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Unique High-Energy Baby Names

Energetic baby names are bright, bold, brave names with a real sense of mischief and fun! Along with names with dynamic meanings, like Dart, Dash and Moxie, there are also plenty of cool baby names which simply sound charged full of energy, like Calypso, Maximus, Oona and Bellamy.

Popular sounds in these high-energy baby names include the -er ending of peppy picks like Piper, Vesper, Wilder and Juniper; the -o ending of energetic options like Ivo, Arlo, Cleo and Indigo; and strong, spiky consonant sounds like those in Viva, Xander and Zebedee.

Although most of these bold and uncommon baby names fall well outside of the US Top 1000, a few -- like Piper, Hadley, Sawyer and Mateo -- are in the current Top 200, striking the perfect balance between funky and familiar. Others, like Arlo, Palmer and Roscoe, are rising fast.

Whatever your style, if you're looking for a feisty baby name for your little firecracker, our list of high-energy baby names is a great place to start!

  • Alix

    Several members of European royal family have borne this name, including Alix of France, Alix, Duchess of Brittany, and Alix of Hesse, Empress consort of Russia. More recent are Alix... Read More 

  • Anders

    Friendly, unusual, but a decidedly Old Country version of Andrew and one of the classic Scandinavian names. It made a brief... Read More 

  • Anoushka

    A lively, affectionate Olde World pet name wearing a baboushka and embroidered blouse. Read More 

  • Archer

    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald... Read More 

  • Arlo

    Arlo has many possible derivations: possibly a shortened form of Italian name Carlo, and in Basque-speaking regions it is the word for area. In English, Arlo was first used by Edmund Spenser in... Read More 

  • Barnaby

    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than... Read More 

  • Bellamy

    Bellamy is emerging as an up-and-coming girls' name, a surname-y riff on the super-popular Bella series of names. While the Bella connection makes... Read More 

  • Bellatrix

    J.K. Rowling is a modern master of naming, but this appellation of one of the stars of Orion, used for the evil character played by Helena Bonham Carter, is not one you'd want to use for your child.Read More 

  • Bijou

    Bijou is a name that lives up to its definition -- a real jewel. Warning: not unheard of on poodles' dog collars. Actress Bijou Phillips is its best known bearer. It can also be spelled Bijoux.Read More 

  • Birdie

    Birdie was until recently a middle-aged Ladies' Club member wearing a bird-decorated hat --but now it's just the kind of vintage nickname (think Hattie, Josie, Mamie, Millie) that's coming back... Read More 

  • Breaker

    One of the aggressive new boys' names, ala Tracker and Heller, that have become fashionable among parents who are courting trouble.Read More 

  • Calypso

    This hyper-rhythmic name has two evocative references. In Greek mythology, she was an island nymph, a daughter of Atlas, who delayed Odysseus from returning home. It is also a genre of West... Read More 

  • Cassius

    Cassius, a Shakespearean name rooted in antiquity, is coming into fashion in a major way. There were two notable Ancient Roman figures named Cassius. Cassius Dio wrote an 80-volume history of... Read More 

  • Clancy

    Irish surnames are hot, and this one can successfully cross the line to work for girls, replacing the outdated Casey. And only a dozen girls were named Clancy in the US in one recent year (along... Read More 

  • Cleo

    Cleo, one of the few girls' names to boast the cool-yet-lively o ending, is of course short for Cleopatra, the name of one of the most powerful women in history.

    Cleo was most popular... Read More 

  • Dart

    This British river name sounds sleek and strong but perhaps a bit too energetic. Read More 

  • Dash

    For a boy, Dash is usually short for Dashiell, but as a girl's name it just stands for energetic--and also the stores run by the Kardashian sisters..Read More 

  • Dexter

    The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names with an "x," has a lot of energy and dynamism. Over the years, it's been attached to a number of diverse real and fictional personalities—C. K. Dexter... Read More 

  • Dixie

    A saucy showgirl, wisecracking waitress kind of name, Dixie can also be considered a place name, although it won't be found on any map, being a generic term for the whole American South (coming... Read More 

  • Ender

    This popular Turkish name has a very on-trend sound and is familiar to English speakers thanks to Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. The book has recently been turned into a... Read More 

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