Cool Baby Names: Our 12 newest choices
by Denise K. Potter/Nameberry
All names Adel are back in style, from the regal Australian place name Adelaide to sweet Adeline to nickname Addie and the musical Adele. Adelisa is our newest entry to this fashionable class. Adelisa It can also be spelled with a z, as in the 12th century Adeliza of Louvain, the second wife of Henry I.
- Adel are back in style, from the regal Australian place name Adelaide to sweet Adeline to nickname Addie and the musical Adele. Adelisa is our newest entry to this fashionable class. Adelisa It can also be spelled with a z, as in the 12th century Adeliza of Louvain, the second wife of Henry I." >
- Alaska in the U.S. but we see that increasing as the borders of place-naming continue to expand." >
- Kaori is a Japanese name that means smell or fragrance. Short and sweet, it’s simple to see why Kaori may be a lovely choice for a baby girl. While unfamiliar, Kaori also easily translates for the English speaker: the correct pronunciation is kow-ree, though many will rhyme it with Maori." >
- Katherine, meaning “pure,” the name Kateri is both sacred and historic. St. Kateri Teckakwitha was the first Native American saint, canonized in 2012. She was the daughter of Mohawk warrior, and converted to Christianity at age 20 when she took on the name Kateri." >
- Keller is the last name of activist Helen and chef Thomas, and is also one of the rhythmic new occupational names popular for boys. The German Keller, as a German occupational surname for those who were cellar or store masters. Keller makes a fresh choice in the trendy two-syllable er-ending category for boys." >
- Scotland and Ireland. Part Keenan, part Lennon, Kennon is a new alternative for parents in search of a boys’ name with the stylish two-syllable rhythm and n ending." >
- George R.R. Martin’s hit series Game of Thrones, Khaleesi is Dothraki (a language Martin invented) for “queen” and is one of the titles of main character Daenerys." >
- Maeby? Maybe. The pun, of course, is the downside of naming your baby after Arrested Development’s sensible teenager Maeby, back in the spotlight with the new season of the popular series on Netflix. But Maeby does make a cute spin on Mae, the backstory of the TV character’s name." >
- Tracy Morgan’s choice for his daughter this year. A maven is defined as an expert or connoisseur. Maven can be considered a smoosh of the fashionable Irish name Maeve and the trendy spiritual Haven." >
- Meret is an unusual yet accessible name with meaning in a diverse range of cultures. In German, it is the diminutive of Margarethe and means “pearl.” In Egyptian mythology, Meret was a goddess whose name meant “beloved” and was associated with singing, dancing, and rejoicing. Meret is also used in Hebrew, Danish, and Norwegian cultures. Most famously, Méret Oppenheim, the German-born Swiss artist and photographer, was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement of the 1920’s." >
- Woody Allen was the original popularizer of the Yiddish name Zelig, in his 1983 mockumentary about a chameleon-like hero. Zelig is back in the spotlight now and crossing genders via Game of Thrones star’s Peter Dinklage’s use of it for his young daughter." >
- Zenebe is a fresh import from Ethiopia. With the bonus nickname Zen making it cool and attractive, Zenebe is an ideal choice for parents looking for a name that bridges cultures." >
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on July 18th, 2013 at 11:21 pm
I kinda dig Alaska and Kennon.
on July 18th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
While I understand the appeal of fantasy and science fiction as popular genres and television’s popularity, I’d rather have more of a heritage to a name. There has to be an appeal of “gravity” for me. I love the suggestion of the first Native American saint and being named after historical figures like Keller.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:04 am
Can’t say I’m a huge fan of any of these, but they definitely are cool. I grew up with a boy named Keller all through school.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:24 am
Maven isn’t a smoosh name at all. It’s Hebrew for “one who understands”. Just wanted to make that correction.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:45 am
Yay for Kateri! I’ve been anxiously awaiting her addition to the database 🙂
on July 19th, 2013 at 1:03 am
I have been in love with Alaska for awhile now. I would love a little Alaska June 🙂
on July 19th, 2013 at 3:26 am
Selig is the German word for “holy”, I think Zelig might be the Yiddish or even American spelling of this, since the pronunciation is the same.
on July 19th, 2013 at 4:42 am
Kateri has always been one of my favorites; I also love Kaori and Zenebe.
on July 19th, 2013 at 6:13 am
Adelsia and Kateri are lovely. Maeby is a GP of mine.
on July 19th, 2013 at 7:10 am
I quite like Meret and Keteri.
I’d point out though that while Keller as a surname may have developed from people who worked in a cellar, today keller’s primary meaning is basement/cellar. I wouldn’t really want to name my kid “basement”.
on July 19th, 2013 at 7:43 am
Loving kateri, Kaori & Zenebe!
on July 19th, 2013 at 8:02 am
So happy to see Kateri! Yay to Meret also, and Zenebe is an intriguing new addition. It reminds me of Zebedee, one of my faves.
As a huge fan of the Adel- name family, I want to like Adelisa, but “Lisa” sounds so dated, it’s not working for me. As for Keller, it could never eclipse Kelly in my heart, but I (grudgingly) admit Keller would be easier for a boy to grow up with.
on July 19th, 2013 at 9:05 am
There is a debonair real estate agent on the TV series “Selling LA” called Kennon Earl (aka Clark Kent). I do prefer the “z” spelling of Adeliza. Kateri is an unusual saint name and Kaori is interesting as well but the rest of the names are not my style.
on July 19th, 2013 at 10:15 am
If my son Nicholas had been a girl he would have been Kateri, 30 years ago! When I did finally have a daughter I named her Autumn………my poor long lost Kateri 🙂
on July 19th, 2013 at 10:45 am
I love Kateri and Zenebe, some of the others are okay for me, but I can’t stand Maeby!
on July 19th, 2013 at 11:01 am
I do adore Kateri and Alaska. Kaori, while I like the look, would come out sounding like COW-ree from most Americans, which somewhat diminishes the appeal.
How might one pronounce Zenebe?
on July 19th, 2013 at 11:34 am
I don’t hate or love the names Kaori, Kateri, Khaleesi, Maeby, Meret, Zelig, or Zenebe. But, I’m kinda starting to like Adelisa–it’s very femenine– and I also like Keller, Kennen, and Maven. Alaska reminds me of the Alaska from the book Looking for Alaska. 🙂
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I thought Maori was pronounced Mowri. Kaori is Japanese and is pronounced Ka-o-ri. When Anglecized it is pronounced Kowri.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
I love the Yiddish etymology of Maven. I think it’s a really cute name!
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
You’re right, Rhonwyn, thanks. I changed it.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Love the new additions! (Still secretly praying that Quiterie or Quitterie will find her way in here!)
on July 19th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Kinda liking Alaska and Keller
on July 19th, 2013 at 5:29 pm
I would love to know how to pronounce Meret. If someone who knows could tell me, that would be helpful.
Beyond that, I like Kateri, Kaori, and Adelisa.
on July 19th, 2013 at 5:56 pm
Alaska is wonderful. Love the “Looking for Alaska” reference. GREAT book!
And now I also know why Alaska in the book said that the meaning of her name was “that which the sea breaks against.” 🙂
on July 19th, 2013 at 8:27 pm
I love Keller!!! I’ve loved it for several years but was never able to sell DH on it. Like Keller Williams, the musician, who is as awesome as his name.
on July 20th, 2013 at 12:27 am
I don’t recommend naming your child Khaleesi. Calici, pronounced the same, is one of two main viruses in cats, the other being herpes. I work in veterinary field and when someone named their cat Khaleesi I thought it was a joke! I’m obviously not a fan of Game of Thrones. I’m sure not everyone would pick up on it, but do you really want your kid to have the same name as a virus? Hmm.
on July 20th, 2013 at 4:15 am
Ah I love Adelisa & Alaska so pretty : )
on July 20th, 2013 at 6:53 am
i love Zenebe… which i think could be ideal for either boy or girl… it’s especially fitting in the Netherlands… because it’s raining here all the time.
on July 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Alaska is a fresh one. especially after Alaska Young from the novel “Looking for Alaska.” If you’ve ever read the book your draw to the name would increase a ten-fold as you learn to love the reckless Alaska. I’d be interested to see some of John Green’s (The author) character names to pop up; Miles Halter, Margo Roth Spiegelman, Colin Singleton, Quentin Jacobson, Lindsey Lee Wells, Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters. All original and all meaningful.
on July 20th, 2013 at 7:22 pm
I’m so happy you added Kateri to your lists! One of my favorites for years!
on July 20th, 2013 at 8:47 pm
Really digging Keller and Meret
on July 21st, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Thanks for finally adding Kateri to Nameberry! Kateri is my Godmother’s name and my confirmation name. St. Kateri is a wonderful part of American history and it’s about time her beautiful name is mentioned. Thank you!
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Um, that is how Maori is pronounced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2YwfHazDSc
on October 31st, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Love the A name Agnes. I would love to see it come back.
on November 22nd, 2014 at 12:08 am
I get the classical appeal of Adelaide, I could never use though coming from Adelaide myself. It’s like someone who lives in Tulsa calling their daughter Tulsa lol.
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