For expecting moms, choosing the perfect name can prove challenging. The options are endless and resources on the subject are plentiful, but since a name is something a child must bear their entire life we want it to be — well, absolutely perfect.
It all comes down to a matter of preference. Some mothers have traditional family names they prefer to pass down while others may fancy the timeless classics, and then of course, there are the trendy names that come along with every new generation. These names are born and defined by an era and can either be perceived as poetic and personal, or merely popular for the time.
However, while most of us strive for creativity when it comes to naming our children, we can often get a little too carried away in our pursuit for originality. Today, uniquely trendy names have grown in popularity in place of the many classically used names because, despite their awkward yet distinctive characteristics, they stand out as independent, fun and free-spirited!
But there are times when a name can be so unusual it strikes the opposite chord. Instead of creative and fun, it seems unimaginative or impulsive. “Word names” that originate after places, objects or emotions are tricky because they are often shallow in meaning and have a hard time finding acceptance, as the name is "few and far between" by conventional standards.
After all, our name defines who we are and that’s not something a mother should take lightly.
Stone is an American-born name predominantly used in English-speaking countries. This “word name” gained most of its popularity in the 1990’s and 2000’s among many of the “down-to-Earth” hipster crowds and the 90’s rock music generation. Stone is primarily a boys name in every culture, and it’s meaning is pretty straight forward in interpretation as it’s derived from nature — it’s meaning being “rock, or mineral mass” and not much more.
The name definitely regained most of its popularity recently through television and music icons as well as other pop culture celebs. Some of the recognizable celebrities that share this name include American news anchor Stone Phillips and Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist, Stone Gossard.
It seems like the entire appeal is based on it’s rebellious uninviting nature — given that words associated with “stone” are cold, hard, and often used as a metaphor for being heartless. To some, the monosyllabic word may seem curious or interesting but it’s also very possible that the name is simply off-putting.
Here’s another “word name” associated with nature. Apple was recently adapted into baby books and name lists everywhere as the name took the country by storm after A-list celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin, lead singer from Coldplay, named their daughter after this ever-so-sweet, yet deliciously healthy food.
According to Gwen, the name not only means “sweet” and “wholesome” but it also has an important biblical meaning as an apple was used to tempt Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. To her, the name is “lovely and clean” and others seem to agree as the name, along with other fruit-based names, have undoubtedly grown in popularity since it debuted on the “Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names” list a few years back.
While it’s easy to admit the name is cute in theory, chances are “Apple” will always be synonymous with fruit and not little girls.
The name “Pepper” is part of a growing spice trend when it comes to baby names in America. For instance, some other popular spice-inspired names include: cinnamon, saffron, and sage. Pepper is of English descent, and while it may not be the MOST popular name of the spice group it is one of the most questionable regarding its simplicity.
Common synonyms imply that “Pepper” makes for a fiery and unforgettable namesake for both men and women. The name is commonly found more often in the Southern regions of the United States than anywhere else, and was popularized by beloved fictional characters including Marvel’s Pepper Pots, Pepper the orphan on Annie, the 90’s cartoon Pepper-Ann, and the 80’s hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa.
But while this name is cute and admittedly packs a punch, it still seems like a better fit for a pet than a child.
Here's another unusual name that gained popularity around the 1990's but has since decreased. As one might guess, the name “Lexus” is derived straight from the Toyota car company. Ironically, the company name “Lexus” was inspired by the Greek name Alexis, a beautiful and powerful name, but unfortunately the enticingly smooth luxury vehicle was quite captivating and, for a short while, the brand version of the name surpassed the origin. There is also a boy version of the name, “Lex”; though traditionally, Lex still originates from the female name Alexis rather than the car in most cases.
The luxury car brand actually became a naming trend for a short while as many children of the 90's and 2000’s were named after other luxury companies such as Mercedes, and even the more outlandish Ferrari.
Here’s a common “word name” favored mostly for it’s fun “Wild West” appeal. Although, somewhat uninspired, Colt simply means “baby horse” in the English language but is now a fairly common name for boys. It can be used for girls as well, but the name is far less desirable in this case.
The demand for this name has been on a steady incline since the 80’s and is currently more standard now than ever before. The name Colt is definitely unique, but other than “free spirit,” it has very little meaning. If a mother wants to give her child a powerful name of great significance, then Colt may be one to skip. Instead, consider a similar name with greater roots such as Cole which, in both its Greek and English origins, means “victorious!”
A whimsical name for little girls, Star and every variation of the name has become highly sought-after during the past ten years or so; mostly due to it’s enchanting and overwhelmingly girlie nature. The name is both philosophical and literary in origin as it is derived from Sanskrit, a sacred language in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism — in other words, it extends through greater India, which is the historical extent of Indian culture beyond just the subcontinent.
The name itself was mostly used during the cusp of the millennia but has recently started making a comeback. Parents switched to a much softer version of the name, and for awhile “Estelle” surpassed “Star” as it's a more classic version of the name pulled from Stella meaning “Star” in Latin. Alongside Estelle, there are still several name variations that have been on the uprise in popularity, such as the original Stella, but also Starla, Starlet, and even Starlight!
Here’s another “Earthy” name that originates in nature, and surprisingly has been regularly used since the 70’s. Leaf is a commonly used name in the English Language, referring to the leaves we’d find on any tree out in nature. It’s primary use is in English-speaking cultures, but there is also a Norse origin, and a far better one at that as Leaf in their language refers to an “heir” of sorts.
Leaf is a unisex name, it doesn’t favor either sex over the other. Its theme refers to the symbolism behind the changing of seasons without having to use the season as the child’s name, so there is some thought behind it, but all-in-all the name refers to a general term regarding a common plant, not even an exotic one. Unfortunately, it seems to lack personality and is probably far better suited for symbolism than a child.
As of late, Rebel has climbed the ranks into one of the most peculiar, yet strangely likeable names of the 2010’s. The name is apart of a growing trend that suggests colorfully descriptive terms that can be used in place of those everyday, run-of-the-mill names that we hear so often. Typically these descriptive words are used to identify a type of person rather then their official title.
Rebel is a unisex name that comes with this new wave of “edgy” and “cool” baby names used to portray children as brooding outsiders, creative loners, or unruly firecrackers from the very start.
However on the contrary, the name can be viewed as somewhat generic and lacking any real personal connection as to who the child is at heart. After all, a name should inspire and carry influence, but it should never label a child into the parents’ vision of perfection.
Surprisingly, the name North has been around for some time now — albeit somewhat quietly— it was mostly used as an English surname for nobility. It recently gained publicity after celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided to name their daughter “North” back in 2013.
Nevertheless, North is clearly a destination name making the definition pretty straight forward and self-explanatory. But despite it’s boring and rather evident history, North has been dubbed a very strong name and its appeal is often described as being “unique yet familiar.”
Although this name isn’t quite as popular as some, it’s worth noting that it’s also a popular name in literature. In fact, a young Elijah Wood starred as a character named “North” in a production of the same title. The film was based on a novel by Alan Zweibel.
One of the least creative names based on the cosmos, Moon is a very dull and humdrum attempt at an astrological title as it completely lacks ambition. Even in regards to the entire universe, the moon is one of the least interesting aspects out there, so why name a child after it?
In reality, it’s nothing more than a giant, desolate and dusty rock orbiting us, and if one must settle on it for their child’s name they should definitely consider the more colorful alternatives, such as Luna.
That being said, one can see how the name does have its charm when considering how enchanting the moon can be, especially during a romantic evening, but it seems to have very little relevance when it comes to describing people to their core. There’s no real personal connection between us and the moon so the name just seems like a hollow effort to capture something beautiful and unique.
This wildly absurd name was popular only for a short while during the late 2000’s. The name is of the fantasy genre, referring to creatures such as fairies, pixies, and imps. In this day and age, though, it’s easy to mistake it for the popular Lemon-Lime soda produced by Coca-Cola, and undoubtedly that will be the first thing that pops into people’s minds.
Where the name is a gracious attempt at creativity, the word association completely renders all efforts moot. If the soda doesn’t come to mind, the old “Rainbow Bright” 80’s cartoon will. That explains why the life line of the label has been cut short in America, making Sprites few and far between.
However, if you fancy the name then it couldn’t hurt to know it is unisex; the name mainly reigns in Britain over the United States.
This one’s a classic! Red was once a very popular boys’ name throughout the late 1800’s all the way though the 1940’s where it fell off the map completely until its recent revival just this past year. It’s still considered “old-fashioned,” but nevertheless it was one of the great American names that stuck around through several decades, despite its blatant disregard for deeper meaning.
Red simply means red, as in the fiery color of passion. There’s nothing more to it, other than it’s based on one of three primary colors. The female equivalent is far more attractive; “Scarlet” is another old-fashioned name, but one that managed to stay in-style over the years without any falling out.
But if you’re a sucker for tradition, Red is a very powerful name synonymous with hard-working, no-nonsense men. One popular modern-depiction would be Eric Foreman’s father on the beloved “That 70’s Show” sitcom.
Wishing your baby is blessed in life with good fortune is something every parent desires from the very start, but literally naming your child “good fortune” almost devalues that child to the equivalent of a walking charm. The name “Lucky” is primarily a girl’s name but is fitting for either sex— keeping in mind that we're playing fast and loose with the word “fitting.”
The name seems far more appropriate for a pet, or at the very least a cute nickname for a kid that always comes out on top of every situation. You would think this name is rare when it comes to those of us living in the United States, but the name is still out there, and even more-so now than ever before! The 2000’s - 2010’s put the name at an all time high, which is very hard to believe since there are many other names synonymous with lucky that are far more poetic like Fortuna, Prosper or even Clover!
Happy is an all-American name inspired by the general emotion meaning to be merry or joyful. It’s another old-fashioned name, predominantly used during the early 1900’s all the way through the early 2000’s where it has since taken a nose dive; today, the number of children named Happy are dwindling.
As it happens, younger generations are't taking to the simplicity of names originating from emotions. Ironically, it lacks character because the name dictates the mood, so it doesn’t mean it will necessarily work in favor of the child. With this in mind, the power is taken from the name, leaving it with a shallow, disconnected and empty meaning. At the end of the day, calling a child “happy” should refer to his/her current state of mind.
Well, it goes without saying this name is meant strictly for boys. A girl named “Guy” could only prove confusing and awkward. The name is derived from the Old French name Guie, which stands for guide or teacher. It has other international variants as well, like Guido in Italian, and Gye or Guyon in Dutch.
This name is no longer as commonly used as it was the last hundred years or so, but many suspect the name is making a comeback due to recent naming trends coupled with famous pop culture celebrities that share the title. For example, Food Network’s own Guy Fieri, actor Guy Pierce, or the British film director Guy Ritchie.
The decrease in popularity is most likely due to English slang reducing the quality of its definition since Guy in America is typically used to address a male friend or acquaintance. Admittedly, the name does sound like someone is referring to a random guy. The equivalent would be a male child named “Boy,” “Dude,” or “Man.”