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Baby names all carry images, which is the focus of the name lists in this section. Here we've got baby names with a designer feel and those that say cowboy, creative baby names and classic names with a twist.

  • Athlete Baby Names

    Looking for unusual baby names? You might find some of the choicest while watching a football game or a tennis match. While the legendary stars of sports history usually had regular guy names like Joe and Jimmy and Michael and Mickey (not to mention Billie Jean), some of the newer luminaries, as well as the surnames of classic athletes, offer options for baby names that go beyond the perimeters of that limited playing field. Read More 

    Branch, Dmitri, Sebastian, Arroyo, Giles ...

  • 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 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 

    Schuyler, Anderson, Honor, Rachel, Reed ...

  • 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 

    Adecyn, Snow, Kodiak, Cyder, Ryo ...

  • 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 

    Bonnie, Jolie, Vashti, Mirabella, Linda ...

  • 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 

    Beal, Kenneth, Jamil, Jamal, Adonis ...

  • 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 

    Naomi, Felicity, Hana, Beatrice, Leta ...

  • 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 

    Amias, Siran, Lennan, Phila, Imogen ...

  • 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 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 

    Trudy, Rita, Bree, Millicent, Osiris ...

  • 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 

    Delilah, Pandora, Desiree, Fanny, Aphrodite ...

  • 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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  • Blond Baby Names

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

    Alva, Blanche, Blanca, Gaynor, Bowie ...

  • 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 

    Madden, Jett, Trey, Buck, King ...

  • 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 ...

  • Christmas Baby Names

    Expecting a Christmas baby, or just want a name that connotes the magical season? Here, our collection of Christmas baby names. See our blog for even more Christmas baby names. Read More 

    Stella, Belle, Pax, Theodore, Ivy ...

  • 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 ...

  • College Baby Names

    When you're on the prowl for the perfect name, anything can be an inspiration. Colleges around the country provide an endless possibilities for noteworthy baby names. Check out this list of baby names, each derived from the name of a college or university: Read More 

    Cooper, Anselm, Hendrix, Clark, Carleton ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Creative Baby Names

    Creative baby names can be drawn from the worlds of art, music, design, or literature. Creative baby names for boys and girls include the following. Read More 

    Auden, Hart, Elia, Roald, Jasper ...

  • Dark Baby Names

    Expecting a baby with dark hair, or eyes, or skin, or simply looking for a name that means (or suggests) dark or black? Consider these baby names. Read More 

    Colton, Doyle, Melanie, Bruna, Layla ...

  • Designer Baby Names

    Designer kids' clothes these days often have adorable brand names--names that would be equally stylish baby names on your own little boy or girl. Here's a selection of some of the best designer baby names from Agatha to Zella. Read More 

    Kai, Marc, Wes, Jac, Stella ...

  • Exotic Lite Baby Names

    Maybe you want an exotic name for your baby....but not too exotic. Something international, yet recognizable to most Americans. Your category? Could be the Exotic Lite baby names here, from a range of cultures. Read More 

    Elodie, Amedeo, Orlando, Allegra, Cosima ...

  • 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 ...

  • Geeks Forever

    Some baby names just seem irredeemably geeky, on a permanent no list for the modern child. The baby names here qualify for now on the boys' side -- though we've learned in the world of baby naming, to paraphrase Heidi Klum, one day you're out, and the next day you may be very very in. Read More 

    Mervin, Hubert, Clarence, Melvin, Durwood ...

  • 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 ...

  • Girls' Names With Gravity

    For many parents, girls' names (and boys' names too) should carry more than an attractive sound and appealing image; they should have real history behind them. These names relate to a range of impressive personages, real and imagined, and also have both breadth and depth in terms of the meaning they convey. Inspired by a fascinating discussion on our forums, here are some girls' names with history and weight. Read More 

    Phoebe, Anna, Emma, Agnes, Elizabeth ...

  • Girly Girl Baby Names

    Girly girl baby names -- the most elaborately feminine of baby names -- have become newly fashionable. Here are some super feminine baby names for your own girly girl. Read More 

    Raphaela, Juliana, Clarissa, Mirabelle, Aurora ...

  • Good Girls

    Bad Girl names are hot, but Good Girl names -- sweet, innocent, feminine baby girl names -- are too. If these are too angelic for you, consult the Bad Girl collection. Read More 

    Polly, Naomi, Lily, Honor, Helena ...

  • Gothic Baby Names

    Gothic baby names relate to the culture that combines horror with romanticism. Gothic can refer to the medieval or the modern; Gothic style encompasses music and architecture, literature and fashion. Here are some names that, for a range of reasons, might be considered Gothic. Baby appropriate? In a dark sort of way.... Read More 

    Tempest, Abraxas, Drusilla, Edwina, Morrigan ...

  • Halloween Baby Names

    Halloween baby names reference the holiday and all things spooky. Would you really want to choose one of these baby names for a child born on or near Halloween? Debatable. But those who are into celebrating the holiday may want to adopt their own Halloween name from this collection of names of ghostly or witchy people, characters, and things. Read More 

    Jett, Persephone, Buffy, Samantha, Damien ...

  • High-Energy Baby Names

    These baby names are a rollicking group to choose from if you want an energetic-sounding child. Read More 

    Ivo, Barnaby, Dash, Viva, Mateo ...

  • 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 ...

  • Inspirational Baby Names

    Baby names with inspirational meanings or from spiritual sources strike an uplifting chord. Inspirational baby names include: Read More 

    Angelica, Promise, Sky, Answer, Grace ...

  • Literary Baby Names

    Literary names, drawn from the characters in books for both adults and children as well as from the names of well-loved authors, are gaining in popularity. Literary names we are hearing more of these days include the following. For a more complete collection, check out our lists of Literary Names for Girls and Literary Names for Boys. Read More 

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  • Midcentury Baby Names

    Midcentury furniture may be in, but midcentury baby names, not so much. These are the names of the Baby Boomers, new or about-to-be grandmas and grandpas of today, and their names feel middle-aged to young parents. Wait a generation or two, and given the hundred year rule, you might look for these midcentury names to make a comeback as baby names in the 2040s and 2050s. Read More 

    Donna, Gary, Neil, Janet, Roger ...

  • Names No Boy May Be Cool Enough For

    You have to be pretty damn cool to name your kid Elmer, 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 Elmer when you play Little League. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Elmer to girls at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Elmer 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 

    Hubert, Maurice, Irving, Durwood, Montague ...

  • 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 ...

  • Names with Animal Meanings

    Animal baby names, a subset of the ever-more-popular nature names, sometimes come out and state themselves clearly -- Fox, Lark -- and sometimes are only revealed via their root meaning. This list of animal baby names contains both types. Also note: We're light on bird names since we include the complete variety in their own list. Read More 

    Salmon, Garcia, Una, Benno, Sable ...

  • New Baby Names on the Rise

    These are baby names that have only started to be heard in recent years, but are rising through baby names popularity lists and we predict will be used more frequently in the future. Read More 

    Rylan, Cadence, Brielle, Ryker, Aryan ...

  • New Year's Baby Names

    The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year. Read More 

    Esperanza, Janvière, Taraja, Neoma, Mika ...

  • 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 ...

  • Old People Names

    Old people names -- or rather, #oldpeoplenames -- is a Twitter phenomenon, whereby people contribute their ideas of which baby names are, you guessed it, old people names. Some of the ideas that pop up on Twitter, from Marvin to Myrtle, are good ones, while others miss the mark. True old people names still carry the whiff of the nursing home, even if they're newly considered fit for babies.

    Here, the names we consider Old People Names. Read More 

    Gladys, Bertha, Loretta, Hilda, Hortense ...

  • Patriotic Baby Names

    Baby names with a patriotic flavor honor the land of the free and the home of the brave. Whether you're having a fourth of July baby, or you're just a proud American, here is a list of patriotic baby names sure to pay tribute to America. Read More 

    Grant, Quincy, Jackie, Jersey, Eleanor ...

  • Pixar Baby Names

    Pixar has a knack for developing characters you can't help but love, Mike Wazowski anyone? Not only does Pixar create some unforgettable characters, but Pixar names can be lovable as baby names too! Here's a list of some of the more interesting character names from Pixar films: Read More 

    Dash, Eve, Sally, Rosie, Gordan ...

  • Pretty Girl Names

    Pretty girl names are pretty -- attractive, feminine, sometimes frilly -- in themselves. They also conjure the image of a pretty girl. And some of these names literally mean pretty or beautiful. While prettiness may ultimately be in the eye (and ear) of the beholder, we think these names say Pretty Girl. Read More 

    Eden, Isabella, Mariana, Helena, Lavender ...

  • Prince Names

    The prince names here are those chosen by royal families around the world for their little boys over the past decade or so. Your idea of prince names can be expanded to include those used over past generations -- Charles and Andrew, say -- and to extend to fictional princes such as Phillip or...well, maybe not Charming. Some of the real little princes have three or four middle names. For more details, see our blog on prince names. Read More 

    Nicolas, Samuel, Felix, William, Frederik ...

  • Princess Names

    The princess names for girls here are those chosen by royal families around the world over the past decade or so. Your idea of princess names can be expanded to include those used over past generations -- Anne and Elizabeth and even Diana, say -- and to extend to fictional princesses such as Ariel and Aurora. Many of the real little princesses have three or four middle names. Read More 

    Khadija, Maud, Sophie, Eloise, Maxima ...

  • Redhead Baby Names

    Expecting a little redhead? Here are some baby names that mean red or redhead. Read More 

    Rory, Derry, Flanna, Rufus, Ginger ...

  • Relaxed Baby Boy Names

    These are baby boy names that are casual, laid back and friendly. Read More 

    Jake, Casey, Eli, Fred, Ned ...

  • 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 ...

  • Romantic Baby Names for Girls

    There has been an upturn in the use of romantic baby names for girls in recent years, think Isabelle and Sophia. Some of these romantic baby names seem to coincide with classic names, and others are heard less often. Here's a list of romantic girl names chosen for their originality, use in literature and film, as well as romance novels: Read More 

    Christabel, Vivian, Rose, Tamera, Maia ...

  • Royal Baby Names

    Royal baby names are those used by royal families in recent years. Many of them have been used by royal families over the centuries, while some of newcomers to the royal name lexicon. Royal baby names include: Read More 

    Isabella, Miguel, Laetitia, Luisa, Juan ...

  • Short & Strong Girl Names

    Looking for girl names that are unfussy and straightforward? Here are some choice baby girl names that are both short and strong. Read More 

    Zoe, Claire, Greer, Bryn, Dane ...

  • Soap Opera Baby Names

    Baby names from soap operas, inspired by melodramatic characters, often appear on the popularity charts. If you're expecting a dramatic little one, a "soap" name may be right up your alley. Soap opera writers tend to choose names some may consider a bit over the top. Read More 

    Blue, Silver, Cassius, Storm, Jasper ...

  • Southern Baby Names

    There's something about the South that says charm, hospitality and courtesy. This list of Dixie baby names may inspire a choice for your southern belle or gentleman. Read More 

    Leora, Emmylou, Darl, Loch, Chance ...

  • Space Baby Names

    There are cool star names like Uma and Bono, and then there are the even more extreme astronomical star and constellation names, which might appeal to parents looking for baby names that are unique and celestial -- in other words, a heavenly name. Some stellar ideas: Read More 

    Alcyone, Andromeda, Nashira, Capella, Vega ...

  • Spiritual Baby Names

    Spiritual baby names suggest qualities we'd all like our children to aspire to and fit our new definition of cool. While they seem as if they can work for both genders, most spiritual baby names have been veering toward the feminine side. A few, such as Trinity, Destiny, Sky, and Genesis, are already staples on the girls' popularity lists. Here, some spiritual names that might be right for your baby. Read More 

    Divinity, Halcyon, Genesis, Infinity, Eden ...

  • Stylish L Baby Names

    L is the letter that lends style to almost any name that contains it these days, whether at the beginning, in the middle, or -- most fashionably of all -- in a couple of different places. Also stylish are baby names that not only contain the letter L but its sound, as in Ella and Elliot. Here, fashionable baby names made all the lovelier by the letter L. Read More 

    Laszlo, Lucia, Stella, Eliza, Landon ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

    See ALL the unisex baby names on Nameberry. Read More 

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

  • Victorian Royal Baby Names

    Queen Victoria named six of nine children after either herself or her husband Prince Albert, making the royal baby names from the 19th and early 20th centuries a cozy bunch. The full list of royal names from the Victorian era includes: Read More 

    Norah, Edward, Charlotte, Viktoria, Lord ...

  • Yupster Baby Names for Boys

    Yupsters -- a blend of yuppies and hipsters -- prefer baby names that are to the left of the most popular list but far to the right of most choices on this site. The Yupster Baby Names are classic as well as cool, embodying style along with history. The only problem is that you may hear them far more than you want to in the years to come. Read More 

    Oscar, Emmett, Alastair, Isaiah, Elias ...

  • Yupster Baby Names for Girls

    Yupsters -- a blend of yuppies and hipsters -- prefer baby names that are to the left of the most popular list but far to the right of most choices on this site. The Yupster Baby Names are classic as well as cool, embodying style along with history. The only problem is that you may hear them far more than you want to in the years to come. Read More 

    Maisie, Amelia, Grace, Cara, Thea ...

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