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Names All Your Friends Will Think Are Cool

By Emma Waterhouse

Cool baby names can be cool for a number of reasons: they might contain fashionable sounds, like V, X or Z; they might have a cool pop culture connection; or they might just be a little bit edgy and hipster. Many of the cool baby names in our list are outside of the US Top 1000.

Celebrity parents are the masters of cool and unique baby names, from edgy word names for boys like Fox and Bear, to cute and quirky names for girls, like Clementine and Tallulah.

If you're looking for a super cool baby name that all your friends will wish they'd thought of first, our list of awesome eye-catching baby names for boys and girls is a great place to start!

  • Adair

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    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It's a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar.

    In recent years, it has also been used for girls.Read More 

  • Apollo

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    With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option. But if Romeo and Venus... Read More 

  • Arlo

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    Arlo is one of the surprise hit names of this decade, jumping up the popularity list in the US, partially inspired by the character Arlo Givens on television's Justified.

    ... Read More 

  • Arrow

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    Words are not always easy to translate into baby names, but the implications of being straight and swift lend this one great potential as a name. It also has... Read More 

  • Asa

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    A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of "Hugo" fame.

    Asa was the name of an important... Read More 

  • Astrid

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    Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century—and more recently in Belgium—but has never really assimilated into our culture the way Ingrid did. Many people associated it with... Read More 

  • Atlas

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    Previously thought too powerful for a baby boy--who would have to be strong enough to carry the world on his shoulders--Atlas has joined the pantheon of Greek and Roman god and goddess names now... Read More 

  • Axel

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    Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the... Read More 

  • Azalea

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    Azalea is one of the fresher flower names, along with Zinnia and Lilac, that are new to the name bouquet--in fact it just entered the Social Security list for the first time in 2012. So if Lily... Read More 

  • Baxter

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    An x makes any name cooler, so that Baxter has a bit more pizzazz than the original Baker. Baxter had some currency as a first name a century ago--it was on the popularity lists sporadically from... Read More 

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