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My Top 50 All-Time Favorite Baby Names
Long before I ever found out I was pregnant with my daughter (almost two-and-a-half years ago at this point) I had a running list of favorite baby names that I kept in a note on my phone. Anytime I would see or hear a name that I liked I would add it to the list. When it came time to name our daughter I had such a hard time narrowing it down, because the list was so long! I do so many baby name posts here at Disney Baby that I thought it was about time I share my list of personal favorites – the list I have on my phone still should I ever have another little one someday. I figured I can’t use all of these names since I definitely don’t plan on having 50 babies, so maybe some of you can benefit from my list! Here’s my (not-so) “short list” of baby name favorites.
My Top 50 All-Time Favorite Baby Names
A little list of my all-time favorite baby names – the ones that never made the cut when we were choosing a name for our first child, but that are still favorites on my list for future offspring…
I had a little boy in my class during my preschool teaching days that was named Ambrose and he was such a sweetheart. The name has always held a special place for me.
My husband and I have a bit of a “Pride & Prejudice” type love story and I always call him my real-life Mr. Darcy and I’ve thought Darcy would be a great middle name for a future son. What girl wouldn’t want her own Mr. Darcy one day? So romantic!
Halsey is the name of a street here in Portland and I’ve always thought it might be a fun to give a little nod to the city I love when naming a little one.
A great one-syllable name for a boy. A little more unusual than Jack and other similar options, but it still has a classic feel.
A great virtue name to bestow on a little one and still one of the names on my short list.
The last name of Boo in “To Kill a Mockingbird” makes a rather great first name don’t you think?
Rowan is one of those really great unisex names that works equally well for a boy or a girl. Some unisex names tend to make people think of one gender or the other a bit more but Rowan has good balance.
The last name of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of one of my favorite childhood reading series: “Little House on the Prairie” – using Wilder as a name for a son one day would be a nice tribute to my childhood.
This is a good name for a little one to grow into. Penn is cute during childhood, but still a strong sounding grown man’s name.
Before you start to think that Micah is just humdrum, I’ll interject that this is a name I love for a little girl. Definitely not a very common boy’s name for a girl which makes me love it that much more.
Aside from the presidential connotations of this name I really love it. Short and strong and the consonants have a nice ring.
This name has a nature twist as well as a fun meaning. Such a great playful name for a girl!
Another of my last names as first name favorites. Davis is definitely not a super common first name and I think it has a really cool ring to it. This one is still on my short list.
Eliza was my top pick as a middle name for our daughter, but we ended up changing it up at the last minute. I think it’s lovely for a first or middle name though.
I think Brantley would make a great unisex baby name. Cute, but not too “cutesy”.
I really adore the name Clover for a future little girl. How cute would Fern and Clover be as sisters? Unfortunately my husband isn’t quite as into it.
I’ve loved the name Eloise ever since I heard of “Eloise At the Plaza”. It seems like the perfect name for a spirited little girl.
Factoid: I seriously considered naming Fern “Audrey Fern”, but decided I liked Fern better as a first name. I love the meaning of Audrey – “noble grace”. So lovely.
Daisy is another sweet floral name that got vetoed from my list of favorites. I still love it though!
I love that Amos is a biblical name, but that it’s a little bit cooler than most and a bit more off-the-beaten path.
This name would be great shortened to “Bea” and I love the little old lady vibe it has, but spelling it with an “X” at the end makes it seem a little edgier.
I couldn’t use this name because it’s a little too similar to my daughter’s name. Siblings named Fern and Farrin? That could get tricky, but I love it nonetheless.
I’ve always loved the name Duncan – if only I could have more children to name!
Eila (pronounced “Eye-Lah”) is more commonly spelled Isla, but I like this spelling. It’s super feminine and is means “oak tree” in Hebrew which would go nicely with my penchant for nature baby names.
Verity is super “old school” but I love the meaning: “truth”. This is my top pick as a middle name if I had another girl one day.
A little less common than Stella, but still just as cute.
This name has been on my personal running baby names list since my daughter was born and it kind of bums me out that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West used it as the name of their daughter, because it’s probably going to become super popular now, but I haven’t totally written it off yet. Maybe people won’t catch on? Doubtful, but a girl can hope.
The name “Penny” for a little girl is kind of the sweetest ever.
A variation of West – I love this name for a little boy.
I’m a sucker for little old lady names and Mabel just makes me swoon.
Lincoln is a great last name as a first name for a boy and is still one I’d consider for the future.
Elwyn is the first name of author E.B. White and a most lovely name for a baby girl.
I know a boy named Jude would get a lot of “Hey Jude” jokes, but there are worse ways a kid can be teased.
I loved this name for quite some time and then right after I got pregnant we had friends who named their dog Scout which nixed that one from our list. I still think it’s really cute though.
Hawthorne is another Portland street name, but also a plant name which would pair nicely with my daughter Fern’s name.
I had a favorite book as a kid called “Imogen’s Antlers” and ever since then I’ve thought it would be such a fun name.
Josephine was a top runner for middle names, but it definitely makes a sweet first name as well.
I loved this name, my husband thought it sounded too much like bacteria in someone’s mouth. That wasn’t exactly the Flora I was going for sadly. I still think it’s really pretty though.
I’m not sure if I would use Grayling as a first name, but this was in my top picks as a middle name when I was naming my daughter.
Haven is one of those names that is simultaneously strong and meaningful while being lovely and delicate as well. I adore this one.
I loved the name Finley for years, but then I had a poor experience with a child named Finn and it kind of made the name less appealing. It’s a good one though.
Have you noticed my love for last names as first names yet? Ellis is super cute for a boy or a girl.
I’ve always loved this Scandinavian name and the fact that it means “noble woman”.
Flynn seems like a name fit for a little boy destined for adventure. I love this one.
There are quite a few “Em” names out there, but Emmaline is a little less common and has a lovely flow to it.
Holden was the boy name we had picked out for a son before we found out we were having a daughter. Holden Grey would’ve been his full name. It’s become a bit more popular since then, so I’m not sure we would end up using it if we had a boy one day, but I’m definitely fond of this one.
Haddassah was the Hebrew name of Queen Esther in the Bible and it’s always been a favorite since it was my favorite story growing up. In the end I felt like maybe it might be a bit old-fashioned, but I haven’t completely discounted it as a middle name for subsequent offspring.
I have a friend who named her daughter June, but I still love the name so much, I might consider using it myself one day.
Adler is a name I included in a post about last names as first names and I still think it would be a great name for a little boy.
Hazel is a cute name for a child, but also a great name for a girl to grow into.
And if you need more naming inspiration, try BabyZone’s baby name finder.