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Artistic Baby Names

  • Goya

    Passion for the Spanish painter Goya may transcend the difficulty of this name -- just don't say it in a Jewish community. Read More 

  • Greco

    A name with a lot of panache, with ties to the great Spanish Mannerist painter El Greco--though his real name was DOMENICOS.Read More 

  • Hardy

    Hardy is a spirited and durable un-Germanic German surname that is starting to be used in this country.

    British fashion designer Hardy Amies (born Edwin) is its best known bearer, and... Read More 

  • Hartigan

    In Cool Names, we cite this as an "Artist Name," for twentieth-century abstract painter Grace Hartigan, though for you it may just be an upbeat Irish surname. Read More 

  • Hermes

    These days, more people will relate to Hermes -- pronounced ayr-MEZ -- as an upscale brand name like Chanel and Porsche than as a Greek god. Actress Kelly Rutherford took on the challenge when she... Read More 

  • Homer

    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad, and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as... Read More 

  • Hopper

    Sean and Robin Wright Penn chose this name for their son to honor their friend Dennis Hopper; others might associate it with the painter Edward. Couldn't be more spirited.Read More 

  • Imogen

    Imogen seems to have originated as a Shakespearean printer's misspelling of the traditional Celtic name Innogen, used by him for a character in one of his last plays, Cymbeline. The... Read More 

  • Indiana

    Indiana is one of those place-names (think Camden and Trenton) that sounds cooler than the place that inspired it. Indiana, as in (male) movie adventurer Jones, may have a rhythmic sound, but as a... Read More 

  • Inigo

    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo... Read More 

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