name became very popular after Charles Perrault wrote the fairy tale 'The Sleeping Beauty',” states SheKnows.com.
The name is actually still pretty common, ranking in at number 51 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. If you are looking for a name fit for a Princess, Aurora is definitely one to consider!
The last of girls names on this list is Adeline, and does it get any more delicate and dainty? Adeline is a name of French origin and it means noble. It is currently ranked at number 64 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Adeline.
Adeline would pair well with a simple middle name such as Jo or Mae.
The first of tough baby boy names on this list is Dean. And if this doesn’t give you Gilmore Girls vibes I don’t know what will. The name Dean is of English origin and means church official, according to NameBerry.com. “Dean may sound to some like a retro surfer boy name, but it is once again climbing up the popularity chart in the USA.
For decades it was associated with Dean (born Dino) Martin; more recent representatives include Dean Cain, Dean McDermott and Dean Koontz -- not to mention Jared Padalecki's dreamy Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls,” writes NameBerry.com.
“Knox is an old Scottish surname that Brad Pitt (whose great-great-grandfather was named Hal Knox Hillhouse) and Angelina Jolie took out of the back cupboard, dusted off, and elevated to coolness--to the point where it entered the popular baby names list in 2009. Knox now ranks among the most influential celebrity baby names,” shares NameBerry.com on this seriously cool baby name.
Knox is currently ranked at number 232 on NameBerry.com and is a suave name choice for any little boy. The name is of Scottish origin and means rounded hill, which isn’t exactly the coolest meaning but the name itself makes up for it.
I love a good one syllable name and Jett is an awesome one! “Aviation enthusiast John Travolta put this fast-paced name in the lexicon when he used it for his late son, and George Lucas followed suit,” writes NameBerry.com. Jett is a mineral name and though uncommon, isn’t that unheard of.
It’s currently ranked at number 301 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and I wouldn’t be surprised if the name continues to grain popularity. Jett would pair well with a more sophisticated middle name such as Michael, Harrison or Matthew. No matter what you pair it with, it’s one cool name!
This classic name is coming back into style. Harrison is of English origin and means son of Harry, according to NameBerry.com. “Harrison, a name made viable by Harrison Ford, is increasingly popular with parents who want an H name that's more formal than Harry or Hank but doesn't veer into the stiff Huntington-Harrington territory,” writes NameBerry.com on this charming and strong boys name.
The name is currently ranked at number 113 on NameBerry.com and is another name I see only gaining in popularity. Harry is a cute nickname for this formal name, but Harrison as it is is definitely more robust!
It does not get much more tough than the name Emmett, which literally means powerful. The name Emmett is of German descent. “Emmett originated in England as a masculine diminutive of the German Emma; the Hebrew characters pronounced eh-MEHT mean truth, so that might be considered another definition. Emmet is another, less popular spelling,” shares NameBerry.com on the name. The name Emmett is sitting at number 125 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Emmett is certainly a strong name, and it would work well with another strong two syllable name for a middle name; such as Joseph, Graham or Theo.
This is a name that grows on you the more you hear it. Heath is not just the name of a delicious candy bar, it’s also a rough and tumble boys name. “The name Heath is a boy's name of English origin meaning "the heathland dweller,” shares NameBerry.com. Heath is a pretty uncommon name these days, currently ranking in on NameBerry.com popularity charts at number 885.
If you’re looking for something that is both unique and strong, Heath might be a name to consider. “People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated,” adds SheKnows.com on the characteristics of those named Heath.
What a great name Grant is! You know, because the name actually means great. Grant is of Scottish origin and means large. “One-time beach-boy compadre of Glenn, Greg, and Gary that originated as a nickname for a tall person, Grant has become a no-nonsense, career-oriented grown-up and one that is seeing new appreciation. It was chosen for his son by actor Morris Chestnut. It has cultural cred via artist Grant Wood, whose best known painting is American Gothic,” shares NameBerry.com. Grant is a simple name that remains strong and grand in meaning and in sound. This name packs a lot of punch into one syllable.
Brody is one of those names that manages to be cute and manly at the same time. This name is of Scottish origin and means ditch, so the meaning is a bit odd, but it’s a nice name none the less.
“The energetic Brody is a perfect example of when bad meanings happen to good names. An alternate spelling is Brodie. Caitlyn Jenner named her son Brody before she fell under the sway of the Kardashian K-naming klan, and volleyball ace Gabrielle Reese used the name for her daughter. The Brody on TV's Homeland is known by his surname; his first name is Nicholas,” shares NameBerry.com on the pop culture of this bohys name.
Any Beau is sure to be one of the coolest guys in school. This name is of French origin and means handsome, making it quite a popular choice. It currently ranks in on NameBerry.com popularity charts at number 156 and only seems to be rising in popularity.
This simple first name would pair well with a longer middle name such as Hudson, Lincoln or Jordan. “A sweetheart of a name infused with loads of southern charm, Beau is short, sweet and popular—but not too popular,” suggests Babble.com on this handsome name. Beau is definitely one to consider adding to your list of possible boys names.
Harvey is of French origin and means battle worthy, so yeah, I would say this is one tough name! It is definitely old fashioned but with it’s strong meaning it’s no wonder the name is still relatively popular. The name currently ranks at number 382 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“The name Harvey is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Harvey is: From Celtic words for battle, strong, worthy, and ardent. Used commonly during the middle ages,” shares SheKnows.com on the name. If you like Harvey you might also like the names Edgar, Kennedy or Langston (totally underrated).
Another name that means great, Austin is next up on the list of strong boys names. “The name is Austin, not Austin Powers. Nowadays this popular boys’ name is most likely associated with the James Bond spoof rather than the Texas city, but that doesn’t seem to be keeping hoards of parents from naming their sons Austin.
A short version of the staid Augustine, Austin means “great one”—now what little boy wouldn’t love that meaning?” states Babble.com on this name. Austin has been a popular choice for boys names for years and still isn’t fading in popularity, currently ranking in at number 75 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
Wade is next up on the list, and this is another name for the cool kids. NameBerry.com states that this name is of English origin and means ‘at the river crossing’, which is actually a pretty interesting name meaning.
“Wade has never been outside the US Top 1000 for boys - there's a reason for that. It has a clean spelling, fresh sound and is neither too trendy (unlike Kade or Cade) or too old-school (like Richard or Albert). We think Wade is a winning name,” writes NameBerry.com on this timeless choice for a boys name. And I would have to agree!
One of the toughest names featured on this list, Damon is up next. “Damon is a name with a strong, pleasing aura (much like the persona of Matt D.) and extremely positive ancient associations. From the classical myth, Damon and Pythias have become symbols of true friendship...And Damon of Athens was the fifth century philosopher who taught both Pericles and Socrates,” writes NameBerry.com on this powerful name.
It’s not very common either, currently ranking in on NameBerry.com popularity charts at number 436, so if you’re looking for something both powerful and unique, Damon is one to consider.
This name of English origin means cheerful, and how fun is that for a name meaning? This is another one syllable name that remains very strong and stable in sound and meaning. “A strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning, Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates,” shares NameBerry.com.
This uncommon name is ranked in at number 451 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, but may definitely see a jump in popularity soon. “People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Tate.
This is another name of English origin, Brock means badger. It’s not the most glamorous meaning but it’s definitely a tough one. “Brock is a rock solid name, with a touch of preppy sophistication. It ranked solidly in the 200s-300s from 1975 until 2014, but has since tumbled a bit,” suggests NameBerry.com on this name which is currently sitting at number 521 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
It’s decline in popularity means that if you choose this name, it will likely not be duplicated in the Kindergarten classroom. And though not as popular, it’s still a solid name choice.