- Publish Date
- Thursday, 15 June 2017, 8:02PM
Traditional names that were out of fashion just a few years ago - such as Alfie and Arthur for boys and Elsie and Edith - for girls are now all the rage.
But some people prefer to call their child something new and modern, rather than reaching back into the archives.
Now researchers from Nameberry have revealed the 12 most unusual new names which appeared on their database of 10,000 monikers in 2016.
Each name was used a minimum of five times and the list contains some rather lofty-sounding titles for boys, including Galaxy and Emperor, and the slightly dour Warden.
Meanwhile, some girls names that may well lead to ribbing in the playground include Adorable, Reality and Avary - although the boys named Luv may have had the worst deal of all.
Recently Nameberry's researchers also released a list of 100 names nobody uses anymore, to give parents-to-be some inspiration.
Researchers compared all the baby names recorded by the Social Security Administration in the US in 2016 against their own database of 10,000 names, to find those that have fallen out of favour.
They were left with almost 5,000 names that no children born last year currently have, which they then whittled down to a list of the 100 most usable.
And it seems Kim Kardashian has not sparked a craze for naming children after compass points - as no children were named North or West in 2016.
On the girls' list, there are some choices that should be reasonably familiar to most people such as Franny, Hester, Venetia, Letitia and Ianthe.
Boys' names that might ring a bell include Auberon, Nat and Raoul.
But although the Nameberry experts apparently picked out the names they thought would make reasonable choices, there are still some highly unusual monikers in there.
Unsurprisingly, the girls' names Puck, Season, Undine and Whimsy are not in vogue with parents, while there are few boys called Rancher, Scorpio, Trout or Kermit running about.
- This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.