25 Names Moms Should Grab ASAP (Before Everyone Else Does)

A baby’s name defines the baby’s personality as well as her place in life. While the plain Janes of this world go unnoticed, it is it the Valentinas that rule the world. They are the ones whose name alone opens doors and leaves people anxious to hear what they have to say even when their mind is blank. The baby’s name shapes his life and it, therefore, requires a lot more than just a cursory glance before one decides to name their child “Sheldon.”

There is the mom who wants her girl's name to be as refined as the purest snow, and then there is the mother who wants her girl to appear strong and adventurous while remaining feminine. It is the mom who wants her name to be a showstopper, the one who wants the very mention of her daughter's name to elicit envy and adoration. The mother who searches the Internet relentlessly in pursuit of that perfect baby name.

This task is not for the faint-hearted and sometimes parents just throw in the towel and proclaim that the name is meant to just help the baby grow. This list is for those who know the need for that rare name and that’s why we are here to help every mother get her heart's desire.

25 Ambrose


This sweet name rolls around the tongue as sweetly as honey and is the perfect name for a boy. The old-timey name of Latin and Greek roots has a girl's derivative Ambrosia, which according to Merriam Webster, “literally means "immortality." In Greek and Roman mythology, only the immortals-gods and goddesses-could eat ambrosia. While the ambrosia of the gods implied immortality, we mere mortals use ambrosia in reference to things that just taste or smell especially delicious. There is a Saint Ambrose as well as Ambrose Bierce the 19th-century author. Ambrose is not ranked in the US making it one of those rare names to grab.

24 Aurelia


This sultry name is perfect for a little girl who will rule the household by the twirl of her little finger. The name is fit for royalty, having once been held by the Roman Emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. The name is quite rare that the first time we heard of it away from the Roman empire was when we saw it on TV on Love Actually as the main character’s name.

According to Wikipedia,Aurelia is a feminine given name from the Latin family name Aurelius, which was derived from aureus meaning ’golden.’ The name began from minor early saints, but was given as a name due to its meaning, and not from where it originated.”

23 Basil


This unisex name that is well known as a spice and not a baby name is of Greek origin meaning “king.” The name is yet to gain popularity in the US making it one of the names worth grabbing.

According to She Knows, “The name Basil is a Greek baby name. In Greek, the meaning of the name Basil is: “Royal” or “Kingly.” St. Basil the Great was Bishop of Caesarea in the latter half of the 4th century. This name was introduced into Western Europe by the Crusaders."

22 Baxter


This name is terrific and is worth a grab, more so for those who are expecting a baby boy and want to stay in touch with their English roots.

According to Wikipedia, “Baxter is an Anglo-Saxon and Scottish name, originally from the English occupational surname meaning "baker," from the early Middle English bookstore and the Old English bæcere. The form Bakster was originally feminine, with Baker as the masculine equivalent, but over time both names came to apply to both men and women.”

21 Blaise


The classic saint name pronounced “BLEZ,” from the French, is among the top 1,000 American baby boy names ranked at #912. This sweet sounding name is not overdone and sounds more like a movie star or musician.

According to She Knows, “The name Blaise is a Latin baby name. In Latin, the meaning of the name Blaise is lisp; stutter. Blaise Pascal was a brilliant seventeenth-century child prodigy; mathematician; scientist and philosopher who invented the calculating machine and hydraulic press before dying at age thirty-nine."

20 Carlisle


This rare boys name can also be a girls name, making it a perfect choice for that mother who has not gone for her gender scan. The name has never been ranked in top 1,000 U.S. baby names but we think it is time people put it up there.

According to She Knows, “The name Carlisle is an English baby name. In English, the meaning of the name Carlisle is: From the protected tower; from the walled city. Also a place name in Britain.”

19 Clement


This name is perfect for mothers who are expecting twins and want matching names for them. The female version of the name Clement is “Clementine.” This name is quite popular these days but Clement is still rare.

According to She Knows, “The name Clement is a Latin baby name. In Latin, the meaning of the name Clement is: From 'Clemens' meaning mild or merciful. The name features in the British nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons' which refers to a church dedicated to St. Clement, a disciple of St. Paul who became the first-century pope; 14 popes have been named Clement.”

18 Cleo


The modern sounding name is quite old and is often attributed to Cleopatra, she of ancient Egypt. This girls name is quite popular as a boys name these days, but it is yet to be ranked in the US. The name would make a trendy sounding name for a boy.

According to Wikipedia, “Cleo is a given name that is short for Cleopatra or Cleophus and an alternate spelling of Clio. It is a Greek prefix often translated to mean 'pride', 'fame' or 'glory.'”

17 Dashiell


This name is quite famous because of author Dashiell Hammett. Mothers who give their baby's this name will have an easy time finding a nickname for this baby's in the form of the sweet sounding name, “Dash.”

According to Baby Name Wizard, Dashiell is an Anglicized form of the old French surnames de Chiel, which is of unknown meaning. The de Chiels were French Huguenots who moved to Scotland, then to England, then Virginia and finally Maryland. The name changed from de Chiel to Da Chiell, to Da Shiell, to Dashiell.”

16 Delphine


This name which is related to “Delphi,” the famed greek oracle and the Delphinium flower that looks like a tiny blue bell, making it a strong and feminine name that will serve that little girl well. Even though it is not that popular, this name needs to come back.

According to She Knows, “The name Delphine is a French baby name. In French, the meaning of the name Delphine is ‘Dolphin.’ Derived from the Greek name. This name was also the name of the famous 13th century French saint.”

15 Flannery


If you give this name to your baby girl, she will be in very good company with a name that most people find inspiring.

According to Appellation Mountain, Flann means red, but the second half is debated. I’ve seen “red eyebrows” and “red valor,” and just red-headed. Famous people with this name are, Flann Sinna a ninth-century High King of Ireland. The best-known bearer of the name was an American writer of Irish descent. Born Mary Flannery O'Connor in Savannah, Georgia, she was known by her middle name professionally."

14 Frances


Another name that would be great for twins or parents who are yet to figure out the gender is Frances for the girl and Francis for the boys.

According to Tip Hero, “Thanks to the Pope’s popularity, the name Francis is making a solid comeback. Somehow though, the girls’ version is not — yet anyway (it’s in the top 1,000 baby names for girls, but hardly popular). Meaning, more or less, ‘French,’ it’s the name of people from author Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) to Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain.”

13 Gideon


For those who are religious and looking for a biblical name for their little boy, this name will be perfect. This name is joining the leagues of biblical names David and Michael that have remained popular throughout time. This name is now becoming quite popular, but it is not saturated yet.

According to She Knows, “The name Gideon is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Gideon is ‘Destroyer,’ one who has a stump in place of a hand. A hewer. Famous bearers of this name are the Gideon’s, a Christian organization distributing Bibles to schools, hospitals, and hotels.”

12 Griffith


A boy who gets a name that makes him come out as strong and masculine will go far in life as his name alone will be eliciting real respect and admiration.

According to Life Hack, “This boys’ name sounds masculine and rugged, yet sexy. It’s derived from the definitely unsexy Welsh name ‘Gruffudd,’ which was a common name among Welsh royals back in the day — well, way back in the day. This name seems like it would be popular, but it’s never charted in the U.S.”

11 Heathcliff


This made up name is yet to find its way among the top 1,000 names in the US despite the possibility of rather beautiful nicknames like Cliff and Heath.

According to Behind the Name, “The name means ‘from the heath cliff,’ or ‘from the cliff with heath’. It was created by Emily Bronte for her novel, Wuthering Heights. Composed literally of the words heath and cliff. Heath is a shrubland consisting of open, low growing, woody plant life and is found on mainly infertile acidic soils.”

10 Hugo


This name that is associated with Victor Hugo, the French author of Les Miserable and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and was a variation of the name Hugh, which is quite common overseas, but is rare in the US.

According to Wikipedia, “Hugo is a surname and male given the name of Germanic origin Hugo, meaning ‘mind’. The English version of the name is Hugh, the Italian version is Ugo.” Hugos are known to be quite artistic with an intellect that is seen to be above average.

9 Jasper


For those who are looking for a unisex name, this will be the perfect name for your baby and the good thing is that it sounds cool and unpretentious.

According to Life Hack, “Jasper is more commonly a boys’ name, but it would also be terrific for a girl (it’s definitely got plucky and resourceful connotations, like Scout). We often associate it with the gemstone, but it actually comes from Persian ‘treasurer,’ it is sometimes given to one of the three Magi.”

8 Lavinia


Lavinia is the inspiration for many literary works has shown up in Homer’s Aeneid as the last wife of Aeneas and later in Ursula K. Le Guin's novel Lavinia of 2008. Lavinia also features in Dante’s comedy, Divine. To prove its worth in the literal world, Lavinia also features in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The potential nicknames for this name are Vinnie and Lavi.

According to She Knows, “The name Lavinia is a Latin baby name. Lavinia was the daughter of King Latinus and the wife of Trojan hero Aeneas, who named the city Lavinium in her honor.”

7 Marcella


If what you are looking for is a beautiful boy name then look no further than Marcella. The Spanish sounding name is actually of Latin origin and is the female version of the name Marcellus, a diminutive of the name Marcus. This lovely name is quite rare in the US and we feel it's time someone grabbed it.

According to Wikipedia, “Marcela is a Roman [nickname] and Italian given name, the feminine version of Marcello (Mark in English). Marcell means warlike, martial, and strong. It could also mean 'young warrior.'”

6 Millicent


Millicent is an old-timey name that simply hasn’t been able to make a come back even after others like Harriet and Penelope came back. Beats reason as this name is sweet and comes with an even sweeter nickname “Millie.”

According to Baby Name Wizard, “Origin of the name Millicent: Derived from the obsolete Old High German Amalswinth, a compound name composed of the elements amal (work) and swinth (strength). The name was brought to England by the Normans in the French forms Melisent and Melisende.”

5 Orson


This lovely name is perfect, not only as an endearment, but also as an official name. The nickname “bear cub” makes the name perfect for that little cuddly human. This name suits boys who have a creative side and it is bound to open doors for him in the future.

According to Behind the Name, “Orson comes from an English surname which was originally a nickname meaning "bear cub," from a diminutive of Norman French ors ‘bear,’ ultimately from Latin ursus. American actor and director Orson Welles (1915-1985) was a famous bearer of this.”

4 Sidra


This is a wonderful girls name with roots in North Africa and the Middle East. This lovely name makes a great name for someone with deep religious sentiments.

According to Wikipedia,Sidra (Arabic) is a given name meaning ’of the stars’ or ‘like a star.’ The name Sidrah is also an Islamic name, short for Sidrat al-Muntaha, a holy tree at the end of the seventh heaven.” When it comes to this name, the trick is to ensure that the name is spelled properly to avoid any changes to its meaning.

3 Otis


Mothers do not want their kids to be just like everyone else and they want a name that is distinctive enough to make him stand out, not only on the playground, but also later in life. Otis is quite popular in England, but it is not that well known in the US.

According to The Bump, “Otis as a boy's name is of Old German and Old English origin, and the meaning of Otis is ‘wealth; son of Otto.’ Famous people like soul singer Otis Redding boast of this name.

2 Roscoe


If you are expecting a baby boy, then why not choose the name, Roscoe. The sweet, old-timey name is due for a comeback, having been relegated to the background for quite some time. It may be unpopular now but it may not be for long, which is why mom should grab it now.

According to Baby Name Wizard, “Transferred use of the surname derived from a place-name in Lancashire, on the northwestern coast of England. The name is derived from the Old Norse elements rá (a roe deer) and skógr (a wood).”

1 Theodora


This beautiful name comes has a male version Theodore, which is among the top 200 boys names in the US, while the girl's name has never been ranked among the top 1,000. If the expected girl comes out as a boy, you can still name him Theodore.

According to Wikipedia, ”Theodora is a Greek feminine given name, the feminine version of Theodore, is derived from the Greek words ‘god’ and ‘gift.’ The name Dorothy (Dōrothea) contains the same word elements in reverse order.

References: BabynamewizardWikipediaMerriam-webster,  SheknowsAppellationmountain

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