The youngest child of the family; their name is often confused for his or her siblings, they are gifted with hand me downs upon hand me downs, and there will probably be little photographic evidence to prove he or she exists. It’s no secret that by the youngest child, mom and dad probably have their hands full, but hearts more full, of course. So what are the personality traits for the last born child and how does his or her name tie into that?
“'Parents tend to let things slide once the last child comes along -- they aren't nervous, first-time parents anymore. As a result, lastborns usually do get away with more than their siblings do,' says Leman. They shoulder less responsibility, so they tend to be more carefree, easygoing, fun-loving, affectionate, and sociable, and they like to make people laugh,” shares Parents.com. With older siblings paving the way, it’s no wonder that the youngest children are carefree and laid back. So what type of name does one bestow on such a child? A child with a big, fearless heart thanks to their older siblings.
The youngest child in any family deserves a name that is just as sweet and fun-loving as they will likely be. Below is a list of 30 baby names that are perfect for mom’s youngest child. Most of them actually have the meaning young, but they are also just extremely adorable for the littlest one of any family.
Benjamin is of Hebrew origin and means son of the right hand.
“Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades -- and is attractive and strong enough for it to break into the top 10 for the first time ever in 2015. It has stayed near the top of the charts since. One of those golden boy's names that feels traditional as well as sensitive and stylish, Benjamin has the further advantage of the friendly, accessible nickname Ben,” suggests NameBerry.com.
Benjamin is currently ranked at number 6 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. If you don’t mind a popular name, Benjamin is definitely one to consider.
Kami is the perfect name for the youngest little girl in any family. Both charming and dainty, this two-syllable name is just as sweet in meaning. The name means “Young Attendant; Beautiful; Good looking; Charming; A variant of name Kamala which means flower,” according to MomJunction.com.
The name and spelling as featured on this list, Kami, is not very common at all, making it a great choice for a unique baby name. The Japanese meaning of the name is Lord, according to TheBump.com, making it just as strong and resilient as it is sweet and charming, a great fit for any little girl.
“The name Cole is a boy's name of English origin meaning "swarthy, coal black,” writes NameBerry.com on this suave baby name. Commonly used as a boy's name, Cole would actually be pretty cute for a girl too, in my opinion. Though I am admittedly one to swoon over gender neutral baby names.
Cole is actually growing in popularity and is currently ranked at number 115 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Cole would pair well with a longer middle name such as Arthur, William or Emerson. If you did decide to go with Cole as a girl's name, I think it’s darling paired with a middle name like Eloise or Emaline.
More commonly spelled Avery, this unique spelling is said to mean a pretty, young and bright individual, according to MomJunction.com. The name Avarie is not very common and is currently ranked at number 3047 on BabyCenter.com. Spelled as Avery, NameBerry.com states that the name means ruler of the elves.
The name Avery is currently ranked very high at number 14 on NameBerry.com popularity. If you love the name Avery but are looking for something more unique, you might consider going with Avarie instead. You get the cute name and the unique spelling, it’s the best of both worlds.
Owen is one of those names that you hear and just think, “Awww.” “The name Owen is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "young warrior; well-born” shares NameBerry.com, making Owen literally the perfect name the youngest in any family. “Owen, a resonant Celtic name, jumped 400 places between 1993 and 2003 -- and has continued to soar since then.
Why do so many parents love Owen? "It's a classic with a genuine history, yet it's right in step with the modern trend for two-syllable, n-ending boy's names,” writes NameBerry.com. Owen is currently ranked at number 28 on NameBerry.com.
“Evan -- a Welsh version of John -- has a mellow nice-guy image that has kept it popular, while it has been widely used in Wales since the nineteenth century. And interestingly--and surprisingly--enough, Evan charts highly for boys in France,” shares NameBerry.com on this charming baby name.
Evan is actually rising in popularity for use as a girl's name as well. MomJunction.com states that the name means a good fighter who is young. Anyway you look at it, it is a stylish name with a strong meaning and it does not appear to be fading out of the spotlight soon.
One of my favorite names featured on this list of baby names perfect for mom’s youngest, Cora is up next. This delicate name means maiden and is of Greek origin.
“Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned girl's name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans -- that has been recently rejuvenated and strengthened by its contemporary-feeling simplicity. Though she has never been completely out of favor, Cora has had her ups and downs. A Top 20 name in the 1880's, she had sunk to Number 876 in 1988, but has gradually come back into style, with every indication that she will continue to rise in popularity,” writes NameBerry.com on the name.
MomJunction.com states that the name Maddy means the young; unmarried woman and son of the mighty warrior. This name might be sweet but it definitely has a strong meaning. The traditional spelling of the name is Madeline, which means, high tower or woman from Magdala, according to NameBerry.com.
This shortened version of the traditional name is a great way to modernize the name and make it more unique, plus it’s super chic.”People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Maddy.
The name Evanna is of Welsh origin and means God is gracious, according to NameBerry.com. MomJunction.com defines the name as meaning a female fighter who is young and good. This three syllable name is very darling and also manages to sound a bit exotic. This name is not very popular, so if you like it and choose to use it, you might just start a trend!
“Evanna is the name of a Harry Potter actress who pronounces it ee-vah-na. This might be considered yet another international feminine form of the many variations of John; Ivana, Giovanna, and even Joan are cousins of Evanna,” adds NameBerry.com.
“What do Dumbo’s mouse best friend, a former James Bond, and the biblical companion of Paul all have in common? They were all named Timothy, of course. This biblical boy's name tends to move in and out of vogue, but is always a well-liked and solid choice. If Timothy is too much of a mouthful for you, don’t worry, it comes pre-equipped with the loveable nickname Tim (who could forget adorable Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol? shares Babble.com on the forever charming name, Timothy. Tiny Tim is the perfect reason to name the youngest boy of any family Timothy!
According to MomJunction.com the name Brittney is of English origin and means a young girl from Britain. Brittney is a more unique spelling of the more traditional Britney.
“Between Brittany and Britney, there just seems to be no more room for poor little Brittney. Generally referring to someone from Britain, Brittney has taken quite the nosedive in popularity since her heyday in the 80s and 90s. But, who knows? Everyone loves a good comeback,” shares Babble.com and I couldn’t agree more.
Despite its decline in popularity, this name may indeed be actually making a comeback. The more traditional spelling of the name, Britney, has recently seen a slight rise in popularity according to NameBerry.com.
“The name Eve is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning life,” shares NameBerry.com. This delicate and feminine girl's name is currently ranked at number 436 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“Eve, the oldest name in the Book, is now coming back into style, having the virtues of simplicity and purity, yet with more strength and resonance than other single-syllable names like Ann. British actor Clive Owen chose Eve for his daughter, as did Jessica Capshaw. While Eve is compromised by its similarity to trendy sisters Ava, Eva, Avery, Evelyn, Evie, ad infinitum, it still has them all beat with its streamlined classic style,” suggests NameBerry.com.
“Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter,” shares NameBerry.com.
The name Adelaide is of German origin and means noble. It’s a darling choice for the youngest little girl in any family. The name would pair well with a short and sweet, traditional middle name to match, such as Jo, Ann or Marie. Adelaide is currently ranked at number 276 on NameBerry.com on popularity charts.
The name Juliana actually means youthful, and is of Latin origin. The name Juliana is currently ranked at number 147 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. It’s a sweet and timeless choice for a baby girl’s name. Any Juliana is sure to be adored by her older siblings!
“People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Juliana. If you like the name Juliana, you might also consider the equally charming names; Gabriella, Lilliana, and Mariella.
Another one of my favorites on this list, Gemma is up next. “A longtime staple in Italy, Gemma also became popular in the UK and France before crossing the pond to America. Gemma combines the best qualities of Emma—feminine and classic—and Jenna—contemporary and fun,” writes Babble.com.
Gemma is of Italian origin and means precious stone, and precious it is! The name is currently ranked at number 255 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008,” adds NameBerry.com.
Kailey, more commonly spelled as Kaylee, is a becoming a popular name choice. Kailey is a bit more unique than the more common version. Kailey is currently ranked at number 656 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, where Kaylee is ranked much higher in popularity at number 84.
“Kailey is one of the less popular iterations of oh-so-popular Kaylee. Of various origins including Welsh and English, Kailey is a name of several different meanings depending on what part of the world you’re in,” shares Babble.com. If you like Kailey you might consider other variations of Hailey like Bailey, Rayleigh, or even Kylie.
I know I keep pointing out favorites on this list, but it’s a good list of solid names! Teagan is a name that manages to be both charming and adventurous in it’s resonation alone.
“The name Teagan is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little poet or fair,” writes NameBerry.com. This name is currently ranked at number 175 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“As Meghan/Megan and Reagan/Regan show signs of wilting, along comes Teagan to take up the slack: definitely one to consider. The vast majority of American babies named Teagan are now girls. A variant spelling is Teaghan,” adds NameBerry.com.
There is nothing scary about this dainty name; Nessie is up next! MomJunction.com states that this name means a young sheep. Nessie is more prominently known as a version of Vanessa.
“The name Nessie is a Scottish baby name. In Scottish the meaning of the name Nessie is: pure; chaste. Nessie is also the nickname given to the fabled Loch Ness monster,” shares SheKnows.com.
Anyway you look at it, it is not a very common name, and it is super cute! Choose this name for the littlest one in your family and you might just become a trendsetter.
“If you think your little boy is going to rule the stuffed animal kingdom hand over fist, then Ryan may be an appropriate name. This Irish name meaning 'little king' is a perennial boy's name favourite. It was huge in the '80s, and remains popular today. Recently some parents have been using it as a girl's name, but it’s still primarily known as a name fit for a boy,” states Babble.com.
I am totally on board the Ryan as a girl's name train, again, I love the gender neutral names! Ryan is a charming name for a little king or little queen!
Regal and enchanting, Marciella is up next. This name means young warrior, as stated on MomJunction.com. I love the strong and powerful meaning behind this seemingly dainty name. It’s the perfect fit for the baby of the family. The name is extremely uncommon, and doesn’t appear on many baby name websites, so consider any Marciella one of a kind.
As a bonus, you could choose between the darling nicknames Marci or Ella. This name has a lot of potential, in my opinion! It would pair well with an equally charming and classic middle name like Rose, Marie or Lynn.
The name Cassie is means prophetess and is a diminutive of the name Cassandra, according to NameBerry.com. MomJunction.com states that the name Cassie means a vain, young woman. I think Cassie on its own is a sweet and unique first name for a little girl. The name Cassandra is more commonly used, and currently ranks in at number 606 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“The name Cassie is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Cassie is: Unheeded prophetess. A , Cassandra, or Catherine. Cassandra was a Trojan prophetess, daughter of King Priam. In Homer's 'The Iliad' Cassandra's prediction of the fall of Troy was unheeded. Also used as an independent name,” shares SheKnows.com.
Sweet and simple, it’s hard to beat Dot in terms of charm. Dot is of English origin and is a diminutive of the name Dorothea which is Greek in origin.
“People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight,” suggests SheKnows.com on those named Dot.
Dottie is another charming variation of this name. Dot or Dottie, I think they are both super sweet and very unique. And they seem like they would suit the tiniest member of the family well.
The name Liana is of French origin and means ‘to climb like a vine’, according to NameBerry.com.
“Liana is a pretty and graceful name -- it's a flowering tropical vine -- that runs the risk of sounding as if its front end might have been cut off, as in Juliana or Eliana,” adds NameBerry.com. This name is currently ranked at number 498 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
Liana is a fresh and fun name, and I think it would be perfect for the littlest member of any family. If you like Liana you might also consider Liora, Elora or Lilla.
Collyn is derived from the Irish name Colleen and means young woman, according to MomJunction.com.
“You are attractive and have a great appreciation for things such as clothing and accessories. You hold the knack to find opportunities. Though you are a creative thinker, you tend to get carried away sometimes, which is something you need to work on,” adds MomJunction.com.
This name is very rare, and I think it makes a darling choice for a little girl. For a girl, Collyn would sound so cute with a middle name like Ray, Lee or Jo. If you don’t like Collyn, you might consider the more traditional Colleen, which is also very cute.
Will the name Zoe ever go out of style? I doubt it.
Currently ranked at number 41 on NameBerry.com Zoe is of Greek origin and means life. What youngest child isn’t the center of the family? “There’s something so adorable and fun about the name Zoe. Maybe it’s the relation to a certain Sesame Street character. Or to lovable hipster actress Zooey Deschanel. Whatever the case, Zoe has been zooming up the charts to become an incredibly popular name choice for girls,” writes Babble.com.
I love the name Zoe and think it’s so cute for the youngest child!
I have had a lot of favorite girl names on this list, but Jameson is easily my favorite boy name on this list!
“This is a strong new James varietal, sometimes shared by girls. An original way to honor Grandpa Jim, Jameson is swiftly moving up the charts, entering the Top 100 for the first time ever in 2017. Jameson is one of the hottest boy names starting with J, still the most popular first initial for boy's names,” writes NameBerry.com.
Jameson is currently ranked at number 100 for boy's names on NameBerry.com popularity charts. As a girl's name, it is not ranked as it is not all that popular, but is definitely unique if that’s what you’re seeking! Ps. Singer Pink and her husband named their son Jameson Moon.
Juliette is a delicate and timeless choice for a girl's name. I just think it’s so darling for any little girl, but especially if she is the youngest of the family! The name Juliette is of French origin and means youthful.
“Ah, Juliette. The ultimate name d’amour. The '-ette' ending of this variation of Romeo’s ill-fated girlfriend adds a certain French flair that parents are sure to adore. While the Shakespearean Juliet is slightly more popular in the U.S., Juliette (with an emphasis on the second half of the name) has also experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in the last few years. Whichever way you go, this romantic and feminine name won’t disappoint,” summarizes Babble.com on this name.
Tomlyn is an enchanting name for a little boy or girl. Tomlyn is said to mean a younger twin’s child. “Tomlyn is of Old English origin. Tomlyn is a variant of Tomlin (English). Tomlyn is uncommon as a baby name for boys. It is listed outside of the top 1000 names,” shares BabyNamesPedia.com on this unique name.
The more common spelling, Tomlin, is still pretty unique. I think it’s a magical name for a little boy or girl, and its meaning makes it perfect for the youngest of the family. Tomlyn for a girl would be especially darling paired with a sweet sounding middle name like Mae, Sue or June.
The name Alma is of Latin origin and means nurturing, soul, as stated on NameBerry.com. I think this old fashioned name is just too darn cute.
“Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more,” shares NameBerry.com on this name.
“Always well used in Hispanic families, Alma seems to be on the brink of making a comeback, a la Ella and Ada; appreciated for its simplicity, integrity, and—yes—soul,” adds NameBerry.com. This two-syllable name is well-suited for the youngest little one in any family.
This list wraps up with the most unique name featured, Cailean. “The name Cailean is a Gaelic baby name. In Gaelic, the meaning of the name Cailean is: Young dog, or child,” shares SheKnows.com. Most commonly used as a boys name, this unique option is both charming and rare.
“People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Cailean. If you like the name Cailean, you might also consider Cillian or Callum.