Category: cool baby names
As the authors of a book called, ahem, Cool Names for Babies, we have put ourselves in the position of being the arbiters of coolness when it comes to baby names.
Which is a very hard thing to define. In the book, we deal with the question by pointing out, quite rightly, that there are many different kinds of cool baby names. There are vintage cool names and newly-minted names that many consider cool, there are the names of undeniably cool heroes such as Abraham Lincoln or Booker T. Washington and there are the names of cool literary or film characters.
On Twitter recently, we pointed out a name whose sound to us was undeniably cool — Domino — and the single response was someone saying: Um….nope.
So now we’re turning it back on you. What names do YOU think are cool? And why?
When Americans think about chic European names, they tend to imagine the exotic, the elaborate, the intriguingly complicated and foreign.
Yet when Europeans think about chic names, they often these days mean the short and simple and sometimes even the Anglo-Saxon: Tom, Emma, Lou. Think of them as the baby name equivalents of a perfectly-cut bob or little black dress, elegant and always in style.
Short, simple names that are chic and popular in France, the Netherlands, and indeed throughout Europe include:
I love the name Sophia.
I love the sound, soft but strong, familiar yet exotic. I love the meaning, “wisdom.” I love the fact that famous Sophias include both an ancient goddess and a modern sex symbol.
Sophia, the Number 1 girls’ name is just too dang popular.
What name do you love in every way, except for that big, fat but that would keep you from ever using it?
The otherwise-wonderful name’s fatal flaw may not be popularity but weirdness, pronunciation difficulties, or the fact that your sister just used it for her own child. Or a thousand other issues, any of which we hope you’ll share with us.
So, what name do you love, BUT…..
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We like to think the names we choose will help determine the people our children grow up to be. Serious, classic names create serious, classic (and classy) people; gorgeous names breed future stunners; and cool names will make your kid cool.
But sometimes people transcend the image of their names, like the 25 folks here who are undeniably cool yet have names that are pretty much not.