Naming a child is no easy task. Not only do two expecting parents have to agree upon a name they both like, it's only natural for them to want to ensure that the designation they choose will be the perfect fit for their treasured tot. Needless to say, parents currently in the throes of selecting a name for their impending arrivals are under an extreme amount of pressure.
The baby names currently available for parents to choose from are nearly as numerous as the sands on the seashore. Monikers that appeal to some moms and pops may not be the favorites of others. However, there are a few special names out there that are so gorgeous, it's pretty much impossible to find a person who doesn't adore them.
Want to convince Dad it's time to add a precious little one to the family? The best course of action may be to run the following list of names by him. Chances are, once he's aware of the beautiful possibilities for his future baby, he won't be able to resist having another.
Read on for 20 of the most irresistible baby names out there. They are so bewitching, in fact, that they may have the power to make even the most exhausted of dads want more kids.
Searching for a name that is as posh and polished as it is exquisite? Look no further than the name Molly. A pet form of the name Mary, Molly is a lilting name of Irish origin that means "star of the sea."
Currently, Molly is the 171st most popular name for girls in the United States, and is up 16 spots in popularity since 2016. This timeless classic has been traced all the way back to the late Middle Ages. In the past few years, Molly has made a major resurgence. Actress Molly Ringwald starred in many beloved '80s movies including 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club and helps give this name a cool, retro edge.
Those who adore the name Molly may also wish to consider the similarly gorgeous choices Lucy, Chloe or Maggie.
Parents searching for an unexpected, totally cool designation for their impending arrivals may find just what they are looking for in the name Lachlan. Pronounced LAHK-lin or LOCH-lan, this name of Irish and Gaelic origin means "from the land of the lakes." Lachlan is a name that is unique without being too strange, and it most definitely possesses a certain breezy charm.
Lach is a catchy nickname sure to turn heads and garner compliments all over town. At the present time, Lachlan ranks as the 763rd most popular name for boys in the United States. It's one that is rarely used, making it a find sure to help a young man stand out, whether he's making mud pies on the playground or winning a Nobel prize.
Declan, Grayson and Lincoln are similarly captivating names that may appeal to those in love with the name Lachlan.
Fiona is an exquisite, sophisticated name of Gaelic origin, and is sure to knock any dad right off of his feet with its beauty. It is believed that this winsome name was first used by a Scottish poet in the 19th century. Fiona stems from the Gaelic word fionn which means "fair" or "pale."
This name has been steadily rising in popularity over the past decade, and currently ranks as the 328th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. Fi is a sweet shortening of this name that makes it even more of a charmer, and Ona is another possible nickname parents may opt to use. Need another reason to adore the name Fiona? Singer Fiona Apple helps bring an undeniable edge to this soft-sounding stunner.
Love Fiona? Similar lovely names to consider include Penelope, Charlotte and Amelia.
Harvey is a derivation of the French name Herve. It's a name of Old English and Old French origin that means "eager for battle; strong and worthy." Talk about a gorgeous choice! It was in the top 200 names for boys in the late 1800s, after which it's use steadily declined. However, in recent years, the name Harvey has made a major comeback. First in the United Kingdom and, over the last few years, in the United States as well.
At the present time, Harvey is the 531st most popular name for boys in the United States. Even Harvey Weinstein's current stint as the most hated man in America can't soil this name's undeniable charm. Hurricane Harvey most likely didn't help it's case either, but we still can't resist it's swoon-worthy timbre.
Adore the name Harvey? Similar names to consider include Sawyer, Henry or Hudson.
Demi is a sweet, sunny name of French origin that means "half or small." It currently ranks as the 239th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and has risen 306 spots in popularity since 2017. Presently, it's also a popular choice for European parents, and is ranked near the top 100 names for girls in the Netherlands.
In the '90s, actress Demi Moore helped bring recognition to this stunning moniker, and, in recent years, it has made a comeback possibly thanks to singer Demi Lovato. This understated choice will have folks everywhere gushing over how perfectly it suits a little lady. Did we mention Mimi is an adorable nickname option that is just as irresistible as the name it stems from?
Love it? Similar names to consider include Avery, Emery and Remi.
Ramsey is an surname of English origin that means "low-lying land" or "from the ram's island." It is still flying a bit under the radar, but is being used more and more as a first name for boys and girls alike. It's effortlessly cool, timeless without being stuffy and is totally on-trend due to its past as a surname, and its ability to fit a tiny gentleman or a little lady perfectly.
Also spelled Ramsay, this name is a strong, sophisticated designation sure to make a little one stand out. Presently, it ranks as the 2,612 most popular name for boys in the United States. For girls, it currently ranks as the 901st most popular name, and has risen an impressive 1,124 spots in popularity since 2017.
Similar gender-neutral stunners that may appeal to parents who have fallen for the name Ramsey include Reese, Rowan and Emerson.
Liberty is a strong, undeniably gorgeous name of Latin and Middle English origin that means "freedom." It is used less frequently than similar virtue names like Faith, Hope and Charity, but, unlike other word names, sounds totally fresh and not at all antiquated.
Liberty first became popular in the middle of the 19th century at the end of the U.S. Civil War, and was mostly given to African-American freedmen. It has recently risen in popularity but is still not widely used. Presently, Liberty ranks as the 748th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. Libby is a charming shortening of this name that solidifies it as one of the best parents can select for their darling daughters.
Those who love it may also wish to consider the similar word names Ivy, Harmony or Grace.
Gibson is a dapper name of Anglo-Saxon origin that means "son of Gilbert." Gilbert Blythe is a beloved literary character from the Anne of Green Gables series. Those who love his name, but are looking for a fresh twist on it may wish to consider the name Gibson as a totally on point alternative.
At the present time, Gibson ranks as the 1,268th most popular name for boys in the United States, and is up 114 spots since 2017. Former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard just selected this top-notch name for her new arrival, most likely aiding in its popularity. Other spellings of the name include Gibsen and Gibsyn, and Gib is an endearing nickname perfect for any treasured tot.
Those who adore this fetching choice may also wish to consider the similar names Griffin, Grayson, Gavin or Bennett.
Nellie is a captivating diminutive of the name Nell, an English designation derived from the names Helen, Ellen and Eleanor. It's an old-fashioned name sure to turn heads due to its sweet sound and familiar sophistication. It is also a variant of the Latin name Cornelia, and means "sun ray."
Presently, Nellie ranks as the 901st most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and has risen a whopping 452 spots since 2017. Nell is a possible shortening that will suit any lucky lass who answers to this lovely choice. Nellie McClung was an outspoken Canadian politician, author and social activist who helped bring this name strength and gave it a lasting legacy.
Those who adore the name Nellie may also wish to consider the similarly delightful names Stella, Hattie or Clara.
Looking for a name that is effortlessly cool, but not overused? Elliot is an Anglicization of the biblical names Elijah and Elias and means "Jehovah is God." It's the perfect fit for a little man or a tiny maiden. Elliot can be spelled in a myriad of different ways depending on how many l's or t's parents wish to use, but, however it appears, it's a winning choice.
Elliot is currently much more popular for boys than for girls, but is being used more and more often for the fairer sex. At present, Elliot is the 263rd most popular name chosen for boys in the U.S. and the 372nd most popular name chosen for girls, up an impressive 373 spots since 2o17.
Adore Elliot? Similar names to consider include Emmett, Evan and Ezra for boys and Emery, Ellery and Sloane for girls.
Josephine is the exquisite French feminine variation of the biblical name Joseph and means "Jehovah increases." It was wildly popular in the early 1900s soon after Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women was published. The story's heroine, Josephine March, is bold, brave and lovable, and her name's shortening, Jo, is simply divine and undeniably adorable.
Presently, Josephine ranks as the 165th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, but love for this engaging name doesn't stop there. It ranked as the 64th most popular name for girls on Nameberry.com in 2017 and 51st in Germany in 2016. JoJo, Joey and Josie are three other possible nicknames for Josephine that can only be described as darling.
Those who love this one may also wish to consider the similar names Penelope, Violet or Genevieve.
Solomon is a gallant name of Hebrew origin that means "peace." In the Bible, Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. He became king of Israel in the stead of his father and was a wise and gracious leader. It was said of him, "People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon."
Presently, Solomon ranks as the 510th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Its highest ranking to date was when it was the 198th most popular name for boys in 1880, but its popularity has been on the rise in recent years for the first time since 1920. Author Charles Dickens was a fan of this name, and selected it for characters in three of the novels he penned.
Love the name Solomon? Similar biblical names include Ezekiel, Samuel and Gideon.
Meredith is an enchanting name of Welsh origin that means "great and noted ruler." It's one of those timeless monikers that will never really go out of style. Believe it or not, Meredith was originally a boys' name, but has since transitioned into one used mainly for girls.
Presently, it ranks as the 922nd most popular name for girls in the United States. It is also getting love in the United Kingdom in the last few years and ranked as the 635th most popular name chosen for girls in England in 2016. Meredith Grey, the beloved lead character in ABC's hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has undoubtedly helped to give this soft-sounding designation an ultra-cool edge. Merry, Reddy and Mer are three friendly shortenings of this name that make us love it all the more.
Those who adore the name Meredith may also love the names Charlotte, Evelyn or Natalie.
Preston is a name of English origin that means "priest's estate." It's one of those jaunty, dapper names that oozes sophistication without sounding too old-fashioned. It's also one of the classics that has managed to fly a bit under the radar, making it one that won't be selected by everyone in the neighborhood.
Currently, Preston is the 155th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and has risen 31 spots in popularity since 2017. Britney Spears chose this designation for her son Sean's middle name, most likely increasing its recognition and use. Preston has been in the top 200 names for boys since 1994, but there's no telling when it's popularity will explode. Snatch it up before your best friend or sister-in-law has the chance!
Love Preston? Similar names include Carter, Liam, Logan, Brayden and Mason.
Louisa, a form of the name Louise, is a captivating name of German origin that means "famous warrior." It's a beautiful, vintage choice that will flow flawlessly with nearly any middle name or surname.
Presently, Louisa ranks as the 2,052nd most popular name for girls in the United States. It's a rare choice that is a special as it is spectacular. This desirable designation brings with it many swoon-worthy nicknames including Lou, LuLu and Isa. Emilia Clarke recently brought the character Louisa Clark to life in the film Me Before You, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by JoJo Moyes. Her performance solidified this name as one that will fit any gorgeous girl with a zest for life like a glove.
Adore the name Louisa? Similar names to consider include Alice, Eloise and Eliza.
Theodore is timeless, regal name of Greek origin that means "divine gift." This choice is one that has been around for awhile, but the fact that it's been used for centuries does not in any way diminish its charm and panache.
Presently, it ranks as the 113th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. Theo and Teddy are two nicknames for Theodore sure to turn heads and invoke "ooh's" and "awe's" all around. Looking for another reason to adore this name? One of the most notable men named Theodore is former president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest American leaders to ever fill the office.
Oliver, Sebastian and Miles are similar sophisticated names that may appeal to fans of the name Theodore.
Cassandra is an alluring, exotic name of Greek origin that means "prophetess" or "man's defender, warrior." It's a strong choice that is full of grace, personality and charm.
This name was a popular choice throughout the '90s, and has ranked as high as the 70th most popular name for girls, but has its use has dropped a bit in recent years. At the present time, Cassandra ranks as the 372nd most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen an impressive 156 spots in popularity since the end of 2017. Sandra is a shortening that pays homage to the demure and comely names of the '60s and '70s, while the nickname Cassie is nothing short of fetching and fabulous. Cass, Cassa and Sandy are other sweet alternatives.
Adore Cassandra? Similar names to consider include Isabella, Alexandra and Victoria.
Simon is a beautiful biblical name of Hebrew origin that means "he who hears" or "the listener." It's an ancient name that somehow manages to feel current and fresh, and one that to date has not become overused.
At the present time, Simon ranks as the 289th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 3 places in popularity since 2017. It is also beloved by parents around the globe. In 2016, it ranked 361st in England, 97th in the Netherlands, 81st in Sweden and 44th in Germany. Additionally, parents in Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium and Switzerland are choosing to name their sons Simon. This oustanding name most likely won't stay incognito for long. It's not too late to claim it before the rest of the world does.
Those in love with the name Simon may also wish to consider the similar names Andrew, James or Luke.
Lydia is an undeniably gorgeous name of Greek origin. It is the name of a region of Asia Minor where it is believed King Midas and King Croesus lived. It also appears in the New Testament of the Bible and is described as a "seller of purple."
Presently, this ravishing, radiant name ranks as the 116th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States. Need another reason to adore this lovely designation? It was used by the great Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice for the name of the youngest Bennet daughter. The name Lydia was also used for a formidable character in the acclaimed television drama Breaking Bad.
Those who love the name Lydia may also wish to consider the similar practically perfect names Layla, Hannah or Nora.
Brooks is a lovely name is of German and Old English origin and means "water or small stream." What better moniker could parents select for a suave little gentleman than one that flows as seamlessly as a river with nearly any middle and last name?
Brookes currently ranks as the 17,764th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, but it most likely won't stay rare for much longer. Brooks Forester helped bring recognition to this name when he broke the heart of Desiree Hartsock after making it to the final 3 on Season 9 of The Bachelorette, then made a brief appearance on the show's spinoff Bachelor in Paradise. He may not have found love on television, but many viewers couldn't help but fall for his pristine, proper-sounding name.
Love it? Similar names to consider include Grayson, Blake or Reed.