30 More Baby Names That Aren’t Really Names

If there’s one thing I love, it’s word names! Names like Verity and Lark and West just really appeal to me. Awhile back I did a blog post featuring 30 Great Baby Names That Aren’t Really Names and ever since I’ve been finding more, so I thought it was time for an addendum including some more that I really like. I realize that using a word as a name might seem a little odd to some people, but even if you’re a little less adventurous, a word name could make a great option for a middle name! Check them out and tell me what you think! Would you be brave enough to use any of these?

30 More Baby Names That Aren't Really Names


30 More Baby Names That Aren’t Really Names:

Rogue – I’ll admit that the word rogue doesn’t have the greatest connotations, but I still think it’s pretty cool for a kid’s name.

Bell – Doesn’t this have a nice “ring” to it for a little one? Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Birch – With a daughter named after a plant, I obviously have an affinity for nature names and I like that Birch is a more uncommon option.

Fife“A small shrill flute…” which is actually quite similar to a baby’s cry, so this one could be very appropriate.

Bay – I kind of love the name Bay and perhaps naming a child after a calm body of water would rub off an thus create self-fulfilling prophecy for a little one with a calm temperament.

Answer – I know this is a bit out there, but it’s definitely not a name people would forget!

Navy – Color names are all the rage and there are plenty of Violets and Greys out there, but definitely far fewer Navys. I really like this one.

Timber – I proposed this as a middle name for our son, but was vetoed. I still love it though.

Pike – A pike is a predatory type of fish, so obviously it has a cool tough guy ring to it.

Juniper – I really pushed for this botanical name in the event we would’ve had a second girl, but alas it wasn’t in the cards.

Fable“A short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral.” I think the meaning behind this name makes it, but it’s equally cute even when the meaning is set aside.

Honor – Virtue names are a great option for little ones and who wouldn’t love for their little one to embody the character trait of honor?

Case – The word case can mean different things, so why not add awesome baby name to the list?

Meritt – OK, so the word merit actually only has one “T”, but if it were being used as a baby name, I think it looks better with two “T”s, but to each their own.

Garner – Perhaps this name will garner approval from some parents out there?

Clemency – This word means “mercy or lenience” which I love, but I might suggest shortening it to Clemence instead. It still retains the feel of the word clemency, but it sounds more chic and like a real name.

Bliss – Bliss means “perfect happiness, great joy” and that is exactly what a new baby brings.

Shepherd – Even if your little one doesn’t grow up to be a sheep farmer, this is still a pretty great name.

Piper – A very sweet name for a little girl.

Pen – A writing utensil, an animal cage, and a very cute name for a little one.

Aria – I first heard the name Aria while watching “Game of Thrones” and thought it was just a pretty name, but apparently it’s a word with musical roots as well, meaning, “a long, accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera or oratorio.”

Holiday – Having a new little one around makes every day a holiday…you know…aside from the lack of sleep and constant diaper changes. Little ones really are a joy though, which would make this a sweet name. Bonus, you could use “Holli” or “Holls” as a nickname.

Coy – This name has a similar feel to Kai, but feels a bit fresher and more unique.

Kestral – A kestral is a type of small falcon, so if you’ve been looking for an animal name, but were looking for something a bit further from the beaten path than Bear or Wolf, this could be a perfect choice.

Bridge – A good alternative to those considering Bridget since it feels much more fresh and modern.

Whim – I like to think that a child name Whim might grow up to be that fun and spontaneous friend everyone wants to be around.

Valor – While it’s meaning of great courage could lead a child to have big shoes to fill, I still think it’s a great pick.

Frost – A cool option for babies born during winter months…or otherwise.

Canyon – Another great nature name that isn’t often used.

Sorrel – Sorrel can either be the name of a type of European plant or a color (orangish brown) and I rather like it for a baby too. A good gender neutral option.


Check out my original list of word names for babies here and let me know if there are any you would add to this list!

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