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Cool baby names come in many varieties and we've got lists for all of them. Here you'll find badass baby names for boys and geezer names for girls, hipster baby names and modern hero names.

  • 100+ Classic Boys’ Baby Names — below the Top 1000

    These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style along with those heading in. Read More 

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  • 100+ Classic Girls’ Names — below the Top 1000

    Some of these names were popular in recent years and are now sinking from view, while others are rising stars we predict will soon appear on the official Top 1000. Read More 

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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 

    Zane, Jude, Hudson, Booker, Elvis ...

  • 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 

    Conran, Moore, Inigo, Marin, Caro ...

  • 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 

    Maxen, Talon, Stone, Ransom, Rogue ...

  • 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 

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  • 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 

    Lucy, Bonnie, Jojo, Ringo, Jude ...

  • 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 

    Cliff, Walden, Win, Jedidiah, Cashel ...

  • 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 

    Taja, Guinivere, Ondine, Augustina, Federica ...

  • 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 

    Mercer, Lennon, Apollo, Dawn, Harlem ...

  • 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 

    Curtis, Wylie, Noah, James, Mason ...

  • 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 

    Jake, Wyatt, Brady, Max, Zak ...

  • 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 

    Nye, Augustine, Barnaby, Felix, Duncan ...

  • 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 

    Annabel, Clover, Pippa, Cerys, Honora ...

  • Celebrity Surnames as Firsts

    Inspired by a fascinating discussion thread started by our own creative berries, here are some celebrity surnames that work well as firsts: Read More 

    Russell, Presley, Hardy, Hopper, Kingsley ...

  • Classic Baby Names with a Twist

    What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names. Read More 

    Anton, Emmeline, Marta, Willa, Helene ...

  • Classic Rock Baby Names

    These are a selection of baby names that rock and roll from songs of the classic rock era. Read More 

    Genesis, Ozzy, Clover, Cooper, Henley ...

  • Color Names for Babies

    Using color names for babies started with Amber, then Rose drove the point home. Now color names have exploded beyond these once cool favorites to include hues from the obvious -- Violet and Scarlett -- to the most exotic, from Azure to Zinc. The full spectrum: Read More 

    Lavender, Green, Scarlet, Magenta, Amethyst ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With F

    F is one of those sleeper initials that's fashionable precisely because it's so unfashionable. Some of the coolest F baby names: Read More 

    Flint, Frisco, Field, Frost, Finn ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With I

    All vowel names are cool right now, but I-starting names may be the coolest baby names around. There are so many cool baby names that start with I that a parent in search of a name with that initial should have an easy time finding one to love. Read More 

    Isa, Ivan, Ilya, Irma, Irving ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With L

    Baby names that start with L are intrinsically lovely, luscious, lilting -- and among the most stylish of our era. Here, a list of some of the most intriguing L-starting baby names. Read More 

    Lilac, Lou, Ludovic, Leith, Lucia ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With P

    P, as in Peter, Paul, and....uh.... Patty, was a ubiquitous first initial at the middle of the last century. It's been keeping a low profile for a while now, but there are a lot of cool baby names that start with P. Here, our picks. Read More 

    Phineas, Petronelle, Priscilla, Portia, Phoebe ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With Q

    Baby names that start with Q can't fail to be cool -- or should we say qool? Here, a selection of cool baby names that start with that intriguing letter. Read More 

    Quillan, Quentin, Quinn, Quito, Quincy ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With U

    U may be the most underused first initial of the baby naming alphabet. But yes, there are some cool baby names that start with U. Namely: Read More 

    Umberto, Una, Uta, Ulysses, Uriah ...

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With Z

    Z may be the zippiest, zestiest first initial for baby names around. Here, the wide selection of cool baby names that begin with Z. Read More 

    Zelma, Zaki, Zalman, Zaria, Zola ...

  • Cool Bible Baby Names

    Cool Bible Baby Names are those that move beyond the biblical baby names that have been popular for several decades now. Such previously off-limits Bible names as Moses and Noah are now completely baby-worthy and ever-more-obscure baby names from the Bible are being revived all the time. For more popular Bible names, check the Biblical Baby Names: Most Popular list. Here are the top cool baby names from the Bible. Read More 

    Seth, Boaz, Tamar, Isaiah, Zebedee ...

  • Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures

    Unique baby names are the order of the day, yet why invent a unique name when there are so many ancient names -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool? Here's a selection of worthy ancient choices, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for boys. Read More 

    Titus, Seneca, Remus, Decimus, Justus ...

  • Cool Boy Names From Around the World

    Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include the following choices. Read More 

    Didier, Kai, Ori, Alvaro, Zeno ...

  • Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures

    There are so many ancient names for girls -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool. Here's a selection of worthy ancient names, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for girls. Read More 

    Abelia, Lucretia, Fabia, Severina, Mahala ...

  • Cool Girl Names From Around the World

    Cool names for girls from a range of cultures and countries include the following choices. Read More 

    Luciana, Maeve, Fernanda, Ottavia, Odile ...

  • Cool Guy Names

    Many of us name babies based on who we want them to grow up to be, and all of these names nudge your son toward cool guy status. These are the names of the guys who are good-looking but not pretty, tough but also tender, bad boys but in the best possible way. If this is your prime criteria for a name, forget name style (though many of these are stylish) and focus on names that convey the cool guy image. Read More 

    Hunter, Chance, Chase, Rafi, Shane ...

  • Cool Midcentury Baby Names

    Midcentury houses are in, midcentury furniture is in, so why not midcentury baby names? Maybe because too many of them feel like the dowdy, overplayed Baby Boomer names just heading into retirement and not due back in style for another generation or two. But some cool guy and girl midcentury names, with their sleek lines and no-nonsense feel, can work now. Read More 

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  • Cool Middle Names

    Hello, cool middle names, and bye-bye to the bland connectives of generations past, the ubiquitous Ann that almost sounded like and, because the middle name has now taken on a much more active part in the naming process. It's a place to honor the family, be creative or whimsical, use a name you're not quite brave enough to try as a first. Here, some cool middle names, most of them best for girls. Read More 

    Fay, Bree, Ray, Mame, Neal ...

  • Cool Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are very cool these days....and cool vintage names are very Nameberry. So does that mean that all vintage baby names are cool? Not exactly. Here are some of the coolest -- at least by popular agreement -- right now. Read More 

    Ruby, Theo, Asa, Winifred, Louisa ...

  • Coolator for Boys' Names

    Cool boys' names can sometimes be made from less-than-cool ones. With a bit of ingenuity you can ramp up a name you like to a similar one that's cooler, or tone it down if you want to go in a quieter direction. Here are some examples: Read More 

    Adolph, Arnold, Lee, Eddie, Craig ...

  • Coolator for Girls' Names

    Cool girls' names can sometimes be made from less-than-cool ones. Sometimes, all you have to do is add an a to the end to bump them up several coolness levels: Natalie to Natalia, Susan to Susanna -- you get the picture. The point is that with a bit of ingenuity you can ramp up a name you like to a similar one that's cooler, or tone it down if you want to go in a quieter direction. Here are some examples: Read More 

    Anne, Jeanette, Dora, Stephanie, Rosemary ...

  • Coolest Baby Names That Aren't Really Names

    The coolest baby names sometimes aren't names at all. There are an uncountable number of words turned cool baby names, beyond the scope of any one source. The only limits are your reference books, your imagination, and your taste. Here are some of the coolest and most evocative of the group. Read More 

    Curry, Cadence, Afternoon, Monday, Topaz ...

  • Cowboy Baby Names

    Looking for a name that says cowboy boots and stirrups? Check out this list of cowboy baby names, many of them inspired by Westerns of the last century. Read More 

    Lucius, Reece, Cash, Jebadiah, Amos ...

  • Day Names

    The ancient tradition of day-naming -- choosing a name from the day of the week, the month, the season or holiday, or even a time of day -- feels fresh again now. Here, examples of day names that could work as modern baby names,. Read More 

    Evening, March, Tuesday, November, Winter ...

  • Fictional Princess Names

    Fictional princess names -- from fairy tales to modern cartoons -- are well-known to little girls, most of whom would be delighted to have one for her very own. Here, the wide range of fictional princess names. Read More 

    Genevieve, Pocahontas, Zelda, Isabelle, Fallon ...

  • Film Noir Baby Names

    Baby names drawn from film noir or "black film," the genre of Hollywood crime dramas that capture the suspenseful happenings of private eyes in distinct black and white form, tend to be dramatic and rooted in an earlier era. Here, our collection of film noir baby names. Read More 

    Angel, Jojo, Brigid, Smith, Poppy ...

  • Geek Chic Names for Boys

    Cool names for boys come in all shapes and flavors. There are some baby names that, like thick black-rimmed glasses and heavy oxfords, are so uncool they're cool. Here are some geek chic baby names for boys. Read More 

    Cassius, Alfred, Llewellyn, Roscoe, Willoughby ...

  • Geek Chic Names for Girls

    Cool names for girls come in all shapes and flavors. There are some baby names that, like thick black-rimmed glasses and heavy oxfords, are so uncool they're cool. Here are some geek chic names for girls. Read More 

    Prudence, Agatha, Augusta, Josephine, Pearl ...

  • Geezer Names for Girls

    Blame it on Sidney. This name, which conjures up images of thick glasses, a snowfall of dandruff on shoulders, and plaid polyester pants pulled up to the sternum, sounds (strangely enough) nothing less than charming, nothing short of cool when applied to a little girl. And so too can the other geezer names here. Caution: Most of these names should not be bestowed on a boy. The world is not yet ready for another generation of male Seymours and Sheldons, although keep in mind that among the hottest boys' names in the UK now are Harvey and Leon. Read More 

    Maury, Wendell, Murray, Ira, Neal ...

  • Harry Potter Names

    Since the release of the mega-hit Harry Potter series, muggles everywhere have been interested in the magical and mystifying names within J.K. Rowling's wizard world. Here's a list of the most notable and enchanted names of Harry Potter. Which one casts a spell on you? Read More 

    Cuthbert, George, Lily, Ginny, Newt ...

  • Hipster Baby Names

    Want a name that's hipper than hipster? Click here.

    The hipster baby names most often heard around Brooklyn and Santa Monica, Austin and Madison these days (though we can't resist pointing out that the names Brooklyn, Monica, Austin and Madison are nowhere among them)include: Read More 

    Dexter, Butch, Pearl, Hazel, Minnie ...

  • If You Like Oscar, You Might Love....

    Oscar is the grouchy old man name that rose from the ashes to become a recent stylish favorite. But now many parents who a handful of years ago might have chosen Oscar feel they need to look further abroad. If you like Oscar, you might love one of these other, more adventurous baby names. Read More 

    Rudolph, Omar, Oswald, Seymour, Leopold ...

  • Jazz Baby Names

    The list of jazz baby names, a special subset of musician baby names for both girls and boys, is full of old-school cool. Read More 

    Ellington, Coleman, Coltrane, Bix, Tyree ...

  • Mac Names

    Names that start with Mac or Mc are Irish or Scottish patronymics designating "son of." Of course, many of the most popular Mac names today, such as Mackenzie and McKenna, are usually given to girls. But there are a raft of lesser-used Mac names that work well for boys and lead to the adorable short form Mac. Here, a range of Mac names -- but one from your own family will work too. Read More 

    Maguire, Macrae, Maclean, Mckinley">Mckinley, Magee ...

  • Modern Hero Baby Names

    Modern hero baby names might be inspired by stars of screen or sports or literature or by heroes and heroines of the past or of fiction who still inspire us today. Cool modern hero names are usually surnames used as firsts. Here are some of the hottest modern hero baby names. Read More 

    Lowell, O'Keeffe, Palin, Garcia, Armani ...

  • Names No Girl May Be Cool Enough For

    You have to be pretty darn cool to name your kid Hortense, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Hortense when you play soccer. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Hortense to boys at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Hortense rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them. Read More 

    Hildegarde, Vigdis, Gay, Eunice, Joyce ...

  • Offbeat Baby Names

    Offbeat baby names are those that are just a little bit quirky, a tiny bit unusual, off the beaten track. Here are some offbeat baby names you might want to consider today. Read More 

    Otto, Cassian, Hester, Rowena, Lucius ...

  • Old Lady Names

    Old lady names are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. If you're interested in the baby names on this list, check out our blog on old lady names for more commentary and ideas. Read More 

    Dora, Evelyn, Ursula, Miriam, Etta ...

  • Old Man Names

    Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit. Read More 

    Sidney, Murray, Harvey, Milton, Raymond ...

  • Operatic Baby Names

    You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names: Read More 

    Elsa, Leonora, Nedda, Rosina, Marcellina ...

  • Poet Baby Names

    The great poets can provide naming inspiration for both girl and boy babies. Here, some poet baby names to consider. Read More 

    Marlowe, Lowell, Whitman, Dickinson, Dante ...

  • Rock Star Baby Names

    These rock and roll baby names are sure to bring out the star in your little one. Inspired by the rockers themselves, or the subjects of their songs (Jude, Layla, and Roxanne for instance), these names are the most edgy, interesting, or relevant of the rock star choices. Read More 

    Sadie, Jane, Fleet, Nico, Hendrix ...

  • Rocker and Rapper Kids' Names

    If you call yourself Ludacris or Slash or Flea, chances are you're not gonna name your kid Matthew or Martha or Mike. In fact, rock-and-roll and hip-hop musicians are probably the most imaginative (or outrageous, depending on your point of view) baby namers around, honoring their musical heroes (Thelonious, Lennon, Hendrix), using words as names (Million, Dream, Zeppelin), or just letting their fantasies fly. To wit: Read More 

    Seven, Hendrix, Atlanta, Wolfgang, Speck ...

  • Saints' Names

    Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the stodgy Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies. Read More 

    Felicity, Romeo, Oliver, Conan, Joaquina ...

  • Shakespearean Names

    Shakespearean names were drawn by the Bard from a range of ancient and modern cultures. Many have survived through the ages and are ripe for modern play. Among the Shakespearean names we recommend are the following. Read More 

    Jaques, Malcolm, Desdemona, Jupiter, Juliet ...

  • Spring Baby Names

    Spring has sprung in the world of baby names. For your springtime baby, or just to represent the season's lively qualities, consider these baby names that mean or relate to spring. Read More 

    Nova, Cerelia, Signe, Amaryllis, Haruki ...

  • Steampunk Baby Names

    The steampunk movement has been inspired by literature and cinema, blending futuristic themes with 19th century Victorian style. Think alternate history meets science fiction entwined with elements of steam power and clockwork. Here is a list of baby names incorporating this unique style. Read More 

    Evangelene, Sophronia, Cyrus, Cecelia, Granville ...

  • Summer Baby Names

    Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood. Here is a list of baby names that summon the season, from nature to the ocean to the gemstones of summer months: Read More 

    Lily, Peridot, Augusta, Leonora, Lillia ...

  • Supermodel Baby Names

    It's not enough that supermodels are skinny, gorgeous, world-revered millionaires. They've got babies, too, and not just ordinary babies, but babies with incredibly cool names. Here is the recent crop of supermodel baby names: Read More 

    Kaia, Laird, Jasmine, Neva, Scyler ...

  • Supermodel Names

    Supermodels provide a real international smorgasbord (excuse the expression, girls) of beautiful baby girl names. Read More 

    Raquel, Hye, Natalia, Kinga, Anja ...

  • The O Names

    Baby names that begin or end with the letter o have long been particularly cool, especially (though there are a few feminine selections) for boys. The options, of course, range far beyond those offered here, especially considering the entire world of Latinate baby names out there, but this group should give you a pretty good start. Read More 

    Olaf, Lido, Aldo, Nilo, Orchid ...

  • Too-Cool Baby Names

    Maybe you can't be too rich or too thin, but if you're a baby name, it just may be possible to be too cool. While the line of what constitutes a too-cool baby name seems to get redrawn every day, these choices will probably be on the wrong side of it for a long time to come: Read More 

    Reignbow, Wild, Majesty, Congo, Porsche ...

  • Unique Baby Names

    Unique baby names are literally one-of-a-kind, but a unigue name may also mean one that is unusual, cool, and distinctive. Nameberry offers thousands of unique names: Here are some of the best to get you started.

    Want more more more? See all the lists of unique baby names. Read More 

    Aspen, Zebulon, Phaedra, Fenella, Abrial ...

  • Unique Baby Names from History

    Unique baby names aren't only the new and the invented; there are also many highly unusual names with deep historic roots. Read more about this topic in our blog on unique baby names from history. Here's a selection of the most intriguing. Read More 

    Idonea, Jevon, Haidee, Iolo, Averil ...

  • Unisex Baby Names

    Unisex baby names usually lean slightly towards one gender or the other. Some of the unisex baby names here are close to 50/50, but even when they're not, they sound equally appropriate for boys and girls. Here are the unisex baby names most popular today.

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    Harper, Quinn, Valentine, Devon, Kyle ...

  • Unusual Baby Names

    Unusual baby names come from a range of categories, from ethnic names to place names to word names to surnames used as first names. The best unusual names are distinctive without being strange, seem unique yet are also easy to understand. Of the thousands of unusual baby names on nameberry, here are some of our favorites. Read More 

    Absalom, Lucienne, Octavia, Leopold, Fenella ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Girls

    There's a group of vintage nicknames for girls that were used in the distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. Check our larger Nicknames for Girls list for more choices. Read More 

    Lou, Nellie, Doe, Ria, Flossie ...

  • Winter Baby Names

    Here, inspirational winter baby names for the child born when the snow is falling and the weather is chill. Along with Winter itself, you might consider these winter baby names: Read More 

    Noel, Neve, Zev, Snow, Rufus ...

  • Word Names

    Word names -- basically, words used as names -- are a growing class as parents rush to find truly unique baby names for their children. While you'll find word names among nature names and day names and occupational names and color names, we gather some of the most intriguing here. Read More 

    Breaker, Secret, Maverick, Shade, Dancer ...

  • X Factor Baby Names

    The letter X seems to all by itself create cool baby names. Some of the best baby names with the X factor: Read More 

    Rex, Roxy, Dexter, Pixie, Beatrix ...

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