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Coolest Baby Names That Aren't Really Names

The coolest baby names sometimes aren't names at all, as the mostly unisex baby names on this list attest. There are an uncountable number of words turned cool baby names, beyond the scope of any one source. The only limits are your reference books, your imagination, and your taste. Here are some of the coolest and most evocative of the group.

  • Afternoon

    An early day name, found on slave rolls, and worthy of consideration today for someone seeking a truly unusual name. Read More 

  • Anchor

    Plausible word name, denoting strength and stability. Read More 

  • Arbor

    Arbor is an original unisex tree-related choice we're sure to hear more of. Highly unusual now, Arbor takes its place alongside other new arborial names ranging from the mighty Oak (or Oakley) to... Read More 

  • Arrow

    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 

  • Bay

    Like River and Lake, a cool, refreshing modern water-related choice. Read More 

  • Bean

    Bean is a unisex word name with a cute and quirky feel. Early reader series Ivy and Bean features a young girl named Bean, short for Bernice Blue. It has appeal as a casual nickname or... Read More 

  • Beech

    If you prefer the woods to the ocean, you'll want to name your son (or daughter) Beech instead of Beach.Read More 

  • Bell

    These days, it's more likely you'd call your daughter the popular Belle or Bella.Read More 

  • Birch

    Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.

    The best known bearer of the name is former high-ranking... Read More 

  • Bogart

    What it really means: you're a "Casablanca" fan. Read More 

  • Boheme

    "Girls Gone Child" blogger Rebecca Woolf made Boheme a first name when she gave it to one of her twin daughters. La Boheme -- "The Bohemian" -- is a Puccini opera that was transmogrified into the... Read More 

  • Bravery

    This one's cutting right to the chase, but with such names as Justice and Peace on the rise, why not? And we guarantee your seven-year-old son will love it, though your 17-year-old, maybe not so... 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 

  • Cabot

    Cabot is an attractive English surname associated with the daring early Italian-born British explorer known as John Cabot; his birth name was Giovanni Caboto. Read More 

  • Cadence

    The musical word name Cadence, seemed to come out of nowhere to zoom up the charts; it rose over 700 spots between 2002 and 2004, and showed up in the Top 200 in 2007. It's gone down in the Read More 

  • Cameo

    This evocative term for a stone or shell carved in relief could make a striking first name for a girl, though she would have a starring role in her story, rather than a cameo. Read More 

  • Canyon

    Canyon is a unique baby name evocative of natural splendor and the old Steve Canyon comic-strip heroism, making it an intriguing new... Read More 

  • Cedar

    Cedar is, like Ash, Oak, Pine and Ebony, one of the new tree/wood names that parents are starting to consider; this one is particularly aromatic.

    In the Bible the cedar is mentioned in... Read More 

  • Christmas

    Christmas is a day name long and quietly used as a name for babies born at Christmas. Prettier and more modern than Noel or Noelle. Read More 

  • Crew

    Crew is yet another word name that was added to the baby name lexicon when this one was chosen by The Young and the Restless star Joshua Morrow for his son. It debuted on the Top 1000 in... Read More 

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