The Most Unique Baby Names Of 2019
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The Most Unique Baby Names Of 2019


Choosing a name for your child can be a daunting
task. Some parents like traditional names, while
others prefer more unusual monikers. The final choice is up to you, but that doesn’t
mean you should make a hasty decision. Here are the most unique baby names that are
growing in popularity. Parents don’t have to reinvent the wheel to
give their kids unique names. Sometimes, you can just put a little twist
on a name that’s already popular, using uncommon spellings of more common names. Baby name expert and founder of babynamewizard.com,
Laura Wattenberg, told Today’s Parent in an interview, “Parents are using a lot of unconventional
vowel combinations as a way for a name to stand out.” That could mean replacing names that end in
“y” with not just one, but two “i’s.” “Lily” becomes “Lilii,” or “Molly” becomes
“Mollii.” “Oh, that’s very pretentious.” According to the expert, parents are also
opting for “ae” combos; for example, Laeyla instead of the ever-popular Layla. The “iy” combination is also increasing in
popularity, which means names like Mia have started transforming into Miya. Although swapping letters for similar-sounding
ones will make for a unique, distinctive name, it’s worth noting that these names will only
stand out on paper. “Saerah” still sounds like Sarah, regardless
of how it is spelled on the child’s birth certificate. Pop culture has always had a big influence
on baby names, and it’s no different now. The name Miles started to rise in popularity
after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend welcomed their second child, Miles. The couple’s first child, Luna, also provided
some baby name inspo for prospective parents. As it happens, even the couple’s first names
went on to become more popular. The baby name experts at BabyCenter have noticed
a greater uptick in “power couple” names. Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande may have broken
up a while back, but their names had a big presence in the headlines while they were
together, serving as inspiration to a new wave of baby Petes and little Arianas. Thanks to Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s
whirlwind romance, BabyCenter predicted both of their names to rise on the charts throughout
the year as well. Sure, it’s unusual to name your children after
celebrity couples, and maybe even a little awkward if those celebs break up, but you’ve
got to get your names from somewhere, right? In 2018, Black Panther shattered records and
had one of the biggest opening weekends, to the tune of $202 million. At the 91st Academy Awards, Black Panther
won three Oscars. The film received a 97 percent score on Rotten
Tomatoes and was well-received by audiences. You really couldn’t help but become obsessed
with the fictional world of Wakanda and all of the characters in the film. The superhero movie didn’t just stay relegated
to Hollywood, though. Baby name expert Laura Wattenberg told Today’s
Parent that “it introduced a whole new realm of names,” including T’Challa, Okoye, Ramonda,
Zuri, and plenty others. But should you name your baby after the comic
book characters? Comedian Kevin Fredericks offered his opinion. “You can name your baby whatever you want. It’s their life to ruin. It’s their cross to bear, she going to go
by ‘Dria anyway.” He’s not wrong. Some parents seem to just be hoping for warmer
weather when naming their newborns. According to BabyCenter, more and more parents
are naming their babies not just after any location, but after southern areas of the
U.S. In recent years, the experts have predicted
that Texas would serve as unusual inspiration for parents. Texas towns Dallas and Austin were expected
to become increasingly popular baby names. Charlotte, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia
were also predicted to inspire names and climb the charts. The trend is unusual, but it actually follows
a similar warm-weather pattern from the year prior. The name Tennessee became 31 percent more
popular for boys and 21 percent for girls in 2018. Areas within Tennessee also became a trendy
choice. Memphis and Nash, a possible derivative of
Nashville, picked up steam throughout the year, while parents also started to favor
Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, and Macon, a city in Georgia. You may not think there’s a whole lot of names
that end in the letter W, but that won’t be the case for long. Baby name expert Laura Wattenberg told Today’s
Parent that “w” is, quote, “a hot last letter to look for.” This means traditional names, like Matthew
and Andrew, or more unique names, like Sparrow and Snow, could be popular choices in the
years to come. Wattenberg even predicted that the name Bartholomew
will be making a comeback. Yes, that’s right, Bartholomew. As a biblical name, it has obviously been
around for a while, but it hasn’t exactly been popular all this time. When considering an unusual name like this,
it’s also advisable to think about what nicknames your child might be called. One woman revealed on babynamewizard.com that
her boyfriend is named Bartholomew, but “everyone calls him Bart.” If you’re concerned about The Simpsons correlation,
you might just want to steer clear of this one. “Name? Hm. Name…name…My name is…” For a more modern W-ending, Wattenberg suggested
the name “Crew”. It’s still unique without being too different. It’s a name that seems to be growing in popularity;
you may have heard it as the name of the fifth child of Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna
Gaines. While it’s generally not advised to name your
child something unusual just for kicks, it is becoming more common to name your child
after kicks, that is, footwear. Yes, shoes have started to inspire their own
unique genre of baby names. While you probably won’t be introduced to
a baby named Birkenstock anytime soon, at least we hope not, sneaker-inspired names,
like Converse-inspired Chuck and Taylor as well as Vans-inspired Van, started to trend
in 2018, according to BabyCenter. And this pattern has only continued. Names like Falcon, Stan, and Smith, which
come from Adidas shoe lines, were expected to become more popular. Baby name experts even predicted that some
other brand names, like Puma, would begin to take off. And that’s just what happened. Nevertheless, if you’re not really, really
into sneakers, you might want to weigh your options carefully before making the commitment
to name your little one after your favorite footwear. While feminine names were once all the rage,
the modern era is seeking more ambiguous monikers. While gender-neutral names like Jamie or Dana
have been around for a long time, parents these days are not just sticking to the classics. According to Nameberry, these names are going
to range from somewhat familiar unisex names, like Robin, to some highly unusual names,
like Briar, Story, Royal, Revel, Journey, and even Justice. Whether parents go with a traditional or unusual
unisex name, one thing is for sure. Speaking to the New York Post, Linda Murray,
global editor-in-chief and overall name expert, said, “This generation is truly interested in gender-neutral
names.” While gender fluidity has certainly had an
influence on this baby name trend, Pamela Satran, baby name expert and cofounder of
Nameberry, told the publication that it’s not the sole reason. According to her, “A lot of people choose unisex names because
they think they’re cool or they’re meaningful to themselves, but they raise their kids in
a very gender-specific way.” You may think you’ve heard of everything when
it comes to baby names, but baby name expert Laura Wattenberg predicted that edgy names
that actually imply danger are surprisingly on the rise. Eyebrow-raising names like Gunner, Trigger,
and Shooter actually started increasing in popularity in the mid-2010s, according to
Nameberry, but violent names just keep on keepin’ on. As Wattenberg put it to Today’s Parent, “There’s no longer a limit on how hyper-macho
we’ll go with boys names.” “Touch Rustrod.” “Reef Blastbody.” “Big McLargehuge.” While any one of these names would certainly
make for an unusual moniker for your newborn, the trend is admittedly disconcerting. If you’re having trouble wrapping your mind
around this trend, the baby name expert revealed a possible reason for the uptick in dangerous-sounding
names. Gender-neutral names have started to become
more common. As such, girl names have become more masculine. Boy names, on the other hand, have become
even more masculine, or, as the case may be, violent. If you’re looking for baby name inspiration,
you might not have to look any further than a box of crayons. Baby name site Nameberry has predicted plenty
of colorful names on the rise, with extra emphasis on pastel hues. Gray, or its alternate British spelling Grey,
is thought to top Blue as both a middle and first name. Mauve, Lilac, Ivory, Fawn, Sage, and Ash are
some other color variations to choose from. Parents even have the option to combine some
top trends. If you’re looking for a colorful name that
also ends in the letter “w,” Yellow might just be the ticket. Of course, what’s on trend now may not be
so hot in 30, 40, or 50 years. That’s not to say you can’t name your baby
Saffron or Slate or Tawny or whatever color you desire, but not every color name is guaranteed
to have the same staying power as Ruby or Scarlet. Yoga and meditation have become more mainstream
across the United States. Even children are getting involved in the
ancient practice. This might just be the reason Eastern religious
names and mythological names have become more popular. Although you may not have met anyone named
Bodhi, you might know of Bodhi yoga. Baby name expert Pam Satran said names after
mythological gods and goddesses like Asherah, Kali, Lakshmi, and Rama will start to become
more mainstream as well. It’s always a good idea to do your homework
when considering any of these ancient names. The name Kali, which has increased in popularity
since 2018, sounds beautiful and simple, but is actually the name of a dark goddess. Translated from Sanskrit, her name literally
means “She Who Is Death.” That might lead to an awkward conversation
with your daughter someday. Minimalism has become an increasingly popular
lifestyle and aesthetic over recent years, but who could’ve imagined that the “less is
more” philosophy would also be able to influence baby names? Nameberry revealed that popular 4-letter names
like Emma are taking a backseat to sleek, shorter three-letter names. While some super short names are fairly traditional,
like Ida or May, others are much more unusual, like emerging names Rio, Koa, and Jem. If you’re thinking of going with a minimalist
name, you also have the opportunity to embrace some other unusual trends. “Van” made Nameberry’s list because of its
three letters, but this moniker also happens to be a popular one among the sneakerhead
crowd. Rex, too, fits the bill for a minimalist name,
but it also has what baby name expert Laura Wattenberg called the “official turbo charger
of names and words”: the letter X. The late Robin Williams loved the Legend of
Zelda video game series so much that he named his daughter after the titular character. Thankfully, the young Williams grew up to
be a fan of the series and became something of a gamer herself. Although she was named after the Nintendo
princess back in the late ’80s, video game-inspired baby names have only gotten more popular. As Laura Wattenberg put it, “Every year the new crop of games gives us
a new crop of names.” The expert revealed that some of the most
popular names could come from Final Fantasy, Dishonored, and League of Legends with names
like Noctis, Corvo, and Xayah. Role-playing games can be influential when
it comes to baby names, even when those names get a little out of control. The good news? You don’t even have to be a gamer to appreciate
some of the awesome baby names that stem from them. Nameberry provided dozens of video game-inspired
names, and, while it’s true some of them may be best left to the gaming console, like Mortal
Kombat’s Cyrax, there are plenty of names that work just as well in real life too, like
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