When parents think of names in general, there are usually reasons behind the names, and quite often they originate from a word or a meaning in various languages. The odd time baby names are made up by creative parents, and this trend has been catching on lately.
However, that is not what this article is about! Many times, baby names are words that are used in any language. And, there are many word-names in the English language that plenty of parents use and have been using for a long time.
Some word names are older than others, as many of these names have been used by Puritans from back in the day. But, there are other plenty of word names that parents have been using just in the past century- or even decade. One example of word names that was used for a first and middle name is "Audio Science," who is the son of actress Shannyn Sossamon.
However, that word name combination is quite unique, and the word names that are going to be covered in this article are not overly-unique. In fact, some are quite old and common. But, because these names are adorable or classy, they made the list! Now, it's time to go over 25 of these names right now.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'love'? Many people are really not able to answer this question because it is really hard to truly define what love really means. And, according to SheKnows, it means affection. But really, love does not necessarily mean affection. That is because love has many meanings. Not to mention, when you think of tough love, there is no affection there.
However, according to the same source, the word love is also a baby name that has been used for a girl. That is, well, pardon the pun, absolutely lovely. There is no doubt that any girl that has that name is well-loved.
Whenever you think of the term 'grace' you will immediately think of elegance or honoring someone. And, it is also a known fact that Grace has been used as a name for girls for a very long time. The word is of Latin origin, and according to Nameberry, Grace really has been popular for a long time as a first name that is used for girls. In fact, it is currently sitting at #21, so it is most definitely in the top 100.
I am starting to wonder if the popularity will go down and parents will start using the name as a middle name instead at some point.
When the term 'faith' comes to mind, you think of belief, and that is basically what it means. You either have faith that something will turn out fine, or your faith is the same as your religion. Both mean belief. And, according to Nameberry, Faith has been used as a feminine given name for a long time.
In fact, I had a camp counselor named Faith back in the day. And, according to the same source, Faith currently sits at #119 for the most popular names that are used for girls. It is in the top 1000, so it's fairly common.
Phoenix was a unique bird that lived for several centuries in the Arabian desert, and it also means dark red, and it is a name of a city in Arizona. It is not really surprising that this word has turned into a name- that is used for both boys and girls. That is because the word has an appealing sound.
According to Nameberry, the name Phoenix currently sits at #268 on the list of the most popular names that are used for boys. And, it sits at #363 on the list of the most popular names that are used for girls. The name is in the top 1000 for both which means it is common but not overly common.
The color red is associated with passion, and it is a color that makes you stop and think- which is likely why those stop signs and stop road lights are the color red.
And, according to Nameberry, Red is a gender-neutral name. We just talked about how Phoenix, which is also associated with the color red is a gender-neutral name. Because there is no ranking information on how popular the name Red is for boys and girls, since it is documented in a baby name site is a clear indicator it has been used as a name by many parents- who probably love the color.
Flower names are generally quite appealing. Especially when it comes to a name like Lily. According to Nameberry, Lily currently sits at #33 on the list of the most popular names that are used for girls.
I personally have known many girls and women with the name Lily, and I am currently working with one right now on one of my many projects that I am tackling right now. It is truly a lovely flower name, and it is not a surprise that this name is within the top 100 for the popularity of names that are used for girls.
The meaning of justice is fairness, which makes this word quite positive. This is why this word has been used as a name. In fact, Justice is a gender-neutral name. According to Namberry, this name sits at #500 on the list of the most popular names that are used for girls. And, for boys, it sits at #563 which means it is used for boys a little less often.
This is actually a good name for a child that is born under the sun sign of Libra, considering that sign is all about balance and fairness as well. This way, you know that child will always share and play nicely with others.
You may think of karma as someone getting their just desserts. In other words, this can have a positive or negative meaning, depending on the situation. Someone who does good deeds is banking up good karma, and vice versa.
And, according to Nameberry, Karma is a name that has been used for girls. The actual meaning of this word is spiritual force or destiny and is of Hindi origin. There is no popular ranking information on this name which makes me think this is not a common name. Maybe many parents are hesitant to name their daughters Karma because it can have a negative association in some cases. Just remember that good deeds earn good karma.
When you really want something to happen or want to see a certain outcome, you are full of hope that something will happen the way you want. And, the word hope has been used as a name for girls for a long time.
Hope is a virtue name, and according to Nameberry, the name Hope currently sits at #253 for the most popular names that are used for girls. I personally have known more girls and women who have Hope as a middle name instead of the first. And, I have to say this name goes well with many three-syllable names. One example of this is Jessica Hope, as that sounds lovely.
Color names are on the rise, and some color-names have been used for decades or even longer than that. Amber is a yellowish-orange color, or it can be compared to gold. According to Nameberry, Amber currently sits at #401 in their girl name popularity charts.
I personally knew some girls name Amber when I was a child, so this name has been used for a while. However, because it is in the top 1000, this name is being used quite a bit as well even to this day.
Now that we are on the topic that pertains to color-names, Grey is another one that is used for both boys and girls. Even though the color grey is not particularly a nice color- as it is a mix of black and white, the word sounds appealing to many parents. That said, they like the word so much to the point that they used it for their kids.
According to Nameberry, Grey is used for both boys and girls. However, it sits at #730 for the masculine name popularity list. And, for girls, even though Grey is documented as a feminine name, it has not been given a ranking. This makes me believe that there are more boys that have the name Grey than girls.
The word harmony is associated with music, and many words that are music-related have been used as names. That said, Harmony is a name that has been used for both boys and girls.
And, according to Nameberry, Harmony sits at #178 on the feminine name popularity charts, and for boys, this name is documented but there is no ranking information. However, according to the same source, even though there is no ranking number associated with this name for boys- the popularity is increasing. That means in the nearer future, we may be able to find out how popular Harmony really is among boys.
You take a sharpie and you can make a mark with it. And, that is why sharpies are also called markers. Have you wondered why the word mark has been used as a masculine name for a long time?
Mark is of Latin origin, and it literally means warlike. According to Nameberry, Mark ranks at #203 on their masculine name popularity charts. Mark has been somewhat common for boys for a very long time and it appears that this is not changing considering it is in the top 1000. I have a brother in law with that name, but he spells it with a c instead of a k.
Patience is a virtue, and that is a known fact. And, unfortunately, that is one virtue that I lack- and I know I am not alone in that. That said, Patience is a virtue name, and it is used occasionally for girls.
According to BabyCenter, this name currently ranks at #1,492 for feminine name popularity charts. However, according to the same source, the popularity of Patience has gone up 327 points over the last year. This means that there are more and more parents who are naming their daughters Patience nowadays.
Liberty means freedom, and it is not a surprise that some parents have decided to name their daughters Liberty. According to Nameberry, Liberty currently ranks at #568 on their feminine name popularity charts. According to the same source, after the American War of Independence, the name Liberty was being used for girls more often.
Believe it or not, this name was used often between the middle of the 1800's after the US Civil War and just until after World War I. After that, it was not used often, but now it is being used more because who does not want their kids to have freedom?
You have heard the name Desiree, and it has been used for centuries. At one time this name used to be associated with anything adult-related. However, over time, the nature of the name has been tamed due to the fact that it is fairly common and there are plenty of professional women who have the name Desiree. But, this is not about the name Desiree. The word Desire is used as a girl's name as well.
And, according to BabyCenter, Desire currently ranks at #2,623 on their feminine name popularity charts. And, the popularity of the name has dropped almost 1000 points over the past year. It is safe to say Desire is used a lot less than Desiree for girls.
Destiny means your fate, and this word has been used as a name for girls for a long time. In fact, according to Nameberry, Destiny currently sits at #227 on their feminine name popularity charts. Since it is in the top 1000, this name is not uncommon at all. However, according to the same source, Destiny was in the top 50 until 2009, so its popularity has dropped some.
In fact, Miley Cyrus' real name is Destiny Hope, which means that her parents obviously liked using word-names. And, the rapper Nas has a daughter named Destiny Jones.
Sage is a spice and the word is also a synonym for wisdom and is a gender-neutral word-name. According to Nameberry, Sage ranks at #309 on feminine name popularity charts, and for boys, it ranks at #472 on the masculine name popularity charts.
Sage for both boys and girls ranks within the top 1000, so that said, it is a name that is used often enough. I personally like Sage better for girls. However, since this name is used for boys as well, obviously many others would disagree with me.
Ivy is a plant and does not always have the best association because of the existence of its infamous plant. However, Ivy is also one of those appealing word-names that many parents have used for their daughters for a long time. According to Nameberry, Ivy currently ranks at #108 on the feminine names popularity charts.
At one time Ivy was quite popular but it did decline over many decades. Ivy became more popular again after Beyonce and Jay-Z had their daughter, Blue Ivy. That said, the name can easily fall within the top 100 names since it is not far off from there anyway!
Joy means happy, and Joy has been one of the older word-names around for the longest time. According to Nameberry, seventeenth century Puritans started using this name for the purpose of their daughters being joyful with the Lord. And, Joy has been in the top 1000 for a long time.
The name currently ranks at #336 on feminine name popularity charts, and according to the same source, more parents use Joy as a middle name. I must say it does sound quite good as a middle name if the first name has three syllables or more.
It is already a known fact that color-names are in. I have already talked about the name Red, and Scarlet is another word or color name that has been used for girls for a long time.
According to Nameberry, Scarlet ranks at #396 on the feminine name popularity charts, and according to their experts, they said that Scarlet is a much better name with the extra t added. They said that the way Scarlett Johansson spells her name is a much better option if parents decide to use this name for their daughters.
The one thing that any parent would love to hear is that their kids are absolute angels. It makes any parent feel good if others are told that their kids are very good. It is reassuring to know that they have been raising them the right way. And, Angel has been used as a gender-neutral word name for a long time.
According to Nameberry, Angel falls at #350 on the feminine name popularity charts, and for boys, it is a lot more common as it falls at #71 on the masculine name popularity charts. Angel has been used as a Hispanic name for boys for a long time until Buffy the Vampire Slayer came along and influenced other parents of different ethnicities.
Trinity means triad, as it is of Latin roots, and has been used as a name for girls for a long time. It is obviously a name that has religious associations, and Trinity currently ranks at #160 on the feminine name popularity charts, according to Nameberry.
The name Trinity was not that popular until The Matrix came out, and because Trinity was the name of the heroine in the movie, it influenced plenty of parents to use it for their daughters. Trace Adkins, the country singer named his daughter Trinity as well.
Cadence means rhythm or beat and is a one-word name that has been used for a long time. Cadence is a gender-neutral name, and according to Nameberry, the name currently falls at #421 on the feminine name popularity charts. However, there is no ranking information for the use of Cadence among boys other than the fact that according to the same source, there were 75 boys recorded in 2016 that was named Cadence.
The first time I ever heard it used as a name was when I had a nurse tend to me after my daughter was born (and her name was Cadence). Ever since then, I have heard the name pop up every now and then.
It has already been mentioned how flower names are generally quite appealing. And, the name Jasmine definitely applies. Jasmine is a Persian flower name. According to Nameberry, this name currently sits at #130 on their girl name popularity charts. Since it is in the top 1000, Jasmine is somewhat common.
What makes this flower so special is that it is a very sweet smelling one, and is used as an ingredient for many perfumes. It also is a spice that is used for rice, which gives it a sweet flavor. It is no wonder that this name is appealing to many parents.
Sources: SheKnows.com, Nameberry, com, BabyCenter.com