Agonizing over a name to give the newborn baby is one of the first parenting trials a new parent has to face and also one of the hardest things a Mom and Dad can do, before the baby is even here. Do you choose a family name, one that has been floating around the family for generations and has incredible meaning to you? Do you choose something new and fresh, something a little unusual perhaps to defy all of the popular baby names out there? Or do you choose a classic name that has stood the test of time and will always be one of those names you are proud to hear?
Regardless of whether a name is popular or not, naming your newborn baby is an incredibly personal decision and an exciting decision to make at that. Throughout the nine months of your pregnancy, you are always asked two questions before anything else. Firstly, do you know if you're having a boy or a girl? And secondly, have you chosen a name yet? That's all anyone really wants to know before they ask how the heavily pregnant mother is feeling.
We're all a little inquisitive as to why parents choose specific names and what drew them to that particular one. Choosing the right name for your baby is a hard task and as you look at list after list of baby names, quirky names, popular names and off the cuff names, you're bombarded with choices. Baby names are often subject to celebrity trends, religious backgrounds and of course the novelty factor. Their popularity ebbs and flows and fashions change. If you're looking for a unique name however, then try your best to resist these baby names which are proving to be very popular at the moment.
Amos had a great deal of bad rep for quite a few years as its links with racism abounded in the 1930s however it has slowly started the climb the ranks yet again. Those named Amos tend to be creative people who enjoy life to the fullest. They are reckless but creative. It's not a bad name to choose and since its popularity dwindled in the latter part of the last century you may not come across it as often as you would other names. However, is the name far removed enough from the racial stereotypes it was connected to on the Amos 'n Andy radio and TV show? If you're unsure then this is most certainly a name to resist.
Currently ranked at #732 on Nameberry
Amos means "carried" in Hebrew. Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
Ines is very popular in Spain and Sweden and has recently received a shot in the arm in the United States as Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively named their second daughter Ines. It's rise in popularity is sure to take a staggering jump this year due to the famous and popular celebrity couple choosing this name for their newborn. Ines is undoubtedly a beautiful and feminine name with a romantic and poetic twist that is appealing. With a conservative, quiet and considerate nature to the name, Ines will no doubt become a choice for many parents who appreciate the soft sound. Resisting a name you have clearly fallen in love with is near impossible and Ines may just be that name for you. Just bare in mind, that it's popularity is sure to explode this year.
Currently ranked at #481 on Nameberry
Ines, and variants, is a feminine given name related to Agnes. The most common form Inés is Spanish, and also Galician. The Portuguese form is Inês; the French, Moroccan and Tunisian form usually Inès.
Loxley is one those newly created names by parents who wanted something unique and fresh, something that the world had yet to see. It has a certain interesting and spontaneous feel to it with its strong X sound in the middle but it also has a temporary and unimportant aspect to it that diminishes the quality and spark of the name. It can be used for either a boy or a girl as so many modern names created on a whim are unisex these days. The name is so new that we don't have a baby name Nameberry ranking for you but we do know that its popularity is limited at the moment and we can't help but wonder where the name will be in in the future. Will it become popular or will it become so untrendy that it resigns itself to the rubble?
Loxley is a habitational name from any of the various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc and leah meaning "woodland clearing".
Astrid is a strong Scandinavian name which you will see more and more in the playground as the years go by. It is a beautifully feminine name with strong roots in history and fantasy giving it a sort of airy and light feel about it. They say that those with the name Astrid are competent and practical with a great deal of success, pride and power. Traits that we would all like. It's popularity is rising year on year thanks to its fresh sound and appeal but that can only be detrimental to its individuality and uniqueness. Astrid is one of those names that is quite hard to resist if you have your heart and mind on it, but if you are worried about its lingering or growing popularity, bare in mind that it will indeed become a favourite in no time.
Currently ranked at #39 on Nameberry
Astrid is derived from the Old Norse Ássfriđr, an Old Norse compound name composed of the elements áss meaning "a god" and friđr meaning "beautiful", or "fair."
Archer is one of those cute and quirky baby names you hope you've thought of first or you hope is not as popular as you imagine it would be. Unfortunately, Archer is not new or modern and has long been on the radar of the baby name rankings. Of course, hit cartoon Archer has helped its status and the Archie comics didn't hinder it's popularity either. It's cool and hip and most certainly gives off a certain vibe with it's links to wealth and power. However, it's also unpredictable in that it could remain as popular as ever with its urban status or could dwindle into a comic fiasco with negative connotations. If that's a risk you want to take then by all means, if not then resist it.
Currently ranked at #68 on Nameberry
Transferred use of the surname derived from archer (a bowman).
Sasha, which is primarily a male name in Russia, has taken on a life of its own as baby girls name in recent years and has risen through the ranks. It's a good choice for a little girl as it holds characteristics such as creativity with strong attempts to express themselves. They are passionate and loving and will never falter a friend. Enjoying life is one of the most highly sought after aspects in a name and Sasha has that in abundance. Since it is primarily a male name with the spelling Sacha, Sasha has seen a rise in popularity as it branches out from under it's male counterpart. There's no denying that the name is beautiful but it's fast rise in the rankings is one reason to attempt to resist it. The trend for Sasha is that it is only going to get more and more popular.
Currently ranked at #619 on Nameberry
The name Sasha comes from the English origin meaning "defender of mankind."
Daisy is a beautiful flower name for a baby girl. It is subtle and gentle but wholesome and fresh despite its powerful popularity in the baby name rankings. It's the type of name that can never go out of fashion as Meg Ryan and Jamie Oliver both know as they named their daughters Daisy. It's an obvious choice if you're looking for something incredibly feminine and soft. Daisy's tend to be charismatic despite the gentle sounding of their name and exceptional leaders. Daisy would probably be on my list if I hadn't crossed off all flower related names since they are never unique or original. It's one to keep if you are desperate for a flower name but one to resist if you think it just sounds pretty. It's prettiness does not override its intense popularity.
Currently ranked at #99 on Nameberry
Daisy is a feminine given name, commonly thought to be derived from the name of the flower. The flower name comes from the Old English word dægeseage, meaning "day's eye".
Oscar most certainly comes across as being an older mans name but isn't that something that makes it sound cute and endearing on a small baby boy? The name however is incredibly popular and not just in Ireland where the prolific Oscar Wilde was from but also in the United Kingdom and the United States also. It's a classic name that has most certainly stood the test of time and managed to reinvent itself for this generation. Oscar's tend to be free thinkers who over analyse almost everything. They are compassionate and confident and while balanced they can also be shy. It's a great choice for a name as Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson can both attest to since they named their sons Oscar. It's popular though and will never lose that popularity. For that reason, we say resist it and choose something spunkier, younger and unique.
Currently ranked at #21 on Nameberry
Oscar ossibly means "deer friend", derived from the Gaelic word os meaning "deer" and cara meaning "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name Osgar or its Old Norse cognate Ásgeirr, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers.
Clara is a traditional name that despite its ordinary sound and appearance has kept itself steadily high in the baby girl name rankings. It has long been considered to be old worldly with a sense of charm and resilience which it absolutely has in abundance. It's a classical feminine name which expresses love and compassion along with a good helping of delightful characteristics like competence and practicality. Traditionally, it would seem that, Clara is often passed down through generation after generation in remembrance of long past relatives and is often held in families for many years. If this is your reason to use Clara, by all means stick to your guns but if the name appeals to you as something fresh and new, think again. Clara is unfortunately overused and far too popular to add another Clara without a family tie.
Currently ranked at #58 on Nameberry
Clara is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous".
Felix is undoubtedly linked with Felix the Cat in this day and age and it's quite difficult to see past that. Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks both chose to ignore this fact however and have their own little Felix's running around their houses. It has, in actual fact, always been a very popular name in the United States with its energetic and happy tone. Not only in the US, but also in Germany, Austria, Australia and New Zealand. Felix is a fun name with an air of adventure and imagination about it. It's surprising popularity, however, makes it a choice that should be on your second list rather than your first however and if you can resist it and throw it off the list all together, that would be even better.
Currently ranked at #26 on Nameberry
Felix is a male given name and surname that stems from the Latin fēlix, felicis and means "lucky", "favored by luck" or "the lucky one". Its female form is Felicity.
Delphine is one those chic and classical French names that pairs up thoughts of a dolphin and bluebell flowers called delphinium. It is without a doubt a beautiful choice for your baby girl and can be adapted with various nicknames to try and give it a fresher, more modern twist. It you're into nicknames that is. However, Delphine is no longer unique and we no longer raise our eyebrows in delighted surprise when we hear it, because it's use has become exaggerated in recent years. Delphine is of course a strong and powerful name, showing creativity and courage but it lacks that certain punch and inspiration which it used to have.
Currently ranked at #237 on Nameberry
Delphine is the French form of Delphina and the feminine form of the Roman name Delphinus. Delphinus means "of Delphi" in Latin. Delphi is a Greek city, which in ancient times was the site of the famous Delphic oracle. The name of this ancient Greek city possibly relates to the Greek word δελφις meaning "dolphin".
Roman is one of those names that when you hear you think, wow cool name. Of course, Roman Polanski is one of the most famous modern day men who bear the name, with it being used for various characters on the screen also, including Roman Godfrey from Hemlock Grove and Roman Pearce from The Fast and The Furious series. It's a relatively striking name so it really shouldn't be a surprise that it's a hit and so popular in the last decade. Molly Ringwald, Francis Ford Coppola, Debra Messing and Cate Blanchett all named their sons Roman. The argument for resisting certain baby names tends to lie in its popularity. But rarely are popular names as quirky as Roman. If you absolutely can't refrain from using this ever popular name, try pairing it with a middle name that adds that little edge of individuality.
Currently ranked at #46 on Nameberry
Roman is a male first name. It has distant origins dating back to the Roman Empire and the Latin language. It comes from the Latin word "romanus", which means "of Rome".
There are many, many Fiona's in the United Kingdom and Ireland as it's popularity is strong there and shows no signs of dwindling. Thanks to the Broadway musical Brigadoon and the character Fiona, the name has garnered the attention of America which has seen it quickly and steadily rise through the rankings. Possibly thanks to the character Princess Fiona in Shrek also. Fiona is quite a traditional name with strong roots with an added flair of compassion and romance about it. It's not a bad choice of name by any means, its really quite beautiful, but its substantial rise in the America rankings makes it one to refrain from using until it's popularity is truly known.
Currently ranked at #108 on Nameberry
The name Fiona is considered to be a Latinised form of the Gaelic word fionn, meaning "white", or "fair". The name Fiona is also sometimes used as an Anglicisation of the Irish-language name Fíona, although these names are otherwise unrelated as Fíona is derived from an element meaning "vine".
I personally love the name Olivia but probably wouldn’t choose it as my daughter’s name since it has lost much of it’s magic since first used in Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night all those many years ago in 1602. Olivia is classed as a “mega popular” name since it’s popularity has never really dwindled in any sense. It’s high on the list in the United States, Canada, Australia and Scotland.
Ironically, the name, while being one of the most overused names in the past few decades making it common and therefore average, generally means that the bearer will fight the normal and ordinary social rules and conventions. Despite being locked into a name that overburdens the classroom, your Olivia may strike out and push for freedom.
If you’re not sold on this name due to it’s incredible popularity that alternate versions with a Shakespearean theme might suit you better like Isabella and Sophia.
Currently ranked at #1 on Nameberry
The name Olivia was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on Oliver or Oliva, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive".
Forrest, while not as high on the Nameberry rankings as some of the other names I suggest you resist, is still a popular name and rising at quite a surprising rate since 2013. It was always a popular name from the turn of the twentieth century, seeing a downturn after the Hollywood Movie, Forrest Gump came to our screens. Surprisingly, you'd imagine it's popularity would rise after a such a blockbuster but the movie damaged it's credibility somewhat. Regardless, the name has seen a substantial and fast rise in the rankings the last few years. Forrest shows characteristics such as a strong imagination, praiseworthy intuition and fierce idealism. Aside from the fact that it's incredible rise in the rankings is off putting, it's a strong name to give your baby boy but perhaps resisting it for something more unique is wise if you'd like your baby boy to stand out.
Currently ranked at #432 on Nameberry
The name Forrest is derived from the English which is a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one.
Chloe is without a doubt a beautiful, overtly feminine name which symbolises new growth. What a perfect way to start off the life of the new addition to your family by giving her such a gorgeous name. However, many new Mum's and Dad's thought the same thing and there are quite a few Chloe's running around lately. It's popularity is high in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and of course with the beautiful Khloe Kardashian sporting the name, it's popularity has gotten a fresh new start with the Greek spelling. By all means, if you must, name your baby girl Chloe. There is no doubt she will be as spiritual, introspective, and understanding as Chloe's tend to be. But if you can resist the name, you give her the choice to be unique.
Currently ranked at #34 on Nameberry
From the Greek "Khloe," it was used to represent Demeter, the fertility goddess. In the New Testament, Chloe is a convert of St. Paul. The name means "blooming" or "young green shoot."
Blake can actually be used for both a boy or a girl with the boy's name being more popular to use than the feminine form. The masculine version of Blake is the name I urge you to resist this time round, as it's popularity has made the name appear dull and lacking in complexity. However, traditionally the name Blake shows stability for the name holder in both career and family choices with an overly cautious and conservative mind at times. While it is still a beautiful and fun name to give your little boy perhaps veer toward something a little more unique and robust. Rosie O'Donnell named her son Blake.
Currently ranked at #375 on Nameberry
Blake is a surname or a given name which originated from Old English. Its derivation is uncertain; it could come from "blac", a nickname for someone who had dark hair or skin, or from "blaac", a nickname for someone with pale hair or skin. Another theory is that it is a corruption of "Ap Lake", meaning "Son of Lake".
Danielle is a chic and sophisticated baby girls name which is the name of Elvis's granddaughter. It was incredibly popular from the 60s to the 90s with a peak in the 1980's. Even today, it has a strong following and has proven itself enough too stay undoubtedly popular in this decade also. Danielle is a feminine name with a sharp edge that shows competence and practicality. Interestingly, those named Danielle tend to be popular and successful in life. Danielle Steele is a case in point as one of the worlds most prolific novelists.
Currently ranked at #516 on Nameberry
Danielle is the French female variant of the male name Daniel, meaning "God is my judge" in the Hebrew language. The name appears in the Bible, where Daniel survives a night in a den of lions.
Brandon brings me back to the days of Beverly Hills 90210 with Brandon Walsh portrayed by the wonderful Jason Priestly. It's a name that triggers characteristics like responsibility, versatility and rebellion. It's popularity resulted in the usage of similar names such as Landon and Braden which don't have the same feel of Brandon. While Brandon is still incredibly popular, it would be an idea to resist it and choose a different name which has a sense of newly acquired energy and rebellion.
Currently ranked at #412 on Nameberry
The name Brandon originates from the English surname Brandon. This surname can be derived from any of the numerous placenames in England so-named which are composed of two elements derived from the Old English language. The first element means "broom", "gorse" and the second means "hill".
Ava is one of those stalwart classical names that remind you of a time long since passed but happily remembered. It's beautifully feminine and soft in nature however it's also incredibly popular and has tipped the scales on being overused for yet another year running. It's very easy to see and understand when so many choose such a popular name for their baby girls. It's almost majestic and inspiring in its pronunciation and oh so very, very elegant. Ava belongs in long silk robes, on the dancefloor with an elegant waltz and shimmering under romantic moonlight. Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman both choice Ava for their daughters
Currently ranked at #4 on Nameberry
A variation of Eve, Ava may be from the Latin word avis, meaning "bird." It could also be a short form of the name Chava meaning "life" or "living one", which is the Hebrew form of Eve.
There are one too many Jacobs in our world already as this classical biblical name has taken over for quite a few decades already. Coming from the Old Testament, Jacob was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca. As it's a traditional name with a lot of meaning, history and obvious family connections, Jacob has never and probably never will go out of fashion. The fact that Taylor Lautner played Jacob in the Twilight series unfortunately encouraged the over use of this name once again for a brand new generation. It's a name that is very difficult to resist because of its strong and powerful history but if you can try to refrain from using it in place of something more unique and possibly daring.
Currently ranked at #29 on Nameberry
Jacob means "holder of the heel" or "supplanter", because he twice deprived his brother of his rights as the firstborn son
Paige has quickly risen up the ranks in the last thirty years. It seems that as soon as it hit the top 100 ranking, Paige simply didn't stop rising. It is a sleek and sophisticated name with a new vitality and quirkiness about it. Of course, TV plays a significant part in a names popularity these days, and we have seen many a Paige on our TV screens as of late. Rose McGowan played a witch named Paige in Charmed while Nicollete Sheridan played Paige Matheson on Knots Landing. With it's increasing popularity which doesn't seem to be dwindling, it's not a bad choice but perhaps consider resisting it for something a little quirkier that will stand the test of time.
Currently ranked at #179 on Nameberry
Paige is of English origin, and means "young servant". A page in medieval households was usually a young boy whose service was the first step in his training as a knight.
Leo is one of those traditional, long standing names that is passed down ceremoniously and beautifully to the next generation in families with proud histories. It's a strong name that commands attention but soft enough to be friendly and warm. Of course, it comes from the lion which is no bad thing as sharing a name with such a stong and ferocious animal can only help you to live up to that name. You won't be in bad company naming your son Leo, as Penelope Cruz, Kristin Olson and Kim Raver all named their son's Leo.
Currently ranked at #13 on Nameberry
Leo is Latin for "lion," and it was the name of many early Christian saints and several popes. In German, it's a short form of Leon or Leopold, meaning "brave people."
Poppy has always been one of my favourite girls names with its sweet, feminine and natural form however I've pulled away from using it so many times due to its popularity across the globe over the years. It has an edge to it though that makes it very appealing. Unlike the traditional flower names like Rose or Lily, Poppy belongs to an independent, free thinker that dares to think and act outside the box. Poppy is as wild as the flower she is named after. Of course, it's a popular choice for celebrities when naming their babies. Jamie Oliver, Anthony Edwards and Stephen Moyer all have named their baby girls Poppy.
Currently ranked at #79 on Nameberry
Poppy is a feminine given name derived from the name of the flower "poppy", derived from the Old English word popæg and refers to the various species of Papaver.
Alfie has always come across as a cute and cheeky name for a baby boy as it crosses the boundaries between being a full name and a nickname. Incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, it hasn't fully made its way as a legitimate name over to the United States just yet, but it will. Much like it's counterpart Archie, which is also questionable as a full name, Alfie is endearing as it is sweet but also robust and masculine enough to bring your little boy into adulthood.
Currently ranked at #561 on Nameberry
The origin of the name Alfred is derived from the Old English name Ælfred, which is a compounding of the elements ælf meaning "elf" and ræd meaning "counsel". Elves were considered to be supernatural beings having special powers of seeing into the future; thus the name took on the meaning "wise counsel."
Sources: BabyCenter, NameBerry, Behind The Name, Baby Name Wizard