Singular Sensations

Four Unexpected Sources
for Perfect Baby Names

To find a breathtakingly original name, you’ll have to do more than scour 947-page advice books or unearth a colorful ancestor called Velva Mildee Earline. The trick is to search through resources (such as the four below) that less ambitious parents overlook, from boating directories to Scandinavian furniture catalogs. But beware: For every perfect name that pops up in your research, a flawed one is waiting to trap you—Snitta, for example.

The IKEA Catalog

Perfect Imperfect
Aron
Barrit
Bonde
Brekke
Flaren
Gustav
Klinteby
Lisbet
Ottava
Salen
Sundby
Tassa
Viken
Aspudden
Dold
Ektorp
Fagerland
Fridolf
Gorm
Klappsta
Kritter
Malm
Molger
Mumsig
Sniglar
Snitta

The U.S. Yacht Registry

Perfect Imperfect
Avalon
Bethany
Bonita
Cimarron
Genesis
Iris
Lakesden
Orion
Peregrine
Quest
Renata
Serena
Windbourne
Antsea Nansea
Aquaholic
Boatzilla
Costalotta
Farfrompukin
Finatic
Gutsea Lady
Orca
Salty Mistress
Sea Ewe
Tuna Witch
Water Rat
Wet Bottom

 

Ralph Lauren  Paint Colors

Perfect Imperfect
Aspen
Chesapeake
Claret
Cypress
Donegal
Egret
Fairfax
Heron
Pewter
Pomegranate
Sergeant
Steeplechase
Throne
Athletic Purple
Crabapple
Flour Sack
Fog
Garden Spigot
Gust of Wind
Horsehair
Hotel Room
Oatmeal
Putty
Strudel
Sweatshirt
Toast

Perfect Imperfect
Apollo
Buchanan
Challedon
Coventry
Granville
Hanover
Jacobus
Lawrin
Margrave
Montague
Riley
Worth
Zev
Bimelech
Burgoo King
Cairngorm
Canonero II
Culpepper
Dust Commander
Foolish Pleasure
Go for Gin
Grindstone
Man O’ War
Panique
Sherluck
Tyrant