When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose to name their son Archie in 2019, it didn’t surprise me. The name’s simplicity and uniqueness match their little family so well and as usual, the couple stepped outside of the box of what was traditional and expected. They went with what they loved and what felt right, and there are
other baby names like Archie that are just as timeless.
Archie is a version of the German name Archibald and means “archer or truly bold,” according to
babynames.com. In the 1950s, Archie was ranked just under the 300th pick for baby boy names in the U.S., and sunk to the 900s over the years. In 2019, the name grew in popularity — we’ll just call it a royal influence.
When I chose names for my kids, I considered three things: What is the meaning? Will it fit them when they are an adult as well as a baby? Would there possibly be six other kids in their classroom with the same name? Personally, I wasn’t going for what was popular. This is a big decision, and like Meghan and Harry, you shouldn’t feel pressured to pass down a family name you don’t really like anyway.
This list is a good reminder of names to consider for your baby that stand out from the sea of overused names, and they have a cool meaning to back them. So, whether your choice is on the popular list or not, if you’re connected to it, that’s the one.
Andreas is a Greek name meaning “manly,” and it currently
ranks at number 970 in the U.S. While it’s not considered a popular name, it definitely has an exotic strong sound and stands out in an uncommon way like Archie. 3 Leo
Like Archie, the name Leo has a comfortable, down-to-earth feel as opposed to Leopold (which it once replaced as a nickname). Leo is
Latin, meaning “lion,” and is number 40 in the U.S., according to Nameberry. 4 Johanna
This name is precious and comes with a feeling of peace. Johanna is
a Hebrew name with a German origin that means “God is gracious.” It’s ranked #595 in the U.S., according to Nameberry. 5 Aurora
In mythology, Aurora was the goddess of Sunrise, fitting because it is Latin and means “dawn.” This name has consistently been in the top 1000 and is
currently number 40 in the U.S. And if what you like about Archie is that it’s got a royal vibe to it, Aurora is also the name of the princess Sleeping Beauty, so double win. 6 Piper
Piper is an English name and, like Archie, has an obvious meaning — “flute player.” It is
gender-neutral and is ranked number 85 in the U.S. by Nameberry. It also has the same kind of punchy, fun and sweet vibe as Archie. 7 Remi
Remi has always sounded so bohemian to me, and I love it. It’s French and means “Remedy.” Like Archie, Remi is also a shortened derivative of a name — Remington. But you’re lucky. Although this name is number 154 in the U.S., Remi is not on the
popularity list for 2021. So when you call your kid in the store, you won’t have five heads turning. 8 Luna
Luna reminds me of a sweet night sound. It’s Italian and
means moon, which makes me think of its reflection on the ocean at night. Luna is number 16 in the U.S. and on the 2021 popularity list for girl names. 10 Ariel Constantine Johnny/Moment/Getty Images 11 Danya
Danya is Hebrew and means
“gift of God” or “judgment of God.” It’s been used as a shortened version of Danielle. This name is not popular and has no ranking in the U.S., so your baby's name will match that they are one of a kind wherever they show up. 12 Violet
Violet is Latin and literally means “purple.” Its sound is classic and pulls you in like Archie. This little one will definitely have a colorful personality, and Violet currently ranks number
36 in the U.S., according to Nameberry. 13 Ada
Ada is German and means “noble” or “happy.” It’s short and sweet and, like Archie, was also a shortened version of a name — Adelaide. In 2020, it climbed to number 54 on the
baby names popularity chart. 14 Emmett
This name is really solid and strong. It’s Hebrew and means “universal.” Sometimes it is spelled with one ‘t’ at the end, and based on Nameberry,
it’s currently number 105 in the U.S. While typically a boy’s name, I also think this could work for girls. Emmie is as cute as Archie for a nickname. 15 Emerson
Although this is used as a gender-neutral name, it is English and means “son of Emery,” which is something to think about if Emerson is on your list. But it’s still considered a popular name used for both boys and girls,
landing at number 94. 16 Kellen
For a British and UK vibe, you’re in major luck. The baby name Kellen is Irish and is mostly used by parents who want a unisex name for their baby. It means “descendant of the bright-headed one.” Like Archie, it’s not a name you hear very often. It’s also
not on the U.S. popularity chart, so it’s pretty unique. 17 Amerie
“Bravery and power,” which is what Amerie means, can fall right in line with “bold” — a meaning of Archie. Amerie is also a German name, but is considered to have
different meanings in different languages, according to name meaning. 18 Alfie
Alfie is an English name meaning “wise counsel.” Like Archie, it’s also a shortened version of a name — Alfred. These two names (Alfie and Archie) are considered
spunky nicknames in Britain and are among the top 20 in the UK. Here’s your chance to give it a place in the U.S. 19 Finn
Finn is Irish and means
“fair or white.” This would also be a good name for a child who you’ve determined will be your last as “fin” means “the end” in French. 20 Archer
This one may seem obvious. But if you’re looking for a name like Archie, Archer is a top runner because the names sound very similar. It is English and means “one who excels at archery, bowman” and is currently number
207 in the U.S., according to Nameberry.