Category: “Cool Names”
Maybe you’re looking for a cool name for your baby — or you might simply be interested in what counts as cool these days. Think of this as your starter list for cool baby names.
We include samples from all the different kinds of cool names here: vintage names and modern baby names, names from the Bible and mythology, along with baby names from brand-new sources. There are cool names here that are popular and also names so cool you’ve never heard them before. Find the cool names you like the best, and then dig deeper into that category.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
There are many shades of cool, especially when it comes to baby names, ranging from classy classics to creative concepts. Here, Nameberry gives its stamp of approval to 13 celebs who have recently nailed it with the following fantastic choices.
Best Uncharted Territory Prize goes to Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna, aka Anne V who chose a previously unheard place name for her daughter, unusual and yet on trend with the new vogue for wintry names like Snow and Frost, Winter and January. With partner Adam Cahan, they became a triple-A-initial family.
Names that break with convention — style and family and culture and spelling and, yes, gender — have become more and more desirable for many parents looking to reinvent baby naming.
While we’re all familiar with such trendy unisex names as Rowan, Rory, and River, there’s a new generation of choices that are more unusual and push the gender boundaries even further. Here, a dozen uncommon choices that work for a girl or a boy.
By Abby Sandel
Lately, celebrity baby name news has a split personality.
But everywhere else?
The Top 100 names of England and Wales are resplendent with choices that feel a lot more chic and surprising in the US than they must in the UK.
Freya, for instance, the Norse goddess name that’s become a Top 20 staple on the other side of the pond, just cracked the US Top 1000. Florence, which has been stylish in the UK for decades now and still stands at Number 29, fell off the US Top 1000 in 1982 and has yet to reappear. Harriet is Number 61 in the UK while it hasn’t been on the US Top 1000 since the 1970s, while Martha stands at Number 73 in the UK and rising yet is at 803 and sinking in the US.
Below the UK Top 100, it’s impossible to quantify baby name trends as statistics don’t exist. Instead, we must rely on anecdotal evidence: What fashionable young parents in Shoreditch and Swansea are naming their babies, compared with names considered stylish in Soho (the New York one) and Silver Lake. While there are some similarities — fashionable parents on both sides of the pond love Iris and Oscar, Ada and Arthur — there are many fascinating differences in taste.
Our prime examples of names that are more stylish on the UK side of the pond than the US: