It’s a vexing problem for expecting parents: choosing a baby name that’s practical but still packs personality. You don’t want your son or daughter to have the same name as four or five other kids in the same kindergarten class, but a totally far-out name like Zowie or North just won’t cut it. Here are some fun and fresh baby names for 2014 that are definitely worth considering.
Fresh Baby Names for Girls
A fun and interesting variation on Adele and Audrey, this name is quickly growing in popularity. Actress Katherine Heigl chose it for her second daughter.
This flowery name packs a lot more originality than the overused Lily or Daisy choices, and is a fun and unique name for girls. A little bit of name history for you: Amaryllis was the name of the heroine in Virgil’s epic poem Ecologues and it was for this character that the flower was named.
Blair is a fun name for girls with a great history. And while it might scare up some recent memories of the movie The Blair Witch Project, or seem a little pretentious and snooty (remember Blair from Facts of Life), it’s an outstanding name choice for a confident young girl.
This name is growing quickly in popularity, probably due to its heavenly sound. It has a distinctively feminine sound, and while the name seems completely fresh and new, it was actually a very popular girls name in the late 1800’s.
A perennial favorite, this popular name for girls might not seem fresh and new at first, but it’s re-gaining some popularity after dwindling in the past few years. It’s made several appearances in popular culture over the past few years, and has become a favorite for celebrities, including Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. And let’s not forget that it’s the title of one of the greatest children’s books of all time, Charlotte’s Web.
Fresh Baby Names for Boys
This is a biblical name that’s a nice departure from the standard choices of Adam and Abraham. It’s a popular name in the Bible, held by 23 different men appearing in the text.
While this is a name with a long history, it’s become quite popular in recent years, likely due to the prominent rise of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
A celestial name that’s sure to draw attention whenever your young man walks into a room. Orion comes from Greek Mythology. He was the legendary hunter who pursued the seven daughters of Atlas and was killed by Artemis. He now hangs in the night sky as one of the most recognizable constellations.
A popular surname for many, including notable children’s literary figure, Tom, Sawyer has recently gained popularity as a first name for both boys and girls. It leapt onto the scene during the run of popular TV series Lost, due to this being the name of one of the most popular characters on the show.
The origin of Finn is distinctly Irish, and the meaning is “white, fair.” It carries a sense of charm and mischief, making it the perfect name for an adorable young boy.