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  • Baby Names All Your Friends Will Think Are Cool

    There are certain cool baby names all but guaranteed to charm and impress your friends. Just don't let it influence you unduly. Read More 

  • Baby Names from Books

    If you love to read, your favorite characters might inspire the perfect name for your baby. Here, baby names from books that might work in a modern nursery. Read More 

  • Baby Names Headed for Harvard

    Some baby names sound so intelligent, so serious, so destined for success that we can just see them on the Harvard acceptance letter. Here, examples of conservative cool baby names. Read More 

  • Baby Names Inspired by Artists

    Creative baby names can be found by looking at the names of artists (and architects and designers). These baby names capture the artists' creative spirit, give your child an international role model, and are cool all at the same time. The following list encompasses both first (JASPER Johns) and last (Alexander CALDER) names, which have been drawn from all over the aesthetic map. Read More 

  • Baby Names Inspired by Authors

    Literary baby names can be inspired the characters in books or, in the case of the baby names on this list, by the first and last names of authors ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Zadie Smith. In this category, as always, feel free to look to your personal favorite writers for your baby names inspiration. Read More 

  • Baby Names Sure to Shock Grandma

    Okay, so Grandma probably thinks you should name the baby Helen, after her. But even if she's more open-minded than that, the following baby names will probably render her speechless -- which may be the effect you're after. Read More 

  • Baby Names That End In -Ley

    Ashley started it, and today there is a whole raft of stylish baby names that end with -ley -- if not literally those letters, then at least the sound. Most -ley baby names are for girls but some work for boys too. The downside: The -ley ending is so trendy that baby names that carry it can feel more popular than they are. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Beautiful

    What would a little girl like more than a name denoting beauty? Here are some baby names that fit that bill. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Friend or Friendly

    All these baby names have meanings involving friendship--something we're sure you wish for your child. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Handsome

    Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. Good-looking baby names for boys include: Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Happy

    Happiness is a wonderful meaning for a baby's name, suggesting an upbeat personality and a positive future. Here are some baby names that mean happy. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Hope

    Baby names that mean hope reflect the hope we're filled with for our children's futures. Here, a selection of baby names that mean hope in various cultures. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Love

    Baby names that mean love hail from a range of different cultures with the unifying theme of a love -- and lovely and loving -- meaning. And what could be a more wonderful meaning for a name than love? Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Luck

    Want to bless your child with good fortune? Then consider one of these names that mean luck, lucky, or fortunate. Read More 

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  • Baby Names That Mean New Beginnings

    These are baby names that mean newness, freshness and dawn, in various cultures. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Peace

    Here are some of the most usable of the baby names that mean peace. Read More 

  • Baby Names That Mean Strong

    Baby names that mean strong may help arm your child for whatever lies ahead. The following are baby names that include strength in their meaning. Read More 

  • Baby Names with No Nicknames

    Do you hate nicknames, or just hate the idea that someone other than you is going to decide what your child is actually called by shortening, say, Alexandra to Lexie? Then you might do well to choose among the baby names that don't have nicknames, or are too short to be abbreviated further, like the names on this list. Read More 

  • Baby Names With Repeating Sounds

    We're in a nickname-friendly era, and these adorable double baby names like Coco and Lulu are in keeping with that trend. Read More 

  • Baby Names with Uplifting Meanings

    These baby names for girls all have positive meanings that could set your child on the right course for life. Read More 

  • Bad Girls

    It may be difficult for people on the brink of parenthood to admit this, but it's cool to be bad. It was cool when you were younger . . . and it's still going to be cool when your baby-to-be is a lot, lot older. If these Bad Girl names are too much for you, check out the list of names for Good Girls. Among the baddest, coolest baby girl names: Read More 

  • Badass Baby Names

    Badass baby names carry a macho image yet break with male traditions. These names suggest the kind of guy that rides a motorcycle and sings in a rock band, that can chop a cord of wood but would never wear a suit and tie. The badass baby names, most of them for boys, include: Read More 

  • Badass Princess Names

    Badass princess is an image that not only appeals to contemporary little girls but to their parents when choosing a name; They are appealing not so much because of their sound or their style but because of the complicated image they convey. These are girl names that are both decidedly feminine and rooted in tradition, but are not at all conventional or conservative. They’re creative and edgy, but not invented or unorthodox like Blue or Bellamy. Read More 

  • Beatles Baby Names

    The Beatles, widely considered the most iconic band in music history, recorded over 300 songs, many of which mentioned names. If you're a Beatles fan or looking for musical information for your baby's name, here is a list of baby names inspired by the Beatles' music and band members. Read More 

  • Belles of the Ball

    With Isabella in the Top Ten Girls' names, many other names that end with bel, belle, and bella (including Belle and Bella themselves) are under consideration by modern parents. Here, a roundup of the Belles among girls' names. Read More 

  • Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

    Here is a list of 100 cool and unusual boy's names with the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, they're still widely underused! Click here to see lots more boys' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names. Read More 

  • Best Cool Unusual Girls' Names

    This is a list of the best, cool unusual girls' names---those that have deep roots, are attractive, and can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery. And by unusual girls’ names, we mean those used for 25 or fewer baby girls last year. Click here to see lots more girls' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names. Read More 

  • Bible Baby Names: Most Popular

    Bible baby names have been getting increasingly popular over the past several decades. Old Testament Names for boys, particularly, have been high on the popular baby names list, but some Biblical girls' names are also longtime favorites. Here's a selection of the most popular Bible baby names. For more unusual choices, you might also want to check the Cool Bible Baby Names list. Read More 

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with early favorites Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Abraham. Here's our collection of biblical baby names for boys. Read More 

  • Bible Names for Girls

    Bible names for girls have been popular for girls for more than a generation now, with early favorites Mary and Anna giving way to new favorites such as Ada and Abigail. Here's the complete collection of biblical baby names for girls. Read More 

  • Biblical Place Names

    Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes. Read More 

  • Big Apple Baby Names

    These baby names capture everything that is New York. From New York landmarks and streets to notable New Yorkers, get inspired by these big time picks from the most populous city in the US. Read More 

  • Bird Baby Names

    One of the hottest of the hot nature categories is the Bird Baby Names, all the way from Birdie to Wren. Read More 

  • Blond Baby Names

    For your little towhead, here's a selection of baby names that mean fair or blond. Read More 

  • Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast

    Boys' baby names moving quickly up the popularity ladder include: Read More 

  • Boy Baby Names That End in S

    Boy baby names that end in S are a fashionable group. The S ending is commonly found in Roman names, stylish now for boys, as well as other fresh, cool choices. Stylish boy baby names that end in S include: Read More 

  • Boy Baby Names That Mean Wise

    Wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever. Here are some baby names that confer it by their meaning. Read More 

  • Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see our blog on perennially popular boy baby names. Read More 

  • Boy Names Dads Like More Than Moms

    Even though things are changing somewhat, men have historically wanted strong classic or he-man names for their sons. Sometimes, as in a few of the boy names below, they cross the macho line. Read More 

  • Boy Names for Girls

    Some of the coolest baby girl names are not girls' names at all but boys' names. We're seeing more and more 100% boy names being used for girls, from nicknames like Sam and Charlie, to occupational or surnames such as Sawyer or McKinley. Here, some boy names that can work for girls. Read More 

  • Boy Names from Africa

    African baby names for boys from a range of cultures and tribes include the choices here. Read More 

  • Boy Names Kids Consider Cool

    What are the cool boy names from the point of view of other kids? Choosing a name that other kids consider cool may be more important than one you think is cool yourself. Read More 

  • Boy Names That Mean Powerful

    To give your son an extra measure of strength, choose one of these baby boy names that mean powerful. Read More 

  • Boy Names Trendier Than You Think

    The trendiest baby boy names may be a very different group than you'd guess, especially for the first-time parent new to recent baby-naming fads and trends. Here, some surprisingly trendy baby names for boys. Read More 

  • British Boy Names

    Do British baby names have a distinct style? You bet, and often it's a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below. Read More 

  • British Girl Names

    Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often British names are a step or two ahead of American style. Some of the hottest baby girl names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool -- and underused -- choices in the U.S.. Here, some of the most intriguing British baby names for girls. Read More