Last week聽was a good week for girls鈥 baby names, and there were some great birth announcements for boys too. The late Christopher Reeve is now a grandfather. Daughter Alexandra Reeve and husband Garren Givens named their son Christopher Russel, after both grandfathers. Actors Tiffani Thiessen聽and Brady Smith welcomed Holt Fisher, a little brother for Harper Renn.


But it was word baby names that made headlines last week 鈥 some of them were surprising, and most of them were for girls.

BJ鈥檚 Restaurant is celebrating a healthier menu by offering a $10,000 gift card to the first parents to name their baby Quinoa. Yes, Quinoa. The American restaurant chain is requiring a birth certificate as proof, and it has to be the child鈥檚 first name, not the middle.

Believe it or not, the restaurant isn鈥檛 the first to imagine Quinoa could be used as a name. If you鈥檝e been following My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter on Pinterest, you know all about fictional Quinoa and her BFFs, Chevron,聽Salinger, Paraffin, Schwinn, Harbinger. Some of those names are outlandish. Others are coming soon to a birth announcement near you.

Other word baby names for girls work even better. Some are graceful and vintage, while some are energetic and all new.聽Inspiration can come from anywhere: the map, the natural world, music, colors, the calendar, gemstones and precious metals and yes, the kitchen pantry too.

Let鈥檚 take a look at nine of the more interesting word names for girls in the news last week.

1.聽Marigold 鈥 Writer Tara Wood welcomed baby number seven and chose a lovely, vintage botanical name for her newest daughter, Marigold Alice. It鈥檚 rich with meaning for the Wood family, but also feels perfectly on-trend in 2015. Even聽without the adorable toddler character of Downton Abbey fame, it鈥檚 easy to imagine parents moving beyond Lily and Iris聽to discover Marigold.

2.聽Ginger 鈥 Vintage Ginger has it all. The name is colorful, edible, and possesses all the grace of legendary dancer Ginger聽Rogers. Names for Real recently featured Ginger in a birth announcement round-up. It鈥檚 a surprise, because Ginger is at her lowest rate of use since the 1930s. And yet, Ginger splits the difference between Genevieve and Harper. I think this one could wear beautifully today.

3.聽Fern 鈥 I鈥檓 so excited they used Fern!聽The family now includes daughter Eliza Fern.聽Fern feels gentle and literary, thanks to Charlotte鈥檚 Web. Her name appeared in the June birth announcements. Plenty of the other new arrivals had nature-inspired middles, too.

4.聽Holiday 鈥 While we鈥檙e looking at the most recent babyberry report, did you notice the arrival of a baby Holiday? Holiday聽is as much a surname as Hadley, less dramatic than Easter, and not quite as mainstream as Noelle. Actor Harold聽Perrineau has daughters named Aurora, Wynter, and Holiday.

5.聽Silver 鈥 Names for Real spotted colorful, precious Silver in a recent birth announcement. Like Ginger, Silver shares that stylish 鈥搑 ending. Thirty-five girls were given the name in 2014 鈥 not Harper or even Piper, but still not completely unknown.

6. Trulee 鈥 Here鈥檚 a question about word names: do you spell it exactly like the word, or tweak it to make it more 鈥渘ame-like?鈥 I鈥檝e heard both perspectives. Trulee appears in a Names for Real round-up. I鈥檓 partial to Truly, which is also the most popular spelling, beating out both Trulee and the as-seen-on-Sister-Wives Truely.

7.聽AriahTamera Mowry and husband Adam Housely went for a word name with a subtle respelling. The couple added the letter 鈥渉鈥 to the musical Aria. Between Game of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars, this name has gotten a lot of attention in recent years.

8.聽Tennessee 鈥 First Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth gave this meaningful place name to a son. Now there鈥檚 a berry birth announcement for a girl called Tennessee. With London and Brooklyn so stylish, could Tennessee be the next big place name?

9.聽Alaska 鈥 This week鈥檚 most surprising baby name choice comes from Russian-born supermodel Anne V. Anne and Adam聽Cahan named their daughter Alaska. It鈥檚 a bold and unconventional place name possibility, but it鈥檚 not truly unique. 46 girls were named Alaska in 2014 鈥 a new high.

What do you think of word names? Share if聽there are any on your shortlist in the comments below!

This post was originally published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.