What Names Do YOU Think Are Cool?
As the authors of a book called, ahem, Cool Names for Babies, we have put ourselves in the position of being the arbiters of coolness when it comes to baby names.
Which is a very hard thing to define. In the book, we deal with the question by pointing out, quite rightly, that there are many different kinds of cool baby names. There are vintage cool names and newly-minted names that many consider cool, there are the names of undeniably cool heroes such as Abraham Lincoln or Booker T. Washington and there are the names of cool literary or film characters.
On Twitter recently, we pointed out a name whose sound to us was undeniably cool — Domino — and the single response was someone saying: Um….nope.
So now we’re turning it back on you. What names do YOU think are cool? And why?
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on July 15th, 2014 at 11:59 pm
I think this name is the epitome of cool, I thought so at 16 and I think so now at 33.
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:07 am
I think so many names are cool but DH doesn’t like them so I could never use them
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:24 am
This is a tough one because “cool” seems so hard to define! But here’s my list of names I think sound cool:
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:25 am
Hezekiah. Only my husband and I seem to think it’s cool, but to us it’s so cool! It’s smooth and suave, without being over the top
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:28 am
I agree that it’s tough to define a name that is cool. Hmmm.. Some of the names that I think are cool are usable for me and others are guilty pleasure names for one reason or another.
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:29 am
Names that I think are cool but probably wouldn’t use include:
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:49 am
When I think of cool, I don’t necessarily list the names I love the most. I think of something current but not trendy, accessible but not common, and sleek, definitely nothing fusty or multi-syllabic. I think of the latest iteration of the classic khaki trench coat. So I think of:
Then there are the slightly more unusual names that are cool: Plum, Wren, Yarrow (b).
on July 16th, 2014 at 2:16 am
It’s hard to define what is cool; it’s a quality that is intrinsically AWESOME but decidedly not other characteristics (not traditionally pretty, classic, etc). Here are some names that I think are similar, but one is definitely cooler than the other: Lottie>Hattie, Gus>August, Henrik>Henry, Wren>Gwen, Chessie>Francesca, Lilac>Lavender, Tansy>Daisy, Tesla>Tessa, Bruno>Brandon, and on & on.
on July 16th, 2014 at 2:38 am
Intrinsically Awesome / Cool Names to Me:
Girls: Domino (I met one, and she wears it incredibly well), Vesper, Dagny (Dagny Taggart), Oona, Ezri, Forest, Plum, Dune, Frost, Snow, Tupelo, Allegro, Fernanda, Frederica, Theodora, Peridot, Ellie-Charles, Pascale, Kitty, Laurenza, Billie, Winnie, Minnie, Mamie, Mittie, Lulie, Claudie, Petra, Hester, Hestia, Minerva, Percy, Bee, Moe, Mary, Odetta, Artio, Maude, Fern, Clemency, Electra, Noble, Magdalena, Gussie, Augusta, Freddie, Winifred, Zelda, Yuki, Alberta, Adela, Adele, Eliza, Cesca, Faye, Bayo, Elke, Esmeralda, Ola, Esmé, Inez, Scout, Nemy, Max, Ballou, Huckleberry, Henrietta, Hawthorne, Myrtle, Doris, Norris, Dove, Columba, Novella.
Boys: Otis, Bruno, Obi, Frodi, Enzo, Hugo, Viggo, Ivo, Gardener, Forest, Lou, Roland (Roland Deschain, Roland-Lully, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, etc.), Santiago, Salvador, Abner, Boaz, Clyde, Clark, Moe, Joe, Noble, Augustus, Robert, Albert, Chess, Robin, Frost, Cello, Guthrie, Hawthorne, Huckleberry, Wolfgang, Ishmael, Mack, Ocean, Otto, Klaus, Gulliver, Lionel, Linus, John, Sherlock, Merlin, Dougal, Morris, Basil, Aslan, Albus, Dove, Rufus, Rex, Galileo, Morrie, Kip, Kipling, Columbus, Simon, Clifford, Fable.
on July 16th, 2014 at 4:11 am
I think Skye is super cool for a girl. For a boy, Zach sounds like he must be a cool kid.
on July 16th, 2014 at 5:40 am
I tend to think of cool names as ones with a rich but often-forgotten history … the old gems we dust off and bring down from the attic. These names are often found in literature, the old family Bible, songs, the history books, the Catholic saints.
It is easier to define what a cool name is NOT.
A cool name is not overly trendy (Braxton, Aria). A cool name is not kreatif, made up, or misspelled (Kowen, Haydley). A cool name is not gimmicky or cheap (Lexus, Nevaeh). A cool name is not attached with seemingly only one generation (Donald, Linda.)
Here are some names I think are extremely cool:
on July 16th, 2014 at 6:03 am
There are many definitions of what is cool but here are some names that I think are cool.
Girls- Ezri, Izara, Delphine, Solana, Sapphira, Azure
Boys- Atticus (clunky cool), Hawthrone (with nickname Hawk), Penn, Wolf, Viggo, Lars
on July 16th, 2014 at 6:31 am
Obviously all of my favourite names are the definition of cool, as well as amazing, mind blowing, and perfect :P. But, I’d say these are cool names, I have a lot, so I’ve put them in categories:
The brave heroes and feisty heroines:
Caspian Horatio Perseus Evander Skandar Alberic
Pandora Skylark Olympia Zenovia Tabitha Lillith Cerelia Helaina
Awesome vintage, and real life and literary legends:
Caspian Sherlock Edmund Ptolemy Arthur Blaise (and Pascal) Horatio Albert Louis Wolfgang Dorian Edgar Amadeus Ephraim Timothy Silas Walter Barnaby Gideon Hugo Leonardo Theodore (especially used in full on a daily basis) Francis Richard (again, especially in full) Julian Rupert Isidore Alfred Bartholomew Lysander Frederick Edwin Ernest Archie Isidore Aramis
Rosalind Elsie Elizabeth (in full), Eliza Victoria (in full) Alice Henrietta Marigold Marie Antoinette Florence Constance Beatrix Phyllis Jane Lavender Matilda Evelyn Lyra Annabeth Heidi Luna Hermione Fleur Arabella Georgiana Enid Edith Tallulah Frances Imogen Audrey Clara Ameila Marilyn Jessamine Viola Sally Hypatia Esmeralda Lucia Rosemarie
Myths and legends:
Phoenix Arthur Remus Artemus Emrys Perseus Finn Tristan Daedalus Icarus
Pandora Evanthe Morgana Phaedra Thalia Clio Olympia Persephone Kalliope Luna Guinevere Rhea Nimue Echo Eos Isis Delphi Ilythia Ariadne Arachne
Words and places: (from any language)
Phoenix Auguts Indigo Valour Wolf Valiant Bravery Storm Orchard Jay Forest Loyal Noble Earnest Jasper
Valencia Fae Saffron Cypress Reverie Mélodie Winter Rue Summer Arietta Wren Lavender Autumn Azalea Linnaea Ithaca Thessaly Olympia Sonnet Alexandria Snow Constance Iris Minuet Willow Raven Amethyst Marigold Parthenope Mariposa Primavera
Lorenzo Nikolai Leonardo Wolfgang Skandar Kai Alonzo Benoit Lachlan Rhonwyn Bronwyn Santiago Alasdair
Elke Valencia Esmeralda Elspeth Mairead Eseld Lowenna Sowenna Elowen Maddalena Fiammetta Ailith Talaith Gwendolen Guinevere Rowena/Rowenna Caoimhe Ailbhe
And some more (some of which are made up)
Pippin Leonidas Simeon Fabian
Elaphia Calluna Alafair Twila Lothira Elendra Anidora Kiladra Taliana Katriel Arsinoë Cadmium Zenovia Flavia
Wow, I think a lot of names are cool!
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:04 am
Percy, Marguerite, Lotta, Thorin, Magnus, Heloise, Tristan, Tyr, Mabel, Romilly…
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:05 am
Sebastian, Owen, Miles, Wolf, Fox, Arthur (nn Bear), Rowan, Alistair,
Gypsy, Poppy, Lena, Lark, Wren, Rowenna, Rhia, Rhiannon, Elsbeth (nn Bit), Anwen, Caveat, Willow, Winn, Winna, Willa, Enevery
There are more, but whenever I’m actually asked about them, they all fly out of my head!
When I saw Domino in the post, I thought is was absolutely brilliant!
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:06 am
Myosotis, love your list! And Nooshi has cool list!
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:16 am
I LOVE all these (equally valid) definitions of cool and the many many names you’ve all provided as illustrations! @Sorceress, I agree, @Myosotis and @Nooshi — VERY cool and awesome not to mention HUGE lists!! Thanks you.
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:42 am
What IS cool?!
Wren, Lilac, Rhiannon, Indie, Talitha, Afton, Prairie
Knox, Pax, Wolfgang, Caspian, Hartley, Blaine, Teddy
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:13 am
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:18 am
Names I think are cool:
Marliese (it sounds like Anneliese with a Mar)
Rocket (I really want to use it one day but I probably won’t, sigh)
Sofia (TOO popular for my taste though)
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:18 am
I think peacebird10 really hit the nail on the head with her description AND name selections:
“When I think of cool, I don’t necessarily list the names I love the most. I think of something current but not trendy, accessible but not common, and sleek, definitely nothing fusty or multi-syllabic: Maeve, Luna, Eva, Nell, June, Theo, Owen, Cal, Boone, August”
My favorites from the above list are Maeve and Cal (I know a little Callahan nn Cal). Altho, there are a few of my own that I’d like to add…
Minerva nn Min
Cora or Nora
Cyril nn Cy
Rupert nn Ru
And along with peacebird10’s more “unusual” Plum and Wren, I’ll put a good word in for Maple. I think it’s totally ingenious by our contemporary celeb-o-sphere. It’s so much more fresh and cooler than fusty-retro Mabel.
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:19 am
+ River and Everly
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:20 am
Cool to me has to feel on-trend (for familiarity) but also less expected. Cool can’t be behind the pack.
I tend to think giant, ancient names are “cool”, like Magnus, Ignatius, and Balthazar. Balthazar also involves that Z which feels cool… like in Laszlo. Or the X in Beatrix? Cool. Also, for girls I think that unusual flower names are cool: Amaryllis, Lilac, Lavender, Marigold, Tulip. I also like animal names for boys are cool: Bear, Fox, Wolf.
Then again, cool might just be choosing names that you just love, naming trends be damned.
on July 16th, 2014 at 9:01 am
Great prompt! To me, “cool” is that devil-may-care quality. I don’t see vintage names and Nameberry favorites as necessarily “cool” (despite being very much my taste), since there’s something so…well, precious and cultivated about them. Cool names are modern, in sound if not history. They’re versatile and international. For whatever reason, most of the names I think of as “cool” are short – two syllables or less.
Jago (there’s something cool about an -o ending)
Vega (ditto -a endings!)
on July 16th, 2014 at 9:05 am
I think these are ‘cool’ for girls;
Myrtle, Mildred, Ethel, Maude, Doris, Martha, Agatha, Frances, Marnie, Lucy, Elsie, Millie, Lottie, Betsy, Edie, Tillie, Minnie, Betty, Marnie, Hettie, Effie, Nellie, Dottie, Bessie, Florrie, Essie, Frannie, Imogen, Freya, India, Zara, Lavinia, Jemima, Beatrice, Florence, Olive, Louisa, Ada, Poppy, Evie, Violet, Lillian, Audrey, Bryony, Amelie, Eleanor, Esme, Ottilie, Pearl, Hermione, Stella, Clementine, Connie, Lily, Marigold, Iris, Georgina, Ivy, Kitty, Mabel.
And for boys; Rafferty, Harrison, Addison, Harper, Aubrey, Emery, Jamie, Kit, Bennett, Leighton, Morgan, Mackenzie, Fletcher, Emerson, Brogan, Harry, Dexter, Stanley, Neville, Arthur, Edwin, Percy, Freddie, Archie, Rowan, Tristan, Albert, Blake, Alfie, Jake, Callum, Niall, Kieran, Walter, Lachlan, August, Emmett.
Basically, I think a lot of cool names are unexpected choices that take quite a bit of bravery (almost?) to use.
on July 16th, 2014 at 9:34 am
on July 16th, 2014 at 9:51 am
Oh and I think Margaux is the coolest name of all time, but DH thinks it is “fake french and snobby” 🙁
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:12 am
Jemima, Hermione, Rosamund, Tove, Margot, Artemis, Winter, Snow, Sybilla, Victoria, Saga, Liv, Sigrid, Madelief, Ambrosia, Wilhelmina.
Balthazar, Thor(in), Peregrin(e), Amadeus, Viggo, Solomon, Marius, Thije, Merlijn, Wolf.
And sometimes it’s not even in the names themselves, but more in a combination of names. Like:
Hermione Mathilda Snow or Sebastian Beren Merlijn.
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am
I think short word names tend to be ‘cool’. One syllable names especially have a punch that make them seem forceful and bold. Cree Summer has the coolest subset ever with daughters Brave & Hero. Others I like:
I also think of names with prominent ‘cool’ letters (i.e. O, X, Z):
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:20 am
I think names that are a bit different and unusual but still wearable and still fit in, names like Nico, Flynn, Jude, August and Rowan for boys and for girls, names like Lyra, Caia and Poppy. I’m not sure I like many girl’s names that would be considered cool to be honest, but these are what I thought of.
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:37 am
May sound conceited, but I think my name is THE coolest: Alpha. It brings up literary, mythological, scientific, and mathematical references, and has a cool meaning. Plus, I love Greek names. 😉
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:41 am
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:46 am
I’ve been in love with my son’s name, Dominic, for years. I always thought the nickname Dom was too cool, thankfully my husband agreed that Dominic sounded like a badass and I have to admit, my kid is pretty awesome
on July 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am
Riot and Devereaux are my current COOL name favorites!
on July 16th, 2014 at 11:12 am
Like previous posters, I think that short, uncommon names are cool. I find that either vintage nicknames or trendy (yet accessible) names are cool.
on July 16th, 2014 at 11:51 am
Quinn, Brady, Kip, Zane, Max, Charlie, Jack
Ivy, Dahlia (nn Dolly), Tessa/Tess, Lottie (nn of Charlotte), Viv (nn of Vivienne), Eleni, Evie, Tilda
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:11 pm
To me, “cool” is synonymous with “cutting edge”: unusual names that I think have a good shot at being favorites among hipsters in 5 – 10 years. Trendsetter names–which are the hardest to predict:
Fleurette…(and many “F” names that are just starting to catch on like Felicity and Florence)
For boys, names that don’t end in n!
And then I also just think my favorite guilty pleasure names are cool too!
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Oh my goodness! Domino is SO cool! I once met a little girl names Domino Jones, and she was one of the coolest kids I have ever met. She played the drums in a band, and was only MAYBE 10.
I think that Everett, Flynn, Harlow/Marlow, Weston, India, Vienna and Aspen are all cool names.
on July 16th, 2014 at 12:43 pm
@Nooshi you can name my future children
I think cool in names is being the only kid on the playground with that name, but having the ability to pull it off.
Vermont (on a girl nn Monty)
Circe Clyde Ajax Atlas Rex Magrid/Megrid Jarrett
Beulah (I think this name could make a comeback and no longer has a reputation because it is so little heard. Plus, when said out loud it really is pleasing.)
Salem Stanton Marilla Diogenes Jezebel Otto Otho Sigourney Felix Wim Alma Harrow/Harwen/Harrigan/Herigan Abner Abernathy Roxie Perrin
on July 16th, 2014 at 1:12 pm
Hmm, I’d have to say Althea, Artemis, and Elizabeth. Althea both begins and ends with an “A”, a letter that is (or at least seems) popular. Artemis also begins with an “A”, but I think the connection to the Greek goddess makes it “cooler.” Elizabeth is a name that has been popular for a while. I really just kind of like it. It has so many variations and nicknames.
on July 16th, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Ryder, Beau, Lennon…
on July 16th, 2014 at 1:32 pm
Some really great names in these lists! Aviva–oh that is so cool, I am adding it to my list, will see if my husband likes it!
Nerdy cool: Tesla, Vega
Cool and require gonads to pull off: Devereaux, Hypatia, Perseus, Valour
I-can’t-believe they’re-not-more-popular-cool-sounding: Marina, Joaquin, Azure, Valencia
Unisex cool: Merit
Sexy cool: Rhett
on July 16th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Hmm.. It’s difficult to define ‘cool’ but these are usable names that I think sound cool.
on July 16th, 2014 at 2:23 pm
How could I forget August? That name is in my Top 5 of cool names (both genders)
Also Natalie Portman’s son Aleph’s name is super cool to me even though I probably can’t use it since I’m not Jewish.
Every Ariana I’ve ever met has been a “cool” girl so that name is eternally cool to me.
on July 16th, 2014 at 2:34 pm
To me, uncool is cool nowadays. I love to see totally names like Sylvia, Dolores, Rita, and Ginger used on baby girls. For boys, Stanley, Raymond, Walter, and Noel.
100 year old names are the height of fashion, which is why I think to be on the cutting edge you need to go back about 50-75 years and look at names that aren’t even being considered yet. I think a little Martha or Roger born today would be ten years ahead of the curve.
on July 16th, 2014 at 2:38 pm
To me, a “cool” name means short and spunky:
on July 16th, 2014 at 4:43 pm
on July 16th, 2014 at 5:43 pm
Cruz (however you spell it)
on July 16th, 2014 at 5:49 pm
These are “The Coolest”
on July 16th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
Girl: Palmer, Sawyer, Fallon, Sutton
Boy: Fox, Rogue
on July 16th, 2014 at 7:15 pm
To me names that are laid-back, simple, no fuss, etc are “cool”. And short. For some reason to me the shorter the name, the cooler. The names that automatically came to mind for me were Gus, Mack, Cal, Romy, Zara…names like that. In my world apparently 4 letters or less equals cool?
It is really fascinating to see everyone else’s thoughts on this! Love the differing perspectives!
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:42 pm
I have been pouring over names and name trends for years, so fresh names are cool to me. Dagny is a super cool name. Sebastian nn Seb is a cool name. Evander nn Van is super cool. I personally think Moxie Crimefighter is a ridiculously cool name.
on July 16th, 2014 at 8:45 pm
I can’t forget to mention Severin. I know a 20-something Severin and he and his name are very cool.
on July 16th, 2014 at 10:42 pm
To me, cool means a name that is laid-back, spunky, and while none of the other kids have it, the wearer can still pull it off. Cool names aren’t classic like Charles or Elizabeth, but also aren’t made-up or too modern.
Otis, Cal, Franz, Boone, Gulliver, etc.
I really have very few ideas for the girls. Nothing seems to strike the “cool” chord for me; there’s plenty of lovely, spunky names out there, but they’re all a bit too old to seem cool to many people yet (I highly doubt the likes of Mabel and Frances would be described as “cool” by most).
on July 16th, 2014 at 11:04 pm
on July 17th, 2014 at 6:54 am
Color, place, animal names
on July 17th, 2014 at 8:51 am
on July 17th, 2014 at 12:12 pm
BOYS- Onore, Stellar, Rhett, Sterling, Jet, Bronx, Jax, Mac, Magnus, Dash, Valour, Quin
GIRLS- Harper, Harlow, Sage, Eden, Sutton, Scarlett, Poppy, Azura, Merrit, Verity, Zoe, Rio
on July 17th, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Coolest names I’d say for girls are:
on July 17th, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Oh and Moxie
on July 17th, 2014 at 1:13 pm
This is such a fantastic prompt! I agree with many of the pps about what they think is cool but apparently what I think is cool is kind of all over the place.
So many names with Os.
Otto, Gideon, Leo, Hugo, Arturo, Aboott, Matteo, Emory, Thorin, Hawthorne, Nico, Lennon, Lennox for boys and Juno, Hero, Magnolia and Nova for girls.
Interestingly I also found that I thought more boy names were “cool” vs girls names.
Short, sleek, and even nicknamey-names were also very cool to me (especially if they were unisex names on a boy)
Eve, Ivy, Ada for girls and Dash, Kit, Grey, Dean, Sam, Asa, Flynn, Sage, Kai, Hart, Leo, Jude.
And then a bunch of random names for a variety of reasons all of them equating “cool” for me.
Pascale, Leander, Archer, August, Cyrus, Caspian, Alistair, Atlas, Indiana, Luke/Luca, Wilder, Cairo, Athens, Sterling, Felix, Darwin, and Stellan for boys and Luna, Alaska, Valentina, Hazel, Tesla, Asha, Vienna, L:ark, and Athena for girls.
on July 17th, 2014 at 5:39 pm
Girls: I am partial but I have a baby girl named Tesla (for Nikola, not the car or band) and I’ve found it to be pretty cool =oP I think the suggestion of Vega to go with her name as a sibling set sounds even better. I also have a friend due in August who is naming her girl Meadow. I can see this name becoming big because it sounds similar enough to the trendy Willow but hardly on the radar (for now anyway). Felicity also seems like a low lying name about to break out.
Boys: my father in law’s name, Mac seems pretty cool to me as well as his brother’s name, Jett. Both these names have the monosyllable that many on this list seem to dig.
on July 17th, 2014 at 7:38 pm
On Yahoo Answers, I saw someone asking about Salem Reed for a girl. Thought that sounded really cool. Also heard of an Ivy Electra.
I think the name River is cool, especially for a girl.
on July 18th, 2014 at 4:18 pm
I think my 3 are pretty cool – Quentin, Casper and Ramona but I’m biased!
For me, the coolest names for boys are monosyllabic or ending in o
Max, Finn, Beau, Myles, Seb
Benno, Arlo, Inigo, Ivo, Orlando,
Cool girls are mythological or flowers
Xanthe, Isis, Athena, Luna, Clio
Jasmine, Ivy, Zinnia, Dahlia, Orchid
on July 19th, 2014 at 8:02 pm
The names that immediately jumped into my head are Liam and Clive.
on July 20th, 2014 at 12:59 pm
As an aspiring writer I like to keep a list of names that I think are awesome. So here it is.
on July 20th, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Off the top of my head these are the cool names I thought of:
on July 21st, 2014 at 4:43 pm
Samma (nickname for Samantha but I like it as a first name)
on July 21st, 2014 at 5:46 pm
I love Othniel, Eliab, Clement, and Eliakim. I’m especially considering Othniel but I expect some grief from it because my idea of cool isn’t always cool to others.
A few girls names that I think are super cool I picked up during the time I lived in Mexico: Socorro, Itzel, Marisol. I don’t think I would be able to teach my husband and family how to pronounce them correctly. I also like River for a girl. I’m of the opinion that neither sex can effectively claim a geography name.
on August 8th, 2014 at 5:50 am
Names that are cool to me are names that are a little off beat but sound fun like:
on February 16th, 2015 at 8:39 pm
Maverick(I love this one)
on February 16th, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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