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80 Great New Sweet Spot Names
80 Great New Sweet Spot Names
Apr 19, 2024 5:45 AM

  Ever since we started exploring and writing about baby names, Pam and I have been intrigued by the concept of sweet-spot names, those that fall in that perfect position of not being epidemically popular—so common that their distinctive images to be diluted—yet not extreme enough to raise eyebrows or cause any confusion.

  Of course, the individual names in this category morph over time, and some of those that were once considered to be in the sweet spot would now be found on what we then called our So Far In They’re Out list. For example, on the Fitting In, Standing Out list in our first book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we find such current Top 25 appellations as Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Mia, Abigail and Chloe, and among the uncommon boy choices Noah, Oliver, Lucas, Henry and Sebastian.

  So where are we now?  What names do we think fall into that golden triangle of not-overused names that still have meaning and history and appeal but will never be seen as over the top? Many that fit that description can be found in the lower half of the popularity list, between Numbers 500 and 1000.  Here are our sweet spot choices of today—40 for girls and 40 for boys. You’ll find some underused classics, a few international imports, a couple of  hero names, and lots of girl names that end with A.

  We’d love to hear if you agree or not—are there some you think primed to climb out of that sweet spot?– and what names you would add.

  

Girl Names

Alma

  Anya

  Astrid

  Aurelia

  Azalea

  Celia

  Celine

  Clarissa

  Colette

  Coraline

  Elsa

  Emmeline

  Esme

  Frankie

  Frida

  Greta

  Helena

  Holland

  Ingrid

  Louisa

  Mae

  Maisie

  Matilda

  Mercy

  Octavia

  Opal

  Paloma

  Pearl

  Poppy

  Rory

  Rosa

  Sasha

  Simone

  Stevie

  Sutton

  Sylvie

  Thalia

  Vienna

  Virginia

  Zelda

  

Boy Names

Alaric

  Aldo

  Alonzo

  Amos

  Anders

  Bo

  Briggs

  Bruno

  Callum

  Caspian

  Cassius

  Crosby

  Darwin

  Duke

  Duncan

  Edison

  Fletcher

  Flynn

  Ford

  Fox

  Grey

  Harry

  Jacoby

  Jefferson

  Justice

  Lewis

  Lionel

  Lucian

  Magnus

  Orlando

  Otis

  Quentin

  Quincy

  Raphael

  Rex

  Samson

  Soren

  Thaddeus

  Thatcher

  Wilder

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