What Names Do YOU Think Are Cool?

Photo by Georgia Brizuela

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?

Photo by the ever-fabulous Georgia Brizuela of Documenting Delight

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evergreen Says:

July 15th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

River.

I think this name is the epitome of cool, I thought so at 16 and I think so now at 33.

AprilRobin Says:

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
Girls:
Georgia
Evangeline
Nell
Sally
Margaret
Adelaide
Carolina
Nina

Boys:
Memphis
Alan
Ronan
Simon
Isaac
Darby
Nathaniel
Noah

KatieSpills Says:

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:

Betty
June
Sylvie

Gus
Theo
Frank

SunKissedChild Says:

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

jtucker Says:

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.

Boys
Dante
Orlando
Lachlan
Owen
Jack
Walter
Edmund
Jasper

Girls
Francesca
Penelope
Isolde
Maeve
Helene
Eloise
Alice
Isla
Fiona
Beatrice
Matilda
Mabel
Adelaide

Mads Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 12:29 am

Names that I think are cool but probably wouldn’t use include:

Frankie (girl)
Rosco
Marlo
Roman
Aster
Huxley
Stirling
Winter
Freya

peacebird10 Says:

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:

Maeve
Luna
Eva
Nell
June

Theo
Owen
Cal
Boone
August

Then there are the slightly more unusual names that are cool: Plum, Wren, Yarrow (b).

Poppy528 Says:

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.

Nooshi Says:

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.

ctbaby Says:

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.

loislane1222 Says:

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:

Abram
Amelia
Arthur
Cecilia
Charles
Clark
Elijah
Eloise
Ezra
Francesca
Fritz
Gianna
Gideon
Henry, Hank
Hugh
Jack
Jane, Janie
Jeremiah
Jonah
Jude
Juliet
Mariel
Marina
Lucy
Lydia
Naomi
Robert
Susannah
Veronica

SeaZuno86 Says:

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

Myosotis Says:

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

International:
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!

Sorceress Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 7:04 am

Percy, Marguerite, Lotta, Thorin, Magnus, Heloise, Tristan, Tyr, Mabel, Romilly…

queenalynna Says:

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!

Sorceress Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 7:06 am

Myosotis, love your list! And Nooshi has cool list!

Pam Says:

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.

mermuse Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 7:42 am

What IS cool?!

Wren, Lilac, Rhiannon, Indie, Talitha, Afton, Prairie

Knox, Pax, Wolfgang, Caspian, Hartley, Blaine, Teddy

lerenard Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 8:13 am

Georgie
Lulu
Winnie
Rivers
Echo
Indigo
Lucie
Fable
Poet
Fern
Ever
Ivy
Mabel
Birdie
Orchid
Clementine

Fox
Atlas
Ulysses
Wolfe
Night
Gable
Huck
Finch
Fielder
Hemingway
Hawthorne
Hart

indiefendi Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 8:18 am

Names I think are cool:
Lux
Alabama
Behati
Marliese (it sounds like Anneliese with a Mar)
Rocket (I really want to use it one day but I probably won’t, sigh)
Ming
Enzo
Hero
Shiloh
Indiana
Adelaide
Malaika
Domenico
Dominy
Luca
Nouvel
Harlow
Chance
Charity
Willow
Naia
Asher
Brady
Blake
Dania
Scarlett
Dean
Milan
Céline
Arizona
Sienna
Cara
Micaiah
Adriana
Ariella
Adriel
Kylie
Noa
Liam
Sofia (TOO popular for my taste though)
Elsa

iwillpraise Says:

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
Jasper Silva
Corbin
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.

indiefendi Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 8:19 am

+ River and Everly

DotDraper Says:

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.

augusta_lee Says:

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.

Roscoe
Otto
Jago (there’s something cool about an -o ending)
Kai
Mars
Bazel
Aya
Tesla
Vega (ditto -a endings!)
Wilder
Cyrus
Sage
Oz
Beau
Quinn
Adler
Phoenix
Orion
Blair
Flynn
Merit
Adlai
Joaquin/Joaquim
River
Leith
Matteo
Dean
Conan
Rhett
Clarke
Dane
Thane
Shea
Enzo
Corentin
Bevin
Thibault
Reeve
Ivo
Octavian
Ziv
Rio
Cashel
Remy
Zeke
Aza
Tor
Axel

Dove
Carys
Maris
Maren
Vicenza
Clio
Juno
Sable
Saga
Caia
Zuri
Mercedes
Solange
Fia
Dulce
Teal
Aviva
Delphi
Nova
Azalea
Mercy
Calla
Adair
Wynne
Vita
Seren
Zadie
Arden
Belle
Hollis
Liv
Sarai

lawsonhaley Says:

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.

BrookeAnn Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 9:34 am

Cool boys:
Bennett
Blake
Cole
Dane
Reid

Cool girls:
Aidan
Britt
Darcy
Maeve
Tess

BrookeAnn Says:

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” 🙁

Noetje Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 10:12 am

For girls:
Jemima, Hermione, Rosamund, Tove, Margot, Artemis, Winter, Snow, Sybilla, Victoria, Saga, Liv, Sigrid, Madelief, Ambrosia, Wilhelmina.

For boys:
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.

nat108 Says:

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:
Thyme
Drake
Belle
Beau
Oak
Poet
Grey
Reed
Lotus
I also think of names with prominent ‘cool’ letters (i.e. O, X, Z):
Hugo
Balthazar
Olympia
Otis
Fox
Clio/Cleo
Zephyr
Cazimir
Zola
Xavier
Bruno
Zipporah

iolite Says:

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.

alphad14 Says:

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. 😉

marypoppins Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 10:41 am

Elvis!

Shaschreiner Says:

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

Oakly24 Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Riot and Devereaux are my current COOL name favorites!

droma Says:

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.

Gus
Hugo
Nash
Nico
Bruin

Plum
Wren
Maeve
Bea
Winnie

explorach1 Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 11:51 am

Boys:
Quinn, Brady, Kip, Zane, Max, Charlie, Jack

Girls:
Ivy, Dahlia (nn Dolly), Tessa/Tess, Lottie (nn of Charlotte), Viv (nn of Vivienne), Eleni, Evie, Tilda

Orchid_Lover Says:

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)
Viviette
Verity
Vienne
Nuria
Marisol
Avonlea

For boys, names that don’t end in n!

Croix
Calyx
Denali
Reeve
Darrow
Thane
Slate
Indigo

And then I also just think my favorite guilty pleasure names are cool too!
Ismeria
Perenna
Mazarine
Ragnar

EmiTheDuckling Says:

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.

detailsgirl Says:

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.

Bowie
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

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

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.

DearestJules Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Ryder, Beau, Lennon…

Orchid_Lover Says:

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

caligal Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hmm.. It’s difficult to define ‘cool’ but these are usable names that I think sound cool.

Audrey
Cleo
Elsa
Harlow
Ivy
Juneau
Lark
Luna
Nova
Olive
Quinn

August
Beckett
Cole
Davis
Felix
Finn
Jude
Lincoln
Magnus
Rhys

indiefendi Says:

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.

MissusAytch Says:

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.

kyemsma Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

To me, a “cool” name means short and spunky:

Girls:
Claire
Eliza
Eve
Maeve

Boys:
Finn
Jack
Kyle
Liam

ninasotolongo Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Trenton
Bruno

nativoyoung Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Nash
Lennon (girl)
Cruz (however you spell it)
Cash
Jasper
Marlowe (girl)
Ace (Axel)
Huckleberry

ayc1983 Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

These are “The Coolest”

Mina
Layla
Francine
Valentina
Giselle
Piper
Abby
Chloe

Sebastien
Jesse
Dex
Cash
Max
Colt
Drake
Zane

MaryKathryn Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Girl: Palmer, Sawyer, Fallon, Sutton

Boy: Fox, Rogue

namesage Says:

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!

MeganJoy Says:

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.

MeganJoy Says:

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.

Llumeneres Says:

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).

Briar_Rose_Red Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Boys:
Clark
Dashiell
Ewan
Ronan

Girls:
Calista
Nova
Sabine
Verity

megank4 Says:

July 17th, 2014 at 6:54 am

Color, place, animal names

fairchild Says:

July 17th, 2014 at 8:51 am

Boone
Boaz
Reuben
Roscoe
Desmond
Dashiell
Brooks

Clio
Pearl
Rhiannon
Neve
Nell
Greer
Iris

shelly68 Says:

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

itskitty Says:

July 17th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Coolest names I’d say for girls are:
Dahlia
Daphne
Harper
Cleo
Frankie
Raina
Lola
Violet
Clover
Olive
Willow
Bea

Boys:
Floyd
Jude
Duke
Jesse
Stellan
Scout
Archer
Felix
Dexter
Calvin

shelly68 Says:

July 17th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Oh and Moxie

Entangler Says:

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.

shamrokk Says:

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.

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

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.

LaraJames Says:

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

June2013Mom Says:

July 19th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

The names that immediately jumped into my head are Liam and Clive.

Kesims1 Says:

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.
Boys:
Porter
Tristan
Finnian
Gideon
Archer
Oliver
Eames
Flynn
Orson
Theo
Jensen
Lorcan
Rory
Elliott

Girls:
Ember
Elodie
Elsa
Belle
Sutton
Everly
Isla
Emery
Emma(line)
Asta
Aurelia
Ailsa
Alair
Asha
Aura
Seren

Kenderson Says:

July 20th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Off the top of my head these are the cool names I thought of:

Boys:
Soren
Storm
Nash
Ashton
Rory
Flynn

Girls:
Carter
Kyler
Saige
Max (Maxine)
Verity
Sybil

runila15 Says:

July 21st, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Girls:
Adair
Janelle
Adele
Gemma
Harper
Kadyn
Jordan
Spencer
Shiloh
Olive
Parker
Calla
Bianca
Esther
Lacey
Sutton
Hazel
Avery
Faith
Mckenna
Blythe
Siobhan
Cassidy
Samma (nickname for Samantha but I like it as a first name)
Willow
Ariana
Delaney
Sheridan
Darcy
Eleanor
Lake
Noelle

Boys:
Dashiell
Xander
Nico
Mason
Bo
Wilder
Chance
Jonah
Ashton
Isaac
Grayson
Connor
Ian
Seth
Wolfgang
Sebastian
Colton
Cyrus
Ryder
Ezra
Jesse
Wilson
River
Zane

allythys Says:

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.

http://beloved-allythys.blogspot.com/

AmLou031 Says:

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:

Theo
Gideon

And
Juniper
Ivy

Uniquely_Haylee Says:

February 16th, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Boys:
Bleu
Boden
Caspian
Cassian
Cedar
Cerulean
Cruz
Dayton
Easton
Emerson
Evander
Everett
Finnick
Haskell
Hayden
Hayes
Holden
Huxton
Ignatius
Jericho
Knox
Landon
Langston
Lochlan
Maverick(I love this one)
Nolan
Penn
Percival
Soren
Sparrow

Uniquely_Haylee Says:

February 16th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Girls:
Aquamarine
Ariella
Avalon
Avalynn
Baylen
Cassia
Cerise
Cinder
Crimson
Darcy
December
Dylan
Emersyn
Florence
Georgia
Harlow
Hartley
Havyn
Hayden
Ignacia
Indiana
Ireland
Jaymes
Kimber
Laguna
Leighton
Livia
Locklynn
Logan
Marvel
November
Phoenix
Ryan
Savannah
Saylor
Shaelynn
Snow
Sonnet
Soren
Sutton

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