Category: cool baby names
They know their style: a mix of cool, classic names and rich meanings. But after successfully naming their first son and daughter, they could use some help with baby number three!
For our daughter, I interpret the names’ meanings as “clearly whole,” a nod to the work of Brené Brown and her concept of living “wholeheartedly.” Claire is also the name of the main character in the first book my husband gave me when we started dating, A Time Traveler‘s Wife.
For girl names, we like Lauren Elizabeth, but I fear Lauren seems dated. There are other Elizabeths in the immediate family which is why we are hesitating to consider it as a first name. Our last name starts with a J, and ends with a –son.
Can you suggest any empowering and cool classics for baby #3?
The Name Sage replies:
By Emily Cardoza
Often when parents are picking names for their children, they want something that will evoke a feeling– a name that’s strong or soft or cozy. With the increasing individuality of today’s names, why not get inspired at the fabric store?
If you’re skeptical, consider this – Paisley has been in the top 100 for the last four years. Though it also links to Brad Paisley and the ever-popular “ley” ending, the fact that Paisley inspires images of beautiful patterns is certainly a plus.
Nobody wants to pick a baby name that’s too trendy and common. A name that four other kids in your little one’s pre-K will also have, that will consign them to a lifetime of referring to themselves as “Will S.” or “Anna B.”
But there’s also a risk to going too far in the other direction. You might end up picking a name that’s so out there that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Or, worse, a name that attracts ridicule from other children.
What most people want, then, is a name that strikes the perfect balance between these poles: A cool, unusual name. It can be a tricky needle to thread. But you’re not in it alone. Here are the 25 cool, unusual boys’ names that we think are the best for right now.
Naming a daughter instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names of 2017.
Hipster baby names are an ever-moving class. Once a name gets widely-used enough to be widely pegged a hipster baby names, like many of the choices on this list, it may be too popular to make any true hipster’s baby name list.
And yet when is a baby name hip and when is it just unusual or clunky or antiquated? Let’s look at some specific groups of hipster baby names and specific names that qualify now:
By Kara Blakley
As I wrote about in the recent boys’ article, TH is a trending sound in names. At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Dorothy, Thalia, Dorothea, Theodora, Meredith, Edith, Ruth, and Judith, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In today’s list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Elizabeth as we now turn to the girls.