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Cool Names: What’s quirky got to do with it?

September 10, 2012 Pamela Redmond
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As the authors of, literally, the book on Cool Names, you’d think we’d know everything there is to know about cool baby names.

But the definition of cool is so fluid and so subjective, it’s difficult to point to one name, or one group of names, and proclaim it as universally cool.

Yet sometimes, you know cool when you see it.  I was reading about the British actor Damian Lewis the other day — the redheaded hunk on Homeland — and noticed (of course) that the names of his children with fellow actor Helen McCrory are Manon and Gulliver.

Huh, I thought.  Now THOSE are cool names.  Undeniably quirky, but cool.

I suppose to people who think that a name like Jaycyn is cool — and there are a lot of such poor misguided souls out there — Manon and Gulliver are just….weird.  Old, foreign, disgusting.

But to me, when it comes to names, old and foreign are prime ingredients of cool.  And as for disgusting, some people also fail to see the virtues of oysters and martinis.

What other names embody this quirky kind of cool?

Here’s a start:

girls

Amedea

Circe

Claude

Cosima

Cressida

Ione

Keturah

Leonie

Malou

Minerva

Nere

Romilly

Senara

Vesper

boys

Azarias

Casimir

Gower

Ivan

Lazarus

Leopold

Ludovic

Monroe

Oberon

Otis

Reuben

Thaddeus

Winston

What names would you add to the quirky and cool list?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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