Cool Baby Names: Our 12 newest choices

by Denise K. Potter/Nameberry

The cool baby names this summer include the 12 newest choices on Nameberry, inspired by ancient queens and celebrity newborns, fictional characters and an Ethiopian cabdriver! If your definition of cool baby names are those that are exotic, quirky, and unusual, our dozen newest choices may inspire you. (Buy this St. Kateri oranment on Etsy.) 


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.

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KateMP91 Says:

July 18th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I kinda dig Alaska and Kennon.

BasicSand Says:

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.

davis Says:

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.

elliebean13 Says:

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.

dillonsfan01 Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 12:45 am

Yay for Kateri! I’ve been anxiously awaiting her addition to the database 🙂

evergreen Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 1:03 am

I have been in love with Alaska for awhile now. I would love a little Alaska June 🙂

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

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.

namelover77 Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 4:42 am

Kateri has always been one of my favorites; I also love Kaori and Zenebe.

maggiemary Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 6:13 am

Adelsia and Kateri are lovely. Maeby is a GP of mine.

maggiefromcanada Says:

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”.

spotlightstarlit Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 7:43 am

Loving kateri, Kaori & Zenebe!

GoodHope Says:

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.

Mischa Says:

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.

metami43 Says:

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 🙂

shieldsc Says:

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!

Frankie Says:

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?

rainierloner Says:

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. 🙂

Rhonwyn22 Says:

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.

Poppy528 Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I love the Yiddish etymology of Maven. I think it’s a really cute name!

Pam Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

You’re right, Rhonwyn, thanks. I changed it.

iheartnames Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Love the new additions! (Still secretly praying that Quiterie or Quitterie will find her way in here!)

amylette Says:

July 19th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Kinda liking Alaska and Keller

EmilyVA Says:

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.

cheekygals Says:

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.” 🙂

littlebrownpony Says:

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.

skippy14 Says:

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.

tori101 Says:

July 20th, 2013 at 4:15 am

Ah I love Adelisa & Alaska so pretty : )

cutekittypunk Says:

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.

emzz1029 Says:

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.

ayc1983 Says:

July 20th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’m so happy you added Kateri to your lists! One of my favorites for years!

sweetpeace13 Says:

July 20th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Really digging Keller and Meret

frankie97 Says:

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!

canan Says:

July 24th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Um, that is how Maori is pronounced:

Gingersnap Says:

October 31st, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Love the A name Agnes. I would love to see it come back.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

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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