Cool Baby Names: Which do you think are coolest?
Everyone’s always asked us what the cool baby names are.
Which is a much harder question to answer than it would first seem, as we discovered when we wrote our book Cool Names for Babies.
But more important than how the world defines cool baby names, how do YOU define the concept? Do you think cool names are names that are unusual or vintage names that have long been forgotten, names with personal meaning or those that are truly unique?
How would you define cool baby names, and which are your favorite cool names?
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on September 10th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
I think cool for a name depends on the person who is judging it. For instance, some people may think Anniston would be cool because it’s been used only in recent years and not many babies have the name. However, some may call Ebenezer cool because it’s so far out that it feels new and fresh. Personally, I think it all depends on the taste of the person who’s judging the name.
on September 10th, 2013 at 10:50 pm
I define cool names as the names in the sweet spot between popular and unique. Names that non-berries have heard of, but wouldn’t name their own children.
Beyond that, these names that I find “cool” have to be further narrowed into a category of meaningful names.
Jay (on a girl) totally fits that category. Everyone has heard the name Jay. It means a lot to me because it is my grandpa’s name. Yet, it is unique when placed on a girl.
on September 10th, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Agreed that it’s a taste issue. I personally see Roscoe as incredibly cool, a modern indie rockstar name with a sharp, quirky edge — but I seem to be the only one who thinks so.
Some other names I think are cool: Ajax, Iris, Ruby, Oz, Reeve, Sparrow, Seren, Mavis, Rainer, Ramona, Matteo, Stellan, Lola, Jove, Calder, Scarlett, Adair, Vesper, Esme, Clio, Jules, Hester, Elektra, Atlas, Hollis, and Wynn.
on September 10th, 2013 at 11:17 pm
why is the name Indigo colored pink? It should be blue, or at the very least, yellow…
on September 10th, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Firstly, that picture makes me laugh and freak out at the same time- a baby with a nose ring!!
Cool names to us (my husband and I) are names that are attractive to our ears, but we don’t know many people with that name. It may be popular or not on the charts, but if a name is suggested that none of our family members have that can be exciting indeed!
on September 11th, 2013 at 12:18 am
I actually love Indigo and Bohdi is adorable and I hate trendy names. I think this does depend on where you live though! I do not find celebrity names cool at all…Even when I love a name as soon as a celebrity uses it feels ‘used’ like everyone will associate the name to ‘that baby’. I do find old mans/ladies names on babies pretty ‘cool’. My friend recently named her baby Frank. I think that has ‘cool’ factor.
on September 11th, 2013 at 12:31 am
I love Bodhi! “Cool” is definitely that area between easy to pronounce and unique. It’s a hard spot to find!
on September 11th, 2013 at 12:44 am
Oh, and how could I forget Coco? So cool!
on September 11th, 2013 at 1:33 am
I personally don’t like the adjective “cool” used toward my names… I like for the meaning to come first both literally and personally, and then if it has a pleasing sound, I like it. Though a few of them can be described as hipster, and I guess that’s cool. Or uncool. You know how it is…..
A cool name has that “it” factor and I think it depends on the couple. It’s a name that is timely, fits the couple and hits the sweet spot before popularity hits… if it ever does. The Beckhams’ sons (Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn, though Brooklyn less so) are definitely “cool” names, and they fit them as a couple. I also think of names like Jett, Rafferty, Bodhi and Ryder as cool.
For girls, it’s harder for me. I like girl names with history and substance, but I don’t think many of them could be described as cool, necessarily. When I was a kid, Stephanie, Stacey and Tiffany were the coolest names ever in the history of ever (80s kid, obviously), but those tend to make me literally cringe now. Guinevere, Genevieve, Jocelyn, Zelda and Ginevra would definitely make me excited to see on a real person… so I guess those. Kinda zesty-vintage.
Sorry, I don’t know how this turned into a novel! Very stream of conscious, I apologize for the book!
on September 11th, 2013 at 5:42 am
on September 11th, 2013 at 5:46 am
Mazlyn is the coolest name I ever heard.
on September 11th, 2013 at 9:13 am
Alphabetdem said it best! Especially the party about what was cool when I was growing up versus what I think now… Jennifer and tiffany were super cool names for girls.
on September 11th, 2013 at 9:32 am
I think for a name to be really cool, it does have to be able to stand the test of time. As others have pointed out, names that might have been considered cool and awesome when we were in high school won’t necessarily still be considered cool among the general population twenty years later.
I thought Zoe was a very cool name when I was a teenager, but now that it’s so common it’s lost some of its cool factor. Jake is another name I’ve always thought of as cool, but unfortunately I don’t care for Jacob. Jesse, Axel, Stellan, Maya, Siân, and Lila are a few more that come to mind.
But really, a cool person can make just about any name cool (and likewise, a nerdy person can make just about any name nerdy ;)).
on September 11th, 2013 at 9:59 am
I think in the context of “social media” there are names that Americans find “cool,” so I agree with all the prior posts saying it is a matter of taste. and also where you live! I “got away” with naming my child Atticus – I get told all the time how “cool” his name is, when in reality, it could very well be considered a hipster/uppity/nerdy name by the general population.
I tend to like vintage-so-fuddy-duddy-it-is-cool-again names, but I know many people who would consider these names “uncool”!
on September 11th, 2013 at 10:09 am
I define cool as vintage, or 100 years ago and previous. I love colonial naming patterns, for one, and spend time searching old New England burying grounds for obscure uses. The associations and connotations of a name have a powerful pull for me, and I’m fascinated by an earlier America.
I can’t shake Claire and Caroline of its yuppie association, and therefore have a negative reaction to these choices. Hopefully, I’ll be able to be more objective some day.
on September 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am
We have a daughter Indigo and a son Dhani (Da Ha Nee) and I would definitely classify their names as “cool”. I like names that have some spark to them. Our kids get compliments on their names a lot, and they are absolutely the only kids in school rockin’ them. Most importantly their names really fit them. I think the real “cool” comes from your child.
on September 11th, 2013 at 11:22 am
Authentic Irish names are cool to me, too: Sinead, Muireann, Siobhan, Aoife, Roisin, Saoirse, Orla, Brigid, Mairead, Sean, Seamus, Liam, Eamon.
As far as vintage favorites (above), they’re too numerous to mention, but here are some colonial faves: Mercy, Remember, Desire (for God, no doubt), Charity, Thankful, Honor for girls. By the way, in Plymouth, MA a few years ago, I heard of a little boy called Honest.
on September 11th, 2013 at 11:45 am
I think cool is in the definition of what people deem as cool.
For me cool names are names that just work!! Names that aren’t trendy like Jayden but names that feel fashionable like Carter. Names that are rich in history like Anastasia but have a classic vibe like Elizabeth. Names that despite being popular feel fresh. That’s the definition of cool for me.
on September 11th, 2013 at 11:57 am
I agree with previous posters that cool names are unusual but not unheard-of, but I also think “cool” really depends on the person wearing the name. I know a college student named Tiebout (pronounced like Tim Tebow’s last name), and he wears that name really well. He’s a cool guy, so his unique name is cool too. But if he didn’t have a great personality to be able to carry such an unusual name, it might not seem as cool.
on September 11th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Eek! My guilty pleasure names! I would never ever use it on my own child, but wow I would love to meet a Snow or a Keller or an October or Sora or Swan or Hale!
on September 11th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
For me, the names that are the coolest are the ones that are just flat out unexpected on a little person. I live in the south so masculine names on girls are the norm, and I defiantly love that. I’ve met little girls named Hunter, Davis, Devon, Miller, Connoway, Connolley, Dylan, Chandler, Barrett, Walker, Collier, Blue, Archer, Layton, all of which I think are super cool on a girl. I’ve also met several fabulous old lady names on girls such as Violet, Sybil, Doris, and Ruby.
Also, futuristic names strike me as cool but they feel like they will become shortly outdated, so I tend to avoid them.
on September 11th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
I define cool as ‘interesting and liked’. So Agnes is just as cool as Droplet or Finn!
on September 11th, 2013 at 3:55 pm
I agree that it’s a matter of taste. Cool names for me usually have a bit of quirk and feel quite modern, but have loads of history behind them, as well. Names I’ve found cool lately include Zinnia, Zosia, Cosima, Stellan, Boaz…
on September 13th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
Names which are taken out of their traditional context are cool. Indigo and Bear are cool because they’re words not normally used for a name, but, Lysander and Ophelia are also cool because even though they’re names, they’re traditionally associated with Shakespeare and not children. I think foreign names and old fashioned names that haven’t been heard in a long time can become cool too, like Hermione or Thijs. Saint names like Endellion and names that connect you to your heritage or to mythology: Arthur, Elowen, Anwen, Guinevere and Rowan.
Cool names have to be difficult to pull off, and when you do – you’re cool.
on September 15th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
I think “cool” names are names that the general public doesnt’t have an automatic association with.
Like I always thought Crosby and Cora would be the best sibset. Now that Parenthood and Downtown Abbey are popular snd using these names they are no longer cool but instead expected.
These names typically do not reflect the top 100 but people will recognize and make an association.. Like “Adam” is now associated with Adam Levigne and Blu Ivy is assosiated withBeyonce.
A cool name could have the response “oh like (association)”
on September 15th, 2013 at 4:06 pm
I ment to say, A cool names could never have the response “oh like (association)”
on September 17th, 2013 at 9:31 pm
For me, cool names are names that feel fresh & ahead of the curve, but not try-hard or reaching. I think that Barbara is really cool right now & fresher than something like Ivy. I think that like with clothing it all depends on how it’s worn…how it fits with the families vibe. I am liking the idea of strong retro girls names with cutesy nickname options like Winifred & Geraldine & scrubbed clean 1950s classic boy names like Frankie & Johnny (Francis or John on paper of course). I think for a name to be truly cool it has to work equally well for a newborn and an actual adult human. It has to be dignified to a degree. A cool name is a name that takes you aback for a moment and it’s a name a person can inhabit & make their own.
on September 24th, 2013 at 12:03 am
I think a cool name is something that has meaning. To me, my middle name is cool because I’ve never heard or see anything like it. It’s T’Ann (Tee Ann). My mom used the first letter of my dad’s first name (Tom) and the middle name of her mom (Ann). If my boyfriend and I have a girl her middle name will be K’Lee. K for his first name Kiefer and Lee for my mom’s middle name.
on November 8th, 2013 at 4:32 am
I love Agatha! I don’t know if it’s ready for a comeback yet but I love it! My dad’s name is Alfred….not a fan of the name, probably would’ve been mine if I was a boy o.o. To me a cool name, I don’t really know what make a cool name. I’d guess something with a nice meaning, I particularly love names that have a water related meaning, like they mean ocean, or any nature names really.
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