These Common Words Have Surprisingly Turned Into Baby Names

There are some surprising ones in here.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Apr 2020
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Baby names is an ever-expanding category—but not all words always work as names.

Recently, popular naming website Nameberry came across a thread on Twitter that asked which words would make the best baby names if they didn’t already have a prior meaning. People suggested names ranging from Omlette to Insomnia to Catastrophe. Curious, Nameberry started investigating if any of the words had actually been used as names—and they had. Nameberry looked through the data for 2018 and found some surprising words that five or more sets of parents had used as names for their kids. Below, some of the most surprising ones.

Surprising Word Names

  1. Alias - given to 44 baby boys
  2. Arson/Arsen - given to 32 baby boys
  3. Awesome - given to nine baby boys
  4. Boss - given to 16 baby boys
  5. Captain - given to 33 baby boys
  6. Chief - given to 18 baby boys
  7. Cypher - given to 11 baby boys
  8. Czarina - given to eight baby girls
  9. Master - given to 21 baby boys
  10. Goddess - given to 61 baby girls
  11. Testimony - given to six baby girls
  12. Innocent - given to five baby boys
  13. Sincerity - given to nine baby girls
  14. Savvy - given to 31 baby girls
  15. Honest - given to 15 baby girls
  16. Holy - given to 12 baby girls
  17. Wise - given to eight baby boys
  18. Perfect - given to five baby boys
  19. Celebrity - given to six baby girls
  20. Elite - given to six baby girls
  21. Famous - given to eight baby boys
  22. Diary - given to eight baby girls
  23. Fanta - given to 29 baby girls
  24. Kindle - given to 17 babies
  25. Dijon - given to 12 baby boys
  26. Envy - given to 24 baby girls
  27. Furious - given to six baby boys
  28. Shy - given to five baby girls
  29. Gamble - given to six baby boys
  30. Vegas - given to 13 baby boys
  31. Chardonnay - given to five baby girls
  32. Hennessy - given to 73 baby girls
  33. Margarita - given to 106 baby girls
  34. Gorgeous - given to nine baby girls
  35. Pretty - given to six baby girls
  36. Beauty - given to 27 baby girls
  37. Beautiful - given to 44 baby girls
  38. Havoc - given to 20 babies
  39. Chaos - given to five baby boys
  40. Mayhem - given to six baby boys
  41. Savage - given to eight baby boys
  42. Indica - given to 31 baby girls
  43. Sativa - given to 18 baby girls
  44. Kush - given to 18 baby boys
  45. Kilo - given to six baby boys
  46. Kinda - given to seven baby girls
  47. Maeby - given to six baby girls
  48. Romance - given to seven baby boys
  49. Passion - given to 38 baby girls
  50. Delight - given to seven baby girls
  51. Reminisce - given to six baby girls
  52. Shanty - given to seven baby girls
  53. Sham - given to 33 baby girls
  54. Shade - given to 20 baby boys
  55. Sway - given to nine baby boys
  56. Southern - given to eight baby girls
  57. Shiny - given to five baby girls
  58. Trigger - given to 15 baby boys
  59. Shooter - given to 10 baby boys
  60. Beretta - given to 20 baby girls
  61. Blade - given to 39 baby boys
  62. Cutter - given to 26 baby boys
  63. Kutter - given to 20 baby boys
  64. Saber - given to 14 baby boys
  65. Sabre - given to five baby girls

Looking for more information on the data and these uncommon names? You can learn more here.

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