Which unique baby names today are most likely to be the hits of the future? We looked at Nameberry’s statistics for the past month versus the same period a year ago and put together this list of 60 names — 25 for girls, 25 for boys, and 10 unisex — that are attracting the most fresh attention among our visitors.
These names aren't invented, of course. For the most part, they have deep roots: Number 1 girls’ name Kerani, for instance, is of Hindi origin, while top boys’ name McEnroe is a surname turned one of the hottest Scottish names for boys. Nile, most popular on the unisex list, and river-related names Galilee and Rio also appear.
Other unusual word names finding new popularity include Taffeta, Tiara, Anemone, Puma, and Revel. Celebrity names attracting fresh attention are Petula, Stockard, Soleil, Carew, Lebron, Zayn, Kiernan, and Rebel. And ancient names being rediscovered include Pallas and Philo.
Think they're unlikely to catch on? Consider that a generation ago, such Top 50 baby names as Harper and Aiden were virtually unheard-of. If you’re looking for an uncommon name with a lot of style power right now, this list deserves your close attention.