We’re always coming across names on nameberry that we never thought of before, undiscovered gems that suddenly seem attractive and eminently usable for a real live person.
How come everyone flocks to Ava and Aiden, or even Avery and Atticus, when there are so many names like this hiding in plain sight? Beats us.
Here, the first in a series of names you might not have considered … but definitely should.
ABIJAH A Biblical name used in the Colonial times that can work for both boys and girls. Rhymes with Elijah, stands in for that name or Abigail.
AMORET Redolent of love, this unusual name comes from Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen.” The character of Amoret represents married love, an ideal sentiment.
BATHSHEBA True, it’s a whole lotta name. But Bathsheba, which means “seventh daughter,” has a rich Biblical and literary history. Short form Sheba walks that intriguing line between being edgy and ready for prime time.
CIRCE Okay, so she was a siren who turned Odysseus’s men into pigs and lured the poor hero away from the patient Penelope. She also had a lovely name, pronounced sare-see, that would make a standout modern choice.
CORIN It may sound like a nouveau two-syllable boys’ name, but Corin has a Shakespearean pedigree.
ELEAZAR A Biblical boys’ name with more zest and distinction than the flagging Eli variations.
KETURAH Old Testament name she was Abraham’s wife post-Sarah that hasn’t been much used in the past few hundred years but has a rhythm and feel that’s appropriate for today. And in case you’re still looking for Biblical names you never heard before, Keturah and Abraham had six sons: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
LORCAN If Logan and Aidan are megapopular, can Lorcan be far behind? Somehow, this Irish boys’ name meaning fierce has not achieved the notoriety of its compatriots. But smart parents will look to it as a fresh entry in that trendy crowd.
NICASIO Love Nic-names but tired of Nicholas? Then consider this Spanish choice that’s related to Nike.
PALADIN A French name that means “of the palace,” Paladin was a title of honor given to Charlemagne’s twelve best knights. That’s a name story any little boy would love taking to kindergarten. There was a fifties television show by this name.
Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of nine bestselling baby name guides, including “The Baby Name Bible” and “Cool Names for Babies.”